An Open Letter to Bloggers Who are going to choose Blogging as a Career

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Funny, isn’t it?

While every other guy next to you is raving to date a beautiful girl or maybe dreaming to get a white collar job with the sky high package.

We bloggers, on the other hand, dream to have high DA backlinks, thousands of email subscribers, huge social following and tons of traffic.

Did you realize that? As a blogger, our definition of happiness changes. Every time, you saw an email notification which says something like this:

Yippee! Your list has gained a new subscriber.

Or when you saw a spike of traffic in your analytics.

Or when you received a fan mail.

Or when you get hundreds of comments & everyone appreciating your content.

These are the things which make us happy.

For us, acceptance of our guest post on a popular blog is something way more delightful than any girl’s proposal!

Accept it, it’s true, isn’t it?

We are a way more happy and contented with $200 Paypal transaction a month (as a beginner) than working for any MNC who maybe giving way more than that.

Did you notice that? As a blogger, our perception of living a life change because;

We love to spending 10-16 hours a day in front our laptops because we it feels great working for ourselves.

We’re always trying to write better and better. Eventually we’re becoming writers.

Our favorite writers changes to Seth Godin, Tim Ferris, Paulo Coelho. And our idols changes to Neil Patel, Jon Morrow, Brian Clarke, Darren Rowse.

Even we don’t have enough idea of programming, but still we’ve learnt it (somewhat) & made design of our blogs.

Color schemes, fonts, load time, keywords, productivity, procrastination, patience, optimism are no longer mere words for us.

In short, every single day, along with blogging, we’re actually trying to make ourselves a better person.

And you know what the awesome thing about all this is?

We freaking love it!

We aren’t forced or compelled here, neither by our parents nor by anybody. We’re doing it, because we actually love doing it. Not because of somebody else.

But wait!

Let’s get real here.

I do have a few questions in my mind, perhaps it must be pondering in yours as well.

How long will it continue?

If you’re student, great! It’s your favorite pass time and you’re also earning a bit from your blog, but will you continue it even after your studies are over?

Do you’ve the guts to choose blogging over full time job?

And if you’re working and blogging in your free time, may be for fun or just to support your expenditures, did you made any plan to quit the job you hate going every morning?

Do you have the courage to do so?

Note for all the Bloggers Struggling to Find Their Courage

Actually the truth is, we haven’t been taken seriously!

Whenever you say to someone that you are a blogger, you’ll get a reply something like this:

Cool, but what are you doing for a living?

Ugh!

They have a mindset, does anyone make their living online? Is it really possible?

They don’t consider blogging as a profession. It’s OK if you want to do blogging for your interest, but don’t even think to take it as a full time career.

Actually, it’s not their fault, it’s yours!

Because you don’t believe that you can be a full time blogger! You don’t have enough courage to at least give it a shot.

You’re so obsessed with their toxic talks, which says, “Blogging is mere for the fun purpose, it can’t go forever for you, you can’t earn or it’s hard to earn online, it involves huge risk!”

It’s time to prove those naysayers wrong. But there is one HUGE problem.

Newsflash: You are coward to do so!

Really? Are you?

Yes, you’re. You’re afraid to cross this secure barrier. You’re afraid that how can I quit or refuse to do a job which was going to feed my family, just for my selfishness?

How will I face the disapproving looks of my friends and family?

People will make fun of me, calling me a fool if I decided to quit everything just for my blog.

And if I took that step, will it be enough to take care of myself & my family financially?

What if I won’t be able to earn enough? What if I don’t get enough traffic?

What ifs are never going to leave you, you’ve to overcome them and break this myth that you can’t earn well enough to take blogging as a career.

Let’s see the other side.

You know what?

It’s easier said than done!

Even if you made up your mind to pursue your passion, let me tell you some things very clearly, some of you are already facing it or going to face it.

It’s true at the initial stage, maybe you won’t be able to write well enough to grab the attention of people, may be you won’t get a decent amount of traffic.

There are chances that your earnings will almost be negligible for some days or even months which won’t be able to take bring food on the table.

