Why blogging is not working for you

This is what I wish I knew when I first started

Anum Hashim
4 min readNov 25, 2021


I’ve been blogging on and off for the last three years. Finally, I’m starting to understand it all.

And mostly why I have not yet been successful. I am still hopeful that these lessons are putting me on the right track to monetize my passions.

Photo by Marga Santoso on Unsplash

Hopefully, you can take away some of those lessons and not make the same mistakes I did.

The allure of blogging

Blogging, writing online, and in general, making money online is a drug in many ways. There are so many promises. They make it look so easy. It seems that anyone can do it. And it is always within reach.

You don’t need fancy degrees or connections to be successful. You need a little passion and some grit.

But the reality is that it is a lot of hard, consistent work. You also need a little luck for things to work out in your favor.

When I first started my blogging journey, I was like a little kid in a candy store. It was such an eye-opening experience to see all the ways bloggers make money, writing about the things they love!

The problem with being a kid in a candy store is that you are also jumping all over the place, and it is difficult to decide which is the ONE candy you cannot leave without.

Blogging is in many ways similar. While there are many paths to success and ways to monetize, you still have to choose. My indecisiveness has gotten the best of me over the last three years.

Now, I’m finally in a place with direction, a strategy, and a plan for execution in my blogging journey.

You’re not willing to give it time.

Blogging is not a get-rich-quick scheme. At the same time, it can be a relatively cheap business in terms of money. It requires a hell of a lot of time. It takes many, many weeks, and even months of consistent posting before seeing results.

You might see some steady growth, but sometimes for no reason, your traffic will drop. Maybe you wrote about hot chocolate in the winter, and now that it’s summer, your audience doesn’t care about hot chocolate!



Anum Hashim

Finance professional / CPA on a break from corporate life. I write about money, productivity and life as a content creator.