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That terrible, nauseating, queasy feeling invades your stomach.
It’s Sunday night. Time for another long, hard work week of 40 hours. Or more.
And at the end of the weekend you have little to show for your blog. A few hundred words devoted to your latest post. Nothing more.
To make matters worse, you haven’t earned a penny through your blog over the past 6 months. Your list is stagnant. Oh wait, you’re not even growing a list? Yikes. We’ll discuss that topic. On another day.
But for today, I want to help you get past the pain, struggles and overwhelming frustrations suffered by busy ass part time bloggers who work full time jobs.
Because I am a really smart blogger who’s been featured on a few of the world’s top blogs it only took me 3 years to notice I had many “part time blogging, full time job” readers, and to address this topic on my blog.
The line for you full time job, part time blogging folks extends out the backdoor for you to lash me with a 6 foot long wet noodle. I know. I deserve it.
I want to help you build successful, profitable blogs despite being busy and encumbered with the stresses of working a full time job.
Let’s dive into the tips.
1: Revisit Your Reason Why Every Stinkin’ Day
In 5 minutes I will buy a bodega sandwich in East Harlem. In NYC.
1 month ago I enjoyed Buddhist vegetarian lunches in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
2 months prior – when I was not vomiting – I enjoyed Burmese breakfasts in Myanmar.
1 month prior I enjoyed Qatari cuisine in Doha, Qatar, the wealthiest nation on earth.
Isn’t that a neat life? A life of fun and freedom. I travel where I want to, when I want to, with my wife Kelli.
I had to commit 50,000% to being the person and doing what it took to create such a life of freedom. That was my reason why. That freeing driver pulled me through the roller coaster ride of blogging.
As a part time blogger with a full time job, you need an overpowering why tied directly to:
- your passions
- something fun
- something freeing
to help you knife through your deepest fears in life, all of which you will face when transitioning from part time to full time blogger, while working 40 or 50 or 60 hours weekly at a full time job, or more.
Part Time Trader Full Time Pier Guard
OK. For all you guys who think:
“Yeah OK Ryan. You are a full time pro blogger. It is *easier* for you to succeed than us full time job part time blogging folks.”
A few points:
- I am busier than you 🙂 Look at my Seen At banner on the sidebar and think of how many works one must work to get featured on these spots. More than 10 hours. I promise. Then think of my world travels. I am not in the Gordon Gecko level of time management, but I am getting there
- I was once – in a galaxy far, far away – a full time security officer who did part time online trading…at the end of a busy, sometimes stressful day, you’d see me reading Investor’s Business Daily and setting up trades at 9 PM or 10 PM, after work or sometimes, at work when it slowed down
My point: I know what it feels like to be as busy as hell but I also know that if your why is overpowering, you will live your dreams.
You REALLY need to want this to make it work. But you can make it work. And will. If your reason why you are blogging is stronger than your deepest fears.
2: Write 500 Words Daily in a Word Document for Practice
Your most powerful leveraging tool is the quality, clarity, confidence and depth of your writing.
If you can really write, your content will get shared. A lot. Which is vital for a busy bee, part time blogging, full time job holding human being.
Open a Word document. Write 500 (to 1000) words daily. Just for practice. Trash the Word document. Detach from your writing.
Develop the habit of writing. Improve your writing skills. Become a better blogger.
3: Publish 1 Robust Post Weekly via Bite-Sized Creative Chunks
I know you’re as busy as a Thai lady boy streetwalker working overtime on Farang Fridays in the Soi Cowboy District (please Google, non world travelers).
So write your weekly, robust, helpful post in bite-sized chunks.
20 minutes today. 20 tomorrow. 20 the next day.
By week’s end you’ll have a helpful resource to share with your readers.
- solve a specific reader problem related to your blogging niche
- share practical, usable, simple tips
- weave in a personal story or 2 to resonate with your readers…aka…to remind them you are human
- post 1-3 bright, shiny images, because readers love eye candy
4: Reframe Your Idea of “Sacrifice”
Sacrifice is letting go boring and comfortable for fulfilling, freeing and fun.
