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15 Reasons Why Blogging Sucks

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15 Reasons Why Blogging Sucks

Yes, my loyal readers I am here to tell you that blogging sucks!

Let me show you why.

1. It takes so much time to write a blog post… doesn’t that suck?

2. After you’re done writing, you have to purchase or otherwise find a cool image that reflects the blog content. There are tons of image vendors… choose carefully.

3. You better read the terms and conditions of any images you snag, or even purchase. Otherwise you can be in big trouble. Read the fine print, and bear in mind that the rules you signed on for change all the time.

4. Here’s the safer alternative: create your own image. But that’s not necessarily simple, either. Use Canva, Paint, Photoshop or some other software? I use Canva (not an affiliate link). It’s pretty good, although sometimes my pictures look like a five year old made it.

5. OMG… now people are actually coming to read your blog, and some of them leave comments.

6. Now, you have to reply to that comment.

7. Don’t forget to reciprocate. You have to return the favor by going to their blog, reading an article and commenting on it.

8. Not done. Now you have to share their blog post on your social media sites. More time. I told you this sucks.

9. In addition to all of this, you have to work on building an email list of your followers. You need to get people to opt in…what? This really sucks.

10. So, get down to the business of creating something of value, like an e-book, in order to entice folks to opt in to your email list. Just what you wanted to hear, right? Another time-draining “to do.”

11. Now people start opting in to your offer. Yeah! They’re on your email list. Uh-oh. Now you have to spend time writing emails… several times a week without fail! Oh, yea… Every week.

12. Emails are critical to jump starting the engagement process. Writing Good emails is the lifeblood of your business, but… it’s no snappy little process. %agh&*#yick%!! This is really gonna Suck!

13. You have to keep up-to-date with the latest and greatest products to offer and trainings to share with both your email subscribers, and your blog visitors.

14. As your blog starts growing, you find yourself replying to an increasing number of comments, reciprocating by reading 5, 10 maybe even more blogs every single day, and leaving your own comments on them. Where do you find all the time for this?

15. Besides, what is the point, anyway? Blogging really sucks when you have to spend so much time doing so many things that are not even making you much money, and certainly not very quickly.

Now, these are only 15 ways that blogging sucks.

There are plenty more.

Do you agree?

If so, the joke is on you … he he he

This may be a little off base from what I usually write, but the real point I’m making here is this:

Blogging is a lot of work, and it may take a lot of your time, and you might get discouraged at times and think “this sucks”…

but when you learn how to blog the right way, it’s worth every single bit of the effort.

Learn To Blog “The Right Way”

As a successful and dedicated blogger, you already know that. 

Everything you see, hear and look at makes you want to write about it.

You constantly think of neat blog titles, and hopefully even jot them down for later use.

You are eager and passionate in your quest to help others. This is really why you blog.

Inexperienced or struggling bloggers, on the other hand, may not understand yet.  They may just see blogging as too much effort for too little return.

I know it takes time to write good content on your blog.

But it’s really just sharing things that you know, or that you may have just learned.

There a variety of ways to do that.

You might put together a curated blog post.

Or, you could do an interview with another blogger or authority in your niche.

Make blogging interesting and fun, not drudgery to just slog through.

A good blogger loves to hear from her readers.  She answers each and every comment fully, and with enthusiasm and interest.

It is all about engagement.  This is where it happens.

If a person reads your blog post and leaves a good comment, you are excited to reply to them. Then in turn you do the appropriate thing. You go to their blog, leave the best comment you can. Then share it on social media sites.

Did you know how many people will read your comment and come over to your blog just because something in your comment resonated with them? It’s true. 

This is where your blog can start to go viral, so don’t think you’re wasting time with these “chores.”

Now Here Is The Part That Bloggers Love Most!

This is the part where the time you put into blogging starts translating into profits.

Does that sound like blogging sucks? Not to me.

Learn To Blog “The Right Way”

While there are many ways to make money with your blog, one of the most direct methods is to simply offer your readers good products and services to buy!

You can do this with side bar banners, or links within your posts. Either way, just make sure to brand yourself in the process…that’s right! 

You don’t want people to just buy a product, you want them to start to value you as someone who can help them solve their problems and make their lives better.

You want them to get to know you, and trust you.  That’s when they’ll become interested in buying things you offer, and want to follow you even after they’ve purchased. 

It’s easy enough to brand yourself if you’re offering your own product or service.

But even if the product is not created by you, do a short video or blog post “review” introducing it to your readers.  Make it clear that it is YOU who is suggesting they buy the “problem solving product” because YOU want to help them solve their problem.

This is how to build a following of readers, prospects and customers who will come back to you time and time again, for information, value and to make additional purchases.

Probably the best way to keep in touch with your buyers, so you can continue building your business by offering additional products and services is with your email follow ups.

Sure, writing emails is time consuming.

Figuring out what to offer and how to do it… this is a whole other specialized task that you’ll need to learn to do, and you’ll need to spend time working on.

And it’s not a one-time thing.

As long as you have a list of prospects and customers, you’ll need to come up with new and fresh ways to give them value and make them offers.


Bloggers Need To Keep Learning

“What? Learning… Grrrr my company told me everything I need to know, Donna!” Err…Not!

The internet is a place that changes very, very quickly. What worked yesterday may be just old-hat today.

If you are not up to date with what’s happening online in your niche, and spending time acquiring the latest marketing skills, you are going to sink very fast.

Does this suck to you?

Not to successful bloggers.  They know this is an essential part of blogging. 

They make it their business to keep up on all the latest niche information that pertains to their blog, as well as the hottest marketing strategies that other bloggers are using.

It doesn’t suck to me because (1) it challenges me, and (2) I love it!

Learn To Blog “The Right Way”

Those are pretty key attitudes to have if you are going be a successful blogger.

Yes, my friends, blogging sucks…

  • IF you think you are going to start a blog, push a button and make money fast
  • IF you don’t have an altruistic mindset, meaning: you don’t care about anyone but YOU!
  • IF you don’t want to put in the necessary time
  • IF you don’t love the challenge of keeping up with the fast pace of the internet
  • IF you don’t love to learn new things, all the time
  • IF you don’t love connecting and engaging with people
  • IF you are not committed to always finding new ways to improve the lives of your readers, subscribers, customers and clients

Your Blog Is A Sales Funnel

So my dear friends, what say you?

Does blogging suck? or is it just about the greatest business in the world?



Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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110 Responses to 15 Reasons Why Blogging Sucks

  1. Erika Mohssen-Beyk
    March 27, 2015 at 2:12 pm #

    Hi Donna ,
    I thought you make a joke,I know you love blogging even if it sucks.
    For me, it does really, most of the time. I think it takes me a lot of time,
    but I like it.
    This may get better over time. Like you say it is rewarding as well.
    Having nice comments and connecting with others is a good reason.
    And it can be done from home and we are connected with people from
    all over the world. It is amazing. I like to learn as well,not only about IM,
    It sucks sometimes and I did even not start to write emails yet.
    If I get better in writing, it may get easier.
    Good, you listed all this very nice what is still waiting for me 🙂
    I take the challenge 🙂
    Thank you

    • Donna Merrill March 28, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

      Hi Erika,

      I think I have teased just about everyone with this title lol. The best part of blogging for me is connecting with people all over the world. How could we ever do this without the technology we have now?

      It is a rewarding experience. Girl, you do have to start writing those emails….Sometimes when the mood strikes, just write a bunch of them and then you can send them out later via get response or whatever you use.

      You ARE a writer, so let your fingers fly across that keyboard!

      Donna Merrill recently posted..The Blogging EntrepreneurMy Profile

  2. Linda Schrier
    March 26, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Terrific post, It sucked me right in. I am at the beginning of blogging and that is why I’m taking your course “Blogging Magic” to learn how to blog the right way and I’m loving it.

    If I wasn’t blogging I wouldn’t have met you and I’m grateful for that.

    Good things will happen if we blog the right way.

