One question dances around in your mind: can blogging be a career?
Related blog posts and resources:
Doubt may try to creep into your mind. But excitement, enthusiasm and your dreams win out. Good.
Playing around with this question gives you clarity, focus and that little nudge you need to make a career change.
9-5 employees make the career change to blogging daily. Some people decide to go full time immediately after exiting their job. Other new bloggers take the full time route later on in their blogging careers.
Can Blogging Be a Career?
I am an island hopping, full time blogger.
My day today; I moved one village over here in Thailand. I just enjoyed the sweetest pork and rice dish with some sweet, spicy sauce, purchased at the local market.
Thailand agrees with me. I have spent nearly 2 and a half years on and off in the Land of Smiles.
10 years ago I worked a security guard job. Today I am a professional blogger.
My career change has been fun, freeing and fulfilling. I circled the globe for 8 years. My life is a movie.
Ask yourself a few questions before diving in to blogging to give yourself clarity in making a career change.
Do You Enjoy Blogging?
Before choosing blogging as a career you should enjoy blogging.
Blogging success finds bloggers focused on their dreams, and their success.
Focusing on success becomes easy if you enjoy the blogging ride.
Check out this little guy I saw in Thailand.
I blogged for a few hours today. Every hour felt like play. Why? I love my blogging gig.
Success finds passionate bloggers who enjoy the ride.
Are You Aware of the Many Moving Parts?
Blogging as a career requires you to be a:
- SEO pro
- skilled entrepreneur
Be aware of the hats you will wear as a blogging pro.
I love playing different roles as a full time blogger. I feel almost like an actor on stage.
Even though I am genuine in all I do it feels fun to play the role of an SEO blogging pro one minute then blog commenting champion the following minute. Invest in my one of a kind blog commenting eBook to comment effectively.
One moment I teach bloggers how to monetize. The next moment I am learning how to become a more empowered entrepreneur.
Know your roles to dive into blogging from a clear, confident energy.
Be Prepared to Make a Financial Investment
Any blogger can make a minimal financial investment to begin blogging effectively.
Be aware; you pay up to play up as you scale.
New bloggers on a blogging career path can usually get by on inexpensive hosting. But you will need to invest in a blogging course and eBook in addition to investing in a premium theme to make wise career choices.
As your blog grows you need to invest in premium hosting or a VPS to handle your exponentially increasing blog traffic. I have a VPS to handle my 44,000 and ever increasing web visitors monthly.
Career bloggers know; invest money to do blogging right and to make more money. Expect to invest less than an offline business but be ready to circulate money to do blogging right.
Leave Your Employee Thinking Behind
No check waits for you every Thursday.
But you can take off whenever you want to.
I recall having 5 days of vacation as a security guard some 11 years ago.
Now I circle the globe and change time zones like most people change their minds.
I had to take initiative. I also rode out some bumps. Putting in significant energy was also a big factor in my success.
No ceiling for my salary. Plus I vacation in places like Fiji, Bali and Costa Rica.
Fun, freedom and relaxation greet me daily.
I shifted from thinking like an employee to thinking like an entrepreneur to facilitate this career change.
Blogging is a fun career choice for anyone willing to shift from thinking like an employee to thinking like an entrepreneur.
Blogging Is All Mindset
Like everything in life, where your attention and energy goes, grows.
Bloggers whose strong minds focus on success see success quickly compared to the rest of the world, because they are in the moment, versus time. Focus on an idea and feeling to allow the idea and feeling to come into form.
Choosing blogging as a career requires you to paint a vivid mental picture of yourself succeeding as a full time blogger.
Begin with the end in mind.
I doubled down on painting my vision in detail recently to see sweet Google success and a nice traffic and profits increase.
As within, so without.
Focus on keeping things positive to make your career change. Negative people mired in a 9-5 gig or your own doubting, negative limiting beliefs may try to warn you against being a pro blogger.
Work on your mental muscle. Meditate, do deep yin yoga and relax your focus, to expand your awareness and to be committed to success and to living your dreams.
How you think, feel and act determines your level of blogging success.
Be prepared to shift your focus regularly to shift your life from your current career to a blogging career.
Go for it
Go for it.
Blogging is a fabulous, fun, freeing and fulfilling career choice.
This is not a 9-5 job.
Having the freedom of working when you want to from anywhere on earth is worth the energy and intent you put into blogging.
I have lived a spectacular life through this magical medium.
Become a blogger.
Make an empowering career choice.
Should You Aim for Blog Post Quality or Quantity?
Related blog posts and resources:
The human mind is silly. It thinks one or the other. It thinks you cannot have it all. You can have blog post quality and quantity but you need to make a clear decision on what you define to be a quality blog post.
