I, as I am sure, many of you fellow bloggers reading this, get several queries on how to start, sustain and monetise a blog. Added to this is the fact that most of us bloggers also freelance with a few print magazine and newspapers too. I often get asked on how does one balance this and also, how are these two similar or different. Ta Da… my 5 tips on this …
Know Why You Write
It’s not new for anyone to go on a bloggers’ meet and find a ‘micro-blogger’ or an ‘insta-blogger’. Not all, but some claim that people aren’t reading. Well if that be the case and your conviction, then feel free only to hashtag. So, when I write it’s more for a catharsis, practice of writing, wanting to hone my skill and, yes, also get feedback and reactions from the reader. It’s important to know why would you want to write, either for print or for a blog. Once you know that, you’re good to go!
What I Write
As a human being, I am guessing we have varied interests. Some more fully developed, others, in their nascent stage. But there are myriad topics that pull us in different directions. My mantra is to explore, know and learn and write on these and grow as a writer. Sure, you’re not expected to write on everything, but good to start from what you know best- could be because of your regular job profile too. Then start researching and writing on different areas of your interests. You don’t want to spread yourself too thin though. Treading the fine line of being an observer, as against an expert on everything is the trick, methinks. Why limit your writing to only a staccato pattern? Right?
Blog and Print- Same or Different?
This is question often pops up. My take- both are here to stay and have their readership. You as a writer are catering to different audiences, sure, but content is surely the king. Of course there are those differences- of a word limit, limitations of topics and also reach, but if you are sincere to your writing, all this will get taken care of. Bash on regardless. Even if one person is reading you and getting back with a like, comment and appreciation, organically, haven’t you achieved your purpose? Well, most times.
Being a Professional
I mean, isn’t it self explanatory- perhaps to you and I but not to most. You’ll be surprised! Maintaining timelines and datelines is crucial to writing for print, as against the blog, where sometimes when you have the ownership, you tend to slacken…well at least I do. I also communicate clearly, people will vouch for that, what I am writing for the blog and what’s for print. Keeping a professional, open communication with your editors, and also respecting their and your time, is a must. Sticking to the word limit provided, sending a clean copy and quick and efficient follow ups, will never go out of fashion!
Show me the Money
Lastly, many wish to quit their regular, well paying jobs too start a blog. Well those of you who know me, I am a teacher and trainer in Business English and have, thankfully, a regular paying source. I follow writing as a passion and a profession and maintain a healthy balance there too. I wouldn’t recommend quitting a job, unless you have the wherewithal to first sustain yourself without regular cash flow from a blog or print or else have a conviction and passion stronger than mine! Of course the blog gets monetised, but it takes time, effort, and continuity of posting! Also do it if you’re not passionate about anything else..unlike me, too many interests, is that a bad thing? What do you think?
I wish us all the best!
I wish us all the best!
Do let me know what your top tips are!