Full Time Blogging is Serious Business
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In my push to make my blog one worthy of making a full time income I am learning SO much. I can’t even believe how much there is to know just to run a seemingly simple home based blog & business. I’ve spent the last 3-4 weeks doing immense amounts of reading and researching. Too much reading and research I think. I’m fairly certain my brain is enlarged from holding all of it, and it’s giving me a headache! LOL
So let me give you a crash course of the topics I’ve covered (but nothing in depth because I’m still too new to it to act like I have a solid handle on things, maybe in a later update).
- Google Analytics. I’m convinced “analytics” is code for “this is prison in Hell” and so much of it is technical mumbo-jumbo that I had to read it and ask my techie friends a million questions.
- Facebook Analytics. Yes, more of those lovely analytics! Full time blogging requires you to know what your trends, popular posts, etc are.
- Pinterest Analytics. OMG! I’m literally dying of analytics overload. Goodbye sweet world.
- Rich Pins. This wasn’t so bad, but you still have to set up a whole lot of complicated stuff to make it happen.
- Rich Product Pins. Not much different than rich pins, but basically how you sell stuff on Pinterest. Once things are set up, it is supposed to be very simple.
- Social Media. You have to use all forms of social media to reach out to your readers. Full time blogging comes with full time social media duties.
- Email Lists. I will be coming to your inbox very soon! Be sure to subscribe!
- SEO. Search engine optimization, yes that’s a real thing, my friends. No, you don’t want to know about it because it’s incredibly boring and ultra-competitive and I don’t like it. I’m more of a “can’t we all just get along” type who thinks we should all share who gets to go first in the google search results. Right?
- Page Responsiveness. Apparently, my blog loads slow, so I’ve got to figure out how to make it faster. Still haven’t solved this mystery so the research will continue today. Fast pages are more friendly to “bots” and that’s somehow a good thing…idk. Sounds ridiculous to me.
- Exclusive Content. Things only special people get…like people who sign up for the email list.
- Image Optimization. Who knew that there are things besides taking the picture that you have to do?!
- Full time blogging is nothing like hobby blogging. It actually requires something of you, like a schedule, and content that’s not a personal diary. You have to plan and think about things and analyze stuff to give your readers what they want. A hobby blog is about you and your personal journey, but trying to turn from hobby blog to serious blog is seriously hard.
That’s the real moral of this story. Full time blogging is a lot more work, a lot more research, a lot more reading. It’s still fun, it’s still interesting, but you have to treat it like a job if you want it to BE your job. So, here I am, studying about how to utilize analytics. I’m not crushing it, but I’m crumpling it slowly…..and eventually I’m going to understand it. Eventually I’ll really have a good grip on it and it will seem like second nature. I know this, and I accept this challenge.
What challenges are you currently facing? Let’s hear ’em! Comment below.