Disclaimer: This is all totally approximate and based on my assumptions. It’s also totally just for fun. And also for everyone who has been told a blog is not work. …And for those who think making, running and owning a blog is not work and/or is super easy, and that we can cough these babies up in a snap.
Cost to register domain: $1.98 – $488.88 (and counting) per year
Cost to purchase hosting: $47.40 – $840 (and counting) per year
Cost to hire designer/purchase premium theme: $20 – $2000 (and counting) per theme/design/service
Cost to trademark (if desired): $275+ (US)
Time to research name, think of a name, register a name: ~1 day to a few weeks
Time to research and purchase hosting: ~1 day to a few weeks
Time spent waiting on DNS to propagate: 24-48 hours, longer if issues occur
Time spent waiting on designer/service (if needed): ~1 day to a few weeks to several months
Time spent setting up website: a few weeks to a few months
Time spent writing posts, making pages, etc.: ~1-4/post or page; depends highly on whether research is needed, etc. Sometimes money goes into these as well.
Time spent networking: ~1+ hours
Time spent commenting other blogs: ~1+ hours
Time spent making friends: several hours, days, weeks, months, and years
Time spent attending events: ~1 day to a few days per event
Time spent hating blog: ~1 minute to several months, if not years, per occasion
Time spent loving blog: ~1 minute to several years per occasion
Time spent on blogger’s block: ~1 day to several months per block
Time spent reading other blogs: several hours/days a week
…any that I missed?