One of the many questions I get on a daily basis is how I made a living from blogging. Continue reading to learn more about my personal story.
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“Everyone is creative, but we are only as creative as we allow ourselves to be.” Martellus Bennett
It took me 1.5 years before I was able to quit my full-time job to become a full-time publisher. Some of you might consider a year and half a short period of time, and perhaps it is, but let me tell you: Those 1.5 years felt like an eternity to me. They were filled with lots of hard work, and many sleepless nights. You may remember that I actually had a full-time corporate job before I ended up blogging professionally. I would come home from work, have dinner with my family and then I would literally return back to work (editing content for my blog). I worked non-stop.
So, what are the keys to create a living from blogging?
Build a community and be genuine. Stop thinking about your numbers and stats but instead reach out to follow bloggers, and start networking!
Create a niche. Know your readers and follow your instincts! If you love fashion ask yourself: Is my style high-end or low-end? For example, I like to mix and match high vs low end. So, I make sure I offer both on my blog. My niche would be middle to upper-middle class.
Take your time. I cannot stress this enough. Do not rush, and take your time. Success doesn’t happen overnight, and don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. We all grow at different rates –comparing yourself will only hinder you of becoming the best version of yourself.
Support one another. Don’t bring each other down but instead help a sister out! Throughout the Bible we see instructions to encourage one another and verses that are meant to encourage us.
Do you have more key points to add? If so, let me me know by commenting below!
PS: These pictures were taken a Buckingham Fountain, Chicago. It’s one of my favorite places in the city since my husband and I had our first date there!
As always, thanks much for reading and have a safe & fabulous 4th of July Weekend!
You’re such an inspiration, Vanessa! I can completely relate to you, I literally work 24/7 between my PR firm and my blog and it’s definitely hard work but it is so rewarding! Kuddos to you for making it full- time! I so agree with all of your advice and appreciate you sharing your wisdom. On another note, I adore this bright yellow OTS top on you… so cute!
Thank you for sharing your story. You are right women do tend to be jealous of one another and I see no reason why. I applaud you for sticking with your dream and finding the success you have.
You were able to achieve your goal and it’s an amazing thing!!! I rather close today… but I hope we will stay in touch!!!
You look gorgeous!
La Civetta Stilosa
Great post! it¡s nice but hard! xx
Firstly let me say I love what your wearing you always love ok so fabulous. Secondly every point you mention I totally agree with you.. It’s not a race it’s a Joubert and you need to take your time special if ur in it for the long run. It’s hard work but very rewarding you definitely an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post. Happy 4th of July weekend X
I you enjoyed your day !
I love your style!
You are beautiful!
Very nice !
wow! You look perfect <3
Muy guapa, la blusa es preciosa. Un abrazo y muy feliz fin de semana.
Just be genuine! No need to pretend to be anything or anyone. Just share what you wanna share and there will be people who appreciate your work 😀 xo
Thank you for your sharing your experience Vanessa! You are such an inspiration and I agree that supporting each other is so important, as well as growing at your own speed and not comparing yourself to others.
On another note, I love your outfit – it’s so summery!
Hey V! Great post! The white pants were a great choice to neutralize the bright top and bold lip you’re rocking:) You are DEF fashion blogger royalty and I want you to know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award! Its super fun and allows you to reflect on your blossoming blog. All of the info is on my page. Keep up the good work love:)
You know how proud I am of you!! And more we have in common, my husband and I shared a kiss by the Buckingham fountain one late night on a walk through the city. That yellow off the shoulder is so beautiful and love your golden hair shining in the sunshine!! Here’s hoping you and your family have the BEST 4th weekend!! Much Love to you all!!
I just put a little text in my post of today saying the same thing about numbers! Most important is that we love what we do! Have a great weekend Vanessa!
Love this perfect summer look! I need that blouse! Thanks for sharing y tips for making blogging a full-time job. I’m getting there slowly and appreciate your encouragement and inspiration. Have a terrific weekend Vanessa!
Dear Lifehacker, I’m thinking about starting my own blog. I don’t expect it to make me stinking rich, but what are the chances I can quit my day job and make a living just by blogging? I see all these success stories, but how much money can I really make?
I love this post! I absolutely agree that it is so important to be genuine when blogging. Thanks for the advice!
These are some great tips, Vanessa! I agree — creating a niche and staying genuine would be on my list too. And I can totally relate to working 24/7, it’s definitely not easy blogging with a full-time job! On another note, love this off the shoulder number! Such pretty and bright colors for summer. Hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July!
A Blonde’s Moment
Oh, a place where you had your first date with your husband, that’s so sweet! I loved your outfit, dear V., loved the top with the vibrant print! I liked that you could quit your corporate job, it was really such a heavy routine, balancing it with blogging! I agree with you on every aspect – I like high-low as well and I agree that we should support each other. My tip is to distance ourselves from people who do compare themselves to others, in a way to undermine the other – it did happen to me, through a blogger that I now got a very good distance from. These people only add negative vibes to us, and who wants that? So let’s be positive and keep on supporting each other! You are amazing, dear V., beautiful and with a great heart! Hugs and regards!
