3 Takeaways on Blogging Advice from A Cup of Jo

22 Aug

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about social media, but when I ran across this article, “Blogging As a Career,” with A Cup of Jo’s Joanna Goddard, I knew I had to share it with you.

You’ll want to read the whole article because there’s a tenderness to it, touching on heartbreak and personality types, but here are my three takeaways:::

Follow your dreams. – As cliché as this may sound, you can’t force yourself to enjoy a career that isn’t the right fit for you (in Joanna’s case, law).  You’ll be more successful when you discover what you want and really go after it.  Following your dreams is not easy.  It requires sacrifice.  You may end up not even being able to afford to add a sliced tomato to your bagel with cream cheese.  You may have to work on your honeymoon.  But it’s worth it.

Don’t be afraid to fail. – Sometimes the things in life that feel like the most excruciating at the time, end up propelling you forward.  There is risk involved in work and love and life.

Stay true to yourself. – There are so many blogs out there.  Don’t try to copy other blogs.  Blog in your own voice.  As Joanna says, “When you write a post, imagine your mom or best friend reading it.”  To earn a living as a blogger, you need to secure advertisement; choose companies you love.

Joanna also gives advice on work-life balance, how to start a magazine career, and other insight, so check out her complete interview on her blog.

3 Responses to “3 Takeaways on Blogging Advice from A Cup of Jo”

  1. jpatrick7308 August 22, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    Hi,

    I find this very educational and helpful. I hope I am doing the right stuff by blogging. I have been writing articles but only had the inspiration of blogging my own work and hopefully earn from it. I just bought my own domain however, am not sure about how to make my site SEO compliant. I have writing experiences with word press before but could not find how to add meta tags, and all those stuff.

    I do hope you can help or give out suggestions. Also please check my site if possible for comments you may have.

    • Stephanie Nikolopoulos August 22, 2012 at 11:14 am #

      That’s great that you’ve started blogging. It can be very rewarding and fun. I would recommend not thinking of it as a quick money-making scheme but rather as a way to show and promote your published articles and writing.

      SEO is important, and there are many sites that can help you find ways to make your blog SEO compliant, however I do believe that content is just as—if not perhaps more—important. Creating original topic that is interesting and informative and that reflects your voice is what will keep readers coming back to your site, rather than just coming for the one blog post because the SEO drove them there.

      Adding meta tags may depend on which template and version of WordPress you’re using. I would suggest going to the “help” section on the WordPress site to find the solution that best suits your particular blog.

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