Professional Bloggers Must Have Traits
You have a great idea for a new blog. So you get yourself a name, a nice design and you put it all together and you finally have your new blog online.
Fast forward a few months, you have been writing content consistently and promoting that content pretty well across all channels and you start to see a nice community growing on your blog and you think…
“Hey, maybe I can make some money with this”
The moment you decide to join the thousands of professional bloggers out here is the moment things will change.
You see running a blog for fun has no pressure, it’s a hobby, it’s fun and laid back.
But once you decide to go Pro and make money with that blog, something changes, like the kids say “Shit get’s real”!
You now have Goals, Expectations, Purpose and possibly Accountability to family.
It’s like a pro baseball player playing the game as a pro, it isn’t as much fun as it was when they played in high school or college.
To make that transition a little easier for you, I came up with 7 Traits that YOU will need if you want to be a Professional Blogger.
Being Passionate trumps everything. Passion will be what get’s you thru the days when nothing goes right. Trust me, you will have many days like that.
You have to be passionate about what your blogging about, if you’re not, it will be hard to get up and continue to write helpful content on a regular basis.
Your blog should be as much about your readers, customers as it is about you.
If you want to succeed as a blog, then your blog has to be VERY helpful to your readers. Your content, your advice and blog reviews have to be helpful.
This is the reason for your blog, to help yourself by helping others first.
Let me say that again for the loud mouth self promoters that read this haha
Your blog should be about helping yourself by HELPING OTHERS FIRST!
Blogging is a journey, you have to stay optimistic in that journey that all the work your doing now, WILL pay off in the end.
Trust in the process, enjoy the failures and learn from them.
The good thing here is, if you have Passion and are Optimistic, then being Persistent will be easier for you.
There will be days when you write a post and it does well, there will be days you write a post and it doesn’t. There will be days when you ask to do a guest post and they say yes, there will be days when they say no.
No matter what happens, all you need to do is keep moving forward.
Blogging changes weekly, so to be a professional blogger, you will need to stay open to learning the new tips, tricks and techniques on how to blog.
The more you learn, the better your results will be and the more helpful you will be to your readers.
Once you think you know it all, it will all change. (can you say SEO? haha)
I think this is the hardest one for most bloggers, I know it was for me.
There will be days when you just don’t want to do anything, those are the days you will need to learn how to motivate yourself to get to work since no one will do it for you.
There is no boss pushing you to do work.
There is no boss to push you to write blog posts.
There is no boss to push you to be active on Social Media.
There is no boss to push you to drive new traffic.
It all comes down to YOU!
I’m going to tell you a little secret.
I failed on a monthly and hell even on a weekly basis when I started my blog and I still fail today.
Does failing at something suck? Hell yes it does, but it shouldn’t stop you from trying again.
This is how I look at it. If I’m failing at stuff, then that tells me I’m doing stuff, and the only way to succeed as a professional blogger, is to keep taking ACTION!
I’m proof of that, I failed my way to a popular blog and brand.
Blogging is hard work, but becoming a professional blogger is even harder. But it is worth it, for me, the good most defiantly out-weighs the bad.
If you can develop all 8 traits then the process will be much easier for you.
What do you think?
What traits have helped you in your blogging journey?
Share them in comments below