Getting My Mind Right-Blogger or Freelance

Over the past few days, I have been absent, not physically but certainly mentally.  I feel like I have been having conversations in my head for days, never ending very critical conversations that have been driving me crazy.  I would say on Tuesday I felt like an emotional roller coaster, what happened?  I started thinking about everything trying to figure out what was wrong, from the Coco Krispies I ate Tuesday morning to the amount of work I did at the 9-5, to what articles I read.  What was it exactly?

I realized yesterday after talking with a fellow blogger that my mind just wasn’t right.  What bothered me was that I am not a successful* blogger raking in money or even picking up spare change for matter.  I enjoy writing and I enjoy sharing my story but when I read about others making money, I get the sick feeling that I’m failing.  The reality is if you looked at the dollars and cents behind Even Steven Money that I have mentioned via bread crumbs along the way, including, incomes, property owned, and investments,i’m not saying we are rich, but if we revealed our Rockstar Finance Net Worth we would be in good company. You might ask why are you concerned about making an extra $200 month via the blog?

I think many times bloggers get to a breaking point and need to decide if blogging and sharing their stories are for them.  Financial Samurai once said that if you are going to blog, expect to not make any money for the first 3 years, well if that is true I have 2 years to go.  The thing is I am not blogging for money, I’m not typing expecting that 4,000 people come to the site today and click every Google Ad and Affiliate Link I have, am I hoping for this?  Yeah I guess I am, because in my head to succeed it’s not enough to write something interesting, to me it’s writing something that people find interesting and that I am compensated for.  Does that mean I’m not getting myself out there enough?  Do I need to guest post, tweet, email, and contact more people?  Am I doing enough and if I’m not what is enough, what gets me to that point?

This is one the reasons I started thinking about getting a coach.  Except my mind is going in so many directions I could not decide if I needed a blogger coach or a freelance coach but in either spot I think I need someone’s help.  When I played basketball I didn’t just go down to the basketball courts and get really good, no it took instructors and coaches advice on how to improve.  With this key information I started taking extra shots, working on my ball handling, and over time I improved.  Everyone wants to do things on their own, myself included, but for me that’s not how I got better at basketball, I was coached.

As my mind was moving East and West instead of North and South on the topic I decided to reach out via Twitter to see what a couple other well known bloggers would do in my situation. I found their answers really insightful and helped me to understand more about what this tornado that’s going on in my mind is all about.  Also thank you for taking the time to answer I appreciate it greatly.  Here is the link to what the Financial Samurai link he provided in the tweet.




Do I know what I’m going to do next?  The answer at this very moment is no.  I’m not going to do what you are all thinking I’m going to do and FREAK OUT, but I do want to get my mind right and that won’t happen in just a day.  Thanks for reading, I needed to get this out.


*Successful Blogger can be defined many ways, but for me it’s making money and doing what you enjoy

32 Responses to “Getting My Mind Right-Blogger or Freelance

  • I hear you Steven. I’ve been blogging for over 1.5 years and not make very much money at all, I see many other who have started after me having much success in the freelance game. Between my 9-5, family, my blog, and volunteer work I’m not sure I have any other wiggle room for more writing. Getting advice or coaching from others might be a good way to jump start or share some of the 3 year time-line off a money making blog.

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      I think that’s really great advice Brian on getting to the 3 year time line faster. Thanks for sharing some of your story as well, I can relate to everything you mentioned and I think it’s the Hu$tle in me that strives for more;)

  • I don’t normally comment on blogs, but I must say I’ve enjoyed reading yours. I was actually disappointed this morning when there was no new post and excited when I saw that there was a new one this afternoon. I hope you can get your mind “sorted out”, but I believe that you should consider yourself successful because you have captured the attention of at least one person (me)…and I’m sure many many more!!

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Beth that’s really nice of you to say, in fact I would say you made my day and put an even bigger smile on my face, thank you. I really appreciate the comment and the kind words.

