The Why’s Behind My Blog

Why's Behind My Blog Why do I blog?

There are millions of blogs and bloggers out there already. I know, I did my research, but I still wanted to be a “blogger”. Maybe its the word, “Blogger”. I love the word! Crazy, right?

For a long time, I have wanted to blog, years in fact! How about you? I thought about it, dreamed about it, how mine could be different or “the one”. Haha

Why?

One day, I realized the reason I wanted to start a blog was to have a place to write, simple as that, so I bought my hosting through Bluehost, set up through WordPress, and started my blog! A place where I could write about anything my little heart desired. I knew that I had knowledge of many different areas that I could share as well. That’s why I started a blog. If I only help one person with an idea or teach one person how to make that budget stretch, or made one friend who really understands me as a person, then I’ve done what I started out to do.

Why I BlogWhy?

I blog for me because I love to write. Because I love to share things with others, but most of all I blog in the hopes to make enough money to support my kids. Sharing from my heart and sharing what I know is a way for me to do that.

You see, I have depression and anxiety, it doesn’t help that I am an introvert as well. My depression is not so good right now and that makes anything and everything set off the anxiety. Even being content sitting at home doing everything I possibly can online, from shopping to making money. I still get anxious over so many things!

WritingWhy?

Writing is my way out, my way of “talking” and “connecting” with others. Another great reason for blogging for me. I truly do want to connect with people, being an introvert doesn’t mean I don’t want true friends, it just means it hard for me to take that first step towards a person for fear of rejection. (I have faced this all my life, my “friends” have always been my partner’s friends. Not my real friends, people who like me for me.) A friend who calls you up to go out for a cup of coffee or who wants to talk about life’s ups and downs.  And as an adult or a mommy, it is even harder to make friends.

Do you blog? If so, what is your reason behind your blog?

Are You Ready to Blog?

Are you Ready to BlogReady to Blog?

Have you ever thought about starting a blog or had an idea/inspiration that you wanted to share with others, but didn’t know how?

Well, I’m here to tell you, if I can do it, so can you! I knew absolutely nothing about setting up a blog, but I did have an idea and I love to write! Some want to blog just to share knowledge. Some want to blog to make friends and just because they love to write. But most, if they are honest, want to blog to make extra money (myself included).

Most believe that it cost a ton of money to have your own web page or blog. It does not. As of right now, I have very little income, I’m a single mom, and I have bills to pay too. I took a chance, paid for my hosting, got my domain name, and started blogging.

My suggestion

Before you jump in, you do need to have an idea of what you want to do. Nobody wants to pay for a domain and then say, “now what?”. I use WordPress for my domain, it is simple and they have step by step help for setting up your blog, they even have free themes for you to use. If you don’t like the free ones, they have others that you can buy as well. A theme is like a preset page. You change the info, pictures, categories, etc, to what you want on your blog.

Am I making a ton of money blogging, nope, at least not yet. BUT, I did only start my blog about 5 months ago, and I am starting to see a little money here and there. Most of all, I enjoy what I do and I’m home for little guy everyday! I know the money will come as I become more known.

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My Major Blog Fail, Then vs. Now

My Major Blog FailMajor Blog Fail!

I’ve been blogging for about 4 months now. I read blogs for years and always “wished I could that”. Then one day, I said to myself, well, I can be a blogger too. I did a ton of research, read more blogs, and thought, heck, blogging is easy! So why was I putting it off, I asked myself.

A week or so later, I was reading a blog post on Facebook about making money through blogging. Now keep in mind, I had just gotten an associate’s degree in Business Administration in May 2016, at the age of 42. (Proud mommy moment especially since I was going through a divorce at the same time!) But anyway…

I was not finding work, no matter how hard I tried, how many interviews I went to, or what field I was looking in. (Desperate times call for desperate measures and I knew within 6 months the student loans would be starring me in the face!) I needed an income, now.

Back to that blog post

I wish I could remember which blog it was, but honestly, I was reading so many, that I just don’t have a clue. I clicked on the link for Bluehost, and bought my host service. Blogging world, here I come, I was officially a blogger! I set up my blog fairly easy with WordPress and so it began. I can’t even count how many times I changed my theme, just feeling it wasn’t right.

Finally I got the look I wanted and thought I was doing well, I started writing blog post, haha, when I look back at them now I cringe, I literally cringe! You can see one of them here. Go on, check it out, have a laugh, but DO NOT share a post like this, ever! No wonder I wasn’t getting followers, or any email sign ups, etc. This was absolutely horrible!

I quickly learned blogging was a lot of work, especially for someone new to the scene. Through trial and error, I did and still am, learning many new things. I am getting followers, and have even started to make money, nothing to write home about yet but it is a good start. After 4 months of blogging fails, picking myself up and starting over, I do believe I’m heading in the right direction. I love blogging too much to not figure it out and have fun with it!

Don’t give up

Anyway, I just wanted to share my fail so if there is anyone who thinks they are failing or not doing well, please don’t give up if you love blogging. Recalculate your blog and yourself, ask for help through Facebook groups and keep moving forward. You learn through the mistakes you make and it all takes time.

*Tip, you have to like what you are doing and what you are writing about. If you don’t, your going to feel bored or hurry through it just to get your “post” out there. Your readers can feel the positive and negative energy in your post.

If your reading this and have thought about blogging but haven’t taken that step yet, take it from me, it is fun, yes, even when you make mistakes and get frustrated, the writing and sharing part is fun. I love to share my thoughts with others and this is the best way to do it.

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