I often compare blogging to golfing. It may be a hobby, or it may be more than that. It may be fun and and it may be exactly how you want to spend your whole weekend. But with both, you're going to end up spending a lot of time, a good chunk of money, and beating yourself up with frustration.
Unlike golfing, blogging isn't something that the general public accepts as a hobby. With narrowed eyes they ask "Where are you trying to go with that?" or "Are you making any money?" And then as bloggers we scramble to monetize and grow a huge audience and generally rob ourselves of the joy of it.
But then something happens - we write a post we're proud of, we have an inspiring conversation with another blogger - and we remember why we do this. Because we love it.
Don't start blogging if you're not interested in blogging.
Don't start blogging if you're looking to make a bunch of money.
Don't start blogging if you don't have anything to say. But then again, everyone has something to say.
I get a lot (a lot) of questions about blogging. I do not (do not) consider myself an expert in any way, but if y'all are going to keep asking, then I figure you want to hear the answer.
So, a few questions and answers I get often about blogging: