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5 Things It Takes To Be A Full Time Blogger

5 Things It Takes To Be A Full Time Blogger

This month marks 2 years that I’ve been working as a full time blogger. It’s always been a dream of mine to be able to do this as my job, and I absolutely love getting to do what I’m passionate about every day. It’s definitely not all sunshine and rainbows though. In fact, working as a blogger and online influencer takes a crazy amount of dedication and insane work hours. To really succeed with blogging full time, there are a handful of qualities that are necessary to do this long term.

Organization

Staying organized is really crucial for making the most of your time and getting your best work done. While I don’t think you have to go crazy trying to organize every single detail, things like keeping an editorial calendar to plan out your content, having a thorough file system for all of your photos, and regularly using a planner to keep track of important deadlines are really important and will only help to improve your overall success.

Self-Motivation & A Strong Work Ethic

Blogging full time takes a lot of hard work, and when you work for yourself there is no one there to force you to get the work done. Being your own boss means you have to have a strong work ethic and be able to motivate yourself to get tasks done, even when you don’t particularly want to. One of the drawbacks of working from home is how easy it is to push off work in favor of staying in bead or curling up on the couch with some Netflix. You really need to be good with self-motivation and be able to work through the times when you’d rather be lazy.

Creativity

It takes a good amount of creativity to be able to consistently blog. Things like constantly coming up with new content ideas, creating eye-catching photos that align with your aesthetic, and figuring out new ways to grow and build your brand all require a creative mind. Don’t be afraid to try new things when it comes to your blog – get creative and have fun experimenting, especially when you’re feeling stuck in a rut.

Thick Skin

If you’ve been blogging for a little while, I’m sure you’ve received at least one negative comment or harsh critic. You really need to have a thick skin when it comes to this kind of thing, especially as your blog grows and becomes more known. It doesn’t matter how hard you try, you’ll never be able to please everyone and there are just some people out there that like to take their anger out on people online. The best thing to do is take each comment you receive with a grain of salt – allow yourself to improve if they’re offering constructive criticism, and move on if it’s something that’s just plain rude.

A Desire To Learn

You simply cannot create a thriving blog if you’re not willing to grow and learn. I’ve been blogging for about 8 years, and I’m still learning new things about branding, photography, SEO, etc. One of my favorite quotes by Laura Spencer really sums it up perfectly: “No matter how much experience you have, how many degrees you have, or how well known you have become – there is always something new to learn.” Take the initiative to research, take classes, read article after article, and experiment with trial and error so you can continue to learn and stay on top of your game.

What do you think takes to blog full time?

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  • Me and Ink

    I have only been blogging on the side for 6 months now I can definitely relate to all these points especially the first three. The time goes so quickly when I am taking pictures or writing so I am trying to get better at time management as well. Also the motivation can go come and go but when I do it, I get really excited to do my next one and work on it more. I love your all pictures by the way- very aesthetically pleasing.

    March 29, 2018 at 8:21 am Reply
  • Lily

    This is such an inspiring post. I totally agree. I also think it takes a love of the craft. It’s a labor of love for a very long time. I often get people telling me they’re impressed I can keep at it!

    March 29, 2018 at 2:21 pm Reply
  • Charlotte

    Couldn’t agree more! Although i’m not a full time blogger, I definitely think if you’re posting as regularly as a full time blogger, you still need all of these things! The organisation side to it definitely came later to me, but it’s different for everyone! Lovely post xx

    March 30, 2018 at 3:00 am Reply
  • Brooklyn | La Ti Do

    This is great! I just wish there was a way to start earning money from blogging without spending any money at first.
    <3 Brooklyn | latidoblog.weebly.com

    March 30, 2018 at 12:57 pm Reply
  • Hurriya

    Great post! I am very new at this – blogging for under a month. I am very much a hobby blogger and I struggle to find the time to blog as consistently as I would want to. However, for me this is fun activity to do on the side and a great outlet of my creativity (which my work doesn’t offer me). I look forward to it at the end of my workday and I do admire people who are able to make it work full-time: I am sure it seems like a lot more ‘work’ than fun when this is your profession though. I do have a deep appreciation for how much time goes into even creating one blog post – it takes me hours.

    Hurriya
    http://www.hurryupmakeup.com

    March 31, 2018 at 10:51 am Reply
  • Erin

    I post 4 times a week on top of college, work, parenting. So it’s like I have 3 full time jobs going. For me its extra time lol. I write up all my content at night, I could do with an 8th day just for blogging lol Definitely need to be organised and self motivated, without a doubt!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    April 1, 2018 at 6:12 am Reply
  • My Name is Chien

    Hi this is very inspiring. I actually haven’t thought about blogging full time yet even in my dreams! I guess its because I am scared of not being a stable position to support my family if I do. However I really like blogging and in the future hopefully I can videos too. I also do receive negative comments sometimes but there is nothing we can do about it so let us just move forward! Thank you for the post.

    April 1, 2018 at 7:24 pm Reply
  • Ellie

    Looove this post!! As a girl who really wants to make it full time- this is really helpful

    http://www.petiteelliee.com

    Ellie xx

    April 2, 2018 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Victoria

    This is so inspiring, and so true! Thanks for sharing girl xo

    April 3, 2018 at 10:44 am Reply
  • Irina

    You have no idea how much I was needing this post. Such a lovely guide for those you are trying to make it in the industry.

    xoxo, I || http://youngbooty.blogspot.co.uk

    April 3, 2018 at 2:24 pm Reply
  • Irina

    You have no idea how much I was needing this post. Such a lovely guide for those you are trying to make it in the industry.

    xoxo, I || http://youngbooty.blogspot.co.uk

    April 3, 2018 at 2:24 pm Reply
  • Britney

    Going to be keeping this post in mind. Have just started out and it’s so easy to forget that people are going to be reacting to what I write and some reactions wont be positive but I shouldn’t let these discourage me from what I am doing. Thank you!

    April 4, 2018 at 6:49 pm Reply
  • Daeyz

    All of these are so relatable, especially pushing yourself to work even when you want to stay in bed! Hoping to blog full-time one day!

    xx, Daeyz
    http://www.daeyz.com/shopdaeyz

    April 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm Reply
  • Jaqueline

    I would love to work on my blog full time. Your work is incredible ♥
    http://www.blogflorescer.com

    April 6, 2018 at 10:59 pm Reply
  • Kimberly

    I can definitely relate to the organization aspect. I had a hard time getting things done until I organized everything. I’m not a full-time blogger yet, but I’m working toward that goal, this is such a great post.

    ~Kimberly | Along For The Ride

    April 9, 2018 at 1:49 pm Reply
  • thewhisperinggal

    I just came across to your blog. This article is so true. I started my blog recently and I want to work as a full-time blogger. It is important to be regular and connect with people with their both positive and negative comments.

    May 2, 2018 at 9:50 am Reply
  • Natalie Redman

    Great post! I’m creeping ever closer to becoming at least a part-time blogger but it does take time, perseverance and hard work!

    May 24, 2018 at 5:09 am Reply
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