If you didn’t check out part 1 of this post a couple of days ago, I’d recommend you go and catch up here. Then as soon as you’re caught up, let’s jump right in to part 2. Are you a beginner wanting advice from 4 full-time bloggers about blogging as a job? You’re in the right place!
As I mentioned in part 1, blogging as a job is becoming increasingly popular and much more recognized these days. And making money from blogging isn’t as taboo as it used to be (although we still need to work on it). More people are realizing that they, too, have the skills and drive to do something like this.
And go for it, I say. But it’s certainly not as easy as you might think and you definitely can’t just “become” a full-time blogger over night. It took me 6 years since starting my blog to get to where I am. A large chunk of those years, I had no idea blogging as a job was a realistic option. So I’ve gathered up 3 other full-time bloggers to share what we know.
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…)
Modern Guywas 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 has helped you the most in your journey to becoming a full-time blogger?
Chloe: Reading other people’s content, taking courses and doing as much research as I possibly can and being 110% dedicated to the career path that I’ve chosen.
Michael: Not copying other blogs! The word doesn’t need another copycat blog pitching the same goods and information. What the internet needs are new thoughts and ideas; innovation is what moves society forward. When I created my website, I was told it was too hip and that it didn’t make sense. I had a mentor tell me blending of geek culture and personal finance would turn brands away from working with me.
Fortunately, I was too stubborn to change directions. Now that my site has grown, I am finding the opposite to be true. Instead of my eclectic content turning advertisers and brands away, brands are reaching out to me because we reach potential customers that are not found on traditional blogs.
Sam: Being passionate about what I write has allowed me to tap into a market of mostly middle class men which is great considering my interest in business affairs, personal finance, home living, motors, tech & gaming!
Jenny: Constantly striving to learn more about blogging and the industry as a whole. I don’t think a narrow minded view helps at all as this industry is always changing and evolving. There’s always something to learn and the more you know, the more you can benefit.
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How would you recommend a blogger gets started, if they want to eventually turn their blog into a full-time career?
Chloe: I know I keep saying it – but write what sets your soul on fire; if you don’t love your content, then chances are that no one else will! Start by writing about what you love, do your research early on how you can make money blogging and essentially just go for it! Don’t wait around wondering “what if”.
Michael: Start with a good host! Many bloggers are tempted to start blogging with a cheap hosting company and then move once they learn more about blogging. If you are committed to making a blog a legit business, save yourself some time, and start with a decent company.
Choose the simplest and fastest mobile-optimized theme you can find. Most blog traffic is from mobile devices, so it’s imperative to optimize for mobile-first. You can always change copy and features down the road, but a theme is a bit of a hassle to change down the road.
Build up your email list! I am embarrassed to admit I wasn’t collecting emails for almost a year. In time your email list will become one of your most significant sources of traffic.
Sam: Think about what you’re going to write about. You don’t need a specific niche but you need to have an idea of your potential readers and how you should create content which will engage them. Also, put yourself out there; pitch to brands, sign up to platforms and ask to be added to blogger databases!
Jenny: I’d recommend they get started by building up their brand and following and laying the ground work. Like Michael said, finding a good host. Getting a clean, professional theme. Branding your blog and social media platforms. Working on your DA. All the stuff that’ll build the framework for a successful blog.
What’s the hardest part about being a full-time blogger than you think beginners should know?
Chloe: This one might be slightly different for me as I’m travelling full time at the moment so I have to juggle blogging full time, travelling and freelancing so I would probably say time management. It’s imperative that you’re able to be accountable for yourself and your own working schedule; it’s not easy to be in charge of yourself but I think it’s well worth it if you can make a go of it!
Michael: Blogging is a lot of fun, and it’s a rewarding experience if you have a passion for writing and dig promoting your content, you can push through the challenges. However, it is not as easy as it looks so you should be prepared for the problems.
You are going to get some nasty comments and emails. There will be people who don’t like your review, your take on events or you personally, and they will be sure to let you know.
