Jane left her life in the UK behind to start a new one in New Zealand. After a lot of hard work she managed to make a living out of her blog. In this interview she shares her story, tips and tricks.
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Hi Jane! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a 37 year old woman living in Queenstown, New Zealand and originally from the UK. I currently work part time for myself blogging and writing and part time for a Family Violence organisation where I write policy, programmes and work with government. (This is soon to end for full time me!)
What made you decide to start blogging?
I got hit by a car two years ago and was laid in bed. I’ve always wanted to do something creative but couldn’t hit the nail on the head until my blogger friend from London said “start one”! If no one reads it who cares! So I did and found this was to be where I learnt about all the things I now love- photography, writing and more importantly new connections. It’s all about connections eh!
The moment when you realised you wanted to blog full time?
Don’t get me wrong, I ain’t earning big bucks but I couldn’t do both jobs anymore. I needed one head space and they were merging into one another which is something that wasn’t good. I thought what do I love? And blogging it was.
Can you describe a typical work day for you?
Try not to look at phone in bed, have coffee, check emails. Have coffee. Check all social. Maybe meetings with prospective clients, answering emails, taking photos, editing photos, writing blog posts, try to do some of my digital media course, check social (need to stop that), do some exercise or at least a walk, write lists of possible leads, new blog posts. Read current book club book (that I run), post on social, coffee.
How do you monetize your blog? How long did it take you to monetize your blog?
I monetised quite quickly but it was small. As I live in a small but extremely touristy town I started by small payment for blog posts about people’s brands, business. Then built up by reputation and content, more blog posts, leading to different types of work like magazine writing, collaborations, social media help, campaigns etc.
What was the transition like from 9-5 to full time blogger?
Slow! I worked 6 jobs at one point and then got to the point where I couldn’t give attention to both jobs so some of them had to go! It’s scary but also an exciting time to see what happens.
Your favourite blogger?
I really struggle with bloggers, being a blogger myself! I find many are repetitive, only doing what is ‘on trend’ and so don’t read many but I love my friend ‘Poppy Loves’ blog, Seth Godin’s blog.
Top three advice to newbie bloggers?
Do what you love not what’s ‘in’, try something different, fail a lot of times, laugh at yourself, don’t take it too seriously, work hard, ask ask ask questions.
Your female inspiration?
Friends, women doing a million roles, Robin Wright.
What would you tell your younger self?
Stop worrying. Eat the damn cake. Don’t go after the handsome ones.
What would you tell other young women to empower them to take the leap & follow their dream?
Dream as big as you want, don’t be frightened by your ‘numbers’ don’t let that put you off, don’t follow trends, fall over a lot and eat all the cake you can.
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