The Pivotal Stage In The Rise of a Professional Blogger

Professional bloggers, including the individuals we all know of, and also smaller up-and-coming probloggers, all have a period of experience in their past that provides them with a powerful energy to continue on – their early time as a blogger. The key period of interest here is the one before they were large, and had crossed the “tipping point”. This is just as relevant whether the blogger was in a state of financial hardship or not when starting out. Harsh comments that don’t show support can be much more difficult to handle than being in some amount of financial debt, and anyone that builds up a suitable way to deal with them coming from close friends and family, as well as online acquaintances, is basically unstoppable when they come out on the other end of the site success spectrum.

Mr. Wine Library TV

Gary Vaynerchuk from Wine Library TV, which is at over 700 video blog episodes, discussed how his family’s wine business sales took a dive when he started the video blog, because he was spending something like fifteen hours a day working on the videos, responding to comments and handling related issues. Since Wine Library is his family business, you can imagine the pressure on him to end his time-consuming video-making venture to return to the safety of solely maintaining and growing sales of wine from their establishment. Gary put out video after video five days a week, indirectly(or possibly directly since it is Gary we are talking about) letting people close to him know that he had a message he desired to get out there to the public. Now he has what can be considered as the largest wine show on the internet.

The Online Financial Success Maker

With an example like that of John Chow, although he did have a separate solid business going when he started this site, you can be certain that he got just as many destructive comments while he was building it up as any other would, like that he should instead spend that time creating wealth in his regular business, or that he was narcissistic to think people would want to see his personal updates, or that there were already sites discussing the topics he was discussing. I point out these types of comments not to say that they have validity or relevancy, but to convey that there is no positive intent behind them. People might say these things in a positive way, but that is like telling a person they are ugly using more polite words. John certainly traveled through that early period adeptly, ignoring any comments that weren’t positively business-oriented, and now is able to maintain substantial passive income through the site, and also put out personal updates on what is still a site on his own name.

The Quintessential Problogger

Then, there is an individual like Problogger Darren Rowse. I read somewhere that the concept of professional blogging was inchoate at the time that he started this site. That would mean that he received loads of messages about how he was off base or doing the wrong thing by trying to connect blogging with income. That early duration of time, when the audience here was small, was certainly the tougher period, because it required having to build up the brand, message, and reader-base, while taking on subtly destructive incoming attacks, and not having a huge site-based income to present in defense. All those elements come together to create the wall that has to be jumped over to become a problogger. Had he not done so, professional blogging might not have as legitimate of a connotation as it has.

Alex At Practical Personal Development

In one of the podcasts by Alex Shalman, a fellow personal development blogger, he mentioned how he remembered having something like 5-10 subscribers who were all basically family members or friends in his site’s early days. You can be certain that he didn’t get much support at that time, with comments like “you could be doing X or Y with your time instead” knocking at his doorstep. Thankfully, he ignored any of that rhetoric that came his way, posted articles very often in his site’s early period, responded to his commentators in a positive, and challengingly upbringing, way that matches the mission statement on his site, and his podcasts now include interviews with some of the most influential people in various fields.

The Founder Of Simple Productivity

Leo Babauta, of the most subscribed personal development site Zen Habits, has six children with his wife Eva. Some would say there is no pressure like that of wanting to balance personal endeavors with nurturing of one’s children. While Leo knew he wanted to spread his concept of simplicity merged with productivity to the masses, he surely had times in his early months where, although his prolific writing made for rapid growth of audience size, he was mentally weighing the cost of time used up writing articles and guest posts versus time that may have been spent with his family. While his decision to keep pursuing his interest worked out in the long run, you can see the inner struggle that took place. He currently is in a very desirable position, but will not forget his earlier continuous decisions to pursue further.

You Have A Vision That Others May Not See

Part of the resistance that is felt early on in a problogger’s career is that from others who feel they are committing financial suicide. Just like someone would want to keep another person from committing any type of suicide, some detract from a problogger’s efforts to prevent them from getting into a tough situation. This comes from not having as large of a vision, because having an understanding of the writer’s larger vision to spread their message would likely quell any pangs of worry or concern. Some people don’t mean well and can be ignored, and some mean well and have to be understood a bit better, and are worth taking the time to understand.

A couple of my examples lean toward personal development writers/bloggers because that is where I do much of my reading, but the same concept applies to writers of financial information, health topics, software technology, or political news. The early period is one that tests your conviction to spread your message, and if you choose to progress through it, it will constitute the strongest pillar of your foundation to continue. This portion of time requires you to acknowledge to others that you are writing on purpose, spreading your message on purpose, and sacrificing other opportunities or objectives on purpose.

Having A Message Valuable To You Will Take You Through This Early Period

One relevant point you can take from this is that you can create this unforgettable time of your own if you have a message that is true to you that you want to present. Instead of looking at your site’s growth period as time that you should be spending elsewhere due to slowness of growth, view it as the time you have to put in to cross the bridge to where you can spread your message and have an audience behind it. denotation

Probloggers might not want to return to the time when their audience was not substantial enough to serve as a suitably-sized supportive group behind their message, but they know that that period of time was crucial in order to develop strength to defend their brand, and also vital to help pinpoint the message and values that they were willing to continue standing behind. A diamond can only be formed under intense pressure.

I’d like to hear your take on the early stages of blog growth, as well as where you currently see yourself in relation to the tipping point.

Armen Shirvanian writes articles on the site Timeless Information regarding topics including mindset development, social interaction, communication, and competition. He has also created a compilation eBook that contains thorough discussion about 11 valuable quotations. You can check out his articles and eBook at www.timelessinformation.com