As an aspiring “big dog” blogger, one of the biggest things that gets under my skin is the amount of blog posts I see about someone complaining how this blogger or that blogger is doing something. (Bear with me there IS some irony to appreciate with this) The first thought that crosses my mind when I read posts like this is “MAN, I wish I had so much extra time to actually pay attention to what other people are doing!?!”
Don’t get me wrong. Everyone has to start somewhere. I remember my first month I asked in a public Facebook group if I 1,000 visits was a lot. (Still not ashamed that I asked, because I didn’t know) Now I look back at that question and realize how idiotic I must’ve seemed to a lot of the established bloggers, but you know what it doesn’t phase me. From the get go I was out there learning, and working my ass off to become the big bad blogger I knew I could (and can become).
Over the years I have noticed a few things; one hobby bloggers that like to portray themselves as business bloggers, and bloggers that feel entitled to get amazing opportunities without putting the time in. I’m probably going to get hate mail for saying this, but I feel it needs to be said. If you want the “fame” and opportunities, you have to WORK for it. Pumping yourself up and writing rants with your panties in a bunch when another blogger gets X,Y, and Z opportunity you don’t is a waste of time. Does it get you closer to your blogging goals? No! Does it make you seem like someone that others would like to work with? Heck, no! Does it makes you seem professional? Absolutely, not.
There are a lot of ways to get out there and to be a successful blogger, and the only thing that I have seen across the board is to be yourself (yep, still working on that part), work your ever loving butt off, and remember that calling yourself a “business blogger” doesn’t a business blogger make.
You have to make the tough decisions. You have to be CEO, CFO, and all those other funky acronyms all rolled into one. It’s hard as hell, and there will be many, many days when you wonder if it’s all worth it. Only YOU can decide if it is or not. Only YOU can figure out if you have enough stuff to make it in this business. Because folks that is what this is, it’s a business. I love all of my readers, and I am lucky to be in a profession that I am so utterly passionate about, but calling it a business and MAKING it a business are two COMPLETELY different things.
Just because you have access to a computer and feel the need to share your opinions to the world doesn’t make you a success, nor does it make you a “professional blogger.” I’m not even going to offer my opinions on what I consider a professional to be, really that’s up to you and how you run your business. Heck, it’s also totally ok if you just blog as a hobby. Honestly, that’s how I started, but be prepared to get “hobby blogger” access to all the “cool” opportunities.
Love me or hate me, if you are afraid of reading this post and asking yourself the hard questions, the only person you are doing a disservice is yourself. If this post makes you mad, maybe I’ve hit a wee bit too close to home. Bottom line is if you KNOW that you are being honest, ethical, kick ass, and a true professional blogger this post won’t phase you a bit, because you’re too damned busy running your business and making it the most awesome project you can. THAT’s when you truly know you can run with the big dogs.