Re: The 3 Fatal Diseases that Kill Good Blogs

Replying to:

I think this is just pie in the sky.

In my opinion, the 3 fatal diseases apply to this blog post too.

1. It’s selfish because it only applies to people who know how to generate income in the first place (or have the talent and know how to generate high income “if they just treat -their- blogs like -their- -existing- -high paying- business”.)

2. It creates a dream that business making is an utopia. The alluring point being that the audience is already better at making their business work that they can just transfer these talents into their blogs.

The reality though is that it’s much easier to create a good blog than a good business.

Somehow the situation was reversed to misrepresent dreamers as being lazy instead of not knowing how to execute their dreams.

3. Finally the twist is that hobby money is “oh so easy” to generate. Like it’s not a case of the “Haves” and the “Haves not” but is instead a case of the “Have Hobby Money” and the “Have Professional-level Money”.

That said, I don’t even have a “hobby money” blog and I don’t even go through all the work making a blog that does that because I don’t even have a product so the article isn’t for me.

At the same time, I’m one of those “dreamers” (although I call myself more of a whiner) who want to know how to generate income with a blog but have no experience and knowledge with starting a business ever that I feel offended by the use of the dreamer label as a scapegoat for a strawman.

The Straw Man being that there’s no high demand for howto articles and that the reason that most aren’t making professinal level money is just because they aren’t “being serious enough”. (One might even wonder why they are subscribed to Copyblogger if they are just willy nilly bloggers.)

It’s the age old “Dreams do come true! ~if you try hard enough” motto done in more offensive style because it had to bring down a bunch of other bloggers instead of simply pointing out what people are doing wrong.

Really the intentions of this article would have worked well enough if it just started at:

“It’s time to get serious”.


8 responses to this post.

  1. I’m a dreamer too, but I back it up with action. That was the gist of the post…not that dreaming is bad. Look, if you don’t want to make money with a blog, no one is going to harp on that, but if you want to make money but either don’t want to do the work or just can’t commit, then that post might be meant for you.

    It’s the curse of the solopreneur…no offense meant.


    • Oh man, sorry about this. I read something in your blog and contacted you without realizing I’ve talked with you on something you wrote before.

      Anyway, since you didn’t reply, I thought of posting this here instead just in case it wasn’t clear from my e-mail that we’ve both talked before here and I didn’t realize your name when contacting you in that post.


  2. No offense taken Nathan. Not sure why you added that since if my comment didn’t go through CopyBlogger, it was my reply that most likely offended someone. Not the reverse.

    I get the gist of your post. Not sure if you got mine.

    I’m not saying I interpreted your post as being “dreaming is bad”. It wouldn’t make sense especially since dreaming without action does often produce no or random results.

    It’s the way you structured the article that is my core contention. See the last paragraph of my reply:

    Really the intentions of this article would have worked well enough if it just started at:

    “It’s time to get serious”.

    The gist is only bad in that there are already lots of “pick me up” inspirational blog articles for your average business blogger out there. Especially in a brand blog like Copyblogger, it reeks of duplicate content posting or at the very least, low value howto content.

    Still, I don’t focus on it because it is true that often times, the same message works better for certain people when written in a certain way.

    It’s really the parts related to your title that I mostly criticize.

    The rest is mostly centered around the false dilemma of lazy people just not wanting to do the work as opposed to not knowing how to execute them or not having the experience or reference to pull it off.

    Again I reference a sentence in my reply:

    “One might even wonder why they are subscribed to Copyblogger if they are just willy nilly bloggers.”

    In general, anyone who reads more than one Copyblogger article is already committed to learning and executing some form of money generating blog (or at least honest marketed blog.)

    That’s why to me it is ultimately flawed to attribute it to 3 Fatal Diseases just to transform the article into a howto because the howto portion in this case is not representing the audience intended for the blog.

    To shorten the point. The gist of the flaw is that non-commited and “don’t want to work” bloggers are most likely not going to Copyblogger to learn the article therefore the article is low value as a howto and is only decent value as a “pick me up”.

    If I treat it as an inspirational “pick me up” article though, then it’s a very low value article in the sense that Copyblogger the site is one whole symbol for inspiring one to do all the work already.


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