Now practically anyone can start a blog, and millions of people and companies have. For personal blogs there are generally 2 main types - hobby blogs (fun writing) and career writing (launch pad to other opportunities or monetizing your blog to earn income).
I'm one of those people that considers myself a Blogger (with a capital B) and uses my blog as a launch pad to opportunities with a small amount of monetizing via sponsored posts and affiliates.
What exactly does being a "Blogger" mean though?
Well, there are plenty of great posts and articles written about it and how how to do it - I have several pinned to my Blogging Pinboard. For me, Blogging and my Blog, are an opportunity every day to research, analyze and communicate with you, my reader, while earning an income (some days smaller than others). I try to bring a mix of humor and real-life narrative to my posts.
With so many "shoulds" and "musts" out there, it can be hard for a Blogger to know what to do and where to start. After having my hat in this ring for three years, I've come to a conclusion. As with so many things in life, you get out of it, exactly what you put in to it and success looks different for every Blogger. Don't try to be something you aren't, be yourself and let your ideas and voice shine through.
Here are 3 Tips for Developing Your Own Blogging Success Story:
- Start with a Plan or Goal - Setting Goals can scare some people and prevent them from moving forward. If you're a Blogger, yu probably like to write, so craft a plan of what your Blogging looks like in a year from now. 3 years. 5 years.
- Outline Steps to Reach your Plan - Now that you have a picture of what you and your Blog look like in a year, how will you get there? Here's where Blog Conferences, Tribes, and Networking Groups can come in handy.
- Work Hard - There's no magic formula (no matter what the "experts" say). As with so many of the greatest things in life, Blogging success takes time and effort. Sometimes it's simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time, or meeting the "right" person. So be open to possibility, don't fall victim to Blogger Tunnel Vision, and think you can only succeed in one way.
In the end, a personal Blog is your voice. It comes from somewhere inside you and is a part of who and what you are. So what are you doing right now, that just feels "right"?
catch you soon -