As I am getting ready to launch my blog this weekend on the 3rd, I take all advise into my hands with nothing but thanks! It is the inspiring bloggers out there who put their advise and support out there that make it exciting to jump into this world! Have a wonderful weekend <3
Vanessa, I love how you explained your experiences blogging and are helping others learn from it! Really great and valid tips! Blogging is no easy task and k fully agree with everything you’ve said here! Especially not to compare your blog to others!!! No good could come of that!!
Xox Dana Ivy // http://www.iadorewhatilove.com
These are great tips Vanessa, for the past days I have been stressing out about the blog because I wish it went better although it is growing a lot. Relaxing of your stats is the best advice and also connecting. I LOVE your outfit girl, you look so stunning as always! Ps: I love how you took the pictures at the place where you had your first date!
Have a wonderful day, xx
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You are such an inspiration, Vanessa! I have been blogging on and off from 3 years now. But this year I decided to take it seriously and work my butt off on it. It has been paying off. I would love to one day become a full-time blogger/YouTube vlogger! And I absolutely agree with you about helping each other out and being genuine! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, beautiful!
Beauty With Lily
Such great advice Vanessa. Love your point about the Bible, saying encourage one another. So true. More of us need to implement that and we may begin to see improvement quicker as a blessing from God. Thanks for sharing!
If you put your heart into what you do, you’ll excel in it! Always happy to see other people working hard and achieving their dreams, well done Vanessa!
Tamara – LoveofMode.com
You are absolutely right , congrats on your 100K on Instagram am so happy for you.
Indeed success doesn’t continue a day. Thanks for all your help . Have a fabulous weekend.
It’s amazing that you were able to pursue your dream of being a full-time blogger! I work a full-time corporate job & blog at the same time, so I relate big time to the late night blogging! Hoping the late nights pay off in time. 😉 Thanks for the always inspiring post! Have a great weekend!
Xo – Steph
I love hearing tips from bloggers who do it full-time. I have a full-time corporate job, so I’m the same as you were when it comes to balancing both. These are great tips to keep in mind, thanks for sharing!
Beautiful look <3
Federica Di Nardo
Thank you for sharing this incredibly inspiring post. I needed this right now… it’s hard to blog and I think I am currently going through my questioning stage. Should I quit? This posting gave me a push to go on for a little while longer. Thank you
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You’re a huge inspiration to me, and I admire you for working so hard to get your blog to where it is now. I don’t think I’ll ever be a full-time blogger, but I loved your tips and I think that they are applicable to anyone looking to grow their platform! I especially find that networking is so important, and I’ve not only grown my blog from that, but I’ve met great friends like you.
Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture
These are great tips Vanessa! I hope one day I can pull trigger and blog full time. You are definitely an inspiration 🙂 I hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th of July!
You are such an inspiration, V!
Thank you for sharing your story with us Vanessa. You are such an inspiration to me and many. I appreciate your constant support❤️ And I agree it takes a lot of hard work and dedication! I’m slowly getting there. By the way, I love your off the shoulder top. The print is so bold and beautiful!
Great tips! Working full time and blogging is a huge commitment. I’m so excited that you’ve been able to blog full time! That’s my dream!
I’m loving the top x
Jessica — Woods Lifestyle
I think being a genuine supporter is biggest example you lead by! Thanks V!!
Have a great weekend!
Wow, this is such an inspiring and real post, Vanessa. I truly appreciate you being so open and genuine about this topic because it’s one that many bloggers do shy away from and I can understand why, people aren’t always receptive of the idea and it places you in a more vulnerable spot. For THAT reason, I commend you and truly admire you because I know you’ve encouraged many bloggers, including myself, to keep going and remain persistent in the hard work we’re all doing. You are such a gem and deserve every bit of success and opportunity that comes your way! I love your tops and that Chanel, btw! I hope you have an amazing holiday weekend and thanks again for sharing, my beautiful friend!
This is very inspiring! I think being consistent and persistent is very important. Also, you look fabulous in this outfit!
Great tips hun!! You look lovely.
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You are gorgeous as always! Thank you very much for sharing these important tips, Love your commitments! I’m here struggling with my full time job and blogging once a week 🙁
Happy Weekend! xoxo Ashon
This is amazing! It’s so nice to read your story and tips! Very inspiring girl! And you look fabulous here, the top is so striking. Have a fantastic 4th Vanessa
wow!! you are so so so beautiful!!
amazing post..i want them all!!
I LOVE the colour of your dress. You look fantastic as always
You look amazing! Love your dress:
Love this look! You look gorgeous!
