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Running a blog is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable things that you can do. After all, what could be better than spending your time writing about the things that you love and that you’re really passionate about? Of course, most of us live pretty hectic and full lives so the idea of setting aside a lot of time and effort to work on something that really doesn’t function as much more than a hobby can be kind of difficult to justify, but do you want your blog to be more than a hobby?
What if you wanted to take your blog and turn it into something more than just a hobby?
What if you wanted to take that passion and turn it into a career?
Well here are a few things that you need to do if you want to get started.
Organise your email inbox
You need to start your inbox as you mean to go on. One of the most important things in blogging is having an email inbox that is organised. Keep your contacts in folders, delete emails when necessary. Never use your blog email for personal use, unless you want to be inundated with newsletters and other junk emails. Use the unsubscribe button and try not to have more than one page of emails on the go. Keeping to these tips will help you create a stress free mind.
Write and communicate effectively
The reality is that if you’re running a blog and you’re not writing in a way that connects with people, then you’re just going to end up with a blog that no one is interested in reading. It’s a good idea to start at the very beginning with something like a grammar training class. Those kinds of fundamentals are still incredibly important when it comes to trying to connect with your readers. Not only that but you need to be able to write persuasively and dynamically if you want people to keep reading.
Learn how to format your posts
Of course, it’s not just about the words that you write down; it’s how your posts look when people visit your blog. If you’ve got wonderfully written posts but your blog is ugly and a nightmare to navigate then no one is going to be interested in reading what you have to say. Learn the basics of designing an attractive blog that will guide your readers towards your content in the best possible way.
Know your subject
If you’re running a blog, there’s a good chance that you’re going to be writing about something pretty specific. Whether it’s lifestyle, fashion, beauty, or anything else, you need to know your subject matter inside and out. If people are coming to your blog for advice and information, they need to have some kind of guarantee that that information is actually going to be valuable to them. Do your research, stay up to date on all of the latest goings-on in your chosen industry, and make sure that the information that you’re offering your readers is always of the highest possible calibre.
The best blog in the world is going to be essentially useless if no one is reading it. You need to be able to promote yourself as effectively as possible to bring in the readers that you need. The best way to do that is through things like social media, which allows you to connect directly with readers in a way that many businesses have never been able to do before. You should also make sure that the SEO for your blog is rock solid so that anyone searching online for the kinds of topics that you write about is guaranteed to find you.
Connect with other bloggers
One of the very best things about running a blog is the fact that you have the opportunity to become part of an amazing community. The biggest mistake that a lot of new bloggers make is that they treat all other blogs that are in any way similar to their own as competition. And sure, you’re all trying to get as many readers as possible, but it’s much healthier to think of those blogs as a community that you can be a part of rather than things that are standing between you and the largest possible readership. Reach out to those other bloggers and connect with them. See if you can cross-promote one another. Things like writing guest posts on each other’s blogs can be a wonderful way to share your audience while fostering a sense of community which will draw in even more readers.
So do you want your blog to be more than a hobby?
Now, one of the most important things to remember is that running a blog, if you intend to make a living off of it, is going to be work. There will be days where you’d rather do anything else than write your blog post for that day. However, the truth is that if you want to make something into your career, you need to be willing to put in that work even when you don’t feel like it. If you’re not ready to commit to that, then you might be better off keeping it as a hobby.
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