Is your dream to be full-time blogging to make money?
As a full-time blogger today, this question came along over on Reddit recently. I really began to think about it as I answered the questions in a listicle response over on that network.
Let the Full-Time Blogging Day Begin!
Most days the life of this blogger starts around 3 or 4 a.m. It is the best time of the day for my writing. Of course, there can be many distractions such as email or social media networks.
One has to turn them all off in order to get the actual writing done. And of course, a good cup of coffee to start the morning as I begin the writing away surely helps.
Picking Your Blog Post Topics to Write
How do you pick your blog topics? The best way is to keep a list nearby where you write. Then as you begin your research start the writing in a word doc.
Many ideas come to me while walking or showering. Other times it can be on a long ride or in the wee hours of the night if I cannot sleep. Something about getting older and needing less sleep plays a role in my pattern.
Everyone, of course, is different. Some bloggers prefer blogging late at night and others in the middle of the day. Do what works best for your natural rhythm. You will find it after blogging for months or years.Everyone, of course, is different. Some bloggers prefer blogging late at night and others in the middle of the day.Click To Tweet
Researching for Your Blog Posts
Where do you begin to research for your latest blog post? There are many ways! You can turn to Quora, Answer the Public, Twitter, other blog posts and query your favorite search engine.
Oftentimes you may find ideas from your past blog posts with comments on them. Readers may ask questions that you can turn into another blog post. Or, if you prefer you could update an old blog post and help your blog’s overall SEO score.
Another way to research, of course, is to ask some experts. You can feature their answers on a blog post as well. I only recommend featuring a few at a time.
How Much Time Does It Take To Write Your Blog Posts?
To be successful at blogging you may want to write in chunks. If you do not use this method, you may never start that next blog post. Take that one from me!
Many days I think, I do not have time to write. I have to do my client work managing social media. Or I need to do some chores around the house or get my daily walk. Do these thoughts sound familiar to you?
Whichever way you decide to write, just do it – right away that next blog post. Make it a habit. I learned this from my good friend Ryan Biddulph years ago. He was right. Once you sit down to write that next post you can easily bang out 300-500 words.
Keep on going until you cannot think of what else to write. Then go back to later or another day. Before you know it, you will have a 1,000-3,000-word blog post written out.
Somedays, it can take me 2 hours to write a new blog post, and other days it may take up to 8 hours and that may be spread out over a day or several days.Keep on going until you cannot think of what else to write. Then go back to later or another day.Click To Tweet
Take a Break from Full-Time Blogging!
A big blog lesson from a full-time blogger is to take daily breaks. In the beginning, when you go from part-time to full-time you may not follow this advice. I know I did not take breaks. I would eat at my desk working away.
There were a few days I worked 18 hours. Yep! Then my back and arms got sore. Of course, I was not writing the whole time, I was managing the business part of the blog, the part that makes money to pay the bills. The social media management, training, monthly client reports, and invoices.
You will need these daily breaks to continue to blog day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. I have seen way too many bloggers quit over the years.
My blog readers from 10 years ago are mostly gone today, only a few remain, and new ones come and go. I fix broken links several times a week and see their blogs no longer appearing online, sadly. They either quit too soon or go burned out from blogging along the way.
Now I love to take a mid-day break and go for a walk. Here are some of my favorite flowers I found on a walk this past week. An aunt of mine told me they are called Channeling Alberta. Aren’t they just beautiful?
Finding Graphics Your Blog Post
After the writing begins, sometimes in the middle and sometimes at the end, I begin the lookout for graphics. I use Canva and love how easily I can create a graphic.
Other times, I may create a video on YouTube or Rumble, or both and embed them on the post. Or I may use screenshots for those how-to blog posts. These graphics help readers to skim your content or have your content be shared moreover on social media.
Try to mix up the different types of graphics for your blog so they do not become boring. I like to add some clicks to tweets as well so I can tell who actually reads the posts that they may share over on Twitter.
One note of caution: Be sure to use images that are not copyrighted! You don’t want to deal with any impending lawsuits over an image.
Having a graphic art background, I can quickly decide which graphics to use in each of my blog posts. Once in a while, it is a struggle. Again, time to take a break and walk away!
Next, Time to Proofread the Blog Post
After a new post is written, it is time to proofread it. I used to wait a day or two but now I use Grammarly to help me proof my posts. However, Grammarly is not 100% so I try to preview it and read it on my mobile device after hitting the publish button.
Once in a while, I hire someone to proofread for me, especially if it’s a client’s blog post. Thus, I do recommend you hire someone if you can to have them proofread your blog or website.
But, do not fret if you find a mistake in your blog post! I used to and it was a waste of time. You can quickly edit it! I used to waste hours fretting over an error blogging. Three-quarters of the time no one even noticed it. Thankfully, there is an edit button on WordPress so you can quickly make an edit and go on with your day.
