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The caveats of blogging



Blogging for almost nine months now, I came to observe some caveats that most bloggers fail to consider. I want to share with you some of the subtle lessons I’ve learned and hopefully guide you in the pursuance of your blogging endeavors. As you aspire to climb your way to success in blogging, consider the following caveats that will fortify your success.

Income generation

Earning from a blog is not as easy as some “authorities” say. Generating income requires that we invest on the virtues of hard work, honesty and services we give to others. Without giving our prospects something that will be of value to them, our efforts will be in vain. There are dozen of ways to earn money online but there’s one very important factor many bloggers does not take into account: Trust. You don’t just offer something to your audience: you’ve got to earn their trust. You have to take into consideration that you are dealing with people who are dubious when it comes to trusting someone—especially those they don’t know personally; being honest with your motive will gain you an advantage. Putting income as your primary objective will earn you nothing, but helping others with their needs will give you benefits more than you expect.

Time element

One of the ancient secret of success is time. By denying time to do its tempering, we will get inferior result. In every method that we use to enhance our blogs, we must remember that time is needed for ideal results to manifest. Being impatient leads to error in judgment—which then leads to inferior results. Notice how many quick schemes proliferate on the web? The people behind these scams take advantage of the common weakness inherent in us all—the propensity for instant gratification. To succeed in every goal we aspire, we must learn to sit, wait and allow our effort to fruit. By following time to do its work, we will clearly see the real picture.

Effective methods

In our wanting to position our blogs to its full advantage we tend to follow the advice of experienced bloggers. But oftentimes, we find ourselves confused as to why the methods we’ve adopted doesn’t elevate our blogs as supposed to. We’ve implemented all the appropriate steps we have learned yet nothing seems to work out. In this situation, we have to remember that the methods we adopt from authorities are in themselves incomplete. There are certain variables that must coincide in order for the method to work, i.e. traffic, authority, uniqueness and trust. To illustrate let me take the example of affiliate marketing. We may learn the best approach, the proper positioning and the appropriate object to endorse. Yet without traffic, our prospects will be few; without authority our endorsement will be doubtful; without trust, our motives will be painted with leeriness; and without uniqueness, it would not catch any attention at all.

Attitude

A bloggers attitude will decide the destiny of his/her blog. Everything we do with our blogs reflects our character. Not having the appropriate attitude to go with our blogging can lead our efforts to disappointments. There are core attitudes one must adopt in order to withstand the challenges inherent is any pursuit of success. Among the vital are: perseverance, patience, open-mindedness, courage and learning. Without having these powerful attitudes in the very beginning, your chances of success will be very slim. Develop a powerful attitude first; it will be your weapon in dealing with all the hindrances you will face in every journey to success (in this case blogging).

Human touch

The more human you are in interacting with others, the more they would like to connect with you. Basic human nature tells us that we are more appreciative of the people who give recognition to our value. Unfortunately, there are many blogs out there that treats people like lame, with all their impersonal computer generated response. People like to be treated with importance; extending a sense of recognition to others and they will surely remember you. Being human to other humans will generate us a community of real people.

Usefulness

Whatever our niches are, it is imperative that we consider its usefulness to our audience. People follow you because they expect something to gain, be it information, know-how, experience, wisdom and inspiration. Never betray their expectation by providing low quality and dishonest work. Your blog is only good so long as it can deliver something of worth to your followers. Be useful and you will in indispensable.

Once, I had the perception that blogging is just a matter of writing well and building a cool website. However, as I push through each day, I’ve learned how difficult it was. Finding this unexpected truth, the idea of giving up dominated on my thoughts. But then I realize that I need to learn; and that by only knowing where I err can I make an improvement. And so, I did go on.  I hope you will too if you own a blog and want to succeed in it.


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69 Responses to “The caveats of blogging”

  1. You make some very good points Walter. Blogging can easily be seen as a miracle way to makes money and become famous. It’s an illusion that’s appealing. I think blogging is actually like any other goal oriented activity. It takes work, strategy, patience and persistence. :mrgreen:

    • Walter says:

      You are right about this Edward. As with any pursuit of success, blogging takes time, hard work and dedication. It may be appealing to hear some success stories but the reality is different. :-)

  2. Hulbert Lee says:

    Hey Walter. Congratulations with blogging for nine months! You’ve done well and I’m glad you’ve shared these tips on your experiences on blogging. I especially like your paragraph on adopting the right attitude.. Patience and perseverance are two musts in order to overcome the obstacles that we may face in our blogging journey. Thanks!
    .-= Hulbert Lee´s last blog ..Hillary Clinton and Tenacity =-.

