Something stood out as I was reading How to Start a Successful Blog Today by The Minimalists Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. It was their three reasons for not blogging that caught my attention.
- Money. You should not start blogging to make money.
- Notoriety. Don’t plan on getting internet famous right away.
- Traffic. Not all traffic is good traffic (as we explained here), so don’t worry about getting thousands of readers right away.
Whoa, wait a second. Those are the exact three reasons why I started blogging. Aren’t they yours too? Let’s take them on one by one.
You Should Not Start Blogging to Make Money
The authors went further, writing, “If your primary objective is to replace your full time income from blogging, forget about it. It doesn’t work that way.” Yet, these guys quit their six-figure jobs and did just that. I guess we’re not them so it can’t be done.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with blogging for fun and not expecting to make any money off of it. For me, blogging takes time and time is money. If I’m not making income from blogging I would much rather be fishing or spending time with my kids.
Don’t Plan on Getting Internet Famous Right Away
If you’re blogging and not looking for notoriety then why are you writing it online? Why did you register a domain name? Why do you have an about page? You could have just used a pen and notepad or a journal.
Notoriety doesn’t have to be personal. It could be for your brand or your business. You blog because you want people to know about your content and to read and share it.
Not All Traffic is Good Traffic
If you’re doing paid advertising then I would agree that not all traffic is good traffic. With blogging, any traffic is better than no traffic. Now, there’s better traffic, more engaged traffic, more targeted traffic but there is no such thing as bad traffic.
To be transparent, I started this blog to make money, make a name for myself and to get as much traffic as I can. Now, in all fairness, Joshua and Ryan did write that these things could happen but warns that “you’ll be miserable.”
So if you’re thinking about starting a blog, do it today, do it now. Join me in being miserable . Finally, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes by Henry Ford whenever I’m thinking about starting anything.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right. <- Click To Tweet This
What About You
Why do you blog?