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Blogging Skills to Use on Your Resume

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There’s about 80 gazillion blogs out there, and most of them don’t make money. Okay, so that’s a slight exaggeration, and there’s no way to know for sure how many bloggers earn a full time income, but studies suggest it’s about 5%. That’s tiny. But, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t blog at all. In fact, there are plenty of amazing blogging skills to use on your resume if you decide you want to share it. I know a lot of bloggers are mommies trying not to forget the outside world while they raise their darling little children, and once the kids go back to school those mommies might want to get out of the house to work. So, I’m going to show you a few things to make all this blogging relateable to other jobs. Before I get to it, though, I want to tell you a little personal anecdote.

I have a master’s degree in higher education, and one day several years ago I found myself at a job interview for a position I was overqualified for, but would get me out of the for-profit university system. Everything was going fine until the interviewer asked me about my social media presence, which, before this blog, was non-existent. When I told him that, the interview basically ended. Even though social media wasn’t mentioned in the job description, he knew he would be adding that component. So, yeah, I lost a job for not having a Twitter account. Now, I’m not saying that’s typical. What I am saying is don’t discount your blog just because it’s not profitable – you never know when these blogging skills to use on your resume will be needed.

Should you Mention Your Blog on Your Resume?

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First thing’s first. You have all these valuable blogging skills to use on your resume, but do you even want to list them? Some say yes; some say maybe. There wasn’t anyone I could find who said flat-out no, so that’s a plus. The IRS will let you choose if your blog is a hobby or a business which says to me that there is no definitive answer here. If the IRS is letting you deduct your blogging expenses, you’ve likely made it far enough that you wouldn’t want to leave the blog off your resume. If not, it probably depends on whether or not it’s related to the job you’re applying for. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tell your employers about it at all. Luckily, Linkedin has great opportunities for users to put all their skills out there, whether they list them on their actual resume or not.

That being said, if you get far enough in the hiring process and you have an active blog with your real name on it, hiring managers are going to see it if they do their due diligence. If you use a pen name that won’t be an issue; I personally write academic papers with my maiden name. If I would have had more backbone I’d do everything with my maiden name. Instead every time my husband tells our son how important his last name is I’ll tell my daughter how insignificant hers is so she might as well tarnish it at every opportunity. Passive aggression is fun! Anyway, if they’re going to know what you’re writing about regardless, you might as well get ahead of it and claim the skills up front.

List of Blogging Skills to Use on Your Resume

1. Writing

Oh, hey, obvious much? This one  seems stupid, until you start putting numbers to it. For example, marketers that use blogs get 67% more leads than non-blogging marketers. That link has lots of other fun statistics about blogging as marketing, and if you’re going on a job interview, you might want to bust some of them out when discussing your blogging skills. Not only can you write blog posts, you know what good they can do. How awesome are you? For a great story of how someone used their blog to work all the way up to The New York Times, read about Choire Sicha here.

2. Editing

Be careful with this one. If you’re website is full of errors (or if you can’t find the error in this sentence – yes, I know it’s there, and yes, this is a test) you probably shouldn’t mention editing as a skill. If, on the other hand, you take your writing seriously, editing is a great strength. What employer doesn’t want clean reports? If you’re not a good editor but you think you might want to use this as a skill for a future job, it’s common to use software to help you edit. I recommend Pro Write. It’s helped me learn a lot about professional writing, and although I admittedly write like I’m speaking here, all the reports have been super helpful in my real job. Here’s an affiliate link to get you started:

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3. Website Development/Design

Again, I wouldn’t claim this one unless you mean it. Anyone can pick a theme off WordPress. It’s super easy (read how to start a blog here if you’re just considering one now). If that’s all you did to your blog, don’t mention this. If, however, you know words like widget and coding, perhaps this is something you want to talk up. Most employers will hire you specifically to design websites, so it’s not necessarily a skill you’ll need unless it’s a development job, but you can always mention how you’d be happy to spruce up a business’s website if needed.

