It’s Not Easy, It’s Scary
I don’t consider myself a good writer, I’m passable. It takes me a lot of time to write, edit, re write, start from scratch for the third time, and then finally post it. I never think my writing is good enough. I actually procrastinate writing an article because I know how much work I’ll have to put in to writing it.
Once the article is up I wait for people to tell me how terrible it is and how I should give up. It never happens but I wait for it just the same. The fact that I have my thoughts and feelings out there for anyone to read any time is terrifying. What if someone meets me, looks me up and thinks less of me because of what I’ve written? What if a client doesn’t want to work with me? What if I upset my wife?
Hard Work Doesn’t Mean You’ll Succeed
After putting in all the work needed to run a blog, writing every week (or everyday), there could be no one reading it. You have to grow social media, get people to like you, try to guest post, comment on other sites, become an influencer even if you’re a really small one. Grow an email list, also write to them.
After all the work that goes in you may not “succeed”. Now that depends on what you count as success, I personally feel I’ve succeeded because I do have articles that are ranking on google, I have people who know who I am, and people who reach out to me for help. The thing is that most of my work is seen on other sites, my personal site doesn’t have nearly the traffic that I want it to have.
More Than Writing
As a long time reader of financial blogs it seemed simple. You write an article, you post it, people read it, that’s it. Well I was wrong, I was very wrong. First, as already explained writing is more complicated than I thought it was. Second, running a site isn’t as easy as most people think it would be. I run this site on WordPress but I have to have a host, then I have to have plugins to make the site do what I want, then I have to customize the site.
The thing is I don’t know anything or at least I didn’t know anything before starting the site. And of course I didn’t have money to teach me how to do things, or have someone else do it, so I learned through reading and YouTube. Even still it takes me way longer to do things on the back end than most people.
Get Rich Slow, Very Slow
Whenever you read articles on ways to make extra money they all say start a blog. I’ve written a few that say the same thing, but it won’t make you money quick. I had my site for 6 months before I had any type of income from it, and another 6 months till the second one happened.
I have added ads to the site, as well as affiliate links, and I offer coaching. With all of those things in mind you would think I’m making a ton of money off my site, truth is this site is actually losing me money.
The cost of the hosting isn’t being covered by what the site makes, however I’m not going anywhere, if anything I’m going to crank up the amount of work to grow this site and maybe then I can start making money.
One Person Saying Something Nice Is All It Takes
Running a blog is a lot of long hours, hard work, and it feels like you’re doing it for no good reason. Then one person will email you, or comment, or run into you at a conference to tell you how much they love what you do.
At FinCon last year someone came up to me and told me they read everything I write, and all I could say was I’m sorry I don’t write more often. I felt no one was reading what I write so what was the point in writing more often. I’ve sense learned that is a terrible way to think and so I should be writing more often.
The Next 100 Posts
So far nothing about this blog has gone as planned. That being said I plan on posting once a week going forward. I have come up with the concept of having 4 posts a month, one would be my income reports. Then I plan on doing a saving, earning, living plan. So an article on how to save money, whether that’s a list of 100 ways to save money or a particular app or thing I’ve learned on how to save money. Another article will be about earning, whether it’s from finding a new job, starting a side hustle, a one off thing like a garage sale etc.
Finally, I want to have an article on lifestyle, whether that’s learning to live with less, being content with what you have, or making sure you’re living the way you want.
I also plan on having monthly “themes” so each article will be in that theme. So maybe I have an article on how to get in shape and save money, then an article on making money well getting in shape, then finally an article on how being in shape can benefit you in all areas of your life.