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The #1 Reason Why You Will Fail As A Blogger

November 21, 2007

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Winners never quit and quitters never win!

And you want to be the winner. The #1 reason why people fail at blogging is because they simply give up. A lot of the time blogging is made out to be the “instant way to make thousands of dollars” without doing any work. Well guess what? That’s not true. People look for an easy way out and when they realize they’re not going to get it, they quit. But nothing comes without a price. If you always quit, you’re never going to get anything in life.

Everyone has to work at blogging. Great content must be written on an every-other-day or daily basis, and it must be kept up to par. Designs must be constantly worked on and tweaked. Comments and emails must be replied to all the time. There’s even a lot of planning involved. All of the above, and tons more, must be done to be successful. Blogging is not a get-rich-quick scheme!

Every job takes work. Blogging can be a great job if you know what you’re doing, but it takes a lot of time to build it up and often people don’t succeed on their first try. If you’re a quitter and you know it, then maybe blogging is not the best thing for you. To be honest, it can take a lot more time and dedication than a “real job”. But blogging can be extremely rewarding and it is fun for a lot of people who have a passion for it.

The #1 reason why you will fail as a blogger is because you are a quitter. Don’t give up! The first three months of blogging are really tough, and even up to the first six months it’s pretty hard still. During that time you’re learning a lot and making a lot of mistakes that take some fixing. Everyone goes through it, so don’t think you’re the only one. At times blogging might get you down, but quitting is never the solution.

As you go along, things will only get easier. At the start, it’s hard to build traffic and backlinks but after a while a lot of that will spread by word of mouth and come naturally. Sure, you might get occasionally frustrated or confused. But if you keep going, it will all be worth it in the end. So don’t give up, because THAT is what makes you the failure.

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35 Responses to “The #1 Reason Why You Will Fail As A Blogger”

  1. Matthew Griffin on November 21st, 2007 7:40 am

    Great article! I’d also like to point out it’s inevitable that you will have highs and lows in your enthusiasm about your blog. One tactic I like to use to defeat this is to write a bunch of posts when I’m at a peak and leave a good chunk of them unpublished. Then, when I hit a lull, I can publish from my back log.

  2. Sue on November 21st, 2007 3:53 pm

    Well said! I have only been blogging for a few itty bitty little months.. do I have tons of traffic..no, have I made millions..no.. It is tough in such a competitive large industry, but I’ve got some loyal readers, and the traffic is steady..and I am enjoying it! Thanks for the great words!

  3. Rod Templeton on November 21st, 2007 4:13 pm

    Amen, Tay. While I’ve been blogging off and on for about four years now, I never really kept it in focus as I am now. The calendar shows me the next five posts I have, so I can’t complain that I have nothing to write about.

    I’m not quitting.

  4. Minyak Lintah on November 21st, 2007 4:21 pm

    “Blogging is not a get-rich-quick scheme!”

    I agree with your statement here. There’s a lot of people who jump into blogging when they heard successful stories about those who make thousands per month like shoemoney and others. There’s nothing wrong with that but you have to love what you’re doing to motivate you to earn that much. Just my 0.02.

  5. Tay on November 21st, 2007 6:29 pm

    @Matthew – That’s a good tip. I’ve done that a couple times before but it never lasts long. I think I should always keep some complete posts for when I hit snags but I just get too lazy. I need to work on that.

    @Sue – I think it’s great that you have a nice attitude about it. One of the biggest things you need is passion and I think you’ve definitely got it!

    @Rod – Good for you! :D

    @Minyak – Exactly. Some people get it into their minds that they can quit their 9-5 day jobs the first day and make a living off blogging. It just doesn’t happen. I was originally inspired to start blogging when I heard of ProBlogger, but I knew nothing would happen overnight. I like to set REALISTIC goals for myself and I don’t expect the impossible. :)

  6. Dorothy Stahlnecker on November 21st, 2007 8:59 pm

    Thank you for the tips. I just learned about you from Snorsked and I’m thrilled. I’ve been blogging less then a year and I’ve been in cyberspace more then here..however, my passion is to succeed and I just know I’ll make it. I’ll be copying the 75 tips and learning what every one of them mean. Thanks for helping,hope to you meet you and a few new friends I’ve made this year…on the web.

    My best…

    Dorothy from grammology
    remember to call your gram


  7. Steven Snell on November 21st, 2007 11:19 pm

    Nice article Tay. I think it’s important to start with realistic expectations. If you realize that things will not come easily, then you’ll be more likely to stick it out through the discouraging times.

  8. Monika @ The Writers Manifesto on November 22nd, 2007 12:14 am

    Well said and exactly how it is, I like that. It is a shame, because so many potential great bloggers disappear overnight, never to be seen again. What a waste.

