What a lot of people have been asking me is what and when (and how) I ever got to the so-called tipping point where I knew that I could make the jump – the secret is that I never really had that tipping point at all. In fact, I’ve never really experienced what that’s like in really any of the ventures, businesses, or blogs that I’ve ever had.
According to Malcom Gladwell in his book The Tipping Point:
A tipping point is “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point.”
In the context of my work and efforts as a blogger, especially in regard to moving beyond a “seasoned” blogger to a “professional” this would be at a point, most likely financially, that one would realize that they could, in fact, pay their bills and not go hungry.
But my decision to become a problogger wasn’t as much of understanding or realizing that I had somehow bumped up against a tipping point but rather deciding that I was going to create it.
In other words, I was going to make that tipping point happen, or at least give it a serious try.
And for many bloggers that is honestly what it’s going to take. There is no magic formula, no secret sauce, no pre-determined path to becoming a blogger who makes some great income through their online platforms and blog(s) – it simply requires the courage to say “Heck, I’m going to give this a go and see what happens.”
And then you go do it.
I created a tipping point for myself rather than wait for it to happen. What this allowed me to do was to focus extremely well on the few things that I committed to and the quality of my work and my efforts increased. In fact, they increased significantly and I’m learning do repeat this process over and over again, fine-tuning my efforts based on the last time that I had tried so that I can do it even better in the next.
Your tipping point for blogging may never come until you take that small (or large) jump and see what happens. Thankfully the risk doesn’t have to be extreme – it could be very conservative and very limited.
But it won’t happen and you won’t know until you try.
[This is part of the Escaping the 9-5: My Road to ProBlogging series.]