This is the Motivation You Need to Continue Blogging

At times, blogging seems like thankless work. In the beginning, maybe the only ones who read your posts are you and maybe your mother. You spend all that time crafting the perfect article only to have crickets when you publish.

This is the Motivation You Need to Continue Blogging
Trust me — hustling is not worth it

At times, blogging seems like thankless work. In the beginning, maybe the only ones who read your posts are you and maybe your mother. You spend all that time crafting the perfect article only to have crickets when you publish.

You work late in the evening and early in the morning. When you are not writing, you are promoting on social media. When you are not on social media, you are doing what you must do to drive traffic to your blog. In the beginning, you quit almost every single day before you come to yourself and get back to work.

For me, blogging is a full-time job. I know that my content must be top-notch. I know that I have to find the things people are searching for and write about them. I know that all the work I do now will pay off later if I just keep working hard.

I used to call myself a hustler, but that word has lost its flavor. To hustle means that you push and push until you have nothing left, but I don’t want that. I don’t want to work so hard that my family feels like they never see me anymore. I don’t want to hustle myself into an early grave.

I know there is a way to work toward having a successful blog that doesn’t involve killing yourself in the process. There is working hard and there is working smart. I like to do a little of both.

If you want to call what you do a hustle, that is up to your, but let me tell you, from a 53-year-old guy who has done it all, nothing is ever worth losing yourself in the process. If you have to push yourself so hard that you lose sight of what is important in life, you are doing too much.

I haven’t always thought this way. Look at the first five videos on my YouTube channel and it will tell you all you need to know about how hard I worked. For me, there were 24 hours in a day, and I didn’t want to waste any of them. I piled so much work on that I was drowning.

Then I had a heart attack and almost died. After that whole ordeal, I was able to look back and see that all that hustle contributed to the very real danger that I might die very soon if I don’t change the things I am doing.

I did an about-face and really thought about why I was pushing myself so hard. I wanted success so badly that I was willing to sacrifice everything, and I didn’t even know what success meant to me. I was working for something that other people wanted when I didn’t know what made me happy.

Money would be nice, but in the long run, money won’t make me happy. If I have enough to pay my bills, I will be happy. I will be happier if, in the process, I didn’t lose myself to a hustle with no purpose.

Yes, I am working toward a successful blog, in the sense that if will eventually pay me enough that I can pay my bills. I am paying more attention to enjoying the process and helping others.

Sure, I could build a bullshit course about blogging and sell that. I know enough about blogging to fill up volumes, but I think I can be of more help if I mostly give away what I know. Yeah, eventually, I plan to monetize my blog with a paid newsletter, but it won’t be like I am shaking everybody down for their last $10.

If you are blogging, it can seem like too much work at times. There is nothing passive about it. But make sure that you don’t lose sight of your life on the road to building a blog that makes money. There are ways to do it without killing yourself, and it is up to you to find out how to do it.

Take it from someone who was a self-proclaimed hustler: there is nothing glamourous about pushing yourself until you are half-dead. The payoff, in the end, is not worth it if the journey to get you there almost kills you. Take your time. Do the things you must do to become successful or at least make money. You can do it without giving too much of yourself in the process.

You can be a successful blogger — you know what you have to do to get there. Just don’t lose yourself in the process.

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