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!