The more time I spend coaching others on how to be more effective with their blogging efforts the more I realize that many of us will never be a “Professional Blogger.”
This, of course, is a good and healthy thing and there’s no eternal trophy awaiting anyone with that aforementioned title!
But, what’s tragic is that there are many good people with great intentions who will never be a Full Time Blogger and yet they have somehow convinced themselves that they have got what it takes. There have been a few times where I’ve had to politely suggest that it doesn’t appear to be “in the cards.”
Thankfully, these have been very rewarding conversations and I’ve been lucky to work with some very introspective and honest people who, after some of this coaching, had come to the conclusion nearly by themselves.
It’s ok that not everyone will be professional bloggers; it’s not as “cool” as most people think. I think more people need to challenge themselves and ask the hard questions about whether or not their skills, talents, and interests are aligned with that of a “professional blogger,” and if not, be satisfied with reality and then go on and do amazing things in other sectors, businesses, and jobs.
I chased unicorns for a long time trying to be a corporate big-shot. It happened and it sucked. I also chased unicorns trying to be a few other “things” in other vocations and it didn’t work out so well. I’m glad I’m not doing it much anymore.