Blogging has grown to become a hobby for many web enthusiasts throughout the world. For many, blogging has actually become a way to earn a full-time income. While the vast majority of bloggers do not set out to earn money through blogging, it has become increasingly realistic for dedicated bloggers to make some decent money through their blogging efforts. Choose a topic that you are passionate about and share your thoughts, ideas, and knowledge with the world! You are bound to find a tribe of people with similar passions who are interested in what you have to say. While I am by no means a professional blogger, I am very interested in the idea of being able to earn money while pursuing one’s passion.
I started blogging several years ago. At the time I was pursuing several freelance website design projects and was interested in learning all I could about online marketing. I decided to return to school as it’s been a goal of mine to earn a master’s degree. While I wanted to keep up with my side projects, I just couldn’t as I was really focused on my school work. So, my blogging efforts took a hiatus.
Well, I am still in school and working full-time. So, I have been pretty busy. However, my desire to blog and pursue my true passions has only grown. I attribute this to the things I’ve learned not only about business, but also about myself while working on my master’s degree. I’ve had some really great and inspirational professors. Additionally, I’ve been reading a lot online and have found several resources that have inspired me to pursue blogging (at least as a hobby). One such resource is Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger blog. ProBlogger is a great resource for anyone interested in pursuing blogging as a hobby or with the goal of creating a full-time income online.
Back in April of this year, Darren started a program called 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. The idea behind the program was to get a group of bloggers together and have them set aside time to participate in activities that would help them learn more about blogging. The goal was to ultimately help the group improve their individual blogs while also bringing the group together in support of each other. After all, a major part of successful blogging is building community.
So, I did my best to participate in as many of the activities as I could, however, finals were coming up for school. So, I needed to focus more of my attention on my school work. I got a little off course and wasn’t able to follow the 31 days religiously. However, I did make it a point to bookmark each day. As time permits, I’ve been going back and reading each of the 31 posts.
Luckily, Darren has decided to release the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog program in a workbook format. I was pretty excited to learn of this and decided I’d purchase the book. While I could just read the posts online, ProBlogger has been a valuable resource and I’ve learned quite a bit from Darren’s blog. So, I decided to purchase the book in order to support his efforts.
If you didn’t participate in the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog program but are interested in learning more about how to improve your own blog, I encourage you to check out ProBlogger and if you are really interested in pursuing blogging more seriously, purchase the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog workbook. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
If you do purchase the book or just set aside time to go through the 31 Days activities, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. I’d also love to learn about your own blogging projects. So, don’t be shy and leave me a comment below.