    I am falling in love with blogging in my journey of internet marketing and it’s people like you who keep me moving forward.

    I am a newbie blogger learning from you and one other person because you both stay on top of your game and I have much to learn. I feel like you wrote this post for me. How cool is that?

    Thank you so much for sharing and you have a wonderful day,

    Linda Schrier recently posted..Personal Freedom In Internet MarketingMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill March 28, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

      Hi Linda,

      I am delighted that you are finding my “blogging magic” course helping you blog the right way. I wish I had it when I first started out lol. Blogging is a passion and coupled with the knowledge of Internet Marketing it will get you starting to monetize.

      It is great that you felt this blog was written just for you. That means I’ve done my job with this post.

      Thanks so much for your feedback, I sure appreciate it.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..The Blogging EntrepreneurMy Profile

  3. Willena Flewelling
    December 1, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Hey Donna, I can tell you had some fun with this one. 🙂 I guess anything sucks if you don’t see the big picture of why you are doing it. I caught myself this morning, thinking I need to do this — but I have to do my stupid ________ first. Sometimes everything feels like a chore, including those things that are going to move me forward most quickly.
    Willena Flewelling recently posted..Week 9 – Andrew’s GiftMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill December 2, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

      Hi Willena,

      There are those days where everything seems like a chore. That’s when I like to step away and do something like take a walk in nature….anything to clear my head.

      Then I can come back with a new attitude and roll up my sleeves to get productive.

      Glad you had fun with this one!

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Learn To Blog The Right WayMy Profile

  4. Deborah A. Ten Brink
    November 30, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    Wow Donna! I’m 101st commenter! Hopefully you still find it valuable!

    The first thing that drew my attention to this post is, of course, the title! I couldn’t believe an expert blogger like you would be negative… but you seemed to be for the first 15 points. So, naturally, I had to read further to get to what your point was for writing this post! I was intrigued!

    Then I saw your point… and you made more than one excellent point about blogging and how to do it right with the right attitude and perspective. It’s really quite humorous! Some new bloggers (or people that shouldn’t be blogging at all) do tend to look at blogging like you stated in the first half of your post. They read something somewhere that told them blogging was an easy way to get rich quickly with little effort. Thank you for the “meat and potatoes” of your post where you explain what it’s really all about and the proper perspective one should have if they want to be a blogger that’s successful online.

    Kudos to you and your products you’ve created! Keep ’em coming! 😀

    Deborah A. Ten Brink recently posted..Your Mission Statement. How To Capture The Essence Of Your BusinessMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill December 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm #

      Hi Deborah,

      Got ya with that title! Most people were scratching their heads thinking I had gone nuts. But I see you got the point.

      Yes, that first half was about those who have been told that blogging is a cash machine. We know darn well it is not.

      Because of many newbies coming into my business, I do get quite a few that have been told this. When I do explain to the the “real deal” of blogging, they either will take up the challenge or run away, going back to the day job.

      I wanted to make this clear so that people will understand what it takes. Ergo..those “meat and potatoes”

      Happy to see you here!

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Learn To Blog The Right WayMy Profile

  5. Donna Merrill November 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    Hi Emmanuel,

    Wow…you are the 100th commenter! Thank you so much.

    I’m glad you enjoyed this post. For me, blogging is a passion. For others, especially those that are quite new, it can suck.

    This is why I wanted to share the responsibilities one must undertake if one wants to be a blogger!

    Donna Merrill recently posted..Luck Is Not The Same As SuccessMy Profile

  6. Emmanuel
    November 29, 2014 at 3:16 am #

    wow! Here I am again Madam Donna with the privilege to adding the 100th comment which obviously ought to be replied. Hence there is of course no doubt that blogging really sucks.

    One thing I like this post of yours is the fact you offered remedies at the end with respect to how we can do blogging right.
    Emmanuel recently posted..Roadblocks to Motivation in BloggingMy Profile

  7. Leanne Chesser
    November 27, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    Haha! I giggled all through the first section. I thought it was a clever way to summarize the necessary aspects of business :). But I definitely don’t think blogging sucks. It’s totally the greatest thing in the world and it’s one of my favorite things in my business.
    Leanne Chesser recently posted..The Me & You ManifestoMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill November 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

      Hi Leanne,

      I’m so glad I got you to giggle! There are so many people that are taught that all you have to do is put up a blog and BOOM! Money will roll in.

      I just had to write this parody because as you well know, that is just not the case.

      I love blogging too and know it is an important aspect of our business.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Luck Is Not The Same As SuccessMy Profile

  8. Donna Merrill November 24, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    Hi Nile,

    In the beginning of blogging we all have those 15 things we need to ask ourselves. And so much more. But once we start and become dedicated to blogging, there are so many ways to develop our natural talents and skills to make money.

    You have been around a long time and have grown in leaps and bounds. And the best thing is….you always share valuable content.

    Donna Merrill recently posted..Blogging For Network MarketersMy Profile

  9. Nile November 24, 2014 at 1:44 am #

    At one point a long time I thought it did, but “blogging sucks” isn’t even in my book… lol. I guess after tackling many niche and as a writer, blogging is natural. Give me a topic, and I’ll spin it 20 different ways.
    Nile recently posted..The Twitter GuideMy Profile

  10. Andrew
    November 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    You know, to some newbie bloggers, blogging probably does suck. I mean, there so much to do and to learn and it can honestly be very frustrating to many. But it’s really all about persistence and the strong minded that makes it.

    When I started last year, I thought blogging sucked majorly. All I wanted to do was sell my products and that’s it. I wanted no part of blogging because I knew that’s not what I wanted to do. But then that changed and I got into blogging and guess what? It sucked.

    Because I wasn’t succeeding as I thought I should be. But I didn’t quit. I continued on. And now, I’m in a better place than I was 6 months ago. And hopefully, I continue advancing.

    Writing emails is very time consuming, but I’m dedicating myself to revamp my entire autoresponder series over the time off I’m taking in 3 weeks. To many, it would seem as though that sucks, but I know what I want for my business. And it’s something that needs to be done.

    Last thing I want to say is that you’re absolutely right about bloggers needing to continue learning. I love to learn because I obviously don’t know everything. Learning from others is the best way to not only improve, but get ahead.

    Awesome post here, Donna.

    Have a great day.

    – Andrew
    Andrew recently posted..8 Proven Strategies That’ll Accelerate Your Audience’s Trust ImmediatelyMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill November 24, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      Hi Andrew,

      Thank you so much for sharing and adding value to this post. Sounds like you were impatient at the beginning as so many people are. Put up a blog and lets make money! But as you mentioned, you learned the ropes and know now that blogging takes time.

      Your blog has grown in leaps and bounds and you always share great value in your content.

      So now, when you go out to the marketplace and pick a target audience, they will look you up, see who you are, and go to your blog. What they will find out is that you provide very good information and you know what your talking about. This gives you the credibility you need!

      Dedicating yourself to write a whole new auto responder is an excellent idea! This is where we really need to engage with those that have opted into our offer. As long as our sales funnel is in place, things start happening!

      Wishing you all the best,

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Blogging For Network MarketersMy Profile

  11. Christine Adindu
    November 23, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    Phew! you hit the hammer on the nail. Yes I agree blogging sucks alright. So much to deal with getting it done. Time and how to get your content right. There are easy way… I have the right solution and it is working well for me. Thanks for pointing it… I love blogging and that is just me. I like discovering new platform. Though it is time consuming to figure out but once you are done… it is a breeze… Have a great week.

    • Donna Merrill November 24, 2014 at 11:20 am #

      Hi Christine,

      Yes, blogging does take time, but it is a business! And as any business goes, it can suck! But as long as we love to do it, it works.

      I see that you have a great niche site. I’m sure that is working well for you!

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Blogging For Network MarketersMy Profile

  12. Reginald Chan
    November 23, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    Hey Donna,

    Been sometime since I am here and hope you are doing good!

    Do I hate blogging? Hell yes. The competition is way too much (so to speak) and it just gets tougher by the day.