May be you’ve to do some odd jobs, to make a living for the time being. But you’ve to uphold and brace yourself for the bad times.

Every time, you feel that your writing are being neglected or there is nothing much happening around, then there will be one question pondering in your mind.

Why I should make these sacrifices?

I’ll tell you why.

Because, deep inside your heart you never want to leave blogging, there are hell lot of ideas inside you which are urging to come out.

Because it’s feel great to work for yourself, you choose that.

Because it was your choice not to sell yourself to MNC for the job you hate.

Because you love spending your time writing, reading and finding numerous of ways to improve yourself not only as a blogger but also as a human being.

Because there’s never a moment when you have certainty that you’ll succeed. There’s never a moment when it’s clear it’ll all work out. There’s never a moment you’ll feel secure enough to take this risk.

Somehow or the other, you’ve to jump out in the field and have to face all these challenges, this is what courageous people do, this is how heroes have been made.

You’ve to find that courage!

Finding Courage to Start/Continue Full Time Blogging

When I started blogging, I discovered that a person who is running a blog isn’t just a blogger, he possesses hell lot of other qualities.

In no time, I came to know that blogging is the most versatile job. Here you’ve to be the jack of all trades.

I’m learning new things daily, blogging has just transformed me completely. I’ve learned coding, writing, marketing and numerous of other things as well.

And out of nowhere, my interest began to increase in reading. I enjoy reading inspirational books, then I jotted down the things on a paper which I’ve learned from them.

I realized that it also made a writer, it improved my writing enough that I can easily pen down my thoughts for my next blogpost.

At the starting, I always hate the free WordPress themes. I never liked their design, so it hiked my interest in the area of designing. So I learned web development which eventually made me a web developer.

As my niche was inspiration and self-development, I need picture quotes for the blog-engagement, so I’ve learned photoshop which helps me to make cool picture quotes and I’ve learned to design infographics as well.

To boost my blog traffic, I’ve study the science behind SEO, user experience, keywords, backlinks, blog commenting, guest posting, blog engagement, email marketing and all these things helps me to know better what the internet marketing is.

But then something happened.

The Gift from my College

I call it as a gift, you’ll come to know why later.

A few months back, placement drives held in my college, which really disturbed my inner peace.

Because I’ve to take decision between the two, either to pursue my dreams which I love or to get a job only for the sake of earning money.

It was a tough decision for me, probably the toughest one. I wasn’t earning much from my blog, but I simply can’t quit blogging. On the other side, I’ve to take care my family and my expenditures as well.

I’ve an education loan from bank, monthly bills to pay and daily expenditure which I’ve to take care of myself, after all I was a grown up by the time.

Finally, I made up my mind, I refused to go to any IT company and deciding to do full time blogging. But the big question was; how I’m going to survive?

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Firstly, I was happy that I took a brave decision. But, deep inside me knows very well that it’s going to be really a tough call for me.

As a young guy, you, I and everybody has lots of distraction in this very age and it’s not easy to stick to your plans and schedules. While everybody out there, your friends, your batch mates, guys & gals of your age are enjoying and having fun, on the other hand, you deliberately cut yourself down from your social circle in order to accomplish your dreams.

Then, I realized that, I’m on my way to become an entrepreneur.

Sounds cool, right?

But it’s a lot easier to brag about than actually becoming one. I knew that it was going to tough, so tough that it broke me almost every day till now.

It doesn’t mean that I’m not happy with my decision- just remember that doing what you love is the most important, probably the toughest decision in one’s life.

Now I’m going to tell you:

The Lesson I’ve Learned from my Journey.

For earning I made plans and accepted the fact that I’ve to do some odd jobs too just to make it through. Rather, depending entirely on my blog, I’ve managed to go to multiple sources of income as:

  • Firstly, I cut down all my extra expenditures, extra phone bills, eating out and every possible way from where I can save money.
  • Then, I found a part-time gig from fiverr. I started accepting gigs to make backlinks or to write an about page for $5.
  • I started to work do freelance blogging as well, writing articles for the other bloggers.
  • I started teaching basic HTML, CSS to the newbies, offline.

