How Many Hours a Week Does it Take to Be a Full-Time Blogger?
It depends, but probably a lot more than you think - especially in the beginning. You see, it's critical that your blog looks professional. The design must be sharp and attractive and your writing must be on point.
There is so much competition that if you have grammatical errors or your articles aren't compelling and perfectly understandable, then readers are going to quickly hit the back button and never be heard from again.
Maintaining a professional-level site takes time. Learning how to write interesting blog posts that draw readers deeper and deeper into your article takes time.
When I first started - and for the first five years blogging - it took me 12-15 hours to write a single article. Posting once a week, that's a lot of time in addition to a full-time job. But that's what it takes to build your skills to the degree that blogging becomes . . . perhaps not easy.
The processes you develop become more efficient as time goes on. So too does your writing ability. Now, a typical blog post over at Smart Classroom Management takes me about 4-5 hours to write, which includes maintaining the blog and creating images.
So I am able to have a full-time income working just a few hours a week.
Again, though, it took time to build up to that point. I've been blogging for more than eleven years. That's thousands and thousands of hours of practice. According to psychologist and performance expert Anders Ericsson, it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert in your field.
If you're already a good writer who has many hours of such practice under your belt, you may get by with writing 10-12 hours a week (writing one article a week). But it's important to mention that blog writing is its own unique skill.
Getting readers to click on one of your articles and then stay long enough to read the whole thing, as well as click on other articles on your site to read, doesn't come easy.
It isn't natural to most people.
One of the purposes of this website is to teach you some of these unique blogging skills so you don't have to fumble around for years, experimenting and learning them on your own.
In the coming months, we'll definitely cover how to write enticing, captivating copy readers look forward to reading every week.
In the meantime, I have one bit of advice: If you're not already, become a perfectionist. Be a stickler for the little things - for it's the details that make the biggest difference in blogging. It's also the way to becoming a great blogger.
It's the path to making that full-time income you really want and eventually doing it in just a few hours a week.
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