Is It Too Late to Start a Blog? Blogging Tips
Is it too late to start a blog? As a blogger for 10 years and counting, I provide you with some insight into what it takes to become a successful blogger.
You’ve thought about starting a blog for years, but something keeps holding you back. You wonder, is it too late to start a blog? It takes time to create blog content and articles and to grow organic traffic, so is it worth it?
I’m here to help you decide whether you should enter the world of blogging. If you continue to ask yourself, should I start a blog? I have the formula to help you decide.
Is It Too Late to Start A Blog?
Starting a blog is fun. You can be creative and it feels amazing to share your thoughts with readers once you grow your traffic. Blogging is also a great way to make extra money as a side hustle. Some bloggers even make enough money to quit their day jobs. I was that girl! For 10 years and counting, I’ve made money as a blogger and content creator. However, money should not be the only reason why you start a blog.
Start a blog if you have a passion you wish to explore. (And I mean one passion!)
In order to make blogging worth it, you should focus on one topic. When you niche down you build a community and let Google know, “Hey, Google! I’m an expert/connoisseur on all things (enter your topic), so my blog should be on the first page of a Google search!” If you write about a specific topic, Google will eventually listen, especially if you have a kickass SEO content strategy.
Take my blogging experience as an example. I began blogging in 2006. I chose to write about relationships, dating, and sex, which set me apart from other bloggers at the time. 2006 was the Wild Wild West of Blogging; it was a new phenomenon with very little variety in terms of content. Most women bloggers wrote about babies and toddlers, family life and products, and all things #momlife. Does that mean you cannot write about motherhood if you start a blog? Of course, you can! You just have to niche down and blog about a specific topic within the motherhood/parenting genre.
It’s too late to start a blog if you won’t blog consistently.
To grow as a blogger and eventually monetize your blog, you have to blog consistently. Many new bloggers do not realize this, but Google tracks how often you write. The less content you have on your blog, the less content Google has to rank. Also, ad platforms like Google Adsense don’t approve your blog if you lack content. So, if you can’t commit to writing on a schedule and often, it’s too late to start a blog.
Start a blog only if you have time (or make time) to write long-form content.
It’s easy to blog consistently when writing 200-word blog posts. But you won’t make a dent in your traffic as it’s unlikely that you’ll receive organic traffic from Google. That’s because Google prefers long-form content. So, be prepared to write long blog posts and stick with it.
All in all, blogging consistently becomes more challenging when writing long-form content. That’s why I suggest batching content before launching a blog. If you have an SEO strategy, writing content in advance becomes even easier. I share the exact steps to take to launch a blog in 31 days here!
So, when asking yourself, “Is it too late to start a blog?” you should also ask yourself, “Do I have the time and energy to consistently write, write, write?”
Start a blog if you’re willing to invest in your blog.
Launching a blog is pretty affordable. You only need a domain, a web host, and a WordPress theme (I always recommend using WordPress as a content management system/blogging platform. WordPress was basically built for bloggers - and it’s free!). Down the line, however, you may want to consider investing in Facebook ads, Pinterest ads, and even hiring a VA to help you with social media. You have to think big to manifest success as a blogger!
Start a blog if you love to create content.
As stated earlier, you’ll blog a lot and potentially for a long while before you can monetize and grow your traffic. It’s easy to burn out, which is why you should love creating content. Also, pick a topic that you enjoy writing about and exploring. You will write about this topic a lot!
Also, blogging is more than writing and publishing a post on your website. You also have to create social media content. Being active on social media opens up opportunities for brand partnerships, which is one way to monetize your blog. If you're shy about social media and don’t know what to post, check out Brandtastic Instagram Content Creation Course on Udemy.
Remember: blogging can get overwhelming. Even though I’ve blogged since 2006, I sometimes still feel exhausted, especially now as a mom. I love it enough not to stop. I also don’t have to blog every day because I batch my content. Plus, my SEO content strategy keeps me sane!
Again, I love creating content; I am a Content Creation Queen! If you do not feel the same way, then yes, it is too late to start a blog as a method to make money.
Blogging can be extremely liberating. It also serves as a great creative outlet. Moms especially love blogging as it gives them a digital space to share their voices and ideas. Blogging often gives moms an identity outside of #momlife.
Personally, I love blogging because I love content creation. And, as a single working mom, it also provides me with extra income. I also feel super proud of myself when my SEO content strategy helps my blogs rank on Google. There’s no other feeling as a blogger than seeing your blog on Google’s first page!
So, if you’re asking yourself, is it too late to start a blog? Should I start a blog? Know that although it takes grit, dedication, and determination, it’s so worth it. Because you have a space that is all your own.
Before I go, here are some resources that may help you as a new blogger: