Hey everyone, as always, thank you for showing so much support for my “Why Most Bloggers Fail” series. It really is inspiring to read the comments and emails I’ve been getting in response to this. Also, I know today’s post is late. Usually this series publishes on Friday, but I was out of town for our great country’s independence day! I’ll tell you all about it below. Before we get into that, I’ve got an award to give!
This Week’s Personal Finance MVP!
In the last “Why Most Bloggers Fail” edition, I introduced a new award called the CNA Finance Personal Finance MVP award! Today’s award is an incredibly special one to me because it’s the first every “reader’s choice” award, as I personally picked the winner of the last one. So, I bet you’re wondering “Who won?”. Well, a ton of votes came in and the winner is….drum roll please….Laurie from The frugal Farmer! Laurie is one of my idols in the world of blogging; so, she obviously runs an awesome blog. To learn more about Laurie and The Frugal Farmer, visit the “CNA Finance Hall of Fame“! CONGRATS LAURIE, YOU ROCK! Now, onto today’s lesson…
Do You Have The Determination It Takes To Succeed?
When I first started blogging, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Like I’ve said in the past, what I thought I was signing up for was writing a couple of posts a week and making a killing with very little effort. If you’re a blogger, you know that I had this completely wrong. To be honest, running a great blog takes a ton of work! To put it simply, that’s something I wasn’t originally prepared for. However, I’m lucky enough to be determined; which is one of the key reasons I believe I’m a successful blogger.
As a blogger, you have to be willing to step outside of your comfort zone, to work when you don’t want to work, to work where you don’t want to work, and to do whatever it takes to make your audience want to come back. Here are a few things I’ve done to make my blog successful that have caused my friends to call me the “crazy working machine”…
- I Love My Blog, And It Loves Me Back - No matter what day of the week it is, whether it’s a holiday or not, or what time of day it is, I show love to my blog and my readers. As a matter of fact, I can’t remember a Christmas, Thanksgiving, Birthday, or any other holiday that I haven’t at least tried to respond to comments on before Ana tells me it’s time to put my laptop down.
- Camp Working - As I mentioned above, Nick (my business partner), Ana, and I all went on a camping trip for July 4th. We had a blast! We did rock climbing, swimming, hiking, and more. Another thing I did while I was out in the woods is write. As a matter of fact, as I write this, I’m sitting on a big rock right next to the campfire. Soon, I’ll be enjoying a roasted marshmallow!
- Relationship Building - Although this may not seem like something that takes determination from the outside, it really is. To be honest, I’ve got a close personal relationship with 11 bloggers, and an acquaintance type of relationship with probably more than 50. Building and maintaining those relationships takes time, but is well worth it in the long run. Aside from the fact that these connections help make my blog more successful, who doesn’t like making friends? I’d say the time I’ve spent getting to know my fellow blogger has been time well spent.
Well, that’s about it for today’s lesson, I’m going to keep this one short and sweet so I can go back to camping!
This Week’s Personal Finance MVP Nominees!
Debt Debs – First off, I want to apologize to Debt Debs. I’m actually a pretty new follower of her blog; reading religiously for about 2 or 3 months now. She’s done great work over there which is what made me think she’d been around for quite some time. So, I put her up against DC and Laurie last week with the mindset that everyone had an equal opportunity to win. Well, I was wrong. She’s actually a pretty new blogger. Although her readership isn’t huge yet, I’m sure it will be son. Another thing I’m absolutely positive about is the fact that she deserves a fair chance to become part of the CNA Finance Hall of Fame! So, if you’re a Debt Debs fan, make sure to vote for her!
Shoeaholic No More – This is another blog that I’ve started following recently. I really like the personal approach my new ex-shoeaholic friend takes in her posts. Shoeaholic No More is a fun, quirky blog that definitely deserves recognition.
Practical Cents – I really enjoy the Practical Cents blog Raquel has put together. She’s another blogger that brings ton of fun to the world of personal finance! Good luck Raquel!
To place your vote, leave a comment below or send an email to CNAFinanceHelp@gmail.com letting me know who you think should be the MVP!
What are some things you do that can be seen as a display of your determination to succeed?