The second best way to learn how to become a blogger is to discover other bloggers got started. The first best way to be a blogger is to simply start blogging! Here’s how I became a blogger, plus tips to get you started on your blog.
This post is actually the first in my “This is My Story” series. I’ve been blogging since 2008 (which is probably longer than some of you have been alive!), and I’m wearying of my traditional tips-based articles. I want to go deeper, interact with others, and learn how people got where they are.
Part of learning how to become a blogger is knowing who you are and what you’re curious about. This helps you know what to blog about. Since I’ve always loved listening to people, I created this series. I’m interviewing all manner of people about how they started their “thing”, whether it’s blogging, marketing, teaching, engineering, praying, parenting, traveling, or being in the moment. My first interview will be with myself, and will help you learn how to become a blogger. Here we go…
How I Became a Blogger
I created a series of Quips and Tips blogs – now called Blossom – eight years ago. They’re my passion and my primary source of income (I may break $100,000 a year from my blogs alone!). Hopefully, my story will help you learn how to become a blogger and maybe even how to make money blogging.
Learned how to write online for the web
I started by writing for Suite101 way back in 2008. I wanted to be a freelance writer, but felt stuck because I lived on Bowen Island in BC. I wasn’t stuck for ideas or motivation; I was literally landlocked! I didn’t think I could be a traditional freelance writer if I couldn’t commute easily to Vancouver, so I tried online writing.
Learning how to be an online writer for Suite was my first step towards becoming a blogger. What pushed me over the edge was finding a “lifestyle blog” – I don’t remember what it was called – and realizing the blogger was earning 100% of the Google Adsense profits. At Suite, I was earning 30% or something really low.
Discovered my passion for working alone
I love being alone and working in solitude all day. In Best Jobs for Introverts and Quiet People, I list “learn how to become a blogger” as one of the best things people with introverted personality traits can do. If they like writing, of course.
Not only do I love working alone all day, I’m also self-disciplined and self-motivated. I actually work all day – I don’t get distracted by Facebook, food, TV, housework, my dogs, or even my husband. If you want to be a blogger or writer, you need to stay focused.
Learned how to become a blogger by doing
I didn’t have a blogging “mentor” or teacher. I read ProBlogger sometimes, but I really just learned how to blog by blogging. I didn’t build a community or even try to find followers, even though I know that’s the best advice on how to become a successful blogger. I just want to write. I don’t want to gather a following.
A newsletter? I just started my weekly updates a couple months ago, so I guess I’m finally “building an email list” – but I definitely don’t see it that way.
Surprised by the longevity of blogging
I LOVE tweaking my blog posts from before 2010! It’s so cool to read articles that I wrote seven or more years ago. I also love when readers comment on old posts. It’s not like writing for magazines, where the articles are fresh for a month then fade into the ether.
If you’re thinking of becoming a blogger, go in for the long haul. Don’t expect to make money the first month (although I did! So know it’s possible). Remember that every post you write has the potential to be online forever, so write it with your heart and soul.
Advice on how to become a blogger
Start a blog that represents who you are and what you’re both passionate and curious about.
If you want to be a blogger for a long time, don’t start a blog that represents just one stage of your life. For instance, I started Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility when I found out we couldn’t have kids. I was actively blogging on that topic for about a year, then quickly lost interest.
In 10 Tips to Help You Start Your First Online Magazine, I share the most important tips I know on starting an ezine.
Faith in blogging
One of my questions for people participating in my “This is My Story” series is about faith and spirituality. Why? Because I love God, and Jesus is the source of my joy, passion, peace, and freedom! So I’m curious what role faith plays in people’s stories, lives, and jobs.
Becoming a blogger was a huge leap of faith for me. I was working part-time at an office job I didn’t enjoy, and I desperately wanted my blogs to support me financially. I didn’t include God in my blogging process, though. I wasn’t close to God back when I started learning how to become a blogger.
Now, my faith plays a much bigger role in my blogs. I offer prayers and blessings in most of my blog posts, and I focus less on practical tips. I’m trying to include God in my blogs – but I’m still learning what that looks like. God is definitely a huge part of my weekly updates (Blessings and Blossoms), though. I’m always nervous to send email directly to people, even readers who subscribed for my updates. That’s definitely a leap of faith for me.
What do you think? If you have any questions on how to become a blogger, please ask below!