Every decision in our life is based on incentives. If you take the time to do something, you want to get something out of it. It’s human nature – after all, nothing in life is free. Everything in some way, takes up a resource we have – whether it be time, or money, or effort. If we’re going to give up something, we want something in return. The same is true with blogging.
As any experienced blogger knows, starting and maintaining a blog takes all three of the above examples listed. Starting a blog is no easy task. You have to pay money to get a web host. You have to pay money to get a domain name. You may even need to pay money to get a designer. Many start blogging in hopes of making more money in return, but often times this is not the case.
But far more than money, blogging takes time – a resource that is essentially priceless.
Some bloggers will spend hundreds of hours building up their blog before they even receive their first check. Hundreds of hours before you get any money for all your time and effort. Some are inspired by stories of bloggers getting rich online, but they are often left disappointed when they realize how much time and effort starting and maintaining a blog actually takes. So what happens? They give up.
But you aren’t like that. You’re here right now, reading this article. Striving to improve – and achieve whatever it is that’s inspiring you to keep going.
Everyone has a different reason for blogging. A different reason to keep updating their blog everyday, even if the money paying out isn’t great.
Maybe it’s the hope that one day, it’ll finally happen. You’ll start making decent money, and all your time and effort will pay off. Maybe it’s even the hope that you’ll become famous.
You have something that inspires you to keep blogging. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t continue doing it; there’d be no point in doing so. After all, would you keep working if your boss told you he was going to stop paying you? I doubt it.
For many people, it’s not about money at all. When I started my first blog years ago, money was the last thing on my mind. In fact, in my eyes, money was only considered a bonus to the real prize of blogging:
Knowing the articles we write may be seen by and help thousands of people from around the world. Every time I get emails saying I helped someone, or that I changed someone’s life – even in a small way, it brings a sort of happiness that money can not buy.
That’s my inspiration for blogging – what’s yours?