For many people, blogging starts out as nothing more than a hobby yet quickly becomes something they wish to monetize. It can be dangerous to make certain hobbies your full time profession, as many will tell you that it seems to suck the fun right out of them. However, many do tend to take blogging from a hobby to career and really enjoy it. Here’s how you can do it:
Find Your Focus
If you’ve spent a substantial amount of time without any focus up until now, actually finding your focus can be tough. If you’ve been going through the motions, clocking in and then clocking out without much thought to the inbetween, it’s time you found your focus again.
There are always going to be less distractions when you’re working for somebody else. When you’re working for yourself, especially at home, there are always going to be distractions and uncertainties. This is especially true if you have a partner, kids, and even just a TV and a fridge. If you want to do this, though, you really do need to learn to shut out everything else and find your focus. A few things you can do include:
- Deleting social media apps from your phone.
- Becoming more mindful of the amount you mindlessly scroll through social media and get distracted.
- Give yourself set working hours and stick to them.
- Ensure regular breaks.
- Try to find a quiet corner and set yourself up with everything you need so you don’t have to move for a bit.
When you cut out as many distractions as possible, you should find it much easier to create great content and build your online business.
Take Inventory Of Your Own Blog
What’s your blog niche and demographic? What types of strategies have you been using to get your blog noticed? How are you going to organize your content?
Make sure you keep a record of your success as a blogger, and note where you can grow.
Find Ways To Get Noticed
You can write all you like, but you need to get people to notice! To stand out, you need to put in a lot of effort. Network with other bloggers, go to meetups, and comment on their posts. Get comfortable with promoting yourself, too.
Diversify Your Skills
You don’t just need to be good at writing, unfortunately. You should also invest in more skills, such as learning how to take and edit high quality photographs, as well as creating an appealing layout, managing your site, and other technical capabilities. You may be able to hire people for this later on down the line, but this likely won’t happen for a while. Keep on learning as much as you can, even if you use free resources. Educate yourself on why you might need things like a cheap vps too, as you want to keep your blog as safe, secure, and private as possible.
Write For Others
As well as getting into a good routine with your own blog, see if you can establish outside credibility by writing for other blogs, and even publications. This will help you to practice your writing skills and put your name out there. See if you can pitch an idea to another blogger or publication.
Once you’ve mastered the above, consistency is all it takes!
Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.Galatians 6:9
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