Advantages & Disadvantages of Blogging as a Career
Blogging is rapidly growing to be a ‘business’ of its own kind.
Gone are the days when journalists had only pens and papers or specific websites to write on because now they have websites and blogs on which they can express their views. You do not need a degree to become a successful blogger – all you need is to write fluently in a language that you know well and choose an attractive name for your blog.
Associating this to social networking websites allows you to get viewers and readers who would then promote these amongst other people.
Nowadays a large number of people are considering blogging as a career. The thing about blogging is that although it is a good source of income, despite its popularity in the recent years, oyou cannot rely on it completely. You will see that even successful bloggers have or are involved in other businesses around the world. Let us look at the advantages and disadvantages of blogging as a career.
* Work anytime & anywhere - As a blogger you can work from anywhere in the world. You do not need an office or a room with stationery in it. All you need is your laptop or a desktop computer and wireless internet services so that you can post on your blog. You can practically work while vacationing at the same time.
* You are your own employee - when it comes to salaried jobs, you get employed by an employer who you have to be on good terms with and then, there are employees who you may be competing against; the office environment is very competitive and cut-throat and you need to be on your toes at all times. When blogging, you can wake up at any hour of the day, sleep at any hour of the day and blog any time you want to. Again, if you have a laptop, you can carry it around with you and blog whenever you think of something that is relevant to your blog.
* Flexibility - think about this: when you are a lawyer, you have to take up cases and deal with them in a manner that is beneficial to your law firm. When you are a business person, you need to take up projects benefit your company but as a blogger, the world is you oyster. You can choose to write about anything in the world so long as it benefits you and befits your opinion and thought process.
* Financial liquidity and job security - If you go through all the online jobs available on the internet as explained here, you will find that Blogging is one of the best option. You can work as much as you want and earn as much as you think you’d need (or more). That way you’d have no money problems and you don’t have to worry about a company going bankrupt and/or losing your job either.
* Readership develops slowly - you need to be patient because you don’t start earning with a bang. You need to be able to attract enough people so that you can earn a good amount of money at the end of the month.
* Discipline - blogging is a full-time job. You literally have to work from day to night and keep your laptop on and fully charged 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week.
* Dependent upon activity - you need to be very active as a blogger so that people can read your blog posts. If for example you fall ill or your laptop crashes, you won’t be able to blog and this would result in you losing followers and traffic. This would also have an impact upon your earnings at the end of the day.
Tell us in the comments about your experiences as a blogger. Have you turned your hobby into a career?
About the author: This article is Ranjan Verma who is working as a freelance writer from India. He is also working as a part time faculty.