A blogging career can be the ultimate freedom. But… while new bloggers start out with high hopes, those dreams can come crashing down. You can avoid that. Be clear-eyed about blogging. Know what it is, and what it isn’t. Also, be clear-eyed about yourself. In your first year or two, you need to be confident in the face of nay-sayers, who are often your nearest and dearest. Tune them out.