So you’ve decided to start a blog. CONGRATULATIONS!
You’re on your way to doing something that you’ve been putting off for a long time. You’ve finally found the courage to pencil some time into your calendar to get this bad boy done. You’ve read more than your fair share of blogging ‘guru’ advice on how to get started the right way, and you know that it might not be a ‘piece of cake’, but it’s nothing that you can’t handle…right?
Again…congratulations! Now it’s time for a reality check.
I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings (seriously, I’m not trying to shit on your parade), but this blogging thing is only great once you’ve toughed it out to a certain point; that point being designing what your blog will look like. I thought that choosing the theme for my blog would be ‘fun’. Sweet God I was wrong. Believe it or not, THAT is the difficult part. I figured some things out on my own (that those other bloggers won’t tell you), and come to grips with the fact that at that point, you’ve gotta dig in your heels, and let the real work begin.
Let’s take this blog for example. Prior to a few months ago, my whole life revolved around this blog build; that included choosing the theme, then figuring out what plugins the demo had (and the theme documentation will usually tell you which plugins you’ll need to download). Once the theme looked the way I wanted it to (which I swear is the hardest part), I had to fill it with content. I wrote 30 posts before I removed the “under construction” page. Then I started working on marketing those posts.
Blah blah blah. I’m getting off track. My apologies.
My point is, that building your blog is a CRAP TON OF WORK. And once it’s built, you’re gonna KEEP working. But you’re gonna shift gears to marketing instead of building, because your blog ain’t gonna be any good, won’t make any money if no one knows that it’s there.
So…all that said, what’s The #1 Reason that Many First Time Bloggers Fail?
They give up. Throw in the towel. They say f*** it. And they abandon their blogging efforts, all because some ‘guru’ told them that they should be able to master it in 10 minutes. They quit when they can’t figure out why the hell they can’t figure out how to design the theme; throw up their hands, shut the laptop and they bounce.
That’s a shame.
Remember this; Nothing worth having is easy to get. That includes a blog that makes money.
That said, I’m not going to tell you that I’m making thousands of dollars a month with this blog. I’m seeing some income. I’m not in the thousand$ every month…yet. But I’ve definitely figured out how that’s going to happen. I’m watching my traffic climb every day, and I know that if I stick to it, I’m there in a matter of months. I can promise you that.
And you will be too. I promise. You just can’t give up. Just. Don’t. Quit.