Just two days back, Duncan wrote an interesting article on how becoming a professional blogger is a lot more difficult today that it was a few years back.
I totally agree with his point of view. There are quite a few people making money through blogging, with some only through blogging.
I, for one, still a long way to go before I can think of calling myself a problogger though a good portion of my measly income does come via this route.
Daniel over at Daily Blog TipsÂ has put up ten points that every problogger should have. To summarize:
- Expertise on a topic
- Passion for the topic
- Writing skills
- Technical Knowledge
- Blogging Knowledge
- Web Design Skills
- Business/Marketing Knowledge
- Creativity and Innovative Ideas
- Network of contacts
Of these, I think that the most important points are the first and the last. Since quitting my day I have been able to give a lot more time to blogging than ever before. I started of Techtites which is also gaining some popularity. My personal blogÂ is a lot better than it was a few months back and I am a little more well known (huh.. do you know me?) 😉
Contacts is something that is a must, just writing good articles is useless if nobody reads and more importantly, nobody spreads the word about them. It’s only recently that I’ve started religiously reading hundreds of blogs, commenting on them and in turn receiving comments on mine.
I wouldn’t rate Web Design Skills as a pre-requisite because you could always hire someone to do your blog design. Alternatively, there are hundreds of templates ready to download and use.
Do you agree with Daniel’s choice of requisites? Would you like to add / substract from this list?
Do you consider yourself a problogger? And do you have any tips to share in this matter?