Transferable Job Skills That Make a Great Blogger

Transferable Job Skills That Make A Great Blogger

Transferable Job Skills That Make A Great Blogger

You couldn’t possibly have transferable job skills that would make you a great blogger. After all, you are not a writer or a marketer. You are not tech-savvy. Your social media keeps you up-to-date on family and friend activities, nothing more. What does a blogger even do, for crying out loud?

And you couldn’t be more wrong.

It’s all about perspective.

The more I learn about blogging, the more I realize that I have the skills to succeed.

I would love to share what I have learned with you to help you see that you have the skills to be a great blogger.

Your Ability to Learn New Job Skills

You have been learning new skills your entire life.

From the time you were a baby, all through childhood, right down to every single job you have ever done, you have had to learn new skills.

Learning to blog is no different.

If you don’t know how to do it, you learn.

All that is required is an open mind, patience, and a whole lot of practice.

You can do that.

I wasn’t a writer, so I practice and learn new things every day from great writers.

Because I didn’t know anything about blogging, I hired a mentor and follow the advice of other pro bloggers.

I take courses like this one from Sue-Ann at writemixforbusiness.com.

Learning is an ongoing process that never stops.

Please keep an open mind, embrace it and have fun.

Communication Is A Transferable Job Skill

And once again, you have been practicing this skill since the day you were born.

Most of our communication is verbal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn to be a better communicator with the written word.

Don’t use “I am not a writer” as an excuse to not blog.

Writing is just another form of communication, and you already know how to communicate. You only need to tweak how you are doing it.

Make sure your writing is:

  • Clear ensure your message is easy for your readers to understand.
  • Cohesive– ideas follow a logical order that makes sense and stays on track.
  • Complete  fully formed ideas and concepts complete your writing. 
  • Concise– avoid redundant and filler words, and simplify expressions to make your writing easier to read and understand.
  • Concrete use precise words specific to your meaning. Don’t try to make your readers guess your message.

Following this approach will ensure you are communicating effectively with your readers.

Everyone has to practice writing. The more you practice writing, the better writer you become.

And hey, if you find that writing isn’t your thing, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a blogger. It just means you will take a different approach and perhaps focus more on video or podcasts and less on writing to get your message out and connect with followers.

After all, adaptability is also an essential job/life skill.

Adaptability

Adaptability is an essential skill.

The world is an ever-changing place.

The internet and online business is always changing, constantly evolving.

The ability to adapt and change as the online world evolves is essential.

Adaptability is one transferable job skill that will make or break a blogger.

If you resist change, you will struggle in the blogging world.

A blogger must regularly analyze what is working for them and what isn’t and make necessary changes as needed.

As new tools, platforms, and trends emerge, new strategies and ways of thinking must follow.

A great blogger does not fear the unknown. Seize the opportunity to explore new alternatives while letting go of old habits and practices that no longer serve.

Adaptability requires you to be comfortable being uncomfortable because you will be stepping out of your comfort zone regularly. Your ability to do this will make blogging easier.

Marketing Is A Skill Everyone Has

Some people are just better at it than others.

Some people do it for a living.

Most people do it without realizing that they are marketing.

And if you genuinely believe you don’t possess any marketing skills, maybe you have to change your mindset about marketing.

Each of us is a marketer, and each of us has the ability to make more change than we imagined. Our opportunity and our obligation is to do marketing that we’re proud of.

Seth Godin

In his book, This Is Marketing, Seth Godin says, “Marketing is the act of making change happen.” He explains that whether you are selling, giving a TED Talk, asking your boss for a raise, or raising money for a local charity, you are marketing.

Reading this book has changed my mindset about marketing. I went from thinking, “companies using sleazy tactics to trick you into buying crap you don’t need” to “if I have something that will help someone, I need to make sure they know about it!”

Don’t get me wrong; much more goes into marketing but having a positive mindset allows you to see that you have at least some marketing skills.

It’s all about perspective.

And learning.

Plenty of practice and patience is needed.

And focus.

The Ability To Focus Is A Transferable Job Skill Essential To Bloggers

There are plenty of distractions fighting for your attention when you are blogging. More it seems than when you work a regular 9-5 job. All kinds of distractions will test your ability to focus on the task at hand time and time again.

Everything from kids, spouses, and frivolous social media scrolling, to laundry, making dinner and taking a nap. 😉

Practicing this skill daily is vital. When we cannot focus on what matters and needs to get done in our business, we go nowhere.

Eventually, after going nowhere for a while, we give up because we haven’t focused on what is needed to move forward.

You can focus.

Yes, you already have this skill. You do.

This is a transferable job skill you have been working on in every job you have ever done.

You need to keep practicing.

Once you nail it, you will be unstoppable in business and life.

Conclusion

I will confidently say that every person has the necessary skills to be a great blogger.

  • Ability to Learn
  • Communication
  • Adaptability
  • Marketing
  • Focus

These aren’t only job skills. They are life skills.

We all have these skills and use them every day.

So if you want to be a blogger but don’t think you have the skills, do it anyway because you will soon discover that you do!

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Have I missed anything?

What skills do you think are essential in becoming a great blogger?

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SharlaAnn is a blogger who focuses on helping others develop the mindset and skills needed to build successful blogs. She is always up for a challenge and is a determined student of personal development and SEO.

8 thoughts on “Transferable Job Skills That Make A Great Blogger”

  1. Hi SharlaAnn,

    Excellent advice here.

    Way too many bloggers look past the skills they developed during employment – or via their current day jobs – as key pieces to the blogging puzzle. I learned leadership skills as a security officer and temp worker that benefit me immensely as a professional blogger. Each job I worked prior to blogging aided me immeasurably with my blogging career.

    Ryan
    Ryan K Biddulph recently posted…4 Tips to Become a Creative BloggerMy Profile

    1. Yes, leadership is another important skill a person should work on developing.

      Thank you for sharing that Ryan.

      We are constantly learning and expanding and developing new skills but often we get so caught up in the “job description” we fail to see that we are more than capable of doing so much more than we give ourselves credit for.

      As always, I appreciate you stopping by to share your thoughts and insights 🙂

      SharlaAnn
      SharlaAnn Matyjanka recently posted…3 Tools That Make Blogging EasierMy Profile

  2. Thanks for sharing the informative post. Very helpful for beginners. clearly explained writing steps, Clear, Cohesive, Complete, Concise, Concrete. we haven’t focused on what is needed to move forward. So this article helped us. focus is very necessary.

  3. Hi SharlaAnn, I used to be a graphic artist years ago before a salesperson and then blogger. Having those graphic skills helps me manage Canva quickly and easy for images 🙂 Even the ability to network with others and work on teams is something you can surely use in the blogosphere. Not only that but you can use your blogging skills at your job if you are still working full time. It’s a win-win!

    1. Yes! Thank you, Lisa 🙂
      Networking and collaborating with others is a valuable skill to have as a blogger. I can see how being a graphic artist has also helped your blogging, as we all know the importance of having great images.
      SharlaAnn

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