This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
People often ask me how I got started blogging and how they can start blogging. It isn’t a short answer because there is a lot more going on behind the scenes that people don’t realize and it isn’t quite as simple as some people think. But the easy answer I often give quickly is to just start writing. The long and the short of it is that the most successful bloggers have found something they are passionate about, and they love to share it with the world.
For many bloggers, the next question becomes, “Can I make money doing this blogging thing?” The answer is yes, but like any start-up business it takes time, a lot of patience and a lot of work. Over the last five years, I have taken a small hobby and turned it into a full-time job. Better, I have turned it into a career for myself that I can do from home.
Can it be done? Yes. Is it a lot of hard work? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes.
I am very excited to share this video created in partnership with IZEA in which I have a chance to share my story and a glimpse into my daily life.
I’ve been working with IZEA for four of the five years I have been blogging. They are actually based out of Orlando, so they were one of the first companies I learned about that works with bloggers. Over the years, I have had some really neat opportunities over the years like traveling to Gulf County, Florida, experiencing new dishes at Pei Wei, and creating a new recipe with Libby’s Pumpkin.
IZEA has a new platform for creators called the Sponsorship Marketplace, which offers now offers opportunities for sponsored Tweets, pictures on Instagram etc. as well as blog posts. This offers new opportunities for both established bloggers and new bloggers who already have a social media presence to begin to monetize their platforms.
When blogging went from a hobby to a job I was thrilled that I could use my platform to work and stay home with my girls, but most of all love that I created a job for myself that allows me to do something I love. I am excited to keep seeing where blogging takes me because already so many opportunities have opened up for me that I never dreamed were possible.
By the way — here is the tutorial for the 4th of July Sun Catchers Craft I made while filming my profile!