    However, I totally enjoy it. Why? Because there are peeps like you who make me felt… Life is good and my writing is appreciated.

    Thanks for sharing dear friend!
    Reginald Chan recently posted..3 Content Marketing Best Practices Which Aren’t Best Practices At AllMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill November 24, 2014 at 11:18 am #

      Hi Reginald,

      Good to see you again! Sometimes we get that love/hate situation about blogging. But I find that if we stay on course, and keep going, eventually we pick up the traction and can stand out of the crowd. You know that crowd of the bazillion bloggers out there! lol.

      It is a labor of love and I myself wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. And yes, it is so great to meet and engage with others…..like you!

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Blogging For Network MarketersMy Profile

  13. Atish Ranjan
    November 23, 2014 at 1:21 am #

    Blogging doesn’t suck actually rather it asks a lot of commitment from you. It is very demanding all the times but remember if you are strongly committed to it and fulfills all the demands then it is very lucrative. isn’t it?

    I understand that blogs are not letting you take some leaves and some free time. It makes your life revolving around it only.

    Whatever it be but I am in deeply in love with Blogging.
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    • Donna Merrill November 24, 2014 at 11:03 am #

      Hi Atish,

      No blogging does not suck at all! As long as one has the devotion toward it, just like any other business.

      I love blogging and yes, it is very lucrative! Once we blog the “right” way, giving great content and answering comments. Also going to other people’s blogs and reading, commenting and sharing.

      Yep…takes a lot of work and time, but what other business doesn’t?

      Be well,

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Blogging For Network MarketersMy Profile

  14. Irish Carter
    November 22, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    Loved the humor and idealization behind this for so many. Here is one — Blogging is a roller coaster ride! Get ready for ups and downs! This week my computer decided to need intensive care. It really is on its last leg. So,I bought a new computer. I got it Thursday evening and have screaming, b##%ing since. I am a creature of habit. I bought the exacts same comp that is sick. I love the comp type. However, the new one has stiff keys from being new. I have to beat on the “O” and “Space” key . Needless to say, I want my old comp back.

    Thanks for a great and truthful article and helping others to find a smooth way to becme a blogger

    Irish Carter recently posted..Tips to Help You in Your Struggling Online Business!My Profile

    • Donna Merrill November 23, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

      Hi Irish,

      Good to know you “got’ the humor of this blog post! OMG I can relate to your share of getting a new computer and it not working as you wanted it to.

      So don’t be that “O” and “Space” key too hard….but.err..well you must be under guarantee he he he.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Blogging For Network MarketersMy Profile

  15. Michael Belk November 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Wow Donna, I was surprised to hear this from you, but you make some good points. Blogging can be one of the most rewarding yet difficult jobs you can do.

    You seem to have a good grasp on what makes you popular. I am glad to know of you and I wish you continued success.
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    • Donna Merrill November 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

      Hi Michael,

      What a shocker isn’t it? He He He….I wanted to make a point that if someone is blogging, it takes time and consistence and of course, a lot of work.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Blogging For Network MarketersMy Profile

  16. Mustafa Gaziani
    November 22, 2014 at 2:40 am #

    Hey Donna,

    Amazing post 😀 Yes! Blogging sucks. It takes too much time to write an article or to promote it. But, this such will also benefit you and the best way to earn a living income through it if you do it wisely. There are hundreds of benefits of blogging too.
    For me now It’s a hobby. I don’t feel blogging a hard job for me. All you need is just passion. If you’ve then it’s very easy to write content and share your experience with the world.

    Between, I’m too familiar with all the points you’ve mentioned above. LOL!
    But this post is awesome 😀

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Donna Merrill November 22, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

      Hi Mustafa,

      Yes, blogging can suck when we have to put all the work into it to make it work. From content to social media – it can be time consuming.

      But… it is the best place to be for anyone who wants to market.

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Blogging For Network MarketersMy Profile

  17. Jey Ganesh
    November 22, 2014 at 2:07 am #

    A quite article…

    This article really will help for increase blogs web traffic. In every word explained here will makes blogs revenue very higher.
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    • Donna Merrill November 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

      Hi Jey,

      Welcome to my blog! Thanks for coming by and yes, this will increase traffic to one’s blog. Our blog is our home where we can monetize our business offers.

      It does take work, but if one is not afraid of that – business will be great!

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Blogging For Network MarketersMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill December 2, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

      Hi Jey,

      Welcome to my blog …glad you liked it and hope to see you again!
      Donna Merrill recently posted..Learn To Blog The Right WayMy Profile

  18. David Merrill 101
    November 21, 2014 at 11:17 pm #

    Great post, Donna.

    Blogging certainly is a major commitment for those of us who position in up front and center in our online business.

    As you point out, though, there are incredible benefits for anyone who understands the deeper strategy that lies behind blogging. It’s definitely not just about creating content, although that’s an activity that does take a lot of time and effort.

    It’s more about the spin-off strategies, primarily that of building relationships with people in our niche.
    David Merrill 101 recently posted..Mentoring For Online SuccessMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill November 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

      Hey David,

      Blogging is a huge part of our online business. There is a deeper strategy if one blogs wisely. It is a creative process of engagement and marketing.

      Now you know me well and you know how I love to engage with people. Gosh you can’t even take me out to a party because I talk to just about everyone he he he.

      But seriously, blogging is a business…and that said it is a major commitment.

      Thanks for coming over

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Blogging For Network MarketersMy Profile

  19. Steven J Wilson
    November 21, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    This definitely caught me off guard when I saw your headline LOL!

    Blogging Sucks! I know Donna isn’t saying that huh?!?! LOL!

    Bloggers surely have a ton going on. You’re right, 15 is a very small list compared to all that bloggers have to do an on a regular basis.

    It really is interesting to me to visit blogs that were so popular but after being abandoned for only a couple months, things go way down hill.

    I like that you went into this because part of being a serious blogger is being willing to do all the work. and continue to get better and better at it all.

    I enjoyed this post Donna! Have a great weekend!
    Steven J Wilson recently posted..What Blogging And Thanksgiving Have In Common And How To Avoid ItMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill November 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

      Hi Steven,

      Most people that know me seen this title and had a reaction he he he. It’s fun to fool around with titles sometimes.

      But I do wanted to give only 15 reasons that Blogging Sucks out there for those who are either new, or are on the fence of leaving the blogging world.

      I wanted to grab the attention of other bloggers that are not monetizing their blogs too! It involves lots of work, but if we work smartly, we can succeed!

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Blogging For Network MarketersMy Profile

  20. Joy Healey
    November 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    Hi Donna

    That post really built up well to get your true point across. I enjoyed reading it because it reminded me of my learning process.

    Just as I thought I’d got one step cracked I realized that it led onto another one “they” hadn’t warned me about.

    One reason blogging sucks for me is, like Tim, I find it so addictive! I mean for goodness sake, it’s nearly 3am here in the UK and I’m still commenting etc. Hey, I cold be slumped asleep in front of the TV 🙂

    Yes, it’s addictive, but that’s because I enjoy it so much and take pleasure from seeing the progress I’m making compared to when I started out.

    Certainly, I’ve made mistakes – Adrienne calls them “learning experiences” which I much prefer – but I love overcoming each challenge, even knowing there’ll be another one round the corner.

    So I won’t be trying to quit my addiction just yet.

    Thanks for a great post and enjoy your weekend.

    Joy Healey recently posted..Infographic on 10 Reasons Why Internet Startups FailMy Profile

    • Donna Merrill November 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      Hi Joy,

      It sure is a good reminder of our learning process when we started because no one tells you all the things you need to do to have a successful blog.

      I do work with many newbies that are starting out and have some crazy idea someone told them that you put a blog up and you make money. Grrrrrr

      When I lay out the “real deal” they either decide to do it or not. But I find it of the utmost importance to tell new people coming in to the blogging world what to expect.

      Yes, it is an addiction of sorts, I am addicted and loving it too!

