Sarah Says: Blogging as a Career

blogging as a career

Earlier this year, I put a call out for topic ideas for a new video series called “Sarah Says.” Well, ahem, six months later, I finally filmed episode #1. The topic du jour? Blogging as a career. This was the first comment I received in regards to subject matter, and a few people seconded the motion.


Honestly, I wasn’t going to touch this topic with a ten-foot-pole because I didn’t want to drone on about things that most of you don’t care about, but I ultimately decided to dig in and do it for the team. I hope this is helpful for the four of you out there that wanted to hear my thoughts on the matter. (Also, by no means will all of the subsequent “Sarah Says” videos be 13 minutes in length. GEEZ. Grab a snack.)

Also, have a topic you would like me to cover? Leave it in the comments!

  1. Roxanna (miguelina)

    November 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I loved this, Sarah.

  2. Sarah

    November 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Thank you so much for choosing my question and for such a great video. I loved it all! Thank you for the tips and for your continued inspiration – your values as a person, blogger and business woman really come through in all that you do. Thanks Sarah!

    (can’t wait to see more of these)

  3. Nancy

    November 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

    This was great advice delivered In a lovely way. Thank you. I’m reluctant to do videos mostly because I get nervous and talk even faster than usual but you made it look easy, natural, and fun.

  4. Shannon

    November 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Best line of the video…” don’t be entitled. it’s gross”… More people need to hear that! Love reading your blogs…

  5. Kristen Howerton

    November 20, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    This was so good. Although I felt the “just say no” segment was targeted specifically to me. FINE SARAH I HEAR YOU I AM WORKING ON MY BOUNDARIES.

  6. jenvictoria

    November 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I’m not a blogger and really found this post an interesting behind the scenes look at your blog, which I’ve loved for years. I love the mix of beauty/hair/style/+ family/home/life and look forward to seeing what you will post next. Thank you!

  7. Laura

    November 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    So grateful for you stepping up on that box and I am not asleep! Sarah Burns (who is truly a terrific person as well as blogger :) had a really great question, and I so appreciate you sharing your hard earned insights. Smart. Savvy. Strategic. Sound. All words springing to mind while watching your video. I only wish it was longer! :) Thanks so much, Sarah. Truly.

  8. Stacey

    November 21, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I really enjoyed your video and suggestions. I’m a new blogger so I found most of your suggestions very helpful (especially OC-specific tips!).

    As to the comments about writing about your family…this is an issue I’ve been struggling with. I’m a new mom, and have shared a bit about my first year of motherhood, but I also don’t want to ‘pimp out’ my son, like some bloggers do. Its definitely hard finding that balance between sharing personal information and still having a private life. How do you decide? So far, I’ve just tried to listen to my gut, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on personal-life blogging balance.

    • Stacey

      November 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Sarah—what is the name of the PR agency you mentioned in the video from the OC? I thought you said Polanade, but I can’t find that via google:) TIA!

      • whoorl

        November 24, 2013 at 8:39 am

        Hi Stacey, it’s called Pollinate:


        • stacey

          November 25, 2013 at 11:22 am

          Thanks Sarah! I’m going to check them out:)

  9. Amanda Jean

    November 22, 2013 at 12:51 pm


    Thanks so much for this awesome video. Today was my first visit to your site. A friend shared the link with me and I’m so glad that she did! I’ve been blogging for 7+years now and I’ve learned a lot of this stuff over the years but would never be able to put it into words. It also sums up a lot of conversations that my husband and I have been having in regards to building my business. It’s nice to hear it from someone in the blogging business as affirmation. One thing you touched on but is the hardest for me is taking risks. I’m trying to not only take risks, but embrace taking them. Not easy! Anyway, thanks again for a great video post!

    Amanda Jean

  10. sharon garofalow

    November 25, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Hi Sarah, the video and content were amazing. My hardest part is figuring out my end goal. I know that is something I need to do first. But I have also been starting to think about an agent. Are the agents only interested in working with people who bring in huge numbers? I have worked with all the groups like Pollinate and Clever Girls and feel my content is great. At what point would it make sense to work with an agent? It is the pitching and compensation negotiations that I could use help with most.

  11. natalie

    January 27, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for the helpful tips Sarah. I’m trying to get smart about blogging and determine if I want to take it beyond “a fun project”. I appreciate your pointers!

  12. Mia

    January 30, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Thanks so much for this Sarah. I’m not falling asleep at all- you present your information in a lively, interesting way. Very helpful!

  13. christina

    February 3, 2014 at 10:14 am

    loved the video. so informative. thank you for sharing your valuable info!

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