Learning to Deal with Challenges

By | April 9, 2012

Over the past 8-9 months, my life has rapidly changed. I went from a passionate graduate student who was also working full-time to someone who has also started blogging part-time. When I say part-time, I mean to say that it is an obsession. I started out blogging, giving it everything that I had. I would wake up every morning an hour earlier to read and comment on about 30-40 blogs each weekday. This lead to the short time that my name became somewhat known among other personal finance bloggers. Everything was going right. Within the first 3-4 months, I made my first grand online and things got out of hand just shortly after that.

My traffic and income has increased since then, but due to recent events, I have been facing some difficult questions. Can I really afford to blog full-time? Will I enjoy it or am I dreaming? Do I have what it takes? These aren’t easy questions to answer. To make matters worse, I dealt with one of the worst situations that I’ve ever had to face.

Difficulty with Advertiser

As bloggers become more popular, they often get direct advertising deals. These are an easy way to get decent income, but it is hard to sustain this long term. I know this now… It was just recently that I got an email from one contact saying they wanted to remove their advertisements from my site. Fine – no harm done. I later got another email from a colleague of this original contact saying they wanted to remove more advertisements. Only, this time it was forwarded from a 3rd party. The 2nd contact had sent an email to the wrong person, thereby releasing the details of our contract to a third party.

Normally, I wouldn’t think anything of it, but considering the danger of such a mistake, I got upset and pressed my case. I informed that if any negative consequences arise as a result of this email to the third party arise, I would essentially go after them in court. I was so frustrated that my entire day of potential productivity was ruined.

This is the first post that I have written since then and I am falling behind. I have been averaging about 10 posts per week to keep all of my sites going and right now, I just don’t have the energy.

How to Overcome Challenges

Overcoming challenges is never easy. For me, I know that I must continue writing because I really do enjoy it. I love putting my thoughts to the screen and displaying them for others to see. There is some greater peace knowing that people actually care what I have to say. In order to get out of my funk, I started with reminding myself why I am doing what I am doing. Sure, there is decent money in what I am doing. But that hardly seems important at times like these. After all, the money almost seems fake. It goes through my paypal account and then sits in a high interest bank account until I choose what to do with it. There’s never any physical cash. Although, I am expecting my first check from google in the next couple of days. 🙂

Reminding yourself why you are doing what you are doing is a great way to get motivated again. Another way is to just start doing it – even without the inspiration. I have recently been using a task list to keep me on task (since I am doing so much) and it has helped tremendously.  Doing little things and starting to feel productive again actually does a lot to find your groove again.

If you have found yourself facing a challenge or major obstacle, perhaps you can do the same. Challenges are not easy nor fun. They are gruesome, gut-wrenching times. They test what you are made of and often force you to transform who you are. I am certainly not happy about facing this, but  I know that it will push me to greater lengths and I will persevere.

Thus ends my long, personal rant.