PostHeaderIcon Why I Claimed Blogging As My Thing

By Terez Howard

Why did I decide to become a professional blogger?

Simply because I love it. Delving deeper into my past explains why I concluded that blogging was best for me.

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All of my previous work experience is in the newspaper industry. I held the title of community editor for my last job. One of my requirements as community editor was to compose a weekly column. What did the managing editor say I could write about? Anything.

So that’s what I did. I wrote about the things I valued, the things I hated, the experiences I enjoyed, the people who touched my life and general comedy. It was all about me. My column was my favorite part of my job.

The column morphs

I quit my job when I was six months pregnant and did not have intention of returning to the work field until my daughter was a toddler. When exploring the plethora of work-at-home options that interested me, my mind kept replaying my favorite form of writing – the newspaper column.

Then, it occurred to me. Why not use the experience I have writing a column on the Internet? Why not become a blogger?

A blog and a column share many common characteristics. Both share the writer’s opinion. Both might mix in news or controversial topics. Both are conversational.

A blogger is born

That was it. I took what I loved and redirected it to blogging.

That’s what I encourage you to do. If you still are searching for that job that brings a smile to your face, seriously think about what you love to do. Then get to researching what jobs fit your love, previous experience and educational background. After you find that job, pursue it, and do not waver.

You might fail. I might fail. But I will never wonder what if…

And for the record, my determination has convinced me that I will not fail.

About the author

Terez Howard operates TheWriteBloggers, a professional blogging service which builds clients’ authority status and net visibility.

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15 Responses to “Why I Claimed Blogging As My Thing”

  • ChrisLWagner says:

    Hi Terez, That’s how I became a pet sitter. I finally asked myself “What would I do if money wasn’t involved” and I knew it had to be with animals. I agree, find your passion and build a career around it.

  • Ahh, the power of asking yourself, “why not!” Love your story Terez 🙂

  • thoward says:

    Chris, It is that simple. I mean, of course, I did research on top of research to make sure my path was a viable one. Finding a career you love, let alone getting to actually do it, is rare. I’m happy to have found my love.

    I look forward to reading your story on your blog!

  • thoward says:

    Natalie, Yes, it is a powerful thing!

  • Laura Sheman says:

    Great advice!!

    I did a similar thing when the real estate industry fell apart. I looked at what I really wanted to focus on and I started Your Chess Coach and really picked up steam with my freelance writing. I’m doing better today than I ever was with any other business. And I’m having so much fun!!

  • thoward says:

    That’s so important. You’re having fun. That makes work time feel meaningful and fulfilling.

  • Susan Oakes says:

    Hi Terez,

    The thing that struck me which I do not see often is that you did research to see if it was viable. It is great when you find yourself doing what you really enjoy and it knowing it is viable does take some of the uncertainty away.

    I am not a writer, but have found I really enjoy this aspect and having a blog I believe has improved this area for me.

  • Spring says:

    Great story, Terez!
    I’m glad that you found your passion while also balanced your work-life/profession-mom roles, love especially your last sentence. Wish you the continuous determination and success!

  • thoward says:

    Thanks, Spring. I appreciate it.

  • thoward says:

    Susan, Yes. I think that research is key. I like to write. But if I just went with writing in general, I think I would run out of steam because the Internet is overflowing with writers. Blogging for businesses is a growing field of writing with, from what I could see, a limited number of bloggers.

    Anyone else looking for their calling should try to hone in on a particular niche.

  • Great info! I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often. w9

  • thoward says:

    Thanks for the compliment.

  • Mokibobolink says:

    Great post! It’s always interesting to see how different people got into blogging.

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