Careers Based on Blogging Skills

I’ve talked before about how your blog can help your career (for both writing/photography careers and others). Today I’m talking specific careers that you could go into from blogging. All of these careers involve more training in their area, but these will hopefully give you an idea of what you might pursue based on what skills you already have and/or are really interested in from blogging.

Writing

This is the no-brainer. As bloggers, we write on a regular basis. Of course, how much you write depends on you. If you’re like me, you’re writing a couple thousand words a week. The more you write, the better you’ll get at it.

• Author (novel or non-fiction)
• Editor
• Journalist
• Travel writer
• Ghostwriter
• Freelance writer (fiction or non-fiction)
• Poet
• Songwriter
• Screenwriter

Marketing

We market our blogs and ourselves every day! From advertising our posts to writing the about page, we do some marketing. I haven’t studying marketing or anything, so I know that I would definitely need more training to do any of these – keep that in mind if you’re looking to go into one of these!

• Public relations
• Press secretary
• Brand manager
• Marketing specialists
• Advertising manager
• Promotions manager
• Social media manager

Photography

When we take photos for our blogs and edit them, we get skills that would put us on the right track. You may need to go to art school or take some courses on photography and photo editing, but you’re already on the right track to continue in this field.

• Event photographer (parties, weddings, etc.)
• Photojournalist
• Aerial photographer
• Fine arts photographer
• Advertising photographer
• Sports photographer
• Architecture photographer
• Fashion photographer
• Food photographer
• Portrait photographer
• Product photographer
• Forensic photographer

Graphic Design

• Creative/art director
• Brand identity developer
• Logo designer
• Illustrator
• Multimedia developer
• Content developer
• Visual journalist
• Web designer
• Flash designer
• Photo editing/Photoshop artist
• Layout artist

Blog Niches

I personally am a lifestyle blogger, so I tend to cover all these topics in my blog. But I know there are many of you who focus on just one area. Here are some career paths based on your niche.

Fashion: fashion designer; fashion magazine (writer, photographer, editor); model; fashion or style editor or writer at a website or newspaper; fashion buyer; stylist; jewelry designer; working in marketing at a store or fashion label; personal shopper

Beauty: creator of your own beauty line; working at a beauty company as writer, photographer, or marketer; beauty editor or writer at a magazine, website, or newspaper; beauty buyer; makeup artist; cosmetologist

Food: chef; food writer; food photographer; restaurant owner or manager; cookware creator; restaurant reviewer; cookbook writer; marketing for a restaurant, cookware company, or grocery store

Travel: travel writer, travel photographer, hotel reviewer, restaurant reviewer

Healthy living: workout gear creator; yoga teacher; exercise instructor; yoga or exercise studio owner; marketing for an exercise studio; photographer for a healthy-living magazine, website, or store; expert at a workout store; trainer

Local area: restaurant reviewer, tour guide, spokesman, marketing

Books: writer, book editor, book reviewer, marketing for a publishing house, owning or working at a book store

Hope this is helpful!

About Kate Mitchell

Kate Mitchell is the creator of and writer at Kate the (Almost) Great, a lifestyle blog about her life as a writer, twenty-something, and chronic pain patient. She is the author of Aureole, a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, and is in the process of writing two other books. She believes in strong coffee, good books, and the Boston Red Sox.

Blogging and Your Career

If you are looking to further your career through blogging, there are a couple of different components. First, I’m going to talk about the skills you can learn by blogging that can be applied to your offline career or your online one. Then, I’m going to explain the skills you need to be proficient at if your blog is an active part of your career. These are general skills that can apply to many different jobs. If you are a writer of photographer, check out my previous post about blogging and your writing or photography career.

blogging and your career

 

Skills you learn (or can learn) by blogging that can be applied to other jobs:

Social media marketing skills – You learn how to promote your work on social media while blogging.

Proficient with computer programs – Knowledge of those like like Word (writing and proofreading posts and pages), Excel (keeping track of your statistics and budget), and Photoshop or similar photo editing programs (making and editing images) in aspects other than you might have in the past can make a difference. And, of course, as a blogger, you become proficient in whichever platform you blog with.

Reading analytics programs like Google Analytics – Not really an easy thing to do unless you work at it. You never know if this might come in handy or if a potential employer might look for this.

SEO – Most people don’t learn about search engine optimization and how to use it unless they are in a particular field. Mastering this can give you a great leg up.

Discovering, understanding, and catering to an audience – In order to be a really successful blogger, you have to know who is reading, what they like to read, and where you can reach more like them. Think about which blogs you choose to sponsor. You likely go for bloggers who reach your desired audience. This is an actual skill that can be applied to many different areas other than blogging.

