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How to Handle a Career in Blogging Without it Handling You!

When it comes to having a career on the Net, I consider myself the “go-to-guru”.
I’ve been many places and seen many things. Both good and bad.
In fact, over the years, I have served in more capacities and with more clients than you’d probably care to read about.
But, let’s just say that along the way, I’ve garnered enough “frequent flyer” miles to help you navigate a successful career, without a lot of “turbulence”.

With the introduction of Blogging Pro’s new job board, no doubt many of you will search through and respond to the various great blogging opportunities.
And you should.
Blogging is bodacious!
It’s a great medium to express yourself, influence the masses and earn extra cash.
But be forewarned. All that glitters is not gold.

Without the proper techniques, tools and time management tips, you’ll burn out quicker than a firecracker at a 4th of July picnic.

HERE ARE A FEW TIMELY TIPS TO TAKE HEED TO:

1. Have concrete long and short term goals. Goals are like a road map. You can’t get where you’re going without having some direction. Your goals are like a compass.
2. Make sure your goals are realistic for your ability and your experience. For example, to say that you aspire to be the next Darren Rowse by next month is crazy, dude! That’s as unrealistic as me expecting to have a “bikini body” by this summer. :-)
3. Manage your time wisely. Learn to prioritize properly and to not overextend yourself. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to blog enough on a monthly basis to pay your mortgage; so don’t kill yourself in the process. “Rome wasn’t built over night.”
4. Recognize that all blog gigs are not created equally. Choose wisely. Some blog jobs will call for just posting. Others might call for you to know SEO techniques, various platforms, or to do research. Factor all of these factors into your bottom line.
5. Have a Plan B. Some blogging jobs are a joy, others may be a poor match in terms of you and the hiring organization, or the frequency, or other circumstances. Never put all your eggs in one basket. Give your best, but don’t give your all.

Follow these five fantastic tips and who knows, you just might be the next Darren Rowse!

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  1. Nikola ) says: 4/28/2010

    Time management and setting goals are critical. For me, everything else is dependent on these two factors being aligned. A very insightful and useful post Jen – thanks!

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  2. Jennifer Brown Banks ) says: 4/28/2010

    Thanks, Nikola.

    As they say…time is money. :-)

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  3. Nikola ) says: 4/28/2010

    A little clarification on my end – I should have added that I’ve yet to earn any cash; so far my “pay” has been in clips and bylines, along with a new, regular gig. My long term goal is the cash part. :)

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    • Jennifer Brown Banks ) says: 4/28/2010

      You’ll get there, Nikola. Your clips will be an important part of the process. Also, “free” writing helps to hone your skills. :-)

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  4. Steve says: 4/30/2010

    Don’t quit your day job.

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  5. Jennifer Brown Banks ) says: 4/30/2010

    Thanks for weighing in, Steve.

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  6. Jennifer Brown Banks ) says: 12/21/2010

    atlanta jobs,

    Great points as well. Thanks for sharing them.

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