Hi friend, how was ur weekend? hope fine. well am a friend on urs from bloggers lab and i admire your blogging skills. i just want to ask if you think one can take blogging as full time? For how long now have u been blogging bro? when you started blogging, say the first one year, were you blogging and working with other firms or companies? My Dad is putting pressure on me to leave blogging and that blogging can not really give a man the kind of money to solve things. Am planning on doing my top up program with a school in the UK to get my BSC b4 i will start looking for a good work. bcos now i have HND Equivalent in software engineering which is not too recognize in Nigeria. what will u advice friend? thanks and have a nice day.
Before we go ahead with my reply to the message, I’ll like to say that it took me some time to finally put a title to this post. However, I hope it connects with you as well as it did to my friend. Although the questions were directed to me and I gave my response based on personal experience, this post is not anything about me, neither is it an avenue for me to toot horns. Towards the end of my message to Gino, I asked him if I could share his question along with my reply here on blogerian.com, knowing that there could be someone out there with similar questions and in need of little help to make a decision. He agreed it’s a good idea. Here is my reply to the above message.
My weekend was cool man and I hope yours was too. I understand what the situation is like. Let me take your question one after the other:
Can one take blogging as a full time job?
If blogging seem like something you would love to do for a living, YES you can become a full time blogger.
How long have I been blogging?
I created my first blog in October 2008, blogged for about 4months (it’s actually 3months), then went for a long break. I resumed blogging late 2009 but got more serious after I got a custom domain in May 2010. So it’s like one year of dedicated blogging so far.
When I started blogging was I blogging and working with other company?
I never really took a serious job after my NYSC. I tried submitting an application to a few job openings, went for about three job interviews most of which are not related to my field of qualification (petroleum engineering). I was working partly with a local building construction site. The job was more like helping a friend out since I had previous construction experience. So it wasn’t really a job per se. I took it as just a means to be involved in something while I work on other personal stuffs. I purposely decided to stop looking for a job when I fully resumed blogging and also quit my part time (not)job.
Can Blogging give a man enough money to solve his problems?
I had similar issues with my family members. My case was even worse as I was blogging from a phone. When I talk about what I want to achieve from blogging, everyone looked at me like I’m the most unserious dude in town. Now they are just so dumbfounded. So can you make serious money blogging? I guess you can. Though I’m not yet making serious money from blogging but where I am now is where I dreamt to be less than a year ago, which means that dreams can come true (though it took a little longer than expected). Considering where I hope to be another year from now, I can confidently say that you can make good money blogging. For last month May 2011, I’ve earned €478.13 ($690.89 @ 1.445) from Google Adsense (see screenshot below), $30 from infolinks and roughly $120 from other services I offered (I don’t promote these services on my blogs yet as I don’t want to be over tasked) from one blog. That’s little money though but considering how I started, it’s really encouraging and I’m not in a hurry to get rich. (You’ll notice that I don’t have any income avenue yet on this blog.)
What will I advice you my friend?
What really matters is what you want in life. For me I don’t want a job. Although initially I thought I needed a job to raise start up income to pursue my dream of entrepreneurship but it turned out I could do without it. I wouldn’t ask anyone to follow similar part because I know how difficult it was for me to toss away my degree and live without a job. If you want to get a job and combine it with blogging business, fine and well. You can do both. One of my blogging friend Jide Ogunsanya of Ogbongeblog.com is working with Globacom (a telecommunication company) and still maintains his blog and online networks. He is doing pretty fine. Whatever you decide to do, please don’t let it be influenced by your friends or relative. I had the pressure to go against my goal but I didn’t. If you choose to not get a job so you can concentrate on building your own stuff, yes you can. You can use your blog and/or a job to raise money for your B.Sc in UK, it’s only a matter of which one you choose and how dedicated you are to your dream/goal. However, if you don’t want to get just any job for the sake of getting a job, I’d say don’t…..
This is as far as I can go with the conversation we had. This post does not only apply to blogging alone but also extends to other career decisions. As long as blogging goes, there are good numbers of bloggers making a good living on the internet. Onibalusi Bamidele of Youngprepro.com is a 17year old blogger making several thousand dollars monthly, and he is less than 2years old in the business. I don’t think there is a better example to use here.
I’ve met a lot of bloggers who say they don’t care about making money from blogging. They are ok with their job and only think of blogging as something they do for leisure, yet most of them keep complaining about how much low traffic they get and the few cents they make from adsense. If you don’t care about making money why bother? I don’t know about you but while I love to write and help people with what I have learnt, I also want to grow my blogs and make a full time living off it. On that note, I’m willing to give my best in form of contents and make my blog more useful (you should too).
So Can you make a full time living Blogging? Even if everyone around thinks it’s a waste of time or it’s something for the lazy people? I’d say blogging is not a lazy man’s business and YES you can make a full time living blogging.
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