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8 Expert Blogs Reveal How Passion Impacts Your Blogging Business

This post was most recently updated on July 26th, 2017

Passion Impacts Your BloggingHave you ever thought about how passion impacts your blogging business?

Bloggers often struggle with what seems to be endless failure.

One of the first things I usually tell them is that they must understand what their passion is.

This should be the basis of everything you do in your blogging business.

It’s important to understand exactly how passion impacts your blogging business, even for established and accomplished pro bloggers

And it is certainly helpful when you hit those snags, and must figure out how to work through adversity.

But just determining what your passion is doesn’t tell the whole story.

In fact, you may be passionate about many things.

But you’re not going to blog about many things.

That would spread your message too thin.

Target Your Audience

You can’t be talking to too many people, too big of an audience.

One of the tricks to blogging is to define your market very, very narrowly.

It’s what we call a “highly targeted audience.”

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That means… determine a passion of yours that you will make the central focus of your blog.

Then, you can address the specific crowd of people that share that passion.

Blog About Something Marketable

Now don’t misunderstand this.

Some people think that they can only blog about something they’re totally passionate about.

That’s not necessarily true, though, as you will see later in this article.

It may not even be a good idea to blog about your highest passion.

That’s because it may not be marketable.

Most people I work with are blogging for-profit.

And simply put, not every passion is marketable or profitable.

So, in other words, many things people are truly interested in may have a very weak profit picture built into it.

Find Your Passion

The key is to find something you are passionate about.

But something that also can be marketable.

When you do this, you’ll be on the right path to learning exactly how passion impacts your blogging business.

That’s my perspective of how passion impacts your blogging business.

Now, let’s see what some other leading bloggers have to say about this.

1. Amy Lynn Andrews

Amy Lynn Andrews makes the point that you need to be blogging about something that you’re “passionate” about, not just “interested” in it.

Otherwise, she believes that you’re really killing your business before you even get it started.

That’s because it takes a lot of work to develop and run a blog.

If you’re merely “interested” in your topic, then the chances of you doing all that hard work consistently are slim.

That’s especially true when things get tough…

  • having to come up with content all the time,
  • promoting it consistently
  • and all the rest.

That is just the beginning.

How Passion Impacts Your Blogging Business

Read more… https://amylynnandrews.com/how-to-find-your-passion/

You’re not going to want to do that with something that you have only a passing interest in.

Amy challenges you to find a list of things that you are truly passionate about.

That requires you to dig deep into your dreams.

She challenges you to dream of all the things that you would be totally excited about to work on.

Then, from that list, settle on the one you think would have a strong enough profit potential to make it the foundation niche of your blog.

As Amy says… “you like an interest, you live a passion.”

So, start dreaming and find your true passions.

2. Crew

On the Crew blog, Belle Beth Cooper tells us that you don’t have to start with your passion.

You only need to cultivate it.

Passion Impacts Your Blogging Business

Read more here… https://crew.co/blog/hack-your-passion/

The point is well taken.

Sometimes, we can’t just jump into our dream blog.

It simply may not be in a good enough niche to build a profit base from.

But if we cultivate what we’re already doing, or what we have a natural talent for… it can certainly develop into a passion.

It might be that the passion derives more from the fact that you’ve found a way to help people, regardless of the niche or topic.

3. Smart Blogger – Jon Morrow

On his Smart Blogger blog, John Morrow talks about how you have to become a… smart blogger (what else, right?).

Now, he’s not talking directly about passion here.

He’s talking about being a smart enough blogger to learn how to give value to your readers.

He’s talking about re-orienting your life, your habits and your thinking processes in order to accomplish that.

In other words, your passion is not so much your topic or your niche… but your passion is you… yourself.

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It’s you that your readers want to learn from.

How many times have we heard the people don’t buy products, they buy people?

So true.

Will you become the best smartest and most helpful blogger you can be?

Whatever the niche?

Whatever the topic?

When your passion becomes part of your own self growth, then your blogging business will show the results you’re looking for.

How Passion Impacts Your Blogging Business

Read more… https://smartblogger.com/smart-blogger/

4. Problogger – Darren Rowse

In his Problogger podcast, Darren Rowse Talks about how to maintain inspiration and avoid blogger burnout.

