If you were to bet a blog would make it, chances are you’d lose.

The life of most blogs is short. Some claim 95% of blogs fail.

If the only reason someone starts a blog is to make money online, I can understand why they quickly give up.

But, aside from making money with a blog,Β it makes me wonder why bloggers not only decide to start a blog, but what inspires them to continue when the failure rate is so high.

Today’s Lesson

Like many others, one of the reasons I started blogging was to *hopefully* make a passive income. After experimenting with several advertising platforms, I quickly realized a blog wasn’t a venue I could get rich with.

But by that time, I was enjoying all of the elements of blogging,Β so I just kept posting.

Traffic built s-l-o-w-l-y, as did comments.

In the process, what happened was, you, my fellow bloggers, let me know IΒ  wasn’t alone in how I felt about blogging and blogging issues.

I felt validated. Inspired to continue on.

The odds weren’t in my favor, but I have your support*.

That, is what keeps me going.

What about you?

Today’s Assignment

Why did you start blogging?

With such a high failure rate of blogs, what keeps you going?

Care to share?

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Thank you to all of you who continue to not only read my blog, but share your thoughts in the comment section. I am truly grateful. πŸ™‚

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  1. I started blogging because I needed an outlet through which I could express myself. I love writing, but was not motivated to write friction. I was most interested in writing stories with a meaningful message or an essay of some substance.

    Blogging was perfect. For me, it’s like sending a personal note to someone I really care about.
    Check out Amy@souldipper’s awesome post.Diamonds in the Holes of her ChewsMy Profile

    • LOL, Amy… “not motivated to write friction…” πŸ™‚ And you don’t. I remember reading your post “10 Signs of a Spiritual Awakening.” No friction there. Your story was amazing.
      Check out Davina Haisell’s awesome post.Lorem Ipsum for the Smarty PantsMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Any,

      I don’t think you’re alone. Blogging is the perfect platform for anyone who needs an outlet with which they can express themselves.

      You’ve met your goal; your blog truly has meaningful messages. πŸ™‚

  2. I knew about blogs and thought at first I would record my diary entries beginning in September 2011, 50 years to the night after I had written them as a student at Park College in Parkville, Missouri. But on January 7, 2010 it came to me that I didn’t need to wait until 2011 to start my blog – instead I began transcribing what I had written in a one year diary as a junior in high school in Iowa beginning with my January 1 entry.

    What keeps me going? In my situation, I look forward to seeing what was happening in my life at the time I originally wrote my diary entries. I also look forward to gaining more readers of my nightly posts from my diaries which I will be posting from until April 25, 2015, 50 years after I graduated from Park.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Barbara,

      I love the story of your blog. I don’t know how many people have their diaries from 50 years ago so it makes for an interesting read.

      Do you “peek” at what you wrote in your diaries, or are you also seeing it for the first time when you transfer it to your blog?

  3. maddieNo Gravatar says:

    I started blogging because I felt buried in the everyday life of babydom. Almost like I didn’t matter anymore other than as a mother. With three kids under 3-years old, it’s hard to make friends especially when you are shy.

    But blogging has given me friends. It’s like having complete conversations that weren’t interrupted by diaper changes and toddler meltdowns. I can tell stories about my day or week, talk about things that interest me, and get emails or comments. Sometimes, I’ll get someone tweet me about something they saw in one of my posts and it’s like we’re instant friends.

    Blogging may not pay in the monetary sense. I take my payment in happiness. I never feel like it’s a chore or task that needs to be done. Except when I’m checking the spam filter in case someone got caught in it. That’s only happened a couple of times. Yikes! the amount of spam drives me insane at times.

    I keep blogging because I like it and bowling alleys are not nice places for kids.
    Check out maddie’s awesome post.a picture is worth 421 wordsMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Maddie,

      I like how you put that, “I take my payment in happiness”. πŸ™‚

      I would guess your blog has become a great outlet for you when the kids are napping or down for the night. It’s like your “me time” – time when you can compose your thoughts from the day, answer comments or emails, visit other blogs and use your writing skills. Isn’t blogging great?

