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What Is a Professional Blogger?

Or, what does it mean to become a problogger?

Nope, I'm not talking about Darren Rowse here. It's all about professional blogging in general.

I've been using the term "professional blogger" long before the term ever became popular. I started writing articles about problogging even before the idea seemed feasible. That's why when you type the term "professional blogger" on Google, you'll find ShaiCoggins.com listed at #5 on page 1. And, #s 6 & 7 on the list are both pages that I wrote (via my Web Logs site on About.com).

And now, one of the common questions I get is: "What do you mean when you say you're a professional blogger?" or "What does it really mean to be a professional blogger?"

I've always answered this briefly. But, I now realise that there is more to it than simply "getting paid to blog."

But, before I get more in to this, I'd like to ask you what you think. Should there be guidelines on who should call themselves professional bloggers? If not, why? If yes, what do you think should the guidelines be?

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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