In 2015, my husband called me “a blogging influencer.” I assumed he was kidding.
In 2016, my husband called me “a blogging influencer” and assured me he was serious.
In 2017, two readers called me “a blogging influencer”.
It couldn’t be. Me?
“What makes an influencer?” I asked myself.
An influencer has over ten thousand Twitter followers. (Got that, check). The Hey Sippy blog agrees that an “influencer” has a visible social media following.
An influencer has people knocking on their door. (I have writers from the best blogs in the world such as Entrepreneur and Forbes asking to guest post for me. Check. Got that.)
An influencer is respected worldwide to such an extent their opinions are sought out about their area of expertise. (At the time of this writing, I’ve been asked to participate in over thirty expert interviews. Many of them are high-profile. I think I recall one where I was pictured next to Jon Morrow. Also, famous bloggers have subscribed to Mostly Blogging. My blog?)
Influencers have “author of” after their name. (Got that. Check)
Influencers make money. (I make money as a freelance writer and as a blogging coach. Got that, check. On occasion, people also pay me to publish their articles.)
People interview influencers on podcasts. (Come to think of it, I have been interviewed on a podcast. If you are interested, it’s EP 21 of The Blog Chronicles).
Influencers have staffs. A famous blogger (well, I had heard of him) wrote and asked if he could guest post for me. He asked who on my staff he should be talking to. I wondered if I should tell him it’s just me. However, the truth is I do have a staff. I have a graphic designer, a tech assistant, an editor, a publisher, and a virtual assistant. My husband is my business manager (does that count?).
Me? After only two years.
I have not written this introduction to brag. Honestly, what matters more to me is the respect people in my niche have shown me. “Influencer” is a label.
Whatever label you want to use, there is a reason for this post. One of the people who called me an influencer in 2017 explained I am writing for readers who wonder how they can become influencers too.
This post will explain what I did that I believe led to these results. Can you become an influencer too? Of course. This post will explain how you can.