If you're reading this you're probably already thinking of starting a blog - but are afraid of... everything. What will people think? Is there money in blogging? What do I even blog about? Is it too late to start a blog? What if I fail?
But you need to get over the fear of starting a blog. Your future self will thank you. There are many rewards to becoming a blogger - and they're not just financial.
Let me go over a few things before I get into why you should start a blog right now.
Why I started a blog in 2004
I resisted starting a blog for a long time. My main hang-up was the word "blog" itself. The last thing I ever wanted was someone to consider me a "blogger".
But the more I looked into the definition of a blog I realized that a blog is just a website full of content. A blog doesn't have to be a personal diary or something you do as a hobby. A blog can be a real business that makes real money.
Once I looked at it from that perspective, it made it so much easier to start a "blog".
So, why should you start a blog in 2020? Let me go over the 14 best reasons to start blogging.
To avoid the 9-5 rat race
When I created my first blog, I was no different than you. I had no special "blogging" talent.
But I did have something going for me: I had an intense desire to be my own boss and the work ethic to make it happen.
The fear of joining the rat race, driving to work every day, working until I'm old and gray. Yeah that was NOT going to be me!
You can read more about my blogging journey here.
You can make money in different ways
Blogs make money a variety of ways. To start, you should pick one monetization method before branching out into another. Here are a few ways to monetize a blog:
These are ads where you are paid per click, regardless of whether someone buys something.
This is where you promote other people's products and earn a commission for every sale you make.
This is when a company pays you to publish an article they wrote - or they pay you to write about a service/product.
Creating and marketing your own digital products (ebooks/courses) is the best way to make money online.
Feeling anxious, confused or overwhelmed about starting a blog? Don't be.
There are a ton of resources available (including my blogging course). Starting a blog and making money is not as difficult as it was when I got started.
You will regret not trying
Ask any blogger and they'll tell you their biggest regret was not starting a blog earlier (me included).
You will find that your biggest regrets in life will be the things you didn't do. It's those opportunities we pass up on that just eat at us as the years go by.
Wanting to stay in your comfort zone is natural, it's safe, it's baked into your DNA to keep you alive for goodness sakes!
Your brain sees change as a threat, and is unfortunately unable to tell the difference between starting a blog or walking into the jungle!
You have control of your time
Ever feel like everything is happening so fast and you're just holding on for the ride? I get it. Feeling like you're not in control is a common feeling for those living the employee-life.
When you are shackled to a 9-5 job you don't have any control of your schedule. You can't take time off at the drop of a hat. You can't just choose to sleep in. Your entire social life revolves around your work schedule.
What blogging does is allow you to remove the shackles and give you the "time freedom" we all deserve.
Your income has no limits
Blogging income has no limits. Does that scare you? Feel that fear, it's awesome!
For example, let's say you start a blog, get 50 visits in one day, and make just $1.00. While you might feel discouraged, I wouldn't be.
This means that if you get 500 visits per day, now it's $10. And if you double your conversion rate, it becomes $20 per day.
Over time, your traffic and your ability to convert your readers continues to increase. Just how much money can you make blogging? The sky's the limit.
What is almost always true is that your blogging income increases every single month.
More content + more traffic + better conversions = more money in your pocket every month.
You can start building your dreams, not someone else's
Forget working for a flat hourly rate so your boss can keep the profit. What happens when the company has a record quarter?
At some places, your reward is you get to keep your job. At others, a holiday bonus to keep you blinded by the thievery going on.
What does the boss get? A new car of course.
And when you see your boss pull in with his new ride the next morning he'll teach you this valuable lesson:
"Keep up that great work ethic. Show up every day, on time, and work your ass off. If you do, I'll buy an ever better car next year!" - Boss to employee
The lesson? Stop building your bosses' dream and start building yours.
You grow as a person
You know what your boss has that you don't? Courage. They are not smarter than you. They are not better than you. They just realized that life is short and you need to take risks to get what you want out of life.
I know it can be scary to start, but you need to start taking chances in life. Fear is exciting, taking a risk is fun, and failures are the best lessons. This is how you grow and level-up in life.
Feel the fear, take a risk, grow, fail, try again, grow, hope to fail again, grow some more, and finally, succeed.”
- Edwin, DoSixFigures.com
You become your own boss
Getting a raise or climbing the corporate ladder is a joke. If you're going to work that hard, why not work for yourself?
There's nothing better than becoming your own boss.
What I love about blogging is that you get out what you put in. If you put in the time and work hard - you will make money blogging.
You set up a passive revenue stream
I'm not a believer in having a big retirement account. I mean, work for 40 years, sacrifice, save your money, then hope Wall Street doesn't F it up? Yeah, I'll pass.
The better option is to set up multiple sources of passive income. One could be a house you rent. Another could be an online business that runs on (almost) auto-pilot.
You get to live the laptop lifestyle
There goes your alarm. Time to get up for work and do the same thing you did yesterday. It's depressing just thinking about it.
But for full-time bloggers like me, blogging gives me the freedom to work whenever I want, wherever I want.
This is the part where I brag about working on my laptop at the beach, but you can't even see the screen with the sun out!
It's (really) cheap to start a blog
Compared to the costs of starting a business with a physical store, starting a blog is cheap. I mean really cheap.
Want to open a McDonald's franchise? You're going to need half a million dollars in the bank (source).
Want to rent a kiosk at the mall? You're looking at $2,300 per month (source).
Want to start a blog? It's less than $5 per month to start or about $200 a month with some blog tools (source).
Here are the minimum costs to start a blog:
There are also lots of free blogging tools out there to help new bloggers starting their blog.
It's easy to scale your business
Using some premium blog tools, you can scale your business and even automate many parts of it.
With a physical business, it usually takes hiring employees or expensive equipment to scale. But with a blog, all you need are the right blogging tools.
Here are some blog tools I've used to take my blogs to the next level:
You can make a difference in the lives of others
One of the best reasons to start a blog is because of the impact you can have in the lives of others.
Imagine you start a fitness / weight loss blog, you can help people feel better about themselves, get healthier, and possibly even save someone's life.
You can start a finance blog and help people slash their debt, improve their credit score and buy their dream home.
There's really nothing better than helping others + making money at the same time.
Regardless of what blog niche you choose, the purpose of your blog will be to help others fix their problems and teach them something new. People will always pay you to help them fix a problem.
You can still make money blogging in 2020
Yes, you can still make money blogging. But I don't mean as a personal blogger talking about your life. The days of the "influencer blogger" are over.
Blogs have definitely changed, but blogging isn't dead, far from it!
Bloggers who are making bank today do so because they treat their blog like a business, not a hobby.
They understand that their blog posts are just entry points to lure people into their sales funnels.
Ready to start your blog? Choose a domain name and get started here.
Wrapping it up
Congrats for making it 'til the end! To help you start your blogging journey, use these helpful resources for new bloggers: