When I first started blogging three years ago, I didn't know ANYTHING about blogging. I mean, sure, I knew that I needed to promote myself, be authentic, and take great pictures, but I didn't know anything about social media, hosting, branding, and everything else that goes with the lovely hobby. Thankfully there was Pinterest, because after three years, I feel as if I am finally on the level that I want to be on.
Unfortunately there are so many things that are very wrong on Pinterest, like the fact that you NEED to be on Wordpress to be taken seriously, and today I am going to bust some of those similar myths.
1 | the blogger vs wordpress vs squarespace debate
This is the longest running debate in blogging history. Alot of people said that you need to have a Wordpress blog to be taken seriously by brands, but I don't see the need. Sure, you own all of your stuff on Wordpress, but it's also more of a commitment money wise; you have to pay for hosting and other things. I have seen alot of blogs on Blogger (even some big blogs) and they seem to be just fine. I mean, hey, I'm on Blogger and I am happy with it. I am able to change up my design, my interface is user friendly, and sometimes you can't even tell that I am a Blogger blog and not a Wordpress blog.
In the end, it really doesn't matter which you go for, but just do this for your blog: get a domain. Go to Go Daddy and spend the like $12 a year for something professional. Brands don't like to see the repetitive nature of dot blogspot dot com or dot wordpress dot org.
2 | you NEED a dslr to have great pictures
In one of my Facebook Blogging groups, I saw someone put down phone photography, and say that a dslr is the only way to go, if you are a blogger. In a nutshell, they said that photos taken on phones look like crap. I disagree. I have been blogging for over three years now, and at least 85% of my photos have been taken with my phone (a Samsung S4); the others have been taken with a point and shoot. But sometimes you don't even need to take your own photos: you can use stock photos. Not only are they beautiful, but if you want, you can work with a stock photographer and get your own branded photos/styled stock.
3 | you can immediately quit your day job to blog, and be ok
It takes a whole lot of work and some time to start making money blogging. Many bloggers rely on a lot of different ways to make money: sponsored posts, brand collabs, selling ebooks and courses, affiliate marketing, and sometimes even freelance work. Most people think that they can just start a blog and bam, the income comes flying in, but that isn't true (unless you have ran some other blogs before, and have experience). You have to put the work into it.
4 | bloggers always get free products
Ok, so sometimes this may be true, but in all honestly, bloggers may get free products, but that doesn't mean that they don't have to work for it. A lot of bloggers pitch companies for product, hotel stays, air line tickets, etc, but they come with the promise of a blog post and/or social media shout outs. You just don't get something for free.
What is one common myth that you've heard and BUSTED about blogging?