Its been more than a year that I left my well paid permanent job, and took up blogging as my full-time profession. As it ends up, I work more than I used to before and earn nothing at all. YES. I am equating ‘Blogging’ to a real profession. Let bygones be bygones, because there is an entire ocean of professional bloggers today. They blog, they earn, and they emerge victorious. And if you thought our road was easy, then let me make you rethink…
#1. Imagine 365 days of daily SELF MOTIVATION.
Blogging unlike other salaried jobs is a full-time commitment that is totally absent of fat pay checks at the end of each month, and all the other added incentives that come with a typical 9 to 5 job. Self motivation is the only key to success in the world of blogging and trust me, keeping yourself motivated each day to work is not an easy task. Sometimes you go to work because your boss will probably fire you for missing the day, or simply because you need to finish a task that cannot be delayed. But when you are a work-from-home blogger, you are your own boss, and firing yourself for not performing is technically impossible. So, if you thought blogging was all play, and no serious hard work, then self motivation is the first obstacle to sustaining this profession.
#2. TIME MANAGEMENT without any set rules is a skill in itself.
Most employed people think that blogging is a pass-time hobby, which can be leisurely done throughout the day, as one pleases. But ironically, it is not. Bloggers don’t have a strict time to wake up and get ready for work, and neither do they have a specific time when their day ends. The downside of this flexible schedule is we often mess up of our time management colossally. Unlike other employed people, we do not have the liberty of putting a stop to our day, and therefore end up pulling countless all-nighters to keep our blog running. Sometimes, what people don’t realize is – that office timings and rules make life easier than your day being all haywire, trying to work out your own timeliness like a blogger does.
#3. SUCCESS, PROMOTIONS and APPRAISALS don’t come easy.
Blogging is pure hard work, with a 0% guarantee of instant success. It is rather a time consuming and persistent job that requires at least 3 to 5 years, to even making you exist significantly among other already famous fellow bloggers. Monetizing a blog can only be achieved once you have enough number of ‘quality posts’ and followers for sponsors to start considering you for a paid collaboration. And the day you end up getting those awaited collaborations, it just becomes tougher and tougher. In short, there are really no shortcuts to success while blogging. You earn every penny, one post at a time, and that is all there is until the very end.
#4. You have to KNOW-IT-ALL.
Unlike other offices where there are teams and designated members for every task and departments, blogging is pretty much a one man army. You are the boss, the writer, manager and back-end support too. A good blogger is someone who knows his or her blog in an out – decoding all those stats themselves. From the most read posts, each and every comment, daily traffic to what’s next – a blogger knows it all. They do their own SEO, marketing, networking, along with generating their own design and creatives for a well packaged post. Only a few bloggers can even afford assistants – only when they are supremely famous and have grown into a complete business. Simply put, a blog starts with a single person and runs with only that person alone.
#5. CONSISTENT GROWTH is the sole key to beat the competition.
In the Blog World it is all about ‘The Survival of the Fittest’. A person needs to consistently evolve, grow and learn – to even become a blogger in the first place. For instance what would a travel blogger be without travelling? Or food blogging be without exploring great food? Blogging is a profession of continuous knowledge achieved through different experiences. There can never be anything mundane about a blog – because then people will simply won’t pay it a visit. A blogger has to evolve every single day, learning new ways and platforms to reach out to new subscribers and users. They have to brush up their vocabulary, writing style, image editing, and overall quality, along with the changing times – to keep their blog updated and forever interesting.
#6. Real PASSION is the only way to blog.
Most people take up jobs that pay well, and offer great success – but are often not passion driven and are rather boring. That is probably why wise men say, ‘do something you love to be really happy in life’ – and this is how bloggers are born. Blogging is one of the very few professions in the world that brings with it great passion and self satisfaction. A blogger blogs to be heard, to write and to share, all out of sheer passion. Most bloggers you will meet are actually obsessed with their blogs, and are always looking for their next story – knowing that they will not get paid for this. So in conclusion, you can be rich and famous with a job you hate, but loving what you blog is the only way to blog!
On a parting note, I pay my respects to all fellow Bloggers out there and wish you all the luck with your little heartfelt ventures. No one said it will be easy, and therefore, slow and steady we all will find our own success story. And if you are a Blogger reading this post, you will most certainly LIKE, COMMENT and SHARE this post – because Blogging was never easy!
– Issued in Blogging Interest by The EDITOR.