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A year ago at this time my life was completely different. I worked an 8am-5pm schedule and sat in an office all day. Any time off had to be approved by my boss and I only had a limited amount of time I could take off. I had limited upward mobility and completed the same tasks for years without any change in pay besides an annual 1% raise we got at Christmas. Now I am free to work ANY hours that I want. I can take off as much or as little time off as I want and I’m free to work from anywhere in the world. There are lots of ways I can choose to grow my income by making more content, working with new brands, creating more content or offering new services. I’m even planning to work and travel in Italy and Croatia this summer. I read a ton of articles about people living the “location free” lifestyle before I started and it sounded amazing. Honestly, it’s everything everyone said it is and more. I wanted to write this article for all the new bloggers out there who are struggling. This is how to have a success mindset and become a fulltime blogger.
- Remember Your Why-Hopefully you started your blog for a bigger reason than making money and you have a message in your heart you want to share. I started my blog to help other women with their mental health and anytime I want to give up I remember how shitty and alone I felt when I was depressed. I remind myself that there are other women suffering the exact same way I used to suffer and that motivates me to keep going and try my best to help them out a little. There are tons of articles and income reports going around the internet right now that make becoming a fulltime blogger an easy way to make a quick buck but that isn’t the truth for most people. You have to have a fire in your heart for what you’re talking about that will keep you going through all the suck at the beginning which brings me to my next point…
- It’s Supposed to Suck-When you first start out your posts aren’t going to be very good, your website will be lousy and the only person reading will probably be your Mom. That’s OK! The beginning is supposed to suck. Ask any successful blogger about their early posts and content and they will most likely cringe. Don’t let the suck of the beginning kill your dream. This is only a phase and you have to keep going to get through it. The more it sucks, in the beginning, the better your success story will be when you’re killing it as a fulltime blogger.
- Don’t Compare Your Journey-Everyones timeline and journey as a blogger is completely different. Don’t compare yourself or your work to anyone else. It’s easy to see that so-and-so in your niche is killing it on social media or another blogger that started at the same time as you is already getting tons of pageviews and get discouraged. The timeline for growing a blog depends on tons of factors including the time you have to dedicate to it, the amount of money you invest in it and what kind of experience you already have with technology and social media. There’s also an element of luck that plays into growing a following. Comparing yourself to other people will distract you from your own journey and discourage you faster than you can say “I want to quit”. Keep your head down and your eyes in your own lane.
- Believe It’s Possible-You have to believe in your heart that you deserve success and the life you want is totally possible. Trust me, there will be a million obstacles that come up during your journey to becoming a blogger. That’s just part of the game and it happens to everyone. Your website will crash, your traffic will stall and your brilliant idea will completely flop. If you have a success mindset and believe that YOU ARE GOING TO SUCCEED you won’t let ANY failure stop you. Honestly, that’s the mentality you have to have to make it as a fulltime blogger. No matter how shitty and terrible things are going you have to know that eventually you will succeed and keep going. This is going to feel crazy at times because when you’ve been working for months without making a dime success feels real far away. Anyone that tells you-you’re going to make money as a new blogger is full of complete shit. You should expect to work for free for months and months and sometimes even years before making a dime. You just have to know in your heart that at some point it will work out and you will have success. Make it your mission to help as many people as possible and focus on that.
If you want to live the blogger lifestyle it is totally possible for you. I grew my blog from a hobby to a fulltime income in ten months. However, I invested a ton of time and money to make it happen and I almost gave up more times than I can count. I had no experience or any idea what I was doing but I was determined to create a job for myself that I would love doing. I think having a success mindset was a critical and not enough people talk about it in the blogging community. When I started my blog I made a promise to myself that I would NOT give up no matter how long it took. There’s nothing special about me and if I can do it you can do it too. Ready to get started? Grab my free blogging blueprint below.
I am not a licensed therapist. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. You can download a free printable list of hotlines here and join the free mental health support group on Facebook here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
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