I love you guys.
You know that.
People who love you tell you the truth. Sometimes, loving folks withhold the truth for knowing one seems deeply enough entrenched in fear that the individual cannot handle the truth. Fear-folks lash out, rail and flat out reject or deny the truth. But open folks receptive to the truth can accept, process and understand the truth.
For all open-mind, new bloggers:
Nobody will pay you for your blog posts.
Nobody will buy your stuff or click your affiliate offers.
Nobody will click your ads.
Sorry new bloggers; ain’t happening….yet.
Success will find you if you generously, patiently and persistently develop your blogging skills. New bloggers can and do become pro bloggers after 1000’s of blogging hours worked spanning many years. But grounding yourself in reality during early blogging days gives you a rock solid foundation for your blogging campaign. Reigning in expectations allows you to see clearly.
Case in point; one comment popped up in my spam folder a few moments ago. Someone expressed how “they would not mind” writing a guest post for Blogging From Paradise. The spammer harbors the expectation of a blogging celebrity, a titan, an influencer, who would not mind setting aside a few moments from their busy day to guest blog for me. But I had never heard of the individual. Plus their comment dropped into the spam folder. Delusion is a helluva drug!
As for beginner bloggers….
Would you walk into a class of first day, pre-med majors asking for a diagnosis of a potential illness? Nope. Seeing a doctor with 5 or 10 years of experience seems like the wise choice. You would likely go on a referral. Referral traffic/patients/clients/customers grow out of experience, practice, networking and commitment. For doctors. For bloggers. For every single professional on earth.
If asking a first day, pre-med student for a diagnosis sounds absurd why do you expect someone to click on your ads as a newbie blogger? You have no idea what you are doing yet. You have no skills. You have no network. You have not gained folk’s trust….yet. Worry not; I was in the same boat 10 years ago. I had nothing because I was new to blogging. Like every single pro blogger, I started at zero. I started at square one.
You cannot land paid freelance writing positions as a newbie blogger because:
- you have zero writing skills because you have basically no writing practice under your belt
- you have no name
- you have no network
- you have no brand
Accept these truths. Embrace these realities. Seeing clearly instantly dissolves insane expectations dripping with desires to get rich quickly. Seeing clearly also gives you the proper frame of mind as a beginner blogger. Beginners need to focus on creating and connecting generously, not on trying to make money. Money comes later. Thinking in this fashion sets a granite-like foundation for your blogging campaign.
New bloggers believe blogging is like landing a skill-free job offline. Walk in. Apply. Send your resume. Get a call back. Interview. Land the job. Accept. Get paid for showing up and completing a specific task, 5 days weekly. Except you skip everything, ask on Quora where you can find paid writing jobs and expect the jobs to flow to you, when you only skipped about 15 steps in the profiting process, including practicing your writing to the tune of 1000 words daily for the next 6 months.
Blogging Is Similar to Running a Corner Store Business
I recall seeing bodega owners keeping shop open 24 hours daily in East Harlem, when I did house sits in that neighborhood. Family and friends provided coverage for every hour of the week.
Blogging is similar to running a corner store business as a newbie; save it is just you working and the hours may be 6-12 hours daily or perhaps 2-3 hours daily during your work week and 8-12 hours on weekends, your off days, if you hold a full time job.
I know enough new bloggers who look back at the past month and wonder why they spent 5 hours blogging, when spending 100 hours or more would have been a realistic way to build a solid blogging foundation. Why? Wake up call. Delusion. People believe blogging is just showing up, landing paid jobs, getting ad clicks and making money. But every blogger with such unrealistic expectations seems to get a harsh wake up call, sooner than later.
Fun and freedom and prospering await you guys but you need to put in the time, energy and effort toward creating and connecting generously for many hours daily – for months then years – to see money blogging. The journey is not difficult like:
- trying to bench press 500 pounds if prior attempts were made with a tooth pick connected to 2 Certs
- walking 2 hours in 101 degree Chiang Mai temps if you haven’t done cardio in 15 years
but the blogging journey feels incredibly uncomfortable sometimes because you need face deep, powerful fears, to develop the skills that net you money blogging.
I know you’re up to it.
Know why you blog. Tie the reason to fun and freedom. Do not tie the reason to money or else you will seek quick blogging success. Quick blogging success is impossible. Good things require time, generous service and a willingness to see the journey through well-outside of your comfort zone.
Beginner bloggers; you can and will succeed if you see clearly. See yourself in the light of truth. Generously, patiently and persistently develop skills by creating and connecting. Monetize through multiple income channels.
Money will come but money comes later.
This post is not a negative rant.
I intend to help you see blogging clearly.
Seeing blogging clearly gives you an honest assessment of where you tend to be as a beginner blogger. Adopting the proper frame of mind trades delusional expectations for focusing heavily on the process of creating helpful content and building strong connections.
This is the starting point of a thriving blogging career.