Dear Valued Reader,
I wanted to write this to you today because I’m not giving up on you. I know that one day you will read this and it will inspire you to take action on your own blog. My mission is simple: help people blog. My message could be argued: Blogging is one of the best ways to develop personally and professionally. Other than going back to college I think blogging IS one of the best ways to develop in all areas of your life. So I wanted to write this to you today to share with you some reasons why if you don’t have a blog it would be a good idea to start one now.
Reason 1: Personal Development
The sheer personal development it would take to go from nothing to a professional blogger would be immense. You’d grow so much! Even when God robs you of an experience, you’ll be that much more inclined to blog. Your massive action will be of even greater proportions, and you’ll be growing like you’ve never grown before. I’m not trying to sell blogging to people that don’t like to read, but if you’ve made it this far in this post I know that’s not you. You like to read so you can write even better. What would you get done if you put in 4 hours a day into your business? What would you get if you put an hour a day into your business? Do you think you would develop personally and professionally? Do you think you would have your own business card? Do you think you could build business relationships with the people you already know? These are just questions, and you can answer them in the comments. My opinion on these matters is that you definitely can become a professional blogger.
It’s just a matter of personal development when blogging. Granted you’ve got to blog with a mission and a message, one that’s not limp wrist-ed, I’ll tell you it’s okay just to blog. If your personal story is all you’ve got at the time, then that shouldn’t stop you from blogging. It’s going to be embarrassing, but it will be a learning journey, and you’ll grow in the process.
The point however is to create a business. One that pays you money every month. In order to do that you have to have a world view. You should be able to communicate your message like every _____ should have a ______.
For me that message is simple. Everybody should blog. It’s one of the best ways to develop personally and professionally. That’s how I’ve grown from a personal blog about schizophrenia to a blog about blogging business. How are you going to grow?
Reason 2: The Money
Who doesn’t want more money. Now I’m going to be honest with you. The average successful blog is about 3 years old. You’re going to have to put some time into it without ever seeing a cent. Don’t we do things for the payoff? Wouldn’t it be sweet if we earned a residual income and could just sit on our asses and collect money every month?
Not that we’d be sitting on our asses, but you know what I mean.
The best part about some ways you could make money off your blog is that they are free. Some affiliate marketing is free to join, and you can sell their products. You can also request an Adsense account and let Google pay you.
I sell Convertkit and I’m working on selling GoDaddy, two services that I use myself. The beauty about being a Convertkit affiliate is that they pay a reoccurring monthly payment for each referral. Get 112 of them and you’ll have a $1,000 a month income. I’m not saying you have to start a blog, get Convertkit and then sell Convertkit, but you could. You could also sell ebooks.
With 1,000 subscribers you could definitely see an income by selling your first ebook. You just have to get the 1,000 subscribers, and the only way I know how to get subscribers is to hone the craft of writing by doing it, and engaging on the internet. Two almost free ways to build your blog.
Because the way I figure it is if you want to make money blogging your going to have to be a helpful writer. You are going to have to add value to people’s lives. That is part of the mission of this website. To help you be helpful.
Which leads me into…
Reason 3: To Help Other People
I saved the best for last, to help other people. That’s where the money is going to be coming from anyways so you had better make sure you’re good at it.
You’ll get to be a service to the community and that will make you feel good. You’ll have relationships with other people and that will make you feel good. You’ll be making money and that will make you feel good. There are a lot of feel good reasons for blogging, also feeling like your providing for your family.
This will all come in time, as long as you keep taking action and keep the faith, but it’s still good to do even when you’re not getting paid. It’s going to be a while before that happens so you had better get used to waiting. You could be waiting a while to help your first person.
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