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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Why you can't have a Blog without a Blogtrepreneur!

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Okay, weird headline right! But all will be explained later in this post which I have submitted as part of Problogger’s Blogging Goals Group Writing Project.

My initial motives for starting a blog were very, if not, too simple. I saw bloggers such as Yaro Starak and Darren Rowse, and thought, why can't I make money from Blogging too. And that was it, for a few months while I started my blog, and loaded it up with fresh and inspiring content, I thought only about money and how much I was making every day. Whenever I would come back from school I would check my Adsense....$0...$0.15...$0, I was going nowhere.

I tried to link swap in order to boost my traffic and search engine rankings (which is a must anyway for all blogs who want to be pushed up in search engine results), and submitted some articles to Ezine.com and various Blogging Carnivals. Although my traffic did increase and my Adsense did follow, I was still feeling annoyed that my blog had taken off so slowly.

Then, a few days ago, things suddenly went pear-shaped, I lost my will to write content. If I was making no money I thought, then why bother continuing to write for a petty audience who didn't even care about me or know who I was. This was a huge mistake. As I posted in various forums asking what I should do, I noticed that there were quite a few people, who were actually following my blog. They told me to avoid the blogging burnout by writing less and by caring less about how my blog runs. The biggest tip they gave me, was to enjoy the networking and the social factor that I was getting out of Blogtrepreneur.

This is where my post title comes in. The reason why I created the word Blogtrepreneur, was to serve as a constant reminder to me that I was trying to create money out of my blogging experience. However, more recently, I hav come to translate Blogtrepreneur as something different. By being a blogtrepreneur, you must care for your community, you must respond to comments on your blogging posts, you should do your best to read other blogs and support them through backlinks and linking, and you should broaden your view to the whole of the blogosphere, and not just your goal to make money.

So, what are my blogging goals for the future? To enjoy working with the people who I share the most things in common with, you fellow Blogtrepreneurs. I will strive to always give something back to the community through my posts, which I hope will help you on your blogging journey. And above all, my goal is to stop basing my entrepreurialism around money, even though in the long run, this will lead to my success. Networking is the key, and one which you must grasp by the handles if you want to succeedwith your goal to be an entrepreneur.

8 Comments:

  • Nice title and nice move. People will know if you're just into them for the money. Enjoy what you're doing, especially when its voluntary. This life is too short to do otherwise.

    By Anonymous Rick, at 4:06 AM  

  • Thanks Rick,
    Yes, they will start to realise when you burnout out of ideas to write about. If you're blogging for experience and for the social benefactor then you're more likely to experience the networking benefits of blogging.
    Thanks for the comment!

    By Blogger Adnan, at 9:35 AM  

  • "blogtrepreneur"..
    out of all the titles I saw on Darren's site, yours stood out because of that word. I always encourage people to write on what they are passionate about for exactly the reason you mentioned.. burntout.

    By Anonymous elamb, at 3:35 PM  

  • Thanks for the comment elamb,
    Yeah I would say that Blogtrepreneur is a pretty creative name!

    By Blogger Adnan, at 5:07 PM  

  • I would agree. If you are just blogging for money, you will likely burn out before it really makes anything. This is true of many money making ideas. If you do not have a better reason than just to make a few bucks, you will not be successful.

    By Anonymous James, at 5:32 PM  

  • I agree with what everyone else has already said. I guess I don't have anything to say but "I concur."

    Also, Adnan, I mentioned you and your site in my of my posts recently. I plan on writing more about Blogtrepreneur in the near future, especially if we are still planning on getting together to launch Blogtrepreneur.com.

    By Anonymous Mithrill, at 2:08 AM  

  • You said - 'By being a blogtrepreneur, you must care for your community, you must respond to comments on your blogging posts, you should do your best to read other blogs and support them through backlinks and linking, and you should broaden your view to the whole of the blogosphere, and not just your goal to make money.'

    I am very agree with you. If someone who wants to blog but motivated highly by getting money from blog, they'll just end up burnout and will not blogging anymore. Helping other people from blogging is one of the main priority of blogging other than to express your idea or opinion on something you choose and share it with other bloggers. And I wish you goodluck to begin hosting your www.blogtrepenuer.com in the future.

    By Anonymous Aizal, at 9:57 AM  

  • Thanks Aizal and Mithrill for your kind words. I can't wait for Blogtrepreneur.com to get underway so thanks Matt for promoting it!

    By Blogger Adnan, at 10:25 AM  

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