What are Blogger Networks?

I recently wrote about how I’ve made blogging my full time job and since then I’ve been asked a lot to expand on the blogging networks that I mentioned. Blogging Networks are great for any blogger – whether you are monetising or not. They are a great place to meet like minded bloggers, find blogs to read, find other bloggers to collaborate with and also network with brands and find available work.

As I’ve been planning this post I’ve realised that a lot of blogging networks verge on being PR companies – and a lot of PR companies are so great at blogger outreach that they are almost networks themselves. The lines can get pretty blurred but, anyway, here are a few of the blogging networks that I’ve had experience with over the last few years.

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Things that have Changed my Blogging Life

When I started blogging I had no idea that the whole blogging world existed – that there were other bloggers doing the exact same thing and I had no idea that the whole blogging community was right there to be part of and embrace.

Because it was all so new it meant it was a giant learning curve and I had to teach myself things, Google constantly and ask for advice before finding my preferred way of completing any task. But, to make life easier for anyone else starting their blogging journey I thought I’d write about a few things that have changed my blogging life since I found out about them.

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Making Blogging a Full Time Job

I have been blogging for four and a half years although I only started taking it seriously, and thinking about it as a potential career, when I went self hosted in August 2013. Since then I have been building on this blog’s foundations and trying to make it have as much longevity as possible to one day be my sole income.

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Last year I left a job I had been in for nearly 14 years with the hope of moving across to being solely self employed, to relying on this blog as my only income and it had literally taken the last three years to get to that point. I know there are people who make a regular income a lot quicker than that but, before I left my day job, I wanted to make sure I was consistently earning at the same level. I didn’t want to be worried about money or regretting my decision a couple of months down the line.

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Here’s Why You Don’t Need a Tribe, Pod or Anything Else

A while ago there was a lot of talk in the blogging community about blogging tribes and how it was the next must-have thing in the world of blogging. But lately there has been less talk of tribes and more of pods. A general pod or ones across social media – Instagram pods, Facebook pods. Pods for anything blogging related that you would like to improve. But, whether you call it a tribe or a pod it’s essentially the same thing – a group who help and support each other to inflate activity on their blogs and/or social media, to like, share, comment and generally engage with content.

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Things I’m Loving Since Leaving the Day Job

This time last month was my last day at a company I had worked at for nearly 14 years. It’s been a bit surreal not going into work each week but a month on and I thought I would share some of the things I’ve been enjoying now that I don’t have a place of work to go to:

The holiday feeling – it still feels like I’m on annual leave or something. I feel generally relaxed, refreshed and with less worries too. Anyone who works will have that ‘Monday morning feeling’ and I love not having that any more. Although I’m still working with this blog it isn’t the same, it’s still very much a rewarding hobby and so it’s lovely to not have that eugh feeling at the start of a new working week.

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