10 Reasons Why Bloggers Hate Blogging


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So you’ve been blogging for a while but you’re starting to hate it? You thought you could make easy money and order a brand new 24″ iMac to replace your old Windows box in less than a month or two? Don’t wait for the south pole to melt, drop it, there are better things to do.

I came up with different statistical patterns observed through researches I’ve made on the subject and you might be suffering from the Bloginozia virus. It gets transmitted by either visiting Wal-Mart too frequently, or by falling into one or more of the following clinical observations:

1- Blogging For Money

Pro bloggers are constantly saying that if your goal is to blog for money, then you’re almost guaranteed to fail. Inspired by some bloggers’ gigantic monthly revenues, too many new bloggers are jumping head first in the blogosphere hoping they can get their part of the pie. Money is the consequence of success. Success is the consequence of months of quality content. If you think your blog will bring you important revenues in a short period of time, stop snoozing and wake up, this is not the case.

2- Blogging in the Make Money Online Niche

Inspired by clinical observation #1 listed above, have you ever thought how many new bloggers are starting to blog about how to make money online every day? More than you can imagine! What can they blog about? How credible can they be? What tips and money making techniques can they teach you if they are not even making a dime? Worst, they are losing money because they are paying $10 a month for hosting. This does not make sense. The Make Money Online niche is a jam pack football stadium and the only ones making money are the players on the field.

3- Niche Blogging

This one is the continuation of observation #1. Ever heard of the multiple blogging recipes to make a fortune? Pick an empty niche, start posting regularly to optimize specific keywords and search engines will fall in love with your content. As a result, you will magically rank in the first page of keyword-related search results, getting customers to purchase affiliate crap or click AdSense ads. First, let’s say that after a month of research you’ve isolated a low crowded niche. Great, now you need to produce content about cat litter. Do you like emptying a cat litter? Do you see yourself producing 3-4 posts a week on cat litters? And before Google thinks you’re THE cat litter reference, you will have emptied kitty’s can too many times. Blogging about a subject you are not passionate about is not fun. It becomes work and it sucks.

4- The Pressure of Producing Quality Content Regularly

Content is king. A blog that has low quality content doesn’t stand out from the crowd. Producing quality content is vital, and many bloggers are facing this challenge rapidly. True, you can come up with a good post once in a while. But if you wish to get dugg, to get thousands of stumblers visiting your site and reach Del.icio.us’, Sphinn’s and BloggingZoom’s front page, you need KILLER content. Once you start blogging and you see fellow bloggers near you having more success than yourself on social media sites, you’ll start introspecting your content. Look at bloggers such as Skellie or Maki, pillar posts are pouring out of their brain. It’s like they sit, type, and here’s another perfect article in no time. This requires talent. Inexperienced bloggers need hours to produce good content, and this often leads to discouragement.

5- You Feel Google AdSense is Like a Bad MasterCard Ad

  • Hosting fees: $10 a month
  • Domain Registration: $10 a year
  • WordPress For Dummies: $15
  • Customized Logo: $100
  • Customized WordPress Theme: $500
  • Clicking your own Google AdSense banner to increment your total revenues to 1¢ on a payout of $100: Priceless. (Note: Doing this is strictly forbidden by Adsense’s TOS, so don’t do it!)

6- Busted By Crappy Referral Programs

Here’s a good example: A new concept such as DealDotCom is launched. To create some buzz, DealDotCom contacts the 2-3 biggest pro bloggers in the Make Money Online niche to explain their referral program where you get a percentage of all referred members’ sales. When the big guys blog about it, DealDotCom gets hundreds if not thousands of new members in the following days. Consequence? The program is close to saturation. You can decide to add DealDotCom’s banner on your site hoping bloggers will be subscribing under your referral link, but guess who did it first, dude? Who do you think will be making big dineros out of this program?

7- RSS Subscribers too long to increase

Every single day you are looking at your stats hoping your RSS feed will finally display the magical number: 100 subscribers. But nope, you haven’t passed the three figures yet. If on a count of 25 subscribers you remove your 5 web email accounts and 10 of your friends, you are stuck with 10 pure RSS subscribers, and this sucks. You could try opening 75 new accounts randomly on mac.com or gmail, but that would be a real pain. And you would still be talking to yourself… so emailing yourself directly might be a better idea. Increasing RSS subscribers takes time and energy, and unless you are ready to spend countless hours producing quality content, you better stop blogging once and for all.

