Time flies when you’re having fun. It seems hard to believe that I’ve been blogging for over 5 years now (on my lifestyle blog BeingTazim.com). I’ve learnt a lot over the years and I’m still learning more and tweaking things as I keep going. Back in the day, not a lot of people knew what a blog was—I often got asked if it was like an online diary (like Livejournal), or a hobby fangirl site (I used to make fangirl websites for my favourite musicians back in the late 90s/early 2000s).
People still seem baffled that one can earn money from blogging, that it can be part of a bigger business strategy and that it creates something of value for readers and clients. So, I’m here to clear the confusion a bit. Not everyone considers their blog a business or part of a larger business. There are more ways to make money from your blog than with adsense ads. While blogs can be personal in nature, more and more consumers trust the recommendations and advice of bloggers.
I have so many memories (mostly good) about my 5 years of blogging:
Writing blog posts while sitting in front of the TV with my former partner, being excited about packages arriving from sponsors—then remembering that it means I’ll have to write about the products, promote my blog posts and dispose of the packaging materials, photographing my food before I eat it, writing in hashtags every time I post on Twitter, chatting with fellow bloggers in Facebook groups. . .