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Blogging is a very fashionable job. Sit at home all day and write. You now make money blogging, you’ve got your niche and the website’s up and running. The advertising has been successfully installed, the keyword research has been done and the excitement of hitting publish everyday is still fresh as traffic floods your way. You’ve still got time to take a few minutes here and there to check in on Facebook, Twitter and that little number you had your eye on on Ebay. Yep, blogging’s the life.
Or is it?
Six months down the line and you’re finding it harder and harder to generate content, keep on top of your social media responsibilities and maintain a smile. You’re stressed. Somewhere in all of this, blogging became a job and that was never part of the plan.
Blogging Is a Job
Whether you like it or not, anything that brings in money, no matter how much fun, is a job and should be treated with some professionalism. Writing in your PJ’s might make you feel a little smug when you remember all those poor sods stuck in rush hour traffic, but ask yourself, does it make you productive? If you’re feeling a bit sleepy and don’t remember the last time you had a shower, the answer is probably no.
Feeling fresh in the morning is vital to our level of productivity. And while we don’t always feel great every single day, we can help ourselves by washing and dressing in something comfortable.
While you don’t need to leap tall buildings in a single bound (unless you are a superhero and like to blog about it), you do need to keep on top of your targets and react to whatever is going on in your niche. This is where a schedule is really helpful to ensure you know you’re managing your time well.
Professional writing is an unstable profession offering the writer many hours alone with only their thoughts. This can lead to isolation, loneliness and depression. Having an active social life is key to keeping these career crippling afflictions at bay. Take a walk at lunchtime. Do some sports during the week. See friends. Go away for the weekend every three months. Make sure that you’re having a life outside of blogging and away from the internet.
Eating and sleeping well are also important to making sure you brain is ready to fire and working from home is an ideal opportunity to look after your health.
The Key to Content
Is quite simple: know your niche and find new ways to explore it in a voice the online public like. Research your niche; listen to what other bloggers are saying. If you disagree, write about it. Draw parallels with events in daily life, as well as your personal life, if you think it’s appropriate; some don’t. Listen to the comments your visitors make. They can leave surprising clues to areas worth exploring, as well as being entertaining and occasionally quite rude.
If you are starting to feel that the blog is running out of material, it’s ok, to leave it, let it generate some advertising revenue and move on to another niche that interests you.
Doing anything professionally is going to be stressful sometimes. The key to dealing with it is how you manage that stress.
About The Author
Samantha Rodgers is a freelance writer and work at home mom who loves writing about blogging tips and ways to earn money online. She also writes about paid clinical trials as a means to raise income alongside her other work at home business opportunities. You can follow this link to find out about the clinical trials volunteering process.