Posts Tagged ‘passion’

Wanting to be a Professional Blogger is Ok

Monday, April 28th, 2008

The King of professional blogging is probably the Australian blogger Darren Rowse. He’s one of the first people to write about professional blogging, as well as running his digital photography school blog, and being seriously involved in b5 media. When he asks a question, people take him seriously.

Darren Rowse Professional Blogger

Recently, in response to Seth Godin, Darren wrote a post about whether there is a new breed of bloggers who are blogging primarily for the money, and whether they will or are having any success with this approach. A number of the commentators seemed to assume that anyone who is initially looking to make money from blogging (rather than starting without any income ideas) is not a *true blogger*.

One of the problems with people in general who are enthusiastic about a particular thing that they do, is that they assume that theirs is the only good way of doing it. This is especially true when it comes to money. The creation of works of art is supposed to be sullied by considerations of finance, and I guess a lot of people think of blogging that way, but there’s no reason why everyone should.

There is nothing wrong with blogging for fun, and not making money from it. There is nothing wrong with blogging for fun, and then discovering that you can make money from it. But there is also nothing wrong with starting a blog in an attempt to make money. You aren’t destined to fail just because you want an income and think you can get one. You aren’t worse for doing so.

Although I spend a lot of time blogging, I don’t blog full time. I have another job. One that I really, really enjoy. One that I’m good at. One that I would like to be involved in, even if I didn’t need the money. The fact is though, that I do need money to pay my mortgage, bills and to have some fun. And I took the job because I needed an income and, because I thought I would like it. I think that’s normal for many people when they are looking for work.

Why can’t blogging be the same? Doing something because you think you can make money at it, isn’t worse than any other reason, as long as you are actually good at the job. Suppose you want to be a hairdresser because you think you can make money doing so, as long as you can actually cut hair well, what’s the problem with your desire to make money?

Blogging can be a hobby, but it can also be a job. The best bloggers are likely to be ones that engage their audience and keep them hooked – and that can be independent of any desire (or lack) to make money.

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Key to Successful Blogging

Friday, January 25th, 2008

If you are planning to start a blog to make money on the web, you need to read this. I am not referring to people that have some tangible products or services to sell and want to start a web site as the digital storefront. I am talking about entrepreneurial people who felt that they can make money online by putting together some blog posts along with affiliate links, Google AdSense and a few ad spots to sell.

Key to Successful Blogging

Can money actually be made from a content-only blog? Absolutely, but its not that easy. Don’t look at high profile bloggers and fool yourself into believing that it’s easy. This is no different that watching Tiger Woods on TV and think that you can make millions playing golf.

To be successful online is no different than anything else. You need passion, persistence, and energy to succeed.

  • Passion — If your idea of making money online is to find the highest paying keywords for AdSense and blog about it, you will fail. Beside who can blog about “mesothelioma” day in and day out? If you really want your blog to be successful, find something you are passionate about. Write about what you love. Your knowledge, passion, and experience will shine through, resulting in a blog that people wants to read.
  • Persistence — Success doesn’t happen over night in the real world; it doesn’t in the blogging world either. Before you start, do some research so that you can set yourself some realistic expectations. Contact your favorite bloggers in the niche where you want to start and ask them what it took for them to get where they are today. You will see that it takes time and persistence to be successful.
  • Energy — Don’t think that it’s easy to write 3-5 times a week. It may be easy for you to whip out a few articles initially, or even for a month or two. But without passion, your ideas will dry up quickly. Even with passion, it takes some work to write a good article. It takes even more to write several good ones. You do the math. Can you dedicate the time and energy to do it for 6 months, a year, or longer?

If you feel that you have the passion, persistence, and energy to start a successful blog, then don’t wait — start a blog. We would love to have you with us and we are here to help.

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