8- Your WordPress Theme Sucks!

Dude, if you are still using WordPress’ default theme, I honestly don’t know what to say. However, I totally understand why you hate your site. This default theme is the worst thing ever designed in history. Windows 3.0 was fine art compared to that! Two options: either you find yourself a free theme that other bloggers already have, or you break your piggybank to get some dosh and pay for a customized theme. See the Bad MasterCard ad above for a guesstimate.

9- Not Enough Traffic

Yep, 10 visitors a day is not THE best moral booster. You may think Google Analytics doesn’t know how to count visitors, but truth is, it’s known as a pretty darn reliable source. And by the way, don’t forget to subtract visits from home, your job and your friends’ computers where you’ve set your blog as the default homepage.

10- You Got Banned from Social Media Sites

So you’ve spammed social media sites repeatedly only promoting your own content? Man, talk about failing with dignity. You know how this is called? Bonsai Blogging, and I have tremendous respect for Bonsai misbehavers. But if you didn’t know about the Bonsai and got banned, this means you neither read the sites’ TOS nor this article titled Ever Stumbled Your Own Post? Nothing I can do to help, maybe you could try emailing kevin.rose [AT] digg [DOT] com.

This guest post was submitted by Patrick from Piggy Bank Pie.





114 Responses to 10 Reasons Why Bloggers Hate Blogging

  1. The whole concept of blogging for money and your spin on it with the Mastercard cliche had me falling out of my chair.

    I agree, if you create value people will notice, but hopefully while your still alive. Otherwise, you may be better off leaving the make money online keywords alone and focusing on more important things than 2nd rate keywords and traffic. Great post, I will definitely be returning for more.

  2. You could probably add “getting tired of playing in Google’s mythical sandbox”. You’ve got to show that your new blog is in for a long run before SEs pick up your content for a steady traffic, but many expect instant results.

  3. This is the second time this week that I have had my blog insulted…hopefully it will continue as it’s definately good for traffic….’not that I have any shortage of traffic !!!

    ….all that aside , I actually changed to wordpress as I like the look of it. By the way , I ended up on Stumbleupon recently – I’m still trying to figure out if it was just a clever marketing scam… – the cartoon came from Cartoonstock , ‘some really classic stuff there..
    Regards….Lou

  4. The whole concept of blogging for money and your spin on it with the Mastercard cliche had me falling out of my chair.

    I agree, if you create value people will notice, but hopefully while your still alive. Otherwise, you may be better off leaving the make money online keywords alone and focusing on more important things than 2nd rate keywords and traffic. Great post, I will definitely be returning for more.

  5. You could probably add "getting tired of playing in Google's mythical sandbox". You've got to show that your new blog is in for a long run before SEs pick up your content for a steady traffic, but many expect instant results.

  6. This is the second time this week that I have had my blog insulted…hopefully it will continue as it's definately good for traffic….'not that I have any shortage of traffic !!!

    ….all that aside , I actually changed to wordpress as I like the look of it. By the way , I ended up on Stumbleupon recently – I'm still trying to figure out if it was just a clever marketing scam… – the cartoon came from Cartoonstock , 'some really classic stuff there..

    Regards….Lou

  7. Top notch…. The cartoon hit close to home.

    But for what’s its worth, writing good content for a niche market really works if you can pour your enthusiasm (and mastery of grammar and syntax) into it.

    I’m definitively stumbling that post!

    • Hi ChattyDM

      Of course, I know it works. I guess you must do whatever you can to find a niche that is not only inspiring but pleasant to blog about. Cat litter is definitely a bad idea :)

      Thanks for the Stumble.
      Patrick

  8. While there are exceptions to everything, generally speaking the “click through” percentage (people clicking on ads) will be less than 1% of visitors, and while some specific ads do carry higher payloads, most will bring you less than fifty cents in revenue. So, it’s simple math: if you have 100 visitors a month, you might not even get one click, and if you do, it might not earn you enough to pay for a cup of coffee.

    To earn anything like a days pay, most bloggers need far more traffic than they are ever likely to see.