9 years ago I trashed my cable. Which led me to practice writing. A lot. Which helped me become a pro blogger. Which helped me circle the globe for 6 years, living in places like:
- Costa Rica
for months at a time.
Should I pat myself on the back for “depriving” myself of live NBA games on espn so I could live in Fiji for 4 months? Of course not! I’d have been an asshole *not* to cancel the cable bill so I can travel the world.
Only the brain dead or certifiable would bitch and moan about not being able to see Project Runway episodes after living in a Balinese villa for 6 months (lived in the Balinese villa; hated project runway).
My point; sacrifice is not a negative concept. Nor is it tough to do. It is the logical choice for any human being who wants to be happy, to have fun, to spread love and to live their dreams.
If you love your part time job, keep working it. But if you want to become a pro blogger more than anything else for yourself and family, do the fun, freeing and sometimes highly uncomfortable things that are not sacrifices, but intelligent, empowered, freeing decisions that may mean ya watch only one hour of Netflix per week but you get to circle the globe with your wife, fam, or by yourself as a full time pro blogger.
End game folks, end game. Sacrifice is letting go the old and worn out (hours in front of TV, bullshitting with friends at the bar for hours weekly) for the new and exciting, fun and freeing (becoming a full time, pro blogger who lives life by design).
Especially if you feel like your full time job is imprisoning you, ya gotta really get serious about BEING ALL IN on your commitment to be a full time blogger.
Comment Post (me like Caveman).
Or, comment on top blogs from your niche. And guest post on top blogs from your niche.
Write 5 quality, in-depth comments weekly. Write 2-4 guest posts on top blogs per month.
Guest posting and blog commenting are powerful forms of leveraging.
Guest posting is closed now on Blogging From Paradise but if you publish a thoughtful, in-depth, helpful and genuine comment – like Susan Velez regularly does – you will get noticed by my 60,000 reader community.
And on that note, there’s another reason why I just referenced Susan. She has tip #6 down cold.
6: Promote the Stuffing out of Top Bloggers from Your Niche
One stunningly easy way for you to gain traction as a part time blogger is to promote the living stuffing out of hyper successful, established, pro bloggers.
Some of these pros will befriend you. Promote you. Endorse you. Tweet you. Which boosts your blogging traffic more quickly than if you just tried to promote yourself.
Get retweeted by me, to my 50,000 followers. It can help you pop up on the blogging radar in your niche. How can you inspire me to retweet you? Comment on every one of my blog posts. Retweet every one. Buy my eBooks. Buy my courses. Help me out, and I will remember you. Then over time we will bond. Then I will retweet your stuff freely if you have been following Tip #2.
7: Begin Monetizing Your Blog from Day 1
In order to become a full time, pro blogger you must needs generate income.
So monetize your blog from Day 1. No, not with piddly penny per click Adsense ads. I’m talking adding one income stream through:
- freelance writing
- blog consulting
- writing and self-publishing eBooks
- self-publishing audio books
- creating courses
Even though you are a part time, busy blogger you can begin to learn how to monetize your blog today *and* take the first steps toward monetizing.
Think like a pro. Begin your transition. Monetize. Right now.
Add one income stream every 3-6 months after learning and earning through one income stream.
8: Buy Premium Products and Services
When you are a busy part time blogger with a full time job you need an edge. Something to get ahead.
This edge is buying premium products which cut years off of your learning curve. And you need to cut years off of your learning curve when you’re working 40 hours weekly or more at a job.
When you pay for something you get excited about it, value it, use it and accelerate your blogging success.
This one applies to part time and full time bloggers.
Exhibit A; rocking blogger Ben Killoy, who hired me for a 1 hour blogging consultation session:
@RyanBiddulph Best hour I invested in my blog so far. Get off the fence and give RYAN a call!
— Ben Killoy (@BenKilloy) May 27, 2017
Or David McGowin, who bought 2 of my eBooks:
@RyanBiddulph I've bought two!
— David McGowin (@dmcgowin) May 28, 2017
When ya pay, ya commit. Simple as that.
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What tips can you add to this list?