Being a full time blogger is an amazing job and contributes to a very satisfying lifestyle without question; I wake up feeling blessed that it’s even a reality and possibility for me – but don’t be mistaken, it’s not without it’s challenges, difficulties, and I don’t always wake up feeling like it’s candy and rainbows.
The point is that I struggle just as much as you do with balancing my life and my job and need as much encouragement as you might need on any given day (in fact I’m going to ask you for your advice at the end of this blog post!). Thankfully it’s been an enjoyable learning experience and my only saving grace has been the fact that I have a half-decent memory and write my experiences (and what I learn from them) down.
So as I was going through my list of some of those experiences I came out with a few things, myths actually, that I’ve learned specifically from blogging that I hope can help you in your blogging efforts.
Check these out and let me know what you think:
1. The Myth of Working Longer, Harder
One of the things that I had read from a number of probloggers when I first started was this idea that I had to work longer and harder than everyone else to achieve my dreams.
This is a lie and is not true – in fact, working longer and harder than everyone else typically means that you’re not doing it right and aren’t really efficient at whatever you’re doing. I have now chosen to work smarter, not harder.
How this applies to your blogs is that there is simply is a point where the amount of work you’re doing is not actually bringing a relevant and reliable return. You might be slaving over your blog needlessly hoping that all that effort with drafting 100 blog posts or customizing your design or finding that perfect plugin – you might feel like you’re getting ahead but you aren’t.
Provide yourself with useful and functional boundaries for your blog and your work and try to work smarter, not harder as you build your blogging presence.
2. The Myth of Making Your Work Your Lifestyle
I learned somewhere that I’d be the happiest when my work (especially blogging) was (became) my lifestyle – I’d feel the most rewarded and satisfied if I could achieve this goal. I submit to you now that this couldn’t be farther from the truth and was an extremely dangerous model to follow.
You see, although blogging contributes much to a lifestyle that is extremely satisfactory I’ve realized that a better definition of lifestyle is being able to successfully manage the tension between work and many other elements that make up my day, including relationships and family, rest and relaxation, and my hobbies outside of work.
When my work becomes my entire lifestyle it doesn’t matter how “good” that job is – my life sucks and my enjoyment and happiness is sacrificed. Blogging is neat and rewarding but it can be, like many other jobs, an all-consuming fire if managed poorly.
If your blog (or your job) becomes to appear more like a lifestyle than something to be managed in balance with the other important elements of life than you’re in dangerous waters my friend!
3. The Myth of the 6-Figure Blogger
I had seen it a thousand times over and so have you: This idea that “you too” can become a 6-figure blogger if you just buy this product, write this type of content, or sign up for this service.
My friend, let me be the first to tell you that the “6-figure blogger” is a phantom of imagination and tricky marketing.
I’m not saying that it’s not possible to make over $100,000 per year with your blog – it’s definitely possible! What I am saying is that how you’re going to get there is not “as advertised” and that you should be extremely careful believing the hype!
Creating a sustainable and manageable income via your blog takes time – there is no over-night success and no “quick tips” that’s going to get you there. It takes effort, research, and a lot of sweat equity. Heck, it even takes a bit of luck and being at the right place at the right time.
Don’t buy into the idea that you’re going to work yourself out of your current 9-to-5 in 3 months or that you’re going to make up your current income in less than a year (or many of those other DIY speed runs). Believe in the marathon run and not the sprint and then be pleasantly surprised (and humbled) if it does happen sooner than deserve.
What are some things that you’ve learned over the past few years (or months) as a blogger? Have you encountered any other “blogging myths?” What encouragement can you give me?