I can not pinpoint an exact “trigger”, in which I decided to begin my successful blogging career. If you are like me, you have a full-time career, family, and not enough “me” time to pursue your dreams. I could not take it any more. One day I decided to take risks, and you know what, that was the best day of my life. I went from working full-time at a retail store, in which I could not stand, to becoming a flexible blogging professional. Let me share some advice that led me to a full-time blogging career, without the need for a day job.
Do not expect anything from your first blog entry, other than a pat on the back by no one other than yourself. After researching the top blogging sites, I picked wordrpess to host my blog. At first, I was intimidated by all the “techy” words being thrown around. I spent hours on Google, until the sun came up at times. I would recommend going to the library and grabbing wordpress for dummies. It is a very easy to follow book, and all it takes is your time and patience to put into practice. It taught me how to link my Facebook page back to my blog, as well as hyperlink.
Once I got the basic blueprint set up, I took the winding road to finding my voice. I was overwhelmed with finding the right mix of professionalism, yet still remaining personable and showing my personality. However one thing that helped was actually signing up on freelance writing sites. I was actually guided through the submission process of money worthy work. An editor even reviewed my work, and gave me a detailed critique on what needed correction and why. From that point on I gained more confidence and direction with my writing. I also learned that my first blogging job would not be about topics I cared for per-say, but more so for experience.
After about 8 months of building my blog, I gained some proper traffic, and started networking. I took all my article rejections and turned them around. I then had skillfully written articles catching the eye of others who wanted to hire me for blogging services. Once I was able to start blogging about the lifestyles I truly love, my work began to shine. I began receiving emails from other writers who wanted to do editorial collaborations. Once I found my niche, aka my passion, I also had advertisers offer me incentives for advertising on my blog site. I made money with my blog via social media marketing. I picked up freelance writing jobs along the way and that lead me to more income, in turn allowing me to quit my job and become a full-time blogger. I also advertise on linkedIn as a freelancer. I have gained numerous referrals, not to mention the group discussions have led me to meeting other bloggers with available work opportunity.