Four Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be A Problogger

As the monetizing of web content becomes easier and its tentacles spread globally, anyone who has a blog will sooner or later have this thought pop inside their head; “Wow, imagine if I were to do this full time!”.

Some not only entertain this evil voices in their heads, but actually follows what it tells them to do!

I’m not saying that being a problogger is bad. I blog myself but I will never even consider being a problogger. Blogging is not a useful skill that you could use in life. It’s a hobby; something you do in your pastime. For me, it’s a marriage of my two main hobbies; writing and web technologies.

Earning your living by blogging is what I don’t recommend others to do; and here are four reasons why.

No Useful Work Experience

If you’re young and just graduated, being a problogger is one of the worst thing you could be. Now is a time where you’re expected to gain useful work experience. Contrary to what the Web 2.0 sheeps say, useful job experience doesn’t include RSS subscription, trackback and pingback proficiency, linkbaiting and meme participation.

Anybody can start a blog, there are tens of millions around already. Just because you’re making money from yours doesn’t mean that you should be blogging full time. Contrary to popular thinking, money is not why you should be working. It’s the experience that matters.

Getting a real job is part of of one’s self development. To be brutally honest, the janitor or maintenance guy in the office building will have a better insight to life compared to any problogger. A major reason is that they see the world with their own eyes, and not via some 22-inch monitor they bought from their AdSense income.

The probloggers in you didn’t like to know that, but deep down, you know it is absolutely true.

No Company Perks

Sure, you will “run your own business” if you choose to call your blog a business. Hey, whatever floats your boat mate 🙂

Believe it or not, there are lots of goodies that good companies provide for their staff. Company trips, annual dinners, training and self development are some that comes to mind quite easily. Then there are the “little things” such as unlimited coffee and tea, paid season parking and petrol allowances.

I guess probloggers won’t need those too much since most of them are still leaching off mommy 🙂

Lack of Life Beyond Cyberspace

Take away the thousands of feed subscribers, you’ll soon see that most probloggers are just a lonely person with no life outside of his network of blogrolls.

Somehow, someway, during their journey into problogging, money becomes everything. It starts of as a benchmark of sorts on how the wannabe problogger stacks up against real probloggers. When it reaches a certain point, the first thing that comes to this person’s mind is “It’s time to go pro!”.

I pity such people. Being a problogger means that your interaction with human beings outside the Internet would be close to zero. This is especially worse if you’re a nerd or geek of some genre or another. You’ll be inundated with worshippers who think that you’re the best thing since sliced bread.

Egos will expand and it will get to your head. The bad thing is, you’ll forget how to interact with a real life person. At least the garbage collector has real friends he has lunch with. He also gets the occasional “Hello!” from friendly housewives.

The problogger? Emails and IMs. I guess it’ll do for a desktop potato. Do you really want this for yourself?

Lose The Ability To Communicate Beyond Blog Commenting, Emails and IM

You know you’ve spent way too much time online when your parting words are something like:

  • Email me, OK!
  • Catch you on Y!M later tonight!
  • Skype you later!
  • I’ll comment on your post soon

In those rare moments where you’ll actually need to write a proper letter, you find yourself typing or writing IANAL, TTFN and ROFL more often than you should.

And God forbid should you actually need to talk to someone! You’re lucky if you could even look at the person’s eyes and actually say something intelligent without referring to something that has dot com in it.

17 responses to “Four Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be A Problogger”.

  1. Edrei Says:

    Exactly, you need to put in obscene amount of effort into marketing your content and I mean content here, not ads. Without it, you aren’t able to draw in worthwhile advertisers into your blog which is infinitely better than begging for posts to for payment like scraps off the table.

    For many of us, we have a life beyond blogging, which indirectly becomes a reflection for the content we write about in the first place. Without one, you can’t have the other. Blogging ultimately suffers and so will our readership.

  2. Gallivanter Says:

    Well, I’m sure there are more reasons as to why one should be a problogger, but I’m not gonna even bother, cause there is more to LIFE than blogs. 🙂

  3. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    Edrei,

    That’s why I read your blog. It’s about your life, and that’s something I can’t get elsewhere.

    If I were to meet you, God permit, I’d shake your hand and say something like “I find your life experience fascinating. Thanks for blogging about it!”.

    If I, on the other hand, were to meet a problogger, I’d still shake his/her hand, but the words that were to come out from my mouth would probably be, “I find your blog fascinating. Too bad it’s your life :(”

    Gallivanter,

    You mean other than getting paid for sitting in front of the PC copying and pasting content from other web sites? Seriously?!