When you’re passionate about your topic you tend to want everything to go smoothly.

I think many bloggers assume that because of their passion about a topic, people will just magically gravitate to their blog.

But it takes work.

This is why it’s important to be passionate.

Because you will need to get down to work.

Darren talks about ways to avoid feeling overwhelmed and burnt out from all the many tasks that blogging requires.

How Passion Impacts Your Blogging Business

Listen to the podcast… https://problogger.com/podcast/how-to-stay-inspired-and-avoid-bloggers-burn-out/

I think what it really gets down to is this… develop a feeling and conviction that you’re in the right place when you’re blogging.

Talking about the burdens and business part of blogging, Rowse observes that “I find it easier when I am in a groove and a rhythm with my blogging.”

That “groove and rhythm” is not easy to find when you blog purely for profit instead of passion.

5. Duct Tape Marketing – Jon Jantsch

At Duct Tape Marketing, Jon Jantsch agrees that doing what you love is important for bloggers.

But getting good… really good at it… is what turns it into a passion.

How Passion Impacts Your Blogging Business

How Passion Impacts Your Blogging Business

Read more… https://www.ducttapemarketing.com/love-your-work/

I think that’s so important to understand.

I’ve known people in many walks of life who only started getting really passionate about something when they started achieving success in it.

Blogging is no different.

While I don’t think that you should blog primarily for profit, many bloggers do.

And those that start achieving good results often experience unexpected levels of enthusiasm.

As even more success accrues, they actually start getting pretty passionate about it.

I think people need to know they’re doing something well.

Call it positive feedback, good vibes or whatever.

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But as you start getting good at something, you just start feeling better about yourself.

It’s kind of like biofeedback.

As you start seeing positive biometric feedback, your mood and then, even your health, can begin to improve.

That’s because you are hard-wired to seek improvement, I believe.

As you begin to experience it, your passion level increases.

Your desire to do even more, and rise to even higher levels is stimulated.

I call that passion.

And I see it happen all the time with bloggers.

6. John Chow

John Chow hosted an article that talks about “the strange relationship between passion and success.”

It describes the fact that passion does not lead to success, but rather ==> success leads to passion.

Passion Impacts Your Blogging Business

Read more… http://www.johnchow.com/the-strange-relationship-between-passion-and-success/#

I think this is similar to what Jantsch was getting at when he said  “I love what I do, but I get paid for what I finish.”

As the Chow article explains, you don’t want to just be a quitter.

You don’t want to simply quit every time something is not going the way you hoped.

And certainly, you can’t just keep jumping to a new thing every time you meet resistance.

But you should focus your efforts on “building momentum where there is momentum to be built.”

And again, like the biofeedback example I gave you… “Follow the positive trends on the projects that are seeing success.”

Another way to say that is the marketing cliche…  “follow the money.”

IQ Matrix – Adam Sicinski

On the IQ Matrix blog, Adam Sicinski talks about passion a bit differently.

He describes it as a lifestyle and mindset rather than a targeted inspiration.

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In other words, it may not be so much that you are really passionate to blog about dog training, or health or financial security.

Instead, it may just be that you are a passionate “type” of person.

You tend to be passionate about everything you do.

In fact, Sicinski even gives guidance for developing a passionate personality if you don’t already have one.

Passion Impacts Your Blogging Business

Read more… http://blog.iqmatrix.com/living-with-passion

The IQ Matrix article then goes on to describe several things you can do to increase your capacity to be passionate about the things you do.

For bloggers, this points to the importance of finding out how to help people solve their problems.

When you are helping people solve their problems, you instinctively improve your level of passion.

So again, we see the script is flipped.

Instead of being passionate about helping people, as most bloggers tell me they are…

you develop passion for blogging as you start getting good at helping people.

It may sound like a play on words.

But really, when you think about it…it’s a major shift in your thinking about how you can earn a living by blogging from your passion.

Shout Me Loud – Harsh Agrawal

How Passion Impacts Your Blogging Business

Now, if you’re beginning to wonder whether or not you are passionate as a blogger, it might be good to take a peek at this Shout Me Loud article posted by Harsh Agrawal.

