Journey to Become Pro Blogger

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Read Darren Rowse’s “When is it time to ‘Go Pro’ as a Blogger?“. Here I share my thought of a problogger wannabe (going to be one!).

After a long consideration, I decided to resign my full time job on 17 August 1980 2005 (two days before my 25th birthday) and become a full time blogger. It was not an easy decision, seriously.

Start Blogging

I have blogging for over 2 years and gaining some popularity in local blogsphere. I was looking for an easy way to update website about my daily news and share some computing tips. “Blog” is the one! And, I am addicted.

Blogging Revenue

Like many others, Google Adsense was not doing well to me. But, I knew many others are making money from it. I told myself, “If they can make money, so can I!“.

I studied about others money making website to know WHY they can. I did research, I dug Internet for Adsense tips, etc.

Since then, my revenue is increasing… I was not serious about it. I just want to see how far it can goes, how much it can give me… I set my earning target. People were surprised. But, I did it – RM1000 in a month. I know blogging can be a serious job.

Few months ago, my blogging income has over the full time job salary (it is not much, in fact). I knew I am on the right path.

My Dream Job

Work at home” is always my dream job since I was in college. I was looking for a way to support me work at home. I think I found it — blogging. I may not rely fully on blogging income but it supports me to work at home.

The Difficult Decision

It is not easy to make the decision. Quit a stable job with fixed income and turn to a new job with unknown income. How many will do that?

Before I make up my mind, I discussed with my friends and family about it, collected their ideas and suggestions.

Generally, they are not surprise about “work at home”, but they do not understand how I am going to survive. Their main concern is my income after the resignation.

My say: That is not a problem to me. My blogging income is over the full time job salary. Plus, I have the money saving enough for more than a year.

Secondly, they are quite worry that I will become anti-social, become a geek that sit in front computer all the time with no communication with human.

My say: In my full time job, I am sitting at a corner and striking keyboard, toying mouse from 9am – 6pm. I will do the same after become “Pro”, but with my own time table. I will actually get more time to interact with human.

The Noise

Though I got support from my family and friends. There are some minor voices against about the Problogging idea.

Basically, it is due to my poor English skill. Yes, that is my weakness. That is the reason I blog with English since the very first time till now!

Some people do not trust blogging can be a full time job. They hate blog with ads. They look down on blogging for money. Just like some people who hate direct sales so much. I can do nothing about that but still quite sad…

Will I success succeed?

No idea, the time will tell. No matter success or not, I will not regret. At least, I tried before. :)

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32 Responses to Journey to Become Pro Blogger

  1. Ahmad Zaki August 19, 2005 at 11:48 pm #

    Hey, wish you the best. By the way, some grammar correction and maybe typing correction need to be done.

    Will I success succeed?

    7 August 1980 2005

    That’s it. Just wanted to inform you.

  2. boringest August 19, 2005 at 11:50 pm #

    All the best man…btw, I think, you should change the date you wrote:

    “…on 17 August 1980″ to 2005 =)

  3. colbert August 19, 2005 at 11:54 pm #

    LCF…..its 2005 not 1980..

  4. red August 19, 2005 at 11:55 pm #

    you were already working on the day you were born, great :p

    anyway, good luck :)

  5. colbert August 20, 2005 at 12:01 am #

    lcf…as a guide. Read Darren’s post

  6. Scott Rafer August 20, 2005 at 12:14 am #

    We’d be happy to help. We need more gadget bloggers in our advertising network. Please sign up:

  7. LcF August 20, 2005 at 12:14 am #

    Thank you for the corrections. :)

  8. jared l. August 20, 2005 at 12:35 am #

    well.. good luck again! Do keep us updated with your new adventure. I wanna learn what I have missed in the past 2 1/2 mths… Cheers!

  9. BankLocater August 20, 2005 at 1:42 am #

    I have no doubt in my mind you will succeed.

  10. boringest August 20, 2005 at 4:01 am #

    hi lcf, i wonder if there’s any chinese website with new gadgets from China/Hong Kong/Taiwan that you can review/translate into english…that would definitely attract more ppl to your site!

    good luck again.

  11. N. Mallory August 20, 2005 at 8:10 am #

    Wow! Good luck! Gee, I was all excited this morning when I broke $60 on adsense….after 6 months. :P

  12. Scott Yang August 20, 2005 at 9:18 am #

    LCF – I applause you for your decision to take the leap.

    I’ve been blogging for more than 4 years now, and am also attracted by the aspect of “working at home”. Not game enough to turn pro yet, as I cannot risk stability in my current circumstances. I might give a go if I somehow get retrenched from my day job though :)

    All the best.

  13. Tien Soon August 20, 2005 at 10:01 am #

    Liew, I have to honestly tell you that, I really admire your foresight and firm decision. You started blogging, when Malaysian blogsphere was at the initial stage. You started minning from blog advertising, when it wasn’t popular in Malaysia. Then, it evolved into a stage where, a number of bloggers have actually inspired by you, and learned earning from AdSense with you.

    In the future, if the concept of pro-blogger got to emerge into a matured state in Malaysia; no doubt, you’re the pioneer

    All the best!

  14. dannyFoo August 20, 2005 at 11:33 am #

    Wow! And I thought for me heading into the freelance field just like that was hard but you’ve definetely hammered my worries away. Anyway, Malaysia is maturing rather quickly in the IT field and I do hope you manage to achieve your target revenue every month. :)

    Show us the way of becoming a problogger in Malaysia, Liew!

    Malaysians’ Boleh!

  15. yuga August 21, 2005 at 12:09 am #

    Congratulations on your decision. You have the traffic, the determination and the patience. You’ve already succeeded as a Malaysian blogger, and popular at that. Maybe it is high time for a new challenge and take the shoes of a ProBlogger.

    Do share your experiences with your avid readers as they will learn from your adventures into problogging. We will watch your progess closely. :)

  16. Jim August 21, 2005 at 8:39 am #

    You go, man. Don’t worry too much about your English skills. Most people can tolerate minor speeling and grammer mistakes. And I think most of your visitors are not native English speakers anyway. I’m sure you’ll improve along the way.

  17. Pat August 21, 2005 at 10:59 am #

    Good luck and congratulations! I have started a month ago. I hope to be as successful as you someday!

  18. colbert August 21, 2005 at 9:49 pm #

    I really hope to become my own CEO for a bloggin company that will get listed on the Nasdaq like

    Hey LCF. Lets do something like that. I want my own Ferrari before I hit 35 !

  19. Grace September 9, 2005 at 7:03 pm #

    It’s good that you believe in the power of your dreams! I wish you all the very best

  20. H4RRY September 20, 2005 at 9:29 pm #

    I’m sorry, Liew. This is as far as it goes..

    I’ve been one of your first few hundred steady visitors. Since you’re one of the first Tech blogger…

    I can tolerate the ads and the messy design, but I won’t anymore. There goes one of your dedicated visitor…..

  21. LcF September 21, 2005 at 2:32 am #

    H4RRY: Hope you will coming back soon. If there is any suggestion of improvement, please contact me.


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