“Don’t quit your day job.” This is a quote many beginning bloggers will, unfortunately, hear as they venture into the world of blogging.
While many bloggers will waive off these warnings, they often come to see that the ideal blog they had envisioned is going to be more work than they ever imagined.
Blogging is a very competitive industry, but there’s one major principle to consider that could place your blog a notch above the rest: self-discipline.
Many sources will claim that most blogs fail. Why is that?
If Rebecca started a blog about gardening and decided to quit once her initial enthusiasm faded, would that be considered a failure? Of course, it would; however, had Rebecca pushed herself to continue the blog, regardless of the near non-existent traffic she was getting, she might have found that her blog only needed time.
Time is the single most important factor in blogging, and in order to give your blog the time it needs, self-discipline must be something you’re good at.
Self-discipline is a bloggers ability to carry on when things aren’t looking good. It’s hard to continue writing after realizing that your blog is only receiving a handful of hits, but it’s also very possible that your blog lacks the time needed to be properly indexed by search engines.
Keep in mind, time is also needed to build strong backlinks for your blog.
Creating the self-discipline needed to continue a slow growing blog requires two important factors: habits and interest. Creating a habit of writing at the same time every day could help your mind adjust to the fact that no one is forcing you to do your job.
When it comes to blogging, you’re your own boss. Another example is creating a habit of only checking your traffic statistics once a day. This can help you focus your time on the tasks needed to create blog traffic, to begin with.
Creating habits in order to increase your self-discipline is no easy task. This is why you must enjoy the niche you’re blogging about. A blog should never be started as a means for income.
A blog should be started because you love writing, helping others, and discussing certain topics. Should the blog grow into a money-making opportunity, that’s fantastic, but it must begin as something you enjoy in order to end up as something you profit from.
Single Most Important
Self-discipline is the single most important character trait one must have in order to succeed at any online venture.
When you are your own boss, it becomes far too easy to watch television or play a video game rather than do what you should be doing.
With that being said, keep this last comment in mind: Blog about topics you find enjoyable and create habits that surround these topics if you plan to succeed as a blogger.