Five factors which shows passion for blogging

According to this quick checklist, you will see that you are passionate about your blogging if you…

  • Are keen to learn new things
  • Feel like you’re in a different world when you blog
  • Don’t care about time when you’re blogging
  • Consider money to be only a secondary goal to blogging
  • Refuse to take shortcuts to achieving success in your blogging business.

Do you see yourself, here?

Are you beginning to see how important it is to start developing some of these passion traits and habits?

How Passion Impacts Your Blogging Business

You have now gained many great insights into exactly how passion impacts your blogging business.

So what’s your personal takeaway from all this?

What does this mean to you as a blogger?

What do you think comes first, the chicken or the egg?

The passion to succeed, or the success that inspires your passion?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

People so often tell me that they enjoy reading my comment threads as much as they do my blog posts.

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And then leave a comment below.

I’m anxious to hear how passion impacts your blogging business.


Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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67 Responses to 8 Expert Blogs Reveal How Passion Impacts Your Blogging Business

  1. Philip Verghese Ariel
    July 18, 2018 at 12:37 am #

    Hi Donna,
    Oh my how I missed this amazing post.
    Good to read about these passionate bloggers and their real passion for blogging and other daily connected activities!
    Above all the video talks volumes, yet another well explained video from the portals of Donna Merrill Tribe!
    Thanks again for this informative piece.
    Keep sharing.
    ~ Phil
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  2. Yusuf Bitrus
    October 20, 2017 at 8:44 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    i must admit i am amazed by the way you treated this topic, you handled it like no other, speaking of passion it is a must have tool for any body who wants to be successful in business. Thats why i refer to passion as “emotional capital” ,
    if you have money and you don’t passion to groom it then it is a waste.

    I believe that this article is going to help a lot of people to know what passion realy means. And how to deal with it in business.


  3. Anyaogu Ikechukwu
    August 14, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

    Blogging is nothing without Passion.

    I see people go for niches they are not passionate about or have little knowledge in

    What do you love thinking or doing most of the time? That should be your niche.

  4. Anand August 10, 2017 at 12:03 am #

    Hi Donna. I always believe you will write a good post if you know the subject well, and that is usually the case when you are passionate about the subject to begin with. These are all great bloggers you mentioned. Don’t have time to read all of them, but I do occasionally visit DuctTapeMarketing and Problogger. Good blogs.
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  5. Chery Schmidt
    July 31, 2017 at 7:26 pm #

    Hey Donna! Awesome post as usual my friend! I am going to go back and click on over and check out what all these expert bloggers have to share about passion! I am only familiar with a few of them, but do have some time this evening to check them all out! WOWSY Talk About Passion! You Got GF!!

    Thanks for sharing..
    Chery :))
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  6. Donna Merrill July 31, 2017 at 2:01 pm #

    Hi Ben,

    I started writing with my passion in the self-help edge but as I grew into marketing so did my blog. So I do think that we can allow ourselves to grow as our passions evolve.

    True…I believe what I meant when I wrote that all passions may not be marketable is if a person doesn’t seek the specific marketing experience they need. I know a guy who sells teeth whitening strips and labels it some catchy name. He’s making money hand over fist and its the same strips one can buy in the store. The difference is that he has an edge on the market with his catchy name, uses only visuals (his sister is a model and has white teeth lol) So yes anything can be marketed if people think out of the box.

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  7. Ben
    July 31, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    Hi Donna. I think passion drives the whole thing but I don’t think the passion has to be there at the beginning. When you started blogging you had no idea what you were doing but it was a means to an end. As you learn more and get more comfortable with it you then develop a passion for it. I think the same thing goes for anything. Success can definitely feed the passion, but I think the passion comes originally from the learning.

