What Does It Mean to be A “Professional Blogger”?

Blogging is a new trend in the 21st century. Millions of people create their own blogs on websites like WordPress, Weebly and Tumblr. Blogs are all made for completely different reasons, and they all have completely different audience’s. If you are good enough at “blogging”, you can even make a living off of it. It is an interesting concept, that someone can make over 100K a year from posting videos, photos, recipes or anything that entertains their online community.

Two decades ago, if you told someone “I want to be a professional blogger when I grow up,” they would look at you like you had lost your mind because no would have imagined 20 years ago what a blogger is. A lot of people have their own definition of a blogger. Some examples of these definitions being, “a person who expresses how they feel on a blog,” or “someone who documents every single piece of unnecessary information and uploads it onto the internet.”

My personal definition of a blogger, honestly depends on their blog. Different types of blogs that I have come across have been ones dedicated to food and recipes, makeup and beauty tips, fashion, video games and traveling. A large amount of people who have a blog, don’t make money off of it but they still upload their thoughts, photos and videos onto it as if it is like an online personal diary.

Their a multiple steps to become a professional blogger and some people put hard work and dedication into making their blog famous, and others sometimes get lucky. In all actuality, if you want your blog to be successful and make money, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. The more viewers you have on your blog, the more companies that will want to post ads on your blog and pay you to do that. It is a new market but the opportunities are endless and the market is going to do nothing but grow.

http://money.usnews.com/money/articles/2009/05/19/how-to-earn-money-as-a-professional-blogger

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2 thoughts on “What Does It Mean to be A “Professional Blogger”?

  1. jesslangone February 18, 2015 / 3:45 am

    Not only can you get money from ads on your blog, you can literally become a professional blogger for big companies. Companies will look at your social media sites and determine whether they want you to blog for them based on your online following! This is a pretty crazy concept, one that I learned last semester in the course Writing for a Digital Environment. We created a lot of online writing spaces in that course and a professional blogger, Nina Perez, from the nonprofit organization, Moms Rising, talked to our class about blogging professionally. She runs a bunch of their online writing spaces. I actually follow her on twitter: https://twitter.com/Nina_0421

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  2. Jasmine Ly February 18, 2015 / 4:22 am

    You make a good point about hard work/dedication and luck playing into whether a blog becomes popular or not. I think a combination of both is necessary for a blogger to really take off. One of my favorite blogger success story is of an (ex) blogger named Tavi Gevinson. She started a fashion blog when she was in middle school and in a year or so ended up being invited to New York Fashion Week. Was it luck? Absolutely. But she also worked hard to develop a relationship with her readers, carrying that relationship on to create her own online magazine with thousands of readers each day and even star in a Broadway play. I think bloggers looking to become professionals should go about it thinking “It sure would be nice to get famous, but until then I’m going to work hard on my blog and do the best I can.”

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