The Advantages & Disadvantages of Blogging

While blogging has pretty much been around since the early days of the internet and the world wide web, blogging has been quite a hot trend since the past few years due to the potential passive income you could potentially make.

I mean, compared to a decade ago, almost every great online products or platforms like Amazon, Shopify, Fiverr, and some others, has its own affiliate/referral program nowadays, which bloggers can greatly take advantage of.

Also, who doesn’t like making money while you sleep? Which you could definitely achieve through blogging. Is there even anything more attractive than that? Imagine you, watching Netflix, while your blog is making you money passively. Mind = blown.

But anyway, if you’re thinking into trying out blogging but you’re quite unsure of the pros and cons, we got you covered.

The Advantages of Blogging

Earn money while you sleep

Imagine going to bed at night, having a great comfy beauty sleep, and waking up the next morning knowing that you already have some money waiting for you. Is there anything more enticing than that?

The Oracle of Omaha, the famous billionaire investor Warren Buffet once said,

If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die

Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway

Not sure about you, but screw that; the idea of working till you die and having no time to do the things you love doing really scares the crap out of me.

Blogging, along with other things like streaming and being a YouTuber, is simply one of the best passive income opportunities we have in today’s digital day and age.

Work from home!

Probably you and your dog if you pursued blogging.

What better way of earning money than just staying at home, in some pajamas(or probably even without any pants at all), in front of your laptop, while cuddling your little furry best friend, right?

Not only that, if you already have your own family and have some kids, you will also be able to spend more time with them, which is a huge plus. Having control of your own time is one of the greatest. feelings. ever, and you get to be a better parent!

(and also, you’re probably going to have more time for your girlfriend that transforms into Satan if you don’t give her enough time and attention.)

Not a morning person? No problem.

I still get anxiety when I hear my phone’s alarm.

Back in the day, when I was still doing my on-the-job training(OJT), I needed to wake up at like 5am for like 6 days a week just so I’d get to the office in time. Thinking about it right now, I’d do anything to not go back to that kind of life again. I simply hated it so much that after my training I swore to myself that I would never work in an office environment again.

Fortunately, with blogging, you can pretty much work at any time you want. And if you hate waking up early like I do and you’re also more of a night owl, great!

On the other hand, if you actually prefer waking up early, that’s fine too. At least you don’t need to start working at exactly 8 AM and you wouldn’t have any penalties if you started working a bit later. Think about those mornings when you wake up a bit later because of a night of drinking and partying. Your work time doesn’t really matter as long as you get the job done.

Have the freedom to travel.

With the typical office jobs, chances are, you’re pretty much limited to weekends, or you’re probably going to need to wait for holidays and long weekends for you to actually get to travel for more than 2 days.

Well, with blogging, as long as you can actually afford it, you can go anywhere you want, any time you want.

Don’t need anything done soon? You can pretty much go immediately. You can simply just check your phone if you want to check up on your blog’s traffic statistics and such. Need some blog posts to be written soon? Easy, just bring your laptop! Or you can even write blog posts on your phone if you’re fine with using your phone’s keyboard, or maybe you have a portable bluetooth keyboard with you.

Trust me, when you actually have a successful blog that you can earn passive income from, your friends will totally be jealous. If so, you could also help them out!

Want to earn more money? Simply work harder!

You pumping out some great content.

If your blog isn’t giving you enough income for your lifestyle or maybe you want more income to be able to afford things you want, then simply work harder! You either write more blog posts to further grow your blog, or you can also simply start a new blog on a new niche! Who doesn’t want another new source of income?

Yes, I know, hard work and effort can also be applied to literally any kind of job and profession. But the difference is, at least compared to your typical office job, it will most definitely take a while before your boss actually gives you a raise, and you’re probably going to wait years; and it wouldn’t even be guaranteed.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of patience. If I work hard for something, I want to see the results as soon as possible, and I’d sure like to have full control of it.

Actually have time for your hobbies.

Imagine being really passionate about something, and having little to no time doing it because of your day job, your errands, and some of the things you need to do at home. It’s really depressing just thinking about it.

How depressing would your life be if all you’re ever going to do in your 20s to your 50s is simply wake up at 6 am, get home at 5 pm, eat dinner, and go to bed? Repeating the cycle 5-6 days a week until you’re already old, weak, and already not have the energy to do things you like.