    Now you’ve gotten me curious 😉

  4. jo_cstd Says:

    I agree.. One shouldn’t consider problogging as a carreer unless it’s really what you want to do.

  5. colbert Says:

    i totall don’t agree with this post…Im a problogger and so is my boss Darren at Problogger.net

    He gets to travel everywhere for blogging seminars and I myself have been travelling a lot last year when I did problogging for 4 mths. I visited Europe, Indonesia and Phuket to name a few places…It was a good experience and I never regretted doing it…However blogging 18 hours a day was too much for me…and now I’m trying to make it just a hobby gain to get more fun out of it.

  6. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    jo_cstd,

    But who in their right mind would want a career in blogging? Career is a word that not only describes how one earns his or her living, but the skill he/she applies in doing so.

    colbert,

    I don’t expect everyone to agree with what I write, so it’s 100% OK 🙂

    Never did I say a problogger won’t get any experience. What I said was useful work experience. Let’s say you are a programmer, and all you do is write lines upon lines of code. Then this programmer, just like the problogger, will have little useful work experience.

    Indirectly, you’ve already proven me right. What sort of seminars does Darren Rowse conduct? Blogging seminars. Where the location of such seminars is not the point here. The point is the topic.

    A problogger being surrounded by wannabe probloggers discussing problogging. Where’s the area of self development?

    And don’t even let me get started on how Malaysian so-called probloggers who can’t seem to improve their English even after years of “problogging”. Strange isn’t it, considering what they’re supposed to be doing is writing. Or is “copy and pasting” a much more important core competency?

    Or did they just spend 16 out of 18 “working” hours finding the right AdSense colour scheme and “highly optimised positions” to place them? 😉

  7. kucau Says:

    Blogging shouldn’t be used as a platform to make money. It should be a platform to spread knowledge. By switching to problogging, this spirit will lost 4ever. Money should be treated as a `good` side effects of blogging. In fact being a problogger is a health risk . If u dont believe me, tell me how many hours a problogger glued them self infront of computer per day?

  8. KY Says:

    Well, contents varies, not necessary into life-diary kinda blog, there’s more to it.

    However I do agree, that pro blogging would take some effort to drive in the traffics

  9. papajoneh Says:

    wow what a title. great content some more.
    Im in no where got the level to comment this post. I just know i like sharing and wordpress blogging is the way for me to do it.. systematically. the adsense is there just to cover the domain name and hosting. anything more than that is a bonus. Furthermore, blogging can make friends all over the world if not locally. Heck, i got more friends outside and across the ocean right to the GMT -12hrs just by blogging. Now, that’s for me is just awesome. In fact, Im at home now, commenting this great post. Outside too hot and friends are working and I AM OFF DUTY RELAXING AT HOME. 😉
    and its not even relevant to the post of why you should not be a problogger! Hahaha.

  10. jo_cstd Says:

    Azmeen,

    Do you really think it impossible for someone to want a career in blogging? Can’t people earn a living from it and by using/applying his skill (e.g. writing, promoting)?

  11. Jenny Says:

    I got flamed for having ads on my site by a bloggers community. I totally didn’t understand it. So, with my new layout, I officially denounce any kind of advertising. I FEAR FOR MY REPUTATION!!

  12. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    papajoneh,

    Glad to see you’re back! 🙂

    jo_cstd,

    Oh it’s very, very possible. Sometimes I think it’s way too possible. It’s so possible that even talentless people who can’t spot spelling and grammar mistakes even if it hits them right between the eyes are doing it. Now.

    Yes, people can earn a living via blogging. To me, the difference between “probloggers” and “non-probloggers” is that the probloggers have to brag about it and somehow think that they are the uber-gurus of blogging.

    Honestly, I haven’t seen a groundbreaking post by any self-proclaimed problogger. Nothing original. Nothing that hadn’t been shared before.

    What’s in abundance is a lot of recycled posts and self-gratification.

    Jenny,

    Why did you remove it if you didn’t understand?

    Personally, I’m not against advertisements. I accept it as part of business development. Businesses need promotion.

    Mind telling me how having ads on your site affects your reputation?

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  17. Zul Says:

    Very insightful thought. In my own opinion, for as long as you have opportunity, explore yourself to see where you are best at. We would probably be doing 6,7 different things, businesses or jobs in life and at the end settled down at a place where resources and skills are optimally utilized. If blogging is the one, so be it. Life is about choices. Nice reading though.