A few months ago, I got a comment on my blog (see below) on how I was able to become a full-time blogger. This is something I’ve actually been asked before in person and I would tell the person but I figured I would write a post on how I became a full-time blogger. I love what I do and being a blogger IS A JOB. Don’t let anyone ever tell you differently.
Full disclaimer, if blogging is something you are looking to pursue, keep in mind that you shouldn’t do it because you want free stuff because that’s not a good reason. In order to have a successful blog, you are going to put in a lot of hours. You have to love blogging and it’s not an overnight success. It’s going to take time. With that being said, if you are just looking for a make money quick job, this one probably isn’t for you.
How I Was Able to Become a Full-Time Blogger
You guys know that I love beauty. Beauty has always been something I was passionate about as a teen. I actually enrolled in beauty school and then decided to withdraw my application because I didn’t want to do hair or nails. That wasn’t my thing. Instead, I decided to just work full time because duh, adulting.
I did have a family-related blog when I had my kids but it was just a hobby for me at the time. I didn’t want to take it seriously at all. After getting divorced in 2012, I stopped blogging and then came back to it once I was ready.
I met Brian in 2014 and I was extremely depressed with my job. You could tell. I’ve always wanted to be a stay at home and at the time my youngest was 3 and the oldest was 5. I talked to Brian about wanting to do something with beauty and that blogging could be my thing. He actually encouraged me to quit my job in 2015 so I could focus on being a stay at home mom and dedicate my time to blogging.
I had quit my job and started my blog “Classy Sassy and a Bit Smartassy” before rebranding to Jasmine Maria in 2016. I basically treated my blog as a job. Got up in the morning like I normally would and once it was 8 am, that’s when I started to focus on pictures, writing, editing, and just engaging on social media.
Keep in mind that I wasn’t even making money yet. I was so dedicated to creating content (not that I am not now) my followers would love, engaging in social media because the only way you’re going to get noticed is by getting yourself out there. The best way to get my posts out there was by sharing it on social media.
All the hard work finally paid off. I got my first paid sponsored content. I was so happy that I teared up because I was working so hard for almost a year and nothing was happening. I was only making money through affiliate sales. Having 1 income which was solely Brian’s income was tough. Til’ this day, we are unsure how we did it.
But I didn’t give up! My best tip of advice is to not give up. You will only fail if you give up.
Advice To You:
Keep up with your blog
What I mean by this, is that you need to stay consistent. Come up with a schedule whether is posting 2-3x a week. Keep it that way. This will keep your followers/readers coming back to check on your site.
Create A Routine
Having a routine will keep things easy for you. My day consists of getting up, making coffee, feeding myself (and kids), checking emails, taking photos for upcoming blogs, sharing posts on social media, engaging on social media, work on a specific blog post that I have to get scheduled for that week, basically anything you need to do for your blog put that in your routine.
Find local bloggers in your area and connect with them. Creating that friendship and community is so helpful. I love being able to bounce off ideas with them.
Like I said before, don’t expect to start making money right away. It does take time and you need to be patient with blogging. Especially now because there are so many bloggers out there. Create your niche, continue to post, engage and network.