I recently celebrated a huge milestone—my blog TheCubicleChick.com turned 10 years old in August. When I started it back in 2009, I had no idea that it would become such a huge part of my life. Blogging has taken me to places I never dreamed in a million years, and has given me the ability to create consistent income to help my family.
You may not know this or not, but being in the blogging game for 10 years is indeed something to behold. Most blogs don’t stand the test of time, as people usually move on to other things. In this space, you see a lot of people come and go, but I am proud to still be standing here after all of these years.
Between me and you, I am looking forward to another 10 more years.
Now that I have this major milestone behind me, I feel it appropriate to share What I’ve Learned From Blogging For 10 Years.
Let’s do this:
Don’t believe the hype
When browsing your Instagram feeds or looking at status updates on Facebook and tweets on Twitter, you may look at the life of a popular influencer as “having it all” and “easy work”. Both are far from the truth. I have come into contact with many bloggers, some who have amassed a hundreds of thousands of followers. A few of these bloggers weren’t able to pay a tip for a meal during a blogging press junket trip. Being a popular blogger doesn’t automatically mean that you are raking in the dough—most of the time, it means the very opposite.
I’ve learned through being in this space for 10 years, the most successful bloggers and influencers have several streams of income that make up their pie. The blog and the social media piece is just one part—other pieces of the pie have to be created in order to make a real living doing what we do.
Many long hours have to be spent in order to make these streams of income—tons of late nights, weekends, and more hours than what a 9 to 5 requires. In the end, the more passive income you make and the more strategic you are, the better the outcomes are.
Not how pretty your aesthetic is on Instagram, or how many followers you have, but the overall quality of problem-solving that you are able to bring to your readership and audience. When they buy into you and invest in what it is that you do, then you are able to tap into residual income as long as you have products and services to fulfill their needs on a consistent basis.