So you’ve done it. You’ve FINALLY started that blog that you’ve wanted to get working on!
Now the REAL work begins 😉
I’ve been blogging since 2003. But I’ve only been blogging seriously (to make money) for about the last 3 years.
Blogs are like tattoos. You can’t have just one.
I own 6 or 7 blogs, and to say that blogging is addictive would be an understatement.
Ask any blogger with any level of success, and they’ll tell you that once they found success with their first blog, they felt the unshakable urge to start another one.
And then another one.
You get the picture.
But regardless of HOW many blogs a successful blogger has, they all have this ONE characteristic that allows them to keep creating success.
The ONE thing that all successful bloggers have?
ALL successful bloggers have patience in spades. They HAVE to. Because this blogging thing isn’t easy, and growing a successful blog is NOT quick.
To be a successful blogger requires a strategy for every single thing that you want that blog to accomplish; from growing your social media presence to getting traffic for that blog. Growing your audience of readers including your email list, also takes time…and PATIENCE.
Contrary to what some bloggers would have you believe, gaining success with a blog is NOT a simple endeavor.
It CANNOT be done in 20 minutes.
It CANNOT be done in a month.
Growing a successful blog takes months, sometimes years, and anyone who tells you different is lying to you.
I’m not saying that it ALWAYS takes years, but it ALWAYS takes months.
How many months?
There’s no real way to tell. But you WILL need to have a helluva lot of PATIENCE to start and grow any blog at least to the point where you feel like it’s even somewhat successful.
When you start that blog, your traffic building strategy is going to take patience.
Growing your audience is going to take patience.
It’s going to take more patience than you thought you could possibly need, or ever have.
You’re going to want to quit, but I’m telling you…I did that. With this blog. I quit blogging for 6 months because I was frustrated with the “one step forward, two steps back” nature of this venture.
The key isn’t to take “one step forward”; it’s to take 5 steps forward, even though you’re STILL probably going to get pushed back a step or two.
But Don’t Quit.
This blogging business is worth the effort, if you create a strategy, and stick to it. There are lots of ‘straight-up’ bloggers out there as well, with plenty of posts on how to get your blog to where you want it to be.
It’s perfectly fine if you want to ‘take a break’ from blogging at some point, to clear your head. But remember this; all (or most) of the headway that you’ve made with that blog up to that point will disappear.
Whatever strides you’ve made with traffic, gone.
Your Pinterest efforts…gone.
And you’ll have to start from square one when you decide to pick it up again.
If you’re cool with that, by all means, go nuts. Take the time to regroup and figure shit out.
But again…DON’T QUIT.
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