Quality posts do not mean 2000 to 4000 word, pillar style masterpieces. A quality blog post answers the question you asked via title or delivers on the promise you made on the title.
I do understand how Google ranks 2000 word or longer, SEO-optimized posts requiring hours of work for even skilled bloggers to write, package and publish. But Google also ranks 600 words posts. 600 word posts are quality posts. Guess what? For the 30,000 bloggers out there asking the title question, I just wrote a quality blog post because they get a clear, concise, dead on answer.
Avoid Scarcity Thinking
Any time you FEAR posts are not quality because word length is 600 words, you think scarcity, or, not enough, or, not quality. But fear is not true. Fear is illusion. I can write 10, 600 word, quality posts today to make a massive impact and to help people IF I think abundance. But if I only believe I write quality, helpful posts in the 2000 word range, I stopped thinking abundance and began thinking scarcity. I chose fear over love and abundance. Naturally, all bloggers who think scarcity either struggle, fail and quit or work like beasts just to make end’s meet. Not good.
Go for quantity and quality. Some posts may span 800 or 1000 words but you can answer most questions and solve most problems in 600 words if you have immense clarity. Seth Godin answers most questions in 100 to 300 words. You have so much more to work with. So…work with it!
Think abundance. Blog abundance.
I have referenced Gary Vee many times recently and his 2000 video interviews on YouTube. Before he landed world famous speaking gig he had a pure abundance mindset, doing videos left and right, offering quality insights on a high quantity of channels. Blogging fools would try desperately to land an interview on a TV show, pitching, fearing, worrying, striving, and wasting months of time, thinking scarcity. Gary thought abundance, seized every opportunity through interview requests from some entrepreneurs who registered zero views per video, gained massive exposure organically, and, the dude became famous through his abundance mindset.
He thought quality and quantity. He did not hold back.
I am beginning to gain massive exposure through the 5-10 guest posts and blog posts published under my name daily. I do not turn down a microphone. I also know the easiest way to become well known is to focus heavily on quantity and quality, to share the wealth.
Many bloggers would obsess over a quality post being 2000 words, SEO-optimized and all that jazz, spending 4 hours to write said post on blogging tips. Meanwhile, I just wrote and published 8 quality, 600 word posts during those hours. I am being seen helping people in 8 spots. While you are on the sidelines. Even if that SEO’ed out, 2000 word post gains massive traffic over the long term, via Google, I am gaining even more massive traffic, being in 8-10 places daily via my posts and guest posts.
Think exponential increase. Imagine my 10 guest posts building up over 365 days. That is 3,650 guest posts, 3,650 spots where I am spotted online. That is a lotta spots!
See why it pays to think quality and quantity?
How to Leave Your Blogging Struggles Behind
Exit your comfort zone on a daily basis.
Related blog posts and resources:
Leave blogging struggles behind.
I love blogging. Blogging feels fun, freeing and quite easy to me. But sometimes, on this journey, my feelings change a bit. Sometimes, blogging feels uncomfortable and I nudge into resistance. Fear rears its head. Mental blocks arise. Sometimes I fear running out of time or perhaps I fear wasting my time. In these moments, I have 2 choices: remain in my fear-filled comfort zone or leave my comfort zone.
I left most of my blogging struggles behind because I choose to leave my comfort zone on a regular basis. Traffic, profits, and all manner of sweet blogging success greet bloggers who feel their fears, leave their comfort zones and do the blogging task, anyway.
What Is Blogging Struggle?
Blogging struggle is doing things or not doing things based on fear. Fear drives you. You blog from a fear-based, scared energy. You avoid traffic and profit and success boosting activities because you fear the opportunities. Example; you struggle horribly to make money and drive blog traffic. I advise to begin generous, relaxed, enjoyable guest posting, to help you increase traffic and profits and success. The split second you THINK about guest posting, you feel a range of emotions, from excitement, to happiness, then, from terror, to anxiety, to a general fear of wasting your time.
If 2 people visit your blog daily and you see zero blogging profits now, and you say “no” to guest posting because of some fears, you will likely struggle horribly, because you avoided guest posting to stay in your comfort zone of fear.
Traffic and profits sit on the other side of fear, outside of your comfort zone. No way around that one. We all pay a fear tuition doing freeing, success-promoting, uncomfortable things. I remember when Zac invited me to guest post on Blogging Tips. Fear invaded my mind. Would he reject my posts? How about if he hated my posts? What if I wasted my time? Would I be able to follow all the rules? Would he criticize me? Of course Zac is the nicest, kindest, friendliest iconic blogger on earth. He REALLY is, guys. He is an exceptional human being. But fear is irrational, distorting the truths of love, harmony and abundance.
