Official blog of Clark's Blogging for Journalists class, Mass Communication department
I like that Paula Cabrera (TwelveSkip) posted about how she didn't know how she felt about investing so much time in something that she didn't know would work out or not. I think that is great advice, not just for blogging, but for anything anyone finds passion in doing. As far as ideas go, her advice was to just keep doing it and taking steps. She was experimenting, networking and creating content and from that she could only grow and move forward.
Most of these bloggers have quit their full time jobs in order to blog more. That is something that I have considered for a future for myself. Once you establish yourself as a blogger it is important to take a risk. You may face plant or you could have a huge payout.
Most of the bloggers that were shown had to really push themselves and take some major risks to get where they are today. I thought it was really cool how they weren't just handed there success but really made something out of themselves.
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Dennis Seymour of LeapFroggr says that because of his crazy schedule he decided to post once a month, compared to posting once a week. I've got a busy schedule too, so I can understand why he decided take this risk in order to improve the content of his blog. However, he does mention how he eventually plans to increase his blog posts so it shows that in order to expand your blog, more frequent posts are better.
All of these bloggers took risks and followed their readers cues. They noted what kind of posts were receiving the most comments and shares.
Most of the risks that these bloggers have taken was just that they decided to blog instead of going the traditional route of college and career. I like the idea that you shouldn't worry about the path you "should" be on or the job you "should" have, but you should do the job you want and enjoy doing.
"that would be investing time on something without knowing whether it will work out or not." is the thing I have in common with one of the bloggers. I have a hard time putting 100% of myself into something if I am not committed to it
Quitting your full-time job and career to blog could be a huge risk, but if you're good at it and confident in your writing then you shouldn't have a problem.
For the record I do think that most of these people are at best way braver than I could be gambling with my future and at worst absolutely insane, but I guess for most it has payed off so maybe fortune favors the bold applies here? Anyways one of the most useful ideas I got from this article is knowing when to read your audience and know when to pivot your blog's messaging. Sometimes I guess you need to read the writing on the wall and tweak what you once thought was your million dollar idea.
We all should take risks. I thinks this writings motivates me to do better in blogging. Many of successful bloggers had to give up time or money to achieve what they have today. Many of them worked for free in the first year, and started to get money to the point they can make a living out of a blog!
This was really intriguing because like 90% of the people said their biggest risk was leaving their full-time corporate job and taking the leap of faith to become a full time blogger and depend on that for their income. It always amazes me how people make money blogging, I would love to do that some day without losing the integrity of my blog or becoming self absorbed like I feel a lot of bloggers are.
I think it is important to remember not to abandon your paying job and go after the blog dream. I hope to eventually when and if I can attract enough people to my site.
I really liked the woman who said her biggest risk was merging her three niche blogs into one, which she was advised not to. Sometimes I think it is okay to have a more "journal" type blog instead of the recommended single topic niche blogs. Some people just have interesting lives and great perspectives to read about and that can gain just as much of a following as a niche!
A common thing I saw in the link was time management and staying on track to blog. That is my biggest struggle. I need to schedule and set aside more time to have fun brainstorming and to blog. Hopefully it will give more of a desire to communicate to people through my blog.
What I found in common with many of these bloggers is that they not only sacrificed a lot of their time but even to the point of quitting their jobs. I would have to say one of bloggers I read about made the decision to post once a month instead of once a week. I thought this was very interesting. Since I plan on staying in Haiti for a while, I won't always have the internet conveniently available to use and will be very busy. So it was cool to see what other alternatives he uses to keep his blog posts interesting enough to read and stay in contact with his readers by using his email.
I like that the blogger said she invested in herself. I think that's very important. You may not always be successful so there is a big risk but you cant expect people to invest in your company if you are not willing to. Also I like that the lady was courageous enough to have people go through her entire business plan and ideas to find any fault that she over looked. it sounds crazy but it was also courageous and probably well worth it.
The trend I see between most of the bloggers is that they either forfeited their job/school or were working for a period where they were making little to no money but they stuck with it and eventually were successful and they made their own job, school wasn't a necessity anymore and they are making a great profit. It just shows that if you truly love what you do, you will stick with it regardless of how bad it may seem at the time because one day it will pay off with some patience and diligence.
This reminded me a lot of Heide Brandes who quit her 9 to 5 so that she could pursue freelance writing. She set her self goals to achieve and did have to make some sacrifices at first but now she's well off and enjoys what she does and gets paid to travel to write articles.
I like how all the bloggers believed in themselves and had full confidence they could do it. They had so much confidence that they left their full time job to blog, you want to talk about a leap of faith.
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