So you like to tell your life’s story. You have wit, a sharp grasp of the English language, great writing skills and the ability to spend hours at a time on the computer. Why not turn that love of writing into blogging for dollars? Some moms have, and the rewards have been great.
Blogging began around the early 1990s and as of December 2007 Tehnorati was tracking over 112 million blogs, according to Wikipedia. Many people blog for personal reasons: to keep up with friends, to vent, to showcase their abilities and skills, to sell items they make, to bring in new business.
Some moms, though, blog for money. They aren’t selling a product or service, nor are they trying to pull in new clients through their blogs – they are literally making money while they blog.
Wondering how a career like this could come about? I spoke with Elizabeth Edwards, blogger at Table 4 Five. Edwards has been blogging for four years now and does so for her main source of income.
“I would say it is an addiction though,” she laughed when I asked about her passion for the written word.
Edwards was an English major in college, the daughter of two schoolteachers, so writing was always somewhat of a passion for her. She worked in a credit union until the birth of her second son, and then, in 1998, began staying at home.
“I was your typical stay at home mom, taking the kids to the playground and the park.” She adds, “Not that I don’t do that now, but I felt there was something more I could be doing. I didn’t have a creative outlet.”
And so she turned to blogging.
At first, blogging was not a stream of income for Edwards. Instead, she blogged because she enjoyed it. Now she does so both because she enjoys it and because she can make some money on the side.
The hours, however, may not be ideal for many mother’s schedules. Edwards admits that she turns on the computer at 8 in the morning and often does not log off until after midnight.
“I would say the amount of time I am actually writing and researching blog posts is about three to five hours a day total.” The rest of the time Edwards spends promoting her blogs. “Every minute on twitter I could be getting 500 twitterers to my blog.”
And the money? Edwards admits that though blogging is full time work, it is not always a full time income. “I make most of my money from selling text link ads,” she says. “But every four or five hundred (dollars) per month I have I’m grateful for.” Plus, she laughs, she wouldn’t mind if this did turn into a full time income.
This is not to say that some mom bloggers aren’t making a living – and a good one at that – at this blogging gig. Take Heather Armstrong, for instance, who runs the blog Dooce. Heather began blogging quite a few years ago and was actually fired because her boss saw the blog – and some of the things written about her job and coworkers. From there, her writing exploded. Now, she makes her living on the blog, writing about funny incidents and personal matters. She’s been seen on shows like Today, and she’s written a few books. Her husband has been able to quit his full time job and work at home with Heather.