22 Fantastic Reasons to Blog (That Aren’t About Money)

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“Money is numbers and numbers never end.
If it takes money to be happy,
your search for happiness will never end.”

Bob Marley

 

Would you like to make money from your blog?

 
If you’re like a quarter of the women surveyed in 2015, your answer would be, “Heckity heck yes!” Blogging seems to be the ultimate flexible, lifestyle-friendly, work-from-anywhere-anytime job. And a whopping 11% of the bloggers surveyed earned more than $30,000 per year.

Heyyyyy, hang on just a sec. Say what? Did I just say eleven percent?
Only about one in ten bloggers makes more than $2,500 per month?

Before you toss away your keyboard in despair, let’s talk about reasons and rewards for blogging and what it really means to get blogging success.

Using Money as a Measure

Most new bloggers I know measure their success by their income. It’s simple, and we use money every day in our society (rightly or wrongly) to judge a person’s worth.

While I’d argue that money is never a good measure of worth, it’s a particularly dangerous practice in blogging. In almost no other type of business – with the exception of my own, coaching – are people told they could be earning five figures per month within a few months of starting. “No skills? No experience? No idea of how things work? No problem!” It’s typical that the people who promote these lies are doing so to manipulate the emotions and aspirations of fresh bloggers. They’re taking advantage of people who don’t yet know how to attract followers and interpret blogging analytics. When susceptible new bloggers “fail,” they end up feeling bad about themselves – for absolutely no good reason.

And that’s not right.
 

A Few More Blogging Money Truths

Ponder this:
 

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Of those same female bloggers surveyed in 2015, 68% earned less than $5,000 and 57% less than $2,500 for a year’s work. That’s about $200 – $400 per month.

 

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Although the amount of time varies, it typically takes at least a year to monetize a blog.

 

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Given an average CTR (click-through rate) of 0.1% for most banner ads at $0.50 per click, with 1,000 unique visitors per day (a lot for a newer blogger), you’ll earn a whopping $0.50 for a day’s work. (Pro tip: Stop using banner ads.)

 

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In 2012, only 8% of bloggers earned enough to support a family. And it’s been getting harder as more bloggers keep entering the scene.


 

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I know, right? It’s not easy.

But don’t give up. This isn’t the whole story.

Keep in mind that a variety of factors influence success in blogging and it’s definitely possible to beat the numbers. Hard work, patience, resilience, and having powerful shorter-term goals are just a few things that make a big difference. (Psst – so does having a good blogging coach.)
 

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Ultimately, though, it comes down to this:

Have other reasons to blog than the money.

I bet you do have other reasons, but sometimes forget to value them. Amiright?

So let’s change that.
 

True Blogging Success

When you’re so focused on stats (money, traffic, etc.), it’s easy to forget that actual, real, living and breathing people are receiving the good stuff you’re putting out.

Seems like a big “duh,” but I’d like you to pause and think about this for a moment.
 
Through blogging, you have the power to reach real people and change lives.

Through blogging, you can also change your own life.

If you change just one life, it’s worth it. Likely, though, you’ll change more than one.

True success isn’t measured by money or other stats.

Through blogging, you can change the world.
 
Your true success as a blogger is measured by the lives of those you change by your work. Click To Tweet  

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Success isn't about how much money you make. It's about the difference you make in people's lives. ~Michelle Obama | Courtney Helena, Blogging Coach


 

22 Reasons to Blog That Aren’t About Money

I spoke to bloggers all across the interwebs, including the most awesomely amazing folks in my Facebook group, The Blogger’s Cure. They shared with me their reasons for blogging.

I proudly present to you 22 reasons to blog that aren’t about the money.

Which are your reasons? Click to tweet them out loudly and proudly!
 
I BLOG ... because I love to write. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... to challenge myself. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... to connect with other people. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... to make friends. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... to bring attention to issues. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... to inspire others. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... because it makes me feel better. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... to solve people's problems. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... to learn new things. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... because I can teach others. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... because I can help others. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... because I want to give back. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... to share new ideas. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... because through it, I take action. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... to have a voice and speak up. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... because it's creative. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... because it gives me pride and strength. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... to help people see beauty in the world. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... to help me and others meet goals. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... because it's something that's mine. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... to make the world a better place. Click To Tweet I BLOG ... because I love to blog. Click To Tweet  
And these reasons are more valuable than gold. Keep on blogging!
 
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Let's get real about making money with blogging. As blog monetization is a long-term game, here are 22 non-money reasons to keep on writing. | Courtney Helena, Blogging CoachLet's get real about making money with blogging. As blog monetization is a long-term game, here are 22 non-money reasons to keep on writing. | Courtney Helena, Blogging Coach

 
(By the way, those are chocolate coins. Money and love are good, but chocolate is pretty good, too.)

So why do YOU blog? Did you tweet your reason above? Tell me more in the comments!

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