Well, certainly the phenomenon created by (and around) Darren Rowse is certainly a prime example on how successful a blog author can become. However, many others who aren’t part of the blogging star network continuously try to become the same – and fail! The Workboxers have written a nice statement concerning this failure routine:
Darren just happened to be one of the first to realize the potential blogs had to stream content to the World Wide Web … and is extremely good at it.
If you want a successful blog, read the following advice. Everyone who is considering starting a blog should know the fundamental rule, blog about something you have a passion for! What they (Problogger and co) neglect to tell you is that you must pick a topic that will get attention! Something that will get linked to from all over the world! Something that blog networks will want to post about! Something that Darren himself will post about! Why? Because this is how a blog gets major traffic!
Clearly, this is true. And who would ever want to publish their secrets on earning money to the people who generate that money? In the end, many people do not realize they need niches. And without these niches, they won’t be in the center spot of any attention. I know this, I realized this, and live wonderful with it. The question seriously is: Do you want to be a professional blogger, or rather choose to find the newest niche for you to dig in and become the counter part to Darren? I’d follow that way.
[via Light Within, Workboxers]