So, you started a blog in hopes of living the Internet lifestyle, but do you have what it takes to be a blogger? Most of us start our entrepreneurial journey because want to be the ones to call the shots in our lives.
We don’t want to wake up to an alarm, even though I still do. I’m a morning person and like working on my blog early in the morning before the rest of the house wakes up.
We’re usually tired of doing what we’re told or abiding by strict office rules.
That’s why I started my WordPress freelancing business. I was tired of punching a clock and people telling me what to do. What I didn’t realize when I first started my freelancing gig, is that I was actually creating a job for myself.
Yes, I get to work my own hours. However, I am still answering to clients and there’s deadlines to meet. Basically, I’ve created another job but with more flexibility for myself.
So now, I started my blog and am working hard to move away from the freelancing world and move more towards affiliate marketing and digital product creation.
Maybe you started your blog in hopes of creating more freedom for you and your loved ones. If so, I am going to ask you, do you have what it takes to be a blogger?
I’ve only had my blog for 11 months and I have worked harder on my blog than I have in my freelancing business.
Starting A Blog Is Easy
I am just assuming that you’re going to be using WordPress as it currently runs 27% of the entire Internet. Plus, WordPress makes it easy to run a blog. Sure, it comes with a little bit of a learning curve, but doesn’t everything?
Even if it takes you a little while to figure out the technical aspects of WordPress, that’s nothing compared to how long you’re going to work for free on your blog.
I know that isn’t what you want to hear. After all, you’re probably starting a blog so you can create some money. You have bills to pay and blogging isn’t cheap.
Running a self-hosted WordPress blog isn’t as much as you think it is. It will definitely help you if you familiarize yourself with the free Google tools that will help you grow your blog.
Don’t worry, with some hard work, persistence and a lot of elbow grease, you might just be able to pull it off and live the Internet lifestyle dream.
So, let’s see if you truly have what it takes.
Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Blogger
Blogging is hard work. No, it’s not labor intensive like digging ditches or coal-mining. At least with those types of jobs, you can expect to earn a paycheck from day one.
When you decide to become your own boss, and start a blog, you’re going to have to do everything on your own. This means that you’ll most likely be writing content (and lots of it), promoting your blog, networking with other bloggers, social media marketing, creating videos and anything else you need to do to get your blog off the ground.
You might even consider getting started with live stream profits.. Personally, I haven’t taken the leap to do that yet, but my friend Donna Merrill will teach you the ropes.
Chances are if you’re a new blogger you’re just testing the waters to see if you can create a successful blog. Most of us don’t take our blogs seriously at first.
We might start a blog because we read someone’s income report online. Maybe you started a blog because you have a hobby that you’re passionate about and want to see if it can be monetized.
Regardless of why you started, it’s important to know that you’ll need to stay focused and work hard.
You’re Going to Have to Learn
Unlike at a job where your boss tells you exactly what to do. You’re going to have to figure things out on your own. You’ll have to spend hours hunting down free information online.
Maybe you’re one of the smart bloggers who understands that investing in your education is the fastest route to success. Either way, you’ll have to get educated on how to grow a site.
Most bloggers don’t have a business degree. If you’re like me, you come from a blue-collar background. I’ve never had a business, heck I’ve always helped someone else grow their business by being an employee.
So, you’ll have to go from the employee mentality to the business person mentality. Don’t worry, it takes time to learn the ins and outs, but you can do it, I have faith in you.
You Can’t Quit
There are going to be days when you feel like throwing in the towel. You’ve worked hard on your blog and you’re still not getting any results or seeing any profits.
You realize that you’re putting in more time than a typical 40-hour work week. Yet you’re not even making minimum wage.
It’s times like these that you’ll wonder, maybe I don’t have what it takes to be a blogger. However, before you throw in the towel, I urge you to read 6 things successful bloggers do differently.
Most successful bloggers will tell you that it took them several years before they started seeing a profit. The truth is that most bloggers don’t make a lot of money their first year.
Sure, they may make it sound like they had overnight success. However, if you peel back the onion and get the full scoop on their entrepreneurial journey, you’ll hear the same common theme.
It took a lot of hard work, persistence and the strong will to keep blogging even when they felt like quitting. So, whatever you do, don’t quit no matter how hard blogging becomes.
Are You Willing to Work for Free?
Most of us aren’t willing to work for free. After all, it costs money to register our domains, buy our SSL certificates, host our domains and invest in the best SEO plugins.
Don’t even get me started on those monthly subscriptions that make our blogging tasks easier.
The truth is that you’re going to be operating in the red for a while. This means that you’ll be spending more on your blog than you’re making.
Sure, you may be one of the lucky ones who manages to create a successful blog quickly. If so, congratulations, for the rest of us, we are going to have to reach deep down inside and keep striving towards our goals every day.
Even on those days when we’d rather be doing anything other than working on our blogs. This is why it’s so important to set realistic blogging goals, that will help us stay focused.
Keep Getting Up
If this is your first blog, chances are you’ll fail or you may have to pivot and change directions as your blog starts to grow. Most people who start their blog and find themselves changing directions, once their audience starts growing.
Google Analytics will help you keep track of your popular blog posts. You’ll be able to see the type of content that resonates with your audience. This will help you determine what direction you should be taking your blog in.
Regardless of how many twists and turns you have to take to reach your goals, the import thing is that you have to keep going.
You may fall down and may even feel like quitting. However, you’re going to have to dust yourself off and keep going whenever you fall down.
Jump back on the saddle and keep trying things until you get the results you want. It may not be pretty or glamorous, but once you start tasting success, it’ll be bittersweet.
Don’t Chase the Money
Yes, I know you want to make money with your blog. Most bloggers are monetizing their blogs in some form or fashion.
However, when you’re first starting out, you can’t do it for the money. Make it a point to start your blog because you’re passionate about helping others and you love what you do.
Focus on serving people and you’ll eventually make money without selling.
The worst thing you can do is start a blog in a niche just for the money. I’ve done that in the past and have failed.
Final Take Away
Blogging is hard work, don’t let anyone tell you that it’s going to be easy. Heck, I work harder on my blog than I do on my freelancing business.
However, this doesn’t stop me from wanting to create a full-time business with my blog. While I haven’t made a lot of money with my blog yet, I know that all the hard work I am putting in today, will pay off later on down the road.
Blogging success takes time, so don’t rush it. If you see others having success faster than yourself. Be happy for them and put your blinders on.
Don’t compare yourself to them. Maybe they’ve already been on the blogging journey before and this is their fifth blog. Or maybe they have the money to outsource all those blogging tasks.
Or maybe…. you fill in a reason here.
Their story is different than yours. Besides their success does not impact your success, so focus on your own blog and don’t ever quit.
If you read this far, maybe you do have what it takes to be a blogger. If so, congratulations and I look forward to hearing your success story down the road.
Have you started your blog? How long have you been blogging? What do you do to keep yourself motivated when you’re not getting the results you want?
About The Author:
Susan Velez is helping people start, grow and monetize their passions through blogging. She loves helping people with the techie side of blogging sign up for her free 7 day WordPress Course at susanvelez.com. You can follow Susan on Twitter @SusanWPTutorial