It is the rise of the internet era and blogs are growing along with it. When I first started blogging on my very first blog, I’ve only started it as a hobby. That’s where most of us bloggers come from. And we slowly evolve into entrepreneurs, trying to make money from our blogs.
I’ll be honest with you. Transitioning from a hobby blogger to a business blogger isn’t exactly easy. A lot of successful bloggers make it look like it’s so easy. And bloggers who are just starting out think that too, but that’s where most novice bloggers fail. When things get rough, they easily give up because it’s not exactly what they expected.
I think anyone can be a blogger. A blogger can come from anywhere. But not everyone will become bloggers.
It all really depends on the person. It depends on you. If you’ve made it this far into this article, I can only assume that you are someone who’s interested in knowing if you have what it takes to be a blogger. Maybe because you’re just curious. Or maybe because you want to become one of us. For whatever reason, you’re going to find out if you’re fit to be a blogger right here.
Along with this article, I’ll show you the personalities and skills you need to have to make it as a blogger, and I’ll explain to you why.
At the end of this post, you’ll get a free 10-page workbook. It’s a personality test that you can take and with a calculated score, you’ll be able to know how much blood of a blogger you have in you.
Patience is one of the top attributes a blogger needs to have. A lot of professional and successful bloggers have built their blogs for over 5, maybe even 10 years before they’ve actually started seeing some real money maker out of what they’re doing. Shocker, isn’t it?
But why does it take such a long time? That’s because blogging is all about creating and sharing content. The more content you have, the more your blog grows. And creating high-quality content to publish and market, takes time. I can write 1K to 2K words of a detailed blog post in 2 hours. But that doesn’t even include the time I take researching, editing, proofreading, getting the right photos and again editing those photos, marketing , and so much more.
Blogging may be all about creating and publishing content, but in order to grow your blog, it’s not the only thing you need to do.
What’s more, it takes quite some time to build real blogging skills. You should see some of my posts when I started blogging, they are all full of s#*t. I’m serious. If you compare them to my current blog posts today, you wouldn’t believe that I’ve written s#*%ty articles. And I need to tell you that I’ve built my writing skills not just in my dreams while I take good night sleep. I’ve been writing every day and all night long. Sometimes I even write until 2am in the morning. I don’t recommend you to do that. I’m only sharing my experience for you to understand that you need the patience to be a blogger.
Our patience will achieve more than our force. –Edmund Burke (Click To Tweet)
My definition of blogging is creating and sharing content, which is mostly in text form. Creating text-based content means you need to write. The number one requirement to blogging is writing.
So if you don’t know how to write, then you can never be a blogger. Though there are blogs that have content that mostly consists of photos, like photography blogs, they still use a few words, like a sentence or a paragraph to define their work. And if you’re not going to start one of these blogs, then you’ll mostly be needing to write.
You can outsource this to other bloggers. But, in my opinion, you can’t be called a blogger if you are not the one creating your own content.
Writing is not a talent. It’s a skill and every skill can be acquired when you persevere in practicing and to master it. Like I mentioned, I didn’t start out writing this way. I’m very passionate about writing even when I was still in my elementary years. I used to write stories and poetry when I was younger. But it was only recently that I realized, just because it’s my passion does not mean I’m an expert on it.
I used to publish posts that are less than 300 words long with a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes. But over the past two years that I’ve been blogging, I learned and I improved. I still keep on learning and improving.
So take it from a person who’s passionate about writing yet started out creating really bad blog posts. If you want to be a blogger, but isn’t so great at writing, you’ll always learn to improve as long as you’re motivated and determined to do it.
Along with the rise of blogging, visual marketing is running with it. These two content marketing strategies are best and most effective when they are entwined. People are visually inclined. They engage more with content that contains images, photos, or infographics other than content that is just containing text.
Blogs are recommended to have images for better traffic results and faster loyal audience growth. However, as bloggers, we’re not really required to have photography skills.
We’re not photographers; we’re bloggers. I myself stopped taking my own photos for my blogs, KOL Blogging and Start With A Peso. I started to use stock photos.
It takes time and skill to take good photos. And not just good photos but photos that should be related to what I’m blogging about. But I’m still taking my own photos for Flavorful Travels. It’s kind of required for a travel and food blog.
You can outsource this work to other photographers.
