Blogging Advice

4 Full-Time Bloggers Share Advice For Beginners Part 1

A lot of people go into blogging these days with the intention of turning it into a full or part time job and making a regular income from it. Which personally, I don’t think there’s ANYTHING wrong with. People go into creative industries all the time with the aim and hope they can turn it into a career and lifestyle. Why should blogging be any different?

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A little while ago, money was ALWAYS supposed to be the afterthought to having a blog. Hobby first, money second. And if you made any money through your blog, fab. But don’t make that a priority or a reason for continuing.

Oh how times have changed.

I was never a fan of that attitude. And I’m glad people’s views and opinions on blogging and money have shifted. There are many more bloggers talking openly about money, how they make money and how they gain blogging opportunities at all. And why the hell not? There’s enough to go around.

You might have noticed that over the last year in particular, I’ve definitely strayed more towards focusing on blogging advice related posts which of course, include those related to money and blogging opportunities. People ALWAYS find these posts helpful. They always get good views.

Whether you’re open about it or not, people are interested about how to make money from their blogs. 

I also think it’s important to get DIFFERENT views and and advice on the matter. It’s alright for me to sit here and bang on about how I became a full-time blogger but if my story doesn’t vibe with you, you’re not going to gain much from it.

Which is where this post comes in! Today I have 3 other full-time bloggers to introduce you to today as we answer some questions about becoming full-time bloggers and what it entails to help beginners out there who want to head in that direction. Let’s meet the bloggers!

Please briefly introduce yourself, what your blog is about and what you do.

Jenny: Hello, I’m Jenny! Full-time blogger at Jenny in Neverland where I predominantly cover well-being, self growth and blogging tips/advice. I’ve been blogging since 2013 and have been a full-time blogger for over a year now. I’m passionate about helping bloggers make their blogs a success and I currently have 2 eBooks and am working on a course.

Chloe: My name is Chloe and I’m the affordable luxury travel blogger behind I’m Just a Girl where I share honest and real life travel guides and accounts of my trip around the world, travel tips and advice as well as accommodation and restaurant reviews. I’m also a full time traveler and freelance writer.

Michael: Hello, I am Michael, and I blog over at Your Money Geek (YMG). Professionally I worked in personal finance and was talked into creating a blog to promote my planning business. The company that talked me into starting a blog was producing horrible content, so I fired them and took over the blog. We cover everything from how to make money tutoring to movie reviews. I live in rural PA (USA) with my supportive wife, two children, and way too many animals.

Sam: I’m Sam, a 20-something freelance graphic designer living in Yorkshire. I’m a computer geek, gaming nerd and huge foodie. I’m also partial to movie marathons, Netflix binges and theatrical productions. However, above all, I enjoy the occasional staycation (I have a flying phobia!) and lazing around in bed all day (I wish…)

Gridcore Graphics was established in 2014. The name is a mash-up of my Twitch user as well as my love for graphic design. I post on an array of topics such as business, finance, gaming and technology, as well as home DIY & decor, motors and general life (entertainment, food and more!)

What would be your main piece of advice you’d give new bloggers who want to turn their blog into a career?

Chloe: My number one piece of advice is that you have to have passion. If you’re wanting to make money from something that ultimately started as a hobby, you have to be passionate, determined and dedicated to it. You also need to implement some actionable goals that you want to achieve; I find that this helps me so much when planning out where I want to be in my blogging career.

Michael: Treat your blog like a business from day one! I think a lot of bloggers want to make money with their blogs; however, instead of creating a blog like a business, they treat it like a hobby. You must treat your blog as a real brick and mortar business. If you opened a retail business, what are some of the things you would do?

Sam: You have to be passionate about blogging and choose a topic you really love! In my 6+ years of blogging, I’ve seen far too many new bloggers getting into blogging for easy money only to give up due to the vast amount of time that goes into making a successful blog!

Jenny: I think passion is a very common theme among our answers. And that’s probably my main piece of advice too. Of course you have to be passionate about writing and your niche but you also have to be passionate about ALL THE OTHER STUFF TOO. Like Michael said, you need to treat your blog like a business. So you need to be passionate about the boring side of business too.

