Just 10 years ago, blogging would have sounded to most like a verb relegated to video games. But now, freelance writers, marketers, Web designers, finance professionals–even tea-drinkers–can draw people from around the world to read what they’re thinking. Businesses are catching on, which is why they’ll often hire people to blog about their products, and some bloggers can actually sell ads on their personal blogs. Are your personal thoughts worth paying for? They are, especially if you have education and a unique voice. Top bloggers can make six figures, and a handful are said to make millions.
Am I to believe blogging as a profession is such an unknown entity in this day and age? Perhaps it was unheard of several years ago, but in 2008 I can assure you blogging has become a force to be reckoned with. The proof, if there was ever any doubt:
- Look at any online job board and you’ll find at least several jobs for bloggers.
- Businesses are now hiring bloggers to personalize their website.
- Nearly every niche has a blogger.
- Blog networks are being seen as media by many publicists.
- Everyone wants their products reviewed on blogs.
- Bloggers are being interviewed as expert sources on many television and news programs.
- Major conferences are now being held specifically for bloggers.
Three years ago I could tell room full of people I had a blog and 9 out of 10 would say, "what’s a blog?" Today I could say the same thing to a room full of people and only one or two would wonder – though most have at least heard of blogs.
Now that blogging has reached the mainstream can more corporate salaries be far behind?