      Donna Merrill recently posted..Blogging For Network MarketersMy Profile

  21. Sherman Smith November 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    You know what Donna? When it comes to blogging, it really sucks! It really takes a lot of your time! But… that is time well worth spent! That’s the best part about blogging.

    For me it’s a hobby (even though I’m not suppose to think of it as such 😉 ) but I’m a serious person when it comes to blogging, generating traffic, leads, commenting, etc… you know what i mean! That’s what i really like, and also it’s helping me balance my introversion with my extroversion. I can get be hyped up and calm at the same time with no problem now 😉

    But yes, I do all of the steps that you mentioned here! Yes it can be tedious if you’re mindset is geared towards that, or you can have the mindset of wanting to do this everyday because it’s fun to you. Either or, you choose, but it’s also going to show in the words you convey on your blog post. So I’d rather look at the fun, and exciting side of blogging versus the other way around!

    Thanks for sharing Donna! Have a great weekend!
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    • Donna Merrill November 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

      Hi Sherman,

      Blogging to me is fun also. I just love putting something together and having people engage on my blog. It is fun to make new friends…and those that have been with me for a while…Like YOU!

      Engagement is what I love the most after I have created the content of the post. And yes, It can be tedious, if one doesn’t enjoy it.

      Sometimes just coming up with an idea for a post can make you just stare like a deer in the headlights at your computer screen.

      This is why I like to urge people to have a spare post in their back office already done for those “just in case” moments.

      Thanks so much Sherman for sharing your feelings in your comment!

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  22. Lea Bullen
    November 21, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Omg it does. And the pressure to produce something great every time you write, grrrr. lol

    I enjoy blogging but I can see how its more than the average person may bargain for. But then again everything takes work and dedication.

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    • Donna Merrill November 22, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

      Hi Lea,

      Blogging isn’t for everyone he he he. We have to know what we are getting into before we start. It is a labor of love for us, but sometimes it just isn’t a good fit if someone doesn’t have the patience and persistence to grow in business.

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  23. Jenni Ryan
    November 21, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    hahaha awesome post. I am familiar with those steps. It does take work and a lot of consistency to gain any traction , that is why most people don’t persevere. But obviously so worth it once you get the traffic and leads and engagement.

    Very entertaining!

    • Donna Merrill November 21, 2014 at 11:05 am #

      Hi Jenni

      I so glad that people are having a good time on this post! I wanted to lighten up things a bit, but at the same time lay it all out on the table.

      Yes, blogging does suck if a person doesn’t want to take the time, have patience and persistence to make it work.

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  24. Chery Schmidt
    November 20, 2014 at 11:22 pm #

    Hello Donna, You my friend have out done yourself with this post here today! I want to congratulate you on making me laugh, OMG here it is going on 10:30 PM and I have not had a good laugh yet today..HEHE

    This did it, Yes blogging Sucks HEHE and you have certainly given us the reasons that it does.. HEHE Why in the world do we do this?? HEHE

    I Love you Girl Friend! OMG I can’t stop HEHE Thank You Thank YOU!! You have made my night.. Chery :))
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    • Donna Merrill November 21, 2014 at 11:04 am #

      Hi Chery,

      So good to know you can get a good laugh at the end of your day lol. Yep, funny as it may seem to us, I wanted to illustrate the time and passion it takes to blog.

      Is it the right fit for the person or not!

      I know, coming from me this did make tons of people laugh out loud, but hey, I do like to have a good chuckle now and then too!

      Now you are making me laugh with your comment…I can picture you laughing lol

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  25. Deborah Tutnauer
    November 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    I love sarcasm when its funny and kind. Donna, you made me laugh out loud in this post !!

    It’s funny how playing a bit with reverse psychology can get people to drop their defenses and explore their own perceptions and inner thoughts.

    Blogging does indeed suck if you believe getting online with your pretty website is instantaneously going to bring you royals and riches.

    I wonder how often people think about how relationships are formed offline. As adults, how do we make new friends? Network for new business? We don’t just stand on a street corner with a sign saying “I’m a fun person, will you be my friend!”

    We instead meet people and it’s casual at first, and then we have tea and share some stories and it develops from there. Eventually we end up supporting each other and having fun together. Blogging is the online version of the same process. We build connection and engagement and community by truly getting our hand dirty and being fully present!

    Thanks for this post Donna!
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    • Donna Merrill November 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

      Hi Deborah,

      Good to know you were laughing out loud with this post! I wanted to give people a good chuckle.

      You are on point and really got the message because I wanted people to explore their own perceptions and inner thoughts with this message.

      Yes, blogging sucks if one thinks it is all about a get rich quick idea. While training many new people, they have somehow thought this would be the end all of their dreams without making relationships.

      You know me well enough that I tell it like it is. So when someone calls and wants some coaching this is kind of a layout I give them BEFORE they make a decision to coach with me.

      It amazes me the responses I get “Don’t you want to sell me on this Donna?” he he he Of course I do if they are a right fit for the blogging world. If not, why even start? I don’t like convincing people to do anything. Rather, work with those who know what they are in for 🙂

      So true, making relationships takes time and one has to want to do it. I can just picture myself carrying that sign “I’m a fun person, will you be my friend?” You made me laugh out loud with that one!

      Blogging is not for the faint of heart, the get rich quick mentality, nor the person who wants to dabble in it once in a while.

      It is based on giving, connecting with others, and creating that community on our blogs and in conjunction with social media. And…marketing strategies which is an ongoing learning curve that has to be enjoyed.

      Thanks for your awesome input,

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  26. Amiti
    November 20, 2014 at 3:44 am #

    Hi Donna,

    WordPress should post your reasons for why blogging sucks on their installation page, and after instillation show them why blogging rocks – that won’t happen but that would make the internet a better place…love the title!
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    • Donna Merrill November 20, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

      Hi Amiti,

      He He He…I agree WordPress should use this blog How funny that would be!

      Thanks for putting a smile on my face,

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  27. Mi Muba
    November 20, 2014 at 1:45 am #

    Hi Donna

    It is very correct blogging sucks. It almost makes the life of a blogger hell. A person fully involved in his blog can do nothing except just doing blogging, thinking about it and planning for it.

    But for those who take it as a business it never sucks. If one do blogging as just any other business is done he will just enjoy it and will be happy to achieve his goals in set period of time.

    In every business we create and sell. For that we either buy or manufacture ourselves and then take the support of marketing to sell our product. But in any kind of business we need to invest a huge amount of money to achieve our goals.

    The biggest advantage in blogging is lesser investment and higher results. Till the time Google bots don’t charge money for visiting our blog and noticing our well-done SEO contents we don’t have to invest much for higher returns. This is the biggest feature of blogging.

    So the conclusion of your post is blogging sucks for those who don’t have its proper concept and perfect strategy to do it. Those who just dive into it to become a millionaire in short period of time deserve to face the whipping of blogging failure.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this interesting post.
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    • Donna Merrill November 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

      Hi Mi Muba,

      I always appreciate your insights.

      It’s so true, as you say, that blogging is a lot of work that is well worth it when you understand the bigger strategy behind it.

      I often have clients ask me “how do I make money blogging” and they are really surprised by the map I lay out for them.

      They think they just have to put a bunch of ads on their blogs and that’s the only way to make it a business. You and I know… that is definitely NOT the way to turn your blog into a profitable business.

      Thanks so much for visiting, Mi Muba.
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  28. Barbara Charles
    November 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    As I was reading this I was agreeing with you all along. Blogging does suck but why can’t I stop! LOL! For all the reasons you mentioned. You see, I went through all of the learning and all the things we have to do as bloggers and it’s tiring and a full time job. So I understand how blogging sucks. Problem is I’m addicted! 😉

    All of the things I need to do, I don’t have time to do. I’m horrible at sending emails to my list. Need to get better organized and I need more time!!!

    Hopefully, our sessions will help me get things in order. Loking forward to working with you to help me get my blogging under control.