  9. Thank you so much for your sense of humor and the way you have made some excellent points. I especially like the niche idea. I have been writing a blog for over a year now and if I had to narrow my writing to a single niche, I would have quit long ago.

    I write from the inspiration that flows within me. I write about what has passion for me. I have been working with people and their potential for over 30 years and I am still fascinated by each person’s journey into self-realization, into being more conscious and aware, into opening their minds and hearts, and into living life as fully as possible with passion, purpose and the endless desire to love and be happy.

    Joseph

    Keep up your excellent writing

  10. Top notch…. The cartoon hit close to home.

    But for what's its worth, writing good content for a niche market really works if you can pour your enthusiasm (and mastery of grammar and syntax) into it.

    I'm definitively stumbling that post!

    • Hi ChattyDM

      Of course, I know it works. I guess you must do whatever you can to find a niche that is not only inspiring but pleasant to blog about. Cat litter is definitely a bad idea :)

      Thanks for the Stumble.

      Patrick

  11. While there are exceptions to everything, generally speaking the "click through" percentage (people clicking on ads) will be less than 1% of visitors, and while some specific ads do carry higher payloads, most will bring you less than fifty cents in revenue. So, it's simple math: if you have 100 visitors a month, you might not even get one click, and if you do, it might not earn you enough to pay for a cup of coffee.

    To earn anything like a days pay, most bloggers need far more traffic than they are ever likely to see.

  12. Thank you so much for your sense of humor and the way you have made some excellent points. I especially like the niche idea. I have been writing a blog for over a year now and if I had to narrow my writing to a single niche, I would have quit long ago.

    I write from the inspiration that flows within me. I write about what has passion for me. I have been working with people and their potential for over 30 years and I am still fascinated by each person's journey into self-realization, into being more conscious and aware, into opening their minds and hearts, and into living life as fully as possible with passion, purpose and the endless desire to love and be happy.

    Joseph

    Keep up your excellent writing

  13. This is truly an amazing post, and exactly the way I feel sometimes about my blog. I even found it during the 5 day transition period I’m still using the default WP theme, how strange is that?

    Even spending nothing at all on my blog (that’s kind my premise), the adsense revenue is disappointing. Once, with 10,000 visitors I made less than $4. Very disappointing.

  14. This is truly an amazing post, and exactly the way I feel sometimes about my blog. I even found it during the 5 day transition period I'm still using the default WP theme, how strange is that?

    Even spending nothing at all on my blog (that's kind my premise), the adsense revenue is disappointing. Once, with 10,000 visitors I made less than $4. Very disappointing.

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  16. The adage “Good things come to those who wait” is really one of the things that new bloggers like me need to keep in mind all the time. I admit to feeling impatience in just about everything there is on blogging (no. of hits, no. of subscribers, money earned from ads etc etc.) Having people like Patrick really helps in keeping myself in line. Thank you. Really appreciate it.

  17. Patrick;
    While reading your post I was thinking this guy can write
    as I was reading I had the feeling like I’ve been and am still right there.I’ve only been doing this for a month.
    And feel like I’m in college seems like you have to see or try 10 things to discover one that’s a real resource.
    This post of your’s is just that a RESOURCE-Thanks
    ps if you want to see a pathetic example of writing
    look me up or have any feedback I’d appreciate it Ciao

  18. The adage "Good things come to those who wait" is really one of the things that new bloggers like me need to keep in mind all the time. I admit to feeling impatience in just about everything there is on blogging (no. of hits, no. of subscribers, money earned from ads etc etc.) Having people like Patrick really helps in keeping myself in line. Thank you. Really appreciate it.

  19. Patrick;

    While reading your post I was thinking this guy can write

    as I was reading I had the feeling like I've been and am still right there.I've only been doing this for a month.

    And feel like I'm in college seems like you have to see or try 10 things to discover one that's a real resource.

    This post of your's is just that a RESOURCE-Thanks

    ps if you want to see a pathetic example of writing

    look me up or have any feedback I'd appreciate it Ciao

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  22. Hi Patick,

    Excelent blog and a great post. I’d rather write about politycs or adventures LOL but even though I carry a blog qhich is money-making related I don’t feel pressured as I’m not “blogging-for-money” indeed. The blog is intended as a source of targeted traffic from organic searches and a good opportunity to networking and meet other like-minded people, so instead of cluttering my blog with PLR money-making articles disguised as posts, I’m trying to give it some personal and “cozy” touch. I’m just starting as a blogger and don’t have many posts yet (even still finding an “communication style” which fits my personality). But I’m sure that little by little my blog will help my business.

