Ever since I started bringing my note pad around and becoming more active on social networks, it has come to light that I have something else going on besides my day job. Friends and families have been asking me – “What have you been up to?” – a lot. My usual straight forward answer is – “I’m blogging”. But that isn’t the only question they have in mind.
Blogger isn’t the typical occupation that you would find in school textbooks, so clearly, most people (including you) are quite intrigued by it. Here are 8 questions that I get asked all the time as a budding blogger and I thought I would share some of my personal answers with you.
Q 1 – “What Makes You Want to Blog?”
Blogging was a turning point in my career. I realized that I was unhappy at work and I certainly don’t want to be like that until my retirement age. At the same time, I have been wanting to boost my financial income and was finding ways to live a better quality of life – hence my pursuit for time freedom.
At my day job, I have no space to express this idea, but through blogging, I am able to explore them at my own pace and creativity. So I took up blogging because I felt it will give me some new learning experience (and much needed inspiration) to help me move forward in whatever I choose to do.
Q 2 – “Do You Have to Be Good in Writing to Be a Blogger?”
Not really. I am actually better at scribbling (and talking) than writing a proper article. In fact, I was rambling a lot in my first few posts, which made me wonder if readers even understood what I was trying to say.
I later realized that the art to writing a good blog post isn’t so much about just writing what you think or imitating the style of professional writers. It’s more about organizing your thoughts and creating an easy-to-understand flow for the readers.
When you do that, the words are more constructed and it will appear as if you are really good at writing. And the good news is, the more you blog, the better you become.
Q 3 – “How Do You Find the Time to Write?”
I make sure that I find the time to do it. Just like any budding bloggers, I too struggle with a busy schedule and I could only write at certain hours of the day. In fact, the writing task isn’t that time consuming at all; the researching part is the most laborious.
In the past, it took me days to understand a certain topic before I could even come up with a draft. It felt so unproductive that eventually, I came up with a more effective plan. Now, I am able to research, write and publish, all in the same day.
I don’t really fancy the term “time management”, but in essence, that’s what it’s all about. Focus on one task, don’t get distracted and you will be able to find the time to write.
Q 4 – “There Are so Many Bloggers, Who Is Going to Read Your Article?”
Every blogger is unique in their own way and what I mean is that, they write with a certain interest and audience in mind. This is called niche blogging. For example, someone who wants to learn about Yoga will not be reading a blog about Zumba, right?
Yes, your blog will not be seen by the entire world, but because it is designed to be targeted, it will be read by readers who are interested in the topic.
One of the main technique to achieve this is to write keyword elaborated content. When you know which keywords to use (or avoid), you’ll be able to come up with an article that will interest a certain group of people, which, by the way, is still a large percentage of the world’s population.
To learn how to search for appropriate keywords, I would recommend to use the Jaaxy Keyword Tool to help you out.
Q 5 – “Why Do Some Bloggers Asked for Personal Information?”
Bloggers generally DO NOT ask for your personal information. They do invite you to sign up for newsletters, download guidebooks or offer you a free trial. So, the most they know is your email address. If you come across any blogging sites that requires your credit card details or contact information in advance, you should make sure that they are not scams.
If they have plenty of negative reviews, the site is likely not trustworthy and not a professional blog. Unless the website is providing something you think is useful and practical, you should not disclose your personal information to the many bogus bloggers out there.
Q 6 – “How Do You Make Money as a Blogger?”
There are basically two ways you can go about monetizing as a blogger. Firstly, if you have a certain skills that can benefit other people, you could create your own merchandise – physical or digital – and sell them through an online store created on your blog.
Physical products can be something that is easy to ship and digital products can be things like eBooks, tutorials, podcasts or even online memberships.
The second method is to do affiliate marketing. If you don’t own any merchandise, you can promote other people’s product on your blog and earn a commission from each sales transaction.
All you need to do is to provide useful information or reviews about the products to help your readers decide which is more valuable for their purchase. Several networks that offer affiliate programs for bloggers are ShareASale, Amazon and ClickBank.
Q 7 – “How Do You Get Started?”
I know you are going to ask me that sooner or later 🙂 The good news is you don’t really need to be a tech savvy, but it pays to understand how web business works. To get started, you will need 3 important things;
- A reliable internet connection – Why? The faster your internet speed, the more efficient you’ll be able to blog online.
- A website – Why? This is where you publish all your blog posts. (Check out how you can create your own website easily with SiteRubix)
- A training program – Why? If you are new to blogging, you’ll have lots of questions to ask. Although you can find plenty of tips online, having someone with experience to guide you through the foundation of blogging can be a great help especially if you are planning to start an online business.
Find out why I use Wealthy Affiliate as my preferred training platform for blogging.
Q 8 – “So, Is Blogging Worth the Time?”
I don’t really have an answer for that. If you consider online interaction an effective way to learn more about your niche, then you may find blogging very rewarding. However, if you see it as a tedious task, it’s probably not worthy of your time.
Two years ago, I never thought of becoming a blogger, but I did and I am enjoying it so far. So let me ask you back – would you like to give it a try?
Has anyone ever asked you any general or mind-boggling questions about blogging? It would be interesting to hear it in the comment area.