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5 Things to Know Before Starting Blogging

5 Things to Know Before Starting Blogging

Many people perceive blogging as a dream job: no boss to push you around, you write about things you like and don’t have to lift anything heavier than a coffee mug. Unless you count the work of raking in heaps of money, of course.

The reality, however, is somewhat different. Let’s take a look at what you should know before you jump the gun and quit your job.

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1. It Is Hard Work

Blogging may not be hard physically, but it is still work. There isn’t a boss to order you about, but you cannot afford to just slack off. You are your own boss, and should be a harsh boss if you want to achieve anything. Ideally you will write about things you are interested in, but once you start writing for money it doesn’t matter if you are not in the mood, or don’t have inspiration, or are tired.. If you want to stay afloat, you have to deliver high-quality copy regularly, no matter what.

2. There Are a Lot of Technical Issues to Take Care of

A blogger, especially when he just starts out, cannot fully concentrate on creative side of his/her work – there are a lot of technical problems to take into account. How are you going to advertise? What is your target audience? What will be your connections with other blogs? What platform are you going to use? The choice of the best web hosting for your particular situation, of WordPress theme you are going to use and so on – before you are be able to start blogging per se, you will have to go through a lengthy period of preparation, especially if you have no experience in this area.

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3. Money Won’t Come Quickly

Especially if it is your first attempt, so don’t be in a hurry to leave your current 9-to-5 job. Blogging may bring you enough money to support yourself and even more than you could’ve made in an office job, you won’t see this money immediately. You will probably not see it in a year or two. Or at all – it depends on your talent as a content creator, the topic you choose, your ability to attract people, the amount of effort and time you are ready to put into it, the amount of faith you have in yourself, your abilities, and your enterprise.

4. It is Time-Consuming

The image of a blogger as a person who spends half an hour every few days to write a new article and does whatever he/she likes the rest of the time is not a purely fictitious one, but probably applies to a very small number of top bloggers who have been around for a very long time. In other words, they don’t depend that much on their weekly output. For all the rest, you won’t even spend as much time writing as you will spend trying to make a name for yourself: commenting on someone else’s blogs, establishing social media presence, and so on.

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5. You Have to Be Passionate about the Subject

The best way to decide if you should start a blog is to ask yourself: will I be willing to go on even if I don’t earn a single cent off this thing? If the answer is no, you shouldn’t probably waste your time. It is extremely hard to get a blog off the ground if you have no motivation other than money. Success may not come soon, it won’t come easy, and if you don’t feel pleasure from the job alone you will very soon learn to hate it just as you hate your current 9-to-5 job.

So, if you are still ready to go on – good luck!

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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