    There is one thing you said at the beginning of this article that I disagree with. You said that not all passions may be marketable. I think if you are passionate enough about the subject and able to think far enough out of the box then you can find a way to make any passion marketable. Some people say you can’t make money in art, but there are many who have. Same goes with writing. I’m sure “they” said the same thing about blogging when it started. There is always a way.
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  8. Elise Cohen Ho
    July 30, 2017 at 9:15 pm #

    Passion has an effect on absolutely everything. It can make something wonderful or miserable. The difference is in the attitude.
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  9. Dr. Erica Goodstone
    July 30, 2017 at 8:44 pm #


    What an interesting article. I had not thought about success leading to passion rather than passion pushing you toward success.
    I can say that for my virtual summits, I began with intense passion. Yet the process is extremely time consuming, even overwhelming.
    So many details and so many things can go wrong. The first 3 summits went rather well – and then the 4th one was a let down.
    People speaking on the 4th summit did not keep their agreement and hardly shared. I felt so discouraged I almost wanted to give up.
    But my passion to connect with leading authors, speakers, therapists, coaches in my love and relationships niche led me to continue.
    And just today, while in the midst of creating the new summit, someone bought one of the previous summits. That little bit of unexpected
    success has spurred me on to make this next one even better than the ones before.

    Blogging is the same way. A little success leads to more passion. And a return of passion leads to more unexpected success. It goes back
    and forth.



  10. Edward Thorpe
    July 30, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Killer post about how passion and blogging are related.

    Much to my surprise, I knew all the bloggers featured here, with the exception of Amy Lynn who I’m gonna check out. Thanks for an epic type post – as per usual…
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  11. Lesly T Federici
    July 30, 2017 at 7:56 am #

    Great resources and insights Donna! You can learn a lot from the best in the blogging field. I’d say you’re marching strong in that direction.
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  12. Gaurav Kumar
    July 29, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Blogging is what turns the passion into profession, but only if the blogger is passionate about blogging. Lack of passion is the biggest reason why 90% bloggers quite blogging.

    Everyday I get messages from bloggers round the world asking me the ways to make money online and how they can improve their blogs, but when I tell them to invest their time and money they run like anything. This tells that they are not passionate about hat they are doing.

    When you are dedicated to blogging then you do everything to rock it.

    Thanks for sharing about the other passionate blogs.

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    • Donna Merrill July 30, 2017 at 8:22 pm #

      Hi Gaurav,

      I like that “blogging is what turns passion into profession”

      I have to laugh because I get the same question too. When I give the answer they run like hell. Thank goodness some do not.

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  13. Joy Healey
    July 29, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Perhaps my problem is that I’m not so much passionate as just darned stubborn!

    If there’s anything I’m passionate it is – like Joy Hamilton said above – making sure that newcomers to blogging don’t make the same mistakes I did.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark
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  14. Emenike Emmanuel
    July 29, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    You are at it again with another mind-blowing article. I was particularly caught by John Chow’s point of view.

    For two reasons, he caught my attention. First, the title, “The Cart Before the Horse,” coincidentally is the title of the eBook I’m working on currently and secondly, his position that it’s, “Success that leads to passion,” sounds like the opposite of what most people talk about but when we critically look at it, John is right.

    This is indeed very informative.


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    • Donna Merrill July 30, 2017 at 5:18 pm #

      Hi Emenike,

      John Chow sure makes a great statement on passion and success. “The cart before the horse” is something that we all have to bare in mind. Oh my let me know when your book is finished. Sounds interesting.

      Success does lead to passion. This is why we have to celebrate each and every step that we do that is successful. From the smallest learning curve to the biggest one.

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  15. Kathryn Maclean
    July 29, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    Wow, Your passion is showing my friend.
    What a great post. I counted 8 links to other people’s posts all on passion with your blogging business.

    I loved the main idea, determine your passion and let that will be the main focus of your blog and address that specific crowd of people who share your passion, in a profitable niche.

    My passion is to earn a living by helping people (women).business owners connect their business to the net profitability.
    Sharing this on all social media!
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    • Donna Merrill July 30, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

      Hi Kathryn,

      I know how well you project your passion of helping women. You have fine tuned it so well and do attract that specific crowd of people.

      I’m sure that anyone who will work with you will be successful with their business.

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  16. Shameem
    July 29, 2017 at 7:06 am #

    Hi Donna,

    A valuable write up!

    Passion can be at any person whether he his blogger or normal person or business person.

    Each an every one must have an passion on his life to get succeed..

    It will direct us towards an good direction and Passion will help you to grow on any industry etc..

    Enjoyed reading the experts thoughts!

