Recently, I read a very interesting post over at Four Pillars about why bloggers blog. This got me thinking about my own motivation. As you may already know, I have been blogging for the past 3 and a half years. This is quite a long time for a blogger (but it’s nothing compared to Canadian Capitalist!).
When I first started, I was convinced that I was going to be able to make money. At that time, most people laughed at me saying that if I was able to make more than $200/month, I would be a king. Well let me tell you, the blogging world has changed a lot since then.
While making money blogging seemed to be more a rumour promoted by John Chow and a few other bloggers, we can now find other wealthy bloggers around the blogosphere. There are several bloggers like me who are making a decent income and even some that are now able to live from it (Get Rich Slowly, Christian PF, Prime Time Money, The Oblivious Investor?).
At first, I was thinking more about improving my English writing skills (this is my second language) and I also thought that people needed and would value more information on personal finance. I was definitely driven by my passions for finance and writing.
While I am still driven by the very same passion about personal finance, explaining to the world what is good and bad in the financial world and also debating my controversial point of views about Primerica, The Smith Manoeuvre or not taking a real estate agent to sell my house, I have discovered other motivations.
I’d say that I have now discovered that it is fun to be interviewed by major media personalities (The Globe & Mail and Canadian Business Magazine). Visibility is definitely something that I have discovered over time and that I truly enjoy the notoriety! I even use my media appearances at work in order to gain credibility 😉
But above all the other motivations I may have, I blog for one big reason; I blog to get closer to financial freedom. My online company seems to be opening the door to a whole new world of financial possibilities. It seems that through blogging, I will not only be able to offer to my wife the ability to stay home but eventually for me to work from home… or from anywhere around the world 😀
Blogging would definitely not be the same without passion. I think that most bloggers quit or sell their blog because it requires a lot of time, energy and most of all; inspiration and creativity. I have never had the feeling that I was lacking topics to write about nor the will to write. I believe that I could write all day long and never tire of it!
Finally, I am glad to have a voice, to have people read my stories, my fears, my successes and learn more about finance everyday. Definitely, knowing that people read me every morning makes me wake up at 5am, open my laptop and let my fingers dance on the keyboard.
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