    Regards
    Anthony

  23. Hi Patick,

    Excelent blog and a great post. I'd rather write about politycs or adventures LOL but even though I carry a blog qhich is money-making related I don't feel pressured as I'm not "blogging-for-money" indeed. The blog is intended as a source of targeted traffic from organic searches and a good opportunity to networking and meet other like-minded people, so instead of cluttering my blog with PLR money-making articles disguised as posts, I'm trying to give it some personal and "cozy" touch. I'm just starting as a blogger and don't have many posts yet (even still finding an "communication style" which fits my personality). But I'm sure that little by little my blog will help my business.

    Regards

    Anthony

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  33. Wow, I couldn’t stop laughing at the irony in this post!

    Patrick, this is my first time here and I immediately fell in love with your writing. I am definitely adding this blog to my reeder. Thanks!

  34. Wow, I couldn't stop laughing at the irony in this post!

    Patrick, this is my first time here and I immediately fell in love with your writing. I am definitely adding this blog to my reeder. Thanks!

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  36. I read 87 percent of your thing and it is a origiinal and bold thing and it will make a lot of folks mad who are in the money making business online thing and bloggers and the mlm folks. Great content, you made some good statements and reminded me of some good stuffs to shop for like # WordPress For Dummies: $15
    # Customized Logo: $100
    # Customized WordPress Theme: $500
    That last one is somewhat prcey but probably worth it if its done by a professional. You might be right about the players in the field of oonline money making only making any money. I see so many suckkazz ads and websites and even free websites. I done those things since 1999 and they dont ever make anyone any money and your right about quality content. Stay tuned for I am gonna add some quality content and focus on that aspect, your a good businessman.

  37. I read 87 percent of your thing and it is a origiinal and bold thing and it will make a lot of folks mad who are in the money making business online thing and bloggers and the mlm folks. Great content, you made some good statements and reminded me of some good stuffs to shop for like # WordPress For Dummies: $15

    # Customized Logo: $100

    # Customized WordPress Theme: $500

    That last one is somewhat prcey but probably worth it if its done by a professional. You might be right about the players in the field of oonline money making only making any money. I see so many suckkazz ads and websites and even free websites. I done those things since 1999 and they dont ever make anyone any money and your right about quality content. Stay tuned for I am gonna add some quality content and focus on that aspect, your a good businessman.

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  49. I think that some bloggers hate blogging because they are not able to generate income from blogging.

  50. I think that some bloggers hate blogging because they are not able to generate income from blogging.

  51. Hahaha, this is so true. It's the same thoughts that go through most bloggers heads when they start. Especially regarding the Adsense part. I remember when I used to be excited about making like 25 cents in one day.

  52. Hahaha, this is so true. It’s the same thoughts that go through most bloggers heads when they start. Especially regarding the Adsense part. I remember when I used to be excited about making like 25 cents in one day.

  53. I totally agree with your 10 reasons, but want to get away from its is not easy, especially the reason 1 2 3 & 4. I myself stuck with it too.

    Writing KILLER contents is extremely difficult. Imaging, if every one can write quality contents, than no one would be successful.

    It would be nice if you can share with us some ways & methods to overcome the 10 problems/reasons.

  54. I totally agree with your 10 reasons, but want to get away from its is not easy, especially the reason 1 2 3 & 4. I myself stuck with it too.

    Writing KILLER contents is extremely difficult. Imaging, if every one can write quality contents, than no one would be successful.

    It would be nice if you can share with us some ways & methods to overcome the 10 problems/reasons.

  55. All very real points, Patrick. I like your witty style of writing. Another depressing aspect to blogging may be commenter posting comment like "Nice Post" or worse yet, spam comments.

    Thanks for sharing. Going to stumble it.

  56. All very real points, Patrick. I like your witty style of writing. Another depressing aspect to blogging may be commenter posting comment like “Nice Post” or worse yet, spam comments.

    Thanks for sharing. Going to stumble it.