I know, by doing these things I don’t make much, but it’s something which helps me in keeping going while I make big transition.

The most important point here is that I remain stuck to my forte. Same is that for you. There will always come a time, when things will never go on your way, but you just have to fight back hard enough to achieve the things you really want in your life.

You either do it or you die a coward.

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You know what is the harsh truth?

You have crystal clear in mind what you want to do with your life. You’ve dreams and you’ve to accomplish them.

That’s what you think every time you go to your job or doing the things you hate the most. You know exactly what you are supposed to do with your life.

You’re serious enough about blogging, if you wasn’t, you wouldn’t be still here reading this long post. You know, deep inside your sense whispering, “This is what I meant to do.”

How long, you will neglect your inner voices?

You might say, “Vishnu, you don’t understand, I’ve a lot of other problems to tackle.”

Yes, you’re right. I don’t.

But I do understand the difference between living & existing.

What’s the point of living if you’re doing it just for the money purposes?

I’m not saying to quit your job and start blogging straight away but you can have a plan to do it incoming time. It’s okay, if you’re doing 9-5 job, but dude 8 PM-2 AM is a lot of time to do the damage.

It’s all about priorities my friend. I do understand you, but in the end it’s you who have to decide where you want to see yourself in next 10 years from now.

I do have a bank loan and family debts which I’ve to clear myself. I’m doing odd jobs for the survival. There are times, when I wasn’t able to put food on the table for myself, but I didn’t quit and neither am I going to be.

I’ve learned that either you gave excuses or start doing the real things because the problems are the part of life and it’s never going to end.

So, your excuses are just excuses.

Get OVER it and start blogging. GOD DAMN IT!

Share your thoughts in comment and don’t forget to share with other bloggers on your social network.

Editor note: A contribution by Vishnu, if you would like to contribute an original piece, see contribution guidelines.

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Vishnu Verma loves to inspire people by highlighting the daily inspiration around us.

71 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Bloggers Who are going to choose Blogging as a Career”

  1. nice article but i want to say u something, if u talk about these odd jobs then why j give a chance to some different money making websites i dnt want to mention that name here but there are things which helps to make u a lot of money so u can do both things parallel way

  2. Hi Vishnu,
    A long long post. But, not like a typical blog post. It’s an awesome post! After reading the whole post, again scrolled to the top. Then I have realized that I have finished reading a post of almost 2000-2500 words, consists of heart touching sentences. This post will definitely motivate newbies, and some experienced(COWARD) bloggers too. πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Biswajit,

      Yep It was a way long post, I hope it didn’t bored you πŸ˜€
      It was a kind of wake up call for everyone buddy, I hope it will have some effect on your blogging career as well.

      Thank you for appreciating it.

    1. Hey Rehan,

      We all are going through the same path buddy. I just jotted down the real life situations through which I went from last 1.5 year.

      You’re Welcome, thank you.

  3. Hi Vishinu,
    All these points outlined run through my sub conscious daily. This article has motivated me against all odds, to stand firm and be true to my self. I love blogging, I love this article and i love shoutmeloud.

    Always,
    Clinton Odumah

  4. Highly inspiring post, thanks a lot for this. Currently I am a student but if I ever come across such circumstances where I have to choose between my blog and a high paying job I would surely choose my blog πŸ™‚

    1. Hey dipti, I’m glad it inspired you.

      Before taking that crucial step, make sure if you’re ready to take it as a full-time business. Good Luck.

    1. yeah Don, you’re right.

      I’d always suggest to do what you love, where you find leisure working in, everything else is secondary.

  5. Hello Vishnu,
    I can’t tell you how much I needed to read this right now, as I’m contemplating (and second guessing, doubting, agonizing, anticipating) a leap of faith. Thank you so much for writing this.

  6. I think there is people who worked like a normal job as well as a Blogger. Maybe they like normal job because they can make real friends too. Meet up face to face. Don’t you think so?

