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Have you ever thought of starting a blog of your own?
Having your own little space of the internet where you can write about whatever you want, whenever you want.
Whether you want to put in a ton of hard work to make a side income, grow it to become your full time job, or just have a creative outlet and a place to feel like you are connecting with other adults. Starting a blog would be the thing you would want to do, especially as a stay at home mom! Am I right?! (We need some more adults to connect with after only being around little kids all day long!)
Having a blog is also fun, challenging, and you get to be creative! Who wouldn’t want that?!
My blog is the one place I can go to and feel at peace. It helps remind me of who I was before I was a mom and how I used to love to write; and work my butt off in college. It was nice to find a little bit of my old self, again. I couldn’t imagine having to give up blogging, it would be like giving up the last little strand of myself from before I had kids. I enjoy writing, figuring out technical things, and staying on a schedule; I honestly enjoy working my butt off and trying to make a difference in the world! I know not everyone likes working hard, but it gives me a sense of accomplishment!
Enough about why I love writing and why I started my blog. Let me give you a few reasons why you should start a blog!! (These reasons are not in any particular order.)
1. The Sooner the Better
You can always try to convince yourself that you’ll start a blog someday, or when you have extra time or when you’re ready. But, guess what, if you don’t start now, then you probably never will; just like that diet you’ve been saying you’ll start tomorrow. Same thing goes with starting a blog.
Yes, it can be scary, at first. Writing and allowing others, possibly thousands or millions, read what you have to write. It can be nerve wracking at first. You may feel that your life is too boring and you have nothing to write about, or you suck at writing (even though you love it!). But, guess what else, you’ll get over the nervousness about posting what you write online, and as far as your writing goes; the only way to get better is to write more!
(Don’t worry, when you first start off you won’t get too many eyes on your blog; it takes time and effort to get a lot of eyeballs on your blog, and that’s a good thing! By the time you hit 1,000 page views in a month, you’ll be getting the hang out this blogging thing!)
2. Community and Support
If you’re not apart of this blogging world; you are missing out! Seriously, you are. You need to subscribe to some blogs right now that you’re interested in. Go ahead, do it now. This post will be here when you’re done. You’ll regret it if you don’t.
In fact, you should subscribe to mine!
Wanna know how I know this? Because that is how I got started with wanting to start my own blog. I subscribed to other blogger’s sites, and they were so positive and inspirational. I’ve never received so many emails from such inspiring people before.
Bloggers, in general and including myself, will completely support you as much as we can! We will be your cheerleaders when you’re starting out and help you out along the way with your blogging journey and just life. Yes, it’s a journey and not a destination. I don’t think I’ll ever want to stop blogging; it’s mine and it gives me a creative outlet and a place to connect with adults (this may not be the last time I bring this up, it gets a little lonely being a stay at home mom).
As for the HUGE learning curve that comes along with learning anything brand new; there are quite a few exceptional bloggers who have figured this whole blogging thing out, and whom share their knowledge about it. Their reason for sharing so much is to help you succeed! For the past year I have been taking free courses, receiving free printables, workbooks and videos. I’ve been wanting to buy some of the better courses and such, like EBA (Elite Blog Academy), but they can be a bit pricey.
(Update: I enrolled in EBA on March 5th, 2018!! I’m loving it so far….on unit 2 of 12, but worth the price just from what I’ve already learned and the overly supportive community!!! It only opens up once a year though, and only for one week. I’m not an affiliate for the course, but if you subscribe to get my emails, I’ll certainly let you know when it opens up next year!!)
3. Reduce Stress
You read that right! You can actually reduce stress in your life by writing on your blog! That is, if you enjoy writing. Writing is very therapeutic! It’s the way us introverts vent and speak to the world (without actually having to speak). And, venting is a great way to relieve stress, whether it’s writing or venting to some one in person.
Blogging helps me refocus on what’s important in life; my kids, healthy food, not having my head explode from the chaos around me all day as a SAHM! (Like when my two little girls worked together to paint the younger of the two green, like a baby hulk!!)
This is important stuff! Everyone needs a way to let out some steam once in awhile. For me, it’s writing, or blogging; being creative and being challenged. (Yep, having a challenge, whether technical or something else helps reduce my stress, along with coffee! Had to improvise today though, we ran out of creamer; I mixed in hot cocoa mix, instead! Delicious!)
If you are looking for some other ways to ease the chaos around you as a stay at home mom, check out:
How to Find Peace as a Stay at Home Mom
5 Reasons Your Child (and You) Need a Daily Schedule
and 3 Simple Ways to Have Good Days with Little Ones
Having a blog and putting yourself out there, especially as an introvert like me, will also help you grow as a person (which can reduce future stress)! For example, I was apart of an online virtual mom summit in early April this year. And by ‘being a part of’, I mean actually presenting! This was a huge step in my personal growth that I would not have had an opportunity for otherwise!
4. Be Heard
If you’re not an introvert like myself, then maybe you want to be heard loud and clear! You have a message to say and you can’t wait another minute! If this is the case then head over to SiteGround NOW (this is the host I use) and sign up for some hosting for your new site and your domain name (website address). Or, start a youtube channel, or a podcast; whatever it is that you feel is right for you!