    • Donna Merrill July 30, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

      Hi Shameem,

      Indeed, passion can be applied to just about anything in our lives. As long as we have chosen a direction to take, our passion for it will help us sustain.

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  17. Andrew M. Warner
    July 28, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Great write up.

    I felt that my passion wained a few years go when I was completely lost and didn’t know what direction I wanted to take my initial blog. But since I shut down and started fresh, I know what my mission and goals are and most definitely what my passion is.

    And you’re right. This is an important thing to think about, much like the chicken and the egg like you said. “The passion to succeed, or the success that inspires your passion?”

    Really great write up.

    – Andrew

    • Donna Merrill July 30, 2017 at 11:24 am #

      Hi Andrew,

      Out here in internet land it is somehow difficult to know where our passions lie when we first start. I took a different direction with my blog a few years back because I was loosing steam. I wanted to get more creative and so I did. I didn’t shut it down but it morphed into something a bit different.

      Yes it is important to think about – the chicken and the egg –

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  18. Kamran July 28, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your ideas, and I’m really inspired with your articles since I always dreaming that someday I may able to write a book.
    So thank you once again for the motivation.

    • Donna Merrill July 30, 2017 at 11:21 am #

      Hi Kamran,

      Thank you. Hey start on that book asap! It doesn’t have to be beginning-middle-end. Just start writing and put it on a document. Let it flow from your heart on what you are passionate about. Then go back and edit it. 🙂

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  19. Nishant
    July 28, 2017 at 7:17 am #

    Hello, Donna. Great Post.

    Liked what Amy Lynn.

    When we drive passion towards self-growth, and the growth is also resonated in our business then we are evolving from a blogger to an entrepreneur. The passion should be driven to create a sustainable business, and it starts with the simple concept of placing your readers at the center. Modifying Peter drinkers quote ” keep your readers happy and they will keep you in the business”. A value driven activity fueled by the passion for achieving financial stability should be our motto. We need to learn and expand our horizon, learn about things what our target customers are interested and address it rather sticking to same topics.

    Liked the article and have shared it on my Twitter.
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    • Donna Merrill July 29, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

      Hi Nishant,

      Indeed, it all starts within. As we apply our self-growth it reflects on our business. Then we can evolve from blogger to marketer.

      We have to keep our readers at the center because that’s our business….teaching others. I do like the motto you have given because it is so true.
      We never should stop learning and applying.

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  20. Rupesh Kumar
    July 28, 2017 at 4:49 am #

    Hi, Dona. This is such an insightful post. As you rightly said passion is the main driving factor if someone wants to be in the blogging game for some time longer. otherwise, I have seen people quitting after few months of blogging. that is is so painful. Practice and perseverance are the keys. I believe that practice and continual approach may develop passion within you. Every good thing in this world takes a good amount of time and effort. I am going to share this on twitter for sure. Thanks for such a good article.

    • Donna Merrill July 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

      Hi Rupesh,

      It sure is painful to see such great people stop blogging after a while. I see too much of that.

      It does take a lot of practice and patience. But if we have an off line business, it would apply too. This is what we have to remember when we have a business online. We have to look at some start up companies offline and see how hard they are trying to make a go of it. Some win, some fail. And failure always has to do with loosing passion for the product.

      Thanks so much,

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  21. Hussain Omar
    July 28, 2017 at 12:23 am #

    Hey Donna,

    Great post!

    I believe that the one should passionate about what he is doing, then all the tasks will be a piece of cake.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Marquita Herald
    July 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm #

    Awesome advice as always Donna! I totally get the concept and importance of passion … I’ve been passionate about my particular topic pretty much my whole life. I do think it is worthwhile to occasionally take a step back to gain perspective on where we are in our journey, which is what I’m about to do by taking an entire month away from, well, all things digital.