  • I have had very similar thoughts in the past, and I’ve made the decision that at the moment, one job is really all that I need. I work from home which does make things infinitely easier. But, that’s good enough – it pays the bills and allows extra for saving. I’m happy with that. Therefore, I am personally not considering freelancing until later in life, maybe after retirement from my full time job because, as the article that you linked to said, freelancing will probably just turn into your “job” and then you’re right back where you started.

    At the moment, I am a blogger. I will guest post as much as I can. I will get involved and have as much fun as I can doing this as possible. It’s like a challenge for me at the moment…to see how successful I can be with the whole blogging thing. Money isn’t my qualifier. It’s more about the influence of the blog, my readership. Once that gets strengthened, the money will soon follow if I want it to.

    Good luck in your search for what you truly want to do with your time online. Whatever you choose, I know that you’ll be successful at it.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Whatever you choose, I know that you’ll be successful at it.

      Thanks Steve that means a lot. I think the fact that I add in $ as a success or failure puts me in a corner and you are right money should not be the qualifier.

  • Mrs. EvenSteven
    2 years ago

    I really like what J.Money said regarding the other reasons to be blogging. From what I know this has never been about the money and it has been about the journey. Sucess is meausured in so many ways and in no way have you failed. We have had little celebrations over surpises through out this blogging journey, peaks in the number of visitors to your page and blogs that are just so funny or entertaining I am always like “Yes! I married this hansome, clever, and funny guy!”. You are part of small community of great bloggers who you did not know you before and who share a common goal with a passion. I think that is success that money cannot buy!

    Who know’s you might have even inspired or taught someone something new out there just like others have done for you. 🙂

    Also remember good things come to patient people – I forget who tells me that all the time 😉

    So I say keep on blogging! Stay positive and be patient! I am also looking forward to your trip to FinCon I am sure you will get even more inspiration/motivation/opportunities there.

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Well this is one of your first comments Mrs. Even Steven, happy to have you:) Also this is spot on:

      From what I know this has never been about the money and it has been about the journey. Success is measured in so many ways and in no way have you failed.

      I should really listen to you/myself:) Also remember good things come to patient people – I forget who tells me that all the time 😉

  • I would say we started our blog as more of an accountability deal, and it has grown from there. Unlike you, we’re not even making cents off of it. 🙂 I keep thinking we need to put up ads, affiliate links, etc… without over doing it of course, then I think, “Man, I’ve got a job already, and I like blogging. I don’t want to turn it into a job. Yet…” Note the “yet”. Maybe during the FFLC I’ll put more time toward it to get it to generate income, but for me, I’m not that worried about it.

    I say listen to Financial Samurai and do both but let your experience drive you to one or the other. Or keep doing both.

    Good luck on your choice!
    Mr. SSC recently posted…Taking advantage of employer programs for free money!My Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Thanks SSC for the positive words! I think I need to get back on track and develop a plan whatever the choice that is made.

  • I think if you keep looking at this blog as a job and income source, the less you are going to enjoy it. Don’t get me wrong, making money off things you enjoy is great but they don’t have to go hand in hand. If you strictly want an income source, freelance. Ain’t no shame in that game. I’m a newb in this space, but that’s me two cents 🙂
    Fervent Finance recently posted…Anything is NegotiableMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      New or not you hit the nail right on the head, fresh eyes fresh prospective, thanks for the 2 cents;)

  • Hey man you are doing great. We all have moments of doubt. Everyone wants the Quantem Leap, but we in the PF community know that it rarely happens. In reality every over night success is 10 years in the making…

    OR as Sam from Financial Samurai mentioned is 3 years in the making if its online in the blogging world.

    I have listened and read many interviews about some of the high income full time bloggers. And most of them had no idea how they would monetize. Over the long run they are the ones that ended up be so successful.

