Blogging is definitely not easy to make a career of. It does take a lot of time and depending on your ambition, quite a bit of money. It is no surprise that blogging has become a way of business for many people. However, is it for you? Here are 5 questions one should ask before selecting blogging as a career.
Do you really have an interest in the topics you want to blog about?
The niche you choose could be a small one or one that you have a lot of topics that you can cover, but really, it boils down to whether you have the passion to keep writing. You will sometimes find yourself covering every nook and cranny of your niche when you write, and that can be tedious….at least to some.
Are you patient enough to know that it takes a lot of blogging, engaging, and social media marketing to become a successful blogger?
Becoming a successful blogger does not happen over night. It DOES take time. It is no get rich quick scheme and frankly, because of social search, you cannot just rely on link building techniques alone. You really have to market your brand to others through engagement. Of course, you do not want to spam people, and if you are truly interested in connecting with people, you will eventually end up sharing information about what your site is about or even about what you sell.
Are you willing to seek outside your normal informational resources to make sure your knowledge is on the cutting edge in your niche?
You probably have a routine when you get online. You see the same sites and the same people. Well, if you keep exposing your product to the same people, and no one new… how can you expect to reach more people? You have to go outside your normal means of seeking information and even seeking people to engage to become a top blogger in your niche.
Are you willing to invest time and money to making sure your blog succeeds?
Like I said earlier and usually repeat this in articles from time to time, success in blogging takes time. It also can take money for the tools to make your site run. Of course, there are free and open source tools like WordPress that help cut costs. However, you may need to invest in advertising or take time to trying to reach others.
If you are not willing to invest time or money… why bother even starting a blog?
If you are starting a blog as a career and have no money to spare, you might want to think about getting a job, or depending on the nature of the blog, you might be able to apply for a small grant. However, in doing so, you must have a logical business plan or your start-up site will be a failure.
Are you open minded?
Not every reader will agree with you. Some readers might even have just as much, or even more knowledge of your niche than you do. You may receive harsh criticism from time to time. Blogging is a form of media and the crowd can be tough to please sometimes. You have to be open minded enough and have a backbone in order to handle criticism.
Criticism even if it is harsh may mean that you will need to learn more about specific topics to become better. Really, each blogger has to be willing to learn from their readers. The blogger- reader relationship is interesting because a blog can literally become a community in itself from the feedback going back and forth.
Please note, these are 5 questions one should ask before selecting blogging as a career. What other questions do you think a person considering to enter into blogging as a career?