I already mentioned in previous posts how I’ve been blogging here at Fujinsei for only 1 year, but I’ve been a blogger ever since I was a teenager. By “blogger”, I mean a personal blogger. Like most personal bloggers, I don’t get paid for what I do. I do it for the sheer fun and passion for it. I blogged at that ancient Friendster, Google’s Blogger, Tumblr, and other blogging platforms. I even had various blogs here at WordPress, but they didn’t last. I blogged about different kinds of topic such as books, poetry, films, comedy. . .lots of things including my, ahem, personal life. (cough cough) With all of these experiences, I know what’s it like to feel lost in this often vast and extremely diverse blogosphere.
Why Many New Bloggers Have Multiple Blogs At The Same Time
First-time bloggers often create multiple blogs at the same time because perhaps they have many interests, and they don’t want to blog about completely different topics in a single blog. Sometimes they already have an established community in one blogging platform, but later finds out that another platform offers better tools, accessibility and convenience. They want to move to the new platform but are anxious about losing the followers they already have from the old one. As a result, they end up deciding to create a new blog at the new platform while at the same time maintaining their old blog from their previous platform. No matter what reason you have for having multiple blogs, unless you have a blogging partner or a member of a blogging team, I don’t recommend it.
Why I Don’t Recommend Having Multiple Blogs
Don’t get me wrong. I sincerely believe that there are special people in the world who have the ability to successfully maintain more than one blog. Jamie, one of my blogging buddies, is one of these talented people. She keeps a personal blog at Through Two Blue Eyes and an anime blog at Jamie Talks Anime. In addition to these blogs, she’s active in several social media platforms. Wow. This girl probably never sleeps or she has eight arms and two brains. I don’t know.
More power to Jamie and to other bloggers like her. But for the rest of us normal bloggers, maintaining multiple blogs at the same time isn’t always possible. Unless you permanently forsake your entire social life, give up on sleep, or force your parents to birth you an evil twin to blog whenever you’re resting, I don’t think you’ll be able to maintain more than one blog successfully. By “successfully”, I mean regular blog posts and interaction with other bloggers, plus coming up with fresh blog ideas for discussion. There’s only so much time that you can spend to do all of these. Adding another blog will severely cut the time you allotted for blogging and increase your workload exponentially.
Saying all of these, however, I understand that some of you may feel the need to have separate blogs. So what can you do?
Share the Responsibility
1. Guest Post
Consider submitting a guest post to one or several of your favourite blogs. There are many out there who welcome guest bloggers. You just need to take a little time and effort to look for these sites, and of course a little courage to ask them for the opportunity to guest blog. As a guest blogger, you will have to follow each blog’s guidelines and policies to be accepted, but there are many advantages should your submission get accepted.
One: your post will be viewed by the blog’s subscribers. If the blog has a huge following, then all the more reason to guest post. You don’t have to painstakingly gather the followers all by yourself because they’re already available to you via the blog’s popularity.
Two: unlike having your own blog, there’s no pressure to post regularly. You’re just guest blogging, so you can take all the time you need to prepare your submission. Unless you’re given a deadline by the blog owner, you’re not really obligated to send anything that you’re not ready for. But I suggest that you write a post (or at least have an outline ready) before you apply to guest post. In this way, you won’t face the dilemma of figuring out what to write after you’re already accepted as a guest blogger.
Third: you can associate your name with the blog. If the blog has already established a strong and loyal following, then it will just benefit you to associate your name with them. Think about the benefits of putting this on your bio: “Guest Blogger at <insert popular blog>. Sounds good, eh?
2. Become a Regular Contributor
l suggest that you try your hand at guest blogging first before you apply for a contributor position in any blog. Why? Because by submitting one or two posts first, you can evaluate yourself whether you’re fit to become a regular contributor. You don’t want to be accepted as a contributor in a blog, and then realize halfway that you’re not able to submit posts regularly. That would be embarrassing and will just taint your reputation as a blogger. Just like in guest blogging, you will have to adhere to a blog’s policies and guidelines. A regular contributor is more pressure than a guest blogger, but less pressure than an administrator of a blog. Depending on your role as a contributor, you’re only responsible for your own posts versus shouldering the responsibility of maintaining an entire blog.
3. Create Your Own Blogging Team
lf you want to have more power, you can still create your own blog. The only difference is that you have to gather your own blogging team. You can be the Administrator and assign different roles to the members of your team. Unlike a guest blogger and a regular contributor, you have total control on the appearance, content, and direction of the blog.
Some word of caution: be careful who you trust. Your blogging team might be on the same page at the start, but remember that you’re still dealing with a group of individuals. Everyone has a different personality and as the Administrator, you have to deal with that. I don’t want to sound negative, but if you make the mistake of trusting the wrong people, you’ll find yourself with a lot of knives stabbed on your back. So be careful! Make sure you choose the people who you want on your blogging team very carefully.
And also, being the leader of your own blogging group is a huge responsibility. If you don’t have leadership skills or don’t really know how to delegate tasks, I don’t recommend this option to you.
Evaluate Yourself First
Before you decide whether to become a guest blogger or a regular contributor or even the administrator of your own blogging team, always evaluate yourself first. Unlike being the sole blogger of your own blog, sharing the responsibility means that you have to deal with other people. If you are not a people person, you may have difficulty with these options. Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of each option first.
It’s Your Own Choice
Now you know that I personally don’t recommend having more than one blog. I’m the type of person who likes to focus on one thing, namely this blog, rather than spreading my time and energy between different blogs. Been there, done that; and now I know that it doesn’t work for me.
Ultimately, it’s your own choice. If you’re like Jamie who’s able to successfully maintain multiple blogs at once, then good for you. Go ahead. Nobody’s stopping you. But if you’re not sure that you can do it, how about trying one of my 3 alternatives that I enumerated above? It won’t hurt to try.
No matter what you decide, I wish you the best of luck. And never forget to enjoy! I think that’s what matters. That’s all for today, folks! Have a great weekend. Cheers!
P.S. Interested in Writing for Fujinsei?
I don’t actively look for guest bloggers or contributors, but if you’re ever interested in sharing your talents with Fujinsei, I’m always open for inquiries. View Guest Post/Contributor Guidelines for more information.
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