1 Dangerous Truth Hiding Behind Every Blogging Success Story

December 29, 2017

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I follow a “blogging” Google Alert daily.

One email alert finds its way into my Gmail inbox.

90% of the time – or more – any blogging story reported through major media news outlets focuses on hefty income claims or huge social media following numbers.

Former stay at home mom makes 6 figures.

Former cop makes $1,000,000 a year.

Instagram model nets 3,000,000 followers.

I admire these folks. More power to them.

But I also know the danger in reporting these types of news stories with a heavy emphasis on astounding results.

Major media outlets use hype and yes, real results, to shock folks into paying attention.

Unfortunately, the folks who want to become bloggers based on these titles are the very folks who get into blogging for the exact wrong reasons. Paper chasers. People who want huge social media followings so they can feel loved. Such human beings try to get into blogging based heavily on the outcomes they dream of manifesting.

Of course, a major media site like The Daily Mail has no interest in this article title:

Former Security Guard Turns into Island Hopping Pro Blogger After 4 Years of Working Intelligently and Persistently through Thick and Thin Online.

That ain’t too sexy, and it certainly turns off 9 out of 10 human beings who are kinda lazy and have little interest in learning skills and practicing skills and working intelligently, every day, for years.

I am all for selling a big, hairy dream. 

I retired to a life of island hopping through smart blogging, for goodness sake.

But in the same regard, sharing income claims specifically through major media outlets and focusing little on the amount of intelligent, largely detached, generous work involved for years is the main reason we are flooded with so many greedy, desperate or outright delusional bloggers.

The Dangerous Aspect of Major Media Blogging

Reading about the millionaire blogger may inspire you to begin blogging but sets a dangerous precedent; if you are like most bloggers, you expect to make millions or want to make millions without realizing the amount of daily work you need to do, for years, or likely, for over a decade, backed with the right energy, for years, to earn even a full-time income.

Blogging is not an incredibly difficult skill to develop. This is not rocket science or brain surgery. But in the same regard, even though blogging gets easier over time if you do freeing, fun and highly uncomfortable things, making 6 figures takes years or learning, studying, practicing, creating and connecting.

The danger is in the delusion; masses of lost, ignorant bloggers see story after story of bloggers who are reported to get rich quick, and seemingly believe that the 5 bloggers that they read about the prior week – none of whom got rich quick – are really 555 bloggers, when in reality, a tiny percentage of bloggers gain immense wealth, and all of them do it slowly.

Am I Crapping on Your Dreams?

No way.

I am an island hopping pro blogger.

I sell a dream.

Dream big.

Dream world-changing dreams.

Just understand that if you crave those Daily Mail type headlines, you will devote virtually every day of the next 3-5 years of your life to learning blogging, practicing blogging, creating and connecting and injecting loving, fun energy into what you do, diving into your deepest fears and leaving your comfort zone habitually to do fun and sometimes scary things, to live your dreams through blogging.

You down for that?

This gig is so much fun.

This gig is so freeing, and rewarding.

But in the same regard, the amount of time and energy that one needs to put into becoming a professional blogger who earns 6 figures to millions of dollars is typically equal to the time and energy one must put into becoming a doctor.

Attending medical school, doing your residency, and running your own practice takes years of learning, patient study, and work.

Becoming a full-time income earning blogger by learning, studying and patiently practicing your blogging skills takes years too. Not 1 or 2 years. We are talking 3 years, 5 years or even 10 years if you’re thinking of earning a pretty penny through blogging.

7 and 8 Figure Earners on Stage

I recall seeing 4 top earning bloggers on stage at a marketing conference.

Each blogger noted how they spent months publishing content regularly before seeing much money at all through their blogs.

The millions of dollars? Those did not flow in for a long time.

If you see a guy who sometimes nets $30,000 a day through their blog they usually spent 7 to 10 years of their lives or more building their skills and scaling their blog to such a point where such large amounts of money flowed to them.

6 figure earners and multi-millionaire bloggers give their lives to blogging over many years, and sometimes, over a decade.

Does that million dollar payday still sound sugary sweet?

Just checking up on you.

The End Game

Set huge goals if you’d like to do so.

But be ready to devote years of your life – or well over a decade –  to mastering the skill of blogging.

If you give much of your life to blogging you can see astounding results with your blog and live your dream life.

Just be ready to pay up…..to play up.

This is a fun, freeing and fulfilling lifestyle. Blogging rocks.

I am horribly biased of course but many folks like Matthew and other established pro bloggers will readily nod in agreement.

The benefits of being a full-time, professional blogger far outweigh the work you need to put into the gig to do it properly, on a full-time basis.

But you need to understand that the astronomical, jaw-dropping numbers bandied about via major media involve largely giving your life to blogging over many years, if not a decade.

Your Turn

What drew you to blogging?

Did you become enticed by the financial promise of becoming a prospering blogger?

Or are you blogging mainly because you feel passionate about your niche?

Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.


Author Bio:
Ryan Biddulph owns the website Blogging From Paradise. He’s a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Cours



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  1. Kaushik says:    •   2 years

    Just outstanding post, thanks for sharing,

  2. Lily says:    •   11 months

    As I read through this post I kinda suspected it was you Ryan.

    Great post as always.

  3. Jason says:    •   8 months

    I feel like this level of transparency isn’t seen enough in this field. This is something I can really respect.

    I just recently started working on a blog of my own, I will admit I had ready some of those success stories before deciding to. BUT I have always been aware that those are rare stories that dont happen to many people. I’ve wanted a space to call my own for a long time, so I decided to go ahead anyways and start working on a blog.

    I guess you could say I’ve started blogging for both the idea of one day maybe being able to live a life like the stories I’ve read about, but at the same time I am a writer, and blogging let’s me open up my creativity to the world for better or for worse. I want to always do better for myself and my wife. I may never see even a penny from blogging, but ultimately this is for me.

    A place to just be who I am.