    My first blog was only available to my clients which were spread across 4 Islands in Hawaii. It worked so well that morphed into a public version and grew from that. But what I have to remind myself from time to time is blogging is not the point, it was always meant to be a means to an end. Lately, it’s become the “point” so I’m regrouping and re-prioritizing during my time off because I want to get back to writing, teaching and creating. In fact, I started this life out as an artist, a pretty darn good one, and I want to ease that back into my life as well. I don’t know what the month will reveal but I suspect my first post when I return will be pretty interesting. 🙂 Thanks for the tips and inspiration!
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    • Donna Merrill July 27, 2017 at 7:34 pm #

      Hi Marquita,

      You are on a wonderful journey this month and I wish you all the best. It is amazing what you can do when you unplug. I’m sure your spirit will lead the way to such wonderful things.

      You are a great writer and I enjoy your blog so much. I look forward to it each week. Now, with some changes, it is going to be exciting in September.

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  23. Vishwajeet Kumar
    July 27, 2017 at 5:18 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Thanks for this beautiful post. I know harsh from past 8 months and he is really one of the pro bloggers from India. I follow his tips and tricks on blogging. He also helps me a lot and also have written a content for my blog. Darren and John is also one of the favorite bloggers and I visit their blog regularly to learn something new. Thanks again for sharing this beautiful post.

    Have a great Day 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill July 27, 2017 at 7:27 pm #

      Hi Vishwajeet,

      It is great to know you are familiar with Harsh, Darren and John. Once we start following them there is so much to learn. This is why I formatted this blog post, including these pro-bloggers.


  24. Manish Kumar
    July 27, 2017 at 4:43 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Awesome Blog!

    I agree with you passion impacts our blogging business. Targeting the audience that share our passion is a nice idea.

    what i got from your article is that we have to determine our passion that is profitable.

    There is a lot to learn from the bloggers you mentioned in your article.

    I will tweet your post.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

    • Donna Merrill July 27, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

      Hi Manish,

      There sure is so much to learn from the bloggers in this article!

      When it comes to our passion, we want to make sure it is a profitable one.

      Thanks for coming by,

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  25. Harleena Singh
    July 27, 2017 at 3:48 am #

    Hi Donna,

    All that you mentioned is so, true. 🙂

    It’s important to find your passion and blog about it so it self-drives you and you’re self-motivated. But if you’re blogging to earn revenues or create a passive income stream, then you need to make sure you choose a passion that is marketable, or market or present your passion in a way that it becomes profitable. You’re absolutely spot on there.

    Blogging requires a strategy and you need to treat it as a business. It’s great to read the opinions of all the blogging legends. This is certainly a helpful and valuable post for all bloggers, newbie or not.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice, rest of the week 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill July 27, 2017 at 8:03 am #

      Hi Harleena,

      Passion sure keeps us self-motivated. When monetizing our blogs in one way or another, we have to make sure our passion is in a marketable niche.

      Indeed, blogging must be treated as a business. We have to have good strategies in place to do so.

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  26. Prince Akwarandu
    July 26, 2017 at 10:22 pm #

    Hi Dona,

    Passion calleth deep unto deep. This is a great list up there!

    Sometimes, when I feel like not to write anymore, it pushes me to write – Passion. When the family neglects and abandons your love for what you do, it accompanies you through the rocky paths – Passion. When friends decide not to believe in your dream, it encourages you to BELIEVE, DO and BE – Passion. When all hope seems to be gone, it shows you a way where there seems to be none – Passion.

    Many people have different definition they can point to passion. To some, it is a gift. To another, it is a lift. But, the eight experts above knocked it off explaining how passion impacts the blogging business. While some blog for fun, others use a blog to create a platform to increase their business sales. I’d be putting the valuable tips outlined by these experts to work.

    Thanks for sharing this, Dona.

    – Prince.

    • Donna Merrill July 27, 2017 at 7:30 am #

      Hi Prince,

      I love the way you have described how passion can get us through. Some knock us down, call us crazy, or are impatient. Some will never understand what we do. Passion gets us through that. As long as we stand strong, we cannot loose.

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  27. Monna Ellithorpe
    July 26, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Love this post. So many times I’ve started a blog on something that I love, only to find it’s not really marketable, as you mentioned. It took me a while to figure that out. Just because I like a certain thing or activity, doesn’t mean lots of other people do too.

    I do agree that you can start with something you are passionate about and if it’s a marketable niche, then the success you see from your efforts is going to make it much easier for you to continue and keep up with it. A lot of times things are right in front of you but you’re letting your other emotions prevent you from seeing it.

