Hundreds of thousands of people all over the world blog for a full-time income. Some are making millions, others are just replacing a pay check.
As I said in this post about “mommy” bloggers, Mommy Bloggers Make Money: Could You? | Angela Booth’s Fab Freelance Writing Blog, it’s simple to get started:
“Choose a topic which will be fun for you
Choose a topic you love. I love writing, so I blog about writing. I wish I were fascinated by another topic — one which made more money — but there you go.
In addition to being fun for you, your chosen topic must be a money-maker. If you’re a mommy blogger, all mom and baby topics make money, so you’re all set. Parenting topics wouldn’t work for me. I parented my children decades ago, and I’ve zero inclination to revisit those experiences.”
These bloggers certainly aren’t smarter than you are. It’s unlikely they’re better writers. So how come they’re making money blogging, and you’re not?
After all, creating a blog takes a minute or two. I won’t kid you, never-ending blogging to build up the content on your blog can be a chore. However, it’s also the easiest writing you’ll ever do.
What’s not to like? You spend 20 minutes a day, writing a blog post, and within a few short months, you can replace your full-time income.
Here’s what that “something” is… belief.
If you don’t believe you can, you can’t
One of my oldest friends — we’ve been friends since we had a hair-pulling fight in the schoolyard at age 7 — is a wonderful writer. However, she’s been “writing a book” for the past 15 years.
She’s a far better writer than I am. So what’s stopping her having a hugely successful career? In a word: belief. She lacks belief in herself as an author.
I can’t give her that belief. I’ve tried. No one can make you do anything you don’t want to do. And you can’t do anything you won’t believe you can do.
So, how do you BELIEVE that you can become a full-time blogger?
Fake it until you make it
Our beliefs aren’t visible. They drive our actions. Many of our deepest beliefs about how life works developed in early childhood. You don’t know what planted the belief that you can’t do whatever it is you want to do, and you can’t change it.
You can however change your actions. You can do that today, no therapist needed.
You’ve heard the expression: “fake it until you make it.”
Silly as the idea may be, it works.
You can sneak up on blogging for a full-time income. You can develop the belief that you can do it, if you fake it until you make it.
Although I decided that I’d be a writer around the same time that I realized that people WROTE the books I loved to read, I couldn’t write my first book until I decided that I’d fake it until I made it. I decided that since writers wrote, I’d write a book. I’d pretend I knew how to do that.
All it took was a little pretense, and writing every day. I blocked every fear and doubt — I faked it.
So, if you want to become a full-time blogger, why not pretend?
Fake it until you make it. Write a blog post every day. Pretend that you’re already a successful, full-time blogger. How would you act if that were the case? Act like that TODAY.
Sooner or later, your beliefs will catch up with your actions, and no more faking will be necessary.