How to Grow Your Blog: The Grandiose Dream

How to Grow Your Blog: The Grandiose Dream

DannyHow to Grow Your Blog: The Grandiose Dream

So often bloggers email me with these grandiose dreams of growing a blog to have millions of followers and hundreds of comments each day.  That all changes when we get into the discussion about the volume of work I committed to in the early years.  When I explain to them that in the early years of blogging I would read 500 blogs each day (250 in the morning and 250 at night), the reality hits them and quickly their enthusiasm wanes.

Why is it that people are rarely interested in putting in the work?  Wanting the end-result is easy.  Wanting to be a CEO is easy.  Wanting to fly on private planes is easy.  Wanting to travel the world is easy.  Wanting to retire at 40 is easy.  But the hard work and years of dedication required are not easy.

It is also easy to look at the end result and say “Man, is that lady lucky.  Must be nice spending all day at the spa and living in that nice house while driving around town in that Ferrari.”  What people don’t see are the sacrifices people make in order to get what they want.  Mark Cuban lived in a 2 bedroom apartment with 6 other guys for many years eating ketchup and mustard sandwiches; for years mind you.

There are no shortcuts.  Life owes you nothing.  There are no guarantees that hard work will pay off, but I know what being lazy produces so I’ll take my chances with working hard.


18 thoughts on “How to Grow Your Blog: The Grandiose Dream

  1. Quite right! The times people tell me – ‘you’re so lucky to be a published author. You’re so lucky people are interested in your work.’ I can tell you – luck had little to do with it. It’s bloody hard work, every day. And I’m not even what you would call a successful writer, not yet. That will require more hard work. And that is exactly what I shall do.

    1. Nail on the head. It pains me to hear people use “luck” when referring to anyone who has achieved something great. Getting published is so so so difficult. It takes dedication and resolve. Maybe a touch a luck, but a whole lot of painful work.

  2. Hard work involves a lot of sacrifices and often, the blood, sweat and all the effort put in are all not seen. No, it’s not easy. And I admire your dedication Danny for doing what you do! A force to reckon with. 😊

  3. I’m happy with whoever stops by and waves “hi” at me. The rest will take care of itself in due time or it won’t. I’m OK with that.

  4. Great encouragement! I get so irritated when I see people who say stuff like, “do x and you’ll get thousands of followers—it’s easy.” No, it’s not easy, there’s hours of work involved! Growth and development demands investment and effort.

  5. Hi there,
    Wow! such an inspiring post. Thank you Danny. Gives me hope that some day my hard work will pay off. I’ll keep on reading, keep on blogging…and do feel free to pop in by my blog…a like or two or a follow would not be half bad:-)

  6. Reblogged this on juantetcts and commented:
    REBLOG: I’m definitely one of those hopefuls that would love the opportunity to be a paid, full time blogger. Luckily I’m not afraid of the hard work Danny warns about! I expect hard work for every goal I set out to accomplish, the challenge is always creating more time in an already complicated schedule. I believe if we want something bad enough and focus on it, the universe will make it happen. With hard work, of course!

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