By Jennifer Chait
Last week Karen asked, “Any advice for those of us who can’t seem to land a blogging gig? I’ve kind of given up on it as I’ve applied for a few for which I was super qualified but never heard a word. Is it a case of “who you know”? Or is there just too much competition out there?”
It’s a good multi-layered question and while there’s no magical spell for getting paid blogging work you can do it.
Step one: Be a blogger.
The first step to working as a professional blogger is to have a blog. If you’ve never had a blog before try Blogger or WordPress. Then blog… a lot. Lately I’ve been considering getting help for a new blog project and if I do I won’t be hiring a non-blogger. I don’t care if you’ve read hundreds of blogs and write for the web. There are blogging quirks that experience with other writing projects just cannot provide. I’m not the only one who thinks so either. All my blog editors have always asked me my blogging history.
Step two: Know where to look.