People may have expected blogs to have dropped in popularity in favour of YouTube commentaries, but the truth is that we’re reading blogs more than ever. Of course, if you’re looking to start your own blog, or want to improve one you’ve already started, then you need to think about why people are still visiting blogs so regularly. Well, it’s the same reason that most people read anything; because they want to be informed.
The more you enjoy your hobbies and pastimes, the better you become at them. When your hobby is something creative; whether it’s baking, illustration, or perhaps your photography skills have reached new levels after the new camera you received for Christmas, your expertise and passion will grow the more you do it. If friends and family are starting to compliment your work (without being prompted), then maybe it’s time to consider the possibility that you could make some money from doing what you love. You could try blogging, like I have and find an SEO expert to help you to get to the top of your game.
It may seem a little scary; but the only way you’ll know if people will pay for what you’re making is to get your stuff out there for the public to see, try and, fingers crossed, buy. A friendly place to start is local markets and fayres; maybe your child’s school is throwing a summer fete, or there’s a weekly street market in your hometown. Don’t be afraid to enquire about the cost of a stall, and sign up (it’s now or never). Charity bake sales (presuming you bake) are another way to serve up your delights to the public to gauge a reaction and to introduce people to whom you are and what you do.
It’s always a good idea to be set up on at least one social media account, so that anyone who’s interested in finding out more about what you’re selling has a point of contact. Image-based social media, like Instagram and Pinterest, are perfect for showing off your craft, especially if you’re an illustrator or seamstress. You’ll also find a (mostly) friendly community of people on social media who are creating similar things to you; start talking to them, you might be surprised how much help you can gain. If a “meetup” is being organised, try and make it; they are an excellent way to network and, if you’re able to get a babysitter, it’ll be a child-free day for you.
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Sometimes it can feel like being a parent leaves you little time for anything else! And when you have a spare five minutes you just want to relax in the bath a nice cup of tea, but there are some people who feel the urge to do something creative! Now, for many, they just don’t feel that urge to do anything creative, but then there are some who want to do something as an outlet but don’t really know what!
So, here’s a few ideas for the mums who are looking for a new challenge to their spare time!
On Christmas Eve I decided to turn my laptop off and have a wonderful few days off enjoying baby girl’s first Christmas. On boxing day I did a quick check of my emails and discovered that my blog had been hacked. They hadn’t got in through my username and password, but through a plugin I wasn’t using and had not updated. They had somehow injected malware into my blogs core files. My stress levels were about to reach breaking point.
I’m writing this today to share with you what I have learned from getting hacked, and hopefully help with some tips so the same doesn’t happen to you. It’s a very unpleasant experience, I felt violated. My blog is only about family topics and what not, it’s a baby fish in a the huge sea, so why would a heartless hacker want in?
This time last year my blog was still a hobby, I hadn’t earnt a penny, but I started to get offers for sponsored posts…
What was I going to do?
I was on maternity leave and that pay is practically zilch. A few extra pounds from my blog would help to make up some shortfall. So I decided after the new tax year started to take up these offers, because I was so close to the end of the current tax year I thought waiting a couple of weeks would give me time ( a year!) to get my head around the whole tax self-employed thing!
Blogging can be tough. Unless you have a topic that is giving you an infinite amount of content to write about, you’re probably going to run out of ideas sooner or later and you might start running into a creative wall. I know this has happened to me!
It can spell the death of an otherwise informative and interesting blog, and it’s one of the things that writers fear the most when they turn their blogs from a hobby into a full-time job. Sadly, many writers try to get around the problem of a creative block by using questionable tactics. For instance, they might decide to repurpose an old post and disguise it as a new one, or they might hire third-party ghostwriters to make content for their blog.
While these are perfectly acceptable, it doesn’t add interesting and creative content (most of the time). Thankfully, there are ways to rekindle that creative mind of yours if you’re being faced with a stale blog.
With a little tinkering, creative thinking and a lot of hard work, you could revive a stale blog in just under a week with the following tips.