    Great article. True, but humorous, enlightening and educational. Love it.
    Great job,
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    • Donna Merrill November 20, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

      Hi Barbara,

      You do have your hands full with a full time job and blogging. I remember the time you almost wanted to throw in the towel, but you sustained. And look what happened to your network marketing company…the people from Paupa New Guinea….you made things happen over night!

      One of the main things you need to do is create a DMO…I know it is difficult, but when creating a real one that has a real time line you can do, it starts to get better.

      Blogging is only a part of the business and once you get that down to a science and set your priorities in marketing, I know you will do well.

      I am so looking forward to working with you. I truly want to see you prosper and not have to work so hard. You deserve it Girl!

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  29. Mark
    November 19, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    The best 15 reasons why I love reading and studying under Donna Merrill!

    What absolute fabulous and incredibly educational post!

    You do all that and more if need be! And that’s still just scratching the surface of possibilities. Well, if they didn’t know, successful blogging and or Internet marketing specifically is no rose garden.

    And if you’ve got or want a “no sweat clause” this is definitely not your cup o tea.

    Another fabulous post, done as only you can do it Donna! Thanks once again for simply telling it like it is!
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    • Donna Merrill November 20, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks so much for liking this post! I’m starting to direct those who are coming into to the blogging world to this one.

      It’s amazing how so many people are taught by God knows who how to put up a blog and money will roll in.

      We do know the deal Mark, it is a constant work of love. One that is passionate and has a never ending learning curve.

      If someone doesn’t want to commit themselves to blogging, then they really need to look elsewhere.

      Yes Mark, I’m just telling it like it is!

      Have a great week,

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  30. Glenn Shepherd
    November 19, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Well this must be the best post on blogging I’ve read in a long while! I absolutely agree with everything you’ve said here and can totally identify with it all – both with the negative feelings that could crop up if we don’t approach it with the correct mindset and with the buzz and satisfaction that we can feel too if we do it the right way.

    I especially identified with the bit about jotting down ideas for blog titles – this is something that I do all the time, along with jotting down notes for the content too. I use the built-in Windows Sticky Notes to do this and I was looking at it only today in fact. I was surprised to see just how much I have written in there! I’m adding to it all the time so I don’t think I’ll be short of ideas for a while, plus I often get an idea on the spur of the moment and just decide to base a blog post around it. I’m glad I have a good cache of things to draw from though if necessary.

    Thanks for this enjoyable post. I hope you’re keeping well and I look forward to reading your next great post! 🙂

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    • Donna Merrill November 20, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

      Hi Glenn,

      Glad you enjoyed this post! I do think most can identify with those feelings of blogging. I wanted to lay it out that way so people can take a good look inside themselves. 🙂

      We do have to approach blogging with the correct mindset. That’s where it all starts…in our minds. And I’m a firm believer of that. Once we do things the right way and have that fire burning within us to keep on going we then become good passionate bloggers that create content to help others.

      I know you do!

      Thanks for sharing how you jot down ideas. Once we are bloggers and/or marketers, we do see the world with that mindset and are never at a loss of ideas. The problem is if we don’t jot it down somewhere, we loose them.

      Your input has enhanced this post and I thank you,

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  31. Adrienne
    November 19, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    I agree, this one is a little different for you but point well taken.

    I think as I continue to work with newer bloggers they just don’t understand the process and why it takes awhile to make those connections. The payoffs are so great though and worth it for sure. That should be our end goal anyway, what we are here to achieve.

    I have a few clients that have been blogging for years but used their blogs as just a place to send people to read information. There were no comments and certainly no community. Once I shared with them what you’re sharing here it’s like the lightbulb just went on. A couple of them have been implementing what I’ve taught them and having tremendous success. It really doesn’t take that much when you put the work into it.

    Blogging is very time consuming but it’s SO worth it. Guess that’s why I’m so passionate to help others myself. I know the benefits it can bring them and we both just want them to have massive success as well.

    Great job with this one Donna, way to go. You rock it girl and loved your headline.

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    • Donna Merrill November 19, 2014 at 8:38 pm #

      Hi Adrienne,

      Weather they are new bloggers or have been around for a while, many don’t understand the process of blogging and how well it pays off in the end.

      I do get surprised too when a client comes to me that has been blogging for a while and their comments are like a graveyard. Gosh…it’s pretty simple strategy to do as we both know it, but once they apply it boom…they start having their own community of people coming to their blogs.

      Isn’t it great to have a client implement what you teach them and then you can share the joy of their success? This is why we are so passionate about this business Adrienne!

      Yes blogging takes our time, but when done correctly, it is worth every minute of it. Plus teaching others a thing or two is the best part of it.

      Thanks Adrienne, I knew you would get a kick out of that headline lol.

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  32. Donna Merrill November 19, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Hey Jacs,

    Glad you got a good chuckle out of this one! It was my intention he he he

    Yes blogging does suck if one doesn’t want to see it as a business model. Or if someone just thinks that you can set up a blog and get rich quick.

    But, when viewed as part of our business model….oh boy it is the center of our world!

    Thank you for coming by and sharing,

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  33. Jacs Henderson
    November 19, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    How I laughed!!

    You are brilliant Donna…

    and Yes, I’m sure blogging sucks when you just do it for no reason…..

    Having a purpose to give to others with stories, recipes, business tips etc makes blogging a valuable thing to do and opt-in and products just add to what you can offer your readers.

    I love blogging, it is my online home, and the centre of all my activities, and I love to adapt and grow there and share with others what I hope they will find productive and interesting.

    and I love reading yours too 🙂

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  34. Erik Emanuelli
    November 19, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Hi Donna,
    you made me smile with your post!

    Amazing points.
    You are absolutely right : blogging sucks!

    Most of all, when you start earning with it.
    And if it is a big income, together with doing what you love, this sucks even more! 😉

    Thanks for the great post,
    have a fantastic rest of this week, Donna.
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    • Donna Merrill November 19, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

      Hi Erik,

      Glad I made you smile lol!

      You made me laugh with your comment…so true! Balancing our blog and business does put a lot on our plate.

      But you know what? The more business I’m getting these days the more I’m creating a great balance in my life to take time out for “me” and its working smartly not working hard.

      Yep, it can suck at times, but the excitement always takes over!

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  35. Lesly Federici
    November 19, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    I LLLLOOOOVVVVEEE this post! Yes ma’m there are MANY things about blogging that’s a pain in the ass… but worth every irritation because the rewards are great. Like anything in life it takes effort! No effort, nothing comes of it. Lots of effort you get the momentum brewing … that’s just the way it is. … you are right on my dear friend 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill November 19, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

      Hey Lesly,

      I know you have that fire inside of you Lesly. You not only blog, but created a fantastic community.

      I remember way back when we first met and look at all you have accomplished! You do put effort into your work and it is so much appreciated my friend.

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  36. Tim Bonner
    November 19, 2014 at 5:58 am #

    Hey Donna.

    Blogging sucks for many reasons but it’s just so addictive.

    Sometimes I don’t want to do it or offline things mean I can’t do it but I’ve found ways to get around that. The relationships you make along the way are what makes blogging worth it.

    Of course, if you can make some money from it too, all the better!
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    • Donna Merrill November 19, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

      Hi Tim,

      Yes, blogging is addictive! We meet the greatest people on the planet we would otherwise have never met. That’s the exciting part for me!

      Building relationships with others is fantastic. Some actually become real friends. And then some we can do business with.

      And of course, the main purpose of blogging is to have a “home” where we can make money from it. Not an easy task, but once we learn how to market correctly, it can be done.

      Thanks for stopping by,

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  37. Sonia
    November 19, 2014 at 4:47 am #


    You certainly got my attention pretty quickly as I know you and what you do and for a headline like that to come from you, well, you got me reading from beginning to end and I loved it!

    You reminded me of why I started blogging in the first place, well initially it was just to entertain and discover new people but now it is to educate, inform and provide value and yes it is hard work but I love the challenges and yes, every time I learn something new I want to write about it to share with the world!

