Costs of Running a Blog

As someone who's been blogging for three years, I've figured out what works for me and what doesn't. It took a few tries getting the right camera, finding the right server, scoring the right computer programs, etc. but after a lot of trial and error, I think I can finally dish out some blogging advice.
Something I noticed that bloggers never seemed to discuss much was the actual cost of blogging. New bloggers tend to get swept up with the end result of making money but like any business (and it is a business), you have to put in the time and the money in order to make some.
In the interest of transparency, I put together a list of things that I consider to be essential to my blogging process and how much each item goes for in the market. Some of the items I paid full retail price while some I scored a deal on. Please keep in mind that these are my essentials and what is important to me may not be important to your blogging process. I would also like to note that I'm putting the retail prices, not what I actually paid.
Costs of Running a Blog
  1. Computer ($1,300): I feel like this goes without saying but having a good computer or laptop to work on is everything! I had an old Macbook Pro from 2008 that I had been working on and it wasn't until I got a new one last month that I realized how crap my old one was! I did a lot of editing and writing on my old Macbook (obviously) but there would be a lag when I typed and sometimes I wouldn't be able to catch spelling or minor grammar errors because my computer was so slow and I didn't have the patience to reread sentences after I spent an hour writing something that normally would have taken me 20 minutes. A good responsive computer or laptop is key to blogging success (and low blood pressure). 
  2. Camera ($365): One of my priorities when it comes to blogging is having quality photographs. I firmly believe that a camera doesn't necessarily make the photographer and truly skilled artists can take stunning photos with simply the camera from a phone. That said, having a nice camera certainly helps. I don't considered myself skilled enough to have a full blown DSLR but I do plan on making the upgrade soon. Currently, I use my Samsung NX1100 which is an interchangeable lens camera. It takes quality photos and gets the job done for me.
  3. iPhone ($200 + monthly charges): A smartphone is incredibly handy to have - I handle all my social media accounts from my iPhone 6s and even edit Instagram photos while occasionally blogging on the go! 
  4. External Hard Drive ($60): I never really understood the importance of an external hard drive until I got my new Macbook Pro and had to transfer everything over! I also use it to store all my blog photos (just in case).
  5. URL ($12 per year): I really dragged my feet with this but I'm so glad I did! It's pretty inexpensive and dreadfully convenient if you ever want to change platforms without losing readers.
  6. Internet connection ($40 per month): This is quite silly to think about but incredibly important nonetheless. 
Total cost: $1,977

What are your thoughts on these blogging essentials? Are there any you guys would take out or add to the list? 

2 comments

  1. These are all essentials for me too! I don't really think of most of them as blog costs per se, because I already owned them before I started blogging. Besides the url of course. It's an inexpensive thing but it makes me feel like my blog is a lot more professional! I also bought a blog layout last year, which was also a worthwhile purchase :)

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  2. Really a great overview of all the costs (some hidden!!) of running a blog. I might put up a post about my costs, some are a little different. It's interesting to see where your priorities lie (they are almost identical to mine, especially the computer!!).. MUCH LOVE!!

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