Isn't this a bold title?
Yes, it is.
We all have stories.
Some are open to the world where few are buried under our heart only.
You dream to do something better in your life, you start feeling better, but sometimes these stories popped up in your mind from somewhere.
And we again start feeling little bit low.
This is how life goes. This is how we encounter many events in our life.
… so this is not only my story, it's story of everyone.
In today's article we are going to talk about 5 things which tried their best to stop me in my blogging career, but with my vision and dedication, I overcame all of them.
Those could be excuses of my life to not move forward, but this is not how life goes.
These were very basic problems in my life because of which I could end up doing a job in any private firm, but I preferred my dreams.
Let's read about those naked truths.
Note: I got the idea to write this article as one good friend of mine started a thread on his Facebook Profile yesterday.
You can either make money or make excuses!! I have poor Internet… Oh my parents don't like me earning money.. I don'…
Posted by Gaurav Jaggi on Thursday, April 16, 2015
I commented on his status and BOOM.
I was overwhelmed with the responses from his audience, so here I am going to tell you things in little more details.
#1. I Started with 2G internet
This was the internet speed I used to get when I started in 2011.
Although we had good internet speed (512kbps) in my city, but I couldn't afford that.
I built my blog for 14 months with this internet speed.
14 months is long duration, but when you know your targets and have a big vision to do something better in your life, this is a very short duration.
Speed was so damn poor that it used to take too much time even for loading an article for me.
I was reading blogs after blogs but I couldn't watch any video to understand things in more detail.
But no one was there to listen to me, my parents didn't know what I was doing, they didn't know why I was spending sleepless nights with my laptop.
This could a big excuse of my life to not continue my journey in blogging because I didn't have the right platform to learn things.
But when you have a burning desire to do something then such things don't matter.
#2. I Sold My Bike to Survive in Blogging
As I told I didn't have money to afford internet.
So how could I afford my hosting and domains?
I requested one of my cousin brothers to give me his credit card to make the domain and hosting payments.
I booked my first domain KulwantNagi.com on July 22, 2011, and started with free hosting which Ankur Agarwal Sir suggested in one of his emails. I was following him since 2010 so I could trust him.
I spent almost 1 and a half month to understand what this hosting was, basics of blogging, and finally launched my blog on 9th September 2011.
This time I was on shared hosting provided by HostGator.
First month was in $0.01 but from the second month onwards I had to pay $9.97 every month.
I paid for first 2-3 months (with my cousin's credit card).
Soon he stopped helping me and I was on my own, so I had to pay him all the amount which I had used form his card.
As I didn't have money so I told a big lie to myself.
I said to me, “I am not using my bike to travel anymore, this is just an unused vehicle for me, so I can sell it and make little money.”
So I sold my bike next week.
Outside I was happy but my heart was crying.
How could I sell something which was one of my favourites?
But I knew one thing, “You'll have to make many compromises TODAY, to make your future better TOMORROW.”
I returned the money to my brother and selected 6 months hosting from HostGator. Soon I started making money and things were never same again.
#3. We Had Only One Room
Can you concentrate on your work if you have TV running in the loud voice just at a distance of 2 feet from you?
For my parents, I was wasting my time with the laptop, so they never cared what I was doing.
Where one side I was using 50kbs internet to learn the things, on the second side my TV was putting its better efforts to distract me and stop me what I was doing.
Although I started making money after 7 months, but that money was not good enough to build a new room or to get a good room on rent.
I used to sit there all the days and built my blog from that single room.
#4. I Am Not a Coder
I am a B.Tech degree holder in Electronics and Communication.
.. and we code near to nothing in ECE.
So I am not from a programming background.
After 1 year in blogging, I realized that all big blogs had very good and compelling designs. They were very neat and clean and reading on such blog always gives an awesome experience to me.
So I decided to learn to code on my own.
I started with HTML, then a little bit of CSS and then tried PHP as well.
Soon I was good enough to make small changes on my blog.
I spent little more time with WordPress and designed this theme myself which you are seeing on BloggingCage now. 🙂
Every single element on this blog (sidebar, opt-in form, footer, navigation menu, colours, fonts) has been designed and selected by me.
So coding is not an excuse. Many people call me and ask this question, “Can I succeed in blogging if I don't know coding?”
I always say, “YES, you can.”
Because this is a skill which can be learnt.
#5. My English is Not Good
Much better than as it used to be.
As I have improved with time.
I am not a native English speaker, so I don't know how to use those hi-fi compelling words in blog posts.
My posts are written in very very simple to understand language.
When I started blogging, this was the biggest obstacle for me.
But I knew that it can be improved with time.
I started reading some good blogs related to Grammar, sentences, basics of English and even joined one local English class in 2013 (after 2 years of starting blogging) to improve my skills.
This was a genuine problem because everything on the internet is in English language and we can express our thoughts in English only.
PS: Although you can write in any language on the internet, but English has more audience as compared to any language.
With time I have learnt the tactics to make my articles more compelling and still learning from one of the top blogs.
You can easily relate my story with any of the guys around you (or with yourself) who keep making excuses because he doesn't have right resources to make money on the internet.
If you are feeling low, ask yourself a question.
“Is my dream bigger or my excuse?”
Once you'll find the right answer, no damn power in this universe can stop you.
Decide what actually you want to do in your life.
Take the right decision and put your best efforts to get best results.