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Most people are drawn to blogging because they have an urge to do something that they are passionate about. They lack the passion in their everyday lives and in their jobs and they feel driven to contribute something worthwhile to society.
As a millennial, I’ve always had two conflicting ideas drilled into my head: You can become anything you want! & Go to college and get 3 degrees or else you won’t get a job (i.e. won’t be able to make money).
So those two ideas are conflicting because doing or becoming anything I want means not thinking about money, and go to college and get many degrees means that I should be worried about being financially secure.
And to be honest…millenials are split between these two ideas: 50% of us are super motivated, ambitious, really educated, and wanting to climb the corporate ladder, and the other 50% of millennials are like, cares to the wind, still live at home with parents, and work part time jobs to take a year off from their non-existent careers to travel the world.
I honestly don’t agree with either of those ideas and think that both of them are pretty dangerous mantras to live by…
A corporate job to me is not the safest way to financial security especially since I grew up in one of the biggest depressions to hit the US since the Great Depression. You can literally become laid off at any time or become disabled–anything can happen. That’s a scary time to not be in control of your destiny. That’s why I always suggest having multiple sources of income. You never want to be reliant on just one source of income.
Obviously, the second idea, just living a passionate life without having skills to make money is not really realistic because you have to worry about money to live in the real world. Those kids (because that idea is just childish) who think you can just travel the world or do whatever you want without having to worry about making money are seriously a drag on the economy and parents everywhere. Harsh? Yes, but as a person who has always had multiple jobs I just don’t get how some people think it’s okay not to work.
That’s not to say I don’t think you should live a passionate life…
From the wise words of Kayne West, money isn’t everything but having it is. I know that wanting to make a lot of money is like an evil idea in our culture, but the root of many issues for families in this economy is the lack of money. My main goal is to live the life that I CHOOSE, not the one that a corporation chooses for me. I want to one day have a family that I can spend time with whenever I want or be there whenever they need me. That’s my dream and that dream can only happen with a lot of mula.
So when starting a blog should I follow my passion or the money?
The answer is your blog really should be a little bit of both.
It definitely has to be something you’re passionate about because if its not you’re not going to want to write about it.
Unless you’re already super passionate about your job or career and you’re really just blogging for the sake of blogging, you should do research to see if your blog topic can make money.
How can you find out if a topic will make money or not?
There a few ways to find out if your blog is profitable:
- Research other blogs in your niche–do they keep income reports or report making money from their blogs? Do they have high traffic (low alexa score, large social media following, being featured on major publications are indicative of this)
- Do these bloggers in your niche sell things? (they’re showing you there is an audience of people in your niche willing to buy)
- Do the bloggers in your niche review a lot of stuff? (they’re probably getting paid to sponsor products. This is popular in the lifestyle blogging niche)
- Are there a bunch of people already blogging about what you want to blog about?
If you’re a human being you probably have several different passions. Try to pick one that will make you money. You’ll enjoy what you do and you’ll have the potential to make a living off of it. Who wouldn’t want that?
The Run-Down of this article:
- Make a list of things you’re passionate about
- Do research on the passionate things to make sure you can blog about it AND make money.
- Start a blog about a passionate thing that you know other bloggers are making money from.
I hope this helps you decide what you want to write about. And also, you can totally change your topic if the initial one isn’t working out. I started out blogging about how to freelance and make money online and now I’ve niched down to how to make money online with a blog utilizing social media. I thought I would never be able to niche my topic down, but I did once I started talking to people and realizing what people need and want. So don’t be afraid of a change if you feel like you’re going in the right direction.
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