I had to feel all those scary, intense fears, and keep blogging anyway, to write and publish my first few guest posts here. 800 plus guest posts later, I am still going strong. Why? I left my comfort zone those first few times and instantly began leaving blogging struggles behind.
Exit your comfort zone every single day. Do something that scares you. Do something that tests your limits. Publish a 4 paragraph long comment on a top blog, even if you fear:
- nobody is listening
- nobody is reading comments
- nobody will click through to your blog
- you are wasting your time
- the comment won’t get published
This happened to me recently. I spent 15 minutes writing a 9 paragraph comment on Pro Blogger. But Disqus suffered some connection problems and prevented me from publishing the comment. I feared I wasted 15 minutes. But after feeling and releasing the emotion, I let it go, moved on, and devoted 10 minutes to writing and publishing the comment later in the day, when Disqus was working.
Struggles happen if you choose to blog mainly from fear.
Success happens when you nudge into these fears, toward your blogging fun, taking inspired but uncomfortable action on a daily basis.
Go for it!
Exit your comfort zone.
Leave your blogging struggles behind…for good.
Focus on Things More to Leverage Your Blog Quickly
Related blog posts and resources:
What is the relationships guy talking about?
Blogging is a people business, right?
Blogging is one part people and one part things. Seriously. I learned this recently because if you depend 100% on people to build your blogging success you cannot possibly scale to massive levels. But if you do focus on things more, like email lists, and blogging platforms, you become less dependent on people, and also, your leveraging potential goes through the roof.
Email List Example
Let’s look at the famous email list. It is a thing. After you publish a blog post, you write a few words, include a link to your latest post, and after clicking a button, email the post to 10, 100, or 10,000 people….or more people. In a split second, you reach 10,000 human beings. Using a thing helps you leverage your presence like mad. Awesome.
But imagine if you only reached 10,000 people by mentioning people in your recent post, and tagging them on social media. Humanly impossible, of course. Let’s say you depend on even, 50 people, to promote your blog post, by mentioning them and tagging them. Linking to and tagging 50 bloggers takes a lotta time. Minimum, even for a 700 word post, it takes 90 minutes to 2 hours – or longer – to go the tagging and mentioning route. Do you see the problem of depending 100% on people and friendships to build blog? You run out of time. Meanwhile, sending your post to 50 email subscribers takes 3 minutes to send the email and literally, a split second to actually publish the email, at the click of a button.
Using Things Effectively Leverages Your Presence
Using email lists, blogging platforms for guest posting and certain tools leverages your presence fast because eventually, you run out of time trying to leverage your presence solely based on grabbing the attention of fellow bloggers. Plus you are at the mercy of humans, and building a fear-based attachment to fellow humans leads to misery because humans change, humans get too busy to promote you, and humans unfriend other humans.
I am for making blogging a people and things business. I have learned this lesson the hard way over the prior 2 months. Befriend people and enjoy the process, but if you want to leverage massively and sprint up the exposure ladder, tap into the convenience of technology by using things to reach more people fast.
At the end of the day, it is about helping more people freely. Use things – aka technology aka inanimate objects – to help people more freely and to help more people, too.
Exit Human-Obsessed and Things-Resistant Blogging Circles
I used to be part of blogging circles 100% reliant – virtually – on human beings, and heavily resistant to things. But none of these bloggers leveraged to big time, super successful levels. These bloggers railed against bots and joked of not using or being a blogging cyborg. All seemed funny. But on agreeing and following their advice I soon learned how incredibly difficult it becomes to grow a successful blog being 100% attached to and dependent on human beings to build the blog. Humans change. Things do not. Plus you cannot leverage humans like you leverage things.
While all these folks complained about emails and automating, they played so small that reaching next level success proved to be 100% impossible. But, I observed how using things like systems and tools will help you reach huge, targeted groups of people in minutes or even seconds. See the email example above.
Instead of complaining about or resisting tech, why not use things to make life easier, to leverage your presence quickly and to reach a huge, targeted group of human beings so you succeed and so people get what they want?
Search Blogging Tips
Blogging2 years ago
6 Steps for How I Nabbed 6500 Comments on My Blog
Blogging10 months ago
113 Bloggers share their Favorite Email Marketing Tools
Blogging12 years ago
CoComment – The new way to track blog comments
Blogging3 years ago
6 Tools For Boosting Content Marketing Results Over The Holidays
Search Engine Optimisation3 years ago
7 SEO Analysis Tools Every Blogger Needs to Know
Blogging2 years ago
How to Start a Fashion Blog in 8 Simple Steps
Blogging2 years ago
How to Become a Nimble Blogger
Blogging2 years ago
57 Must-Read Books For Entrepreneurs Recommended by Entrepreneurs