I confess that one of the hardest parts about blogging is to find your voice as a blogger. It’s easy to look at a blog and think that someone’s fashion sense or photography make up the bulk of a blog. However, writing is actually a huge part of the formula. And when you’re not used to writing conversationally, it can be time consuming and cumbersome to start. As a blogger, not only are you writing content for your blog, but you’re also creating social media posts, newsletters, and emails constantly. I don’t really think that a blog can exist without writing, and that’s why it’s so important to find your voice as a blogger. Below, I’m sharing a few tips that helped me find mine.
Running a blog is a one-person show – and even though I have a small team helping me today, it’s so easy to get pulled in different directions. Since my blog is my business, I’m constantly having to juggle between strategy, creative direction, and brand collaborations all the while being present on social media. And I’ll be the first to tell you that it is no easy task! In the past, my days would start super early and end extremely late, but by the next morning, it’d somehow seem like I had more to do. I learned quick that this was a fast track to burn out. Since then, I’ve put a new routine in place to help me get more done in less time. If distraction is your enemy, click through to get my top productivity hacks.
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Today, I’m chatting about a blogging topic that hits close to home. Although blogging sounds like an easy task, at the end of the day, it’s a full-time job. And just like any other job, it can be difficult to stay motivated all the time (especially with social media comparison so often being the thief of joy). Having the drive and desire to create fresh content daily can be rough – but it’s especially important for new bloggers because it’s key to building an engaged audience. Plus, it gives any new potential reader good reason to keep coming back. I know how disappointing it feels when you’ve been blogging consistently for a few months and you don’t see the growth you expected or a lull in engagement. So, I wanted to share some tips on how to stay motivated with your blog if you’re going through a blah period. This happens to everyone – even me after years of blogging!
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One of the questions I get most is, “How do bloggers make money?” So I’ll be addressing that today. Blogging can be a great way to earn an income; however, monetizing isn’t as easy as it seems. Before I kick this post off, I want to caution that there’s a lot of work involved. I started blogging in 2012 and it wasn’t until July 2016 that I took my hobby full-time. It’s important to remember that what works for one person may not necessarily work for you, and everyone’s timeline looks different. If you’re looking to monetize your blog, I’ll be addressing four ways bloggers make money along with some practical nuggets on how you can too. The various methods listed below are great starting points for everyone no matter where you’re at in your career.
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If you already have a blog or want to start one but you aren’t sure how to promote it, I have great news! We’ll be chatting all about how to promote your blog today. Spreading the word about your new hobby and driving people to your site will be one of the most difficult parts of getting started. You want to promote your blog because it will build brand awareness, help you establish authority, and ultimately generate sales. Most people think a blogger’s job is to simply create content. However, it’s actually making sure we’re visible to the right people on the right channels – and that means marketing. I have a few tips that were extremely helpful in my early days, which I think can benefit you too. If you want to know what they are, read on!
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