Join the gay bloggers changing the world
If you’re stuck in a cycle of wake, work, eat, sleep, rinse and repeat, you need to join and the other gay bloggers.
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Find freedom in blogging
Once upon a time, we were on a treadmill – wake, work, eat, sleep, rinse, add a dash of fun, and repeat. The work never ended, the bills piled up, and the debt grew and grew . . . more and more, month after month. If this sounds like you, it sucks, huh? That’s why we became gay bloggers — so we could change our lives while we change the world. It’s why you need to become another of the gay bloggers, too.
Our journey started when we realized that we wanted to be our own bosses and own our own business — all while helping other queer people with their money. We also wanted to spend more time together because . . . well, we like each other a lot.
Becoming LGBTQ bloggers gave us the platform to do just that. There are about 16 million queer people in the U.S., so there are plenty of queer readers.
Becoming gay bloggers has also been the basis for our financial successes. John now works solely for Debt Free Guys and earns $5,000 a month from freelance writing alone. David will work only for Debt Free Guys in a teensy weensy bit.
We’re not alone. We know tons of readers want the freedom that comes with having your own business, being your own boss and using your voice to help others. This guide will walk you through every step you need to know to get started.
Whether you want to run your own business or expand your current career, becoming an LGBTQ blogger is a great start. But first, what is a blog? A blog is a personal “web log.” Long ago, the words were merged, like Brangelina of yore, to become “blog.” You can use your power like other gay bloggers to lend your unique voice to our community, create a following and take your life and career in the direction of your gayest dreams.
Why we need more gay bloggers like you
Though bloggers and blogging aren’t new, gay bloggers and LGBTQ blogs are relatively rare. Google “gay blog” and you won’t find much. We need more queer voices sharing their knowledge and perspective on every subject from fashion or fitness, coming out to nuclear physics. You need to be heard.
As Harvey Milk said, we must come out to any and everyone. The more people we come out to, the more people will realize we’re as diverse and similar as they are. The more we share our expertise and voice on every topic in which we’re experts, the more we show our value while we tear down stereotypes and prejudices.
Your queer blog can be a great opportunity for you and the queer community. You can grow your income, become financially independent and expand your reach. The visibility of the LGBTQ community will increase because of you. You’ll inspire other people, especially queer people, with your unique story and knowledge.
Because there are so few gay bloggers, the opportunity is ripe for you to quickly become a leading voice on your topic within the queer community and among our allies. This platform will give your life more intention. As your voice and audience grow, you’ll get more excited about your topic and audience. All that will make it more exciting to wake up in the morning.
Become a queer blogger to do more and be more
Your LGBTQ blog can act as a platform to showcase your area of expertise. If you want to become a freelance writer for major tech magazines, use your queer blog to show off your perspective as a queer man or woman. Use your gay blog to launch a public speaking career, to advocate for art and music in schools, to become a leader in the LGBTQ community.
Become a gay blogger, and you can do it all.
Our blog is what took us from earning $0 a year all on our own to earning $5,000 a month from freelance writing. We’ll share how to become a freelance writer and other ways you can leverage your LGBTQ blogging platform in future articles.
For now, just start blogging!
As our platform grew, our opportunities to do more of what we want and love grew. Like when we earned $3,000 in one weekend acting as brand sponsors for a Fortune 500 company. Less and less often are we taking instructions from other people to grow their businesses while we’re offered more and more opportunities to grow our own.
Being in charge comes with many benefits. If we don’t want to do something, we don’t do it. If we do want to do something, we do it. If this is the kind of autonomy you want, take the first step. the other few gay bloggers and us with our super simple guide.
Blog about what you love
Most bloggers have a specialty. They choose one topic, maybe two, about which they want to be or are already experts. Selecting a specialty is important. To get quality opportunities and to have a significant impact, you can’t be a Renaissance person. You may be an expert on everything, but it’s too confusing to your followers if you try to be too much.
Find a topic you love or, at least, like. Finding a topic you at least like is important because you’ll be writing, blogging and speaking a lot about your topic. To gain a following and be considered an expert on your topic, you’ll write about it for several years . . . and it’ll take several years. RuPaul wasn’t invented in a day.
If you can talk about neuro-linguistic programming until long after your husband stops listening, then blog about it. If you love researching, reading, testing, and cooking healthy meals, be the healthy kitchen king (or queen).
Whatever your topic, love it enough to write about it long after your friends and family stop paying attention – because they will.
- Why do I want to become a queer blogger? Do I love something enough to blog about it? YES!
- About what do I love to talk, read, watch and write? Do my friends and family already know me for something? YES!
- Could I write about that regularly, consistently and continually? YES!
- Deep down inside, am I ready to be an entrepreneur like other gay bloggers and make a living at it? YES
Who will your queer blog serve and how will it help them?
The most important thing about blogging is that you speak to the needs of another. Your blog must provide value and help people otherwise, no one will read it. That means advertisers and affiliates won’t value you, you won’t be able to monetize your website, you won’t get paid for writing, and you won’t get public speaking gigs.
Whatever you pick, make it valuable. Okay?
Our personal and professional experience is personal finance. Because 47% of Americans can’t afford a $400 emergency, our queer blog and freelance writing interests half the country, whether they know it or not. Specifically, we speak to our queer brothers and sisters because most of us aren’t living fabulously but are living fabulously broke.
We connect with the queer community about money because we’re an everyday gay couple who, like them, made a fortune in mistakes—and we mean Liberace-style mistakes. We’re extra lucky, though, because we also have the professional experience in finance to position ourselves as expert gay bloggers, writers and speakers about queer money. Start opening doors for yourself with your own LGBTQ blog by following this one-hour, step-by-step guide to creating a blog on the cheap.
- Is there someone I can help with a blog? Heck yeah!
- Do I have a reason to support them? You betcha!
- Do they need my help? Duh!
- Am I up to the task? Bitch, please!
Niche to be riche
Now that you’ve figured out what you’re passionate enough to blog about regularly and consistently, it’s time to niche down. What’s that mean?
There’s a saying that goes, “If you’re talking to everyone, you’re talking to no one.” Lots of people and things are competing for your readers’ eyes. When you get specific and choose a segment of the population to connect with, you find your people and they find you.
Consider Oprah Winfrey because she does nothing wrong. Even though she’s widely respected, who was her target audience for her 25-year long television talk show? It wasn’t all women. It wasn’t gay men or straight women. It wasn’t even black women. Oprah’s primary audience was . . . wait for it . . . white, middle-American moms. Not what you expected, huh?
Oprah found with a segment of the population interested in what she offered. Yes, she had a black audience. Yes, gay men, this one included, watched her religiously – thank holy Mother Nature for DVRs. But, her platform served, and her income relied on white, middle-American moms.
Did Oprah talk exclusively about white, middle-American mom topics? No. We also don’t write only about LGBTQ money in and for the queer community, but it’s because we’ve built that platform and following that we can occasionally write and talk about other things, like big biceps and wine.
Your assignment to join other prominent gay bloggers is to niche down your target market or topic. The more niche, the better. All you need is a thousand-strong gaggle of gays to like, love and share you. Consider, too, that your target market often looks a lot like you – though maybe not as pretty.
- Do I have a unique point of view? Mmmmm hmmm!
- Does my unique perspective have an audience that I can help? Like Doogie Howser!
- Is the queer community interested in my topic? Yes, sir!
We need you!
Joining the band of gay bloggers will help you and our queer community. There is so much opportunity right now in the queer blogosphere. Don’t miss it!
We need more gay bloggers and you’re it.