Sometimes I have to pinch myself, being paid to blog is that good. I get to work from home, surf the web for my job and make some great friends. Who wouldn’t love chit-chatting about things that fascinate and energize us and get paid for it?
There are things to remember though before we get carried away:
- Niches matter – Not all niches will pay well. Some are very difficult to directly monetize using ads and such, and if they are difficult for you to monetize then by the same logic people will be less willing to pay well for you to blog for them.
- Hobbies vs Work – Sometimes when your hobby becomes work you lose some of your motivation and interest. As I commented over at this Blog Herald post, I started a digital photography blog out of interest but after a while I became so money-focused I lost the passion I once had for the hobby. Now I am pulling back and trying to think of it as fun rather than work again.
- What can you add? – There are some topics that are so popular they are extremely crowded. Can you add anything to the conversation or will you be simply recycling third-hand echoes from the niche echo chamber?
When you are considering topics, especially when you are looking at a long term commitment or freelance blogging contract, carefully consider what you will be able to write about with enthusiasm long term.
Have you started writing on a blog only to find you lost steam? Please share your tips in the comments …