*Here are The Steps I Took to Identifying Myself as a Blogger Online:
(1) Is what you have to say of value? If what you have to say is of value than you may consider yourself a blogger. And choose to one day start a Wordpress or build a Weebly website to showcase your work. A worthwhile investment. I’m glad I did so.
(2) Have you been writing your thoughts Online for more than a year? If so, then blogging may be a great job for you Online.
(3) Are you an unemployed Writer looking to make money or support a Campaign? It takes time but there are ways you can make money Online. Usually by blogging material prescribed to you by a Website that will pay you to blog for them, on topics chosen by them, some of these positions you must apply for. Another way you can make money via blogging is by running Ads on your website. Im not quite sure how this works yet, as this has not been my focus but something new to me, is measured by traffic and clicks. Working on it, I’ll let you know when I start earning.
(4) Are you able to Write and Compose pieces on your own without the help of anyone or any Online resources? If so, then Blogging on your own Website may be a great idea for you, and may help open doors for you in the future. When I first started blogging, I noticed everyone around me on edge, but overtime they got used to it. It definitely helped me get jobs, because it enabled my Employers to get to know me on a deeper personal level, see what I’m about, what issues or Campaign I support, and what jobs I may be best fit for, as an employee.
(5) Do you have the personality for Writing in a Public Space? Are you Sensitive to Criticisms? This was the most important question I had to ask myself. As a shy person, blogging online was not something I participated in throughout School, seldom on Facebook and had opened a Twitter Account but never participated or wrote a single Tweet. To be honest I wasn’t sure how to use Twitter. Just like when I started using Instagram this year, I didn’t understand that the only way to communicate was by hearts, those were the like button. Now Twitter uses hearts so it’s a more universally accepted understood symbol for liking something online. This just changed in 2015/2016. –Main Point: It takes a long time to adjust to writing online and the professional and social anxiety that comes with it. You subject yourself to a lot of unnecessary and unwanted feedback and attention, and that is just something you will have to get used to, and learn how to respond to. Overtime as you become a stronger writer, you get more positive feedback and less criticism (Thanks Instagram!). That comes with the territory. Online people expect the utmost professionalism of you, but in a space that’s so quick to write print and publish from, for the writer it doesn’t feel like that same expectation is there, but it is. Be careful.
(6) Are you Organized, Able to Keep Up with the Demand? Never start a project that you cannot finish and cannot continue to contribute to, perfect, improve, and grow. Once you generate an audience, that audience stays with you, don’t lose those members, they were they first to notice you out of everyone streamlining their pieces into the mix on hashtags. When you start blogging you want to keep your audience and you want to grow your following. This usually occurs by momentum. That is, positive momentum, which is generated by blog posts you contribute to your feeds and publishing platforms. If you cant keep up, don’t start publishing until you can, or write a few in advance to then publish later, to help maintain momentum and consistency. Your audience is always looking for quality not quantity. Blogging everyday reblogged pieces is fine and dandy, but when it comes time to wow them do you have unique pieces that set you apart, that can help you grow your following and maintain an existing fanbase. These are things you should prepare for before starting any type of blog.
(7) Do you have some kind of Vision and Purpose for your Blog? As we discussed above, before starting any type of blog you should be prepared and have achieved a quality of composition that sets you apart from the other bloggers so that you stand out and gain new followers, and maintain uniqueness to your work product. Some people are able to achieve this by logos. Some people are able to achieve this by stylistic preferences, and some people are able to achieve this by putting their name on everything (that would be me). That would be your vision, how you see yourself and how you want others to see you, is that vision clear? If not, there are plenty of spaces to experiment to see what your audience likes best, start with one social platform, but do not experiment on all social platforms. You want to always present your best work to each, so make each introduction strong, with new material, and with that added edge of experience you were able to achieve from the previous social network you blogged from. The purpose of your blog, sometimes you know right of the bat, mine was to create an entity MYMOLLYDOLL from which I could create a Campaign for a Campaign. Sometimes this purpose evolves. I know on Instagram and Tumblr, I started with one account, and as I tried to organize my materials, I realized that my presentation of reblogs was best suited for separate blogs, to maintain consistency and theme. That was important to me, to separate my blogs by theme, categories or types of pieces shared, this can also be done through the use of tabs on a Website (something I have just considered doing for mymollydoll.com). Right now I keep everything on separate Blogs (Websites) lesliefischman.tumblr.com, mymollydoll.com, lesliefischman.weebly.com, facebook.com/leslie.fischman, Twitter.com/mymollydoll, and Instagram.com/leslie_fischman … the list goes on. (See mymollydoll.org). –The only problem is that if you are concerned about traffic points, you may want to stick to one Website, otherwise your 10,000 Followers get spread among multiple accounts on different Websites, making it more work for you to share and keep track of on a daily basis or update weekly.
