If you ever want to start a blog, it can be LOTS of fun. Blogging can be an outlet, it can be a venue for many different things. It can even, in some rare cases, make you some money! I’ve been actively running websites and blogs now for nearly 4 years and so I thought I’d write a 10 part series on what I’ve learned!! This week, it’s all about lovin’ blogging.
In the last two years I have seen so many bloggers just quit. It’s hard to imagine, but they just literally stop one day, some delete everything and throw in the towel, other just abandon their blogs. Let me begin by saying if you don’t love to write, if you don’t love to share, if you don’t love to BLOG, then PLEASE don’t even start. Blogging is about endurance, it’s about persistence, and if you are not disciplined you won’t last very long. It’s hard to be habitual with anything, but imagine working on something for little to no pay. You get criticized, you get complaints, you get the occasional praise and everyone expects you to do it every day religiously. Man now that you put it that way, why did I start? Oh I remember!! It was never about money. It was never about prestige it was never about me, it was about sharing.
When I started my site I wanted to help people! I love sharing information about deals and I love being able to give myself a platform to communicate those deals. When we first started, we didn’t even have advertising on the site because the server was so cheap! I loved to come to the site daily and share, write and read the comments! I truly loved it then and I still love it now.
Bloggers start blogs for many different reasons but unless they love it, they are unlikely to succeed. Few bloggers truly ‘make it’ and I never planned on it. But let me tell you that I LOVE my site. I LOVE the people there. I LOVE doing what I do. I’m truly blessed, but I love it. I couldn’t imagine starting something and not loving it. Of course people work at jobs they hate but why would you start a company you hated? It doesn’t make sense, it probably would go out of business because you wouldn’t show up for work!!
If you want to start a blog and try to make money, go right ahead. But you better love blogging because making money is generally not the focus of any blog. Most blogs are about SOMETHING, whether it’s talking about coupons or their kids or politics, they are ABOUT something. The cold hard trust is that most bloggers don’t make much money. Start blogging because you are passionate about something. Here’s the bottom line. If you love something passionately, your blogging will show that. And if you don’t, you will most likely end up quitting.
I hope you enjoyed this 10 part series! I may expand upon it at a later date!