Nothing like a week of Google slapping, PageRank drops, and PageRank updates to get you thinking about the future of your online business. This week while I was considering how I can use all of these changes to better my brand, I started thinking about some of the bloggers I became friends with back when this blog was started. It has now been eight months and I can’t help but ask myself, “Where did all the bloggers go?”
Rest In Peace, Bloggers Of My Generation
The sad truth is that many of the bloggers that I met when I first started have dropped off the map. They’re gone, their sites are gone, or at least they haven’t updated their sites in a few months. I don’t know what’s happened to most of them but I can tell you that somewhere along the line they lost their motivation to succeed in online business.
My First Eight Months
I thought you guys might be interested to know that the first three months of blogging for me were really lackluster. From February to May, the growth of this site was pretty non-existent, as you can see from this Alexa chart, which represents the last 12 months (my site wasn’t online for the first four):
I will be the first to admit that the first few months of working CourtneyTuttle.com were somewhat taxing mentally. It seemed at times that the traffic would never come. I will admit openly that I questioned at times whether this site would make it. It’s easy to ask yourself those questions when you compare yourselves with other people that are ahead of you on the business time-line. If the temptation to give up comes, remember this statement:
Winners Never Quit, And Quitters Never Win
I’m going to tell the truth, I hang onto the dream that I’m one big break away from becoming an A-list blogger. I think we all wish that we would get a semi-lucky call from a big media outlet that would put us on the map. That would be freaking awesome, wouldn’t it? I don’t have all the answers, I can’t tell you how to make that happen but I can tell you how to destroy all hope. If you want to ruin your chances, quit. Give up.
Whether I catch a big break or continue on my current growth path, I’m going to make it. I can tell you this in black ink: I will never quit. I will never quit.
Three Feet From Gold
In Napoleon Hill’s Think And Grow Rich, there is a section that talks about how most people fail because they are taken over by temporary defeat. The book tells the story of a man named Darby who was caught by ‘the gold fever’ in the gold-rush days. He moved west to dig and grow rich. He staked a claim and went to work with his pick and shovel.
Within a few weeks, the man was rewarded by discovering gold. He needed equipment to mine the gold, so he covered his mine, and went home to borrow the money he needed to buy mining equipment. Upon his return to the mine in Colorado, he mined his first car of gold and shipped it to the smelter. He learned quickly that he had discovered one of the richest mines in Colorado!
Down went the drills. The man knew that a few cars of ore would clear his debts, and then would come massive profits. Then something happened. The vein of ore disappeared. They drilled on, trying desperately to pick up the vein of ore again. They couldn’t find the vein. What did they do? They decided to quit.
The mining equipment was sold to a junk man for a few hundred dollars and Darby took the train home. The junk man then called in a mining engineer, who advised that the vein wasn’t rediscovered because Darby wasn’t familiar with fault lines. The engineer’s calculations showed that they would find the vein within three feet of where Darby had stopped drilling. That’s exactly where it was found. The junk man was able to take millions of dollars of gold from the mine.
Fortunately, the story didn’t end there for Darby. He learned from his mistake and went on to make an enormous fortune in the life insurance business. Darby said he profited immensely by simply saying to himself, “I stopped three feet from gold, but I never stop because men say ‘no’ when I ask them to buy life insurance.”
Do you know what frustrates me the most about my fallen blogging comrades? Some of them had a ton of talent, and probably would have made it big if they hadn’t quit. Quitters never win, and winners never quit.