    Thanks so much for your great video and post. I enjoyed reading it very much.

    • Donna Merrill July 27, 2017 at 7:27 am #

      Hi Monna,

      Sometimes I want to write about everything under the sun. I am passionate about so many things, but they won’t be marketable. When I finally came into my own and kicked fear out of the way, I started doing digital products. At the beginning I was frightened, but kicked it out anyway and guess what? People liked it!

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  28. Steven Jude July 26, 2017 at 8:59 am #

    I really like JohnChow’s take on the turning passion to business idea. He explained it very well.

  29. Amber Harrop July 26, 2017 at 7:25 am #

    Donna I actually watched this video last night on Youtube ( I love them ) and I am now blogging about what I love my garden and growing organically this is my passion

    • Donna Merrill July 27, 2017 at 7:11 am #

      Hi Amber,

      Happy you landed here from Youtube! Your passion is a great one because there are so many people that are interested in that niche. Organic gardening is so great. One can have a large garden, or a few pots on their window sill to get good wholesome real organic food.

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  30. Susan Velez
    July 26, 2017 at 7:01 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I do believe that passion has to be a big part of why you blog. Yes, it’s possible to start a blog in any niche. However, keeping it going after several years is going to be a challenge if you’re not passionate about your niche.

    I actually read a lot of these bloggers blogs and am constantly learning a lot from them.

    Harsh says it correct, you can’t think of the money right out of the gate. Chances are when you start a new blog, the money isn’t going to come right away.

    You have to provide quality content and actually help people before they will even consider doing business with you.

    Thanks for sharing this article with us. Now I have a couple more blogs to read this morning.

    Have a great one 🙂


    • Donna Merrill July 27, 2017 at 7:10 am #

      Hi Susan.

      If we don’t have passion in our niche, we will eventually fall off the blogging wagon! It is great that you know these bloggers because there are always things to learn from them.

      Harsh’s words are so true. I’ve met bloggers that went in it for the money. Now their blogs are somewhere in the cloud.

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  31. Sonal Talwar
    July 26, 2017 at 4:55 am #

    Hi Donna

    Great post!

    Passion is what keeps us going. Yes, passion in blogging help us learn many new things apart from earning. moreover, the fact is that whatever we do in life we should do it with passion.

    thanks for bringing here the views of so many top bloggers!
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    • Donna Merrill July 27, 2017 at 7:05 am #

      You said it Sonal,

      Whatever we do in life we should do with passion. If not, it just becomes chores.

      Good to know you like the top bloggers I’ve listed here for their sage advice.


  32. Joy Hamilton
    July 26, 2017 at 1:06 am #

    I’ve had bloggers burnout before and I actually let the game for several years. I let my domains expire and didn’t even care that I actually lost some the content. I realized that I did it wrong back then. I focused on finding topics I thought would make money and I didn’t stop to consider whether I actually liked the topic. I made money back then, too, and it didn’t matter. I finally know where my passion is – helping others navigate the blogger’s world so that they don’t make the same mistakes I did. This is such an important topic!

    • Donna Merrill July 27, 2017 at 7:01 am #

      Hi Joy,

      Making those “mistakes” years ago has given you a wonderful passion to help others. When you think of how many bloggers actually start every day, they do need guidance. Making sure they don’t make the same mistakes as you have is a blessing to them.

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  33. Shantanu Sinha
    July 26, 2017 at 1:03 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Great shout here 🙂

    Passion is all about which keeps us going and going year after year. What ever work we do it all needs to be passionate about
    it. People talk about monye, yeah money do matter we can not deny it but something we carry out with passion that is more
    important. This passionate work of ours will make us money, infact good amount of money if we are carving out the work with
    all our dedication.

    Those are quite known top notch bloggers, John and Darren are someone who teaches a lot from their writings.

    Thanks for the share

    Happy Blogging 🙂


    • Donna Merrill July 26, 2017 at 9:28 pm #

      Hi Shantanu,

      While money does matter, if we put it first, we won’t succeed. However, when following our passions and blogging articles that help others, give answers to their questions, and teaching new things, money always follows.

