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Blogging has become very popular in the last couple of years. There are a few things to keep in mind if you are trying to become a professional blogger, this is my story.
I have been a blogger for a little over 10 years and the industry as a whole has changed a lot in that time. I’ve also changed the type of blogger I was over time. For example:
When I started my very first blog, I was a book blogger. This fueled my love of books. I received many books for free in exchange for a fair and honest review of the book.
Product Review Blogger
Over time I switched from just reviewing books, to also reviewing products. It was a great way to try out new exciting products for my entire family. It was a mixture of things I already knew I wanted, and also new items I never heard of.
I now consider myself a Product Review/Lifestyle blogger hybrid. While I still review products, I also include more posts that are considered lifestyle. This could be crafts, recipes, thoughts/feelings on many different topics. A lifestyle blogger also has more opportunities to work with companies for a paid campaign in cash, instead of payment in just products.
Things to keep in mind if you want to become a blogger.
The idea of becoming a blogger to “get free products and paid” can be very enticing. There are a few things to remember before you become a blogger.
- It can take YEARS to start to earn a steady income. This is not to say it’s not possible, just it’s not an over night success.
- Nothing is free! It does not matter if you receive products (books or otherwise) or get paid in actual cash, you have to pay taxes on it. These items are not only not free because of the taxes aspect: there are the long countless hours you spend on your blog.
- Time is my 3rd point. I can not begin to tell you a number of hours I put into work a day or week. I’m actually in awe of the people that not only run a successful blog but also have: jobs out of the home all day, small children etc. My daughter is an adult and on her own. Blogging is also my own job.
- It’s very important to stay organized. Some bloggers swear by doing this digitally some like myself prefer other methods. I personally have a binder. I keep all of my blogging files on pen/paper in a binder. I can organize this the way that fits for me.
- Constant learning and research. There are always things that are changing and new in the blogging world. You have to know all the laws and rules involved. You don’t just type up what you want to say and hit enter. There are a lot of things behind the scenes you don’t see.
I don’t want to discourage anyone from being a blogger. It is very fulfilling and fun career. Just like anything in life though, it’s also hard work and needs to be taken seriously. Before you start a blog I suggest doing some research. Decide what type of blogger you want to be, and what all is entailed with that niche.
Are you already a blogger or are you thinking of becoming one? What niche would you post in?