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3 Important Things to Know Before You Start a Career in Blogging

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Over the past few years of my blogging, I’d like to say, career, I’ve gotten numerous emails asking me for advice about starting blogs. Most of the time, the emails I get always have one end goal: To start a blog and make a living out of it, much like me. Most often than not, these people have a certain expectation of the glamorous life a blogging career leads and I don’t blame them. Blogs are so often contrived and filtered to the point where it gives a distorted view of the seemingly perfect lives of the people who own them, and with reason. No one wants to air their dirty laundry for the entire world to read and gossip about, so everything is tailored and filtered to an extent — and that’s not to mean it’s a lie or a fake, it just means you’re not seeing the nitty gritty ugly details that happen behind the computer screen.

The first rule of thumb when online: take everything you see or read with a grain of salt. And that applies to this blogging tips series I’m starting. Why? Because I’m not an expert. What I’m about to tell you is all based on my personal experience throughout the years and here’s the clincher: just because it works for me doesn’t mean it’ll work for you — Why? Because everyone has a different journey, no two people will ever be the same. Treat my blog posts as a guide, but don’t make it the be-all and end-all of your blogging journey. That being said, let’s get to my first set of blogging tips before you start a blog or a career in blogging!

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1. Know your reason for blogging.

I cannot stress this enough. Be it to just blog for the sake of blogging or blogging to start a career out of it — you have to go into it 100% committed and passionate, especially if you want to start making it your career. All the best blogs are the ones that go into it with genuine intent. You should be blogging to share — share your life, what you know, your opinions, your thoughts, your plans, your dreams, sharing something you’re an expert in, sharing tips, sharing information that will be useful to other people. That’s what blogging is about. If you’re going into it just for the perks, the freebies and sponsorship — here’s the ultimate Truth Bomb: you won’t get anywhere in the blogging industry if you only want free stuff.

For example, a few years ago a blogger emailed me asking me to promote the debut of her fashion line, even asking me to be a model for it. I thought, “Hmm, why not? If I like her clothes, then sure!” Well, I didn’t (like her clothes), so I respectfully and politely declined. I was  browsing through her blog when I noticed her entire blog content was basically a huge self-promotion of “Look at me, I’m a model/designer/blogger! You should sponsor me!” and she wasn’t subtle about it either, having had her contact details sprawled across her blog, specifically for sponsorship. If you think I’m being judge-y (and I admit, I felt so judgmental too), well I had a friend who had an online shop and one night she started tweeting about a blogger who had the nerve to keep asking for freebies without even a proper proposal, just out right acting like my friend would “sooo benefit” from giving said blogger free stuff. I messaged my friend and said, “Can I just guess? Is this _________?” and she said “Yes! How did you know?” It wasn’t that hard to guess because this blogger just stank of “freebie hungry” perfume. Needless to say, this blogger actually never really made it anywhere. She wasn’t that big to begin with, but she was definitely trying, and I suppose she thought getting freebies was the way to do it!

“Yeah, yeah Camie. I get it. I’m not in it for the freebies! I just really want to blog!”  Read on, my child…

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2. Know it takes dedication, hard work and realizing it’s not as glamorous as you’d like to think

Blogging isn’t as “chill” as we’d all like to think. You need dedication and hard work to keep-up with it if you want to be a “serious” blogger. Content and consistency is always king. Great content that is relatable, informative or interesting is what will reel your readers in. So, imagine needing to come up with content at least 3-4 times a week each month, covering events, shooting products, writing honest reviews for products/services, etc. all while budgeting the small amount you initially start getting paid.

That’s another thing, the pay? Not glamorous AT ALL. It can be, for few lucky people but let’s not bank on luck. This is also why most people I know make the smart choice of not making their blogs their sole source of income — which I will admit pressured me into applying for fashion retail jobs in the past, but I never pushed through because I’m stubborn and refused to go for a job that I knew wouldn’t make me happy and take time away from my number one passion: blogging. So, you can go either full-time or part-time; it depends on your work ethics as well, if you’re able to focus on two jobs or would rather focus on one. That is entirely your call. If you can afford to work as a full-time blogger while not earning much, then give it a go. Your life, your choice.

