Monday, December 22, 2008

Problogger Wannabes: 4 Things to Expect During your Early Months of Blogging (Part 3)

This is PART 3 in a mini-series of posts on Problogger Wannabes: 4 Things to Expect during your Early Months of Blogging. The full series is PART 1 (Few people will read your blog), PART 2 (Expect little to no traffic at all), PART 3 (Patience will wear thin. Enthusiasm will run dry), PART 4 (You won’t earn thousands right away).

3. Your patience will wear thin; your enthusiasm will run dry. True, especially if you’re blogging solely for money.

Money was my main driving force when I started blogging back in 2006. But I soon realized that money will never become an effective motivator (Read a bit of my Adsense story in PART 4), at least, for me. Feelings are, well, feelings. They are just passing emotions, and you really can’t rely on pure emotions.

Feelings often change, no, feelings ALWAYS change. Do you still love your wife as much as you love her back when you were still dating? Why do so many marriages end up in divorce? Even Romeo and Juliet, given 20 years of marriage, might have ended up in divorce.

Feelings can never give a strong foundation if you want to build an empire. Ok, so you don’t want to build an empire, you just want to blog and have a couple of people read your work. Ok, while there’s no problem with that, what I’m just trying to say is, you can’t build something great on something that’s so volatile.

You have to be aware, that as a blogger, like Web servers, you’ll have your uptimes and your downtimes. Your enthusiasm will run dry, your patience will wear thin. Yes it’s true, but it’s normal.

So what should we do? Well, I believe that what every blogger needs is a strong self-discipline, something I’m also having some issues with. Yes, it’s hard, but bloggers blog, it’s what we do.

We’ve all come from different places and from different backgrounds, but if there’s one thing that makes us common, it’s our desire to build a better world by building a better blogosphere. So don’t let your “downtimes” keep you from blogging, just be aware that it’s common, and that every blogger experiences the same “downtime” feelings like you. “Learn to use your emotions to think, not think with your emotions,” says Robert Kiyosaki.

Again, here’s the full series: PART 1 (Few people will read your blog), PART 2 (Expect little to no traffic at all), PART 3 (Patience will wear thin. Enthusiasm will run dry), PART 4 (You won’t earn thousands right away).

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