The rise of blogging and social media in the past couple of years is remarkable. No one ever thought that online media will replace traditional media, and moreover blogging will not be seen as just a hobby.
But being an Indian, it’s really hard to be a blogger, and here I will outline some of the common problems we face being a blogger. This post will be incomplete without your input, so I suggest you to also mention your viewpoints on why blogging as a career is not so favourable for us, and what we can do to make it in our favour.
We are the Indians, best thinkers, hard workers and always eager for success. We face so many problems when it comes to choosing the best path for our career. I, you and all of us have to answer several questions before deciding about the career.
Whether you want to be an engineer, doctor, lawyer and blogger, you have to bear all the criticisms that lie in our society. And for sure when we talk about blogging then people start saying, “what, blo-blogging???”
- Open in new tab: Blogging in Indian society and how you can bring change
Blogging as a profession is catching up in India but it’s still at very infant stage. It is so risky to tell your well-wishers that you want to be a blogger. Here are some common reasons why India is not producing so many bloggers and why a career as a blogger is not a piece of cake.
Why a career as a Blogger is not preferable in India?
Awareness is a very big factor in India development and so as in blogging. I have many incidences where I feel so helpless to explain to others that what I do? The whole discussion starts and ends with some taglines.
- ABC: What you do?
- Me: I do blogging.
- ABC:”Blo- Blogging”? What does it mean?
- Me (Blank): I run a website through which I earn money.
- ABC: In attitude, so you design websites???
- Me (let’s end it): Yah….
The same kind of discussion takes place with many bloggers because there is no awareness about blogging in India.
Study Pressure for students
Harsh has written a remarkable post on why College students should be blogging and we all know about the pressure we have lots of pressures and Indian study is also on this list. I am not saying that study is a problem but our educational system (Indian study) is not made to produce game-changers. We travel through a long education journey in which no one has the time to do anything different. Reason being, we have lots of tuition work, classwork, exam stress and other activities to do.
If you ask any master degree student about internet then half of them will get blank. And if you ask about blogging then only a few of them will be answering you precisely. So better, we need to come out of this pressure cooker and do something out of the box.
Quick income from Job
In India, everyone follows a thumb rule that studies and get a good job. And if you don’t get a good job then find it. I have many friends who are seeking a good job from the last 2 years after B. tech and you know the real fact is that they want just a job whether it is good or not. Because their motto is to earn money as soon as possible and only for this reason they have given 2 years of their life to job hunting.
When I tell them about blogging, they say,” we don’t want to waste our time.” Great if blogging is wastage of time then what about 2 years job hunting after B-tech. All the people of India are finding a good job (with no serious efforts) and wasting their time if they start giving this time to blogging then this can be their first step towards a bright future.
Family pressure is the key that why there are fewer companies in India like Google, Face book, Microsoft and Apple. From our childhood, it is told to us that better you do a government job and if you don’t find a government job then better you do a private job. For a child who wants to be a businessman, an entrepreneur and a blogger, the conversation is like this.
- Child (With full determination): Hey dad, I want to be an entrepreneur.
- Dad (Angrily): What!!!!!
- Child: Dad, I am not saying to be a terrorist.
- Dad: It is like being a terrorist, leaves this dream as soon as possible. See Sharma’s son, he got ### AIR rank in JEE-Main and conversation ended.
And when you overcome these hurdles then you face other problems
Blogging without knowledge
Surely no one is the master of any field in starting. Everyone starts without the knowledge and after that, they gain knowledge about that field. Getting knowledge about bogging is somewhat difficult in India because there is no institute that tells about how to do blogging. There are few questions come in mind when you are in the starting stage.
- Best CMS for blogging
- CMS and theme Installation Process
- Important plug-ins and modules
- English Grammar
- Poor writing
- Relationship-building content with the audience
No promotion and SEO
- No Social media profiles
- Less knowledge of Keywords, titles, backlinks and indexing
Less Knowledge about monetization of the website
- No idea about earning through website except Google Adsense
Blogging with guidance
If someone is ready to guide you on some cost or freely then still you will face these problems in blogging.
- Writing skills
No one can teach you how to write great articles for blogs, they can advise you that write like this. But in blogging more you read more you will be able to write precisely. They can’t teach you English grammar, it is understood that you work on your English from your own.
Ones someone starts guiding you then whether you get to know or not but surely you will become dependent on him. You will be calling him for little problems and ones he doesn’t pick your call, you will be losing your temper soon.
Blogging with knowledge
Above all the problems of family and knowledge if you are determinant for blogging then there are some other hidden phobias like
- No Google Adsense
I have seen many bloggers quitting from blogging due to no AdSense approval. Even I have wasted my enough time for getting my AdSense approval but failed all the time. So I decided to only blog because there are other methods too for monetizing a website. Check out this useful post on how you can make money without AdSense.
It may kill you because ones you start this journey there will be no one with you like class fellows in academic. There are few known Indian bloggers who did so well in blogging so try to be in their company to overcome this phobia. And take responsibility for your decision.
Well, I don’t mean to discourage you from taking blogging as a career, because blogging is one lucrative job where you are your own boss. Moreover, it helps you to become an online celebrity.
Though these are the problems which I believe will take time to overcome in our industry and many professional Indian bloggers are already founding the base for those who are planning to take blogging as a career option. I have embedded a great video discussion between Harsh and two more prominent Indian bloggers about blogging as a career in our country.
Here is a collection of best articles from ShoutMeLoud, which will let you know more about the professional aspect of blogging.
- How to become a professional blogger and be your own boss
- Should you take blogging as a career or continue as part-time blogger
So what do you feel about a career as a blogger in India?
What are the common challenges you are facing and what do you suggest to overcome these challenges.