As for myself and making my blog my sole source of income, I would say I was lucky enough that by the time I graduated college, my blog was in a place where I could earn some kind of money from it. Considering the fact that before I graduated college, I’ve been blogging even before I got to high school; albeit those years was mostly blogging for fun. About a year and a half into my blogging career I couldn’t live off the money I was earning — at all. I was getting work but the pay wasn’t coming fast enough to be able to afford my wants, just some of my needs. The reason for this? I didn’t dedicate 100% of my time to blogging. I neglected it in a way, which resulted to decline of reader traffic. I started getting more work when I decided to work harder at my blog. Again, content & consistency is king.

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3. Know to throw all your expectations out the window

Let’s get realistic here. Blogging success doesn’t happen overnight. I don’t know any successful blogger who got overnight success. So when you’ve been blogging for one, two or three months and you’re still not where you want to be, don’t be discouraged! Sometimes blogging success comes slowly. Just because this blogger did this & that, doesn’t mean it will also happen for you. It’s important to not compare your journey to others.

For me, I would say it took from 2002 (when I started blogging for fun) until 2011 before I could say I was ready to start a blogging career. 2011 was when I signed on to be one of Nuffnang Philippine’s talent bloggers — which kind of sealed the deal for me for them to basically say “Hey, your blog is worth something!” because an advertising agency actually thought my blog could be monetized. But success doesn’t mean just about the money, it also means readers and engagement. Mind you, I was only earning a little bit when I signed on with Nuffnang. But I considered myself a successful blogger because I blogged from the heart, and I had readers who engaged with me and I had a relationship with.

“But, what if I become like those big time bloggers like David Guison who got successful really fast?”

David Guison, believe it not, didn’t get overnight success either! He too had to work on his blog before it even got a lot of readers and attention. He told me he started blogging in high school, and then started to seriously blog in 2009, and for a year his blog didn’t get a lot of readers. In 2010, he got his very first sponsor — back then he had no idea bloggers could even get sponsored. The rest is history. He too had to work hard to get where he is now. The reason I look up to Dave is because of his dedication to be consistent. I struggle with this and I’m currently working on it.


So, I think these 3 tips just about covers what you need to know before you actually start your blogging journey. It’s basically more of preparing you for the good, the bad, and the ugly! It’s not always going to be rainbows, cupcakes and roses. Sometimes, it’s just the harsh reality that much like everything else in the world, it does take hard work before you get anywhere.

I hope this was helpful for you especially if you’ve been wanting to start a blog. As per usual, if you’ve got any follow up questions then don’t hesitate to ask! If you’ve got some input as well, don’t be afraid to let me know your opinion! I’d love to talk and discuss with you :)

Stay tuned for the next series which I’ll be tackling the different platforms you could use to blog. But if you want to go ahead and do research (which you definitely should!!!) the different popular platforms for blogging are: Blogspot, WordPress.com, WordPress.org, Tumblr, Squarespace.

‘Til the next series! :)

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply Jaya 16 March 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I love this post! I’m so glad this is going to be a series. :) Love the encouragement you give your readers!

    • Reply Camie Juan 16 March 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you Jaya! <3 If you have any more topics you'd want me to try and discuss, let me know! At this point I only have about 3-4 topics. Haha

  • Reply Clarisse 16 March 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Love this! I totally agree with taking everything on the Internet with a grain of salt because in a way, the Internet enables us to live enhanced versions of our lives. From our selfies to the way we eat, lol.

    • Reply Camie Juan 16 March 2015 at 1:25 pm

      “enhanced versions of our lives” is the perfect phrase to describe it! People always assume that what’s online is the be-all end-all of everyone’s lives… It never ever is!

  • Reply Corinth 16 March 2015 at 1:21 pm

    I agree with the full-time part-time thing. It’s so hard to keep writing relatable content when you’re sharing blogging time with a day job. I’m still struggling with that because of course, I have other duties but I’m thankful to have a husband who supports what I love to do that he gives me the time I need for blogging. He even helps me with photos sometimes. <3

    This is very helpful to those who want to start a blog! It's nice that you gave the rundown of the blogging life. There's more to blogging than what it seems and it's nice to be able to read some helpful tips for those who are only starting. Looking forward to the next blogging series post.