  9. Lara Saad on November 22nd, 2007 2:48 am

    Hi Tay,

    This is the first time I read your blog, and I really like this article and all the helpful comments associated with it.
    Although, that i have been doing business online through several websites for enough time and I am a bit good in SEO, I am very new in blogging. I have just launched my new blog about ten days ago, I am so excited to be in the bloggers world for the first time in my life. Therefore, I’ve been reading a lot during the last couple weeks to know what should I expect in the next coming weeks and months.

    I jumped into blogging after I got inspired by reading shoemoney and blogstorm.co.uk but also after I found a topic that I can really write about it… a topic that I have something useful to tell my readers about it.

    I am sure that you guys know how does it feel to be a new blogger, it’s like you have 1000 things you should do every single day to make your blog more visible in this “competitive large industry” as what sue says.

    Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for this great article and by the way I have already opened all the “Related Posts” above in new taps and i am going to read them now.


  10. david on November 22nd, 2007 5:56 pm

    Treat blogging like a business. A personal business.

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  12. Tay on November 23rd, 2007 8:51 pm

    @Steven – You are absolutely right. Some people come along thinking blogging will be a breeze and then, of course, it’s not.

    @Monika – I agree with you. There are a lot of people out there with a lot of potential who could make it big, but instead they don’t stick through the bad times to get to the rewards that might eventually come. Blogging takes a lot of determination!

    @Lara – I am glad you found the article helpful. It’s great that you chose to write about something you’re good at and have a passion for – that is a must! Stay inspired and never give up. :)

  13. zoom on November 24th, 2007 12:59 pm

    I agree with you up to a point, in that quitting will guarantee that one won’t succeed. However, the opposite is not true. Perseverance does not guarantee success. People have to know how to evaluate their progress and figure out if and when to cut their losses, because blogging isn’t for everyone. Some people really would be better off investing that time and energy in something else.

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  15. Tay on November 24th, 2007 8:06 pm

    @Zoom – Of course not everyone is going to be good at everything. But if you don’t try, you’ll never know. If you give up, you have 0% chance. You just have to not have a negative attitude from the beginning. Giving up never gets a person anywhere, whether they are talented at the subject or not. Very good point though. :)

  16. pinkHammer on November 25th, 2007 3:40 am

    Yeah, I know some bloggers who’ve given up. tsk tsk tsk,, Sad Sad thing,,

  17. perfumer on November 25th, 2007 5:09 am

    Why do we need to focus on failure?

  18. Tay on November 25th, 2007 5:16 am

    Perfumer, you need to focus on NOT experiencing failure. If you’re a quitter, if you give up, then you fail. So stay away from that. :)

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  22. Top Work From Home on November 29th, 2007 12:30 pm

    #2 reason is because you are lazy – blogging is not a get rich quick program. You have to work it like you work a job or a business. Garbage in and you get garbage out. If you put in honest effort and work it you can make a lot of money blogging….if you are not lazy.

  23. Tay on November 29th, 2007 5:21 pm

    That’s very true, Top Work From Home. A lot of people DO quit and give up because they’re just too lazy. They hear about people who have quit their day jobs and earned thousands from blogging, and they expect the same results. If that was true, then why would anyone work at all? Great advice. :)

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  25. Tommy on December 3rd, 2007 3:19 pm

    I have been blogging for a little over a month now. It is hard sometimes to keep going especially when the traffic just isn’t there. I won’t quit though. Thanks for the inspiration. By the way, thanks for submitting this to my carnival of online income. I’m sure others have appreciated it too!

  26. Tay on December 4th, 2007 4:28 am


    Blogging is something that, for most people, has to built up over time. I know it’s hard when you feel like you’re going nowhere but believe me, if you keep working at it and set yourself goals (and you strive to complete them), you’ll quickly be inching your way to the top. :)

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  32. Keith on January 23rd, 2008 4:54 pm

    Well, people will fail at blogging because they DO try it for the money, so “wrong intention” is the reason why they will fail – per Buddhist logic. The best bloggers are the ones who write with their heart and the passion for the subject matter shines in the writing. So, ultimately, these bloggers are writing for the sheer love of writing – which is truly right intention. And, so they won’t give up because they are doing something they enjoy – writing about a topic or area of personal interest. So, you are partially correct, but successful bloggers are writers who really love what they are addressing, and for that reason they will never give up.

  33. Tay on January 24th, 2008 9:23 pm


    Actually, I agree with you – passion is the important thing. But a person can love the topic they’re writing about and still make money online with it. Making money off a blog doesn’t automatically just make the blog another income stream – it can still be important in the heart of the blogger.

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