    I totally love your work!
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    • Donna Merrill November 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

      Hi Sonia,

      Glad you enjoyed this post. Yes, most people that know me were taken by surprised by this headline he he he. Sometimes we just have to have a little fun with words.

      It is so good to know that you have grown with your blog. The best thing is that when you learn something, you write about it to educate others. You always provide good value.

      Yes, it is time consuming, but it is a business. If we are serious and work smartly, we build a strong foundation with our blogs and then we can couple that with marketing.

      One must have a passion for it, or else the fizzle out!

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  38. Brittany Bullen
    November 19, 2014 at 12:31 am #


    This is so funny. What a fun premise for a post! Although I must say it made me tired thinking about all this stuff I should be doing… I need to be better with my emails, they’re automated right now but I do hope to be more personal if I can ever find them time…

    And I know it’s all about priorities, but for me, I guess I’m just in the habit of doing things a certain way and I’ll need to re-train myself to do things differently. The only problem is, I can’t seem to find time to do that either!

    Sigh. Do you work full time in addition to your blog? How do you find time to do all you do?


    • Donna Merrill November 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

      Hi Brittany,

      I just had to play around with this title…he he he

      First of all my friend, never should on yourself! When we think of what we “should” do, it gets us to a place of procrastination, or having bad feelings about ourselves…so eliminate that word from your vocabulary and you will change your mindset. I just had to say this because I stopped shoulding on myself years ago and am more happy!

      I am a full time blogger and internet marketer, and coach. That fills up my life. I do have another business that I’ve been doing for years consulting people. I’ve been an entrepreneur for most of my life…just cannot work “for the man!”

      As for time: Set up a DMO! Work smart and not hard. Make the time to get all your priorities down on paper.

      I would say firstly to put up your main goal on top of the sheet of paper, then write down all the things you need to do to achieve that goal. Each and every day set some time to do so.

      Make sure you don’t get “stuck” on wasting time. The key here is focus. I know the pain! I couldn’t do this either, so I had to download an mp3 hypnosis tape I listened to for focusing on business…It helped.

      If you ever need to reach out about this…contact me we can chat a bit. Your blog is fantastic and I love what you do, especially on your “Spiritual Page” I would like to get together with you.

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  39. Jackson Nwachukwu
    November 18, 2014 at 9:43 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    This is an incredible write up, you always have a way of sharing what needs to be shared!

    Blogging indeed sucks, and there is nothing bad at all to say this for once. One thing with blogging is at its early stage when you have to deal with maybe 5 or at most 10 comments, emails and all that, one tend to contain it. But as you grow, it becomes very tasking.

    At this stage the only that will keep you in the game is your passion for blogging, because the absence of this is going to make you reply to comments after a week a loyal reader left one on your blog.

    Frankly speaking writing a post used to be a great deal for me, but just as passion have much role to play, it gets better and easier these days. The only thing there is to learn the easiest way to go by your business of blogging.

    One thing that is sure is that nothing good comes easily, so the price for building a community blog is staying focused and determined at all time otherwise a stage will come when the whole thing look so messed up and at that stage one can truly voice out that blogging sucks.

    I really enjoyed reading, just one of those your awesome write ups 🙂

    Hope you are having a great day my friend?

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    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

      Hi Jackson,

      Glad you enjoyed this post. Blogging does come easier as we go along. If we see it as a business, it becomes more exciting. It can suck if one doesn’t have a DMO to follow.

      As long as we are organized and don’t get all caught up in just focusing on our blogs, we can breeze through so much more easily. There are so many other things to do and our blogs are part of our business.

      Yes, nothing ever comes easy. Once we are at peace with that, we can set aside all distractions and focus on the big picture. Each and every step we make is a wonderful experience.

      Oh let us not forget the perks of blogging…all those connections of people all around the wold we would never meet unless through a blog. Connections like you my friend.

      Thank you for your wonderful input,

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  40. Neamat Tawadrous
    November 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Great Post and your title grabbed me right in.

    Indeed, blogging is hard work and time consuming and to be honest with you, sometimes when I get overwhelmed, I say what did I get myself into and at the beginning it really sucked for me. LOL.

    But as I learn and get to know people through it and build relationships, I start to feel the fun and value of it and if not for blogging I wouldn’t have got to know the wonderful people like yourself, and I wouldn’t have learned what I learned so far and still learning. It doesn’t suck anymore for me.

    Thanks Donna for a great share as always and you did deliver your point in a very smart and fun way. Enjoy the week ahead.

    Be Blessed,

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    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

      Hi Neamat,

      Yes, that title grabbed many people in…some people thought I lost my mind he he he.

      Blogging takes time, passion, persistence and a passion! One must have these qualities in order to be a lasting blogger.

      Learning comes with it hand in hand. If we don’t have a hunger for learning, we will only stay in the same place…stuck!


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  41. Nathan Ambrose
    November 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    Hi Donna.

    I can definitely relate to the words of your article.

    Yes, I admit that blogging does suck at times. I’m still trying to establish myself, and produce my best work.

    At the same time, I enjoy the challenge. So I’m just working hard, learning hard, and trying hard while learning from people like you and many others. Meanwhile, I will also continue learning from my own experiences.

    It will be worth it eventually. In fact, it already is.

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    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

      Hi Nathan,

      I wrote this title to attract attention. Most of my readers ran right over and thought I lost my mind he he.

      But blogging is something to take seriously. We must have a plan, and build in our marketing strategies.

      The blogging journey of learning will never end and that’s what I love about it the most.

      Good to know you are working hard and learning hard!

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  42. Akaahan Terungwa
    November 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Blogging sucked – back in the days. Today, I can confidently tell you that it no longer sucks…however, this took me time to figure – and perfect.

    The grand point is to be open to learn and watch out for what works great – re-applying same in the process and ignoring what does not work – completely.

    Be sure to have a great day!

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    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

      Hi Akaahan,

      Blogging does suck if one doesn’t want to put the time and energy into it. That is the point of this post.

      It does take time to figure things out and how it all works with marketing strategies also. But if one is willing to keep at it and keep on learning, one will be on the road to success!

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  43. Don Purdum
    November 18, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I absolutely love blogging, even though from time to time I get tired. You are so right! It’s not for the faint of heart. It’s tedious, demanding, and hard work.

    There is a lot more to it than meets the eye as you said. I won’t re-hash your points, except to say that if a business is going to blog they better get real and straight about what it’s going to take to succeed.

    The problem is that too many business owners have gotten caught up in the wrong habits, activities and mindsets to effectively blog and network well online.

    If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me;

    * You write how many posts and how many words?
    * You read how many blog articles per week?
    * You leave how many comments?
    * …

    “That’s just too much work!”

    Really, cause in my opinion what sucks are the businesses that are too lazy to get off of their duffs and get serious about marketing their business in 2014. It’s not 1996 anymore, yet too many businesses want the easy way out still.

    Let’s just throw some money at this, this, this and this and see what our ROI is…

    That’s a lesson in failure in today’s marketing.

    The great companies like Southwest Airlines get it. If you’ve never seen their blog I encourage you to Google it. They do a FANTASTIC job of connecting with their online followers.

    If they get it, so shouldn’t we as small business owners?

    The biggest issue I find are the excuses that are preventing businesses achieving success online and offline because they won’t put the effort into it. Of course their is time! You make the time for what is a priority.

    The reality is that it’s not a priority because business owners by far and large are not willing to take the time to learn. Yet, we know that learning the key to all business success. We ought to always be learning.

    I once heard someone say a long time ago that if you’re doing the same things in six months from now that you are doing today you are on your way to being out of business.

    That is the simple truth!!!

    Great post Donna! I know you love to share your thoughts we me on my blog and it’s never a problem for me. In fact, I love your “rants.” So, just thought I would share with you some of my thoughts as well on this topic of which I’m just a little passionate about.

    I hope you have an amazing week Donna!

