Thinking About Starting Another Blog?

How much time do you really have in a day? Many people, me included, have full-time jobs. And sometimes, these full-time jobs are more than your average 40 hour/ week job. With that in mind, you have to ask yourself one question, and you have to be honest with yourself, do you have time to start another blog?

Since starting a blog network 2 weeks ago, I have quickly learned some important things about starting multiple blogs and websites in a short period of time. Different blogs will demand different levels of time from bloggers depending on a number of things. For instance, consider the following when wanting to take up blogging full-time, that is, if you are in it to make money online of course:

  • Personal Evaluation. Take a moment and prioritize what’s going on in your life right now. Are you going to be moving soon? Is a baby on the way? Do you have other projects all ready that take up much of your time? Reflecting on what you value and what your goals are will be key at this point. You have to be honest and realistic with yourself. If you have 4 children, a wife, and are the sole money maker in the home, quitting your day job to start blogging isn’t the best idea. On the other hand, if you are single, have no social life, and have no friends, what are you waiting for, blogging is perfect for you πŸ™‚ hehe, well, you get the picture.
  • Blog Maturity. Let’s say you have a blog and you suddenly get in over your head with a second one. Many things happen to new bloggers such as feeling overwhelmed at the amount of time it takes to generate content, or having months go by without getting a single adsense click other than the ones you are clicking (not recommended). If you can stand the test of time and maintain quality blogging frequency, good things will be in store. Although this is not enough for your blog to start making money online, it is a key ingredient. The more mature or older a blog is, the more likely it is to get traffic through search engines, the occasional passerby, or paid advertising, etc. When you start a second blog it might seem quick and easy to maintain, but it will only become more involved and time consuming over time. Be aware of that when you are starting out.
  • Niche or topic. Some topics are easier to write about than others in terms of how often you have to keep them updated and the potential traffic levels they might bring in. These are both things that contribute to how much “effort” or time you’ll need to give your blog.
  • Writing Style. Each blogger writes a bit differently and depending on your blog, the frequency will vary as well. The style of writing you have has a direct impact on the time it takes to maintain your site. For example, if you write a thoughtful, engaging post that encourages interaction, comments and feedback, then those will take a little longer to write than your 2 paragraph summary of what you did today.

Before you start a new blog, take some time and do a self evaluation. What spare time do you have to dedicate to a new blog? Is there any way you can free up more time for blogging? Do you have anything coming up in your life that will impact your schedule?

Self reflection is important if you’re considering starting multiple blogs at once. Many bloggers set themselves up for problems by simply starting too many blogs too soon.

I would recommend that you take your time, the web isn’t going anywhere. Start a blog, see how it goes and know how much time you will need to devote to it. Once you have one up and you are feeling ambitions, then start another. The last thing you want is to start 10 blogs at the same time thinking you will bring in the same amount of money with each blog each day. Although not impossible, you’d be setting yourself up for failure.

So once you have set up your first blog, maintain it consistently with thoughtful posts. At that point, reflect back on the process and ask yourself if you still want to start another one knowing what the process entails. By doing this process, you won’t be as likely to over extend yourself. Also, you will have a better chance at making a new blog successful rather than over extending yourself and having a bunch of no trafficked sites.

This post was guest blogged by Jane May. She teaches readers how to create and monetize blogs and networks on Daily Web Ideas.


62 thoughts on “Thinking About Starting Another Blog?”

  1. I have a friend who writes one post per blog. and just keeps making new blogs I say she doesn’t get it… but maybe she is ahead of us all? Experimental blog art or something.

    1. Jane May says:

      I wonder where she’ll be 3 months down the line with all her blogs???

      1. that way, she’d achieve nothing

        1. At first, I was afraid. JOHN? YOU have a full-time job? … Then I understood that this was a guest post. Ouf!
          I don’t want to have a full-time job because I aim to live from blogging and online income!
          If you want to see my daily progression:
          BlogaDollar.com
          Greetings from France John.

      2. It depends on how faithfully she sticks to creating new content.

        1. Tony Sticks says:

          I think maintaining many blogs is a very hard task and it will easily drop the quality of your posts. For me, I tried this before and failed very soon as I realized that blogs need much attention more than normal websites. My rule now is to keep 1 blog only until I learn as much I can about blogging “secrets”, then maybe I will try to create another one. Until that day, I will stick with my single blog. Of course, this may not apply to other ppl who have some extra time, but if you have a full time job, I don’t think you can make it. πŸ™„

    2. Freebies says:

      So she just starts a new blog, writes one post, and then starts another new blog repeating the process? Well, I guess that’s one method πŸ™‚

      1. Jane May says:

        hahah, yup, just not sure how effective that is.

        1. Disregard me says:

          It isn’t for money or anything we would do it for. She just loves to think of new blog names, post a fun review, comment, etc. then move on. I should start a site just trying to keep track.

