I published my first post on AspiringBlogger.com on September 4th, 2012. In that time I’ve posted 46 articles – 43 written by me, 2 normal guest posts, and 1 written by Mrs Aspiring Blogger. As someone who majored in finance in large part so I wouldn’t have to write essays anymore, this is a pretty significant achievement for me. To say that I haven’t had the kind of traction I had hoped for would be an understatement. I have tried and failed with blogging and other online arenas before, but I knew this time would be different.
- I have a story to tell
- I’m going to be wildly transparent
- This is interesting stuff
These are the things I told myself when I started Aspiring Blogger and during the last 5 months when I spent hours each week working on my next post. I convinced myself that all the hours and effort I spent would pay off in the long run. That once people found my blog they would keep coming back to see my amazing content. That all these visitors would reach out to me and ask for my advice. That they would support the site and I would earn a little money for my troubles .
The Truth Sucks
But…none of this is happening(Well, to be honest, I have earned approximately $.15 from Google AdSense – woohoo!). Most people don’t seem to care about the things I’m writing about and not many people are coming back for a second helping. A lot of signs are pointing towards just throwing in the towel and quitting this whole thing…
But that would be the easy thing to do, and I’m not taking the easy way out. I have so much to say (and I think at least some of it is really interesting) and damn it, I’m going to say it! I’m going to try and refocus the blog a bit to ensure that it’s making the points I want to make and fitting in with my aspirations. I think there will be some soul-searching coming up, but nothing too drastic! I hope you’ll stick around for the ride – and hey, maybe you’ll invite a friend to join us on the journey (that would definitely help out).
I’ve been doing of reading around the web, but a crappy job of commenting – so I need to step that up. I think about a lot of things I want to write about, but never put them into action – so I need to step that up. I wait until the last minute to write a lot of my posts, so I end up hammering out crappy content – I DEFINITELY need to step this up!
I hope that if you are reading this you won’t immediately write me off and never return. I am doing my best, but I have been working hard instead of smart. I will try to do a better job and increase the quality and interest level of what you read over the next few months, so I hope you will stick around! Thanks to my loyal readers, I look forward to laughing about this post at some point in the distant future!