    ~ Don Purdum
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    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2014 at 9:12 pm #

      Hey Don,

      Thank you so much for adding so much information to this post. Yes, blogging takes work! It takes time and is so worth the effort.

      If little guys like us can put in the time, the constant learning curve and the entire package of blogging and marketing, what about big companies? Yes, some do “get it” like Southwest Airlines (Yep…seen the way they engage with people) And others…well if they are not on board with the new way of marketing, they will be the ones that are doing the same thing six months from now.

      When I talk to small companies and give them the strategies they need to make their business work I would say maybe 1 or 2 out of 10 will put it into action. I’m working with a salon right now and they are catching on so fast, it’s amazing.

      It is a high priced salon with amazing products. I had a vision for them. They listened. I was hired to oversee one of their staff members grow their blog and facebook presence. They are new at this and we are setting up their blog as I write, but they took action on social media and Wow…But that’s a story for another day. 🙂

      So true, learning is the key to success. If anyone wants to grow their business, they MUST be learning every day. I’m kind of lucky because I split learning curves with my husband/partner. We dedicate a few hours every night on learning curves. It’s like parallel playing that kids do he he.

      Thanks again Don!

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  44. Rohan Bhardwaj November 18, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Hi Donna,

    You nailed it. You just created the checklist for every blogger to follow. 15 of them, which sucks but will eventually turn into profit in the long run.

    Blogging is a game of fun, a road of hardships and good profit money on the long term.

    Keeping the spirit high in blogging is not an option, it is a necessity.

    Have a great day. 🙂

    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

      Hi Rohan,

      I love the way you put it: Keep the spirit high in blogging is not an option, it is a necessity!

      If people agreed with these 15 points they cannot sustain being a blogger. If they see it as a part of a business, they will profit in the long run.

      One has to have the desire to sustain the ups and downs of the business because our blogs are a central point of our business!

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  45. Lisa
    November 18, 2014 at 6:44 am #

    Donna, love this one! It is so ironic – if you get addicted to blogging you love it but yet you hate it on other days because IT is SO MUCH work! And you are never done learning as things change at a rapid pace in the online world. If it’s not SEO it’s social and if not that it’s WordPress and other coding. It’s never ending. If I had known beforehand how much work and time was involved I’m not sure I would have jumped in but I did with 2 feet. I don’t regret it though, I can’t imagine how much I’ve learned in the past 4 years. It’s amazing what we can do when we put our minds to it. Great share Donna, hope all is well and enjoy the rest of the week!
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    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      Blogging is a lot of work. For me, I don’t get into the nuts and bolts of coding, or not even a plug in. I leave that all up to my service. That saves me the time I need to write blogs and engage with others.

      More than that, I’m spending more time marketing and keeping on top of the latest marketing strategies. That’s where most of my time goes and also for the clients coming in. Things have changed in business during the last several months and that’s a good thing!

      I had to make many changes with the new twist in business and needed to start hiring some people to do more for me.

      I am glad I jumped into blogging, even though it does take time it is worth all of it to me.

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  46. LeslieZ
    November 18, 2014 at 6:19 am #

    I zipped over here from Facebook thinking you had lost it 🙂

    I haven’t been on your blog in a while and since I so enjoy your posts, I figured you had something up your sleeve. Excellent headline to cause a little stir.

    Blogging can suck, but anything you have to do that is work can suck also. Some people don’t want to put in work to build their business because it can suck a lot.

    But then there are days when you help that one person, when you meet a great person (like you) or join a great group, when someone compliments your blog or facebook page…. Then it rejuvenates you and makes you forget all about the sucky part of the business.

    I don’t love everything I do… I don’t hate everything I do… But overall, I love it!

    Great post! Donna you rocked it once again!

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    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

      Hi Leslie,

      He He He…No I didn’t loose it at all lol just a fun headline!

      Blogging is a funny business. Reason being is that some come in with false promises that they are going to make money as soon as that blog is up..NOT!

      As you know it takes patience and persistence, engaging with others before we can sell anything.

      There are those times when we all think it sucks, but 99% of my time I don’t. It comes down to our passion for blogging and meeting people and getting that great feeling that someone out there was helped by you.

      But, keeping our marketing hats on all the time, we can logically stick to our plan of business as usual. The great thing about it is that it is all in our own hands. We can choose any direction we want. As we grow and learn, we have the power to grow our business.

      Thanks for coming by,

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  47. Bren Lee
    November 18, 2014 at 5:11 am #

    Hey Donna! Love this post! You are right, Blogging sucks however aren’t all the connections worth it on the end? 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2014 at 11:58 am #

      Hi Bren Lee,

      The connections we make and looking at blogging as a business is worth it for me!

      It is a major player in the role of marketing..so no it does not suck!

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  48. Dennis
    November 18, 2014 at 3:37 am #

    Hi Donna!

    Entertaining post you just did there! I was reading it and practically saying the next, exact sentence in my mind before I even read the next line.

    “What? Learning…” LOL

    For people like me that are still struggling, it might look like blogging really sucks…but I enjoy my time doing it. It sucks because I cant hit the targets I am aiming for (yet) – slowly, but surely. 🙂

    Keep up the great and I look forward to more entertaining posts like this from you!
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    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      Hi Dennis,

      Glad you enjoyed this one! Yes, Blogging might look like it sucks, but if we have the passion in our hearts, the patience of knowing that any business takes time to grow and the persistence to stick with it…it is a win win situation.

      Just look at the percentage of people who do stick with it…something like 3%!!! That top tier of people have the stamina and business mind that know they will “make it” in the business.

      I’m sure that with some trial and error you will be able to hit those targets. Whenever I do a marketing campaign, I know before I spend a dime, that there will be split testing, and many trial and errors. Then, things flow out of nowhere!

      That is the fun of it all. It’s like a giant puzzle we need to put together that never ends.

      To your success!

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  49. Harleena Singh
    November 17, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Lol…what a lovely post, one that all of us enjoyed I am sure 🙂

    Yes, blogging has it’s share of ups and downs, and it does suck at times! I wouldn’t say writing a post is the problem, as that’s the easiest part for me, if I am not tied up with things! But all that follows up later, the promotion and comments seem to be the never ending matters to take care of!

    Yes, reciprocation is required and that’s fair enough too I guess, unless we know the other persons facing problems, when we all go over and help them out. Other than that, commenting on your own posts, which I always do after I make my visits first to the person who visited mine (this never ends and my own post comments suffer as they are SO many and I take time replying!!), and commenting on your regulars is time consuming.

    Not to mention the new blog community and forum at my blog, where many Ahaians (Aha!NOW Blog Community members as they are fondly called) share their posts, so those too need attention and comments. I guess you can imagine how much it ALL sucks for me lately!!

    Don’t worry, you don’t have to visit my blog till tonight, as I don’t have the latest post up yet…lol…so will save you the trouble!

    But yes, blogging IS time consuming and certainly not a quick way to make money, not for the real, professional blogger at all. If done right, it can surely make you a lot of money, but things take time and effort, so keep the faith and carry on.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2014 at 11:32 am #

      Hi Harleena,

      Thanks so much for sharing all that you are doing on your blog and especially with your “Ahaians” It is a task that does take time. But I know you well and I do know that you are passionate about it.

      You have been around for a long while and built a community of trusted readers. People love your blog and now you have your community set up…that does take a lot of time out of your day I’m sure!

      Blogging is time consuming and yes, not a quick way to make money. But is any business on this planet a way to make money from the start? Hmmm….I don’t think so.

      I’ve been on the other side of business…offline for many years, and I had no expectations of making money fast. However I built up my business and it is still there although I’m not as active as I used to be. What I did was build a strong foundation…one of trust. That was my secret sauce of success.

      I just brought it online, and replicated the trust factor, over-delivering, and a strong passion for others. It’s a win win.

      Thanks for sharing so much,

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  50. James McAllister
    November 17, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    Hi Donna!

    As soon as I saw the title of this post in my Feedly, I just had to come and see what it was all about. Funny!

