Why is blogging extremely rewarding for you?
This question was posted to a bloggers’ group that I belong to on Facebook. For someone whose current career was built on blogging, this should have been easy to answer. But I found myself unable to articulate my thoughts and give a direct answer. Thus, I decided to share my story with you, hoping that it would convey how rewarding blogging has been for me.
My journey starts in May 2008. I was working at least 10 hours a day, six days a week for a BPO. It was the ideal job for a voracious reader since all I had to do was read and write abstracts. But it does not pay well and there’s no growth… I would have to kill more than a handful of people to get a managerial position. Moreover, it was a mentally stressful job that all I wanted to do when I get home is rest. That’s not an option for a single mom like me. I decided to quit.
After filing my resignation, I borrowed money from my uncle and bought a desktop. I also applied for an Internet connection. I was confident that with my skills, I could find an online writing job that will help pay the bills while I’m looking for a more stable job. A week after, I got hired as a writer for a web development firm in California. Two weeks after, I was hired by momblogger, Dine Racoma of Sexy Mom. as a virtual assistant. She was the one who initiated me into the word of blogging.
A few months after meeting Ms. Dine, I started a blog on Blogger.com. I just wanted to see if I can make earn on the side as a blogger. I earned zero during the first year but I got a lot of experience building blogs and met a lot of bloggers. They convinced me to get a self-hosted blog so I can sell links and earn from my blog posts. I did that and between 2010 to 2012, I earned a lot from writing paid posts and publishing PR posts. Blogging literally saved me from sinking into debt.
But that’s not the best thing that happened. I created another blog to write about my VA experience and this helped me make a name for myself as a virtual assistant in the country. It also became my marketing engine because this is where my clients found me. They read my posts and get in touch with me. My sideline grew into a business and now I hire other VAs to help me on my projects.
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Join the Bloggers ng Pinas Facebook group to network with other bloggers and get first dibs on exciting workshops like the Basic Photography Tips and Tricks for Bloggers happening this November 8, 2014. Hope to see you there!