In response to my article on the Blog Herald, What Does it Really Take To Blog?, a new contributor to the Blog Herald, Jason Kaneshiro, gives his perspective in Making A Long-Term Commitment To Blogging… Don’t Break The Chain:
Q: What does it really take to blog?
A: The ability to make a long-term commitment.
Much blogging advice contains an over-arching theme of preparing for the “long haul.”
He’s very right.
Most of the answers to my question revolved around passion and commitment, but Jason is very right. It takes time, a lot of time, and a commitment to the “long haul” time requirement to make a success of your blog.
He beautiful points out that it’s easy to write five blog posts with passion and energy. It’s not so easy to write 360 more to cover your first year of blogging. Then he points out wisely:
It’s another thing entirely to write 1,000 – which is most likely the point at which you’ll begin to see any return on your time investment.
Teaching workshops on the business of nature and travel photography, and blogging, I tell my students to plan for three to five years before you earn enough for food and shelter, before you start making the profit that will buy more equipment, vacations, and fun clothes. It’s no different for bloggers who begin this process with the idea of making tons of money at the most, or paying for web hosting at the least.
It takes time. It takes planning. It takes trial and error, with a lot of error, before you find that magic combination that brings attention and profits. What works for one won’t work for another, and what works for you may only work for you, not everyone else.
So the answer, while still a complex one, does mostly rely upon endurance, persistence, and the willingness to keep going in spite of the obstacles and learning curve.
But then, isn’t that the answer to success in anything?
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Copyright Lorelle VanFossen, member of the 9Rules Network, and author of Blogging Tips, What Bloggers Won't Tell You About Blogging.