Blogging is a multi-faceted tool for any freelance writer, even if you don’t find the energy to blog consistently. As a good example, I’ve made thousands of dollars over the years as the result of quickie blog posts I wrote on a whim!
If you want to be a freelance writer, I cannot overemphasize the importance of having your own blog. Whether it’s serious, creative, or a public journal, a personal blog can help you on your journey. This is because the best way to become a writer is to get out there and start writing!
In this post, I’ll show you four different ways running your own blog can help you in your career as a freelance writer and beyond. Let’s get cracking! Keep Reading
Creating your own blog is a dream shared by many. After all, it’s not only a great way to talk about what’s going on in your life, it can also enable you to share your professional expertise, and network with others. In addition, you might even be able to turn it into a secondary source of income.
Taking your first steps as a blogger doesn’t need to be complicated. All it takes is to figure out what you want to write about, find the time to post regularly, and choose the right platform for your efforts. After all, the right tool can make your life as a blogger much easier.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to three top blogging platforms, discuss their features, and offer our advice on why you should consider them as you begin your journey. Let’s kick things off with WordPress!
Why would someone give up their hard won platform to someone else?
What if they screw it up?
What if people stop reading my blog because of what someone else wrote?
These are real questions and valid concerns. Extending your platform to others doesn’t come without risk. But many people, myself and Tom included, are doing it every day.
I would argue that there are more reasons to do it than not. You’ll gain far more by opening up your blog, website or social media accounts to others than you’ll risk losing. Today, I’m going to share with you four reasons why I think you should extend your platform to other writers, bloggers and webpreneurs.
As a WordPress writer, I tend to take a lot of screenshots.
But I’m no graphic designer – far from it. So how do I go about taking top quality screenshots?
It turns out that this is more complicated than one might think. You want to offer up a beautiful screenshot, but you don’t want the file to be so big that it takes an age for the image to download.
My solution serves up crystal clear screenshots that are far less resource-intensive than you might imagine. In this post I’ll show you the difference between my process and a ‘standard’ JPEG image, then give you instructions to achieve the same effect.
When I first set out on this road back in May 2011, I had aspirations to be a “big” blogger.
I wanted to be up there with the Pro Bloggers and Smart Passive Incomes of the blogosphere. I wanted to attract huge number of visitors and accrue subscribers at an exponential rate.
I gobbled up stories of bloggers who had amassed thousands (or tens of thousands) of subscribers in days, or even hours. I dreamt of publishing that one piece that went ‘viral’.
Why? Partly because of ego, but mainly because I assumed that the above achievements were prerequisites to success in the blogosphere. Based on what most ‘make money online’ bloggers say, I believed that you need to attract huge numbers of visitors and build an email list in the mid five figures (or more) to make big bucks.
How wrong I was.