Before you decide to become a full time blogger, here are some things I’ve learned along the way. I’ve been blogging since 2011. I have two Web sites, this one and Family Fun Journal. Family Fun Journal is updated regularly. I’m working hard to get this site up to date as well with a regular posting schedule.
When I started blogging, I was surprised by what I learned about it as a profession.
Here are 1o truths about blogging as a career
1. Don’t quit your day job. It takes a lot of time to start earning an income from your blog. It doesn’t happen overnight. Don’t expect to leave your full time job today and start making money tomorrow. It just isn’t going to happen.
2. You will have to work hard, really, really hard. Blogging is not a 9-5 job. It is an all encompassing, all consuming profession. Between keeping up with the blog posts and social media accounts, you will spend a ton of time tethered to your electronic devices. It is important to find a balance. However, in order for your blog to grow into something that produces an income, you will have to devote a lot of time to it.
3. You will have to spend money to make money. You can read all about your blogging options here. Once you start getting traffic, however, you will probably want to move to a self hosted site, which costs money. Supplies, blog themes and other expenses will cost you even more money. Dont be surprised if you barely break even your first year.
4. You wont earn the bulk of your income from sidebar ads. You will earn some money from them but the biggest income will come from sponsored posts and other opportunities you seek out.
5. Blogging is all about relationships. There is a joke among bloggers, that we all sit around in our pajamas and work from our laptops. While you can work alone, you wont get anywhere if you don’t network and form relationships with other bloggers. You can do this by finding local blogging groups or by joining networks like the SITS girls.
6. You have to keep up on trends. Google and social media sites are constantly making changes. You will have to become familiar with all of the new changes and policies and understand how to act accordingly.
7. You will have to gain a basic understanding of SEO and CSS. If you dont know what I’m talking about, start researching now. It is hard to maintain a blog if you dont have a basic understanding of computers, SEO and CSS.
8. You know the saying-if you build it they will come? That doesn’t apply to blogging. You could publish the most amazing posts, but if you don’t amplify and promote on social media, no one will visit your site.
9. You will get more emails than you ever imagined possible. You know how bloggers are always complaining that they have thousands of emails? It is true. I get so many emails that I could easily spend hours going through them. You will hear from everyone from advertisers to your readers. It is important to keep on top of them.
10. It is so rewarding to work for yourself. I love blogging. I can write what I want about whatever topics I want to cover. I also love that blogging has become a business for my family. My husband loves to take pictures. So, he takes the pictures for my other site and I write the content. I encourage you to have your family members pitch in if they have a particular talent.
I’m putting this information out there to let you glimpse behind the scenes of blogging as a career. I didn’t know a lot of this when I started. I hope you can benefit from the things I’ve learned along the way.
Even though blogging is difficult, I enjoy every minute of it.