4. Social Media

You’ve already heard my Twitter story, but social media management is much bigger than many people know. My husband just finished his MBA at the University of Tennessee, and they have a system set up that goes into so much detail about social media marketing it’s insane. There are jobs out there specifically to run major companies social media accounts – think of how Dictionary.com had to get someone new to compete with Merriam Webster’s awesome Twitter usage – but every company needs social media in our current climate, whether they know it or not.

5. Marketing

Social media is marketing, but you might want more traditional blogging skills to use on your resume, so marketing by itself is fine. Think of all you do. Pinterest marketing, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, blah blah blah. Even if you aren’t the one coming up with the marketing ideas yourself, you’ve probably executed so many of them you’d be able to bring your skills to a new company. Marketing is another one of those skills that every business needs, so it can’t hurt to mention it. I have a friend who does marketing for a wound care center, for example. Yep. Wound care. Who knew?

6. Time Management

Unless you are a part-time blogger with no kids who doesn’t work anywhere else or go to school (does someone like that exist?), you have undoubtedly become an expert at managing your time. The time commitments of blogging are no joke, and many bloggers have so much else going on I’m not sure how any blog ever makes it. I’m not even sure how I do it. You’re probably safe using this blogging skill on your resume no matter what job you’re applying for, so I would take some time to show how you manage all that you do.

I know there are more blogging skills to use on your resume, like photography and branding, but I think these are applicable to the broadest swath of jobs. What do you think, fellow bloggers? Do you have other skills you will be using on future resumes?

 

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The First Steps to Starting A Blog

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Well readers, are you ready to learn the first steps to starting a blog? I say first steps because there’s about eight million things you need to do to make one that’s worth your time and effort.  I’ve been doing this  over a year now, and I feel  comfortable saying the only way to know what to do is to start. I’m sure you’ve heard stories about bloggers making tons of money, but cool your jets. Unless you have all the time in the world to research every single thing and then get a website up and running with lots of great content right off the bat, this is not a get rich quick scheme. Or a get rich at all scheme, if you aren’t willing to work har.  You should probably check out these time commitments you’ll have to make as a beginning blogger first. Look doable? Okay, let’s get started.

The First Steps to Starting a Blog

1. Set a Budget

What? You’ve read 42 other how to start a blog posts and haven’t seen this come up as the first step a single time? Fair enough. You don’t technically need a budget to set up your blog. But, I recommend it. Blogging can get pricey, and if you’re going to monetize it, you will have to invest in some things. If you aren’t going to monetize it, go away. 🙂 You can get yourself a free WordPress or Blogger site and write whatever you what whenever you want and not worry about this. If you are monetizing, there’s a lot of things you can for free, but not everything. You really only need to pay for the hosting service and domain to start, and if you buy every shiny new blogging tool you see you might regret it. Plan on making nothing for a while and set your budget accordingly.

2. Pick a Domain Name

Ah ha, we’ve reached the more traditional first steps to starting a blog. You may notice that I don’t mention anything about picking a niche. I mean, niches are whatever. I read up so much on them and whether or not I really needed one before I started, and then you know what I did? Changed my whole plan a year later. Whatever. The Frenzied Hostess still works since I’ve only expanded my hosting posts to add why I’m so frenzied. You might want to think about that when you pick your name – can it only be one thing? You should also look at it written down. At first I really loved The Hectic Hostess, but you know what that looks like in a URL? hectichostess.com. It looks like some kind of halitosis cousin. Scratch that.

Once you come up with a good name, one that isn’t too long or funny looking, you should make sure it’s available. BlueHost has an awesome Domain Name Checker so I’m adding it here for you. Hope yours is available! Now, after you find one that’s perfect for you, you have to register it. I wouldn’t wait on that part. It’s pretty cheap, around $10-$20 a year. You can do this with your hosting provider for simplicity or separately for security. I use Hover, and I haven’t had to interact with them a single time since I registered, which is basically best case scenario for a busy person like myself.

3. Choose Your Host

If you’ve never had a blog before, you might not know what I’m talking about. The host basically just stores all your info on their server for you. When you have a free blog, you don’t have to go through all of this, but you also get really limited space so you won’t be able to do all the cool stuff that comes after the first steps to starting a blog, like monetizing and using fun widgets. Anyway, there’s a ton of hosts out there, but if you’re just starting out, do what I did and pick Blue Host. I’m showing you the steps below to make your sign-up easier.