Skills that you have to have if your blog is connected to your career (whether or not it alone is your full-time job):

Professionalism – It’s up to you to decide how you conduct yourself online. If you know that your boss or a future boss in your field expects certain things from their employees (for example, they wouldn’t want someone to use vulgar language or post about partying), you have to keep that in mind while blogging. We live in an age where it is completely normal to Google someone while considering them for a job or even a volunteering opportunity. Don’t be surprised if you are completely qualified for a job, but you post things that the company doesn’t want associated with them, so you don’t get it. You have to at least keep that in mind when you’re posting.

Now, if your blog is your career (or it’s connected to your Etsy shop or small business you started yourself), you have a little bit more leeway. But you should still ask yourself if you are presenting yourself professionally and like a reliable business owner. You don’t want to accidentally turn customers away because of what you’re posting about online.

Expressing yourself and your career succinctly – You’ve probably heard of the elevator speech. You need to apply that idea (expressing yourself and your idea in a short period of time) to the Internet. Think of it like the elevator paragraph. You have one paragraph to convince someone to work with you, which may or may not involve them paying you. One paragraph – GO!

Be able to talk yourself up! – Your blog is literally a place written by and about you. If you don’t show how awesome you and your skills are, who else will?

Double and triple check your work, especially on your most seen and important pages like your contact page. This goes back to professionalism. (And if you want someone else to edit your pages for you, I can help with that.)

Have a killer about and contact page! This is important for any blogger, but when your blog is connected to your career it becomes extra important. Make sure that it is interesting and easy to read. This is also where your elevator paragraph would go!

Blogging and Your Writing or Photography Career

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About Kate Mitchell

Kate Mitchell is the creator of and writer at Kate the (Almost) Great, a lifestyle blog about her life as a writer, twenty-something, and chronic pain patient. She is the author of Aureole, a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, and is in the process of writing two other books. She believes in strong coffee, good books, and the Boston Red Sox.

Blogging and your Career: Writers and Photographers

Today we have a post from author and blogger, Kate Mitchell. Kate is the author of Aureole and blogs at Kate the (Almost) Great. She is here to share with us her advice for using blogging to benefit your career, for both writers and photographers. Not a writer or photographer? Don’t worry, she’ll be back soon with another article for you!
 

Blogging has a lot of benefits. You get to “meet” people from across the world, get ideas for craft or DIY projects, see how real people are styling the new trends, get reviews on products that you’re interested in … the list goes on. But blogging can also really benefit your career, especially if you are a writer or photographer.
 

 
If you are looking to further your writing career through blogging, there are a couple of key components.
 

1. Building a network

The biggest part of being a successful writer is having a network of people who will want to read what you write. You could write the most incredible novel/article/screenplay, but if you don’t have anyone who wants to read it, it doesn’t matter. This applies both for traditional and nontraditional publishing routes. Self-publishing? You need an audience who is going to want to read it! Looking for a literary agent/publishing deal? You need to show them that you are marketable and have people who want to read your writing. Blogging helps with that.
 

2. Demonstrating your writing capabilities/publishing

Have you ever thought, “If they just read my writing and saw how awesome I am I would have an agent/publishing deal in seconds”? Enter blogging. You can show them how talented you are through your blog. This could be by your normal posts, but it could also be by publishing bits of your writing. Last summer, I did a series where I published a short story every Sunday. This way, anyone who is interested in your writing can see more examples on your blog.
 

3. Getting exposure

This is kind of a combination of the previous two. Just getting your name out there – especially by connecting it to your writing career – can help you. You never know who you might reach, but all it takes is reaching the right person to make a huge difference in your career.
  

 
If you are looking to further your photography career through blogging, it’s a little different.
 

1. Building a network

This is similar to building a network for a writing career. Basically, you need connections and to build a network of supporters or at least people who know about you.
 

2. Demonstrating your photography capabilities

Blogging can help you show people how awesome a photographer you are. It’s kind of like an online portfolio. Speaking of which …
 

3. Working with other bloggers/building your portfolio

I know that there are a lot of bloggers out there (including myself) who would love to post more about fashion and beauty, but they don’t have a photographer to take good pictures. Connecting with these people has multiple benefits. First of all, it helps to build that network of people who are going to talk about how talented you are. Second, it helps provide more/different types of photographs to build your portfolio to, again, prove how great you are. Third, it provides exposure. No two bloggers share the exact same network of followers. There might be overlaps, but it’s never the exact same. This helps to reach out to other people.

4. Getting exposure

This exposure can lead to other opportunities. More specifically, it can lead to other paid opportunities.

Not a writer or photographer? Don’t worry! I have another post coming about connecting your career to blogging if you’re not in one of those professions.


 
You can visit Kate at her professional website or blog, as well as on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest. Check out her full bio below.
 

About Kate Mitchell

Kate Mitchell is the creator of and writer at Kate the (Almost) Great, a lifestyle blog about her life as a writer, twenty-something, and chronic pain patient. She is the author of Aureole, a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, and is in the process of writing two other books. She believes in strong coffee, good books, and the Boston Red Sox.