  4. The message keeps us going! We’re so passionate about location independence, simplicity and travel that we’re going to continue indefinitely! It continues to amaze us that people still buy into the traditional ways, and in many cases with the current economy, they’re not being served. So, we’ll press on, and continue to provide the insights and observations. We’re also not entirely dependent upon the blogging income, so that’s not a factor either. We’d like to see people captaining their ships toward more independence from the vulnerability of employment and self-determination. So we’ll keep at it.
    Check out Betsy Wuebker’s awesome post.You Need a Plan BMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Betsy,

      That’s what I like about your blog. You share how we can become location independent by showing your readers how you do it. That’s not to say it’s easy, but as we can witness by reading your posts, each step can take us closer to cutting the ties from the typical 9-5 job (if that’s what we choose).

  5. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    I started blogging after I was told that a website was not the vehicle to use at the time. My niche has kept me busy as it continues to grow by the week around the world. So much information, so little time! πŸ˜€
    Check out Linda’s awesome post.Net Zero Convenience StoreMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Linda,

      With you having a “green” blog, I can see you’d never run out of things to write about. Every time I visit you, I learn something new, exciting and promising.

  6. Jo WakeNo Gravatar says:

    I too started with the object of making money. I did for a while until Adsense chucked me off, never have known why. I have been writing a blog for several years now, I like doing so and my readership has increased very, very, slowly. I don’t get many comments, wish I did, but so long as people still read what I write, I guess I’m happy.
    Check out Jo Wake’s awesome post.Drug List, Acai.My Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jo,

      That’s one thing about blogs. When we enjoy writing and sharing, even if our readership is low, it’s usually enough to keep us motivated to continue on. Plus..we never know when a post could go viral. How sweet would that be?

  7. I started blogging as a way to make a little extra money on the side AND because I love to write.
    I have become completely addicted to it and I am exited to learn more about blogging every day – from sites like this one.
    I do make a teeny bit of money and I know it will grow a bit from month to month, but for now the thing that would make me happiest of all is comments!
    Good luck everyone!
    I will visit your blogs…AND comment! πŸ™‚
    Check out Karen “deer” Stevens’s awesome post.A Giveaway! on A Blog to RememberMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Deer,

      Blogging is a fun hobby, isn’t it? Like you, I got addicted to it early on and here I am nearly five years later and still loving it.

      That’s smart of you to visit other blogs and leave comments. It’s not only a great way to meet others bloggers, but can improve your readership and help build community on your blog, as well.

      Happy Blogging!

  8. suzenNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barb! I started blogging for the discipline of writing regularly, plain and simple. What has evolved over three years now is my passion for sharing health and wellness topics spilling out of me. I’ve been “into” natural alternatives and eating healthy for most of my 64 years – about time I put it all out there to help others I figure. There are so many people that eat unconsciously, and live that way too. From the increase of obesity and illness out there I want to pull a Dr. Phil and ask the world at large “how’s that workin’ for ya?” πŸ™‚

    Really, I just want to help/teach and inspire people to take good care of themselves.

    Boy you are sure right about the bloggers that quit. I think an entire crowd (20?) that used to follow me when I first started have all bailed out of blogging altogether. I had to start finding new blogs to follow – and when you go to directories to find some, most I clicked on hadn’t posted in 10 months!

    Well it’s habit for me, blogging. You can’t make me quit, haha!
    Hugs
    SuZen
    Check out suzen’s awesome post.Flu Shots, Colds and Imaginary FriendsMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi SuZen,

      Isn’t that interesting how that turned out? Here you were blogging because you loved writing and you ended up changing course and are now blogging about a lifetime passion. PLUS, you’re building a business, as well.

      I know what you’re saying about bloggers we used to follow who have now quit or have gone on hiatus. Just the other day I clicked on the link of a blog I thought has real potential and it showed the blog/domain was now dead. Made me sad. πŸ™

  9. Mike GoadNo Gravatar says:

    Why did I start blogging? Lord, that was almost 8 years ago! I can’t remember why.

    With such a high failure rate of blogs, what keeps me going? Family trait, or so my sisters claim. I’m stubborn. πŸ˜‰

    (Plus I kind of enjoy sharing.)
    Check out Mike Goad’s awesome post.Across from Frontier Park, Hays, KansasMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Mike,

      Eight years is a long time to blog.

      Your comment make me wonder if I could ever quit, but like you, I’m a little on the stubborn side and realize I’ll probably continue for a long time to come.

      The enjoyment of sharing is a great motivator, isn’t it?

