So You Want To Be A Blogger? Here’s How To Get Rich

You tell me you think you want to start blogging, and I’m really excited for you! Blogging can make you rich, it’s true. I don’t mean that sarcastically.

It’s going to be a ton of work. I mean beyond the hours of Google searches and YouTube rabbit holes while trying to figure out how to tweak codes and install and activate plugins. And learning which social media platform is hot now, and how to make algorithms work to your benefit. Β And content creation. And teaching yourself photography, and video production, and graphic design.

That’s the easy work.

The grueling work is pouring your soul into a post, and then wondering if anyone even read it. The hardest work is writing the next post. And the next. And the next. Never knowing if anyone will comment, or if what you’re sharing matters.

The real work is in the practice of making yourself vulnerable. The hard part is opening yourself up, sharing what you love (or what you don’t), and finding out one day that there are entire groups of people who hate you for it.

The toughest work is realizing maybe sometimes a dissenter has a point, maybe you are wrong, and allowing that to change you for the better.

But it’s okay because you’re going to be rich from this one day.

I mean that.

Sure, the easy work can bring you paychecks. The easy work can bring free cruises for your family. It can lead to expensive shoes, purses, strollers, and phones that just show up on your doorstep.

The easy work brings you payment that comes and goes. It is gone from your bank account usually sooner than later because you invest it in more tools for more work. The products run their course, and are replaced with newer, better products that show up on the next FedEx truck.

The hard work is what makes you rich.

The hard work brings you friends you would have never bothered to say hi to in passing on the street. They have vastly different backgrounds and world views than you. They live near, but mostly far, sometimes continents and timezones away.

They make you think. Sometimes they challenge your beliefs, and sometimes they solidify them.

They support you in a way that others who love you can’t because they know the difference between the hard and the easy work you’re doing. They do it, too.

The hard work brings you experiences. It pulls you out of your comfort zone. It challenges you to be better, and to evolve.

The hard work gives you power, and if you’re wise, you work even harder to make sure you use it for good. It gives you a platform to make a change, to speak up, to bring people together, and make smaller voices heard.

One day, you will find yourself in a place you only got to because of blogging. And you’ll look around the room, inspired, knowing that you are part of a movement that is changing the world.


You’ll see the faces, and hear the words of people who are doing hard work, too, and you’ll know at that moment that you are rich with the kind of wealth nobody can take away. You can re-invest it over and over, and make it grow exponentially. You can freely share it with those around you, and the more you share it, the more you’ll get back.

So, you want to be a blogger? Get that dot com! Learn about monetization and Facebook reach. Do the easy work, but know that it’s not until you do the really hard work that you’ll get rich from blogging.

In case you can’t tell, I came home from another Blogher inspired, and motivated, and ready to keep working hard. Actually, to work harder. I try not to blog too much about blogging, but I get asked a lot of blogging questions. And people often want to know about the monetary gain, and the free stuff. I want friends and readers and your next door neighbor and YOU to start a blog. And I want you to get rich. I really, really do.Β 

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  1. Love this, Jill πŸ™‚ Even though I’m not a “blogger”, I feel rich from my own blog, with just my close friends and family. I feel rich just reading and commenting and getting to know you all. Keep up the amazing work! <3

  2. Gretchen Bossio on

    Amen! Love this! And so so true – the relationships I’ve made through this crazy blog land are truly priceless!

  3. Hi Jill, this is one fabulous post! I feel exactly the same. Blogging is so powerful and we all get that – we can make such a difference. But darn, it’s SO much work! People who don’t do this professionally really have no clue what it takes, the hours, etc, — and on top of that you have to really believe in yourself to put your writing out there over and over again.

    Thanks again for writing something that makes others understand more about what blogging is all about. I’ll have my husband read this. He’s supportive but doesn’t get the stress of it all, the constant emails, the deadlines, making sure the blog is up and running okay and looks good… But I’m not complaining: I have the best job in the world πŸ™‚ I’m blessed.

  4. It was so great to hear you at the conference! You were one of the best speakers all weekend. And I wholeheartedly agree with this post. Thank you! xo

  5. Jessica McCurry Dobek on

    You know I love you, but I really love you for using the Oxford comma. It’s a litmus test of sorts for me.

  6. Jill #forthewin WOW, no one except a blogger will ever understand what it is like to pour your heart out; be surround by amazing people that we call friends that live so far yet so close. A tear trickled down my cheek thinking of ALL the people that have changed my live over the last 3 years. I don’t know where I would be without people like you Jill! <3 Glad you had fun!

  7. Danielle Elliott Smith on

    This is beautiful in so many ways. I always come back from events like this BETTER. Inspired. Fulfilled. Overflowing with goodness. You were a part of that. It was so good to see your face, to hug your neck, to leave you better than I was before. xoxo

  8. thank you for this! i’ve recently started my blog and quickly have realized how much work truly is involved. but cannot wait for it to really help me discover me.

  9. Esti Berkowitz on

    Thank you for writing this and being so honest about the blogging world. I have met some incredible friends via credit g that and relationships ships that have been built are priceless!

  10. Leah Kaihoi Everson on

    I love this! I fell off the wagon awhile ago due to a “real job” but I want to get back into my writing. Because it does bring richness to life.

  11. Beautifully written and actually really validating! As I was reading through it I was like, “Yeah! I DO do a lot!!”

    Thank you for that!

  12. And I thought the “easy” stuff was actually the “hard” stuff! I have mega work to do but I’ve got on my sweat bands and athletic shoes! Ready to work!

    Thanks for this post because I want to be rich in readers AND in monetary gain. Nothing. wrong. with. that. =)

  13. Delia Rivera on

    I am in this constant state of limbo, when it comes to blogging. I cant say I give it my all, or110%. There’s always actually things or insecurities that keep me from doing that. And thats how I’ve been- for years.
    One thing that has always kept me in the blogging “world” is the inspiration and admiration I feel for many bloggers just like you, Jill, in good times and in bad.

  14. Ruthy Taylor on

    Really love this post and connect so much with everything you wrote! The relationships and support from people around the globe are seriously priceless

  15. Elaine Alguire on

    I have gained so many riches from blogging, as you described. I am most rich in good friends that I would not have known otherwise and to me that is worth all the things. Wonderful post, Jill. Great to see you hat BlogHer. πŸ™‚

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  17. Love this Jill! The best thing that had come out of blogging for me is friendships and relationships that have come from being a blogger.

  18. This Iowa Mom on

    Thanks Jill! It’s nice to hear a blogger who’s found success rooting on others. I think the you’re the key – the hardest part is finding the courage to put your true-real-deep thoughts there and risk the judgment. Thank you!

  19. I absolutely love this post as it defines the hard and easy part and it’s so true!

    Thanks for a post that reminds persons they are not alone.

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  23. I read it! The whole article! Thanks for all the hard (and easy) work you do. You’re appreciated in my world.

  24. I love this! I have a blog that I have been struggling with. I have not moved over to a dot com yet because I just can’t get into the mood to write right now on a constant schedule. Plus, I always said I don’t care to make money off my blog, I just want to meet people and share with others. But, I feel like people only care about the big time bloggers (kind of like name brands lol)! I have just had a hard time after shutting down my homeschool blog to start a lifestyle blog and now I second guess everything.

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