    • Reply Camie Juan 16 March 2015 at 1:24 pm

      That’s really sweet of your husband. I’m a “fan” of your relationship. It reminds me of my relationship with Gab, too :)

      I know others who are able to work and also run their blogs, and I really admire them for that! I wish I could be the same, but my “free spirit” hinders me a lot. Haha

  • Reply Yza Marzan 16 March 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Nice tips, Camie! I love number 1. It all boils down to your “why”. Why do you blog? What is your reason for doing so? Is it for monetary gain or you do it because it is your passion? If you blog just for the perks, it will show in your writing. If you do not “make it” the first year, the second, the third, will you still continue or would you leave it all because you did not gain something? If you are driven by your passion, you will not give a damn because you will continue to write. To write because you want to and not because you have to. :)

  • Reply Jhanz 16 March 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I love this post! :) Everything is just. so. on. point.

    Most people see blogging as an easy access to the “a-life”, a way to get free stuff, to meet people on the higher social status, etc. Call me judgemental, but I have seen A LOT of bloggers who are only in it for the invites and ~bragging rights~. And some are even extra “makapal”, being all demanding when given these perks. (okay enough negativity). A lot of people/brands/institutions/traditional media has already lost faith when it comes to blogging and the writer’s sincerity, but seeing posts like this just restored the my hopes in our small (and growing?) community.

    Much like you, I stared out blogging when I was younger (I started at 2004), but I never really thought of taking this seriously until recently, when I decided that I want to write more features a la magazine articles (I never made the cut, I guess I need more practice). Anyway, I know I still have a long way to go to achieve a status like yours, and posts like this just made me feel like I can still make it in this industry without sacrificing the “joys” that I usually get from clicking that small “publish” button.

    I am forever your fan. To more posts like this! Yay! :)

  • Reply xfrecklesandtea 16 March 2015 at 1:34 pm

    ahhhh I love this post so much.can I just say that I’ve been following you since heysilly days and you’ve been one of my inspirations ever since. keep inspiring people, Camie!!! love youuu :)

  • Reply Paula 16 March 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I love this post! I remember chancing upon David Guison’s tumblr back in 2009 and it’s amazing how far he has come. Really helpful tips, thanks for that Camie! x

  • Reply stephy macasaet 16 March 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I totally agree with everything you said on # 1 that blogging is about sharing. IT DEFINITELY IS! I mean, it’s not that it makes me hate people or what but I just don’t really get it why people suddenly become bloggers just because it’s a trend and bloggers nowadays are getting attention or gaining sponsors and attending events. I mean, blogging doesn’t work that way! It’s about passion! But anyway, I love this post! xx

  • Reply Cheryle 16 March 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I consider #1 as the most essential part in blogging–knowing why you blog and what you blog. I also agree with #2. Although I have a busy sched in school, I do my best to provide blog-worthy posts for my readers (except when I feel posting personal notes). #3, however, is not on the plan yet. But when opportunity comes, why not?

    Thanks for these tips, Camie! Saved it! :)

  • Reply Renz Bulseco 16 March 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I am an air traffic controller yet I still make sure that I squeeze blogging during my day-off. IDK, I find blogging therapeutical; relieves me from all the stress accumulated from my day job. I’ve been blogging since 2006 and I must agree, everyone starts from scratch. Gathering (and subsequently earning) readership is always the most daunting thing in blogging because you need to constantly think of great articles to share, that is, if you’re taking blogging seriously.

    Although, I have to be honest. Earning through blogging is more stressful than having a day job since the income’s not stable (in my case, since I’m too lazy to understand the SEO stuff and other tricks to increase your blog earnings). I have to agree with your third point (throw all expectations out the window) though because it’s really true! You need a lot of time, patience, and hard work.

    Great post, Camie! :)

  • Reply Daria 17 March 2015 at 2:09 am

    Ah thank the lord for someone like you who has the gut to blog about the truth behind blogging! Everything you said was on point: I have been blogging for years but never stuck to it and when I finally did I saw the results coming but also realised how hard it was to post 2-3 times a week every week for a year. I love blogging and always do it for myself, never mind the cons of it or the fact that I may never reach 1000 followers or what, I don’t really mind as it’ll always be my creative outlet and personal hobby :) xxx

  • Reply Bea B. 17 March 2015 at 9:39 am

    I really really really love this post, Camie! I even googled what square space was and I’m thinking that maybe one day I can create a blog in there. I actually don’t agree with what Kisty Mea said on her tweet – that you shouldn’t give advice on blogging and let the ‘bloggers-wannabe’ just blog. I think that some useful tips like these are necessary. Gaaaah! Please don’t ever stop blogging, Camie! You’re helping quite a whole lot of people! <3 <3 <3

  • Reply lefemdeeh 17 March 2015 at 10:28 am

    You’re really one of the best bloggers! Huhu

  • Reply Mikyu Maglasang 17 March 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I also noticed that there are already a lot of people planning to make a career out of blogging, and there’s nothing wrong with that except when expectations are already out of this world. I wanted to have a blogging career, at one point. But I realized I just wanna blog for fun, for documenting my life, and not be pressured to do it.

