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Blogs Are Not ATMs

by Ryan Biddulph

Blogs are not ATMs.

But blogs are channels through which you can help people. Think of a blog as a channel of communication. Publish content. Help people. Be generous. Be patient. Be persistent. But never begin blogging with the sole idea to make money online. Because blogging mainly to make money conditions you to see your blog like an ATM.

Money is in consciousness. Money is an idea in your mind. Blogs simply give you one channel through which you can receive money, but the idea in your mind and the skills you need to develop are the genuine money makers.

Blogs are not ATMs

For example, I am creating my 9th post of the day after being busy as a bee here in our new travel location. Leaving your comfort zone leads to growth and success expansion. The more I help people, the more I succeed and the more fun I have with blogging. My blog – Blogging From Paradise – is useless by itself. My blog is completely worthless unless I put in the time to practice, to develop my skills, to create content and to build connections with fellow bloggers. Blogging up late is flat out what it takes to reach all those goals. My blog makes me money not because I viewed my blog as a money maker, but because I practiced blogging, created and connected for thousands of hours.

Of course, newbie bloggers make the common mistake of seeing their blogs like ATMs. New bloggers see dollar signs and want to cash in FAST. Naturally, these guys and gals expect to make money blogging hours, days or weeks after beginning to blog, practicing for only 5, 10 or 30 hours. Really? What business yields profits after you put in 30 hours of practice?

How much money did Jeff Bezos make after working on Amazon for 30 hours? Do you think he saw Amazon as an ATM? Of course not. Successful business ventures and successful blogs require thousands of hours of work through generous service, until the venture and blog take off. In truth, the business is never an ATM. The business is a means through which you help people. But your blogging skills ultimately yield the greatest profits.

No new blogger develops skills fast because it requires years before you become skilled, well known and credible enough to become a full time blogger. Never see your blog as an ATM because the money is in your mind, as a generous idea. The money is in your practice, your service, your work, and your useful business.

Money is ultimately an illusion. We use money as a simple means of exchange based on perceived value. Blogs are helping channels. A blog is a way to render service beneficial to people. Money comes through service rendered and money comes through products offered but blogs are not ATMs in and of themselves.

See your blog as a way to help people. Be generous, patient and persistent in helping people. Eventually, the money comes. But only after you genuinely put in the time, and this time spans years of your life. ATMs spit out cash instantly, within seconds. Blogging businesses slowly, steadily yield profits over the course of years.

Does *that* sound like an ATM to you?

I didn’t think so.

Blog generously.

Allow money to take care of itself.

Trust in yourself.

Trust in the blogging process.

I believe in you.


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Lisa Sicard October 15, 2020 - 1:42 pm

Hi Ryan,
Love this one! Some people hate Jeff Bezos because he made so much money but they don’t realize the number of hours he put in and would they do that? I don’t think so. Everyone has choices and that’s what we do, we decide our own destiny.
How I wish my blog was an ATM 🙂 I can’t believe how many posts you can push out in a day Ryan, always amazes me!

Ryan Biddulph October 15, 2020 - 9:23 pm

Bezos and these icons like Mark Z gave so much of their loves to something way bigger than themselves; it’s quite remarkable when we ponder it Lisa. You are doing awesome buddy.

Rijhu Sinha October 16, 2020 - 4:24 pm

Hey Ryan,

Once again as always you came up with your motivational and valuable words. Many thanks for inspiring us. I really loved this post.

Yes completely agree with you Ryan Success cannot be achieved overnight.

You have to plant it with your effort, strong determination, dedication and having faith in yourself. You have to trust in the blogging process to be a successful blogger.

Keep writing and inspiring. Thanks Again.



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