However, as a blogger, you are still responsible for anything that is published on your blog. So you need to have the basic photography skill of knowing whether the photo looks good or not. You need to know if it is appropriate, if it is related to your content, or if it is engaging with your readers.
Some basic photography skills aren’t so bad. If you have it, then that’s just perfect because you can publish your own unique photos and you don’t have to turn to stock photos. But if you are using stock photos or is planning to use them, make sure you know the legal terms of using them.
In the last post that I published, I’ve written about Inspiring Bloggers Who Made Huge Impact With My Blogging (http://www.heidepadilla.com/inspiring-bloggers/). When I was thinking about how I was going to write the introduction, I researched the definition of blogging. Though I already know what blogging is, I needed some words to express it. And when I was writing it down, I realized that blogging isn’t just about publishing and updating a blog with articles. Blogging is actually sharing content through the internet.
Blogging is sharing. (Click To Tweet)
So, as a blogger, you need to be a person who knows how to share. I used to think that I should write only little of what I know to be published on my blog then, later on, write more of what I know so I can sell it. But that’s not the case, especially if you are still trying to grow your blog. You need to pour out all your thoughts in just a single post and give it all you’ve got. Then publish it freely for the world to benefit from it.
I know a lot of bloggers may find this contradicting because they sell 90% of their content and only share 10% of it for free.
I agree that you should not give 100% of everything you know if you want to make money through courses, ebooks, or other digital products. But in order for your blog to have quality and detailed content you should make sure that the small percentage of what you share is beneficial to your readers.
In the long run, you’ll benefit from this because your blog will become more attractive not just to your audience but also to search engines.
Sharing is such a common word and when we hear it, sometimes it’s not even a strong verb. It has become overused that the real meaning has faded away. But putting it into action is not so easy.
To be able to share is a great ability of a successful blogger.
So if you don’t mind me asking, it would be great if you can share this pinable graphic to your Pinterest boards. I’m pretty sure your followers are going to like it and they’ll benefit much from this post, too. Sharing is caring. 🙂
Whether you’re an introvert who doesn’t know how to talk with people or an extrovert who loves being around them and getting their attention, you need to know that blogging requires some social skills.
The internet wouldn’t be what it is now if it wasn’t for socializing and building networks of people communicating with each other virtually. This is not only thanks to social media, although most of the internet owes it to them, blogging also plays a big role in this.
When you share to people, you’re actually reaching out to them. The purpose of blogging is to get others informed of what your know, of your situation, of their situation, or anything else. The key there is to inform them. And informing others means that you are communicating with them, thus you are socializing.
The best way to grow a blog is to grow your network of followers. Socialize with them to make them feel like you are a real person and they will trust you.
You might be saying that an introvert may not have a chance at this at all because they are the ones who don’t know how to socialize or communicate with other people. I don’t think so.
On the internet you can be anyone you want to be, that means you can be an extrovert if you want to. The introvert personality does not mean that you are incapable of communicating with other people. It may only be because you’re shy, afraid, or worried that you might say something wrong. But it does not mean that you don’t know how to socialize.
Take it from Sophia Amoruso, the author of #Girl Boss and founder and owner of Nasty Gal. When she started out her business on the internet, she was an introvert and still is. She shares through her book how she’s more confident when she’s writing to people rather than when she’s talking with them in person.
So anyone can socialize. Anyone can create networks on the internet. Anyone can grow a blog and turn it into business.
The ultimate personality that a blogger needs to have is the ability to be caring. It is what we do as bloggers.
We’re trying to change the world.
We’re trying to help others through our content.
We’re trying to provide information that our audience will like, or will be entertained with.
We are in an audience-driven industry. We need to make our readers happy with our content. Otherwise, they won’t stay in our blogs for long.
You should care about your blog and your business. And ultimately, you should care about your audience, readers, customers, or clients because you will never be a successful blogger if you don’t care.
Becoming a real successful blogger is not easy. It requires skills and personality that are fitting for you to become a blogger. With all these requirements, you may be thinking that you don’t stand a chance in the blogging world. Don’t think that because these skills and personalities can be acquired through hard work. Just practice, practice, practice, and blog every day. If you really want to become a blogger who makes business and money out of it, you will become one.
There is no dream unachievable for a persistent person. (Click To Tweet)
So just keep on improving and you’re going to achieve the laptop lifestyle that you’ve been longing for.
Hey, that makes two of us.
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Here’s to our blogging success!