Home page, you can read up on what they offer. Check out the support part – I hate phone calls and the one time I needed help they did everything through chat and fixed my issue within the hour!
Time to pick a plan. This part is up to you. What do you think you’ll need?
Okay, if you still haven’t chosen your domain, you should do it now. But if you have, use the right side to put in your snazzy new domain.
Well this part is easy, right? You know your name. If you don’t want those extras in the packages, make sure they aren’t clicked.
Show them the money!

Boom! You’re done with your hosting service.

4. Set Up WordPress

There are other ways to blog, but I can’t give you honest advice about them, so WordPress it is. One of the first steps to starting a blog should be researching this, but if you haven’t, there’s plenty of reasons to go this route. You own all your own content with WordPress (.org, not .com – that’s the free version), plus you can add a whole bunch of functions to enhance your blog. Other options are more limited. Once you’re ready to see all the cool stuff that comes with WordPress, go ahead and log in to your new Blue Host account and install it.  You will have to pick a name and password here too. May I suggest you find a way to keep track now? I use both LastPass and Dashlane because my clients are a hassle. Anyway, get to downloading.

5. Pick a theme.

Hey! It’s one of the most fun first steps to starting a blog. Choosing what you get to look like. So, WordPress has a gazillion options and you’re going to love at least a few of them. Don’t get too stuck on making this decision though. If you set a tight budget, you’ll want to stick with a free theme, but if not go ahead and get a premium. You can make all of them your own. I’m actually about to switch themes – since I’m making a switch in what I write about, I thought it’d be a good time to get fancier – so I will say from personal experience you don’t have to feel stuck with one forever. However, you do want to pick one you’ll be comfortable with for a while as there will be so much more to learn first.

6. Write some posts and launch your site!

You’ve completed the first steps to starting a blog! Now you can get started writing. I read the advice to write a bunch of posts before you launch your site, and I think it’s a good idea. The number will depend on how hard you want to hit the ground running, but I did ten just to have a couple of things to flip through. There’s so much to learn with blogging, but honestly, you have to start it to know if you like it. I do plan on adding some more blogging posts  (or writing a book), but I am the Frenzied Hostess, not the Tons of Time to Spare Hostess, so I only post twice a week. Feel free to sign up for my newsletter below to get updates, and post any questions you might have in the comments. Welcome to blogging!




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What to Know about Blogging Time Commitments

Thinking about starting a blog? Then you probably need to know something about blogging time commitments. Look, I’m no expert on blogging, I’ll be honest about that. But I have perfected the art of not having time to do anything, so you can trust me when I tell you a blog can rule your life if you let it. So, before we get into that, you may be wondering why I’m writing about blogging at all. Let me tell you all a little something about my daily life. Once a day someone says to me, “You’ve got your hands full,” especially when I’m walking my two dogs, wearing my daughter, and pushing my son in his stroller. Once a week, someone asks, “How do you get anything done?” I decided it’s time to write about it.

When someone asks me how I get anything done, I usually tell them it’s easy, I’m a bad mom and a bad employee. Poor quality takes no time at all! They laugh, and then they say, “It’s sleep, right? You don’t sleep?” Yes. They are correct. Sleep is for the weak. And the healthy. Anyway, after that they want actual detailed advice, usually in email form, so I decided to add a weekly post to the blog that discusses things like how I hate schedules. If you’re here for entertaining posts only, Saturdays will still be for you. Fellow busy moms, work-from-homers, and bloggers, Mondays are the day to see how I manage to do it all and only partially lose my mind. So, let’s get to it!

Blogging Time Commitments (for monetized blogs)

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1. Writing Blog Posts – 30 minutes per post

Real fast, I am only discussing blogging time commitments for monetized blogs. If you aren’t trying to make money, or at least doing what I do and daydreaming about trying to make money without really trying, you aren’t going to be doing half of this. You’ll just be writing to your heart’s content, I assume. On with it. You know what’s the easiest part of blogging? Writing the posts. Think about it. It’s typically 300-1000 words about something you WANT to write about, not a term paper you’re trying to avoid. Not exactly time consuming. Of course, how many you want to write is up to you. I know some people will be faster or slower depending on typing and whether or not they grammar good, but as long as you know what you want to write it should be easy.

