Build Up Your Portfolio: It may sound obvious, but anyone who wants to become a professional blogger will need to have blogged in the first place! Blogging takes time, effort and commitment and anyone who has not demonstrated and honed these skills without the payday incentive, is unlikely to be considered to blog professionally. What's more, building up your portfolio demonstrates your house style and flair to potential employers, which is what's likely to bag you the job in the first place.
Keep it clean: Unlike other forms of writing and journalism, blogging can appear a little more adhoc or off the cuff which in turn cuts bloggers some slack when it comes to punctuation and grammar. Ultimately, independent bloggers need to be the writer as well as the editor which means its easy to turn a blind eye or even miss errors altogether! Professional bloggers however, need to be able to offer their employers flawless copy, that's clean of errors, misspellings and incorrect use of punctuation. Struggling to edit your own work? Why not call on a friend or relative to proofread your blogs to ensure they are as professional as possible; therefore increasing your chances of employment.
Network: While it's difficult to ignore the success stories of part time bloggers who were plucked from obscurity and now find themselves blogging for the websites of the world's most popular newspapers and magazines, instances like this are few and far between. Waiting to be discovered is a sure fire way of missing the boat so it's important to do what you can to put yourself in front of people who can create opportunities. Using social media tools like Facebook and LinkedIn is one way of introducing yourself to editors and publishers. However, it's also worthwhile considering doing internships, work experience days and perhaps even offering to blog for free. All of these techniques may seem like expenditure in the short term but in the long term they are invaluable in getting you in front of the people that count and showing them what you can do.
Want to blog for a living? Follow these tips and who knows – you could be writing professionally for a cycling blog, a decorating blog, an HR blog – you name it! – in no time.