I suddenly realized that I’m a professional blogger

40 thoughts on “I suddenly realized that I’m a professional blogger”

  1. Interesting. I’ve always wondered how people progress into the world of a professional blogger who aren’t retiring anyway. It’s interesting about the sponsored posts. Do you have anything on your blog about how you found those opportunities?

    1. I’ve done some content about sponsored posts, but I haven’t necessarily written a full article on it. It’s definitely something I plan on including in a blogging course that I’ll create later down the road. If you build up a nice social media following you can usually get a couple of offers to roll in throughout the year.

  2. Quite a successful career transition, Bobby! I’ve really enjoyed following your blog and journey. I’ve found that some of the most growth I’ve experienced personally and professionally came when I took a leap of faith be accepting a new job in a new city, etc.

    Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring story!

  3. Thank you Steve for sharing your story. For many people it is like a dream come true. One thing I’m sure about is that there is a huge amount of work behind your site and you couldn’t be where you are without putting all these efforts into it.
    Congratulations and I wish a very happy New Year!

  4. Love your passion but also your disclaimers and realistic advice here M$M! As an educator, I’m sad that kids are missing out on time with you – as I’m thinking you were a pretty great teacher. But if your heart wasn’t in it, it is awesome that you found something you are passionate about. There’s nothing worse than being in class with a teacher (or professor) who is just there and wishing they were somewhere else. Everybody can read it – even little kids! Looking forward to following your work over the years – such a cool adventure!

  5. Great story and perspectives on taking a risk to do something new. I’m new to personal finance blogging and hoping to one day make some money with the whole thing – but for now I get quite a lot of enjoyment just writing, sharing, and being part of a community of like minded people. Best of luck in 2017!

  6. Hmm. I never thought about how awkward it is to talk to new people when you have a non-traditional job.
    I do want to blog full-time, but I know that it’s NOT an easy transition. You have to constantly hustle all the time to make an income; nothing is guaranteed, unlike a safe and steady 9-to-5 paycheck. But good grief, some days it’s so tough to go to work. I have a good job that pays very well, but it’s not what I want or even like to do. It’s tough to do something you don’t enjoy when you know there’s an alternative that you absolutely love.

    I’m glad it all worked out for you, M$M, but I’m sure it’s still not easy. 

    As for me, my plan is to grow blog income substantially before taking the plunge. I’d like to have at least half of my annual income from the blog before quitting my job—then I could focus on blog earnings part-time or full-time.

    1. Haha yeah it’s actually one of the weirdest parts of doing what I do. I never realized how many people use that as a crutch to start conversations. It’s not easy in the beginning, but I tried to maintain a long term approach and still do. Even making the kind of income I do now doesn’t feel comfortable honestly.

      1. It is amazing how many people ask “what do you for a living?” as a conversation starter. It definitely is a crutch, and I’ve been guilty of using it myself plenty of times.

        We live in a culture where we our defined by our careers. I think a far better (and more interesting) conversation starter is “what do you like to do in your free time?” Asking that question will allow you to discover their true passion, instead of giving you details on a job they don’t even like.

        You are fortunate M$M to have your passion and career aligned. Kudos to you on achieving that!

  7. Thanks for sharing M$M! I think two important takeaways for bloggers or anyone else who is starting a new venture are: 1) minimize risk by assuring an adequate cash reserve and supplemental income (if possible) and 2) expect that it could very reasonably take a couple of years before the income level is meaningful – so stick with it and don’t give up!

  8. Great job with taking a chance and getting out there. This is why you need to do it when you’re young. It’s a lot harder to make a big change when you’re tied down to a job, house, car, etc… Nice.

    1. Yeah that was the goal – I wanted to do this before we had kids. I think too many young people are afraid to try something that might fail. The worst thing that would have happened for me is that I would have had to go back to band directing (which wouldn’t be terrible).

  9. I enjoyed your story, thank you for sharing it. I liked the fact that you highlighted how much hard work you put in, and that failure at an endeavor like this is so much more likely than success. You have clearly earned your success, so congratulations!

  10. Wow, what an incredible story! That’s a huge leap of faith to quit your job at such an early stage in your blog. Cudos to you for having the guts to take a chance. It’s obviously paid off! Thanks for sharing and best of luck in the future!

  11. Completely agree. Building online income isn’t easy, and way too over-hyped. Don’t quit your day job until you can afford to live off savings and investments.

    I pretty much live off my portfolio dividends, which amounted to around $48k last year. That’s not a huge income.

    There’s a lot of competition too… There are literally thousands of personal finance blogs out there. Standing out from the crowd is *hard*. M$M got some good breaks, and that’s outstanding for him, but don’t assume it will happen for you.

    1. Yeah I think since a lot of us make money through web hosting affiliates, the ease of blogging is played up too much. You can definitely make money doing this, but it takes time and consistency for sure. Some of the breaks were lucky, but some were also a product of figuring out the right way to market myself to reporters.

  12. Love the jump you took, it takes a lot of guts to do it and its a great example of the choices you give yourself by spending less than you earn and saving money. Hope to join you in this world one day.

  13. This is a helpful post. We are relatively new to blogging (3 months) and don’t have income expectations yet. But it will be nice down the road if we can make it happen. Still trying to increase traffic….

  14. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate how you told both sides of the story. It’s really difficult to make a go of blogging full time. Really, really difficult. But if you persist and keep learning, there’s no ceiling to what you can accomplish.

    I had a (sort of) successful blog making some money after three full years of effort. After all that, it turned out I was in a rapidly declining industry and decided to change course as I couldn’t keep the traffic up.

    Your story was encouraging!

  15. I’m curious how many people start blogging in hopes of turning a profit versus just blogging to reach an audience. For me, I’m more interested in spreading the knowledge of learned and continue learning through writing. If it turns a profit someday in the future, awesome. If not then that’s okay too!

  16. Love it – and love your courage (and perhaps craziness) in jumping into your own venture. Nothing will make you work harder like knowing you need the money. So, your post raises a question: how did you get noticed by Marketwatch? And what was the post/thing that was noticed?

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