          Here is an example of a blog she stopped, though it had great promise.
          http://www.redwhiteandesoteric.com/index.cfm/2007/6/5/red-white-and-OH-MY-GOODNESS

        2. ms danielle says:

          one of the hardest things to avoid when you first dive into blogging is creating a bunch of sites just because you know how to do it now. i created a second blog, and on top of my full-time job, sometimes i just can’t get to both. i think the biggest thing is taking a step back and planning out week-by-week each site’s strategy. i’m taking a steven covey approach to this one… πŸ˜€

          1. Jane May says:

            If you decide to run multiple blogs, organization is absolutely critical.

            And I also follows some of Covey’s teaching. I plan out everything in quadrants…What is Urgent, Important, Not Urgent and Not Important.

            It has helped me out a lot in this online world πŸ™‚

          2. ms danielle says:

            yea i need to stay organized. if any of you haven’t read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, you should definitely check it out and see what we’re talking about! πŸ˜€

          3. The 7 Habits is good book to read if you want to be a good employee. A better book to read if you want wealth is Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

  2. Great post. I’ve been dying to start another blog but I want to make sure I can maintain the quality at my first blog first.
    I think I can so I’ve decided to move to the next one.

    One Man. One Year. $100,000 online. How’s he doing it?
    http://www.oneyeargoal.com

    1. Jane May says:

      Sounds like you’ve already done the “self-evaluation.” Good luck and keep us posted.

  3. webd360 says:

    I only have one blog becasue blogging is a lot of work and I just don’t have time for another one at the moment

    1. Jane May says:

      Thats a realization that many people don’t get. It’s great that you know that about yourself.

  4. Freebies says:

    I find that when I sit on a “good idea,” I either later regret waiting and taking so long before I took action or I later realize that the idea for a new site simply sucked. However, whenever I go ahead and start a new blog as soon as I get a new idea, it either dies a quick death or it becomes a success (the former happening more often then the latter!) πŸ™‚

    The worst that can happen is you stop blogging often on the new site and nobody visits it. But heck, you might find that it becomes a hit and suddenly you “find” the time to work on it every day!

  5. Online Tips says:

    I WANT to start another blog. But the fact that I’m just a student, I don’t think it’s possible.

    1. Jane May says:

      Your limiting yourself with that mentality. You are not JUST a student, you are a person that has a blog, goes to school, maybe have a job, and has chores to do πŸ˜€

      You have to look at it as: will another blog destract me from school? If the answer is yes, than maybe hold off, if it’s no, then do it. But my guess is that one blog might destract you if you’re trying to earn money online and two definitely will πŸ˜†

  6. Egonitron says:

    I barely have time to keep up on the 2 blogs I have now, and I’m dying to start another. Maybe it’s an addiction. Weird.

    1. I know how you feel. I have 2 running now and I have ideas for more, but I doubt I could generate the content for any more.

      unless I stole the content, and that’s no good….

      1. Jane May says:

        Well, look at it as how your current two sites can improve or generate more income. Would that be a better use of time than to start another?

        1. Hi Jane May

          Good point. Yes the other two sites can improve their income generation. Heck week on week their traffic is increasing organically, not doing any link bating or such.

          As John and other blog grand masters say “Quality content makes people come back”.

          What do you think?

          http://misdoclub.blogspot.com/

          http://misdojokes.blogspot.com/

    2. It is without a doubt and addiction. I don’t know why but but it just is. All I can think about is how to make my blog better. There’s probably a 12 step program for this somewhere, and if there’s not, I’ll start a blog about it.

  7. chtanxw says:

    Good evaluation on this topic!
    Multiple blogs require :
    1. time
    2. energy
    3. knowledge

    How to handle multi-tasking & multi-blogging?! I need an indepth thought.

  8. bob cobb says:

    Ive attempted to get a few blogs going, and I found myself losing interest fast because I simply didnt have that great of an idea. I always think I do when I start them though πŸ™

    1. Jane May says:

      LOL, that always seems to be the case…

    2. Debo Hobo says:

      I have a sucessful(in my eyes) website. It is my ‘baby’ it was greated on a dare from my little brother who said, build a website and earn revenue from ppc google and what not. I had to learn html the hard way, via long distance phone calls to my bro and copying other’s source code. Like I said my site is well, my site and I and kind of proud of it.

      Now this blogging thing is a whole nother animal, it involve the imput and emotions of the reader. And they will comment on the good, the bad and the ugly. I think I will stick with this free blog and spare myself the lose of fortune when I shut it down due to hurt feeling.

      Multipule blogs? I can’t fathem it.

  9. Boy are these words to live by!

    Darin

  10. Blogs are a pretty big commitment, and I can’t say I’d start any others, unless my first has become very successful and I find myself with more time because of it.

    1. Jane May says:

      That’s a great philosophy to have!

  11. Jane, good one.

    One is splendid, many successful bloggers are noted with their ONE ‘trademark’ blog. From John Chow… even Darren Rowse is notable with his problogger.net in spite of his chain of other blogs. Though, problogger may not be his highest earning blog.

    Others who succeed with more than one blog do so with eploying more hands to ghost write for them.

    The most palpable reason for stating another blog for me is if the last one was not too successful, or if my new ideas cannot rhyme with my old blog.

    keep them few, if it is going to be more than one.

