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    7 June 2006

    Okay, weird headline right! But all will be explained later in this post which I have submitted as part of Problogger’s Blogging Goals Group Writing Project.

    My initial motives for starting a blog were very, if not, too simple. I saw bloggers such as Yaro Starak and Darren Rowse, and thought, why can’t I make money from Blogging too. And that was it, for a few months while I started my blog, and loaded it up with fresh and inspiring content, I thought only about money and how much I was making every day. Whenever I would come back from school I would check my Adsense….$0…$0.15…$0, I was going nowhere.

    I tried to link swap in order to boost my traffic and search engine rankings (which is a must anyway for all blogs who want to be pushed up in search engine results), and submitted some articles to Ezine.com and various Blogging Carnivals. Although my traffic did increase and my Adsense did follow, I was still feeling annoyed that my blog had taken off so slowly.

    Then, a few days ago, things suddenly went pear-shaped, I lost my will to write content. If I was making no money I thought, then why bother continuing to write for a petty audience who didn’t even care about me or know who I was. This was a huge mistake. As I posted in various forums asking what I should do, I noticed that there were quite a few people, who were actually following my blog. They told me to avoid the blogging burnout by writing less and by caring less about how my blog runs. The biggest tip they gave me, was to enjoy the networking and the social factor that I was getting out of Blogtrepreneur.

    This is where my post title comes in. The reason why I created the word Blogtrepreneur, was to serve as a constant reminder to me that I was trying to create money out of my blogging experience. However, more recently, I hav come to translate Blogtrepreneur as something different. By being a blogtrepreneur, you must care for your community, you must respond to comments on your blogging posts, you should do your best to read other blogs and support them through backlinks and linking, and you should broaden your view to the whole of the blogosphere, and not just your goal to make money.

    So, what are my blogging goals for the future? To enjoy working with the people who I share the most things in common with, you fellow Blogtrepreneurs. I will strive to always give something back to the community through my posts, which I hope will help you on your blogging journey. And above all, my goal is to stop basing my entrepreurialism around money, even though in the long run, this will lead to my success. Networking is the key, and one which you must grasp by the handles if you want to succeedwith your goal to be an entrepreneur.

    14 Responses to Why you can’t have a Blog without a Blogtrepreneur!

    1. Rick June 8, 2006 at 4:06 am #

      Nice title and nice move. People will know if you’re just into them for the money. Enjoy what you’re doing, especially when its voluntary. This life is too short to do otherwise.

    2. Adnan June 8, 2006 at 9:35 am #

      Thanks Rick,
      Yes, they will start to realise when you burnout out of ideas to write about. If you’re blogging for experience and for the social benefactor then you’re more likely to experience the networking benefits of blogging.
      Thanks for the comment!

    3. elamb June 8, 2006 at 3:35 pm #

      “blogtrepreneur”..
      out of all the titles I saw on Darren’s site, yours stood out because of that word. I always encourage people to write on what they are passionate about for exactly the reason you mentioned.. burntout.

    4. Adnan June 8, 2006 at 5:07 pm #

      Thanks for the comment elamb,
      Yeah I would say that Blogtrepreneur is a pretty creative name!

    5. James June 8, 2006 at 5:32 pm #

      I would agree. If you are just blogging for money, you will likely burn out before it really makes anything. This is true of many money making ideas. If you do not have a better reason than just to make a few bucks, you will not be successful.

    6. Mithrill June 9, 2006 at 2:08 am #

      I agree with what everyone else has already said. I guess I don’t have anything to say but “I concur.”

      Also, Adnan, I mentioned you and your site in my of my posts recently. I plan on writing more about Blogtrepreneur in the near future, especially if we are still planning on getting together to launch Blogtrepreneur.com.

    7. Aizal June 9, 2006 at 9:57 am #

      You said – ‘By being a blogtrepreneur, you must care for your community, you must respond to comments on your blogging posts, you should do your best to read other blogs and support them through backlinks and linking, and you should broaden your view to the whole of the blogosphere, and not just your goal to make money.’

      I am very agree with you. If someone who wants to blog but motivated highly by getting money from blog, they’ll just end up burnout and will not blogging anymore. Helping other people from blogging is one of the main priority of blogging other than to express your idea or opinion on something you choose and share it with other bloggers. And I wish you goodluck to begin hosting your http://www.blogtrepenuer.com in the future.

    8. Adnan June 9, 2006 at 10:25 am #

      Thanks Aizal and Mithrill for your kind words. I can’t wait for Blogtrepreneur.com to get underway so thanks Matt for promoting it!

    9. adnan June 20, 2006 at 2:16 pm #

      Thanks for your kind words Lyndon,
      Yes, I agree that you need to develop your own blogging style and rhythm. It’s hard to post a few times every day like some of the bigger bloggers out there. However, the key is to be comfortable with what you are doing, and always feel that you are in control over your blog.

      There is no problem with writing long or short posts, however, you must always try and give the best advice to your loyal following, and you must try to stick to your niche and not wonder!

      Good luck with your blog, I’ve read it and you seem to be a talented blogger!

    10. adnan June 20, 2006 at 2:50 pm #

      No problem Lyndon,
      4-6 hours is quite a lot of time! But I suppose that in order to write a quality post, you need to put your mind into it.
      With me, I just write whatever pops into my head. This seems to fit in with my entrepreneurial niche!

    11. Lyndon June 20, 2006 at 1:32 pm #

      Interesting post, what I like about posts like this that it reeks of authenticity. Self critical and postive at the same time. I find blogs need constant attention to what is not working and what is. if it’s not working chuck it, if it is keep it.

      I find there is no one Blogging system that is a road to riches, but you can sift through elements of other peoples blogs and apply them to your own blogging experience, developing your own blogging system as you go. It’s essential that you work with what’s comfortable. I could never have a goal of publishing every day, it just doesn’t work for me. What works is to only ever publish top quality stuff and to always be working on one post – mine tend to be on the longer side so usually take a couple of days to write.

      Anway, good luck on your goals and I will be looking forward to further posts of the same quality.

    12. Lyndon June 20, 2006 at 2:45 pm #

      Well thank you right back at you. I’m in the process of writing a post about giving up Coke which is kinda fun and serious at the same time. I’m finding a decent post takes about 4-6 hours to write but not all in the same go. I find I need to let things ferment a little.

      Some people are naturally talented, I am not, I have to work hard to get anything of quality. but thanks for the compliment anyway.

    13. Aditya September 14, 2006 at 5:37 am #

      Hello adnan

      Well urs and mine condition was same for quite some time but now everything has changed. Well initial adsense income from my blog helped me to invest in some websites. And now as i could earn from those websites, i am planning to remove adsense from my blog but i am in a dilemma of what should i do. Perhaps a poll … lol

      regards
      aditya

    14. adnan September 17, 2006 at 3:59 pm #

      Hi Aditya, sorry didn’t reply to your comments quickly – they got caught in my Akismet spam filter for some reason!

      Anyway how much do you make from Adsense? At the moment my Adsense makes me a consistent but small amount, but Im just really waiting for some real money from Text Link Ads. Have you tried them out? If you havn’t signed up yet, please use my referral link, I get $25 as well then! I think you have quite a lot of ads on your site, maybe try blending them in a bit more. Polls are also good but they can’t make you money lol.

      Thanks for your comment Aditya!

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