My blog started as a requirement for school. After the class was over, it transformed into a hobby that led me on a new career path as a work at home mom. The transformation from hobby to career has had its ups and downs, but I’m happy I stuck with it. I am able to work from home with a very flexible schedule that allows me to spend more time with my family while also earning an income. Along the way I’ve learned a few things about turning a blog hobby into a career and am I’m going to share them with you today.
Focus on what you enjoy doing
When starting a blog, you have complete control over the content. Focus on what you are passionate about and enjoy doing. For some it’s cooking, for others it is DIY projects, photography, writing, etc. Find that passion and embrace it in your blog.
Don’t be afraid to change
If you realize along the way what you’re doing no longer fits you, change your path. Depending on what the change is either start a new blog or rebrand your current one. Take that new idea and run with it.
Network, network, network
I can’t stress enough how important it is to make connections online. In today’s world, people are connected like they never have been before. Get out there and network with as many people as you can. Connect with them on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, whatever. Be friendly and authentic. Help people where you can and in the future, you might find a few of these people will help you when the time comes.
Find your balance
It’s very easy to get sucked into the online world, especially when you first start blogging. You want to grow your blog and connect with as many people as you can, but it takes a lot of time. Find a balance between the online world and the real world. Stepping away from the computer and phone while you spend time with your family won’t hurt your blog or your future career plans.
Turning your blog hobby into a career takes time. You need to establish yourself in the online world and make connections. For most of us, we won’t start making money right away. In fact, it could take a year or more for you to start seeing opportunities to make money. Be patient and keeping working. It will pay off in the long run.
Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator at One Martini. When not playing bartender in her kitchen or on the Internet, Jessica can be found improving her food and drink photography, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Jessica also works as a freelance writer at allParenting and Savvy Sassy Moms. She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter where she shares even more about cocktails.