I hear a lot of people throw around that they are pro bloggers?
Of course, we all assume pro equals professional, so what defines a pro blogger?
Is it the money? Is it the experience? What is it?
Can you be a pro blogger and still have a 9 to 5 job? Answer: maybe, but being a pro blogger is more than just frequently blogging. You do have to have great reach and you have to have quality articles that people want to read.
I know what I will say in this article may offend a few people, but believe me, after not having a 9 to 5 job since 2008, AND blogging for over 8 years, I am more than experienced on what it takes to be a pro blogger. I have been paid for years, and not just from sponsored blog posts and advertising, but also being sponsored too. I also make money from my web design clients who contact me – in fact, in the last year since I have moderately promoted myself on Twitter and Facebook, my sales have gone up nearly 500%. Please note – moderately. Imagine if I really decided to be annoying and “in your face” about my services. I would either deter people or bring in more.
From the beginning of my early days in blogging, my goal has to try to help people. Years ago when I started, NO ONE was out there to help. I am not exaggerating on that. Of course, there were a few HTML websites out there, but I learned by myself. I saw some of my online friends I engaged with daily floundering in web design and felt the need to help them. I still do today, but I went from services being free, to being paid for it. And it was not because of my portfolio (which still has yet to make its debut as of March 2011), but because of what I blogged about and my own site’s design.
Aside from my own experience, remember, it does not matter what niche you are in, but if you are professionally paid enough to make an actual living from your blogging, you might be a pro blogger. And this is not the “supplemental income to take your kids to the local Chuck E Cheese on the weekend”, but actually being able to pay.
It is hard and takes a lot of work to get there. Even pro bloggers that are a couple levels higher than myself, while they may not have blogged as long, they have worked VERY hard to get where they are today. And believe me – it takes a LOT of ambition. Some of the people I have seen starting to make a great foundation for their future, like Ileane Smith, Gail Gardner, and Kimberly Castleberry have been VERY ambitious in a VERY admirable way. (By the way, they are great examples of whom you might want to follow.)
Because each of them have been willing to do what it takes to learn, grow, and try to do what it takes to come out on top. It takes connecting with hundreds of people whether through Twitter, Facebook, or returning blog comments, forums, tribes, or whatever.
If you are wanting to become a pro blogger, there are a lot of great people to follow out there, but you have to get into that mentality that you are going from being a hobby blogger to being serious and making a business out of it.
How do you define what a pro blogger is?