Blogging requires hard work. Geeks work hard entire day and night to grow their blog,. The ultimate goal of any blogger is to earn respect, to spend some good time on internet to follow their dream and to bring productivity in terms of traffic and money. But starting any blog is not so easy task. It requires lots of investment. Here by investment I am not pointing out “Money” only. It could be in a form of time, hard work or money or your job where you are working currently.
Sounds weird, but yes, there are geeks who quit their day job for blogging. They are crazy persons, who love spending time in front of a 14 inch laptop screen. They don’t care of anything in life, they are nerds. They don’t quit job for money, but for passion and dream. Sounds crazy but it’s true.
Note: It is not necessary to quit job for blogging. There are many bloggers choose to travel on two boat at a time. Anyone can earn good amount of money from blogging but it requires hell lots of hard work.
Time is really a big investment for blogging. You need to research for topics and write a killer articles for readers and subscribers. Bloggers generally work 5 to 10 hours a day.
Without hard work blogging is possible but without hard work successful blogging is impossible. You need to burn your eyes in front of screen for several hours to become a successful blogger. There are many bloggers who spend more than 12 hours in front of computer screen.
The most underestimated investment for blog. People think that blogging is free of cost as they either use Blogger or WordPress.com. These two are free blog platforms in which you needn’t purchase hosting to host your domain. But for own domain name anyone can use WordPress.org as a blog platform which is also an open source project. Most of the useful plugins are free of cost. Only hosting and domain name investment is required. Hosting can vary from 1 to 100$ per month depends on the traffic of the website, an average running website costs about 100$/ year for hosting Domain name cost about 7$.
The main advantage of blogging is you don’t need any office. You can work from your home. You can also setup office if you want. If anyone wants to work without office setup then also few things are necessary:
A 14 inch laptop is necessary for blogging. Laptop is advised because bloggers usually attend different meet ups like Wordcamp, Blogger meet, Twitter meets. For live blogging, laptop (or smart phone) is required. If anyone already have a desktop computer instead of laptop then no need to worry as you can do as much affective blogging from your desktop as you can do with a laptop.
Although most of the blogging softwares like Windows Live writer, WordPress.org, Picasa, Tweetdeck, Filezilla etc are free of cost but OS is not free. If anyone starting from the scratch then Windows Vista or upcoming Windows 7 is must for any computer.
Office or flat rent
It is optional that anyone chooses to work in a office or work from home. If anyone setup his own office in home then it would be better optimization process. One has to pay only rent of a flat which is playing a role of office too.
Office set up requirement
Office setup is very necessary for a nice working environment. One need to purchase table, chair having wheels on its base, desktop, an internet connection, shelf, air condition for proper office setup in a home.
Its either meet up with Matt Mullenweg in Wordcamp, meeting with Nokia designer Axel Meyer or meeting other geeks in Proto, one need to travel from one place to another and travelling requires money. Travelling include Air fares, train fare, local conveniences.
The overall investment in blogging can not be predicted as it varies from 100$ to 1000$/month depends on the time, money and hard work we invest in our blog.
How much amount of money you invest in your blog? Feel free to share you views in a comment section.