  10. Blogging began as an outlet to vent my pain and sorrow but the sorrow has long passed by but the blog remains. Once I started writing, the whole process became addictive and cathartic. Interaction with fellow bloggers, conversation over posts, extended friendships via Facebook and Blogging communities fuel my zest for writing regularly. Now we (my blog and I) are inseparable. With or without comments, I dole out posts. I continue because I have something to write. And if ever a day comes where nothing ever comes, I will squeeze out posts.

    Well, Barabara, hope you’re doing well. Wishing you a great November ahead.

    Joy always,
    Susan

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Susan,

      For some reason your comment ended up in my spam folder and I’ve joust now found it.

      I love your blogging story, as well as you dedication to this hobby. It’s a great one, isn’t it? I agree with you, with or without comments a blog can live on. All it takes is a love for writing/sharing and a little bit of time.

      Happy November to you too. πŸ™‚

  11. I started in order to increase my “online visibility”, and as a way to discuss and comment on professional issues with others outside my immediate circle at work.

    I have also thought about writing a book, so i thought any blog post potentially has a second use. In the business world they call this a “synergy”.
    Check out David K Waltz’s awesome post.Big Data Analytics – The McKinsey Mash – Part TwoMy Profile

    • Sorry, I forgot to answer one – part of what keeps me going is the challenge inherent in the 95% statistic – being successful is something that is not easily achieved, which is motivating.

      However, I question the definition of “failure”. Say someone was a blogger for two years, then got married, got a new job and had kids, and stopped blogging. Was that blog a “Failure”? I would not consider it so, it’s just that it’s time had moved on.
      Check out David K Waltz’s awesome post.Big Data Analytics – The McKinsey Mash – Part TwoMy Profile

      • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

        Hi David,

        How insightful – to start a blog as a way to build your online visibility. Not only can a blog help us expand our network, but can also act as a resume of sorts. That was something I didn’t realize until I had blogged for several years.

        Yes. “Failure” can take on different meanings. As you mentioned, for some a blog may not serve a purpose any longer. So in cases like that, it’s not that the blogger should be labeled as a “failure”, but as someone who has “been there, done that”.

  12. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    When I started blogging I didn’t know people did it to make money. I just wanted to write what I was thinking about…that someone else might read it and comment was just a bonus. And when I found out that people follow…I was amazed. Obviously, I knew NOTHING about blogging.

    Why do I blog? Not for money I don’t have ads or sponsors. I like to write and that people follow and/or comment is wonderful. And it keeps me off the streets and outta trouble.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Patricia,

      You’re funny. “keeps you off the streets and outta trouble” πŸ™‚

      What you said is true. When we start blogging, we often don’t realize where it can lead to. Although some do make money with their blogs, it seems like a lot of writers enjoy just using a blog as a platform to share their work.

  13. Chris NewaldNo Gravatar says:

    I actually started a number of blogs in various niches before I picked the one I truly enjoyed and had plenty of material for. I didn’t start with the intention of making money (although I did optimize for that) but more out of a love for writing and helping those close to me.

    My blog tries to answer questions that friends, family and acquaintances often ask me about. My biggest problem at the moment is keeping up with their ideas and organizing them all into a guide that will walk people easily from point A to point B gracefully (blogs have a tendency to be all over the place).
    Check out Chris Newald’s awesome post.Should you Disable Comments on your Blog?My Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Chris,

      I hear you. Like you, this wasn’t meant to be my primary blog, but a blog where I just shared my blogging journey. Life works in mysterious ways, doesn’t it?

      You’re right about blog being difficult to organize. Firstly (unless we code it differently) our older, and sometimes better posts get buried, and even with an archives page or sitemap, unless our readers take the time to click the link, information can be hard to find.

      Categorizing our posts helps, but what I’ve found is as the number of articles increases, the categories can become bloated, too.

  14. Delia LloydNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, as always, for a thoughtful prompt Barbara. I started blogging because I realized that I was already doing it in my head and might as well get it down on the page where I could do it with others and share my thoughts/get their reactions. What I didn’t bargain for was that in the process, I’d learn so much more from them – their comments, their blogs – than from my own outpourings of my soul. And that has been what has sustained me.

    I have watched, over the years, as many friends have come to me for advice on starting a blog. They’ve started with great enthusiasm, done a few (good) posts, and then they’ve fizzled. Maybe because they started a full-time job. Maybe because they just lost steam. Or lost focus. Or had a baby. Or Lord knows what.

