Proud Blogger: You Should Embrace What You Do

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When I was working as an Architect and the “job subject” was popping up in dinners, people always had something to say about their own experience with their apartment/house/architect. I quickly figured that this job was socially overrated because if you ask in details what an architect is working on, you’ll understand that most of them are working only on very tiny parts of their so-fascinating projects.

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Since I changed of career path and started making a living online, the reactions in diners totally changed. It generally starts with a long stare or an interrogative look meaning “is that really a job?”. Then comes the question: “how much do you make?” which is generally directly followed by “you have to teach me that!” when I say how much money I make each month. As the conversation goes on, people generally ask if they can take a look at some of my websites.

Think about it for a second, if someone asks you to see some of your websites, how does it make you feel? Are you super excited and try to find the closest computer to show them your site? Or are you browsing the “excuses” folder in your head to find good reason to not show them your sites?

Of course I’m not going to show off my squeeze pages for dieting products… But I will most likely be excited to have them take a look at Dukeo. I am putting a lot of efforts into building up the content for Dukeo and trying to make it good looking and interesting for people.

The idea here is to say that if you can develop a content website that you are proud to show to people you meet in your everyday life, you are most likely to make it successful online. Showing off this website of yours means that you have taken pride in what you have built and this will be visible in the website itself.

Generally speaking, it’s quite easy to spot the people who are building sites just for the sake of making money out if it. They will quickly put some half-baked content together and try to monetize it in any possible way. People who build blogs only for money without any passion will most likely fail miserably as they will not meet instant success.

An important thing to remember is that the content you are writing for your blog today could be useful for some people tomorrow. Building a website as a business is all about thinking long-term. Try to remind yourself that the content you are writing or the website you are building are going to be a resource available worldwide for years to come. Each and every blog post, article, graph, diagram, infographics, video, picture, guide will become a permanent resource that might be helpful for someone in the future.

To be honest, no matter how hard to work in developing your website and how useful your content may be, website visitors will almost never show any gratitude for the content you’ve produced. However, if you keep working hard, I’m pretty sure someday you will receive a simple “thank you” email that will show you that your work was appreciated.

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15 Comments

  1. Mike

    I really like the part about having that awkward dinner conversation… the dreaded “So, what do you do?” question. But really, who cares what people think? As long as you’re doing something you love? And as this article says, if you love it, and if you work hard, you’re bound to be successful.

    1. John

      I think everyone hates that question. It’s like the social equivalent of dogs sniffing each others rear ends… Why do you have to let yourself be categorized in someone’s mind withing 5 mins of meeting them, just by telling them your occupation? That doesn’t define who you are.

    2. Michelle

      And that, gentlemen, is why I will not attend dinner parties anymore. Because who cares!??

  2. Dana

    That part is just too funny! It’s so true that if you tell someone you’re a writer, they just kind of write you off, or nod like they know what that’s like, it’s ridiculous!

  3. Chris

    I like this post a lot. It used to be that whenever I was asked about my site I would get really self-conscious and go through that “excuses” folder, but nowadays I jump at the chance to show people what I’ve done. It’s a real feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Buysellwordpress

    I think that that’s great that you can proudly show everyone this website. It means that you are on the right way, and you are doing everything very well.

  5. Sarah

    I think about that a lot, about how everything you put online is permanent, and someday someone might find it and it could change their life!

    1. Anon

      Makes you think, doesn’t it? Makes you wonder if the things you are putting online are worth being permanent and findable by anyone.

  6. Michelle

    That’s crazy that you used to be an architect… I think a lot of us out there have quit the “rat race” and traded our cubicle cages for the freedom of working from home. It’s difficult though, and you have to stick with it in order to succeed. And you’re right, it is essential to have pride in what you are doing otherwise your work will never really shine.

    1. Liz

      The rat race is the absolute worst. And people these days are getting out of college and just jumping straight into it, because they have to pay off their college debt. I think the fast you get out if that, the better off you will be.

  7. Gorman

    You’ve hit it on the nose here, you can absolutely tell the money-grubbers from those of us that are passionate about writing or running and online business. It’s not even just pride, it’s passion, it’s joy, it’s the fact that you are doing this for yourself and because you love it.

    1. Gorman

      Also very true about the delayed gratification. It takes a loooong time for anyone to actually take the time to tell you that they appreciate your work, but when they do it makes it allll worth it.

  8. Anon

    I like the lion picture. Makes me feel… proud. :)

  9. John

    It’s definitely true that quality content is the only way that you will truly win people over, and that you will truly be successful. You can definitely tell when someone is in it for the money, I’m very glad you posted this, I just hope a lot of people read it.

  10. Charlie

    I living in developing country in southeast Asia. Internet access penetration is still low here, and people hard to understand how came you can make money by sitting in front of computer and no need to walk out from your home.

    I also hard to explaining what my job and what I am doing, even my parents they only know I work with some Internet Provider and can pay my monthly cost of living.

    Now many closed friend start following my activity and read my blog regularly, and I proud for it.

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