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Why I’m going pro in 2015…

by Clare Mansell
Why I’m going pro in 2015…

In March I will have been blogging for 9 years. For most of that time I have refused to regard it as anything other than a nice hobby. When I left mainstream media in 2012, I decided I needed new skills to take back to the workplace one day, so I committed 20 hours a week (and a not insignificant student loan) to studying graphic design and I completely ignored the skills I was acquiring through blogging.

Even when an income and creative opportunities started coming in from this blog, I still thought it was an indulgence to invest my time in it and I ploughed on with studying.

And then I had an epiphany.

I told someone recently that this year I was going to “go pro” with my blogging and they asked what that meant. To me it means I will treat it like a business. I can see some of you shuddering at the thought of this, but I sincerely believe this change will be for the better.

Going pro is going to mean many things, but mostly it will mean better quality content, better planned posts and collaborations that benefit everyone. It will mean I can spend time doing the creative stuff I love without feeling it is an extravagance. It will not mean this blog becomes a dumping ground for impersonal content and advertising. I would hate that as much as you.

My sister Jane has agreed to work with me on some projects. She’s already collaborated on a couple of posts and is a great stylist and photographer (she took the photo of me in this post)

So here is some of what I plan to do this year…

* In the next few days I will be moving to a redesigned self-hosted WordPress blog. If you are reading this version of the post, it has already happened.
* I will be producing more video content.
* There will  be more food and craft tutorials, some video based, some photographic
* I will be writing a business plan and setting targets
* I will introduce an editorial calendar to allow me to plan posts
* I will read, comment on and promote other blogs
* Each month I will concentrate on one social media channel or aspect of blogging and dedicate time to learning about it and sharing that information with you, for January this will be Facebook.
* I will share my progress ‘Going Pro’ with you in a monthly summary on this blog and more regularly over on Facebook and on a dedicated Pinterest board. Please join me there.

Are you intrigued? I hope you are. There will be stuff to be learned for all of us this year and I promise to share it.

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11 comments

Carie December 31, 2014 - 9:46 am

definitely intrigued! It all sound very exciting and I’m looking forward to seeing the redesign too!

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Talesofatwinmum December 31, 2014 - 10:31 am

That’s so exciting. I met you at Blogtacular and you mentioned you had plans with graphic design. I can’t wait to follow your journey. Best of luck and I wish you well for 2015! Xx

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Verity Coleman December 31, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Clare, that’s so exciting!

We did a badge swap last year when my husband was in Afghanistan and at the time it was such a boost to speak to someone in the “real world”, it really made me realise just what an impact blogs can have.

Your blog is fantastic and looks beautiful, I have no doubt that you will make a brilliant job going pro. Best of luck and I look forward to following your progress in 2015.

Verity xx

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Rahul Titus December 31, 2014 - 2:19 pm

I am so happy for you! It’s a big decision and I really wish I had the time (and the courage) to go full time but I cannot wait to follow you on your journey and hopefully take some inspiration. Best of luck! 😉

Rahul
http://www.champagneandchutney.com

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A Life Less Physical December 31, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Congratulations! Going pro is something I hope to do one day too, so I’m very jealous. Good luck! x

http://www.alifelessphysical.com

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Wouldlike Tobe December 31, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Good luck Clare it all sounds so exciting and I’m already loving the changes you’ve made. I’m hoping to give mine a bit of an overhaul this year too x

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Carina Smith December 31, 2014 - 8:58 pm

I am, intrigued that is! I love blogging especially my food blog and will be interested to see what Going Pro entails as I have more time now you know who is at school. Are you still going down the graphic design route too?

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Archie The Wonder Dog January 3, 2015 - 12:23 pm

Good luck – I hope the move to ‘pro blogger’ works well for you!
P.S. Love the new layout/look!

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Clairejustineo January 4, 2015 - 10:35 pm

Good luck, I would love to go pro this year but not sure how to start lol 🙂

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Clare Mansell January 5, 2015 - 10:27 am

Well stats are a big part of it and you are doing pretty well in Tots! Of course the other part is consistent high quality content and good communication with brands. I’ll be trying a lot of new ideas this year so it will be interesting to see what works!

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Carin Cullen January 5, 2015 - 8:12 am

Awesome! Good luck! I’m heading down the same route this year (and am attempting to write a post about it) and can’t wait to see where it takes us. I’ll follow along with interest!

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