I’ve been lucky enough to be a full-time blogger for the past nine years.
But… it’s not a walk in the park, not unless that park is somehow called, “Jurassic Park.”
It’s not. The bottom of the food chain is overcrowded, but all the alpha predators are at the top.
It’s an ultra-competitive environment, which means that there are certain requirements for success.
I know a lot of bloggers want to earn a full-time income from their articles, but there’s a lot to consider.
Before you answer these questions, know this: it’s extremely important that you answer honestly.
You’re not tricking anyone but yourself if you try to provide what you think are the right answers, because you will have to act, and when it’s time to act, you will find it impossible to keep moving forward on the road to blogging success.
1. Are you ready to work harder than you’ve ever worked before?
Blogging is often described as a way to earn a bit of passive income. There’s nothing passive about it, especially when you’re just starting out.
The reason most bloggers quit within their first three months is because of the amount of time and energy that is required of them in order to build momentum.
If you think blogging is a walk through the park, you will soon realize it’s more like Jurassic Park actually, and that you have to spend an awful lot of time on creating and promoting content.
2. Can you deal with high-levels of stress because of fluctuating income?
The most I ever earned during a month was somewhere around $14,000. A couple of months after that, as I struggled with some health and personal issues, I barely managed to earn $700.
If you don’t publish content, if you don’t promote, you don’t earn. It’s as simple as that.
Besides, sometimes there are external factors at play.
After all, I earned over $35,000 during the first three months of 2020, and then the coronavirus pandemic happened, and I had to work twice as much for half the pay.
3. How do you feel about having to interact with others in an online environment?
Look, blogging might be popular among introverts, but the truth is that you must be willing to network.
If you want to grow a successful blog, you must comment on other blogs, reply to comments on your blog, and generally write e-mails, replies, chats, and so on and so forth.
One of the most underrated aspects of blogging is this. Are you likable? Do you play well with others?
If not, you are going to have to be brilliant. So brilliant, in fact, that people will still read your words even if they think you’re kind of a jerk.
4. Are you willing to do what it takes to consistently publish new content?
The blogging world is very competitive. Some people work 16 hours a day at their blogs. Every single day. Including Christmas.
Are you willing to find the time to be consistent? Are you disciplined enough to write even when you don’t feel like it?
You can’t earn a full-time income as a blogger and be in the excuse-making business at the same time. You must get the job done, no matter what.
5. Are you patient enough?
Patience is a virtue, especially for aspiring bloggers.
It takes a while to build momentum. It takes a while to figure out what topics you most enjoy writing about. It takes a while to figure out what your readers want to read, and what type of readers you want to be reading your content, and how to write a headline, and how to write an introduction.
It takes a while.
Be willing to suffer for it, because patience is the kind of suffering that requires that you maintain high-levels of enthusiasm as you wait for something to happen.
6. Are you passionate enough about your niche?
Sorry, but this is something you have to answer.
Are you writing about a certain topic because you think it’s popular?
I write about personal development because I’d most certainly jump off a building if it weren’t for my passion for improving my life. I write about motivation because my mind words as a kind of pep-talk generator because I rarely want to do anything.
So, I ask you again, are you passionate enough about your topic(s)?
7. How well do you handle criticism? What about an absolute lack of feedback?
A lot of bloggers quit because no one reads their stuff. And a lot of them also quit because someone hated their writing.
How thick is your skin? Can you handle the heartbreak of writing your heart out only to receive a like and a comment? Or no comments at all?
Ultimately, it comes down to this simple question:
Do you think you’re worthy of such success?
There are a lot of ramifications to this question. Do you believe you can improve your writing skill? Do you believe you are forever destined to spend your time fighting for survival at the bottom of the food chain?
Are you teachable? Are you willing to learn? Are you willing to let go of your ego and do whatever it takes to improve?
Do you feel there’s something special about you, about the way you write, about the ideas you share, that make you worthy of becoming a top 1% blogger?
Most bloggers never become successful because their ego is too fragile.
Before you try to make blogging a big enough part of your life, you should know the answers to these questions.
You should base your decision to become a blogger on an honest assessment of your capabilities, aspirations, mindset, and your willingness to step outside your comfort zone.
Ask yourself these questions and, if you answer truthfully and honestly, you know if you are willing to pay the price to become a successful blogger.