How to Blog without Killing Yourself

Maybe I started a trend. After posting my hour long video on how I make $40,000 a month from a blog, my buddy Tim “Mr. 4 Hour Workweek” Ferriss has posted a 51 minute video on how to blog without killing yourself.

The original title of the presentation was “Scalable Blogging Behaviors: How to Grow from 1 to 1,000,000 Readers” but I guess Tim thought that was too long and changed it. However, the content did not change. In the video, Tim covers the following topics:

  • Why I blog
  • How I blog and select best practices
  • Frequency and tools — best times and days to post
  • Blogging myths and how to harness data for better results
  • Testing design and surprising findings that can be copied
  • How I address comments and community building
  • How I write and research for good social media response
  • 20 minutes of audience Q&A on Twitter, branding, outsourcing, and much more

Just like my video, I recommend you get a drink, grab a bite to eat and pull up a chair because you’re going to want to watch this from beginning to end.

42 thoughts on “How to Blog without Killing Yourself”

  1. Stoychev says:

    Amazing article! I have asked this questions myself. Now I can see what thinks professionals. Thank you!

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    1. Adam says:

      This was a great article… really enjoyed it

  2. Philip Nowak says:

    Thanks for the head’s up John. I enjoyed Tim’s book when I first read it a few years ago. I always enjoy hearing what he has to say and this is no different.

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  3. Cam Birch says:

    Thanks for the video. I’ll be watching this one through.

    Hopefully I’ll be able to do it in one sitting but if not, more than 1 will be ok as well :).

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  4. Alex says:

    Tim’s presentation was very cool. Gave me some ideas that might prevent me from me from killing myself with the blogging.

    1. Jake Stone says:

      Let’s hope you make it Alex. Suicide is slow with blogging, WordPress is fine but Twitter is quicker. Just a tip.

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  5. EarningStep says:

    i think if people love to blogging then they will enjoy it . i love when you say never blog for money.

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  6. Hey John!

    Thanks for the great video. It’s really a rich content.

    In this video, Tim Ferris, the guy behind The 4-Hour Work Week, gives us a lot of tips on blogging, one of his expertise.

    I enjoyed the video and learned a lot. Thanks again!

    All the Best!


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  7. That is a long course to take. Will kill me today. But I will enjoy it some other time. =)

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  8. I agree, Surely john he might have get this idea from you. You are a trend setter.

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  9. 50 minute videos. Who has this kind of time.’s last blog post: Viral marketing series – Part 3, Case study:

    1. Paul B says:

      It’s the people who have time to watch it I worry about. 50 = 2 good articles on your own websites. More people need to concentrate on creating content than consuming it.

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    2. If you don’t have that kind of time, maybe you need to look at the way you schedule yourself.

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  10. Hey John very nice article I will have to come back and watch the video since I do not have 50 minutes. Anyway just wanted to let you know I gave you recognition in my PR 2 website marketing blog here is the link to the post if you would like to see it~ anyway keep up the good work:)

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  11. aansa says:

    Yes it is true it is very important to not kill yourself blogging and at the same time make nothing much. Lots to learn from this video.

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  12. Nice video series and thanks for the tips. It’s important that blogging should be fun (sometimes).

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    1. Melody says:

      Why only sometimes?

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      1. Jake Stone says:

        Yes, that doesn’t make sense. If you can choose what to do, you should choose something that gives you fun and enjoyment.

        It is all different matter if you don’t have the luxury of choice and must do what you are told or what you can get.

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    2. I agree with the others. It should be fun & if it’s not, you’re doing something wrong or you’re just in it for the money. I will never understand the people that blog when they don’t even like it.

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  13. SZ says:

    Great presentation – very time consuming lol

  14. Isaac Yassar says:

    Ahh.. My unstable 256kbps 3G connection won’t do much to handle the video. Why don’t you just write it?

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  15. deejay says:

    thanks for posting the hard earned video! lol!

  16. Yeh, when I first started blogs I set out to intentionally make money, however I didnt make much!.
    Whilst other blogs which are my ‘hobby’ blogs are now making good returns which I never expected.

  17. This is interesting, I’ll definitely watch it later

  18. fas says:

    Another awesome video. Sure John you must have taken alot of efforts for your 40 minute video and this 51 minute one required more efforts. Good going.

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  19. Another great post. All I can is thanks a lot. This adds another blogging treasure. I agree, this adds professionalism to any blogger who will read / watch and understand it.

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  20. Really enjoyed that. Watching it now… stopping the vid and then changing the blog… thanks for posting John.

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  21. Doug Dillard says:

    Just finished the video. Lots of good points. Especially liked the points on: -Deleting the negative commentors that add nothing worthwhile to your blog. -Putting the Post Creation date on the bottom of the actual post page. -Showing the Current Hits vs All Time on his homepage. There were many more that I wrote down. Definitely worth the 50 minutes if you get the time to watch it.

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  22. Rahul says:

    Sometimes you say blogging is serious business and now saying blog without killing yourself.
    you have melt your bones if you are newbie blogger.

    1. Jake Stone says:

      Hello Rahul, maybe you could make a blog that would broadcast only one clear message.

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  23. akazuma says:

    killing ourself? Thats crazy. But i guess we just need to do what we must do.

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  24. Ellen – Gravatar

    Thanks so much for an informative post. I used the code you supplied and followed your directions and everything works! I’m not proficient in CSS or php so your post was very helpful. Now, if I could make a little money.

  25. Nice to see a post that isn’t what you just ate 🙂

  26. Tyson says:

    Great post, I wish I had known this before I had to start all over again. I really appreciate your blogs and that you enjoy them. Sharing is a gift unto itself.

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  27. I usually don’t have time to watch this kind of thing. But this one is really worth it. I’m going to rewatch it and take more notes tomorrow as I’m currently using Joomla and would like to know more about WordPress. For people debating whether to watch this or not… watch it! Here are a few highlights: “Measure the things that Matter”, “Low resitance to entry points to complex or long material”, “Twitter, Slinkset, Evernote”, “The important thing is not being a good writer, it’s having a voice”, “Find your best writing or synthesis period”, “Ignore SEO for the first Draft”… just lots of really good stuff here.

  28. Looks like a good video, I will have to check it out if I get a chance.

  29. videostar says:

    I like this video.Tim is cute in his teaching,some of his ideas are inspiring,it it is worth spending 50 minutes.

  30. i think if people love to blogging then they will enjoy it . i love when you say never blog for money.

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  31. Joenel Umal says:

    I finished the video, very informative.. i just changed my category to topics 🙂

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  32. Tim makes some great points in his presentation especially when he talks about how you word your content. For example, changing “tags or labels” to “topics”. As well as posting on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday’s to maximize the number of readers.

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