There I said it. I have called out the elephant in the blogosphere. Blogging is hard, way hard actually, and time consuming. Did I mention time consuming? In no way can you get a blog up and running in 10 minutes or even an hour. It takes HOURS and I mean like 40+ to really get a decent blog going. That doesn’t even include social media.. eek!
Get ready for the brutally honest time estimates.
Here’s Whats Really Involved:
Research “How to start a blog” 1-3 Hours
Find your niche 10 Mins-Days
Pick a name/tag line 10 Mins – Days
Design your brand 2 Hours – Days
Find a webhosting company 10 Mins – Days
Find an open domain 10 Mins – Days
Download WordPress 2.5 Minutes
Pick a Theme 10 Mins – Days
Set-up the Theme 10 Mins – Days
Google how to modify that Theme 10 Mins – Days
Research Plug-ins Never Ending
Write the basic pages: about me/contact/privay policy/terms of service etc. 2-3 Hours
Sign up for: Google Analytics, Google Search Console, Bing Webmaster and whatever else 1 Hour
Find an email marketing company 10 Mins – Day
Pick your Social Media Accounts 10 Mins – 1 Hour
-Sign up for those accounts 10 Min – 30 Minutes
-Design/Brand Those accounts 2-4 Hours
-Find Followers for those accounts Never Ending
Start planning/writing your posts Never Ending
Find the PERFECT pictures/graphics Never Ending
Research how to get more traffic Never Ending
Share your posts Never Ending
Find facebook groups/pinterest groups etc to network Never Ending
Research how to make money on your blog Weeks – Months
Research something Never Ending
Research something else Never Ending
Oh and research more.. Never Ending
Admittedly, this post is a little bit of a rant. I mean seriously, has anyone ever managed to get a full blown blog (that wasn’t migrated) with all the bells and whistles up and going in 10-15 minutes. We work HARD! That shouldn’t go unnoticed or be cheapened by saying it only takes 15 minutes to do.
The other day I was up for the 5th night in a row at 2am (when I have to get up at 630) working on this blog. I was basically drooling over my keyboard mulling over all the shit I had left to do and just started chuckling. Gotta love being tired-drunk. Anyways, I was thinking about all the articles I’ve seen that say it takes no time at all and what BS that is. It takes a crap TON of time!
No wonder so many new bloggers just give up, it’s the misinformation. This is my THIRD attempt at blogging over the past 5 years. The first two “failed” for various reasons, not excluding the thought process that it should be going faster.
This post is in no way meant to discourage new bloggers, but more so be honest about what’s in store. Should you still start a blog even though it takes longer than a quickie during nap time? Absolutely! Blogging is amazing, you met amazing people and add a great life experience, just not a fast one.
To run/start a successful blog it takes time, well thought out decisions and a lot of research. So next time you see someone say it only takes 10-15 minutes give them the boot, a smelly boot that is.