Well, some people should not be bloggers and although painful for some to hear, it is the truth. I work with developing new blog writing talent all the time and know this to be a fact.
In fact, even more than that, not all good writers will be good bloggers. Some of our blog writers are making an excellent living being professional bloggers. We have some writers who are making around $2,000 a month just writing for blogs in addition to having a full time regular job. That being said there are even more web writers and aspiring writers who want to be bloggers and many simply do not have what it takes.
This is what it takes to be a good professional blogger:
- Ability to write on nearly any topic.
- Ability to write quickly or to set time limits on research and writing time to stay profitable.
- Innate creativity and ability to turn a phrase to make a somewhat dull topic interesting and to draw the reader in.
- Excellent proofreading skills.
- Strong working knowledge of proper grammar.
- Knowledge of how to find writing topics using Google News and Google.com.
- Versatility in regards to writing tone and style. Some clients need a more chatty type blog post and others need pure informational or reviews.
- Desire to improve and work on their writing craft and not sensitive about constructive criticism.
- Dependability, posting at noon means just that not 12:10 or 3:00 PM.
- Ability to write for many topics within the same day and to become an expert on many topics quickly through a questioning mind.
Many bloggers I have tried or interviewed have one or several of these attributes, but many with a great style can only write with a personal point of view and so can never write informational pieces. Others only want to write on things they already know about, and still others don’t understand dependability or being on time.
It takes a combination of qualities from my list of ten to make the perfect blogger, but if you have them, you may be able to make an excellent income blogging as a job to supplement your regular job just like some of our writers.