    • Walter says:

      Thanks a lot Hulbert. I never thought I will made this far. There are many challenge I have faced in order to thrive. Many times I want to give up but I realize that all the hardships are part of the journey. :-)

  3. Hi Walter, you said, “There are certain variables that must coincide…” and I couldn’t agree more. I’ve developed numerous sites over time and some have been more successful than others. Finding the balance that brings success isn’t easy but I believe it’s possible through persistence. :-) .-= Dave (MisterGoodGuy)´s last blog ..A Bit Of Friday Fun =-.

    • Walter says:

      The beauty of thriving is that we can learn along the way. Without persistence we can never find the right balance. :-)

  4. I agree with you here Walter. I think there are too many people trying to make money. There are too many just adopting the strategies of someone who is already making a full time income through the Internet. But as with everything in life blogging is about finding your way.
    I don’t think that I will ever again place advertisement on my blog. I am not even making money through my blog. In the earlier days I did place some advertisement on there but I didn’t earn much. My blog is more about connecting to other people and really helping them.
    .-= Julius Kuhn-Regnier´s last blog ..What Traveling through Scotland Taught Me about Blogging =-.

    • Walter says:

      Blogging will always be a means to achieve certain goals. Some aspire to earn income while others for connection, like yourself. Whatever goals we want to achieve on our blogs it is important that we thrive and do our best to attain success. :-)

  5. I totally agree with your remarks, Walter. As someone who has been steadily blogging for just over 7 months now, I can relate to your feelings of considering giving up and the frustration you can feel when you see the “big guys” enjoying so much success.

    The truth remains, though, that success requires persistence, hard work and high quality efforts.

    • Walter says:

      If there’s one thing I have learned about the nature triumph it is by never giving up. Challenges are opportunities for learning and failures are a test of our resilience. By keeping up with our goals, success will be inevitable. :-)

  6. Kim says:

    Hi Walter,

    Congratulations on 9 months of blogging!

    I resonate with your points. Employing the right attitude is definitely in order as I learn and implement, change and grow.

    You and others in personal growth and development have inspired me to look closer at who I can effectively help and touch. While personal growth and development is for everyone, finding a niche with people who have a willingness to do the work and experience growing pains can be a challenge. You’ve inspired me to re-work things and make positive changes.

    • Walter says:

      I’m glad to have been an instrument of inspiration. All of my work is a reflection of myself that I want to share with everyone. I believe that we can learn lessons from each others if we are being open to ourselves and extend our experiences to others.

      Thank you Kim for your kind words. :-)

  7. Hi Walter,
    I also think passion has to come in some where especially if one is in it for the long run. It’s so much work if we don’t get excited about it we won’t keep it up. Instead we’ll give up.

    I think guru’s make it sound easy and like anyone can do it easy just to sell their products. Great insights and congrats on your blogging!

    • Walter says:

      Some gurus have been silent about the struggle they have when they were just starting out. Understandably, people want to hear the benefits rather than the necessary struggle one must face in order to achieve those benefits. Nothing derives from nothing, the bigger the goals we aspire, the greater is the responsibility we must take.

      As for passion, I always believe it is the most powerful motivator. :-)

  8. Baker says:

    Hello,
    I have found for me attitude seems to be the big one. Maintaing this positive yet realistic outlook allows me to continue on my passion allows for that space for good things to continue to flow in my life.

    • Walter says:

      Attitude is a powerful determinant of success or failure. Adopting positive attitudes will aid us greatly in facing the difficulties inherent in every pursuit of success. :-)

  9. Travis says:

    Blogging DEFINITELY takes some hard work, especially when it comes to generating an income off of it. That being said, I agree with your point about trust. There’s a reason some bloggers can talk about a new product and have tons of people flocking to buy it, and yet when another blogger mentions it, everyone’s suddenly skeptical. Once you can earn the trust of others, letting them know that you really DO have their best interest at heart, selling products and earning an income becomes that much more viable.
    .-= Travis´s last blog ..Devleloping Self Respect =-.

