Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why it is that you blog? If you follow my blog, you are well aware of the challenges that I faced with advertisers. Between that and other events in the blogosphere, I was forced to ask myself whether I would keep blogging if the sources of income were to evaporate. In other words, I asked myself why I was blogging.
Why Do you Blog?
When people ask me why I blog, there are usually several reasons why I do it. It’s easy to lose track of these reasons when you are making some money from your blog, but it never goes away. I started blogging in an effort to help others learn more about their personal finances. I wanted to provide a great resource for young adults to find helpful information about their finances. Most people in their 20’s don’t know anything other than basic budgeting skills. They have little information about investing, or retirement plans, or employment opportunities and skills, etc. This is the primary reason that I blog. To be helpful.
Yet, another reason that I have sustained my interest in blogging is because I enjoy it. I love building a blog up from nothing. I enjoy watching it grow and most importantly, I am thrilled to be able to put my thoughts on to paper (or the screen).
Lastly, I have started to look at blogging as a business. As I have talked about before, I have purchased a couple of blogs in order to increase my potential income. Blogging can be a great source of income – but it definitely takes time. I have begin to realize that you can’t make sustainable income from a blog over night.
Money isn’t Everything
As with anything, money isn’t everything. While it is nice to make a nice side income while doing something that I enjoy, I have been reminded that money isn’t everything. It may serve as a great motivator, but it shouldn’t limit you. This is part of the reason that I live a frugal lifestyle and am committed to building passive income – because I have this lofty dream of living simply and not being tied down to a 9-to-5 job.
There is something meaningful about living your life following your dreams instead of a paycheck. While you can do many things with money, there is more to life than it. It is a means to an end. Thus, while I may focus on how to make more money with a blog or how to retire early – it is always about the freedom that this offers me (us).
Are your dreams defined by money or your passion?