    I have 15 blogs, but only two are active (since I can’t split myself into 15 places daily), and of that two, Telenovela Love Garden is the one that brings in 99% of my fluctuating $500 monthly income.

  12. Nate says:

    1 blog is plenty, unless you are unemployed.

    1. Jane May says:

      hahaha…I hear you!

  13. Fred says:

    I have thought about starting another blog because I am not sure whether I can make money writing about MMORPGs. What do you guys think?

    I certainly won’t stop writing this blog because I love gaming. However, I think that there are more lucrative topics. What are your thoughts?

    1. Jane May says:

      Reflect on what it is you want to get out of blogging. If the number one priority is income, then you might want to try something that can generate income and that you are comfortable devoting time and energy to. Just know that it will take time away from MMORPGs because that would come second to making money

  14. ameyjah says:

    Hmm, i9ndeed very informative. can you spare a time and take a loot at my story on

    Things to do, if you have to start blogging again

  15. I completely agree with the view that 1 blog is enough if you do it during your spare time. I started a blog about a resort in Southern Spain (a place I pretty much grew up in) out of nostalgia. I soon realised I didn’t have enough to say on a daily/weekly basis and that it wouldn’t, therefore, ever be particularly cash generative. So I’ve left it and started a blog about another subject which I’m passionate about (personal finance/money making/deal hunting) which has almost an endless array of things to discuss and post about. I’ve already worked out that I can spare 2 hours a week to write the content and a 10-15 slot a day to make sure things are running smoothly. On top of that, I’ll do promotional work when I get a chance.

    Chris
    http://www.dailymoneytip.co.uk/

    1. Jane May says:

      Sounds like you have a plan that works for you. That’s the key, what works for you doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for everyone. You just have to find your stride and focus on that.

      1. Bloggeries says:

        Agreed, the amount of spare time you have also plays a major factor as well as the niche you plan to writ eabout

  16. Dev says:

    I believe that having one primary blog makes sense. Other niche blogs can be created for specific monetization purposes, but sticking with one primary ‘work of passion’ is your best bet.


    Daily Moolah dot Com

    1. Jane May says:

      I agree. That’s a similar route I am taking.

  17. Great post. I just registered a domain to start a second blog some time in the future. I’ll make sure to start it when the time is right. But that is the nice thing about blogs – once you have one set up the way you like it, you can pretty much use the same code and just change the theme.

  18. For now, one blog is a headache, but, two? Total insanity!

  19. Mybloggo says:

    DO you tired with blogging?

  20. skiper says:

    I have a primary blog for my journey/passion and another niche blog for monetization.

  21. Egonitron says:

    Good question Mybloggo (other than the poor grammar)

    Occasionally I get burned out trying to work full time and blog on two blogs, and it’s tough to keep up with both. Altogether it’s worth it, but yes, it does get tiring at points.

  22. lionstarr says:

    I think, there’s enough to do with one blog at a time…

  23. Darius B says:

    Ya its hard enough managing 1 blog and keeping the content captivating and new. I know you mentioned it at some point but how much time do you spend on the content development of your website john?

    I am trying to figure out how it is possible to have a full time job and do such an amazing job developing captivating and fresh content on a daily basis!

    Cheers to YOU!

  24. Bloggeries says:

    Well written. Sometimes if you over expand you lose what you already have. Better to have one knockout blog than a few useless ones . Let’s get serious the internet is full of useless abandoned blogs. (single tear)… :mrgreen:

  25. sandossu says:

    Another great post. I have also started a blog network and encountered those issues. It’s really hard

  26. mikeytran says:

    Very well written. Thank you for the great ideas. I’ve just started my own blog this week.

  27. GnomeyNewt says:

    Great post! I was thinking of starting another one for other subjects which I have a passion for but I know I don’t have the time to run, unless it is only posted to 1 time a week. I just feel like it would be neglected. In the end I decided to guest post on blogs with topics I have a passion for. I’ve e-mailed a few and they’ve agreed to let me post there and I’m comfortable with that. Anyhow, thought I’d throw that idea in there for those who don’t have time for second blogs but still want to contribute to different topics that their current blog doesn’t cover.

  28. Starting a web site takes a lot of work to produce good content for it. I’d like to build many sites but I would need someone else to write content for them. I need time to write software and work on content on my existing sites.

  29. w2look says:

    I’m glad I came across this post. I have been putting a lot of work into my new comparison shopping blog and I am starting to see steady results. It made me want to turn one of my older kind of defunct URL’s into a second blog, but after reading this post, I am going to step back and take a second look at my life and time committment before venturing into starting a second blog.

  30. Buckminster Fuller is able to function on 2 hours of sleep, supposedly, so I guess it could be done…

  31. Nathan Roe says:

    Just started a new one and considered many of these things so THANKS!

  32. horisly says:

    i had tried to manage mutiple blogs, but i found that i didn’t have so much time to mantain them.
    so now, i only pay attention to one blog

  33. ForumeR says:

    Maybe right, having so many blogs are really make us dizzy and cannot concentrate optimally. So 2 or 3 blogs ae ok for full timer , and for part timer, just 1 only!!!

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