May 26 2009
Some time ago, I was asked to join a closed group of fellow bloggers for a new startup. It is a blog portal consisting of a few columns for different sub-topics. Each fellow blogger is to blog for his or her own column.
I was initially skeptical of the business model. The idea seems old and uninteresting. But after getting to know that the startup was to be backed by one of the most visited web site in Malaysia, my perception changed. Its very high traffic is going to spill over to the new portal and bring advertising dollars to the new business.
In fact, though the idea is not new, I think the startup is going to work. Those who joined the group are going to earn, not only financially, but in reputation and authority as well.
But unfortunately, I am unable to fulfill their requirements. Each blogger is to blog at least one post per day. So it’s 7 blog posts per week, 30 blog posts per month, at least.
Not that they emphasize quantity over quality. But the founder said most successful blogs have something new everyday to become successful, though it may not be long essay everyday.
I can’t join because I can’t commit myself to blog everyday. Currently I’m blogging only once or twice per week. I’m not a full-time blogger or problogger, but rather an occasional one. I even consider myself still quite a newbie in blogging.
Furthermore, it’s going to be like a full-time job to blog everyday. It’s not only the time spent to write, but it’s the time spent to read up, research, think and organize my thoughts that is going to consume most of my waking hours, every single day!
So it’s going to be a job for me to work in rather than a business, and it’s a pretty hectic job. My personal mission is not to create a job for myself. My mission is to create a business. Otherwise, I might as well work for others.
When an opportunity knocks, no matter how great it is, one may still need to think whether it is in line with one’s life mission or not. In this case, the blogging job is really not for me.
It’s a pity for me not being able to join this startup. But it’s OK. Opportunities abound on the Internet. Our job is just to be ready when they come