Yehuda a blog out of Israel has nice 10 item list of things to remember about blogging. It’s titled: How I Became a Professional Blogger. Not sure at what point a blogger becomes a professional blogger but I like his list.
1. Have something to offer
2. Pick a subject that you’re passionate about
3. Don’t be afraid of failing
4. Make blogging a daily priority
5. Fight adversity
6. Turn to the professionals
7. Find things that aren’t being covered in your niche
8. Be promiscuous with your links
9. Maintain a focus on your readers
10. Look for opportunities
So I can see from this list I’m obviously not a professional blogger. 1,2,3 I think I’m OK with. #4: I’ve tried this a couple of times, but there are some days when I just don’t have anything to write, and I’d rather not write something than write something that doesn’t do me any good.
I think #8 is the best advise for any blogger. The more links you have the more readers you are likely to attract and as a professional blogger readers I guess turn into dollar signs.
As for me…I blog pretty much for myself. Somethings I’ll post items so I know where to find them. Like my NECC schedule. I know I’ll be blogging a lot at NECC so it just makes sense to me to have my schedule on my blog. I don’t really focus on my readers, instead I focus on my passion. On new learning, new methods, new tools, and new ideas around the use of technology in education. So if a Professional Blogger is in the Majors, I’d probably consider myself in Double A. I blog because I love it, because I find power in it and because it’s me. But I also know my chances of making it to the pros is slim to none. I don’t make enough money (none in fact) off of blogging to have it be a full time job. But I still show up everyday because I love to play the game and am passionate about what I do.