Blogging: The Creative mindset and The Money mindset
Before we begin, i would like to ask the age old question. why do people create blogs?. Without answering this question for the time being i would like examine the extent to which people go to create 'the perfect blog network'. We search for blog reviews all over the net and even go as far as asking people for their opinions on the best blog sites to join. Some of us go ahead to create our own website using our own domain name thereby paying either a monthly or yearly fee.
Now for the question. Lets imagine this is a perfect world scenario and in this perfect world, there are basically two types of mindsets: the creative mindset and the money mindset. These two mindsets tend to differentiate the successful people from those who are not successful in the long run. To be truthful, i cannot really point out the category i fall under but if i am to guess i would say it is more of the money mindset.
I would now like to take the time to examine the two mindsets and explain them a bit
For those who have jobs, you strive to earn that extra amount to do some of those things that you feel are mandatory(like paying for bills, buying gas etc) and for those that are either retired or other that were not even earning in the first place, your goal is get that fair but steady income. But it really doesn't matter what category you fall under, the main point is that you simply just start your blog to earn as much as you can without any real long term goal in mind. As long as there is proof out there that it is possible to generate steady income from blogging; you are good.
THE NATURE OF THE MONEY MIND
- Rank dependent
Though you might not have thought the blogging adventure through, you still find it necessary to search for reviews of blog sites on the net. But unlike the more creative mind, you duel more on the rewards these blog sites seem to give out instead of actually going through the reviews given by those who have actually used this site
2. Google Ads Craze
Through all your researches and enquirers, you probably get to find about the Google Ads and how people generate income from it. The truth is that such people actually work hard on their blog sites and write quality blogs but all that matters to you is that THEY EARN from it. So for you the idea to simply register your blog site in the Google Ads network without a full understanding of how it really works.
3. Low Quality Blogs but lots of E bay and Amazon Products on sale
The idea of commissions from the sale of E bay and Amazon products is just irresistible. So you are off writing on 'the best bags around' or 'the best soccer teams' without any knowledge of these topics whatsoever. Your goal is simply to advertise cheap jerseys, hand bags and soccer boots on sale with the idea that someone browsing through your blog would out of the blues be interested in what you are advertising and buy it.
4. Asking the wrong questions and being a Selective listener
Going through your hub network, you get to encounter successful people that have been in the blogging business for a long time and you use this opportunity to ask them questions you feel are necessary. But the first problem here is that you would probably end up asking the wrong questions . For example you might ask the blogger how many ads he puts on his blog to earn more instead of asking him the characteristics of a good blog and what every good blogger should have at the back of his/her mind. The second problem is that even if you end up asking the right question, you could wind being selective about the points you take in from the answers given. For example points like quality hubs, originality and dedication would elude you but others like earn, earn more and ads would be all you would take in
This is where the mind before money and creativity before capital ideologies come in. Your initially mindset here is to go out there and do the best of what you are doing without the idea of earning in mind. Even if you don't have the talent to write you strive to learn this skill and perfect it. Imagination, Optimism and Proactivity are virtues and you display them whenever the opportunity presents itself. You also find it necessary to relay your thoughts and beliefs to others and get their opinions in return. Though money making is not initial goal, it ends up coming to you anyways in the long run
THE NATURE OF THE CREATIVE MIND
1 Know a topic well before writing about it
No knowledge whatsoever is a waste so the desire to widen your knowledge horizon should never elude you. You would always strive to be original when writing on any topic and give as much detail as you can. Writing a length blog is not the goal but a medium one that shows you really know what you are talking about.
2. Readers First
The goal is get more people to be interested in what talking about not having few people and shoving the ads on your on blog in their faces. People would forever love and appreciate quality but if this is lacking in your blog, readership would not be guaranteed. From what i have observed, most people that look for blogs to read never appreciate hubs that simply tend to display ads and products without relaying any form of information whatsoever. One idea to implement here would be disable ads in those blogs that don't need ads in the first place.
3. Always begin with your goal in mind
When you leave the blog community , what would you have achieved? More importantly what do you gain everyday from skimming through forums, asking and answering questions, and reading the blogs that other people wrote? These achievements and pieces of information acquired would form your goals as go through the experience of blogging. Most people learn new things everyday and it is important that you fall under such category. Dont wind up wasting your time each day at your blog site without gaining anything. Strive for knowledge and acquire it when possible
4. What ever you write on, give it your best
As already pointed out most people appreciate quality when ever they come across it so it is always good for you to put best into any thing you are doing. But the truth about this is that what you think is your best might not be good enough so lets elaborate more on this topic. Most people i know that write blogs tend to put their hearts into it and pour out their feelings onto their pages. It is impossible for people to be perfect but your goal should always be to strive for perfection. Though it would never be attained, it would encourage you to take your time to develop your blog properly and make it highly regarded by readers
Even though you might think otherwise, my goal here was not for you to think one mindset is better than the other but for you to know the category you fall under. But always remember this " Income never yields Creativity but Creativity can yield income "