I am officially a P U B L I S H E D blogger, is this real?! My blogging goals are starting to unfold. Furthermore, I am working with my favorite brands, meeting other creatives in the community and traveling more for my blog! Last year, the Editor in Chief of Artful Blogging Magazine: A Stampington Company, reached out to me about a wonderful opportunity to becoming a published blogger. Also, keep in mind the Editor of Artful blogging reached out to me at only 1400 followers and this magazine holds articles of bloggers with up to 150k followers! Therefore, it doesn’t matter about your reach. What matters is the authenticity of your content, your art work and how it inspires others. Read here on how you can become published too!
Hello and welcome back to my blog! I am so excited about being published but, if you want to know how I got to this point in my blogging career, make sure you check out my Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Find out more about the girl behind Happily Ever Poor here.
Becoming a Published Blogger: The First Steps
Have a purpose and vision:
If blogging for money is your only reason to blog, than this post isn’t for you. This is for those bloggers who feel as though their creativity and artwork may serve a purpose to others. Therefore, it is important to have a reason behind your blog other than “fame and fortune”. What’s your vision for your blog? Who is it for? What is its purpose? Do you have a brand? What about a name? Think about this before you reach the next steps…
Building your Blog Home
First and foremost, it is important to have your own website and domain. Your blog site is something that can never be taken away from you. Relying on social platforms to grow your blog is not enough because most of these platforms are temporary. Your blog is forever and represents your “home” readers can always come to when other socials become depleted. I bought my domain using Host Gator and I run my website with WordPress. Getting started with a blog name, blog website and domain name cost me less than $20. It only costs me $11 to keep my domain name and website running each month. It’s not expensive so please don’t use that as an excuse!
Build traffic through Social Media Platforms
Think of your social media platforms as a mini visual of your blog site. Instagram is like an Insta-blog showcasing exciting visuals and sneak peeks into what your readers can fully explore on your blog site. Pinterest is similar to a photo diary, enticing your readers to pin images to one day visit your blog for more details about your images. I use my Instagram and Pinterest the most to bring traffic to my blog. They are marketing tools that you can use to show readers you have more to offer on your blog site other than images. Learn how you can build traffic to your blog using Pinterest here. Check out my Insta-blog on Instagram here to see why my readers are constantly clicking the link in my bio for more inspiration!
One reason I think the editor of Artful Blogging reached out to me to become a published blogger was because my content was inspiring, my readers were engaging on all my posts and, I am reachable! When I say reachable, I mean that I have multiple types of contacts listed on my social media platforms and blog site. For example, on my blog I have a contact page. Also, on my Instagram profile page, I have an email contact button and my blog website url.
One thing I noticed about the bloggers chosen for Artful Blogging is that we are all different, in creative and artful ways. We also have different audiences and number of followers. The blogger with the smallest amount of followers was 859, with the highest being over 150k. Visually, all the images in Artful Blogging are different from blogger to blogger. I took the time to research each blogger in this issue of Artful Blogging on Instagram and I can see why they were chosen. Each blogger’s photography says something about their personality. Hence, their pictures speak for them. There is a certain aesthetic to each blogger’s Instagram, in the colors they choose, the filters they use and the perspectives on how they shoot their photos. Their followers engage with their images and the blogger always responds back to 80% of their readers.
Check their insta blogs out for yourself. Gain some inspiration from these fellow bloggers listed below. (these are their instagram handles)
Arielle Elise- @arielleelise
Samantha and Ryan Looney- @ourtravelpassport
Michelle Clever- @daughterofthewoods
Ramona Jones- @monalogue
Ashley Melillo- @blissfulbasil
Stefanie Schoen- @thestylesafari
Claire Armstrong- @pillarboxblue
Jane Peet- @gritantiques
If you want to become a published blogger sometimes you just have to do the work yourself and reach out! Artful Blogging reached out to me but they made it easy for you to reach out to them! Find out how you can be in their next magazine below. Also, when reaching out to any brands, I think it is important to have an email pitch and a media kit. You can find out the exact templates I use to reach out to brands for sponsored posts and collaborations here!
Is becoming a Published Blogger a goal of yours?
Thinking about adding published blogger to your media kit or blogging resume? Well if so, I hope that this information helped you out! Visit Artfulblogging.com here to apply to get your work known today! Thank you again. Your engagement with me on my social media posts and your subscriptions to my blog is how all of this is possible! Until next time,
Happily Ever Poor,
*This was not a sponsored post. I was not paid to write about being published in Artful Blogging. All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my Disclaimer page here.