    I really don’t think blogging is really much different than traditional work, although the tasks are different. I could say that driving to work, running errands, trying to impress your boss, networking with co-workers, attending meetings etc. all suck as well. 🙂 I guess that’s why I’m a blogger!

    The thing that makes blogging challenging is you have to manage all of these tasks and time effectively on your own. You don’t have someone telling when and how to do stuff – you’re the responsible one. Your income is largely based on how productively you work. This is challenging for many people because they’re used to having someone organize all of their time for them.

    The problem arises when people get into the mindset that blogging is passive income, when really, it’s the exact opposite. As a blogger and business owner, I spend most of my time working! Sure, you get the luxury of “working when you feel like it” but it’s really just a balance of spending your waking life working and doing other things inbetween working. If I didn’t absolutely love the work I was doing, I’d probably go insane.

    As you laid out, there’s so much to do and our tasks are constantly changing – but it’s the beauty of the business in my opinion. Most people can’t handle it. The ones that can and are willing to do so are the ones that reap all of the rewards.

    Fun post Donna, I really enjoyed reading it!

    – James
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    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2014 at 11:25 am #

      Hi James,

      Thank you for your awesome comment! Yes, blogging is a business and as owners of this business we are responsible for all tasks at hand.

      Bloggers don’t have that employee mentality, but instead have the mindset that they can work hard at their business, but have the option of taking time when they need it, instead of asking for time from their “boss.”

      It is a mindset and one needs to put their business hat on in order for business to flourish. It does take time just like any business offline too. But once we have that passion, the endurance, and always getting excited for the next step we can take in our business, we can sustain the test of time.

      The best part is that things always change and that’s what keeps us on our toes. I wouldn’t trade it for any other business in the world!

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  51. Monisha Kapur
    November 17, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    OK Donna- you got me there for a second!! LOL!! I was a bit thrown off in the beginning of your post but as I read on, I got what you were saying 🙂 🙂

    I will admit sometimes when I have to do a new blog post I do sometimes think “it sucks”. But when I get to clicking and I write about something I’m passionate about and feel like the post i’m writing will help people I end up loving it!!!! And yes, when someone leaves a comment I get so excited 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this fabulous post!!
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    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2014 at 11:13 am #

      Hi Monisha,

      He He..so I got you there for a second? I wanted to kid around a bit on this post to illustrate the different mindset of people and their blogs.

      I am so glad you made the decision to create a blog! I remember when it was just a thought we talked about when you were working that 9 to 5 job! I seen that you have so much potential to help others.

      Hey girl, you even help me all the time. Remember the post you wrote about how stripes are in and I thought I was too short to wear them? Well the next day I went shopping and purchased the type of stripes that suited my body. I would have never thought of that!

      I can see how your blog is gaining traction and so is your business. So my friend,

      Here is to your success!

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  52. Corina Ramos
    November 17, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I just love the way you put this post…straight to the point, no messing around. Exactly how I like it :).

    For the most part I love blogging but yeah there are days when I say “man this sucks”. Especially when there isn’t much money coming in. That’s sure to make anyone lose their passion for blogging.

    But I still think it’s the greatest business in the world. It’s the best platform to build relationships with our audience. When I get an email or some other note from someone who got hired from a job I posted or the resources I shared was just was someone needed, man that gets me on this high…I know you know what I mean. 🙂 It makes all the hard work so worth it. To me that’s the true meaning of success.

    And the blogging community…my goodness they are the best bar none! Everyone is so helpful and motivating, and this includes you missy :)!

    But yes, blogging is definitely a love-hate relationship :). Great post Donna! Have a great new week.
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    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2014 at 11:06 am #

      Hi Corina,

      Thank you so much for sharing your feelings in this post! I think we all get those days where we say to ourselves …this sucks! But with an email that you received that you mentioned, wow…it can’t get better than that.

      Plus the blogging community is composed of the best people I’ve ever met in my life! Hey…that is how I met you and I’m sure glad I did!

      The blogging business requires patience and persistence. And when you think about it doesn’t any business require that?

      Once we stick it out, money just flows in.

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  53. Ryan Biddulph
    November 17, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    I feared blogging for years Donna. Really. I feared succeeding because succeeding meant taking on more responsibility. AKA, doing the 15 things you noted. And I thought doing these things would suck, since I’d be so busy and would open myself to criticism.

    But it’s not all that bad. As you get clear you’ll find doing stuff to inspire more folks is fun. Then you even do less things after doing more stuff as you learn the principle of effective action.

    Then you free yourself and more folks by doing a bit fewer things but, learning in-depth, how to do these things intelligently, to reach the max number of targeted folks in minimal time.

    Then you free yourself by forming personal bonds with folks, one at a time, through blog commenting and emails.

    Perfect example;the bond I forged with Adrienne inspired her to review my first eBook 4 months ago, without me asking her. That post boosted my eBook sales and brand visibility. The 1-to-1, friend-building thing makes your life more enjoyable, and in the long run, saves you year’s worth of work, and struggle, and heartache. Off the bat, you’ll likely do comfy by confining things as a blogger and then, as you evolve, you’ll do uncomfortable but freeing things to see greater and greater success and to enjoy the ride.

    Love it Donna.

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    • Donna Merrill November 17, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

      Hi Ryan,

      I just cannot imagine you fearing blogging. Yes, I know you for a long time and seen how you grew as a person, as a businessman, and most of all as a blogger.

      Yep…those responsibilities come with blogging and some people are just not cut out for it. But you my friend, stuck it out and now look at you! All those ebooks…all the attention and speaking at NYU…you became a superstar once you let go of your fears.

      Living proof of this post!

      And yes that example you have given happens often. One person does an act of kindness and all of a sudden we become friends…real friends! That’s why I love blogging!

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  54. Joan Harrington
    November 17, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    Hi Donna 🙂

    Love LOVE LOVE this post!!!! These reasons are so true lol I so resonated with each and every reason you detailed in your valuable post 🙂

    You always share such valuable content that anyone can implement if they are a new blogger or a seasoned blogger 🙂

    Absolute great post!

    Thank you for sharing 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill November 17, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

      Hi Joan,

      So glad you Love this post! It was a little different twist I wrote to capture some attention and to make the point that blogging is not for everyone.

      It’s not a get rich quick solution, but rather a business. New bloggers need to know this.

      I had given a hint about marketing here, but I think that will come in a later post. This is the beginning of something that I am planning out….more posts on marketing and of course, our blog is a huge part of the strategy.

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  55. Marquita Herald
    November 17, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    When I saw the title of this post I dropped everything to hop over here because I knew you of ALL people had to be kidding with this! Awesome content and advice – as always – Donna. Once in awhile I look back over the last 4 years and think of how far I’ve come and can’t believe just how naive I was when I first started. But the thing was I DID get help, I DID pay for and follow the “expert” advice but in those days there was still a lot left unsaid about the day to day challenges of blogging. Personally, I LOVE blogging and am so very happy I found my way to this online world. Thanks for the inspiration!
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    • Donna Merrill November 17, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

      Hi Marquita,

      Gotcha didn’t I lol. Good point! When we first start, we need others to help us with our blogs and you did get the help and pay for that “expert” advice. That is a good start back in that day.

      No, they weren’t teaching the challenges of blogging, nor the importance of social media back then. But we learn as we go don’t we?

      Yes I love blogging too and the online world is the only place I ever want to be!

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  56. Monna Ellithorpe
    November 17, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    You are absolutely right; Blogging does suck and IT IS just about the greatest business in the world to be in. I LOVE it.

    I always enjoy reading your posts. I learn so much from you. Thanks again.
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    • Donna Merrill November 17, 2014 at 10:41 pm #

      Hi Monna,

      There is no other business I would rather be than in blogging. Yes, the key word business, because with all the other marketing I do, it always comes back to my blog.

      One has to have the stamina and understand of blogging to do it year after year. The perks are meeting wonderful people like you!

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