Full Time Blogging Means Full Time

So many people that I talk to that want to become full time bloggers mention that they don’t see themselves putting in more than four to six hours a day researching, writing, editing, publishing, promoting and otherwise doing things that are blog related.

All of them are shocked when I let them know that I spent a few days pulling sixteen hour days in order to get everything done, and that a day under ten hours was a “light” day of work.

Yes, I know it can be hard to sit in front of a computer and publish a fair amount of content each and every day, but if you want to make full time wages consistently through network paid, or pay per post type blogging you need to write lots of content.

There are not many blogging jobs that are going to pay you fifty dollars for every thousand word post, unless you have amazing talent or a huge name online. They just don’t come around often, and even when they do, they are given to those that have been building an online brand for quite some time.

When I first started blogging, I was publishing around twelve to fifteen shorter posts every single weekday. If we round it down to ten posts each weekday, and round down to twenty weekdays in a month, that is still two hundred posts per month when I started full time blogging.

I was making less than five dollars a post, and so it was volume that I needed to create. Even at a rate of twenty dollars a post, a decent full time income will require a blogger to do five posts per day, each and every day.

If you are fortunate enough to be able to research, write, edit, publish and promote two posts per hour, that is two and a half hours a day, seven days a week to bring home around three thousand dollars.

If you are able to find such gigs, please let me know as I haven’t seen many blogging jobs that are so light weight when it comes to a time commitment to pay ratio.

If you want to be a full time blogger, you really have to be willing to commit to blogging for at least seven and a half hours per weekday. That is what most regular office jobs expect from you, and so that is what most networks will expect from you as well.

3 thoughts on “Full Time Blogging Means Full Time

  1. Brad

    I’m finally in a position (not really by choice mind you) that I can focus a lot more on blogging and promotion. I don’t know if I can commit to 14 hour days…lol….but the push to a more “full time” focus on my blogging will no doubt have a huge impact on the money coming in in the future. But hey, if anyone has a few spare bags of money laying around and wants to share the wealth, I’m around 😉

  2. raj

    Too true, David. I was doing the same sort of thing – almost up to 20+ posts/day – simply because it’s the only way to start off as a freelancer. The hard part, from what I see experienced offline freelancer writters telling me, is getting accustomed to the fact that online gigs generally pay a LOT less than print. It’s a different type of work, and different writing style, but you do have to adapt to it. Once you did, and if you’re building your personal brand, opportunities often coming seeking you.

  3. Wilma

    Hi David.
    Great to kill off the myth that blogging is money for jam. It makes it so more realistic. As we don’t see you work we think all those posts are appearing there by itself?! As a ful time blogger working hard I would be really annoyed if people thought I got all my success by working only a few hours. Stick up for yourself.

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