I would like to start this post with a clear disclaimer. Whatever I am about to write below, holds 100% true to me as well. So, this is not to pick sides or point fingers. Please continue to read this post ONLY if you are open to criticism.
– Maheshwaran Jothi
We all know the famous saying, Follow Your Passion, so you can grow in life. Every parent knows this, but still, most do not allow their kids to follow their Passion. Sounds familiar?
Well, the fear of losing the game makes them assume the authority to decide what’s good or bad for the kids. I don’t blame, its the insecurity every parent have.
Similarly, I see many in this blogger community who proudly display a badge of Passion and try to hide their failure or the desire to monetize from the blog they own or run.
I have heard most of the bloggers responding that they blog only for passion. But, 80% of them, in my opinion, will be due to the “Grapes are sour” type of result.
There are many bloggers who try to monetize their sites. They also research whatever it takes to get a successful blog. Try to implement SEO or other tools to stand out from the crowd. But, unfortunately, not all excel.
Those who make it, succeed. Others start campaigning about the kind of Passion they have in writing for which they blog.
Passion is a must to excel in anything and everything you do. Certainly, there is a big difference between a passionate Chef preparing the cuisine compared to a duty-bound cook. No questions.
But, hiding behind the badge of passion only because they cannot succeed in monetizing, especially when it comes to blogging is what I want to discuss.
We all know that following your passion will make your success. So, why apply a different formula when it comes to blogging. By doing so, you are demeaning the efforts and struggles the successful bloggers had in reaching that height. Remember, they are where they are not without a reason.
Accept failures. Accept mistakes. Afterall, we are all humans. Humans do err. For, only when you identify the problems, you can find the solution for that. No solution in the world was found without identifying the problem.
Simply writing-off because you cannot make it does not mean you are working only due to the great passion you have for doing something. Get to the root of the problem. Some could have won because they were early in catching the bus. Look for a different bus, different route.
If you see many succeeding in one niche, do NOT follow blindly in that direction. Be distinct & Unique.
Maybe that niche was over saturated. Accept how you failed. Analyze why you failed.
If there is no niche, identify one. No one can be a master of all.
People will find mistakes in whatever you do. Be proud that you are standing outside that crowd from where someone identifies you uniquely to find mistakes and questions on you.
Ignore them even if it hurts you. When even our Gods are ridiculed and questioned, who are we to be given the privilege of no criticism?
What am I trying to convey? Simple, Display your badge of Passion proudly. At the same time please do not try to hide behind the same badge of passion. Trying to monetize the blog in no way should affect the essence of writing – IF you follow the ethics.
Yes, be against plagiarism. Do not copy from others hard work. Give credit to where it is due. Quoting the write-ups are not wrong. Be liberal in doing that with respective credits.