I had something of an epiphany recently; I’ve become a professional blogger. Since I quit my job eight months ago, the official line has been that I’m a freelance copywriter. However, while I was updating my earnings spreadsheet the other day, it struck me that this blog has accounted for most of what I’ve earned since going it alone. In fact, apart from one regular job that brings in a couple of hundred a month, Diary of the Dad has been the family’s only source of income. I was somewhat surprised!
I’m very much of the school of thought that, if I can do something, then anyone can and this leads me on to the main point of this post. To help promote their Smart Meters – which show you how much energy you’re using in real time and allow you to keep tight control on how much you spend – E.ON got in touch with me to ask if I’d like to write a ‘smart guide’ to my passion of blogging. So here goes…
Be true to yourself
Cheesy though this sounds, this is the most important factor in keeping a blog going. This one started as a means of recording family life and has obviously evolved a bit since then, but my writing style and tone have stayed the same and I’ve not forgotten why I started – namely to embarrass my children when they bring home significant others later in life!
Content is king
Your story is the content that will keep readers coming back and I can prove this! In my first year of blogging, I won an award. Back then, I only published words – there were no pictures at all for a whole year – and the design was the same free basic template that thousands of others used. People can only have voted for me because they liked my bewildered musings about becoming a dad.
Don’t fret about stats
It’s so easy to worry about how many people read your posts, the tally of followers you have on Twitter and where you are in the latest monthly rankings but, ultimately, none of this matters. Having something you’ve written resonate with one person to the point that they leave a comment is a wonderful feeling and better than 100 faceless hits to your site any day of the week.
Know your limits
As with anything in life, you should never push yourself more than necessary. Worried that you don’t have anything to say for a little while? Don’t be. And don’t write posts for the sake of it! I’ve had quiet spells and, although they were frustrating at the time, I’m glad I didn’t write filler content. Quality, not quantity is the mantra here.
Be prepared for awesomeness
Blogging has opened up so many opportunities for me; I’ve made some great friends, learned about all kinds of weird and wonderful things and picked up several new skills as a long-term result of that first sleep-deprived post about why I identified with zombies. As I mentioned at the start, it even pays the bills now and, more importantly, has allowed me to spend more time with my family. It’s amazing where it can take you!
Enough from me! Here’s your chance to win a £100 John Lewis voucher. To be in with a chance of winning, use the widget below to share your own smart guide tip. This could be about anything from advice for following a passion to an everyday life hack that frees up some all-important time to do the thing you love doing. Good luck!
Terms and conditions
- The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered
- Open to UK residents aged 18 and over
- Competition is closed to employees and relatives of the host* and E.ON
- The competition opening date is 11 April 2016, and the closing date for entries is 24 April 2016
- One entry per person
- Entrants must log into Rafflecopter and leave a comment stating a tip of their own which links to the blogger’s post
- The winner will be chosen by using a random number generator built into the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted direct on the email address provided. If the winner does not respond within 7 days a new winner will be drawn
- The winner’s name will be available on request. By entering this competition participants consent to their full name being available by request from the host
- The prize will be sent within 28 days of receipt of the winner’s address
- E.ON reserves the right to amend or withdraw the competition at any time without notice or liability
- Entry to this competition confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions
- This competition is governed by the laws of England and any dispute shall be governed by the English courts.
* The host = the participating blogger
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