What do you find are the most common misconceptions about blogging full-time?

Chloe: I think the main misconceptions about full time blogging would be that it’s really not that much hard work; which is in fact far from the truth! SO much time, effort and resources goes into blogging full time and writing the posts is actually just a small part of the bigger picture.

Michael: That it’s a passive activity. If you google passive income, almost every article in Google top ten lists “start a blog” to build passive income. We all certainly have latitude in how we wish to define “passive,” however, blogging stretches even the most liberal interpretations of the term.

I don’t want to discourage anyone from blogging. If I can do it, you can too. However, you should be prepared that blogging full times is not a ten-hour or less work week like some may suggest.

Sam: People seem to think blogging full-time is the easiest job in the world – I probably start my day at noon and sit in my PJ’s watching the telly, tweeting here and writing a bit of rubbish there. If only…I think I work 24/7 sometimes and even when I’m supposed to be having a day off, I can’t switch off!

Jenny: I think the whole “blogging isn’t a real job” thing is a huge misconception and also a really annoying one. But that’s more of an outsiders perspective. I think for bloggers who want to go into blogging full-time, the biggest misconception is how “easy” it is. By all means, it’s not the hardest job ever. But there’s much more involved than what you’d originally think.

I decided to cut this post short and split it into 2, as I was aware of how long it was getting and didn’t want y’all to get bored and click off before reading ALL of our advice. So I hope you enjoyed part 1, stay tuned for part 2! Are you a full-time blogger? What would your answers to these questions be? Do you WANT to become a full-time blogger? What’s stopping you?

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

99 Comments

  1. It’s so interesting seeing how similar the fundamentals of full-time blogging are, even when compared across such vastly different niches! I don’t see my blog as ever being good enough to even go part-time to be honest, but I find it really interesting to see how full-timers manage it, you guys are a huge inspiration to me!

  2. Brilliant posts and great advice.
    I’ve had a bit of time off this year and I’m struggling to get back into the swing of things. I wish I wasn’t but I often think of throwing the towel in now.

    http://littlemissmelanie.com/

    1. Oh no don’t! It can be so hard to get back into the swing of things though x

  3. I’m not surprised to see so many common themes here. But it’s interesting to read, especially from people with such different content. Looking forward to the second part x

    Sophie

    1. Absolutely- it doesn’t really matter what the content it, fundamentally you need the same things!

  4. I’m desperate to become a full time blogger and the main thing stopping me is fear of making the jump and the general reaction of family and friends – I get the feeling that I’ll be classed as silly for giving up my job to write full time. Money is also the main worry too – I have a some savings aside but I worry that by the time it runs out I still wouldn’t have gotten anywhere. I think it’s a long way off for me, but I’m determined to get there! Loving these tips, looking forward to reading part 2! X

    1. I totally get those worries. I’d recommend going slowly – aiming for part time first before you make the big jump x

  5. Boss Babe Chronicles says:

    Excellent advice thus far! I agree with all of the bloggers who mentioned that passion should be the root of your blog, or any business, for that matter.

    1. Thank you – I think that’s always the main thing tbh! x

  6. Such a great idea for a blog series – I bet this will be so helpful for anyone out there looking to take to leap to full time blogging! X

    Kate | http://www.katelovesx.co.uk/

    1. Thank you, I hope so x

  7. Such great advice, looking forward to part 2! 🙂

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

  8. How did I miss this post? Great post and great comments. I have been blogging for almost 10 years. Started as a fun thing sharing my nightly dinner, GiangisKitchen.com, and now turning it full time. The work is immense in so many levels, however the gratification is 10 folds and over-compass the 24/7/12 that it involves. Doing 2 blogs is crazy, however a good planning schedule, determination and consistency, which are keys to me, keeps me having fun, coming up with new materials and recipes and money in my pocket.
    Cannot wait to read part 2
    xoxo

  9. I always find it interesting that people blog full time as for me it’s just a hobby x

  10. This was an AMAZING read! I definitely want to do full-time blogging at some point in the near future, and this post has definitely given me some nuggets + gems of knowledge to think about.