    I’m not sure what makes people keep on going. But for me, I know it’s the community.

    Which you have in spades.

    Delia Lloyd
    http://www.realdelia.com

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Delia and thank you for your kind words.

      You nailed it. Blogs are the perfect spot for us to download those thoughts and feelings. Then, when others show up and comment, we realize we’re not alone in how we feel about different topics.

      Like you said, we can also learn from other bloggers – from their comments as well as their blogs. It’s truly a fabulous source to use for not only networking, but for learning, as well.

      BTW: It’s good to see you and hear you’re still loving the blogging journey. I’m guessing you’ll be around for a long time to come. πŸ™‚

  15. Hi Barbara.

    It’s hard to answer this question because I’ve been pretty much absent from blogging for the last two months. I’ve been blogging for over three years. When I started, the motivation was to write (my passion) and to learn how blogging worked.

    I had been given a course on blogging while in a self-employment program and it was recommended as a way to promote our businesses. Since then, I’ve switched to a more professional focus and over time I have connected with clients that I wouldn’t have otherwise. So, I’ve generated income from blogging, indirectly. The challenge I’ve found with blogging is to balance the time spend on it with a heavy workload!

    The support is inspiring though, and not only support for myself, but watching other bloggers supporting each other. It really is like a community. And you illustrate that so well here πŸ™‚
    Check out Davina Haisell’s awesome post.Lorem Ipsum for the Smarty PantsMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Davina,

      Sometimes we need to take a break from blogging. In fact, I think it can be beneficial. Not only does the time away give us a chance to reflect on where we’ve come with our blog, but can also give us a chance to consider other blogging opportunities.

      You’re right. Blogs can generate income indirectly. Not only can they become the landing page for current clients, but can attract new customers, as well.

      P.S. I see you have a new post up. I’ll be by to check it out.

      • You’re welcome. And, thanks for stopping by my blog. It’s always nice to get comments! πŸ™‚ Can’t say when the next post will go up. I’m in uncharted territory, lol. Appreciate your support very much.
        Check out Davina Haisell’s awesome post.Lorem Ipsum for the Smarty PantsMy Profile

        • HilaryNo Gravatar says:

          Hi Barbara and Davina .. and after a while – we’re friends .. so we’re still around to communicate with, drop in on the blog, and we also know – that as long as our content is interesting, informative or amusing – friends will be around and still there. Great post Barbara … cheers Hilary

  16. SarahNo Gravatar says:

    I think I started blogging about 4 years ago on a site that is long dead now. The main reason why I started? Money, of course. I’d read some internet marketing book and decided to give it a shot. I was young and naive then.
    Check out Sarah’s awesome post.Growing Cucumbers Vertically – What Do You Need To Start Growing Cucumbers Vertically?My Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Sarah,

      That’s true. When we start a blog, we might be naive as to what it all entails and decide it’s not worth the effort.

  17. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    I think it’s interesting that our blogs *fail* or *succeed* depending on how we evaluate them.

    I think the biggest let down for a lot of folks is they hope to make a profit from their passion. The problem is, like any business, there are very real skills required. I originally ignored the business of blogging, but now I’m taking a fresh look. It might be the key to blogging in a sustainable way. I think there are a lot of myths about how things work and I’d like to expose and share patterns and practices that actually work. I’d like to see a lot more bloggers succeed beyond their wildest dreams.
    Check out J.D. Meier’s awesome post.30 Day Boot Camp for Time ManagementMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi J.D.

      You’re a man after my own heart. Like you, I LOVE to see bloggers succeed. The more, the better. πŸ™‚

      Yes. Blogs can be a big let down – especially if someone is reading the ads or testimonials on “how to make money online (blogging)” but they don’t consider the time and effort that goes into it. In reality, it’s no different than starting a business in the real world and needing to learn each and every aspect, including the business end.

      Thank you for sharing what you’ve learned, J.D. What you post on your blog and publish in your wiki is so full of value, I’d hate to think others aren’t taking advantage of it.

  18. I started blogging because I was in an isolating situation and I needed connections and an outlet – I feel that I have found a form of community – I am sad when someone stops, but I do understand.

