Is Blogging Time Consuming?
Whether blogging is time consuming or not depends on a number of factors. Namely . . .
How much writing experience you have.
How well you know your topic.
What your goals are for your blog.
If you're planning on including images.
If you're also creating products to sell.
Let's take a look at these one at a time:
If you've done a lot of writing in your lifetime - which I define as anything over 10,000 hours - then you'll cut the amount of time needed to manage a blog in half compared to the typical beginning blogger. So 12-14 hours a week becomes 6-7 hours, which can be the difference between choosing to start a blog or not.
If your topic, or blogging niche, is a hobby or career you've been involved in for many years, and therefore something you think about all the time, then you won't have to do much if any research. You can just create a title and jump right in. Research, however, can be time consuming, adding an extra 2-3 hours per week.
If your goal is to create a professional website, which is essential if you hope to make money, then your articles have to be perfect - or nearly so. Ensuring that your copy is clean of errors, typos, and unclear language takes time. It requires obsessive proofreading and editing that can double or even triple your actual writing time.
If you want bold and colorful images that encourage your readers to share your work via social media, then designing them can take an hour or more each week. Experience is a factor here too, however. I've become adept enough at using PicMonkey that it usually takes me only 10-15 minutes to create something cool.
If you're going to rely on ads or affiliate marketing to monetize your blog, then after initial set-up you're ready to go. No extra time is required. If you're creating your own products, however, which can be more lucrative, then you've got to allow more time each week. For me, this usually means several weeks in a row of an additional hour or two a day.
The Bottom Line
In my experience, running a successful blog takes between five hours a week on the low end and sixteen hours on the upper end. I've certainly experienced both and everything in between.
Currently, as a point of reference, my Smart Classroom Management blog takes me roughly seven hours a week. This includes designing images, creating new products, writing and editing, and general maintenance. I write one article every week.
Here at Renegade Blogger, I don't use images. I don't have products to sell. I don't obsess over editing. Furthermore, having a Wix website, which I'm starting to like more and more, doesn't take much time to maintain. I write three articles a week.
Keep in mind I'm well over 10,000 hours in writing experience. This doesn't automatically make me an exceptional writer, however, or even a good one. It just means that I've become efficient in my own personal style.
In making your own decision whether or not to start a blog, time must definitely be a consideration. But if you can turn off the television set, ignore your phone, or get up earlier in the morning, you're sure to find the time.
In my opinion, it is so worth it.
It's been one of the best decisions of my life, and I think it will be for you, too.
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