Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Secret to Making a Living from Blogging, from the Inside

You've worked your ass off on your blog. You've poured hours into taking pictures, writing informative posts, and promoting. You just want to make a living from your blog right now but it's taking forever. You want the easy life of working from home in your pajamas. If this is how you feel: Stop Now. You're doing it wrong!


Future post planning/scheduling. My style is playful, but I take writing seriously. 

Blogging is about your readers and connecting with them. I've always enjoyed writing, designing websites, and taking pictures, but I blog because I love to educate, inspire, and connect with like-minded people. Remove the money-making thoughts, you won't get rich doing this! That's rare. Don't think this is easy either, a good blog will take hours out of your day to curate. Instead, focus on making content you would want to read and share. That's the biggest secret. From there I recommend that you genuinely interact with fellow bloggers and readers, and always strive to increase quality.

Create quality content you would want to share and success will be yours. Be patient and keep working!
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8 comments:

  1. Love it!! Very inspiring. I've been on "blog hiatus" lately because of moving to another state. :(

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    1. Breaks are good! It can be nearly impossible to write quality posts amid a busy move. Good luck with moving, art, and everything else Marcia!

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  2. Do you have any resources on how you learned how to get a blogging rhythm? You seem very organized, which has always been my ongoing problem!

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    1. Takes practice! You get the hang of it the more you blog. I'll elaborate more on my process later but some big helpers were: copyblogger.com and problogger.net.

      I still love and look back on these ones I used when I was a copywriter: http://www.thriftcore.com/2011/04/blogging-resources-you-must-to-read-to.html

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  3. Love this Van! I am currently not getting paid much of anything (I think $20 last year! woot!) to blog, but the fringe benefits of the readers I connect with and the conversations we have, freaking priceless. Its an undervalued, overwhelming aspect that doesn't get enough attention. Thank you! for pointing out the obvious! The obvious that needs a little shove from time to time.

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    1. For the most part, the real money in blogging is the connections you make from others and using it as a vehicle to promote your own products/stores/etc. When I first started blogging I wrote a lot of pointless "selfish" posts but I know they helped me get into the habit of blogging daily (not easy at first!) so they weren't a waste of time.

      Your blog is awesome :) Your photos are gorgeous and I still love the new layout. I can see your improvements plainly.

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