    I feel I am too slow and un technical for the blogging world but I just keep pushing on and find I can spend good time reading what others have written and thought to share. I have to set limits because I read so many blogs per week/ I need time blocks – I have always spent about 2 hours a day ( or the middle of the night when the kids were little – writing) now I share about 1/6th of what I write. I like writing the several different blog and categories because of the different reading and research.

    I thought too it was a way to keep on making money reviewing books, but so many folks will do it for free, it just makes me a few lovely dollars a month now.

    I have very few business talents…so what I do not do well, I am working towards paying for. Several coaches and YOU, Davina, and JD have been extremely generous with helping me develop some skills. So slowly and surely, step by step….
    another great post Barbara – many thanks, you brought out many familiar faces to comment πŸ™‚
    Check out Patricia of Patricias Wisdom’s awesome post.What are you Afraid of?My Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Patricia,

      Blogging is a great way to get rid of “feeling isolated”. Not only do we get to voice our thoughts and opinions (with a blog), but as you mentioned, we make friends along the way.

      Granted, blogging can involve having to learn “some” technical issues, however, by looking at your blog and how you make your way around the social networking sites, I think you’re doing great.

      Although blogs may not be the best source of income, I like how you’ve taken it a step further and started your Wise Ears business. Everyone loves to be heard and who better to listen than someone wise like you? πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Patricia. It’s been my pleasure. I’ve enjoyed our phone chats and your sense of humour. You have a hearty laugh πŸ™‚ You are also very wise and have chosen the name of your blog well. Sometimes we don’t realize how wise we are until we have a sounding board to bounce our words off of. You are getting there, as you say, step by step. And you will go far because you keep stepping, my friend.
      Check out Davina Haisell’s awesome post.Lorem Ipsum for the Smarty PantsMy Profile

  19. WayneEvansNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,
    I start blogging a month ago and i do it because my friend force me to start it but now i feel, its a really amazing thing. We can express our ideas to others and i am learning so many things. It is quite a creative work and improve your skills.
    I am having so many problems now but this thing get my interest so i am working hard on it. By the passive of time definitely with the help of my seniors and people like you i will do a better job.
    Thanks for sharing such a good thing with us. πŸ™‚

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Wayne,

      No matter why we start a blog, I think if we give it a chance and keep our eyes open, we can find a benefit.

      Happy Blogging!
      Check out Barbara Swafford’s awesome post.You Like Me. You Like Me.My Profile

  20. SanjayNo Gravatar says:

    I started blogging because I wanted to help other newbie designer and also give back to the WP community. I concentrate on giving useful tutorials that they can use, so far I receive a positive comments and that’s kept me going.
    Check out Sanjay’s awesome post.How to Create Plastic Buttons in PhotoshopMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Sanjay,

      “Giving back” is a great reason to start a blog. It’s the perfect platform to not only post tutorials like you do, but can also be used to pass on information which has benefited us in life.

      Kudos to you for all you do.

  21. ChrisNo Gravatar says:

    That is true in any business. That is why I have started my income tax business out of my home. This actually increases my chances and I plan to grow in steps

    Chris
    Owner Cel Financial Services
    Registered Bonded California CTEC Tax Preparer
    Please visit my website for all your Income Tax Fillmore needs.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Chris,

      Yes. Blogging is very similar to real like endeavors. With perseverance it can pay off.

  22. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara .. I did start out thinking this might be a way of making money – but realised I didn’t have the time-frame to make the time available .. but I learnt quite quickly that I loved the platform.

    Finding the ‘subject’ or niche was tricky to begin with .. but I love writing about many subjects and interlinking – which ties in to the why the blog is as it is .. it provides discussion points for severely ill people if they can communicate – lots of different aspects to stimulate conversation.

    This still works for my mother on occasions only now, but the other residents and staff are starting to enjoy my way of presenting aspects of life and history. I’m giving a weekly activities discussion session with a group of residents who feel like joining in … and will start a newsletter for them based around our discussions.

    I know one or two bloggers use my blog with its pictures to stimulate discussion with relatives, because constantly finding new input can be challenging .. and we don’t know what to say to when people are hospitalised or suddenly very ill – and my uncle couldn’t wait for my next article to drop through the letterbox – literally!

    The big advantage is as Delia mentioned – we meet amazing people and learn so much via this route … apart from teaching myself on my own blog or writing posts about something I want to remember … I honestly think my educative level is constantly rising exponentially ..

