Is blogging a job in any sense?
Facebook often does some wonders and, in one fine evening, it encountered me with one of my old friend. We had a brief conversation over Facebook chat. After a formal handshaking he asked me “what do you do?”
“Blogging” I replied.
He was not surprised nor astonished, “Blogging. Okay, but what’s your job? I mean your profession?”
“Huh?” The re-iterated question surprised and astonished me!
Well, what job I do? What’s my profession? Who am I?
The questions forced me to ponder upon. Am I doing nothing? I don’t have any job and no profession? I do blogging and that’s not a job? Not a profession?
Here is the post inspired because of that Facebook chat. I know I’m doing something and I want to let the world know it.
It’s been a couple of years, but once started, it went on and on. Today, those who know me appreciate it (may be a few ones to envy) and the others are interested to know how I’m enjoying it and if they too can start blogging!
The evolution of platforms like WordPress, Tumbler, Blogger etc are already well capable to lift up the heavy loads on technical aspects, making every enthusiast comfortable to enjoy blogging. The easy availability of plugins, widgets and functions help you to extend whenever required. You can virtually access each of your imagination. In this context, I’m sure, you’ll love to create a new blog for yourself!
Why Blogging And No Other Job?
Blogging is attracting thousands of newbies everyday and that proves its potential. There may be multitude of reasons but in this posts, I discuss a few that inspired me to start blogging and continue consistently over these years.
The most important! Who won’t love to live without worrying about your bills?
By this point, I do not mean that blogging is ‘easy money’ or ‘get rich quick’ schemes. Blogging definitely requires dedication, diligence, smartness and a huge patience before you can attain any financial freedom.
But, once you reach to the point, you can enjoy making truly handsome money. The diverse revenue streams allow you to reap off sufficient money to live your life and start newer projects.
You can attempt some of the popular monetization methods:
- Selling your services such as counselling, writing, installation, customization, optimization etc.
- Selling your products like tutorials, eBooks, plugins, software, boots, bags etc.
- Promote affiliate products and sell them through your blog like hosting, plugins, software, Amazon, Clickbank etc.
- Selling Ad spots directly or through services like BuySellAds and so on
- Selling blog posts (sell your post for other blogs or sell your blog spot for other bloggers)
- Implement different advertisement networks in your blog such as Adsense, Chitikka, Infolinks, Kontera etc.
The money you can earn from blogging is very different than earning through jobs. Your creative flight and smartness can outnumber any opportunities that any employer can offer.
I hope this very point is sufficient for anybody to start blogging.
Probably it is only blogging that offers the flexibility to this extreme. Even online jobs requires you to be connected in specified time and demands you to work for specified time duration. There’s no need to discuss about other kind of jobs!
I used to be a teacher – one of the beloved one – always running along with the clock hands! The working hours were less but punctuality is highly expected! That’s the worst job any human can live with.
Some of my friends have their own business. They are the boss themselves but still, I’m proud to be a blogger. They never got time for outing when I enjoyed night stays!
After you start blogging, you need to be dedicated, diligent and sometimes an owl, but the freedom exists at your will. You are the one who prepares schedules, not the school administrator or your business partners or clients.
I always enjoy the sense of freedom every while I’m working on my blog. I’m glad that I don’t have any BOSSes here and I’m not the slave of their profit.
That unfortunate day, I ran to hospital as soon as I got news on an accident of my relative. Obviously, everything in my mind was just to reach hospital as soon as possible. Thanks God, the accident was not that severe. But I was already late to reach my school. And, I could not go to school directly from hospital because I was not wearing the prescribed uniform!
This is another thing for which most will envy bloggers. Now, when I work from the cozy of my room and most often on loose vest and knickers, I don’t want to remember the whites anymore!
There will be nobody to watch you and impose any working dress. My mind, my experience and the tips shine throughout blog posts, not my coat, pant and tie!
Start Blogging for Huge Friends
How about hundreds of ‘Get well soon’ when you suffer with common cold? Hundreds of ‘best of luck’ for each of your attempts. AND a great number of helping hands when you are really in some trouble?
Blogging offers opportunity to build relationship and make friends with people from different part of world. You may say, they all are virtual friends, are they?
Emmanuel Cudjoe from kabenlah.com got an email from Google to inform the ban of his Adsense account. After a couple of days he discovered his bank Liberty vanished along with his $2000. To add more in sorrow, his host and domain registrars trapped him when he wished to move web hosting due to frequent downtime. It is because of his blogging friends he could survive safe in spite of this harsh storm.
Do you still think that the online friends are just virtual friends?
As a blogger, I’ve thousands of friends connected with me in Facebook, other few thousands in Twitter and Google+. My readers are in touch with me and we can share views, experience, and ideas so that we all can benefit and prosper.
A few among the online friends do meet in this real world when time and space allow us. I’d have never known and met Ganesh Karki and Santosh Ghimire if I were not blogging. Ryan Biddulph is coming to Nepal and I’m really excited to meet him in person very soon!
The greatest thing is that neither natural distance nor political boundaries could stop our friendship. Start blogging if you love the awesome friendship!
Grow And Become a Writer
Blogging heavily involves writing. Writing something that your readers love to read. Something that your readers find it useful and interesting. You’ll continually be learning to write better.
With your passion and dedication, you’ll acquire the required skills and become a good writer.
If I were in any other profession, I’d never research on what type of topic will interest my readers, what level of difficulty will suit them and how can I catch them reading till the end of my article.
Glad to be a blogger – a writer in deed! Start blogging if you really love to learn writing.
Popularity is Enjoyable
There have been many incidents, when I visit somewhere and somebody comes for introduction – “You are Suresh Khanal, aren’t you?”
What a lovely moment!
Blogging makes you known to the people interested in same niche. They are happy to get connected with you, follow you and wish to learn from you. They want to be like you.
If I were not blogging, there would hardly be 20 or 50 people around my home or office. They also won’t know me in complete. But, blogging lets you space to express yourself. Your followers know you much closely and recognize your skills.
The popularity that blogging rewards you in your locality and beyond the country can’t be ignored that easy.
Blogging Builds Entrepreneurial Skills
As a blogger I keep learning every day. I make a programmer, SEO expert, promotion expert and a good writer out of me. I learn to take risks in changing design, optimization techniques, take risks in investments in different services and products. I learn everything by myself, doing some long research, reviewing my own failures and mistakes, promoting and pushing ahead the achievements and success.
Very soon, you’ll learn how to establish an online business, how to run it and make it profitable. As entrepreneurship can’t be taught but learned through experiments and experience, blogging helps to develop entrepreneurial skills quick.
After I thought over all these aspects, I feel I’m doing something important. It’s not NOTHING. I’m blogging!
Comment below if you agree with me and proud to be a blogger. Please visit my blog to learn about How to Create a Blog, How to Write Blogs Successfully, Start Blogging For-Money, Start Blogging Free, Best Way to Start Blogging and so on.