This podcast was initially recorded as a response to “the way things are” in the blogosphere. Specifically, a large blogging course launch that left my followers with mixed opinions. Enjoy.
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Absolutely agree. If you don’t do the work you won’t get the results you want. Blogging isn’t easy, it’s hard, consistent work. There is no such thing as an overnight success in blogging. There is nothing to be gained in being negative about anyone or anything else in blogging, it simply taints you and is a waste of time.
As Pete has just said – Do The Work !
Welllll I still think doing a slow read would of been hilarious… I do appreciate the commentary. I think it was wise to listen to your wife.
As much as I hate to admit it sometimes, it’s pretty much always wise to listen to her lol. She really does tend to know best.
The work that you do has the power to impact a lot of folks. If that impact is a positive one that empowers, enlightens, or energizes them to do more good in the world – that’s great.
If it only acts as a pressure release valve for your own frustrations – that’s something better left said verbally to a trusted friend and not broadcast out into the world.
You still get the pressure release that we all need but you don’t put that negativity out in the world. We have enough of that already!
Above all, this shows the importance of having a good partner in life. 🙂
Ding ding ding.
Well said Jim.
I like the 2.0 version very much! I don’t want to be a multi-millionaire blogger, I just want to change my life through my blog. Nicely said and well done. I find the super sales-ey approach to be a turn off, and I am struggling with the need for success/income (I have to augment my retirement income, or make some serious changes to my lifestyle) and the need to be an authentic voice for people who are looking for information in my niche. Sales-ey and authentic are hard to mesh, as sales-ey feels forced and therefore inauthentic. Authentic feels real, but too low key to be profitable. On top of that I feel awkward charging for something that I would happily give away for free (if I could afford to do so!). Isn’t the internet all about free? Or is it about free with a certain amount of effort, and if you want it to be easy you can pay for it? Maybe that is the sweet spot… package it all up nicely and people will happily pay not to be bothered with the work of putting it together themselves. They are actually paying not for the information itself (which they could find for free), but for me to put it together for them in a way they can use. ?? At least that concept feels authentic!
I’m with you Barb! It can definitely feel like a black or white thing sometimes…but I don’t it’s technically impossible to make good revenues (eventually) while maintaining authenticity, etc.
Give it time, and stay true to yourself first and foremost (at least that’s my own motto as of late).
Thanks for reading 🙂
Thank you for this. I just got off the phone with my husband asking him if I should purchase this course because I am desperate to “have what it takes to blog”. I thought this course would give me that, but my husband said nothing is going to give you what it takes unless you believe you have it. I’m so desperate to learn the right way, but I’m spinning my wheels everyday while working and taking care of 2 little ones, while my husband goes off to a job an hour away that he hates. If I could figure out the secret to a successful blog you’re damn straight I’m not charging people close to $1000!
1,0000000% been there before Kristin, and you’re definitely not alone.
Buy or don’t buy, but regardless of your decision, I’ll be here if you ever need anything.
And by “here,” I mean in my inbox or on twitter 🙂 🙂 Feel free to reach out anytime and let me know how I can help…or Blogger U will be open again in July if you feel more comfy by then 🙂
I will be on the lookout for your non-spammy email 🙂
I’m pretty sure I know what course you are referring to because I received a total of 15 emails about the course. I joined in with the loss leader 5-day pre-course from the affiliate emails I received about the pre-course. I actually enjoyed studying the marketing tactics for the course – I learned a lot. I also managed to connect with many new bloggers from the free group and was able to figure out the needs of the blogosphere, which is helping me to determine the direction of my blog. I enjoyed collecting questions that new bloggers had – answering those questions in blog post format will fuel content for my “Better Your Blog” post series for at a year 🙂 BTW – I mentioned your podcast in my “Podcasts for Bloggers” post, keep the podcasts coming!
Ohhh yes. Definitely one and the same! Don’t get me wrong, there is PLENTY to learn there, and so glad you got it out of the freebies as well. Nicely done!
And don’t be shy, hit us with that link to your post!