With every new project or business endeavour, there are going to be a few growing pains. They are the price we have to pay to succeed, the bumps on the road to our destination. Blogging is no exception. If you want to truly succeed with your blog and make money from it, you’re going to have to endure some of the bumps along the way.
The harsh reality of blogging is that there are going to be times along the way that you may feel like throwing in the towel and giving up on your goals. But if you want to succeed, you’ll have to find a way to push through the tough times. You may have to:
- Endure sleepless nights
- Step outside of your comfort zone
- Forego some social engagements in favour of getting your post done
- Battle with writer’s block and lapses in creativity
- Dig deep to find the necessary discipline
- …and more.
These are just some of the “growing pains” that can be associated with blogging as a business. If you are serious about making your mark, however, those are the prices you’ll have to pay. Of course, not everyone will go through all of these issues, and there may be some issues not listed here. But as a general rule, these are things you can expect to have to go through if you want to make a splash. As the saying goes, if you want to see a rainbow, you’ll have to put up with a little rain. So, how do you go about getting through these tough times and persevere toward success?
These are the keys to success: consistency, determination, laser focus, and hard work. A can-do attitude will go a long way, too.
One thing that can really help is to have a plan. Create an editorial calendar for your blog so you always know what posts are coming up. This will help you to schedule your time, to preplan the rollout of your posts, to schedule some product reviews, etc. in between your regular posts, etc. It is amazing how much staying organized and having a plan will help to keep you motivated, focused, and consistent.
There are so many bloggers out there, and so many blogs on every imaginable topic. Some blogs make money – a lot of money. They didn’t get there overnight, though. Blogging can be fun, and most people wouldn’t do it if it weren’t enjoyable at least most of the time, but as with anything, it’s not always easy. When the tough moments strike, it’s important to keep your goal in the spotlight. Starting a WordPress blog can start out as a hobby, or as a hobby with a goal of transforming that hobby into an income stream. There are many people who make a very good living through blogging, and you can be one of those people, too, if you are wiling to put in the time and effort.