I just read this inspiring post over on ProBlogger about one man’s journey to become a professional blogger.
I absolutely loved the story, loved the twist in the middle, and loved the guy’s passion for blogging. If it doesn’t inspire you to blog more, then you should just stop blogging now.
However, I disagree with some of the things he says. Here’s the comment I left on the post with a few additions:
Great story and thanks for sharing. I agree that people can do it. I quit my job about a year ago and I feel like it was the best decision I’ve made in my career. Although, I’m not quite as brave as you are and I’m sure many others aren’t either. I prefer to encourage a slow and steady form of blogging that steadily grows into something powerful and wonderful.
To me, it’s more about the choice each night between watching another TV show or building your blog (although, I have a network of TV blogs, so in that case I needed to do both). That’s the hard choice you have to make day in and day out. The problem for most is that they choose the TV over the blog. It’s their life and their choice, but don’t expect a blog to grow without sacrifices.
Plus, you can’t just work long hours. You have to work smart too. If you do that, as you say, you can make it! I know some incredibly passionate bloggers who spend hours and hours committed to their craft. However, for them it was a craft and not a business. To me, that’s working hard, but not smart. If that’s what makes you happy, by all means do it. However, if you want to be a professional blogger, I think you have to treat it like a business. My blogs are as much entrepreneurship as they are journalism.
Also, thankfully my slow and steady approach to blogging has made it so I haven’t even had the cry in the pillow days either.