Throughout my (almost) 2 years of blogging, I’ve experienced a lot. I learned how to successfully utilize social media, I made connections with other bloggers, and I learned a lot about myself. Throughout these two years, I’ve seen and heard many false stereotypes about the blogosphere. Some niches seem even more attacked than others! Anyway, after seeing quite a few blogging misconceptions, I feel like I should address them!
Blogging is an online diary
One of the most common blogging misconceptions is that blogs are primarily an online diary. While this may be true of the blogs we start as 12 year olds, online diaries are actually a very small fraction of the blogosphere. Blogs can be intellectual, helpful, or a creative outlet amongst many other things. Sure, everyone publishes a personal post here and there, but that doesn’t peg a blog as a diary.
Bloggers are narcissistic
I remember one time I told somebody that I had a blog and they joked that I must be narcissistic. I don’t know how you would’ve reacted, but it just rubbed me the wrong way. Just because I have a tiny corner of the internet where I express myself doesn’t mean I’m self-absorbed. Everyone has some sort of online presence, so bloggers shouldn’t be singled out.
You can’t make a living off running a blog
Boy, this is so wrong! There are tons of bloggers who make their income off sponsored posts, advertising, and affiliate networks. Although one can’t make a significant income overnight, it is possible to build your blog and audience to the point where you can start seeing the money coming in.
Sponsored posts are glorified advertisements
Another huge blogging misconception is that all sponsored posts are just advertisements or sell-outs. I don’t know about you, but if I receive a product that I’m not a huge fan of, I’m not going to lie about it. Everything that gets published on my blog is my 100% truth. Some companies may prefer a positive review, not everything deserves one. We also don’t accept every sponsored post that comes our way, especially if our views don’t align with the company.
Blogging is a solitary activity
I cannot express how important networking is when it comes to blogging. Part of becoming a successful blogger includes reaching out to other bloggers, commenting on other blog posts, and following people on social media. There are also conventions and networking events in large cities where bloggers can meet each other in person!
These are the top 5 blogging misconceptions I see most often, but there are a lot more that are more niche-specific. Was there a glaring one that I missed? Let me know in the comments!
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