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5 Blogging Traits


Being a blogger is hard, very hard.  You are pretty much putting yourself out to be applauded, laughed at, trolled, admired, and all. It can be a little too much, and I can completely understand why many choose to abandon their blogs and dreams of becoming a pro blogger. I have been blogging for some years now, and I know I had to pick up a few traits I felt I needed to keep me going. God knows I would have abandoned this blog ages ago, if I didn’t have these traits.

The way it is now, I can never dream of abandoning Fashion and Style Police, it is like my first child. And you never abandon your kids, no matter what.

 

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Here are some of the traits that have helped me so far in my blogging career –

 

Passion

I would have stopped blogging ages ago if I didn’t have the passion for it. I enjoy writing. Having my own creative online space is the best thing ever! I have a strong passion for fashion and beauty, and I enjoy writing about lifestyle stuff every now and again. Without my passion, I would have given up a long time, and you won’t be reading this post.

 

Determination

I am a very strong willed, determined person. I know what I want and how to get it. I also make sure nothing gets in the way of what I really want; I usually find a way around it. This trait has kept me going. I won’t be where I am today if I was not a determined person. I am a fighter, and it affects everything I do.

 

Thick Skin

I have grown a thick skin over the years, and that has helped me greatly. Blogging is not for the faint hearted, I can tell you that for a fact, as everyone has an opinion about what you do and how you should do it, even though they may not really have a clue. A thick skin protects me from trolls, negative people, unsupportive people in my real life and the drama that comes with blogging in general. Having a thick skin has helped me in all aspects of life. I would be so fragile without one.

 

Patience

I am usually an impatient person, but as I have grown older and wiser, I have found myself being a bit more patient. And I believe that has helped my blogging career as well. Being patient means you can keep your head down, work on your blog, decline the collaborations that don’t work and embrace the ones that do work.

 

Unique

Standing out is one of the best things you could do for yourself as a blogger. Being unique means you have a blog name that stands out in the blogosphere, you blog about things you really enjoy writing about and produce unique content as often as you can. Being unique is one trait I believe Bloggers can never have too much of.

 

What personality traits have helped you in your career, business or hobby?

 

 

 

 

 

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This Thing Called Blogging

I fell in love with blogging many years ago, and I don’t see myself every falling out of it. I have always been a lover of reading and writing, for as long as I can remember. And that is what blogging to me is really all about. Everything else is an add-on; social media, making money, receiving product samples, going to events, and the likes. But sometimes I find myself feeling very frustrated with this thing called Blogging.

I started Fashion and Style Police because I needed a creative outlet. I was stuck in a career I hated with a passion, and I saw no way out. Plus I wasn’t a very happy person at that point in my life, so blogging kept me sane.I wrote a bit about this in my How to Cash In as a Blogger.

After setting up the blog, I thought of monetising it at some point but was not my main focus back then.

 

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I am now a full-time blogger, freelance writer and PR. I work from home, and I need to make a full-time income from these jobs, so making money off the blog without selling out is now a main focus for me. I love my blog and I can’t see myself ever not loving it, but some days, especially these last couple of days, I have struggled to stay motivated. On these days, I have zero interest in blogging, and I have no desire to do any online related work.

Obviously as an online entrepreneur, I can’t afford to continue to have days like this because nothing would get done, and there will be no money in the bank.

 

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Some of the annoying emails I get, offering me $20 for a guest post, also make my bad days even worse. And I am beginning to get more and more of these cheeky emails, many with even no budget.

The truth of the matter is many people underestimate the amount of work it takes to run a blog. Most times, you have to be in it to fully understand it, so I try not to let such requests bother me. I just politely decline and move on. After all, they are probably only the messenger, but sometimes it does annoy me. I do blogger outreach, and I won’t dream of contacting a blogger without offering a form of compensation. And $20 is not a reasonable compensation. No blogger should be accepting that, even if you have a domain authority of 1.

But then again, I have great collaborations I am currently working on so it is not that bad. The pros of blogging outweigh the cons massively so it is really not an issue.

Do you blog? How are you finding it? If you don’t blog, do you enjoy blogs? What sort of blogs do you enjoy reading the most?

 

 

 

 

The Future of Blogging

The Blogosphere is growing every second. When I go back in time, I realize how much blogging has evolved. With the gigantic improvements in technology giving millions of people access to mobile phones and internet access, millions of blogs are being read everyday.

Millions of people are constantly in search of information. The amount of information consumed on a daily basis, has encouraged the growth of several blogs. Just the way millions of people want to consume information there are also millions of people who want to create and share information.

 

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We Bloggers have taken it upon ourselves to share our knowledge, expertise and experience. Sharing what we know has not only helped people solve their problems, we have also been able to build a mini empire from our blogs. Many of us have been able to earn a steady income from our blogs or thanks to our blogs.

The future of blogging is looking very bright and I believe it is going to get brighter for many bloggers. Here are a couple of predictions I have on the future of blogging.

  1. Blogging content will be further diversified

Over the past few years, we’ve seen that blog content doesn’t have to be written. The information shared on blog posts has found its way to video and audio. We’re starting to see a hybrid of content. For example, there are blog posts that contain text as well as video to enrich the value in the content shared and to appeal to people who are able to consume content through video.

It seems like we’ll see more people trying out other form of creating content like vlogging on video and podcasts. There’s a high possibility more blogs will embrace the 3 forms of content and create content that will be suitable for different people.

  1. Blogging will thrive with increased interdependence

It seems that more and more bloggers recognize the importance of networking and collaboration. This has helped in several ways. One of the ways is through guest posting. Guest posting drives traffic to your blog and it also helps the blog owner with content creation.

It seems like we will be seeing more collaborations in form of interviews, style features (I should bring back the fashion diva feature), guest posts, podcast guests and guests in videos. This interdependence will give blog visitors a chance to get a cocktail of perspectives and information.

  1. Blogging together with social media is inevitable

Social media is hitting it strong. Information seems to spread faster on social media. This makes social media an important part in blogging.

Although social media users are out to get more information over on social media, there seems to be an increasing interest in getting to know bloggers personally.

It seems like more bloggers will share more of their personal life to help build a strong following.

  1. Bloggers are turning more into publishers than just content creators

Blogging has gone beyond just writing a couple of articles. Blogging has turned into the new independent personal online “magazine”.

Blogging is now taking a more defined shape with clear research-backed rules to help create content that will not only give value but that will attract and retain devoted readers.

Over the years, blogging has evolved from being a just hobby to a real business. And I can’t wait to see how amazing 2017 would be.

What do you think? What does the future of blogging look like to you?