What it takes to be a blogger

what it takes to be a blogger

I wanted to make this post as it’s important to outline what’s in store for you. This also applies to any other blogger, regardless of the type of blog they are running.

Without further long intros lets dive right in.

So you want to pick up blogging or want to restart your previous blog? Maybe you’ve seen very successful professional bloggers that make a living off their blogs and you want to achieve the same?

Well, it’s all good that you have such ambitions and goals. But do you actually have it in you to be one?

I’m not trying to scare anyone away, but blogging is not that easy as many others may try to convince you otherwise.

Don’t be fooled by cheap promises and look further into their intentions. Are those just to sell something to you or to actually help.

Blogging skills.

It’s not something unattainable, but are you willing to learn and make yourself better?

Nothing is standing still and you must adapt to changes that will come.

It’s nothing new for me as I’m working as a programmer and changes in this field come very frequently. So I must adapt to them and constantly learn something new.

But can you? That is the question that you must ask yourself – “are you willing to work for it?”

It will take time, but by trying you’ll get better with content creation, on-site and off-site SEO optimization, vlogs and other things.

Of course, everyone starts somewhere. Even the best writers, bloggers and journalists didn’t have such presentation, writing and delivery skills. But they did work hard to get them.

So can you, just be patient and take step by step!

But that is only one thing you’ll face. The most important though is – consistency.

Consistency is a common problem for many bloggers.

Some think that they’ll quickly make a new blog, publish few great posts and that will be it – visitors, fame, and money will flow to their blog.

Let me tell you right now – that won’t work. Sure, it has never been easier to start a blog, but you’ll not succeed if you’ll fail to consistently deliver valuable content.

Then, of course, there are other types of people that work very inconsistently. They make some posts few days apart, then take long breaks and so on.

That shows the lack of discipline, consistency and most often leads to blog abandonment.

Don’t be that person, there are so many of them on the internet.

Also, don’t worry too much about your blog at the start. You’ll perfect it as you go on.

Instead, start thinking about the content you’ll provide to your readers. Actually, think before you have even started it.

Make a list of major topics that you want to cover and then try to think as many subtopics as you can think of for your main ones.

This will give you a general plan to which to stick to. Plus, you won’t run out of topics to discuss.

Ability to consistently provide content over a long period of time will mainly determine your success as a blogger.

Remember that consistent blogging doesn’t mean very frequent blogging! Perhaps you are:

  • Occupied with your day job and at the end of the day you don’t have much energy to do something else. I for sure have had those days.
  • You raise your kids and are occupied with other household things.

Don’t worry about it as you don’t need to publish daily. Find a schedule that you’re comfortable with. Be it once a week, once in two etc. But once you find it, commit yourself to update your blog in that time frame.

Consistency can be learned.

The good news is that it can be learned. Only are you willing to put in the work and prove it to yourself that you can do it?

Show me that you can. To help you out I’ve outlined some points that will help.

  • Treat your blog as you’d treat your business. Would you really treat it carelessly if your financial situation depended on it? I don’t think you would, so give all your attention to it when you have time.
  • Write and schedule posts ahead. There can always be some unforeseen situations that take up your time. So it’s a good idea to write some articles ahead and schedule them to post at given time.
  • Try to write as often as possible. Don’t pay that much attention if everything is grammatically correct or there are paragraphs that are out of context. You’ll fix it up once you go over the article. This will help you to develop the skill to provide in large volumes consistently.

And there you go. These simple points will help you to become more disciplined and consistent. Just stick to them and keep on writing.

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