2. Photos – 20 minutes with stock photos, eternity if you take them yourself

Eternity might be a slight exaggeration. Just a slight one though, taking pictures is exhausting. First of all, half of them suck, and secondly even the good ones need to be edited. Granted, I’m not a photographer, but I would think actual photographers take even longer. They would need to put up their best work, whereas mine just has to be usable. Looking up stock photos usually goes really quick, but only if you know what you want before you start. If you don’t, I suggest taking some time while you’re cooking dinner or something and visualizing it. Then you’ll know the keywords to look up. PS – these are all stock photos. Eight minutes.

3. Social Media – At least 30 minutes a day

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Unless you’ve hired a virtual assistant to do this for you, you will have to handle your own marketing for your blog. This is my least favorite of the blogging time commitments. Before I started blogging I had a Facebook I checked once a week, and now I use hashtags with ease. Now, I know thirty minutes a day probably sounds like a lot to new bloggers, and like a joke to pros, but let’s just assume you’ll want to check your Twitter or Instagram once a day. Perhaps you’ll want to join in on some Facebook group threads, or schedule a week of posts. The thirty minutes isn’t a firm number, but it is firm that if you ever think you’re going to make money, you can’t skip social media. You just can’t. So, plan to spend time on it, whether you like it or not.

4. Research – Varies

What will you be researching? I have no idea. But I can tell you you’ll be researching something. Perhaps it’s SEO, or how to set up a business Pinterest account, or what the heck is a linkup party. Maybe you need to do a research heavy blog post, like I did with parties for pay. You could see the coolest thing ever on someone else’s blog and become obsessed with figuring out how to do it. Or, heaven forbid, you might have a technical problem. Basically, you can assume that one of your widest varying blogging time commitments is going to be research, if you want to have a cool, functioning website that people actually want to visit.

5. Pinterest – Double what you do anyway

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No, Pinterest is not social media. It’s a search engine. You don’t post pictures of your kids there, do you? Comment on your friends’ vacation pictures? Nope. It’s Google, but with pictures. You’ll probably read over and over that Pinterest is going to bring you most of your traffic, and it’s true. Unless you are a SEO genius, you’ll wind up on Pinterest eventually. Now, Pinterest is pretty saturated in the US, so there’s a good chance you use it personally anyway. Double the time you spend on it daily because you’re going to need to make your own pins as well as find others. Yes, there are ways to speed up your Pinterest usage with schedulers, but you won’t be at the set it and forget it part for a while.

6. Other – Whatever you’re willing

I have to confess something. My blog is monetized, and I have written one sponsored post, but that post came to me and I would be on Amazon anyway so I joined their affiliate program. I have no idea how much time it would take to really go after the money, because I don’t have time for it. I also only look at Google Analytics for about five minutes once a week, which I know is really stupid, but guys, I have another job and my boss is the worst (I’m self-employed). Plus there’s those little kids I’m supposed to be responsible for. Any better bloggers than me reading this? Comment with how much time this stuff takes you.

You should know that your blogging time commitments will only grow once you get into it. That is, if you enjoy doing it. You’ll start coming up with new and terrible ways to let it take up your time. If you’re good at it, it could eventually take you forty hours a week! That’s like a full-time job! Ah! But it is fun to do, and FYI, this 1100 word post just took me 28 minutes. I’m outta here!

Blogging is fun, but if you want to monetize it can consume you. So, how many blogging time commitments can you make? #blogging #time #planning #newbloggers

Blogging is fun, but if you want to monetize it can consume you. So, how many blogging time commitments can you make? #blogging #time #planning #newbloggers

Blogging is fun, but if you want to monetize it can consume you. So, how many blogging time commitments can you make? #blogging #time #planning #newbloggers

Blogging is fun, but if you want to monetize it can consume you. So, how many blogging time commitments can you make? #blogging #time #planning #newbloggers

Blogging is fun, but if you want to monetize it can consume you. So, how many blogging time commitments can you make? #blogging #time #planning #newbloggers