Blogging is no more a mere time pass or hobby activity. Those who think this are perhaps living under a rock! Seriously mate. Today, blogging has created many successful entrepreneurial personalities on the internet. But to have a successful career in blogging, you need to have certain core skill sets. Sure, opening up a blog is pretty easy. Even a 10-year-old kid can do this. Thousands of blogs are opened everyday, but only a fraction of them manage to steal the spotlight. Have you ever wondered what differentiates a successful blogger from a just-another-blogger? The answer is: Skill sets and qualities! Though it may be too early for me to call myself a successful blogger today, I believe that my 5+ year-long blogging experience has definitely taught me the importance of having these skills sets. Here they are:
1. Writing skills
Obviously, having fabulous writing skills is paramount to achieve success here. I believe that it’s not just about writing grammatically correct and coherent sentences. There’s something more into it. It’s about creative writing – writing that’s magical, writing that’s spellbinding, writing that compels your readers wanting to read more and more!
Bonus: Have a look at these 99 essential writing tips compiled by David in a recent blog-post! He says that – If you follow most of these, you have a great chance of being successful. But remember, there are no rules, only guidelines. No two blogs are the same (please!), no two bloggers are the same, and no two readers are the same!
2. Reading skills
Very important: Good orators are good listeners first. Similarly, You can’t be a good writer unless you’re a good reader first. One should be a voracious reader. Now that doesn’t mean that one should go about consuming every piece of writing that he comes across. Develop a habit of reading, at-least out of curiosity, things that interest you.
3. Networking Skills
Gary Dek of StartABlog123.com stresses more on networking skills. Here’s what he said to me in a recent interview –
4. Organisation & Humor
Cherry Kwan from techwyse.com says that proper organisation of thoughts, ideas, and editorial calendar is just as important as any other skill set mentioned above. Here’s what she said –
If great writing is skeleton of a blog, then creativity has to be its flesh and soul! Being creative helps a lot. It helps you structure and create your content and graphics that not only look neat and amazing, but also unique!
What additional skills do you believe are essential for a successful blogging career? Please share your thoughts in the comments below 🙂