It's an engaging fact to start a blog. To write your own stories, learnings, teachings that you want to share to your soon-to-be readers sound really appealing. But blogging isn't just about that. There might come a time where you want to quit your professional office job and proceed to becoming another professional individual, but this time, you might be just sitting on the comfort of your own house of favorite coffee shop. And that'll be the start of your own professional blogging career.

It was somewhere in my early twenty's when I decided to be more active and focused on a thing that was once just a hobby--blogging. But back then, labeling myself as a professional blogger still didn't make sense that much. I was and still working as a professional employee in an IT company and that really eats up a lot of my blogging time. Having been immersed to the blogging world really dumbfounded me on choosing which path to choose. Is it either working for somebody else or working for myself? I think the latter suits me better. Somehow, circumstances favored me enough (made me brave enough, as well) to make a decision and create a whole new reality for myself. With enough time, I shall be ready to continue what I started and go to the next level of becoming a professional blogger. 

What does it take to be one?

Based on what I learned from the first leg of DigiPro Bootcamp, a pro-blogger should:

TEACH, and not just inform

Whenever you blog about something, you should not only just inform your readers about a specific topic but you should also learn how to teach them. Information alone is not enough to justify your content. The weight goes to what your bloggers get from you after they read your blog.

Have ENGAGEMENT, and not just traffic

Yes, you have a ton of traffic in your blog. But the question is, does it have any engagement going on? Is there any interaction between you and the readers of your blog? Do you ever receive real comments on your blog posts? Engagement is a big key factor here.

Have a COMMUNITY, and not just followers

A pro-blogger builds a community whom you are intertwined with, not just with a bunch of followers who don't actually connect with you.

Has a BUSINESS, and not just a blog

Your blog is not just a blog, it is your brand. It is but a business where you actually invest significant things like your time, money and effort.


A pro-blogger is a thought leader and not just blogger. You are a forward thinker. You pioneer a relationship and deliver value to your readers that align to your blog, your brand, you.


I am a brand. I am not just a blogger. Nested Thoughts is my brand and I am proud of it.

During the whole session, sir Ruben shared a lot of his personal experiences to us and hacks on how to become a pro-blogger. A pro-blogger should have influence, and in order to achieve that, credibility, trust and relevance should be present. According to him, a "pitch" is important especially if you are attending an event. He made us make our own and mine goes, "Hi, I am Katherine of Nested Thoughts and I help people become confident by looking good." A pitch should be straightforward and not too long and should always catch what your brand is all about. And speaking of events, it will be useless that you come there without even handing out your business card to other bloggers and possible collaborators/partners. Whenever you're in an event, you should always know who to find to be able to network. But, events are not really essential to a pro-blogger. One primary reason is that it doesn't really help you rank among others. Your blog is not there to be filled with events you've attended and gift certificates and freebies you've received. It is there to be filled with great, informative and quality content necessary to your brand niche.

I realized a lot in our 5-hour session and it's just the first chunk of the whole thing. There will be a lot to learn about, reflect and realize more and I am beyond ready.

This bootcamp would not be made possible because of Global Hub Serviced Offices, eStratMedia, Globe Prepaid and of course, the Cebu Blogging Community. Thank you so much to these folks!

I hope I shared and taught you something from this blog post. I can't wait to share more of my knowledge from the upcoming bootcamp sessions!



  1. Wow amazing experience. I agree with all points. It took me 8 months of hard work to turn my blog into my business and quit my 9-5! Lovely and helpful post for beginners! Thank you for sharing this with us darling. Visit me whenever you can. Kisses, Dominica S. xXx

    1. Thank you so much for reading through Domica. I really appreciate it and I totally agree with you. :)

  2. I read this by the time I woke up and this post helped me to reflect upon myself being a blogger. Somehow, I can say that I'm already in the pro-blogging world even though I'm not yet experiencing receiving freebies or any compensation from my blog. Nevertheless, I can still help other people through my thoughts which is one purpose of being a blogger. Thank you for posting your amazing experience, Ate! :)

    Augustin Ra | Indie Spirit

    1. Oh, so sweet of you Augustin. I am so glad to have shared some points to you. You are very much welcome. Thank you so much. :)

  3. Love your tips, you gotta be pround of what you produce!

    Instagram: @sarafqueiros

  4. Thanks for sharing these awesome tips! I can't wait to hear more about this bootcamp! You have an amazing blog!


  5. Great tips, made me think of how I can better myself as a blogger

    Filipa xxx | Instagram

  6. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!
    Kisses and hugs from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  7. This is an amazing experience.
    I hope we have same here in UAE.
    You are right that we should engage more often with our readers.

    I feel happy when people are appreciating my work and words.

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

  8. A nice post and helpful to beginners. I work part time in marketing and am partt time blogger, and this is exactly what I want! I think it's so important to go for a dream! xoxo

  9. Thanks for sharing! These were helpful =)

  10. This post really made me realize a lot of stuffs and it helped me more since I am just starting to blog :) Thank you for this Ate! :) By the way, taga Cebu pud ko :) Hoping to see you around :)

  11. Great and helpful tips!

    xo, Jennifer

  12. I totally agree with you on the aim! Thanks for sharing some tips! Have a nice day x

  13. All this was very, very helpful! I can't wait for summer holidays to really work on my blog properly. ^^
    The Snap Narrative

  14. Great tips. You seem to have a lot of experience - definitely added some more motivation to start working on my blog more throughly
    Garland Girl

  15. This is super helpful and I couldn't agree more! I'm still learning but each step takes baby steps and complete understanding!

  16. This is such a great, insightful post, Katherine! I agree with everything you mentioned, especially about attending events that are relevant to you and your brand. Residing in New York, I get invited to quite a few events a year. I attend many of them, but then there are those that I don't because although it may be a great product launch or event, I don't want to be there for the sake of being there. I want to be able to get something out of it that will then be given to my readers, too! I also think it's important to consider the brands and partnerships that we take on. I'm very picky in doing sponsored posts or collabs because I know that the brand or products will then be associated with me and if it's not a reputable brand that doesn't have the same standards of me, it would be a poor reflection of my work and my readers will then lack trust or credibility in me. Thanks so much for sharing and congrats on being able to become a full time professional blogger, such a huge milestone! I hope you have a great day :)



  17. Such great tips! Blogging is def a time consuming process!



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