    • Walter says:

      Trust is indeed a powerful factor in the blogging world. By gaining the trust of others, endorsing products will become easy. Still, we should treat with fragility the trust of others. :-)

  10. Susanna Hess says:

    Hi Walter,

    These are all good points. Blogging can be great for business, but it’s certainly not instant!

    It’s something that takes time and is about building that trust.

    It’s very true that people can see your character through your blog.

    I recently had someone make a comment that after reading several of my posts, she thought I was… and then gave a very brief and accurate description of my character, as it pertains to business. My jaw dropped.

    You have to be ready to let others see who you are.

    Nice job with your blog Walter! Keep it up.

    Susanna
    .-= Susanna Hess´s last blog ..Network Marketing Leader “I’m Gonna Be Sick!” =-.

    • Walter says:

      Succeeding on things we aspire can never be instant and you are right about this. It will always take time and dedication for our efforts to fruit. In every business endeavors, trust and honesty is extremely vital. :-)

  11. Moon Hussain says:

    Good advice, Lion. I think everyone should know that there is no easy money. It never works that way.

    However, don’t let authorities tell you how hard or easy it is to make money blogging or online. Experiment yourself and find your own results. Could go either way ;) .-= Moon Hussain´s last blog ..Fun Friday Round-Up: Delicious Blog Chowder! =-.

    • Walter says:

      You are right about experimentation Moon. Despite the fact that we can learn from the experts, it is still up to us to find out what works for us and what does not. We don’t have to limit ourselves on the opinion of authorities. :-)

  12. 9 months, way to go! Blogging does take up a bit of my time. I love to write! I have journals and diaries all over the place…But it seems like it takes me forever to transfer what I write onto the internet. Also, just prepping it for the eyes of other people. And knowing that it may change how they view things is also important, I keep that in the back of my mind.
    .-= LenciB: fallingintofavor´s last blog ..Instructions for being Blessed =-.

    • Walter says:

      Serious blogging does take a chunk of our time, but this does not matter if we enjoy what we’re doing. Don’t be too careful Lenci, this will hold you back. :-)

  13. Hey Walter,

    Great advice about blogging. I enjoy blogging because it allows you to share your message with your target prospects and at the same time, learning from these people.

    Blogging is a win-win, but it does require some discipline to consistently deliver.

    Jerome Ratliff
    .-= Jerome Ratliff´s last blog ..Lessons from Mike Dillard =-.

    • Walter says:

      I do admit that I have learned a lot from blogging Jerome. I’m very grateful I had made this choice of plunging into the blogosphere, it has expanded my horizon. :-)

  14. Sara says:

    Walter — I liked all the points you made and also some made in the comment box. I think Tess has it right about the importance of passion as blogging does take time and is more than just putting up a post.

    I don’t blog for income, but I think what you said about trust is very important.

    I echo what others said about congratulations for nine months of blogging. I would say your “baby’s is doing pretty well:~)
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..Picture Story: Season of Spring =-.

    • Walter says:

      I also agree with you here about passion. Just what I’ve said, passion is a powerful motivator. Loving what we do makes our actions effortless.

      Thank you Sara for your kind words. :-)

  15. Hi Walter,

    We almost started off around the same time blogging. Congratulations on 9 months. It is hard often for a newbie blogger.

    I wrote about it while back, you and others may find it of interest. Blogging Philosophy for Pro Blogger or Newbies .

    Here wishing you more success. Keeping at it while you see no gain, is hard but in long run success, hopefully!
    .-= Zengirl @ heart and mind´s last blog ..8 ways to live a happy and content life =-.

  16. Mark says:

    Very good advice. This is a very interesting and exciting medium.
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..Knocking On God’s Door =-.

  17. Walter – great advice. Like all endeavours, blogging requires time, effort, hard work and passion to be truly successful. I have seen amazing results from working hard and being authentic. Keep up the good work and following your own rules!

    Phil
    .-= Phil – Less Ordinary Living´s last blog ..Secret Games We Play and How to Win Them =-.