    Thank you for sharing!

    Ashlee | ashleemoyo.com

    1. So glad it was helpful! Part 2 is outnow 😌

  11. Passion is so important to have within your writing! SUCH a good post!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    1. It really is! Thank you x

  12. There are some amazing pieces of advice here my lovely!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Thank you x

  13. Such an interesting post! x

    1. Thanks x

  14. Can’t wait for part 2! I’ve always known I want to eventually make money off of my blog, even if it’s just to cover the costs of running it. Even now I find myself working on my blog from 6:30 am to past 7 pm, which to be fair in my case could be a certain amount of time management skills needed haha!
    Bella x – http://www.theruralsoul.com

    1. Ah that old time management nugget 😂 x

  15. Great post Jenny! I love the advice from the other bloggers too! So helpful! Thank you for sharing! Lauren xxx

  16. I think it’s amazing that, over time, blogging being pursued as a career has become more attainable and acceptable for the average individual who has passion and purpose. Whilst I personally still view my blog as a hobby, and will be psyched if I make any money/get any sponsorships in the process, I love that other people go all in for it. Looking forward to reading part 2!!

    1. I totally agree, I love that’s it’s a more acceptable career now too! x

  17. dr.rasi gupta says:

    This is definitely insightful! I am too scared to take it up full time because it is getting harder and harder to get eyeballs on the content. I honestly want to help people and produce meaningful content rather than money but mass attitude is weird. Everyone wants to see a product being sold instead. Nonetheless, encouragement from people who are far ahead in the game, is motivating! so thank you for that! Great post❤

    1. Not everybody. Every blog is valuable in their own right 🙂 x

  18. I love Michael’s advice about treating your blog like a business from day one! I do this with my blog and Instagram and find it’s helped me grow a lot quicker than if I treated it just like a casual hobby. I loved reading this post – so inspirational and motivating! 🙂

    Soph – https://girlvsworldblog.com x

    1. I totally agree with him! I wish I had done that a lot sooner too x

  19. Loved this! Seeing the blogging life from different eyes, and seeing what works for different people gives so much more value to the meaning of finding what works for you.

    I would love to make writing my living one day and seeing how other people do it is very inspiring to me.

    1. I agree 🙂 I hope one day you manage to! Have you considered turning your poetry into a book?

      1. I have, but it has not come together quite yet!

  20. Lisa Alioto says:

    Great article – and so true about the misconception that full-time blogging isn’t hard work. It’s incredibly grueling at times and hectic can be the norm.

    1. It certainly can! It’s hectic for me right now!

  21. We’d love to make money from our blog but never really thought about doing so, so this is something we’ve been thinking about recently! Look forward to part 2!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk

    1. I’m very interested in growing my blog and really considering in making it a full time job. I like what Michael said, treat your blog like a business. This attitude is definitely something I will try to obtain. I’m ready for part 2👏🏾

      Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com

    2. You could definitely make money from your blog! Your blog is incredible! x

  22. I’ve only had my current blog for a couple of months, but I would love to become a full-time blogger one day. I found this post really insightful and informative, and I can’t wait to read the second part!

    1. Glad you found it helpful! x

  23. It is great that you got full-time bloggers to share their experiences, including yourself. Pretty cool to see how people make money out of their blogs. I do agree that passion is important. Oh man, I already have a hard time putting out my weekly blog posts; making it a full-time gig is even harder because you need the hustle for the money. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. You really do need to hustle! It can be pretty draining at times but it’s necessary! x

  24. Excited to read part 2! I would one day love to go full time with my blog so this is super useful for me! xx

    1. So glad it’s useful! x

  25. I can’t wait for part 2! Love the advice about choosing what you are passionate about and definitely it’s not a passive thing and takes a lot of work!
    I’ve struggled to stay as engaged and also keep up with posting content with some life events and a mental health crash and it’s shocking just how quickly all the stats dive down :-/ but I have faith that with the guidance from bloggers like you that I’ll swiftly manage to get back on track again as I stabilise once more!

    1. That happens to most of us sadly! When I have some time off iif I’m away or whatever and I’m not online as much, my stats definitely suffer! x

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