How I Made Blogging my Full Time Job

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When I started this blog back in 2016 I had no idea where it would take me.  Now over a year on, it’s evolved into my dream job.  Having thought that I wanted to be a SAHM and having had a rude awakening when this materialised, I knew I needed to work in one way or another.

Returning to my old job proved fruitless. I had lost all love for it, which made me realise that my passion is for blogging and it hit me just how much I wanted to make it work.  Now I don’t profess to be the font of all knowledge when it comes to blogging, that’s impossible.  The world of blogging is so vast, that even the seasoned bloggers among us are still learning as they go along.  That’s OK though, I believe that evolution is key to making your mark on this ever changing online world.

I wish I could give you an instant formula for success, I mean if I had one I’d use it!  There are a few things I’ve learnt along the way though, that have helped me progress enough to call blogging by job.  These days I’m able to work from home, whilst taking care of our littles and for our family it’s a perfect set up.

So how did I do it?

Firstly I spent some time getting to know the community, I took part (and still do) in as many link parties as possible.  The blogging community is so kind and welcoming, it works on a ‘you scratch my back’ basis and you definitely get what you give.  Developing good relationships with other bloggers is also a great way to learn.  Everyone has to find their own way, but there’s nothing wrong with using help and advice posts from fellow bloggers to guide you!

Secondly, after I caught the blogging bug, I prepared myself to work for free for the foreseeable.  Rome wasn’t built in a day, you can’t expect brands to start emailing just because you’ve purchased a domain name.  Putting in the hours, days, weeks and even years will pay off.  I firmly believe that if you have a passion for writing and do so because you want to, good things will come your way.  Trying to make money from the outset seems unrealistic, if you love what you do it’s half the battle.

Thirdly, after some time I began to develop good relationships with brands.  I’m always polite and go out of my way to offer them the best service I can.  I keep all of the brands I work with in the loop, making sure they don’t have to chase me for updates, live URLs and anything else they may need from me.  You never know where opportunities may lead, therefore being professional and efficient is a must.

Lastly, I made Social Oomph my best friend. Blogging often means having numerous social media platforms running simultaneously with each other.  As much a social media is essential, scheduling posts can be incredibly time consuming.  Social Oomph does a lot of the work for me, meaning that the time once spent scheduling content is now spent writing more of the stuff!

 

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51 Comments

  • niapattenlooks June 21, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Good for you. Full time parenting is so hard, you really do need something else I think x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      Thankyou! X

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  • themummybubbleblog June 21, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Thank you for this, so useful for someone just starting out. I hope blogging will become a passion for me and maybe I can make a success of it

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      So glad it’s helpful! X

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  • Aleena Brown June 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Great tips – I’m still using Hootsuite for scheduling, but it’s becoming quite restrictive so I’m thinking about switching… #BloggerClubUK

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 21, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      I used Hootsuite for a while too, but I think Social Oomph is a total game changer! Xx

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      • Aleena Brown June 22, 2017 at 7:57 am

        I may well be totally convinced now then haha!!xx

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  • Annabel Kirk June 22, 2017 at 6:19 am

    That sounds for the tips, I’m going to check out Social Oomph! #bloggerclubuk

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 22, 2017 at 6:19 am

      It’s amazing! X

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  • Sadie June 22, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Great tips! I’m checking out Social Oomph just now, as that’s an area I’m clueless about.
    #BloggerClubUK

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm

      Oh it’s fab! Thanks so stopping by! xx

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  • tootingmama June 22, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks for those great tips. Really useful to know. #bloggersclubuk

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks so stopping by xx

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  • Jemma @popcornlunchuk June 24, 2017 at 6:14 am

    Great tips as always!!!! I know what you mean about ‘the blogging bug…’!!! Another fab post lovely xx #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Thankyou! x

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  • anywaytostayathome June 24, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Blogging is brilliant isn’t it. The flexibility it allows us amazing but I think people forget it’s really hard work too so you are so right when you say you have to love it #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      So true xx

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  • Munchkin Shenanigans June 24, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Some great tips on here. I love reading your posts.
    #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Thankyou! xx

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  • Mainy - myrealfairy June 24, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Good for you. Blogging is such a great creative outlet that to also then be able to make it into a job is great. I keep meaning to try social oomph. I keep my social media down to just twitter and Pinterest so I’m not juggling too much.
    Mainy
    #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      It can definitely be a juggle with multiple platforms! xx

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  • oldhouseintheshires June 24, 2017 at 9:04 am

    That’s so awesome! Well done you! I’m glad you are able to work and look after your little one. x #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Thankyou xx

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  • Matthew Blythe June 24, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Well done you! I see my blogging as an outlet for whats going on, and love it! To be able to do what you love doing is fantastic – keep doing your thing!
    #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Thankyou xx

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  • mud cakes and wine June 24, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Well done your doing so well and i a, thrilled to be able to link up with #Blogstravaganza and read your posts xx

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      Thankyou! x

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  • Helen June 24, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I really need to give social oomph a try! Well done for doing so well with your blog x
    #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      It’s fab! x

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  • Digital Motherhood June 24, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I’ve looked at Social Oomph but thought it was quite pricey, maybe I need to just go ahead an pay fot it! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      It is a little but it’s fab at what it does! x

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  • bringinguptheberneys June 24, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Really helpful! I’m still in the super early days of my blog, but it’s always good to know where things could go if/when I decide to put more effort into it! 🙂 #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks for stopping by x

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  • letyourlightshinemummy June 24, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for the tips, I enjoy writing and have often wondered about making a bit more of it that I do. Social Oomph sounds great. xx #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks for stopping by x

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  • mamagrace June 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks for the recommendation and congrats on blogging providing for you and yours. #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:46 pm

      Thanks for stopping by x

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  • mummy2twindividuals June 25, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I really need to start schedualing more – I’ve had a play with hootsuite and looked at socialooomph but it’s irritating you can’t schedule instagram easily from either. Thanks for the tips #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      I think the only one that publishes straight to Insta is GRUM xx

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      • mummy2twindividuals June 27, 2017 at 6:56 pm

        Thanks I’ll check it out x

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        • The Tale of Mummyhood June 28, 2017 at 8:12 am

          Pleasure xx

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  • Muffintopmummyblog June 25, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    This is my dream so I love these posts from you! I think it’s important to remember that it takes time certainly, it’s so easy to feel like giving up, but those that make it are clearly the ones who didn’t!! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      My motto is just keep going, even when it seems impossible just keep at it! xx

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  • tinmccarthy June 25, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I never dreamed blogging would be so time consuming if I was really gonna make a go of it money-wise.
    #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      It really is! x

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  • Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... June 25, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I have been going for 9 months and finding it tough to find time to write because I am spending so long on linkies and threads! But great to meet/read other bloggers! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 26, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Thankyou! x

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  • Jade @ Captured By Jade June 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Great tips – so much goes in to blogging, other than writing content, you don’t quite realise until you immerse yourself in the community.

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood June 28, 2017 at 8:15 am

      So true x

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