Writers love to write. So it’s no surprise that they have taken to blogging with a vengeance. Blogging has many advantages for anyone keen to make money from their writing, whether they’re new to the field or well established.
A blog allows you to write as much as you want, whenever you like, on whatever subject you’re interested in. If you blog regularly, before too long you’ll have a lot of informative and interesting content there. This can be used as the raw material for focused projects such as articles for magazines, ebooks or books.
Also, all that information will slowly attract visitors via the search engines, regardless of whether you know anything about SEO. It just happens naturally as long as you keep adding posts. (That said, you’ll almost certainly become interested in the subject anyway. And you’ll learn a lot about it simply by experience.)
So, all the while you are blogging, you are gradually lifting your profile as well. This is extremely important for any writer, because if many people know who you are and what your style is like then you have a much better chance of landing professional book and article writing jobs.
However, there’s one big downside to blogging if you are a writer: It can spoil you!
It’s so much fun, and can even bring you a measure of internet “fame”. You can easily get addicted to the freedom and immediacy of it. So, even if you are not actually making a living from your blog, you can feel like you have become “your own boss” when it comes to writing. As a result, switching to the more deferential mindset required when taking on specific jobs from publishing companies can be very difficult. While there certainly aren’t as many of these gigs as there used to be, they’re still out there. And the good money you can earn per item should not be sneezed at.
For this reason it’s important to give your blog a rest every now and then. Signing up to sites like Texbroker and Demand Studios — websites that pay set fees for work delivered to their requirements and on time — is a good idea.