Motivation determines your readiness as a pro blogger
Since this article drew you in, I assume that you already blog. That is awesome. You are a better person because of it, even if you're not making money. Bloggers are among the best friends I have.
However, the dream of most bloggers is to become a professional, earning a living from writing.
I have struggled to realize this dream, and learned the path to success. Turning to pro blogging was a pivotal point in my life.
It scared the hell out of me.
I didn't ask enough of the right questions before I started and stumbled at first as a result. I want you to avoid some frequent pitfalls.
I will share with you essential questions and considerations that will help you decide if you are ready to be a pro blogger. I am excited to assist you in making your decision.
Are you prepared to make blogging a serious business rather than a hobby? If you are committed, you can do this.
I write honestly, with emotion, and I have no agenda - no marketing ploys and nothing to sell. So, upfront, pro blogging is difficult in a nearly saturated market, and your motivation will determine if you succeed. Most fail.
Your passion and commitment are what set you apart from those who fail. Your motivation is even more important than your writing skills.
Questions that help you determine your commitment
You can succeed, and I am here to help. You must probe your mind intensely to evaluate your options, and questions are the best way to push your thinking in the right direction.
All of the following questions are essential if you are to make an informed decision:
The Golden Circle of success establishes priorities
Simon Sinek delivered a TED presentation "How great leaders inspire action," and the image below was inspired by his research. It demonstrates how great leaders and entrepreneurs frame their businesses by starting with motivations: "Why do this?"
Money is not the answer. What is your passion? What do you hope to accomplish? How will you benefit the community? My questions above steered you in this direction because if you nail the reasons "why," "how" and "what" will follow.
In other words, if you are centered on powerful motivations and reasons for creating the business, they will determine how you set and accomplish goals and what you do to succeed.
This is a paradigm shift for most people starting a business because they tend to think first of the product, marketing, and revenue. Without an understanding of why you are in business, you will lack focus, and your business plan will set you up on a hollow foundation. Motivation and purpose are keys to success.
Check out the inspiring TED Talk by Sinek.
Key pro blogging resources will help your planning
The foundation and motivation of your business determines your blogging success. Once you have taken the time to think seriously through these questions, many resources are online to help you transition to a pro blogger. Ensure that you are 100% committed before taking any drastic action. The sources below will be of great value to you in learning the trade from masters:
The best way to find out if pro blogging suits you is to take full advantage of your apprenticeship as an amateur blogger. If you absolutely love it after several years, then, perhaps, you are ready to make a real commitment.
You can accomplish it!
To pro bloggers, please share some expert advice and insights for beginners. To amateur bloggers, what questions or insights do you have?
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By Darin L. Hammond
Hire Darin for awesome freelance blogging and guest posting. Darin works for BlogCatalog and owns ZipMinis.com and ZipMinis Freelance Writing. He publishes across the web on sites like Technorati, BC Blog, Blog Critics, Broowaha, Business2Community, SteamFeed, LifeHack, and Social Media Today. Add Darin to your circles on Google+.