Are You Stubborn Enough To Have a Blog?

Somehow I stumbled across the idea of making money with a blog. Instantly as the idea formed in my head a smiled crossed my face. A blog, make money online, this is perfect for me. This is why I was born, this is my destiny, I must do this.

From that moment the world around me disappeared. Friend’s calls were left unanswered, TV was turned off, books were closed, work became a place to turn dials and pull levers – nothing had meaning except my blog.


A salmon is born high up the Canadian Rockies mountain stream. As soon as it’s armored with a tough skin of scales it swims down hundreds of kilometers to the ocean. There it lives its days until baby making time when it suddenly becomes possessed. In a zombie trance it leaves the ocean and heads back up the mountain stream back home.

Risking life and fin it swims hundreds of kilometers against the stream, up waterfalls, through shallow waters and bears waiting with open jaws. Salmon are scattered on the shores rotting and full of maggots. Others become exhausted and unable to draw another gulp and give up – mouths open and eyes to the sky they drift away. The remaining keep going. The salmon is driven by nature – something inside its soul forces it up stream regardless of the struggle.

I have been swimming upstream for two years.

Two years of struggle. The effort is not just physical, it is psychological. The blog is always in my head. Taking a shower, mowing the lawn, walking the dog. It is always there nibbling away. A bear has bitten off a chunk of my tail and a eagle pecked out an eyeball. Yet I continue.

I have spent 603 hours working for $685. Let me put that in perspective for you:

  • If I spent the 603 hours flipping burgers at McDonald’s instead of working my website, making $9.00/hour I would now have $5,427.00.
  • According to the US Congressional Budget Office the lowest paying jobs are waiters and waitresses. They make $4.21 per hour. With my website, I make $1 per hour.
  • On a level surface and in no rush I walk 5.2 kilometers per hour. Had I walked instead of working on this website I would now be 3,136 kilometers (1,930 miles) away from here.


So why continue? Why not quit?

Swinging in front of Hell’s well oiled gates is a sign. It reads: “abandon all hope ye who enter here.”

The last two years might have felt like hell. But I am not in hell. I am trying to make money with my blog. There is hope. People have done it. It is possible. I believe, I must believe, that if I keep on going, keep adding quality content, keep marketing, keep being nice to people, keep trying to help, then one day I will be successful.

Nothing can stop me.

Are you stubborn enough to have a blog?

Roman is going upstream ignoring the dead fish. You can find out exactly how stubborn he is on his website and blog How This Website Makes Money.

33 thoughts on “Are You Stubborn Enough To Have a Blog?”

  1. A great motivational, post Roman, keep at it and you will be laughing at these statistics in the future!


    1. Like your writing style … interesting and read whole post in one breath.

      So currently you are going on loss when you compare your earning with your McDonald’s Job.

  2. If I were you I’d abandon your blog and start one in a niche you have previous knowledge about or can get previous knowledge about.

    I started a blog in the make money online niche like you a few years ago when I wasn’t really making any money online. I wasted over 12 months on it before I discovered no one wants to learn about how to make money online from someone that isn’t really doing that well at it in the first place – so I shut the blog down. I decided to focus on niches that hadn’t been saturated and flash forward a few years and I’ve been earning a full time living online now and quit my job over a year ago.

    It was only AFTER I was earning a full time income online that people decided to read my about about making money online.

    I’m telling you this so that I hope you don’t waste your time anymore: Quit now and make money in a different niche – THEN come back to this one.

    Hope you don’t continue to make the same mistake I did.


    1. Dino Vedo says:

      I totally agree! Your niche is really tough, and as I can tell already by a quick scan of your site, your not even half way experienced enough to rank high or get traffic for it.

      Dude you made $98 or something profit in 2 years!?!?! You can make more picking pop cans outside man.. stubborn people die a slow death.

    2. You got it right. I quit the MMO niche a long time ago and now I am seeing some results from blogging.

      1. There’s a ton of people blogging in the MMO niche. If you really don’t have a way to show your making money, your really not going to have much success with a blog on the subject.

  3. PPC Ian says:

    Great post. It’s all about persistence in blogging. The barriers to entry are big but the long term rewards are definitely there. Keep up the hard work and perhaps test some new strategies. Don’t lose the faith.

