How to Turn Your Student Blog into a Career
Many students start a blog. It’s a great hobby and a fantastic way to learn new skills and meet new people. However, you might find that over the course of your studies your blog becomes more than that. It becomes something that you love. We all dream of making money doing something we enjoy and when it comes to blogging you could do just that. Here are some tips to help you turn your hobby into a career.
If you want your blog to be taken seriously, you need to start thinking about how it looks. Content and great writing are important, but first impressions are hugely significant. So, your blog needs to look unique, clean and creative. Design a logo or get someone to do it for you, get a header to match, and chose a color scheme. Make sure you use these across social media, on your business cards, and on your email signatures to create an instantly recognizable brand. Often, graphics and branding are what set professional blogs apart from hobby blogs.
The best ways to get noticed in the blogging world are to be consistent, be active on social media, join relevant groups on Facebook, join in with Twitter chats, and generally engage with your audience.
Blogs are so popular because they are made by real people. So, even when you are trying to make it more professional, don’t be afraid to let your readers see the real you. Platforms like Snapchat or Instagram stories are brilliant places to let your readers see past the filtered, edited version you usually present.
Make the First Move
Many bloggers wait for brands and potential clients to contact them. But, if there is someone you’d like to work with, make the first move. Most brands have a brand manager or PR person you could get in touch with.
If you want to be taken seriously, you need to be professional. Yes, it’s great to show the real you and to have some fun on your blog. But, when you’re emailing or speaking to someone about potential work, it’s important to conduct yourself in a professional, yet friendly manner, just like you would in a work environment.
Get an App
Blogs with their own apps are relatively new, so if you’ve got the skills, perhaps from studying a masters in software development, creating your own app could really make your blog stand out from the crowd.
Remember, just because you chose to take your blog to the next level that doesn’t mean you have wasted your degree. If you had never gone to college, you wouldn’t have started it in the first place. You wouldn’t be the person you are today or have gained the skills or the experiences that make your blog great.
You could also find that your degree is invaluable. If you studied something creative, it could be useful in designing your blog, anything more academic will mean you are a great writer, and IT based courses such as an online masters in software development could mean you are an expert when it comes to coding and creating new applications. Whatever skills you’ve got, use them.