    • Walter says:

      Yes it does Phil. Life is too short to waste our time in stagnancy. We might as well do our best with every goals we want to achieve. :-)

  18. These are fantastic points Walter for all new bloggers out there including myself, Like Tess has mentioned passion too is soo important. I am catch between writing my dissertation , family , work as well as blogging and I must say each time I sit to write a blog post I feel so good , much better than I feel writing my dissertation , not sure if its right but it’s just the way I feel.

    And Congrats to all your hard work :) .-= Fatibony{self help wellness}´s last blog ..12 Effective Time Management Tips! =-.

    • Walter says:

      Just continue with what you are doing and you will learn along the way. There’s and old saying I want to share with you:

      “Take the first step and the next will be revealed.”

      I hope you will contemplate on this. :-)

  19. Hi Walter,

    Congratulations on the ninth month mark! You write beautifully and it is obvious that you write from the heart.

    Hard work is only hard when we don’t love what we do. And amen for being authentic.
    .-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s last blog ..Savor the Food You Eat: A Brand New Way to View Food & Dieting =-.

    • Walter says:

      As always Nadia thanks for your kind words. Although I enjoy what I do, hardship comes when I cannot find time to express my passion. But still, when there’s a will there’s a way. :-)

  20. Mandy Allen says:

    Hi Walter, great tips for learners. I love the first one. There are too many people trying to convince others that it is easy to make quick money by blogging. Often it is a claim made in order to try to sell a product to the new blogger. Shame.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
    .-= Mandy Allen´s last blog ..Do you feel famous? =-.

    • Walter says:

      Money comes as a result of the service and value we give to others. Without these factors, income will never materialize. :-)

  21. Erin S. says:

    Great points. Bring value, have passion about what you blog about. People can tell what you are abut by what you write. I have been thinking some of the things you wrote today. Well done!

    • Walter says:

      That’s right Erin, a bloggers character is reflected in his/her writing. And by being true to ourselves we can make a difference. :-)

  22. Val Wilcox says:

    Walter,
    I enjoyed your post. You have highlighted some very good points to consider whether you are an experienced blogger or a newbie.

    Thanks so much for sharing such great words of wisdom concerning giving value to others.
    Val :) .-= Val Wilcox´s last blog ..I See YOU! =-.

  23. ayo says:

    hi walter
    how are you?
    thanks for sharing this article and also for pointing out what blogging entails which is hard work, devotion, persistence, a good attitude…..
    i think(i may be wrong)but a lot of schemes, programs, present the notion of the get rich quick mentality leaving ‘value’ outside the door.
    take care and have a lovely day
    .-= ayo´s last blog ..The Third Edition Of The Life Skills Magazine Is Out Now!!! =-.

    • Walter says:

      Hi Ayo. I’m very fine and thanks for your concern. I do agree with you that there are a lot of schemes out there that are jeopardizing the very value of their blogs. Still, they won’t last for long. :-)

  24. Walter,
    Many congratulations for your achievements. You have some of the most beautiful insights. Thanks for sharing the lesson you have learned during the time you have been blogging.
    .-= Christopher Kabamba´s last blog ..4 Things Worth Telling Yourself During Tough Times =-.

  25. Cheryl Paris says:

    Hello Walter,

    Congratulations on blogging for 9 months. I am so glad to have read your wonderful article. I am new to blogging world but this is very helpful.

    Thanks once again,
    Cheryl
    .-= Cheryl Paris´s last blog ..How Do You Discover Your Passions =-.

  26. Lauren says:

    Walter,

    What I found most interesting is that you have been very successful in your blogging career!

    I look at how many people enjoy coming to your site and commenting and it is obvious you are doing a lot very well.

    I’d love to hear what you have done to create this success in such a short time!

    Thanks for the caveats. They have been stored in my brain. :-) .-= Lauren´s last blog ..My God Dances =-.

    • Walter says:

      Making a connection and providing value is all I have been applying to my blog. I believe that without substance and time to connect with others, I would not have make it this far. :-)

  27. Therese Miu says:

    Hi Walter, GOOD JOB on your 9th month woW!! Awesome! Writing is still a skill for me but I love video blogging. I compltely agree with what you wrote here especially, “perseverance, patience, open-mindedness, courage and learning.”
    Thank You. You inspired me I thought you have been blogging for yearsssss. I love your community.
    Thanks for sharing Walter
    .-= Therese Miu´s last blog ..10 Types of People you should watch out for when your networking =-.

