Beginner Blogger Challenge

Corey over at Passive Income To Retire, issued a little challenge on February 27th, to answer four short questions.  It sounded fun to me, so I’m in.

  • How long have you been blogging? – I started blogging at the end of 2010, but I was not organized and I wasn’t serious about it.  I was inconsistent at best.  At the beginning of 2012 I made a goal to be more focused and blog regularly.


  • Why did you start blogging? – Great question!  Initially it was to focus on a niche market of leadership development with two friends, but I got a bit more into it when some friends started a daily deal site called Moolala.  But for at least 30 years I have wanted to write, and blogging seemed organized enough (and short enough) to let me grow as a writer and keep my day job!


  • How long did it take you to earn $100 (if you have already earned $100) – I haven’t yet!  I guess getting people to visit the sponsors or advertisers should be something I work on in the coming months!


  • What is (at least) one thing you wish someone had told you before you started blogging? – To differentiate between blogging as a hobby and blogging as focused means to develop a second source of income.  There is a definite science to getting your blog noticed, and it is one I am enjoying learning (but still have a long way to go).  But there is a wonderful community of bloggers that are almost all willing to share and encourage, and I did not anticipate how much fun it would be to interact with new blogger friends.  The Yakezie Challenge has been a great experience for me so far!
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by Thad on March 5, 2012 · 10 comments

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    • http://www.thadthoughts.com Thad

      Thanks for your comments. I am having fun too! Enjoying the journey!

  • http://www.mazzastick.com Justin Mazza

    Hi Thad,
    Thanks for sharing. It definitely takes some time to become a blogger who earns money as opposed to it being a hobby but the web is full of people who make a decent to great living online.

  • http://www.aftercollegemoney.com After College Money

    Hi Thad,

    I like this post. It is interesting to see how you progressed so far. I joined the Yakezie Challenge around the same time as you. I’m going to write a post that answers the same questions that you wrote.

    • http://www.thadthoughts.com Thad

      Be sure to post it at Corey’s blog!

  • http://www.sminso.com Chris | Sminso

    Keep on trucking, you will get to that $100! I have made a lot more than $100 in the past from other blogs and sites, but nothing YET from my current one! I plan on submitting a post for this challenge as well!

  • http://blog.familymoneyvalues.com Marie at FamilyMoneyValues

    It takes a while to build up the momentum to get paid for ad spots on your blog. Link building, increasing unique visits and Google page rank are vital – as is (I think) hooking up with some kind of rep that has more ad contacts than you do.

    • http://www.thadthoughts.com Thad

      So, if I am hearing you correctly, growing unique viewers precedes advertising, and should be the initial focus?

  • http://passiveincometoretire.com Corey @ Passive Income to Retire

    Great responses. That’s very true about the distinction between blogging as a hobby and for money.

    • http://www.thadthoughts.com Thad

      I am paying more attention to the business side of blogging. Have enjoyed what you have been writing about the issue.

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