    Blogging is a great way of expressing ourselves and as long as we have regular commenters and people enjoy the blog – that makes it a success. Then as time allows we can start to do other things with it – if a business outlet can be found.

    Cheers – love your followers and commenters and your blog in particular .. Hilary

    http://www.positiveletters.com

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Hilary,

      How exciting that you’ll be leading a weekly discussion with the residents. Not only do you have tons of valuable information on your blog, but I’ll bet you have lots more to share.

      I’m with you. Blogs are the perfect platform from which we can learn – not only from research but from other bloggers we meet along the way.

      As I told you before, I see you as a Historian and can see you taking that to a higher level in the future. Maybe even writing text books. 8)

    • BobNo Gravatar says:

      Thanks Hilary for your thoughts, I also find refuge in all the good pictures which made me start blogging about animals. Its the connection people have and the inspiration needed from good friends and the blogging community.
      Check out Bob’s awesome post.puma, cougar, catamount-catMy Profile

  23. MariaNo Gravatar says:

    Yes to make a blog really successful you must have a lot of hard work put into the blog clean. And then also keep a certain level so that it stays that way. Some still think that is what they get with a blog without much work a bunch of visitors from nothing. This seems very unrealistic. Without knowing them accordingly in the search area and the possibility to create high quality content on a regular basis in my opinion it is very difficult for the blog. Moreover, one should also have fun with it to expand the blog or the project.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Maria,

      True. Blogging is work, a lot of work. Like you mentioned, we not only have to learn what all goes into blogging, but also need to provide quality content.

      And yes…we need to have fun with blogging, too. πŸ™‚
      Check out Barbara Swafford’s awesome post.You Like Me. You Like Me.My Profile

  24. AdelineNo Gravatar says:

    Like many others, I started blogging with the hopes that I would be able to generate some passive income. While I have yet to realize that (being only blogging for three months), I noticed that it greatly helped me established myself more as a freelance writer. Through it, I’ve been able to get a lot more job offers. Plus, blogging has paved the way to meet new people and get new connections. It’s definitely not the passive income I was expecting since I still have to do some work to get paid, but it’s definitely a close second.
    Check out Adeline’s awesome post.A Celebration of Wines at the Straits Wine Company’s Wine Tasting EventMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Adeline,

      Isn’t it ironic how that works? We start a blog for one reason, but instead the blog takes us in a different direction. It’s like the blog knows best.

      How exciting for you – to be able to pick up freelance work and increase the size of your network in the process.
      Check out Barbara Swafford’s awesome post.Who Is Social Networking REALLY Benefiting?My Profile

  25. BarryNo Gravatar says:

    Now, this is spooky. I was reading the comments, and my PC crashed. Is somebody trying to tell me something, like don’t blog.

    Well, fiddlesticks to them, I will keep blogging.

    When I first came to Internet Marketing, I saw all these ads for a millionaire lifestyle. You know the ones I mean, only now they are a bit more sophisticated, but no less devious.

    Days turned to weeks and weeks to months, and then common sense took hold, if I was going to get the millionaire lifestyle quick, I had to be devious too, which was not in my nature.

    Now, I am content with things, and as long as I can pay my hosting fees, have the odd meal out, and give my family a few treats, I will be happy. If, over time the income builds up, well great, if it doesn’t, at least I can say, I tried to be honest and ethical.

    I( would rather earn a couple of dollars being nice, than earn thousands, and leave someone with no money and no hope, and I see my blog as a way of doing this.

    I also find that by going to the comments page of blogs you can find loads more blogs, often by people with ideas and principles in line with your own. Blogging, what a great way to expand your network, and make new friends.
    Check out Barry’s awesome post.I Found a Way To Get Around Clickbank’s SecurityMy Profile

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Barry,

      Maybe your PC crashing was a test to see how determined you are about blogging. 8)

      I LOVE your attitude. Like you, I saw those “get rich quick ads”. As tempting as they are to click on and buy a product which could MAYBE help us earn a quick income, I reminded myself, “if it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably a scam”.

      One thing I found with blogging is over time other ideas emerge; ideas of how we can make money by creating a product or service we feel good about and can proudly put our name on. The bigger our network, the more support we’ll have when the time comes for us to promote it. Plus they’ll be people who know we’re honest and ethical.

