Everything You Need To Know About Becoming A Professional Blogger Or Digital Journalist

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There are a lot of you sassy amazing I-wanna-give-you-all-a-hug readers out there who have no desire even in the teeniest to take up blogging on a grand scale or enter the big bad world of journalism, so I’m sending you an apology high-five for the lack of relevant post today.

For the rest of you – HI.

What do I mean by professional blogging? I guess I mean you wanna make income from it. You want to grow yourself and your site as a brand that can be marketed to generate a bit of dollar – whether that’s as a full-time career or as a side business to fund your holiday addiction (the strugz is real).

In my eyes, digital journalism and blogging are pretty much the same thing. Having  done both it’s evident that as time goes on the two are merging closer and overlapping and well, basically, as long as you’re creating content online you’re basically kinda both of these things. There’s no obvious line between the two in the lifestyle/beauty/fashion kinda realms.

There needs to be like a new fun merger name like Journaler or Blogist.

Nah.

So this post is to point y’all in the direction of every damn little thing I’ve written on the subject. Like obvs, there’s no right way to do anything and obvs I don’t know everything (like, if anyone finds out how to take the calories out of McDonanlds then plz plz hook a girl up), but these are my tips, my ideas and my thoughts.

I get a lot of emails asking for advice, so here it is, a full-sassy little career post that rounds up everything I know.

Go conquer the world galdems.

 

NINE WAYS TO BUILD YOUR OWN BRAND AND START WORLD DOMINATION

This post works whatever your dream digital content end goal is and is based on a rather glossy lil Powerpoint I put together for a lecture I did at Kingston University. And that, ladies and gents, is the most grown-up sentence I’ve ever written.

 

TWENTY ONE TIPS TO TAKE YOUR BLOG TO THE NEXT PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

This is basically everything I know about blogging, everything. It’s the most jam-packed tips post on blogging I’ve ever written, so yeah, there’s that for ya.

 

SIXTEEN THINGS I’VE LEARNT ABOUT USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BLOGGING

Because ain’t no OMG ALL THE AMAZINGS blog without an equally increds string of social media accounts. Here’s how to ace Instagram and not get yourself muted on Twitter.

 

TEN TIPS ON GETTING INTO JOURNALISM FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS

Such a modest title from me, Lolz. Nah but seriously this post is from right, right back in the ol’ archives, from when I was still working as a journo. So yup, take from that what you will.

 

FOUR TIPS ON BLOGGING FOR BUSINESS

From that time I had granola and coffee at 8am in Warehouse’s flagship store whilst the digital goddess that is Chloe Watts from Chloe Digital gave us her top tips on taking your blog to the next professional level.

 

THE FUTURE OF BLOGS, WEBSITES AND WOMEN’S LIFESTYLE MAGAZINES

This guys’s a relatively recent one and kinda outlines where I reckon things are heading within the next few years. I hope it’ll help you grasp where there is and where there isn’t going to be jobs in the next few years. Whoopa.

 

NINE SUPER DUPER TIPS FOR BECOMING A BLOGGING SUCCESS IN 2015

This one was written pretty soon after I made the leap into full-time blogger so it’s great for people looking to start a blog from scratch. Yeah huh.

 

THIRTY ONE THINGS MY FIRST YEAR OF BLOGGING TAUGHT ME

From how PRs treat you to how strangers on the internet treat you, this ol’ boy is more about the blogging experience as a whole. Crammed with negatives and positives because duh, life’s not just rainbows and cute baby kittes.

 

WHY FASHION JOURNALIST WON’T BE A ROLE IN FIVE YEARS

If fashion is your homeboy this posts gonna give you an idea about where the fashion industry is headed – content-wise. It basically bigs up the internet and tells you why throwing yourself into a blog is your best bet.

  • Ok, so I’m officially using this as an excuse to browse through your archives instead of doing any real work this morning (honestly, how do I even have a job? If they checked my Google history it would be all youtube and this blog with a smattering of work related searches).

    Seriously though, lovely post. I mainly blog as a hobby but sometimes I think it would be nice as a holiday fund (or the million and one weddings I have in the next year fund), so it’s really nice to know that information like this is out there!

    (Also, link number one is literally the reason I started my blog. Like, I read that post right there, watched an Amy Cuddy Ted talk and messaged one of my friends to tell her I was starting a blog.)

    Laura x

  • Eve

    I loved this post! For someone who aspires to be a full-time blogger, these tips have really helped me. Thanks!

    Eve xo | http://anorganisedscatterbrain.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Lauren

    Such useful advice as always, I’ve pinned. Thank you x

    http://www.wonkylauren.com

  • This post is exactly what I’ve been looking for!! I’ve decided to try and make something of a career out of writing and I’m desperately slogging away trying to build up my site so having this info is priceless! Thanks 🙂 xx

  • I’ll definitely be using some of this advice! Pretty sure I’ve read them all before but reading them all in one go will make things clearer.

    I still feel so new to the blogging world even though I’ve been going almost 5 months, buying my domain is the next step though!

    I’m thinking of writing a dissertation proposal on blogging (haven’t quite figured out the deets yet) but I may have to hit you up for information if that a-okay!

  • Thank you for this post. This is the kind of post I was looking for. x

  • Well this will be my evening read! I’ve always wanted to focus more on brand aspects in blogging so will be saving this to take notes on – also Chloe is a babe, such a nice lady with a fab business!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • What a great post! I’m desperately trying to grow and pouring hours of work into my blog doesn’t seem to be showing results – so now I can read through all of this and see what tricks I’m missing!

    Thanks for a great post!

  • This post is FANTASTIC! thank you so so much!

  • This is insanely helpful! I’ve just launched a lifestyle blog and could use all the help I can get. Thanks for putting it together 🙂

  • Mel

    Incredibly useful – pinned for later 😉

    Mel ♥ everyword.meljwills.com


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