(8) Do you have any Conflicts of Interest that Prevent you from Blogging? This is an important question to ask yourself if you are currently employed. Some employers have specific guidelines outlined in your employment contracts that specify preference as to whether blogged about online and whether any work related interactions are blogged about. If so, then its best not to blog in any space, where you compose any impulsive writing off the top of your head, but blog only in spaces in which you compose one draft prior to publishing. For example: A Space Space to Blog for impulsive people would be Weebly or Wordpress, writing on Microsoft Word first and then publishing your final draft on your Weebly and Wordpress. That would be the smartest choice, to ensure that no information regarding work is shared online that would interfere with your contract or signed responsibilities of what not to include in your blog online, which is to write about work.
(9) Do you have a particular interest in a genre commonly blogged about? If so, then blogging may be a great fit for you as a Writer or Composer. The more common, the easier it is to join and contribute to, blend in, without standing out or looking out of place. For me, when I started blogging on Twitter, they had just added the photo feature, and I blogged like I was on Facebook, putting all my photos up and talking about my personal life and what I’m up to. Have no fear, what was once uncommon is now common, and I am no longer one of few but one of many who blog about their personal lives in public on public publishing platforms that get Google indexed and tossed around online in places Ive never visited on Websites like Twicsy, that duplicates your account on a completely different website I don’t even have an Account to. This happens online, do not be alarmed. What you share in public becomes public information and public knowledge and can then be reused. Make sure you are cited and that you maintain uniqueness to your craft and put your logo, emblem, or web address, and/or name on your work, so that when it gets redistributed you are credited to your work, and can get business that way.
(10) Are you qualified to blog about the topics you wish to write about? This is perhaps one of the more personal questions you must ask yourself, however discouraging it may be to realize that you need credentials to write about certain topics, that is why we have referencing abilities, and the purpose for citations. For knowledge that does not come from within but must be obtained from outside of yourself, is why we cite and do research. You can also compose blog posts in that way, via citations, there is nothing wrong with that, but make sure you cite. What are my credentials? I’m a BA with Honors in Sociology, have Composed & Published an Honors Thesis (A Qualitative Research Study on Hotline Counselors, about Crisis Management and Emotion Management, with approval by my attending University’s HRC (Human Research Committee) which I had to apply for, qualify for, and complete several online exams testing my understanding of the risks involved when studying at risk populations [Note: Similarly in 2013 I had to submit a proposal for future study to CU’s HRC prior to beginning Blogging Campaign for Brady Campaign –which was forwarded to the US Supreme Court for Review, and stamped by them reviewed]) … my Honors Thesis was later published with an Academic Publishing Company. In addition, I attended Paralegal School & Law School JD for 5 years, and I am now finishing my LLM and will compose a Dissertation, which I plan to Publish with an Academic Publishing Company when I finish. These are my Writing Credentials as a Professional, not including writing experience throughout my work experience, which included composing Legal Motions on behalf of Clients, composing Legal Research on my own, drafting Letters on behalf of Companies and Tenants, Composing Client Letters, Legal Memorandums, Drafting Legal Documents, Formatting Legal Documents, Indexing sorting and filing legal documents, and the list of responsibilities goes on as a Paralegal, Law Clerk, and Legal Secretary for many years (Since 2008). Based upon my experiences as a Legal Professional, I thought why not Blog and start a Blogging Campaign, I’m certainly qualified to lead a Campaign, I may not have the experience running a Non-Profit or Corporation (Now Officially Registered in CA: MYMOLLYDOLL as of 2016), but that is something you learn through experience putting together a Company online and Startup, with help from Friends (Rhubarb Studios, Taylor Adams, and Nidhi Sapra).
I may have registered my Corporation, have 15 Blogs, and multiple Websites, but that does not mean that I am making any money doing what I am doing right now, or earning a Profit from my work completed online. That is because my focus was to Campaign for a Campaign not to earn a Profit, I just put Ads up on my Website after maintaining a Website Online for 3-4 years (Since September 2013). Everything takes time, and just because you are advised as to what is required of you, or make friends along the way, does not mean that those friends can help you earn a living one day doing what you are doing or with the Company you put together, that is for you to figure out on your own, just like everybody else does online. It is a very risky investment of time to Blog, and is best done in a forum or on a social blogging platform that is already established and has ongoing traffic and participation for feedback. I hope this helps, and if you have any questions feel free to leave me comment here or email me on my contact page. Good luck!