Once your blog already becomes a good source of passive income, whatever your hobbies may be, may it be gaming, sports, hanging out with some friends, reading books, traveling, something as simple as watching movies and series on Netflix, you name it! You’re going to have a lot more time doing the things you love and enjoy doing.

Have the time to start other businesses

passive income ideas for photographers

What’s your dream job, gig, or business? Photography? Web design? Writing and selling books? Maybe a car wash or car repairs business if you’re really into vehicles? Maybe you really liked blogging that you want to create another one? Or maybe something as simple as you want to help out your family business. The choice is completely up to you.

Remember, one of the main goals of having a successful blog is to have a steady source of passive income. And since your blog will continue to earn you money without even touching it(though it’s recommended to continue working on it to grow your blog), you’re going to have more time pursuing other businesses and goals, to potentially further increase your income.

A very VERY low barrier to entry.

You can start a blog for as cheap as $3.95 a month.

To start a blog, you only need:

  • A computer, laptop, tablet, or phone
  • A decent amount of knowledge in a certain language
  • Time and dedication
  • A few dollars a month

Things you do NOT need:

  • You do not need to be a good writer. Why? This is something you can learn and improve upon as you go through your blogging journey.
  • You do not need to be a computer expert or a web developer. Starting a blog or website nowadays is so easy that almost anyone can create their own blog, and it can be as cheap as $3.95 a month! With web hosting providers like Bluehost, they’re even going to automatically create your WordPress blog. You can start writing blog posts on the get-go, without any computer knowledge at all.

The freedom to live anywhere in the world.

Photo by Fallon Michael on Unsplash

Remember, if you own a blog or any other online business, your business is going to be on the internet(duh). Meaning, you can literally go and live in another country tomorrow, and you’re going to be making the same amount of money. Compared to when you have a day job or a local business, whereas hopping into a different country may definitely be out of the equation as you most definitely wouldn’t want to lose your job or business.

Disadvantages

Laziness.

You being lazy.

Once you get a successful blog that’s earning you a good amount of money, this can potentially lead to laziness. It’s really easy to have a mindset of: “my blog is already earning me a good amount of money passively, why do I need to work on it further?“.

The thing is, though blogs mostly stay alive for long amounts of time, we don’t know until when. What if your blog’s traffic dies down in 3 years? Blogging is like any other kind of business, whereas it can die down sometime in the future. Though you can work a lot less once your blog becomes successful, this is exactly the reason why we recommend people to continue working on their blogs or starting new blogs to have more sources of income.

Wasting all of your time by quitting early.

Probably you quitting your blog too early.

While we really love building blogs for passive income and we definitely like sharing the opportunities to a lot of people, we’d also like to stay honest and realistic.

Some people that have their own blog or just planning on creating their own blog think that building one is easy. While it’s not that hard, it’s not super easy either.

Quitting a bit too early.

Realistically speaking, it can take 6 months up to a year to potentially start receiving traffic on your blog. Unfortunately, some people stop too early, even as early as their first two weeks just because they’re not seeing any traffic. Don’t be that guy. Though growing a blog takes time and effort, it’s totally worth it.

Never give up because great things take time.

An overused quote by some dude

Straight-up failing.

The one thing a lot of people are afraid of.

The truth is, you can work on your blog every single day and it could end up failing entirely. Just like how you can start a business that you’re really passionate about and it ends up going bankrupt after a year. Nothing is guaranteed when talking about blogging, and when talking about any kind of business in general.

So, what to do when you fail your blog? Simple. Use all the knowledge and things you’ve learned, and use all that knowledge to start a brand new blog. But this time, do research as twice as hard and create blog posts that are twice as better. The second time around, trust me, as you gain more and more knowledge, the higher the chances of your blog being successful.

Final Thoughts.

We apologize as we may preach blogging a bit too much, but really, we just like sharing our passion for having a passive source of income. Why? Due to the simple fact that we only have one life to live, and we’d make damn sure that we’d enjoy every single minute of it. Remember, you’re not growing any younger.

Listen, go start a blog, right now. Blogging is seriously one of the best opportunities in this digital world we’re in that you can literally start right now. You really have nothing to lose. We can almost guarantee that you’re going to thank us someday.

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