    To those who want to be a full-time blogger, don’t push it too hard. Just let it flow, and good things will come. :)

  • Reply Steff 17 March 2015 at 8:57 pm

    I didn’t understand why some bloggers would only blog for the sake of free stuff :/ …. believe it or not we could smell the desperation leaking of a blogger’s hungry for attention and fame.
    Let’s just remember that blogging is supposed to be you sharing your adventures, life and experiences, and sharing them with the readers.

  • Reply Steff 17 March 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I surely miss the good old days when blogging was a form of sharing experiences and when I say I am a blogger people would look at me weirdly or asking me what it was.

    Much like you I started blogging mid 2007s when I first got a hold of a computer (hahaha) and i was learning htmls and css that time.

    Now, it’s just different. I feel old. I blame technology.

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  • Reply ishieemouie 22 March 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I am not known for blogging and sometimes it pays off to just don’t expect people to love your blog quickly. Everybody wants to be on top in blogging and it just feels good that even if you don’t care about the followers some are still interested to follow your blog.

  • Reply Augustin Ra 20 April 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this one, Ate Camie! This inspired me to continue my blogging experience. Keep inspiring people like us. God bless you! :)

  • Reply Angela 14 May 2015 at 8:58 am

    This post is so true. I really want to start a blog to share myself to the Internet world and to meet other people and to grow creatively in different ways. I just really find it hard to think of topics that I would blog about especially when I’m still a student and I don’t have anything to blog about because all I do right now is study. Anyway, hopefully someday I’ll be able to start blogging. Thanks for this, Camie! :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 15 May 2015 at 1:23 am

      Well, when I was a student, I just blogged about life in general. There are no limits. People think that to be a blogger you need to start blogging about important things that you think will get readers. But that’s not the case. You start a blog for yourself lang. That’s it. The rest will eventually follow. So be you, blog what you find interesting and what you like. That’s all there is to it :)

  • Reply Chelsea 18 May 2015 at 1:31 am

    I’ve only just started reading your blog and I just want to say that I love your writing style. You’re amazing!!! Also, I love your hair heehee

  • Reply Patricia 2 August 2015 at 3:11 am

    Glad to know I wasn’t in it for the money! Whew. Haha. I’ve been wanting to start a blog since 2011 but too much doubts hindered me from making it happen. But now, I finally have one. Yay!! Having a successful blog is one of the things I wish I’ll be able to achieve one day. Hope that day comes. Thank you for sharing :)

  • Reply Zia 9 August 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Camie! I used to blog for fun on Tumblr and Multiply back in high school. Earlier this year I made an account on WordPress, wrote my first blog, wrote a second, and left it to the dust bunnies. I’ve been missing it but I always make up excuses to delay getting back to writing. Mostly I’ve been worried about the audience and if what I had to share would really matter. But after reading your blog, I realized that yeah, you should blog from the heart- not to please an audience. So thaaaaaanks Camie. It’s time to dust off that blog of mine.

  • Reply Romie Marie 29 September 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Points well taken. Some of the bloggers nowadays are lost in the true meaning of blogging. They thought they could always monetize and get freebies using their blog. I, too, have an online shop and I do sponsor some bloggers, but I decline those who are just messaging me “na parang wala lang”. I don’t work hard for my shop just to throw away some of my items.

  • Reply Kim Dela Fuente 9 February 2016 at 10:39 pm

    This helps a lot ate camie! Over the past years i’ve been blogging unknown coz i dont want to be judged and i just want to share what i know and just have fun exploring but now i’ve been blogging with my true self and it’s more fun! haha, i love you ate camie! Keep doing your thing, Stay safe pretty and kind!

  • Reply Jansell Iris Simbulan 3 March 2016 at 11:40 am

    This is my first time to visit your blog and am so happy to read this! Keep on inspiring us!

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