so you have a blog but do you have a business?

There are many, many bloggers who have used their blogs to help launch their businesses and more often than not, these ladies make it look easy. Almost too easy.

In fact, I think it gives a large number of bloggers the wrong idea about how these successful ladies became successful. They all had amazing blogs that they used as a springboard for their extraordinary talents. They had an idea of what they wanted to do, or they excelled at something and it became apparent through blogging. 
should you make your blog a business?
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But because you’re really good at pinterest and getting “inspiration” from the runway doesn’t mean you can be a stylist anymore than reading Lonny makes you an interior decorator. 
Let’s get real, having a business is a hell of a lot of work. It isn’t all unicorns, rainbows and smiles. It’s long hours and really hard work. It’s not knowing when your next paycheck will come and worrying that you’re going to have to dip into your savings, again. 
So before you think that having a blog makes you able to start a social media consulting business, or offering styling services or decorating someone’s home you may want to reconsider. It’s really easy to have a business but it is very hard to have a successful one. It isn’t something that happens overnight, perhaps like the success of your blog, but takes a lot of hard work and dedication that is beyond collages and blog comments. 

Comments

  1. Alex ButtsAugust 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    On the same note, just because you have a blog, doesn’t mean your blog neccesarily gets income. Or, more so I’m sick of people with an insignificant following trying to charge for ads.

  2. Alex {Things That Sparkle}August 31, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I AGREE WITH EVERY SINGLE WORD YOU SAID 100%. This drives me insane. It is one of my biggest issues with blogging.

  3. Emily LunstrothAugust 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    They just all make it look so easy and semi reachable which is awful for me because the TINY part in my brain is like yeah you can do it…but come on emily no you cannot!

  4. AlexAugust 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Um I’m going to second what first Alex above me said. Shit there’s a lot of Alex’s on this post thread…

  5. Grace - Stripes and SequinsAugust 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I’m going to third what the first Alex said. As you know, I AM SO TIRED OF THIS!!! Please sponsor my blog! I have 100 followers and 200 pageviews a day!

  6. StephanieAugust 31, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    amen sister girl.

  7. christine doneeSeptember 1, 2012 at 2:11 am

    true words, friend. true words.

  8. ShannonSeptember 4, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Amen sista! Half of the blogs I stumble upon are usually some 20 year old wanting to start her own graphic design business. I’m over it. It’s great to be optimistic and even better if you can make a living doing what you love. Blogger does not create overnight moguls. Trust me…I wish.

  9. Britt+WhitSeptember 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    love the advice on it, and also if its something you love go for it, but def know the risks

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

  10. Hollie AnnSeptember 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Hahahahahahahaha.

    I really want to be a big b and tell you about the one blog I despise…..I clicked on it for the first time in a few months and literally my computer crashed. Sign?

    Yeah I don’t know why people think blog = must have an etsy shop.

  11. Tamra {ever swoon}September 9, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Ditto to Alex. Huge pet peeve, some ppl have no freaking clue how hard it is.

  12. DianaOctober 8, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I’ve wanted to have my own website since I graduated college a whiles back. It wasn’t a dream to be a blogger but a content provider. Times have changed and now everyone and their white trash mother can sign up and push their thoughts into the world. It’s annoying that there is so much clutter out there (it’s really fu*king with my ADHD) but on the other hand, if you’re good enough, you will succeed. I don’t see anything wrong with people trying, even if they have bad traffic. Someone out there might buy ad space. And all conferences tell you to try and never give up and be persistent so these newbies are just following directions. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

    Also, the people you’re talking about here…if they read your blog, they would probably cry. Sorry this was long. Love your blog. K, bye.

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