Successful, professional bloggers (like those of us who write for ZDNet) write to make at least part of our living, and we're incredibly fortunate because we make real money at it. To some degree, we have a tougher job than the amateur blogger, because doing this is actually a job. We have professional standards to meet, team coordination required, and self-control to practice. In return, we have a broad reach and a magnified voice.
So what does it take to be a professional blogger?
How do we each approach this very ill-defined task? How do we manage our time? What tools do we use? How do we deal with conflicts? How do we improve our chances of further success? How did we get here to begin with?
These are the questions I've set out to answer in my Better Know a Blogger series. My goal is to regularly interview ZDNet's bloggers (along with a few other folks you might find interesting) and help you get to know these people at a level you've never been able to before.
You regularly read our work output, but who are we? Where do we work? What do we care about? Why do we do it? In this series, you'll find out.
One of my all-time favorite bloggers, James Kendrick, of ZDNet's Mobile News is the next to sit under the hot lights of Skype for an in-depth interview. Here's what he had to say:
Rather than choosing the next blogger in the series myself, the person I've just featured chooses the next blogger to be featured. James has chosen. Stay tuned and you'll learn who it will be.
See also: Better Know a Blogger: Jason Perlow