      And yes, in the comment sections of blogs we can find dozens of wonderful people who can become great friends.
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  26. Everyone has their own reasons for blogging, even if it is not profitable from the financial side. After all, before all this was not. Previously expressed their thoughts on paper in large personal diary and hid his under the mattress, so no one found it. And no one was wondering “how do I make money on his personal diary?”. And now, their thoughts naturally share all and put them on public display. In my opinion this is good. By keeping a blog you do not feel lonely,if you are such. You can share the joy with everyone and it is multiplied. You can share your sorrow and it will decrease. Never do not be discouraged. Yours, Konstantin.

  27. BobNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    With such good messages as to how one statred blogging, well its sheer interest coupled with instincts though many have gone down the drain but there are is always that intuition which gives you an edge to vocalize your emotions feelings and inner you.

    Who does it benefit, well if its for inner satisfaction and brings gratitude to you, that’s what I go for the rest as people have said for the get me rich quickly is just another way but all in all we just need to get the word out there as to how we need to associate with others and make this world a better place. Its by learning from fellow bloggers that we are inspired.

    Thanks Barbara for such a wonderful sharing about blogging

    I got inspired to write about animals and I do love animals. With good animal pictures on the web, I guess I am also inspiring some and bringing awareness about animals, their protection , conservation and natural habitat

    HAVE A NICE DAY AND A BETTER NIGHT WITH GRATITUDE
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Bob,

      I’m so happy to hear you’re blogging about that which brings you joy. To me, that’s the key to having fun with this blogging hobby, plus if we enjoy what we’re blogging about, we’re more apt to continue on.

      Happy Blogging! Hope to see you here again soon.
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      • BobNo Gravatar says:

        Thanks for the kind words and to feel at home in your blog. As a matter of fact, its not the ill will of the economic trends which are making people to resort to blogging just because its there easily and readily available, the road ahead is always tougher and one needs to find all the information about blogging as one prepares a little bit of this and that while building interest in what one is envisioned to work on.

        Some eve just find themselves going without a stop just because its in the blood and they just love to do it.

        I guess mine should be B+ bLogging BLOOD GROUP

        HAVE A NICE DAY AND A BETTER NIGHT WITH GRATITUDE
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  28. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    As mentioned in an earlier comment, some of the comments left on this blog are missing. I know it looks rather strange seeing me replying to “invisible comments”, but I’ll leave the replies up so you know I read your kind words. πŸ™‚
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  29. Well I started blogging because I wanted to help people and give them useful information that might otherwise be hard to find.

  30. I don’t know about the others. But I still believe in the passive income thing. If I continue, it just might take a turn for the better some day. Every business takes time. And that’s why most others keep doing it.
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  31. KateW81No Gravatar says:

    I started blogging when I read a very interested blog and it catches my interest because I learned a lot from the topic. So when I have something in my mind and I know that I will also help others.. I blog about it.. and there comments serves as our conversations of changing ideas.
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  32. piyushNo Gravatar says:

    Whatever we blog about and whatever reason we blog we should blog only about the content we are interested in and enjoying that thing
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  33. I do find a lots of tips here. I recently started my blog and I admitt that I need more training implementing all the tricks. But doing is the best training I guess!
    Blogs like this are a great help for me though. And I notice that getting better is also increasing the number of visiters.

    Thanks!
    An Peters

  34. GravenNo Gravatar says:

    I think the tips you have provided in this article is outstanding as well as your blog truly has meaningful messages. In fact it helps most of the bloggers who will read this. I really learn many of the things from your post. Thanks for sharing this article.

  35. Joy ParksNo Gravatar says:

    When I was little I had a collection of dolls. When I became teenager I moved on to getting as much shoes and bags as I can afford. I spent my own money because I love to have them.

    I guess its like that when I blog. The hosting fee is quite affordable so I maintain my blogs as I enjoy writing on quite a number of topics. Plus I get to be proud when I mention I have a site to new friends and acquaintances.
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  36. PeteNo Gravatar says:

    Hi there,

    Is me again. I guess I’m getting hooked on this blogging thing. Anyway, is funny coming to think of the word “Talent” They say, you are either born with one or you pick up one along the way. Either way, we all have talent. Getting paid for something that brings joy is a double whammy. Just like sitting in your living room watching television, and the television keep changing to your favorite program automatically just by you thinking of it. What a sweet it is. Blogging is a gateway to independence and freedom, regardless getting paid or not. Explore the horizon.