The worst thing you can do is to put off hitting the infamous publish button!Thankfully, there is an edit button on WordPress so you can quickly make an edit and go on with your day.Click To Tweet
What Does a Full-Time Blogger Do After Hitting the Publish Button?
They say writing the blog post is only 20% of the work. Imagine that? I could not imagine that for years. Now, that I track my time more I would have to sadly agree. The work of a blogger is only just beginning!
So, what does the other 80% of the time go to? Promotion and marketing.
- Emailing your subscribers.
- Sharing posts on social media.
- Then, using Triberr to share others’ content who then share yours.
- Using MissingLttr to automate the post on Twitter.
- Using Agorapulse to schedule more content from click to tweets into various social networks.
- Uploading to ShareBizSugar and engaging on that network.
- Uploading to Blog Engage and engaging there as well.
- Sharing on alternative social networks and engaging there.
- Commenting on other blogs, trying for at least 5 blogs per day.
Money Making Tasks of a Full-Time Blogging Business
Now, you want to be sure you have an income stream as you are full-time, right? So, you have to be sure you are providing your services or selling products. Therefore, you must schedule in time for that each and every day too as it’s your money-making part of the business. Are you getting tired yet?
To keep up your energy you need to be sure to eat right and get some fresh air and exercise. Those are vital to staying energized as a full-time blogger and business owner.
To stay organized be sure to put in some tasks in your Google calendar. I do this when I have consultant calls or training events. I may add in some other things like the day I need to do reports or invoicing.
Of course, another great way to stay on top of things is having a daily to-do-list list. It works best if you get it ready the night before. Before you finish your day online, write down a few things you need to accomplish the next day. You will sleep better and stay better organized.
For me having a social media calendar by my side is a must to stay on top of it all for my clients on a daily basis.
You will not want to forget those money-making tasks on your to-do list and Google calendar!Of course, another great way to stay on top of things is having a daily to-do-list list.Click To Tweet
Sponsored Posts and Affiliate Marketing for Your Blog
If you have been blogging a while you may start to get sponsored post opportunities and/or affiliate marketing opportunities.
Be sure that they are in line with your content’s niche and that your readers will want to read them. Oftentimes, I reject the pieces if they have nothing to do with my blog’s focus on social media, SEO, blogging, or small business tips.
However, be sure you are happy with the rate you will receive for these. After all, time=money when you are in the business of blogging full-time. Remember, to disclose on your blog if you are writing these types of posts. I have it in my blog’s footer area on every page and post of the site.
If you are running affiliate marketing programs you will want to do be writing about these on your blog and be sure you have the most up-to-date info on them as you go along. I love to promote products I use and am quite familiar with before promoting them.
Other Blogging Tasks to Deal With
The other blogging tasks are more technical and involve your website and updating old content. Once content is published is not set and done for good. No, the Google gods and other search engines prefer updated and newer content.
So, if your topics are newsy or about something that changes in time, you will be frequently updating old content. Be sure to include fresh graphics as well into these updated blog posts.
Do take this time into consideration when you want to write new posts.
Google Analytics for Your Blog
If you are not sure where your traffic is coming from be sure to set up your Google analytics and check them regularly.
Be careful not to obsess over them but do make a note to check weekly or monthly depending on your specific needs.
The Daily Grind of Full-Time Blogging
Each and every day for me is different, I try not to do a daily grind. I can work at my own pace and hours. For example, I began this writing at 3:30 on a Saturday morning. I could not sleep and kept thinking about this writing, so I started the coffee and here I am writing away.
Yesterday, I scheduled some social media for clients and engaged on several networks. I may not write every day though in my mind I would like to.
On really nice weather days I may go for a long walk or hike. That is the beauty of working for yourself, the flexibility to work when you want and where you want for the most part.
I do not miss the confinement of working in a cubicle from 9-5. I may work longer hours as a full-time blogger and business owner, but it is on my own terms.Each and every day for me is different, I try not to do a daily grind. I can work at my own pace and hours.Click To Tweet
Loneliness from Full-Time Blogging
From time to time, you can get lonely blogging. You are working solely each and every day. I fight it by reaching out to other bloggers either on the phone, zoom, or social media to connect with others. I may call a friend or meet up with one every week or two.
Now that I have moved to a new place, I will try to meet new people and learn more about the area. There are walking groups and a yoga studio nearby.
Hearing from other bloggers through email or in comments may help you along the way and inspire you to continue your blogging business. It is a great way to network with other people who are blogging and understand your daily ups and downs.Hearing from other bloggers through email or in comments may help you along the way and inspire you to continue your blogging business.Click To Tweet
Your Turn on Full-Time Blogging
I would love to know how you are blogging full-time today and if you have other tips to add to this piece for others looking to blog full-time.