What constitutes a professional blogger? Does it mean that you’ve been blogging for a number of years and are now really good at it and therefore are a professional blogger? Or, does it mean that you’ve learned the ins and outs of getting traffic to your blog so now you’re considered a professional blogger? Better yet, does it mean that you offer quality content displayed in a professional manner, thus constituting a professional blogger? Or, do you become a professional blogger when you get paid for blogging?
In a recent conversation with the hubby, the topic of becoming a professional came up. From his viewpoint, using athletes as a measuring stick, once you receive payment for what you do, you’re considered a professional. I remember years ago, “professional athletes” who made a living from their sport were not allowed to participate in the Olympics. Apparently, that requirement was relaxed as professional basketball players now play on Olympic teams.
Hobby or Profession
A professional blogger, in my opinion is one who consistently posts quality content coupled with the ability to earn a reasonable income from blogging. The cross over from hobby to professional is all about the money in my book. Although I’ve earned a few shekels from blogging and I believe I have quality content, I still don’t quite consider myself a professional blogger. As much as I hate to admit it, I’ll consider myself a professional blogger when the income from my blogs can support my family. Until then, I feel it’s still a hobby.
Where do You Fit in?
What about you? How would you define professional blogging, and have you stepped across the line and entered the professional blogging realm?