Written on February 4th, 2005 at 12:02 am by Darren Rowse

Do you start blogs for Passion or Money?

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When I asked readers over at enternetusers what they’d like to ask professional bloggers Hashim asked:

‘Ask them do they choose topics they personally enjoy or just what will make the most money’

Good question - I’ll ask those I interview but will answer for myself here.

To answer it bluntly - Yes.

Yes I do choose topics I personally enjoy (or perhaps for some its more of a ‘interest’ than enjoyment) and yes in some cases I choose topics that have the potential to be good income earners. When I find one that I both ‘enjoy’ and is an ‘earner’ I tend to do a little dance around my office!

I’ve attempted to do a blog or two on a topic that was purely about earning me an income but I found it very difficult to keep up my enthusiasm for it. I suspect my readers could tell this and so ended up leaving that blog alone to die a lonely death. I find that the blogs that I am drawn to and read the most are written by bloggers who are passionate about or have expertise in their topic. Makes sense really - who wants to talk to someone who doesn’t enjoy the topic of conversation in real life!?

It is possible to run a successful blog on a topic you’re not interested in - but it will be a lot harder task than one that you do enjoy. My advice - stick to something you’ve got a passion for (or could get passionate about) and you’ll sustain your blogging habits for a lot longer.

Tell us what you think? Do you start blogs for Passion, Money or Both?

One Response to “Do you start blogs for Passion or Money?”

  • I started my blog for passion. To be honest, I haven’t gotten a single Adsense cheque yet! I’m very close though. In the high 40s. If only I could get some traffic. So if it was for money, it would’ve been shut down ages ago.

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