    • Walter says:

      Hey thanks Therese. I have lately incorporated video on my blog in an effort to maximize the value that I want to share with others. It really feels great to express myself through blogging. :-)

  28. Tim says:

    Hi Walter:

    Great post about blogging and I really agree with what you wrote about. I think all of us dream that we can somehow make money from this. But you are so right about developing trust with your audience. I also like that you stressed patience during this whole process. I have found that, more important to making money, blogging has helped me meet and connect with many new people. Thanks for writing a very important post!
    .-= Tim´s last blog ..Improv Resources =-.

    • Walter says:

      I never would have learned these Tim had I not been patient with my blogging. I’ve have learned a lot and evolved accordingly. And now I want to share these with my dear readers like you.

      Thanks a lot. :-)

  29. Boris says:

    Walter,
    You present here several valid points to consider, specially the last one: The usefulness for our audience. We all are listening the same radio station: WIIIFM “What is in it for me?”
    :D .-= Boris´s last blog ..Three ways to stay detached from the immediate result =-.

    • Walter says:

      You are right about this Boris. Usefulness and value to our audience is an important element to build a community. :-)

  30. Valentina says:

    Walter,

    Thank you for stopping by earlier.

    Wow! I am impressed. 9 months and Alexa of 186,390. Congrats.

    You are so right … blogging is not an overnight money truck pulling into your driveway but I just love it. I have learned so much and met and made new friends. :D .-= Valentina´s last blog ..What Does a Blog Income Life Look Like? =-.

  31. Walter, I’m luvin the new blog design, looks great.

    This post is a nice change up for you, blogging tips, very nice.

    Blogging can be anything you want it to be. That’s the beauty of it, is you can do what you want to with a blog.
    .-= John Paul Aguiar´s last blog ..My Crazy Simple 7 Step Plan To Promote A New Post =-.

    • Walter says:

      Hi John, good to see you again. I’m glad you liked my new design, I had it from Elegant Themes.

      By the way, I happy about the success of your site. I’ve read your latest post and I learned a lot from it. I followed some of your tips specifically joining BloggerBase, I’m really excited about it. :-)

  32. jashim uddin says:

    Hello Mr. Walter,Congratulations on blogging for 9 months. I am so glad to have read your wonderful article. I am new to blogging world but I wish I had something more insightful to see but you have pretty much covered it all here.Thanks once again.

    • Walter says:

      I’m happy to have provided you here with some valuable information. As you go on with your blogging, learn along the way. :-)

  33. Parker Lee says:

    Hey Walter, Congrats! I take it this is your 10th month? The blog you came across is actually my 2nd attempt at a blog, I wish I found your article much earlier.. it would have helped me get through some realizations I had to figure out for myself.

    I look forward to reading and learning more.

    Cheers!
    Parker
    .-= Parker Lee´s last blog ..The Secret of Being Loved and Liked, Without Trying Too Hard =-.

    • Walter says:

      Thanks Parker. Success in blogging takes time, patience and perseverance. The more you hold on to these virtues, the greater your chances of success. :-)

  34. ted says:

    hello walter…im also into blogging just recently and also hoping to earn …your article is a good advice since blogging is not easy ..i dont have a pc in my house , so i am spending a lot in a net cafe…
    what do you think??will i succeed and earn? thanks and God bless you
    .-= ted´s last blog .. =-.

  35. Hi Walter,

    I just looked at the date of this post and will say, “Happy 10 months of blogging”.

    You’re doing a marvelous job. Keep up the great work.
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..Blog Badges – Beneficial Or A Waste Of Space? =-.

  36. Jaycee says:

    Hi Walter

    You have a very impressive resume of useful blogposts here, that I will come back and feast upon day by day.

    Where would you say, you get most of your wisdom and inspiration from (if you don’t mind me asking?)

    Nonetheless, I apprectiate it and know this blog will benefit me in my endeavours.

    Thanks for taking the time to deliver such great content and value.

    Jaycee
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