  4. Arran Moffat says:

    Persistence is the key! This is a long term game and not an overnight get rich quick theme. If we do the right things, eventually success will come…

  5. Great post Roman , I remember being where you are a couple years ago, don’t quit, you’ll get there 🙂

  6. Kirk Taylor says:

    You have come this far, which is substantial because most people would have quit a long time ago.

    The most successful bloggers will tell you it took them three or more years before they really started making substantial money with their blog. At least that is what I found at ASW10 when I asked many myself.

    In addition, any serious business takes at least three years to establish itself. You have come 2/3’s of the way. Keep going, just look for ways to be better and don’t focus on the money, focus on being the best blogger you can be.

    I do want to thank you for giving me my next topic in my blog.

    Kirk Taylor

  7. Dre says:

    That’s why I always think that one should blog on something he or she has passion on. And think about making money as a bonus. If you are lucky, then there you go, it becomes your career.

    I don’t agree that working hard will guarantee success. This niche is saturated. The supply can’t outnumber the demand. Someone will get eliminated.

    But I do think that persistence is a minimum requirement in doing anything.

    1. Well said! Just because you work hard, does not mean you are going to have success. There are so many other things that go into it than just hard work. Working hard in the right areas is one.

  8. Abhik says:

    Really nice post there.. A great motivator for bloggers.

  9. Dino Vedo says:

    Really John? Why would you accept this low quality work with a bunch of spelling errors?? I thought it was harder to get accepted for a guest post on here…. guess not…

    No offense to the writer or the content, its just pretty bad grammar.

    1. Mathew Day says:

      Yes, grammar is the utmost importance here, just ask Shoemoney.

      1. d3so says:

        It’s funny because both John and Shoemoney have grammar issues as well, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming successful.

        1. People looking for information don’t care about grammar, they care how good the information is. Harping on spelling is like the neighborhood home owners associations that just jack with you because they have nothing better to do.

  10. Love this quote: “A bear has bitten off a chunk of my tail and a eagle pecked out an eyeball. Yet I continue.”

    Ahem. And may you compel the success you deserve. Kudos to your attitude!

    1. Yes that’s why I like his style of writing.

      I mean this kind of words act as lubricant while you read.

  11. loved the fact you decided to change every single thing and quit all the entertainment stuff so you can focus on your “what you were born for” , we can only measure success with such a motivation and sacrificing and since people have been able to do all that , of course every one would be , it’s all about the beginning !!
    But did you really stop talking to friends ?? haha !! :))
    good Luckk !!

  12. John this was a great post and really motivational. This was something that I needed to read and ready to get it done now.

  13. All new bloggers go through the same phase as you gone and really like the way you told.

  14. Joie says:

    A great inspiration for those wannabe bloggers.

  15. fas says:


  16. Kimberly says:

    I do really well making some extra cash off my blog. I also make extra cash each week from completing surveys! Check it out!

    1. Mathew Day says:

      Thanks for that link Kimberly, I’ll definitely join through your affiliate link. 🙂

  17. Mathew Day says:

    Nice post, it was pretty original and I got what you’re saying. Been there, done that. I wouldn’t give up on your blog, but I would continue to try new approaches and tactics until you find something that works.

  18. You are my idol, John Chow!

  19. d3so says:

    Nice story.
    I find myself in the same boat as you.
    Our success is delayed gratification.

  20. mike says:

    interesting write up. there are just way too many blogs & websites on the MMO topic. perhaps, we should all go with our passion and interest, and continue blog and be good at it. just my 2 cents.

  21. Great post – you described SO WELL the feeling of being totally obsessed with blogging and having that intoxicating passion for it. I’ve started and killed many blogs in the past two years as I worked my way toward the right niches for me, yet I always wondered what would have happened if I’d just stuck with the one I started in early 2008? Good luck!

  22. Chris S. says:

    Stubbornness is a more headstrong word for persistence and this is one of my favourite quotes:

    “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”

    ~Calvin Coolidge~

  23. I am not in hurry but their should always be a limit to achieve your goal specially when that connects to the carrier and living life.

Comments are closed.