If life as a full-time blogger is the dream for you, you’re far from alone. Blogging for a living gives you control over your life in a way that few people are able to achieve, and allows you to control your own schedule and time in a way that suits you.
However, blogging for a living is not without its potential pitfalls. As blogging is still a relatively new industry, many bloggers are finding their own way without a roadmap that helps them to make the best decisions. If you blog for a living — or aspire to do so one day — then it’s worth taking the time to ensure you’re not forgetting to do the following…
Bloggers can forget to… get enough sleep
There’s so much more to blogging than just generating blog posts: you have to work with sponsors, take photographs, manage the technical side of your blog… the list is endless.
As a result, many full-time bloggers find that they just don’t get enough sleep. This problem is usually worsened by the fact that most bloggers work from home, so it’s far too easy to stay late in “the office” to finish off your scheduled work.
If the above sounds familiar and your sleep is beginning to be compromised by the work your blog requires, then it makes sense to take steps towards rectifying the problem. Set yourself a definitive time by which you should finish work for the day; browse Mattress-Guides.net for a new mattress to ensure your bed is somewhere you want to be; and treat yourself to the comfiest pillows and bedsheets you can find. By finding a routine, sticking to it, and making your bed an attractive place to be, you should find it easier to get the rest you need.
Bloggers can forget to… appreciate the moment
Many bloggers find that a day out with their kids or an evening in watching movies is dominated by the need to generate blog post content from their activities. This can lead to bloggers not quite immersing themselves in the moment of what they are experiencing, as they’re too busy trying to snap the perfect picture or record all the details for their planned post.
Try and set yourself a time limit; a point when you as a blogger stops doing something so just you can absorb the experience. Grab the pictures you need, note down what you need to note down, then forget about your blog and go and live the moment.
Bloggers can forget to… focus on “the numbers”
Often, bloggers are told to forget about “the numbers” (their site analytic, traffic, etc.) and just focus on blogging for themselves. That’s a lovely sentiment… but it’s also an unrealistic one if you’re trying to make your blog a career.
To an extent, blogging for a living will always in some way be about “the numbers”. While it’s nice to blog for yourself — and you absolutely should do that — you also have to generate income from your blog. The higher your “numbers” are, the easier this will be. Take the time to read this article on Moz.com for a few tips for gaining extra visitors if your numbers are struggling This shouldn’t be all you focus on, but it has to be a factor if you want to generate a full-time living from your blog.
The tips above should help ensure that your life as a full-time blogger is as fulfilled and beneficial as it can possibly be. Good luck!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.