  7. jaidayal saraswat

    Hello bro
    Its very difficult to choose blogging as a full time living same time you have a offer in MNC company. Its need alot of courage for doing this πŸ™‚ you have nicely written this piece I appreciate your work !!! 10 out of 10

  8. thanks for sharing your experience with us.
    its really a motivational post for people who are finding it tough.
    thanks

  9. Hi Vishnu thank you for this valuable post. You are true that one section of the society is only sitting for teasing others who do a different job from them.They might haven’t any knowledge in these subjects,yet they try to distract us from our passion.

  10. Hey,
    It is always better to start an blog than to write a blog for others.There is no comparison of blogging with other jobs because blogging is not an business, not an job, not an money making machine but it is an elegant art of shifting your ideas from your mind into computer screen by writing words.there are no miracles in blogging it is all about giving time and waiting for the results to be come out in your favour.it is all which i applied to my niche pakilancer.net and at the ned i got success

  11. Hi Vishnu,
    All these points that you have consider for the career in blogging are fabulous.Thank you for sharing such an inspired and motivational blog.

  12. Wow, what a great read! Thank you for that.

    Thinking about starting my own blog as part of my online business venture, I found quite a few articles about blogging for a living, most of them trying to sell something (go figure, haha) but I find you/your article very brave and inspiring.

    I read your post on my phone and never lost interest, in fact the more I read the more excited I got about starting a blog.

    Thanks again, Vishnu. All the best!

  13. So, it goes like this. Initially, a senior gave me an idea to start blogging considering my special writing skills. As a sophomore in a college pretty strict with attendance and other constraints, it was a drag for me to keep it up. But rather than procrastinating which I always do, I immediately jumped into making a blog. Now, this is something what indicates passion, pretty much for a lazy guy to hit the keystrokes for hours until the fingers bleed, to learn coding and stuff while your academics being not even closely related, to market yourself, all this indicates passion and this directly correlates with the thing vishnu’s talking about.

    Since I am in a college, I decided to send a mass-mailer to my college mates using the ids our college administrators provide. After two mails(there was a three month gap between two), ofcourse I received a tremendous response and appreciation, I also received threatening replies from people all over to stop “spamming” their inboxes which was very demeaning. But soon, a stranger from an xyz college pinged me up upon seeing my blog and decided to help me. He turned out to be ex-admin of many popular websites. I geared up stuff and I recently found out that it got indexed in the google. Though, I know it might not be a big thing but I got overjoyed πŸ™‚

    The lesson is, you will face all kinds of people in your journey, it is for you to keep going, to take the help from samaritans and ignore those who mock at you.

    In very short span of my life, one thing which I learned is that work should not be done in order to desperately reach a fixed goal. You really don’t have to push things if you love the process involved for it!

    Happy Blogging.

  14. Truly said. Choosing to be a full time blogger is to tough decision to make for any person who loves writing but yes it gives you recognition and true followers. I think you’ve made the correct choice by refusing the IT job for a full time blogger as you knew you can best perform with words rather than regular jobs.

  15. Hi Vishnu, these thoughts have been running in my mind for a while now. I had quit my full-time job as a fashion designer about four months back and started my blog.. The worst part is not being able to keep to the schedule and making people understand that Blogging is a serious work profile! I am sure this article will keep people motivated through the lows in their blogging careers.(I think you wrote the article almost as a monologue, but would have been a even better experience if the grammatical and spelling errors were fewer πŸ˜‰ )
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  16. Hello Vishnu, really a motivational quote.

    I choose Blogging to make money from home instead of joining a day job after completing my graduation.

    And now everyone around me is supportive after checking my day to day growth reports.

    So guys and gals start blogging and stuck to it seriously and I guarantee you’ll achieve what you want.

  17. Rajendra Reddy

    Thanks you so much for this post vishnu,

    Yes i do have more reasons to give excuse than stick to it, but i will stick to it.

  18. OMG This Post is SO inspiring! I have a wild passion for blogging but I kinda quit it because my parents were too orthodox, and I thought they wouldn’t let me blog for life. This article motivates me and gives me hella lot of confidence! Cheers buddy. Thanks a lot πŸ˜€

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