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  34. Ryan Biddulph
    July 25, 2017 at 11:41 pm #

    Totally digging the passionate takes of each of these successful bloggers Donna. Love it.

    My passion helps me do what I do. Some folks feel I am a machine. I am human. Honest 😉 But by feeling super passionate about blogging and helping folks and by genuinely having fun doing what I do, wow does it get easier and easier for me to be up a little before midnight now reading this post and writing this comment. After getting my 3 guest posts lined up and submitted for the day.

    Passion makes me go.

    But I appreciate John Chow’s take too; I started with passion but in the same respect, I did become more passionate as I saw more success. I gained more confidence and clarity in what I was doing when my success slowly expanded.
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    • Donna Merrill July 26, 2017 at 6:45 pm #

      Hi Ryan,

      If I were to give the analogy of passion you would be a fine example.

      You are so passionate about writing and the proof of the pudding is that one can see you at least three to four times a week on different blogs. Not to mention your Facebook Live every day. You are a giver and that is what is so admirable about you.

      Passion makes me go too lol. Sometimes I admit I will have a down day, but that’s my body telling me to unplug and do a Donna Day which I do.
      Then, coming back the next day I’m a superhero he he he.

      I love John Chow’s take.

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  35. Prosper Noah
    July 25, 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    Great one Donna,

    I love the fact that many would find this article really benefiting. Working with passion for something definitely works good.

    Another is whether your passion can be marketable or not! But these experts have defined it in a way that anyone could easily understand.

    Good one.
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    • Donna Merrill July 26, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

      I am so happy you loved this article Prosper,

      I have included such awesome people that so many can learn from.

      We can have numerous passions, but we do need to choose the one that will be marketable.

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  36. Lisa Sicard
    July 25, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

    Hi Donma, I love this! It surely does take passion to continue to blog year after year. I’ve been loving your video’s too on Facebook. You go girl!

    I loved Harsh’s statement that money should come second to blogging. And that time flies when you are having fun blogging.
    I would never recommend someone to blog just for moeny, they have to love a topic, be willing to continually learn and grow with.

    I’d add having a little thick skin helps for the skeptics and those that critique you too! Stick with it….Too many quit before success.
    I will be checking out some of these other bloggers I didn’t know well too 🙂 Thank you very much Donna.

    • Donna Merrill July 26, 2017 at 6:33 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      Indeed, it takes a lot of passion to blog year after year. Thanks for liking my Facebook videos lol. I’m trying to get that one going and so far so good.

      Absolutely, money has to come second to blogging. Harsh says it like it is. Once you are blogging and focusing on that, money does follow.

      By all means, check out these amazing bloggers here on this post. You will learn so much from them.

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  37. Pedro Okoro
    July 25, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Wow, wow, wow! What a fantastic blog post! I usually love your posts, but here you’ve gone over and beyond to create an awesome resource that I have book marked. I will definitely be returning to this blog post over and over again! And the check list at the end just nailed it for me.
    I know that I am passionate about blogging because I am in it for the long haul because as John Chow explains, I don’t want to be a quitter every time I hit a brick wall! Plus, I love what Adam of IQ Matrix says about the mindset of a passionate person.

    This is too good to keep to myself. I am off to share on Twitter!

    Best regards


    • Donna Merrill July 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm #

      Hi Pedro,

      I am so happy you found this blog post interesting and useful. Yes, as John Chow explains, we don’t want to quit every time we hit a brick wall. I can’t tell you how many brick walls I’ve hit during my years of blogging. But I kept on doing it. Sometimes I had to take a break for a day or two and just unplug. Coming back fresh, I jumped back in with enthusiasm.

      Thanks so much for the share!

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  38. Ahmad Imran July 25, 2017 at 11:01 am #

    Good one Donna, really liked the topic and a concentrated advice about something that every blogger should thinking about right from day one. I have been following Darren, Jon and Amy from the list you mentioned, will explore other blogger’s blog as well. Thanks for a lovely article. Cheers.
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    • Donna Merrill July 26, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

      Hi Ahmad,

      Indeed, every blogger needs to be thinking about this from day one. I know the pain of not doing so many years back when I have not. Darren, Jon and Amy are wonderful. I’m sure you will enjoy the others.

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