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Blogger on Blogger: How Brenda Makes A full-Time Income From Her Blog

Published on: Thursday, 18 June 2020 ✦ Updated on: 2020-06-20T14:26:06Z

blogger on blogger Brenda interview

If you've been wanting to start a blog, and were considering blogger as your blogging platform of choice but were immediately told off by other bloggers, then you will find confidence in this post because we are about to prove everyone wrong, once again.

If you're new to this series, Blogger on Blogger is my brainchild. It's my interview series that I've started to let people know that's acceptable to start your blog on the blogger platform, and whether your blog makes money or not is dependent on a hundred different factors none of which are labelled as your "blogging platform".

In this interview, Brenda, a full-time blogger will share why the blogger platform works for her and might work for you too, there's no need to be afraid of the platform.

how Brenda uses her blogger hosted blog to earn a full time income


Q.

Is your blog hosted on the blogger platform? If yes, then how long have you been blogging? And what do you blog about?



Answer:

Yes, my blog is hosted on the Blogger platform. I started this blog in April 2009. In 2012, while recovering from double ankle surgery, I decided to move my blog to Wordpress.org. I moved myself there, with the help of an eBook.
I had a lot of trouble on WP with getting hacked, etc., so after a year I moved it back to Blogger. On WP, you can simply add one too many plug-ins and your blog disappears till you figure out which one was the culprit. I had that happen a few times. And it's pretty scary when you go to your URL and it's empty!
In the interim of moving my blog back to Blogger, a technical problem with my domain host (Godaddy) caused me to lose all my posts from 2009-2013. But I didn't give up. I just started all over again. Since I post daily and sometimes twice daily, I now have quite a few posts built back up.
I had several blogs before this one, so have been blogging a total of about 9 years.
I blog about home, garden, frugal tips, my everyday life, and a little bit of everything.


Q.

Why did you choose blogger to be your blogging platform and do you currently earn an income from your blog? If yes, would you say it’s full-time or part-time?



Answer:

Blogger is simpler and it is free. That is the main reason I like it.


Q.

Have you worked with brands on your blog before? If yes, were they worried you’re not professional because you’re on blogger or was your blogging platform never a concern?



Answer:

Yes, I make a full-time income. I have an annuity that isn't nearly as much as I make blogging that helps out. But I work full-time and would estimate that it is a full-time income.


Q.

Do you think it matters what platform you use for blogging? Or is it the content and value you give to your readers that attract them to your blog?



Answer:

My blog platform has never been an issue with brands. But for 2017 I decided not to work with brands or guest posts or anything other than what I'm doing daily. I don't think readers like sponsored-type posts, as I don't like to read them myself. So I just decided not to do any of that anymore.


Q.

According to you, what are some of the pros and cons of blogging on blogger?



Answer:

I have been on quite a few blog platforms in my time. I started out with Typepad. I then went to Wordpress.com. Then Blogger. Then Wordpress.org, and back to Blogger. I really think it is about the content, not the platform.


Q.

Why do you think blogger is a better blogging platform in comparison with the other blogging platforms out there?



Answer:

My main problem with Blogger is that it's hard to get help when something happens. I have had my blog URL hijacked and taken over by a blogger in Italy who was on Blogger also. I have had my blog stolen. And I've had trouble finding someone who could help me figure out what to do.
I truly believe that a company that works solely with Blogger would be quite beneficial. I think a lot more bloggers would stay on Blogger if that was the case.
Maybe a private forum of some variety would also help. Perhaps even a forum with a Blogger company that has a small monthly fee. As I rarely have gotten the Blogger forum help to respond to my questions.

TIP : That's exactly what Balkeni Studio is about! I'm passionate about helping bloggers on blogger platform succeed, I don't want technical or support problems to deter you from having an amazing blogging experience on blogger. That's why I offer a range of services, blogger templates, branding elements, e-commerce on blogger and I offer custom services to match your needs, all you will need to do is get in touch with your custom request.

Q.

Is support, tech help, and customisability (of templates, etc.) an issue on blogger? Do you feel that your blogger blog lacks on these fronts?



Answer:

No, I use third party templates, so I can get pretty much whatever I want for a good price. I have also learned over the years and can fix or customize some things myself.
Blogger gives you lots of areas in which to customize with their platform. So that is nice. I don't have any trouble figuring out how to do something if I really want to do it.


Q.

Is it true that you don’t own your content on a blogger blog and blogger can shut down your blog any second?



Answer:

I don't know what exactly gets a blog shut down, but that has never been a problem for me. I think you own your content just as much with Blogger as you do with Wordpress.org.
Because if you happen to not pay your hosting bill with WP, there goes your content! No hosting company is going to keep your blog online if they don't get their money on the stated date.
Blogger is its own host and therefore that isn't going to happen. Although I have heard a few cases of blogs disappearing. So I don't really see the difference.


Q.

Do you think you one can’t effectively monetise a blogger blog? Is it hard to monetise a blog that’s on blogger?



Answer:

I personally have never had a problem making money on Blogger.


Q.

Blogger is a very limited platform, once your blog grows, you’re going to have to shift to some other platform. Do you agree with this statement? If yes/no then please give your reasons as well.



Answer:

Not true. Blogger is not limited at all. It has no limits.


Q.

Any advice for those that are just starting out their journey on the blogger platform as a new blogger?



Answer:

I really think that when people on WP tell you that you can't do this or can't do that in terms of growing your blog on Blogger, it is a complete falsehood.
I don't see Blogger as limited. Instead I think the blogger might be limited in their abilities. Because if you reach out to others and do some research, you can do the same things on Blogger that you can do anywhere else. It just might take digging a little bit more.
But I've never minded digging!


Know More About Brenda


Brenda has been blogging since 2009, and her blog is still going stron in 2020. She blogs about gardening, decorating and reding. And her blog is filled with amazing blog posts. 10+ years blogging, she knows what she's talking about.

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