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.
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.
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.
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?