Successful bloggers don’t expect to make money quickly. I didn’t just start a blog to make money. Instead, I blog about a topic I truly enjoy and can write about for years to come. I’m letting the money grow out of that topic organically. Starting a blog with the only goal of making money usually leads to mediocre content for readers and often boredom or burnout for bloggers. I have chosen and working smart on a project that drives my passion. I am in it for the long haul.
I don’t just write to write. I put energy into my content and hone my skills as a blogger.
It goes without saying, but here’s my friendly reminder: Developing my own voice!
Especially as an upcoming blogger, it’s easy to emulate bloggers and writers I admire. But each have a unique voice.
When thinking about my own voice, I imagine how I’d speak with an audience in person — before trying to capture that essence on paper. Also, I have found a niche I know and love; There are blogs for just about anything. If I try to cover it all, my voice quickly will be lost.
So first and foremost: I try to be specific.
What am I an expert in? What’s my passion? By selecting a topic I love, I’ll find a few things happen: I’ll want to put in the time and effort; I’ll have a slew of post ideas; and my writing will show my passion (and my readers will notice).
In addition, I try as much to be organized . A well-written and designed site is a necessity. I put time into crafting my homepage content and supporting pages — making the information and navigation clear, but am also not afraid to be creative with my execution and design.
I know my audience-It’s always good to check the pulse of my audience. What do they want to hear? Being in touch and catering to their interests so I can continue to cultivate community. I use that community to my advantage, too. I’ve crafted a direct pipeline to a group of like-minded individuals where I network through comments, social media, and other avenues to connect and learn from one another.
I help my audience get a clear vision of what I’ll be covering with strong headlines, and deliver on that promise with quality content.
As much as I am still struggling and have a lot to cover in terms of putting in right policies and structures to ensure that I get full rewards from blogging, it is prudent to appreciate the growth I have made and the credibility I have established for myself. I,m always full of enthusiasm, eager to get my business going; pitching myself to brands for collaborations all over the place most of which have been politely rejected but I’m grateful for each and every one of them. To me, rejections mean someone took the time to read my ideas, thought it
over and however disappointing to me, just didn’t believe it was a good fit or maybe didn’t budget for it.
Lastly, puting in the time,I invest the time. It takes so much more than writing a few posts a week to truly be successful.
I put in the hours, get all the advice I can, and work to make my blog stellar! By the time I’ll
be 70 years I would like to look back at my work history with a glowing sense of pride.