HOW TO START A SUCCESSFUL BLOG TODAY

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Blogging? Not Again!

Read our lips: this is the last time we write about blogging on this website. Ever.

We didn’t plan on writing anything else about blogging after publishing Who The Hell Reads Your Blog Anyway? We don’t enjoy blogging about blogging, because, well, generally blogs about blogging are banal and vapid and they just don’t interest us (Corbett Barr’s Think Traffic being the exception that proves the rule). Heck, we don’t even read many blogs, but…

Reasons You Should Blog

Today we were inspired to research and write this essay after reading Joshua Becker’s 15 Reasons I Think You Should Blog, in which essay he discusses 15 great reasons why you should start a blog. “Why” being the key word here. In other words, he talks about the purpose of blogging, not just the “how to” aspects. That’s what all these other blogs about blogging seem to miss, they miss the purpose—the why.

Reasons You Should NOT Blog

So Becker gave you 15 reasons why you should start a blog, and we’re going to show you how to start one, step-by-step, based on our personal experience, but before we give you that type of detailed instruction—which could literally save you the hundreds of hours of wasted time—we want to give you some good reasons why you should not start a blog. (Keep in mind that these reasons are just our opinions and we do not pretend to offer them up as some sort of collection of empirical blogging maxims.)

  1. Money. You should not start a blog to make money. We need to get that out of the way first. If your primary objective is to replace your full-time income from blogging, forget about it. It doesn’t work that way. Do you think that Jimi Hendrix picked up his first guitar so he could “supplement his income”? No, he didn’t. Rather, he did it for the love of it, for the joy and fulfillment he received, and the income came thereafter, much later actually … [Read More at The Minimalists]
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