Or, if you are like me and like keeping to yourself but you still want to be heard, on your own terms of course; blogging can be a safe way for you to keep your distance and be heard when you would like to. It’s your website; you call the shots! If someone reads what you have to say and leaves a mean comment, you can delete it (or not even approve it in the first place). This is your space, you own it, and it’s something that you can use to share whatever message or information you would like to share!
5. Monetize Sooner
If you have heard of blogging before, maybe as a way to make some quick cash, then I’m sorry to burst your bubble! It can take a lot of time and effort to build a profitable blog. And, unless you don’t work and don’t have kids, it’ll probably take you more than a few months to build a blog with enough posts and views to make money off of it.
Update: In complete transparency, I have made a total of $35.32 (and $8.52 I can’t touch until I reach a certain dollar amount to have it sent to my paypal). And, I’ve been blogging for about 15 months now. So, it’s not as easy to monetize as everyone says it is. Especially when you’re doing it by yourself and guessing in the dark for what works and what doesn’t!
If you do ever want to start making money with a blog, though, you’ll need to pay to host your blog. Unfortunately, you can’t really monetize a free website. It takes money to make money. Like I said before, I use SiteGround for my hosting. Their customer service is exceptional, I’ve had no issues with them whatsoever. Their customer service representatives seem to actually care about their customers, or possible future customers!. And, setting up wordpress (this is the behind the scenes dashboard of a blog) was a breeze.
If you continue to wait to set up a blog, that’s more time you’ll have to wait until you’ll actually start making any money from it. From my extensive research into blogging, research that I started about 2 years ago, before I even started my first blog; I learned that many of the very successful bloggers took anywhere from a year to 5 years blogging, to be like the successful bloggers today who make more than a grand a month. I don’t know about you, but I can only be so patient when it comes to making money. (This is why you also need to have a strong why to blog, that isn’t just to make money!)
6. Inspire Others
One of the best things about blogging is having the opportunity to inspire others! Whether you have an amazing recipe to share, or a story about how you were able to overcome some type of obstacle! Blogging is how you can share that story, or recipe, with others and have them keep reading what you have to write!
There is no better feeling than to inspire others! So many other bloggers have inspired me to do my best in every aspect of my life; healthy eating, parenting, organizing, and so on. I feel like I need to give back and inspire others. Keep the inspiration and positivity going!
At my last job before becoming a stay at home mom, my supervisor was all about having everyone stay positive. I’m not sure if she read blog posts or subscribed to bloggers email lists. But, she was all about being positive and trying to inspire us to stay positive. Blogging and having blogger mentors is kinda the same. Except, being the person, the blogger, who shares inspiration with others, is about a 10,000 times more fulfilling! To know that you wrote something that will change someones life for the better, or help them with whatever it is that they are struggling with; that is what blogging is all about!
7. Have More Purpose in Your Life
This goes along with the last reason. Except, if you’re a stay at home parent, having a blog may mean more to you than others. At least, that’s how it is for me. It can be challenging to be home all day with no adult interaction. It gets lonely, and you start to think that you put all that effort into earning your college degree for nothing. (Luckily, I went to school for psychology; super useful for caring for little ones at different developmental stages!)
But, having a blog gives you a voice; a voice that you may never have had before. It can give you a sense of hope and a way to connect with other adults. A way to use your college degree to actually help others (didn’t I say your blog is yours and you can do with it what you want). It can help you from losing your mind by helping others do the same (if you want). Sharing real life experiences with others to know and let other stay at home parents know; they are not alone, and that their kids are not the only ones who does what they do. Kids can do some pretty strange things, so it’s nice to know that your kids aren’t the only ones!
8. Do More of What You Want and Be Successful
Having a blog can also give you a platform for much bigger things!
Want to write a book? Create a blog! Use your blog as a platform to promote it on.
(My favorite cookbook (that I own a physical copy of) is The Oh She Glows Cookbook. The author of the cookbook started off as a blogger! She also has the only recipe for tofu that I’ve ever been able to get to work for me that I’ve actually liked!)
Want to get into speaking at conferences? Blogging can be the doorway to that, as well!
Creating online courses to teach your unique skills? Same for that!
When it comes to blogging, there’s an infinite amount of ways to go with it and grow your blogging career into something you could have never imagined otherwise! It can be amazing what opportunities can pop up for you, you simply have to put yourself out there! (Or, you can take little baby steps if you feel more comfortable with that. That’s the great thing about blogging; you get to go at your own pace! The first step being: starting on a self-hosted site, all your own!) You’re the boss! You call the shots!
Deciding on whether you want to start a blog or not can be a hard decision. It doesn’t have to be, though. If you’re in it purely for the money, as a get rich quick kind of thing; then I’ll have to tell you to not go for it.
Having a successful blog requires a lot of work, a lot of writing and technical work, graphic design, organization, and many other skills. It’s like running your own business. You should spend at least 5 to 10 hours a week working on aspects of your blog to stand a chance at turning it into something you’ll be proud of. (For example, I get up at 3am every morning to work on my blog, and hope that my girls don’t wake up til at least 5am, just so I can get a decent chunk of work done! My two year old is an early riser…)
If you have the time and love to write, and maybe need a way to escape the chaos in your life, then I would highly recommend you start a blog and keep at it. It can be so rewarding, whether you make money with it or not. It’ll be worth all the time and effort!!
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Go ahead and share in the comments why you started your blog if you already have one set up!! Or, share what is holding you back from starting one!
And, feel free to contact me if you need any help getting a blog set up!
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