blogging business: Southern Hospitality

{This week I am featuring information about the business side of blogging. Who better to listen to than the bloggers who are making it happen!}

From: Southern Hospitality – My Blogging Story: Part 1 by Rhoda

Without a doubt, the most-asked question I get when I tell someone that I’m a full-time blogger, is this:

How did you get started blogging?  

Then they will ask what I blog about.  

Then they ask if you can make money blogging.

Most folks who don’t know anything about blogs, will tilt their head slightly, smile, eyes slightly glazed over, and want to know what in the world a blogger does. There are many people out there who don’t have a clue about this online world we live in.  Many people don’t log on every day  to scour the internet for ideas and inspiration.  Sure, they might go on news sites and check their email, but they are not getting mesmerized by the blogosphere.

I know many of my readers are not bloggers, but I hope you’ll find this series interesting too!

Heck, so many people don’t even know the blogosphere exists.  Most bloggers feel like we are at the center of what is hot and hip.  How could the rest of the world not see that?  We try to stay informed and up to date on what our passion is all about, but there are plenty of folks out there who just don’t know anything about this thing we call blogging.

There is no one size fits all manual for “how to blog”. 

But oh, how blogging has changed my life. 

In February I’ll hit my 5 year blogoversary, truly a milestone.  Sort of like dog vs. people years, 5 years in blogging is a long, long time.

So, in celebration of that 5 year mark,  I thought it might be a good time to look back and document my blogging journey. I’ve seen several bloggers do just that and even though at times, I think what else can I add to the conversation about starting a blog, sustaining a blog, and turning a blog into a business, I realize that yes, I do have things to share!

Blogging is truly a learn it as you go type of thing.  On the job training, so to speak.

Just from the sheer amount of years that I’ve been doing this thing called blogging, that alone makes me something of an expert on the subject.  Do I know it all?  Oh noooooo, of course I don’t and at times feel like I’m still such a novice on all thing blogging, especially… continue


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