I have been blogging wrong this whole time
Like millions of other bloggers, I wanted a piece of the action. I was fixated on generating 10,000 page views and making $5,000/mo. in AdSense revenue.
For most people, they want to blog as a way to make side money, or to share their passion with a niche.
For me, it’s a little bit of both. But more than anything, I want to prove to myself that I could do it.
Unlike most aspiring bloggers, I don’t believe all the hype from popular bloggers’ sidebars, or their annoying exit pops. I know that driving traffic, building credible backlinks, and writing valuable content takes a lot of hard work, time, and strategy.
I had no disillusions that starting, building, and maintaining a successful blog takes countless months if not years before anything comes to fruition. But that didn’t deter me. In fact, that is what made me believe I will succeed. I had been trying to make my first $1,000 online for nearly 2 years.
But as I kept writing content and building out my niche sites I realized something important. Something that I had overlooked, and when that I realized it, seemed very foolish.
I was not passionate about my niche blogs.
I started writing content, building custom WordPress themes and plugins for these sites but after 6 months, the passion burned out.
It takes more than finding a bunch of keywords with good traffic volume, low cost of entry, and a sweet WordPress theme to build your blog.
I took some time away from blogging, read some books about psychology and marketing, and realized I have been ass backwards this whole time.
The past 2 years I have been writing content, asking for backlinks from an industry I am not invested in, and hoping that readers would see me as a authority in a niche I wasn’t giving back to.
How foolish had I been?
I have also been mistaking interest for passion. Just because I like something doesn’t mean I want to know everything about it, be more knowledgeable than anyone else, and share that passion with thousands of people.
But that’s exactly what you need to do in order to successfully grow a blog.
So now what?
I don’t know to be honest. I am still looking for my passion. I have an idea of what that will be but for now, making money online is a lot less important to me.
I am searching for my passion. To get there, I am going to keep reading, keep writing, and keep thinking.
Good luck finding your passion.