    Also I think the blogging world is made up of classes just like in college. I would say that anyone that is 6-12 months in is just part of the Freshman class. We all have plenty of quality content to write and connections to make.

    In the race between the Tortois and the Hare, the Tortois always wins. The secret to success according to the Tortois is consistency.

    I think everyone in our class is too early in our blogging career to be measuring our success by the amount of money the blog brings in. Eventually this will be a viable metric.

    But right now you should try to choose a different metric that will measure success to you.

    I would highly recommend joining the Yakezie challenge. It gives you the Alexa ranking to focus on.

    That has been my absolute obsession these past 3 months since joining that challenge.

    I went from a global ranking of over 26M to 398,939 as of this morning. The goal is to get to 200,000.

    I see you are currently at 551,324. I challenge you to a race. Here are the rules:

    1 – Have fun

    2- Write weekly (you already do, so keep it up buddy)

    3 – Continue connecting on your blog and on others. Our blogs are nothing without the readers.

    4 – Find ONE METRIC THAT MATTERS, I recommend Alexa initially. But Google Analtyics and the new SumoMe Plugin you recently installed has others you can track. For example, my next obsession is going to be email optins.

    Dude I am honored to build and fight right along side you. The world needs that special perspective that only you can provide.

    Onward & Upward!

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    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Is there a Like button on these?

      I have listened and read many interviews about some of the high income full time bloggers. And most of them had no idea how they would monetize. Over the long run they are the ones that ended up be so successful.

      I think everyone in our class is too early in our blogging career to be measuring our success by the amount of money the blog brings in.

      Dude I am honored to build and fight right along side you. The world needs that special perspective that only you can provide.

      On the Yakezie challenge, while I certainly appreciate the challenge, I met this mark previously and was in the 125K-150K range and have since took the alexa ranking off of my site, while I love your moxy this one is not for me currently. Another challenge another time my friend.

  • Now I really want to know what your net worth is, dammit! 😉

    Maybe if you reveal that people will flock here and then your blog and $$$ will grow? Haha…

    Glad to have helped a little though. You def. need to be in it for more than $$ to be successful online. There are plenty of other ways (like freelancing) that you can make more from, and faster, than blogging so it’s not the best side hustle out there. It’s fun as shit AND has the potential to blow up and go viral and make you a millionaire, etc etc, but the odds are low unless you’re pouring in tons of time and strategy and get lucky all at the same time. I look at it more like a resume that sprouts opportunities left and right.
    J. Money recently posted…Being Happy = Being HappyMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Very clever you probably tell all the Net Worth guys and gals that;)

      You def. need to be in it for more than $$ to be successful online.

      It has been said a few times but yeah you guys are right, less focus on success measured as a $$$

  • My blog itself hardly makes any money…but it has leveraged a new freelance career. I think that was from a lot of hard work, friendships, and luck. My blog started with a story and a yearning for community. I don’t think most people start a blog to make money. It’s hard freaking work! If you have any specific questions about freelancing, I’d love to help you and serve as a resource!

    But also realize that while many people freelance and make money online, that’s not something you HAVE to do. You don’t have to drink the kool aid. Do what YOU want. If you want to make money, you can, but it has to come from a genuine place and have a purpose.
    Melanie @ Dear Debt recently posted…I Just Put the Equivalent of My Old Salary to DebtMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Thanks Melanie, I knew I liked you for a reason;) I love to share my story and I enjoy commenting and reading other peoples work. Freelancing…..I might take you up on that offer as a resource.

  • This is one of the wonderful things about having your own blogging platform – the ability to share your thoughts with some readers who genuinely care and appreciate what you have to say. It’s so hard when money is the main measure of success in our society, so if you’re not making big bucks blogging you might not feel like it’s worth it. I’ve definitely appreciated your unique perspective and writing style, and to have stuck with it for over a year is a great success in itself.

