Blogging is now mainstream, with businesses of all sizes realizing that they need a blog. However, most businesses don't have the staff who know how blogging works; nor do they want to commit staff time to a project which can be easily out-sourced. This is where you come in - the pro blogger, a professional who blogs under contract for a number of companies.
How To Get Started Blogging For Pay - You Need A Blog
If blogging appeals to you, you'll be happy to know that you can get blogging gigs without much effort. If you already have a blog, it's time to let people know that they can hire you. This is easily done with a "Hire Me" button on your blog.
It's never been easier to make money writing, and without a doubt, the easiest way of all is by blogging. All you need is a computer, an Internet connection, and the willingness to write.
If you're not acquainted with blogs, blogs have been described as “online journals” but this description, while accurate, doesn't begin to cover what blogging is, because it's really INSTANT Web publishing. This is incredible power - something that Gutenberg couldn't even dream of - so blogging is immensely popular. Technorati, a blog monitoring service, estimates that 175,000 new blogs are created every day.
A blog gives you a way to communicate instantly, across the world, with words, audio, images and video... blogging is a writer's nirvana. Did you know that according to Technorati, a leading blog tracking site, over 175,000 new blogs are created every single day?
If you're not yet a part of this amazing 21st century renaissance, you should be. As a writer, you're a communicator, and blogs are the most powerful way to boost your writing career.
Let's look at three blogging tips to boost your writing career.
One: Got A Project? Create A Blog - Get Editors To Contact You
When it comes to their careers, many writers are still in the days of the goose quill. They're traditionalists. They believe that the "right" way to send a query letter to a magazine or a publisher is via snail mail, or perhaps via email, IF the magazine or publishing house says it's OK.
It's not surprising that most professional writers earn less than $5000 a year.
Since your snail mail letter will be instantly buried under a mass of paper on an editor's desk, and spam filters will block your email, consider a blog to attract editors to contact you.
Two: Create A Resume Blog - Get Known
Who are you? You know your own name, and so do a select circle of other writers and editors with whom you've worked. Blogs are dynamic media. Your blog can act as a constantly-updated resume. Combine blogging with activity on various social networks like MySpace, and suddenly thousands of people know you, and what you can do.
Your resume blog is a shortcut to a high-powered writing career.
Three: Create A Network Blog And Become Part Of The In-Group
As a writer, you need a network. The easiest way to build an ever-growing network is to blog about writing. As you blog your writing tips, you'll make friends with other writers and will become part of their network. Suddenly you're part of an "in" group of publishing professionals.
It's hard work writing alone - build your writing network, and watch your career take off.
So there you have it - three blogging tips to boost your writing career. A blog is a powerful tool, and you can create many blogs to promote your career and improve your writer's income. Create a blog today.
"Writing Success with Blogs" by Angela Booth shows you how to to make your writer's blogs work hard for you as amazing 24x7x365 marketing tools.
If you're really into blogging, you'll love Angela's ebook "Blogging For Dollars" - you can turn blogging into a highly lucrative full-time writing career.
Creating a blog is easy: it takes just a minute or two. The rewards? Priceless. Show the world the writer YOU know you are, with your own writer's blog. For weekly writing motivation, inspiration and exciting tips to boost your writing career subscribe to Angela Booth's free Fab Freelance Writing Ezine
Pro blogging (also known as professional blogging, freelance blogging or entrepreneurial blogging) is a freelance writer's gold mine. You get well paid for creating snippets of information each weekday, or several times a week.
For around ten hours of work each week, the top freelance bloggers earn upwards of $1000 a week. In word count terms, it equates to ten blog posts a week at 100 to 200 words – a thousand words.
This compares favorably with good freelance rates, because it’s upwards of a dollar a word. Now, heaven forbid that you think this is a myth – I've been paid much better rates than this. Contracts are usually for three to six months. Since this is steady work, it's very appealing to many freelance writers. Your pro blogging client becomes your "anchor client", the client who pays your bills. Other freelance work you do is gravy.
Although blogging has developed huge significance in 2006, it's still unknown to many writers. Or, if they have heard of blogging, they think in terms of an "online journal" or diary.
Blogging has advanced far beyond online journaling. Many businesses now blog, and Gartner Research predicts that in 2008, 80 per cent of businesses will have blogs.
Therefore, as we zoom into 2007, commercial blogs are THE venues for writers to watch, and to take part in. As I explain on my Blogging For Dollars site:
Blogging is instant publishing. Think about that. You can type 100 or 1000 words, and within a minute or two, those words can be read by anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. This is immensely powerful.
Over 2006, I've seen blogs changing. Many blogs are now more like online magazines than humble journals. Many writers have secured publishing contracts because of their blogs, and this year, writers are also creating blogs as publications, and monetizing them.
For a writer however, the biggest benefit of a blog is that it develops your writing skills painlessly. Writing is a lonely profession. When you blog, it's a conversation. You'll make friends and allies in the blogging community, and among your readers too. For a writer, blogging is fun.
* "Writing Success with Blogs" shows writers how to use a blog (or blogs) to build a writing career. A writer's blog is brilliant for getting work, as well as for building your writer's brand. Yes, in the new millennium, writer's need to focus on branding themselves. :-)