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My son went off to college last fall and in one of his first calls home, he shared that he was going to pledge a fraternity. (It happens to be the same fraternity that Seth Rogen joined last year too!) I wasn’t surprised by his decision, but I’m not going to lie – visions of Animal House went through my mind!
I don’t have any personal experience with fraternities or sororities because we didn’t have any at the small undergraduate college I attended. So like any good Mom, I started googling the benefits of joining a fraternity and the pros/cons of fraternities and sororities. As my son told me more about all the things he had to do, I couldn’t help but think how much starting a blog is like joining a sorority or fraternity.
If you’re doubting me, keep reading!
Here’s the opening paragraph from a post by a frat president in an article describing the Pros and Cons of Greek Life. After replacing a few words with BLOGGING terms, you’ll see what I mean.
The idea of joining a fraternity or sorority BECOMING A BLOGGER attracts many college students PEOPLE because it appears to be a way into a fun and eventful college career TRIBE with ready-made friends and future job connections. Certainly, real gains exist for those joining frats and sororities THE BLOGGING COMMUNITY, but as we all know there are some costs. Given my experience as a fraternity president BLOGGER, I wanted to share some insights about the pros and cons of Greek BLOGGER life so that others may make more informed decisions about joining fraternities or sororities STARTING A BLOG.
Fits pretty well, right? Let’s keep going.
You’ve been reading blogs for a few years and you’re convinced you have wisdom to share with readers. You’ve been RECRUITED. Bloggers will tell you how great it is and that you should definitely get started (most likely by clicking the affiliate link to a certain “sky color” hosting service.) Sounds a lot like the RUSH period of Greek life! Lots of fun as you try to figure out how you can fit in!
You accept your BID and whip out your credit card. You choose a domain name, hosting service, work to figure out the whole “theme” thing, and then you give WordPress a try.
You feel a lot like a freshman figuring out how to be like the senior Greek life members. Lots of “LITTLES” looking to the “BIGS” for answers!
The similarities continue…
The next article I read was called 7 Things Sorority Girls Won’t Tell You About Being in a Sorority. Does blogging really fit these to? You decide.
1) Being in a sorority is a huge time commitment. Well that certainly fits! You’ve probably been told blogging isn’t easy and takes time, but you probably had no idea just how MUCH TIME it takes.
2) The house might have problems. Even if you’re a digital native, your WEBSITE might give you serious problems! And if you are not tech savvy (like me), trying to figure out widgets, plug-ins, child themes, and how to make the Yoast SEO lights turn green is like learning a whole new language. And my website got hacked last year. A “paper writing” company was linking to a bunch of my posts and I ended up having to use SUCURI (which I highly recommend) to fix that problem!
3) You won’t always be so involved. The article says the sorority “OBSESSION” probably won’t last forever. If you’ve talked to any bloggers, you know that most people have times where they scale back, take time off, or re-group. It’s exciting in the beginning, but life has a way of getting in the way for many bloggers.
4) There are strict rules (and fines that come with them). This one might not fit as well as the others, but there are definitely things you need to do if you hope to have a successful blog. ESI Money (who now owns Rockstar Finance) does a great job of explaining the “rules” to a successful blogging in his series “How To Start a $25K Blog”. You won’t get “fined” for not following them, but you’ll probably end up spending more money than you make! (And that’s almost like a fine!)
5) You won’t be best friends with everyone in your chapter. You’ll comment for months on other blogs and many won’t even visit your site. Just know that even though you won’t be BFF’s with everyone, there is a VERY GOOD chance you will find a big group of people who are very like-minded. And you might become closer to some of your blogging friends than you are to your “real life” friends!
6) People drop all the time. Bloggers quit all the time. It’s too much work, they aren’t making any money, or life just happens! I don’t know the exact stats, but at almost 2 years old – Make Smarter Decisions has survived longer than a majority of blogs! I’m not quite a “BIG” yet (and I don’t mean big blog) – but Amy (Life Zemplified) and I are trying to help “LITTLE” (newer) women bloggers by promoting them on our new site – Women Who Money.
7) The food isn’t always great. The AFFILIATE or AD REVENUE isn’t always great either. Sticking ads on your site or including a ton of affiliate links won’t make you much money if no one is reading. No matter how many times your mom or partner stop by, until you grow your blog – you’ll be disappointed every time you look at what you’ve made.
“But in the end…there are so many more aspects that can make your sorority BLOGGING a great community within your school PART OF YOUR LIFE!”
I would DEFINITELY agree with that! There are so many things I could have done the last two years if I didn’t blog, but I don’t think my life would be NEARLY as RICH (and I’m not talking about $$$!) My son laughed and told me that they have a saying that joining a frat is like “buying your friends.” He was OK with that because he quickly found a group of guys who had similar interests and he’s loved every minute of it!
And I feel the same about blogging. It may have cost me time and money at this point (it’s not just the blogging but conferences like FinCon) but to me, it’s been SO worth it! (Although I’m not convinced it is the smartest move for many people who need or want to make money from it!)
I’ve met amazing people from blogging – in Colorado, Dallas, Florida, North Carolina, and online in our Younger Next Year FB group. And the in-person meetings have all been in the last 8 months! I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Will I blog for as long as many of the BIGS? I doubt it. There’s always a new adventure to consider down the road. But for now, our “map” includes blogging and more meet-ups. And probably a beer or two along the way 😉 (Did you really think I could get through a post comparing blogging to frats/sororities without talking about drinking?)
Did I miss anything? Stealing a line from The Groovy’s here – what say you former “frat boys” and “sorority girls” – a reasonable comparison or not?
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