    For me personally, I’d love to be making money from my site, but I haven’t made that the focus at all yet (which is lucky as I’m making ZERO!), but would rather see if people find value in it over the long term – if so, then I’ll decide the best way to generate an income from it. But every single comment or pageview means more than the $ at this point in time.

    No matter what, just hang in there, and great things will happen one way or another.
    Jason @ Islands of Investing recently posted…Putting a value on the things you truly valueMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      I’ve definitely appreciated your unique perspective and writing style, and to have stuck with it for over a year is a great success in itself.

      Thank you my good man, hanging in there.

  • I suppose it comes down to what your end game is. Do you want to make money? Then freelancing seems like the quicker way to cash in. If you just want to share you experience/story and connect with others, than focusing on your blog is probably the way to go. Of course, you can do a little bit of both as the two do have a bit of overlap. Obviously there’s no right or wrong answer here. It just depends on what feels right for you at this point in your journey.

    I get where you’re coming from though. Blogging is hard work, especially when you’re working a full time job on top of it. I think it’s natural to want to get some sort of remuneration for the effort you put in here. And I think in time it will come. For now, I hope the knowledge that people are enjoying what you write (myself included) will make you feel better about the work it takes.
    Jessica recently posted…5 Money Lessons From a Painting ClassMy Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Nice of you to say Jessica that you enjoy what I write. It’s something that hit me like a ton of bricks for whatever reason and needed to kind of get it out of my head, which has helped a great deal.

  • Really just piling on, but in the interest of encouragement. Though our current blog is only four months old, we previously had a successful blog for nearly five years, and can say from that that the money was never great. What we loved about it was feeling like we were reaching and helping other people, building a community, recording part of our life for our own reference later on, and those types of things. So if you’re getting something intrinsic out of blogging, then keep going, but if you really need that extrinsic motivation (=money), then put your life force elsewhere. However, the great thing about blogging is that you can scale it up or down to suit your needs. If you post once or twice a month, that’s still valuable to the community, but let onerous for you. Hope that helps!

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      That sounds like someone who has gone through it all before. I enjoy blogging and I don’t think that will ever change, just deciding if I should get paid to write at some point is what got to me recently.

  • I swear sometimes you must be reading my mind because I was just thinking the same thing the other day. And I don’t make a lot of money with my blog also (although it would be nice). But I have to remind myself I didn’t get into this to make money, I did it keep myself accountable, write about topics I think are important, and also to get my colleagues in academia to talk about this stuff b/c we are supposed to do our jobs b/c we “love” it. I think it is great that you are thinking about this and I love your blog. Keep it up and I will keep reading and hopefully I will keep blogging as well.

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Yeah I think some of it was a moment of confusion or a moment of not having my head right. I’m regrouping and figuring out what direction I want to heads towards, but you are right accountability is so important in this thought process.

  • Howdy ES,

    What do you think is the root cause of your angst if you know it will take 2-3 years until good traction begins for the typical blogger?

    Is there someone you’re looking at who started the same time as you who is just crushing it? Just know that there’s always someone out there crushing it, so best to just accept things for the way they are.

    If you build a successful blog, you could very well parlay it into a consulting gig that can pay handsomely!

    The less you think about the money, and the more you think about community, The greater you’ll grow.

    How about this start by matching my content production post for post for the next three months who hoo!

    Financial Samurai recently posted…Which States Are Best For Retirement?My Profile

    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      I think a couple things happened that caused the angst. I saw a fellow blogger offer a course that I was interested in for freelance writing and I realized that I felt behind everyone in freelancing and the blog. I also have in the back of my mind that when I reach financial independence I can blog and freelance to share my story and maybe even have a few dollars come in for beer money. So with all that going on in my mind, then on top of that it seemed every blogger I looked at was doing well, it didn’t matter who it was so it all piled on at once.

      As far as matching your content production, wow that is a large challenge, if you mean number of posts, I might have a chance, but you are a smart guy, not sure I could match that;) I certainly would love to share a guest post on your site some day.

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