by Phoenix Desertsong, The Prose Machine
Blogging is a highly competitive game - that’s for sure! But if you think you have something new or unique to bring to the table, it’s never too late (or early) to start! It doesn’t matter how young or old you are! I see bloggers as young as 12 (and there may be even younger, especially on YouTube.) Then I see bloggers well into their 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s! As long as you’re a competent writer and have something useful to share, then blogging is well worth a shot!
Starting Young as a Blogger
When you’re younger, you obviously have not only time on your side to build your blog and your personal brand… you have youth itself on your side! This is both good and bad. There are those that will think it’s “cute” or “adorable” that you’re starting so young! It may be hard for some of your audience to take you seriously.
But for those of us who have been in the game for a bit, we have a deep respect for young bloggers. This is because it takes a lot of time and dedication to build a successful blog. And yes, many kids have more free time than most of us adults, but there’s more to it than just time and energy.
You have to have a certain maturity to be a successful blogger - something many adults don’t even have - to be brutally honest. You have to have a plan and know how to take the steps to execute it. Having a blog, even if it doesn’t do particularly well, is a great learning experience.
At the very least, blogging can make you connections, and these connections can prove quite valuable! We’re more than happy as bloggers to build up the younger members of the community, as you guys are the future of our industry! Sounds corny, but it’s true!
Starting Older as a Blogger
Somewhat interestingly, the advantages of time that you have when you’re younger can be the same advantage when you’re an older blogger. I’ve seen so many retirees pour all of the time they would have used in their day to day jobs into their new blogs. The effort really shows and some of them make a decent side hustle from it!
The other advantage older bloggers have is that they tend to have a fairly substantial network of friends, family, and former colleagues to get the word out about their new endeavors. Also, life experience is a huge advantage when it comes to content. While most of us younger bloggers are still learning how to put the pieces of our lives together, retired bloggers can give us perspectives and stories we can only dream of one day sharing.
It really is never too late to start blogging, and it’s so easy nowadays to get started! Also, it’s an awesome hobby, even if you don’t care about actually making money from it. We really love the elder members of the blogging community and we’re always happy to welcome more to our ranks.
For Those of Us Bloggers in the Middle
A lot of us bloggers are twenty-somethings or thirty-somethings trying to make blogging our primary work. Many of us have regular 40-hour or more a week jobs on top of the dozens of hours we dump into networking, promoting, and the blogging itself. Younger and older bloggers definitely have an advantage when it comes to time.
But for those of us in the middle that are turning to making blogging our primary gig, it’s important to realize that blogging is a full-time job in and of itself. If you’re looking to get into the blogging game, realize it’s going to be a 40-hour a week commitment, and often more. And most of that commitment needs to be about building one another up, young, old, and in between.
Whether you are looking into blogging full-time, part-time, or just as a hobby, it’s all worth it. But as with anything, you get back what you put into it. Think of blogging as starting your own business. It takes the same blood, sweat, and tears. Even if you aren’t doing it as a business, you still have to treat it like one, even if it’s not-for-profit. In the long run, you may not get rich, but you can definitely make a living from it.
It’s never too early or too late to start blogging!
This post has also appeared at The Prose Machine.
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