Good quality, excellent value for money
Great clothes, very good service, thank you
Great tips Vanessa. I especially like supporting one another and I love the my blog family. Everyone is welcoming and awesome. Lovely top babe! I love the colors and it looks great on you.
Awesome tips, V! And I love Buckingham Fountain… when I went to school at Roosevelt (right across the street!), I had some classes that faced east and I could see the fountain from the window. Not so great for classroom daydreams! HA!
Happy Fourth of July weekend!!
All the Cute ?
Today’s Post: Casually Striped…
Thanks for sharing your story/tips Vanessa! I Hope your weekend is bright and fun.
so cool, love it!!! 🙂
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Great advice! Thank you!
Amazing outfit, you are looking so beautiful dear!
I love this top! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the tips Vee, you are def. right with the support one another and be genuine
Styled this loose top beautifully!
LOVE the you!
This is an excellent post Vanessa. Very positive and encouraging, especially for me.
Such a great, encouraging post! So excited for you to be living your dream – hoping to get there soon myself!!
Evidentemente, el ser blogger es un trabajo duro, aunque la gente no lo crea.. Yo simplemente soy una aficionada que lo hace por hobby pero la persona que se dedica a esto le ha de dedicar muchas horas de trabajo. Es un trabajo que no tiene horarios.
Y tu siempre nos muestras lo mejor de ti!! Guapísima con ese conjunto!!
el blog de renée
These are fab tips, you really deserve your success and its so inspiring. Have a great wkend with the family
Ps Dear Chanel Bag, How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count The Ways… Xx
Hard work is the key, and being willing to sacrifice time in order to gain something new! Also focusing on content rather than readers is so important too! You’re such a gem girl, and such a well done blog! Xx
Simple and Stunning ! What a good post and you are definitely an inspiration .
Great post Looking forward to more !
Beautiful shoes 🙂 Kisses!!
Have a nice week-end!
Photographer Gil Zetbase
Blogging full time is probably every blogger’s big dream. We all blog because we love to, and why not make a living out of it? However, I find it a little more difficult for travel bloggers to become a full-time blogger. Any tips on that maybe? Thank you:)
Great post!! Such an inspiration! And this look is so Stunning!
Great advice, Vanessa! I think comparison really takes the joy out of blogging. And it’s so important to figure out what your unique viewpoint is and stick to it. You do you so well and are so sweet & supportive!
Beautiful look & fabulous backdrop!
Have a wonderful weekend!
You are such an inspiration, Vanessa! I love that you blew up in such a short time and I love supporting you through this journey. Can’t wait to continue seeing you grow your blog!
Wow Vanessa I’m extremely inspired by this post. You look beautiful btw:-)
I’m still doing both my full time job in international relations and the blog. I’m hoping to someday take a leap in your direction.
you look so stunning in that dress,
You’re totally rocking that oversized shirt!! I’m loving the combination with a mini denim skirt and block heel sandals.
I love helpful posts like this! It’s a great one to keep on hand!
Your 1.5 years of sacrifice have rewarded you, I love your blog! I really like your advice for a good life as a blogger,I agree with everything you say! Those pictures and the location are fantastic!
New post ” The pyjama trend”
Absolutely loving this outfit on you! You look so beautiful and I’m literally obsessed with this off the shoulder top! Too cute and so perfect for summer!!!
Thank you for the tips and congrats for all you’ve done! You look beautiful as always!
Me encanta, ademas me gusta muchisimo la combinacion, creo que es super acertada. te invito a conocer mi blog http://www.labodateca.com
great tips vanessa! very motivating! love the florals!
Stunning look and your bag is just awesome <3
Wiebke von WMBG
Very bright colors, the quality of workmanship is not to say Babe
The outfit is so so ,but you are beautiful!!
h vanessa, I can feel with you, how it was while you were not a full time blogger, and yes, it’s so exhausting and sometimes you just don’t have time for anything else 🙁 But I think you made such a wonderful and inspirating job and made such a wonderful blog here 🙂 you’re such a beauty and inspiration for all of us and you have my full respect for the work here, since you just achieved so much in that short period 🙂
I love slip-ons for everyday, making my life so easy!
Comfy shoes are a total necessity and actually really hard to find in cute styles!! Thanks for sharing!
Love those sneakers! I must try them on!
Love your dress, very sexy and beautiful. You have the hot body
I really like how you’ve styled this outfit!
Such a cute outfit as usual gorgeous!
Great tips! It’s good meeting you and this really encourages me so thank you!
I love your style by the way and how you broke down your niche in the fashion realm.
Great tips babe! You always continue to inspire which is so amazing! Working while working on your dream can be exhausting but when that day finally comes where you are able to see the fruits of your labor it always makes it worth it in the end! Such a sweet memory, I wish my first date wasn’t just at a restaurant haha.
You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something that I think I would never
understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me.
I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to
get the hang of it!