Here is a quote from Paul Allen that I should be tattooed to the foreheads of all bloggers hoping to make it rich via their blogging efforts:
‘My brother Curt, founder of Folio Corp, former CEO of MyFamily.com, and current CEO of Agilix, a venture-backed company, is fond of saying telling how his company was going to be an overnight success…after 10 years of hard work.
I believe that the single most important key to success in an online venture is doing the little things day after day for years and years until you magically reach the tipping point and everyone seems to have heard of you. In other words, persistence is required for most successful ventures.’
Last night I had just finished posting on 15 new digital cameras and printers that had been announced by Canon – it was 2am – and I was just about to close my laptop when my instant messenger beeped – signaling someone wanted a chat. 2am is not my favorite time of the day to start IM conversations but my curiosity got the better of me and I opened the window to find out who it was. It turned out to be a journalist from a pretty major online publication wanting an interview (glad I checked).
I am a little fearful of the article that will be the result of the interview because at 2.00am to 2.30am in I don’t generally have much that is worthwhile to say – however the one thing that I found myself saying to every second question is ‘it takes time’. The questions were varied – but the answer remained.
• How do you build up a readership?
• How do you get ranked in Search Engines?
• How do you start so many blogs?
• How did you learn your craft?
• How did you get credibility in the area you blog in?
• How quickly can you build a successful blog?
It takes time. As a result essential qualities of successful entrepreneurial bloggers are patience and persistence. If you have these you just might find yourself becoming an overnight success – eventually.
Read Paul’s post – How to have Overnight Internet Success
While you read it I’m going back to bed – I’ve got a blogging hangover.