There is a lot of rejection, and I mean A LOT. You may get turned to guest post or be quoted in a publication multiple times before you get to a yes. You can’t take rejection personally, even if it’s hard. (And it can be tough)
You will be bombarded with asymmetric offers; PR firms, authors, mega blogs, and SEO firms will reach out to you almost daily. All of whom will want FREE mentions while providing nothing in return. If the brand is of interest and you think there is potential to collaborate feel free to respond with a mutually beneficial offer. However, most of these pitches you should delete, or you will drive yourself nuts trying to answer.
Sam: It’s a lot of work, seriously, it’s not just writing a diary entry and sticking it on the net with some mediocre photos. There’s things like SEO knowledge, photo editing, creating relationships with brands/PRS & loads more! You need to be on the ball at all times.
Jenny: For me personally, it was finding that rhythm that worked for me. Working from home is difficult for some people and you have to be SO disciplined and motivated because you’ve got no-one there to force you to do any work – it’s up to you. Finding a routine and sticking to it and knowing how to compartmentalize. Like I said, if you’re having a bad day, there’s no boss there to force you to get on with your work.
[…] 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. You can find part 2 of this interview right here! […]
Your posts helping me to improve as a blogger. I just started and want to start earning name and money from this position.
Glad this post helped you!
Some interesting and unique tips!
this was a fun and informative read, thanks!
Excellent Jenny and very helpful to beginners and also established bloggers looking to expand their sites. I am not monetised but consider it to be a full time job, and something that whilst might not bring cash through the blog door does help me promote my books.. Sally
Blogs are a great platform for promoting your own work too x
Very true Jenny, not sure I would have sold many books without it..xx
Very useful information!
Possible to give some examples from what these full time bloggers makes actually money?
Like they are paid writing posts or making collaborations or publicizing brands?
I can’t speak for everyone else of course but it’s different for everyone. Payment is usually made from affiliate links, collaborating with brands on sponsored posts or sponsored product reviews, sponsored social posts, advertising or selling your own products x
It’s great to read a variety of answers on the same questions from different full time bloggers.
Thank you, I agree x
I really love the idea of this post. the advice is priceless
Thank you c
As I’ve mentioned to you about a billion times, I don’t have the drive or belief to try and make my blog a business, but I do love reading things like this. I find them so motivating – even though my blog will probably remain a hobby it’s always so useful to see how you can make it the best hobby-blog possible! You all have brilliant tips, and Jenny you in particular have been so integral to helping me understand blogging in general – so a massive thank you for everything you do! x
Thank you so much, your comments always make my day!
It isn’t something I would want to do, but I have huge respect for the full time bloggers!
Erin || MakeErinOver
That’s fair enough! Thank you 🙂 x
Very interesting how different the answers were to the question about tips for getting started. I love reading about how different people have different approaches to these things x
Thank you x
Some absolutely amazing tips here my lovely!
Love, Amie ❤
The Curvaceous Vegan
These are amazing tips! I don’t think I’d ever be good enough to be a full-time blogger. I’m thinking about collecting emails next year so wish me luck!
Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived
You totally should!
Loved reading the second part too, such great advice, and super helpful! I can definitely see how getting a good platform, theme etc helps with getting you started, I know for sure when I’m reading other blogs it definitely helps when the blog is easy to navigate and easy on the eyes too!
I think what Chloe said about time management is very true. It can be SO hard to stay on top of a blog and everything else in life, but in order to get noticeable results, it’s imperative that bloggers stay on top of it and make sacrifices sometimes.
Totally agree. Although if you really work on your time management, I don’t see why you have to make sacrifices. Time management is something that you really need to crack though! x
More great advice! Loved it every bit as much as I loved part 1. It’s really inspiring to hear other people’s success and proves it can be done!
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it x
Thank you for this series Jenny.
I’ve been trying to make some big decisions recently and I feel like this has helped me a lot.
Great selection of bloggers with brilliant advice x
I’m so glad it’s helped!
I think I lack the discipline to blog full time although I do blog fairly often. I don’t think I could cope with knowing I wouldn’t have a consistent income, thanks for sharing x
That’s definitely one of the hardest parts!
i read part one the other day and was really looking forward to part two. all the advice the four of you have given is fabulous. this information is good for those who aren’t beginners as well. it was nice to be reminded that it doesn’t happen over night. i’ve had a blog for about 3 years but my current branding for only about a year and a half. it’s comforting to know that if you stay passionate and work hard the success you want will eventually follow. xxx
mich / simplymich.com
Great advice on blogging. These tips will be
More really great advice! 🙂 I lack motivation and discipline to go full-time. lol I recognise that working from home, which being housebound is the only place I can work, just isn’t a good thing for me because I procrastinate ALL the time! I’m really terrible for it.
Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post
Maybe work on the procrastination side first. I think you’d be a fantastic full time blogger!
Love, love, looove this post! It’s exactly what I needed: Motivation and knowledge 🙂
Love Chloe’s advice of writing about what sets your soul on fire. Truest truth in the world.
Thanks again! I’m saving this and I’ll come back to it once in a while to keep me inspired 🙂
So glad you enjoyed the post!
I really should get on having an email list 😮 These posts were so informative and definitely give one a lot to consider when it comes to pursuing blogging as a full-time gig!! Loved reading everyone’s different perspectives x
Yes you should! x
Not copying other blogs! That resonated most with me, and I think it is an important thing to keep in mind on your journey to create something unique.
Totally agree. Nobody wants to see a carbon copy x
Thanks for sharing this – really helpful & I found myself nodding through most of it – glad to know we all have the same ‘tests’ as bloggers! x
Glad you enjoyed it! x
This is such an interesting post! So good to hear the thoughts from a range of different people 🙂
Kate | http://www.katelovesx.co.uk/
Thank you 🙂 x
Love this idea for a post! Some great advice
The Quirky Environmentalist
Thank you x
This is so interesting and super helpful information – lots of things I’d never considered for sure. Thanks for doing this!
Glad you enjoyed it! x
Another great post – loved the focus on how to get to doing it full-time and the realities of finding your voice, your niche and originality
All very important things! x
This was really great to read!
I love hearing from other bloggers 😊
Love Lozza xo
Thank you – me too 🙂 x
This is such a great post! It’s refreshing to read that you don’t need a specific niche to get ahead!
I’ve really enjoyed these two posts! It’s always interesting to find out a bit more about blogging from full time bloggers x
So glad you’ve enjoyed them! x
Such Ain interesting post, there was no information about blogging when I started in 2012 x
Same here x
Another great and helpful post with a bunch of great advice. Thanks for doing them Jenny.
You’re welcome, glad you enjoyed them! x
This was fun to read and really useful! I loved each person’s advice and Im definitely going to implement it in my blogging (:
So glad you enjoyed it 🙂 x
Time management is what I struggled with so much especially at the moment. I’ve just become really busy all of a sudden and I need a time capsule to get everything done! xx
I feel that! x
What a fab series!! Its great to get different niches too! Finding a good host was key for me and now I have a fantastic host but it definitely took a whilst and I wish I had known more before back when i started!
Hosting is something I know nothing about. I am still new and not sure how I would benefit from it as a newer blogger. What host do you use?
I’m on the WordPress Business plan. I’m not techy at ALL so hosting is alien to me. I couldn’t have done it myself so I took the easy route! x
Thank you. It is true, working from home and being self employed is tough. Being doing it for over 26 years and there are days that I have 2 personalities: the slacker and the commander. Great advice from everyone and yes, do not take rejection personally.
Totally relate to that! x
Loving this series, it’s SO helpful to get advice from different people x
Thank you x
I’m really enjoying this series x
Glad to hear it x
This was really interesting! xx
Thank you x
Absolutely loved both of the posts! Both have been full of great advice and I agree with so much of what you’ve said xx
Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk
So glad you’ve found them helpful x
Thanks for a great post Jenny. I would love to do this as a job eventually and like the fact that you spent a number of years blogging before doing it as your job. I feel like it will take me a long time to build up my readers but thankfully I’m in no rush as it is such an enjoyable process.
Glad you’re enjoying it – that’s the main thing! x
More great advice! I’ve really enjoyed reading both of these posts and they’ve been super useful as someone who wants to eventually blog time.
So glad you found them helpful! x
I absolutely loved reading both of your posts – I think it’s very important to highlight that being a full-time blogger isn’t always easy and it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance. It would be great if you prepared a post answering the most common questions from your readers!
Dominika | Into the Bloom
Oooh that’s a great idea! x