Over the past couple of months, I’ve learned many reasons people have started blogging. Many people started in hopes of making money, others because they wanted a platform in which to write and create, and others use it as a teaching platform.
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For me, this was a natural progression in touching more lives. November 2017, I started my Facebook page and Facebook group with the hope of sharing daily inspirations while supporting and inspiring others however needed. I also love doing oracle card and rune readings, so my Facebook group gave me a platform for doing all of this.
I struggled for only a month before launching this blog, www.spiritofthesoul.net, on WordPress. I had thought about going the free route with Blogger but decided against it. I really didn’t want to have to figure out a new blogging platform should this endeavor take off and become profitable.
Ok…that may be a dream BUT a little dreaming never hurt anyone.
What I learned about myself my first month of blogging:
Patience. When I want something, I want it now, similar to most people’s mentality these days.
I dreamed of putting my blog out there with hundreds of people rushing to read it. As in, if you build it, they will come. NOPE.
Dedication. When you go in, go all in. To me this means that I do not give up even when I’m exhausted and feeling defeated. Believe in yourself and give this blogging a little time. A couple of months is just not enough time to even get started.
Set Goals. How many blog posts do you want to publish per week? What social media platform will you focus on? Don’t forget about the graphics and pictures needed!
Get a pretty planner to schedule your time. Do a little journaling in an inspiring journal to help narrow your focus and help you understand what direction you want to go with this blog at this time.
Show up. This is essentially my part-time job, therefore; I need to show up even when I’m not feeling up to it. Not only in creating content, but in monitoring my Facebook groups, Instagram, Pinterest, and all other social media. Login, be present while responding, and posting.
Work. I have a full-time career and am a full-time single mommy, so this was supposed to be something fun on the side. I AM having fun but I am also putting in a TON of work networking with other bloggers, reading up on does and don’ts, joining Facebook blogging groups and clicking and clicking and clicking…..and actually writing the content.
Yes, the is a JOB.
Time. I have put in a ridiculously huge amount of time this month on something that was supposed to be part-time fun. Again, I am still having fun, but anyone looking to start a blog needs to be warned about the time commitment.
This is not a lazy person’s way to get rich quick.
Plan Ahead. Do not expect to write a good blog post the same day you want to release it. Yes, it is possible, but why put that stress on yourself? In fact, if you are having a creative day, write ahead. You can always revise and be prepared for those times in which you are super stressed or unprepared.
Ask Questions of Others. I love to think I am super woman and can do everything myself. This is not true about anything computer related or technical. I did tons of research and asks many more questions and can proudly say I am somewhat proficient with WordPress now. Somewhat proficient being the key words.
Pay Attention. When I am clicking on all those blog websites while networking and meeting in Facebook groups, I took the opportunity to see how others are set up.
I took note of good fonts and the OMG Do Not Ever Use These Fonts.
I looked at user-friendly formatting and those layouts in which I had to click and click and click and still not find what I was looking for.
My website now implements what I believe to be the best practices and hopefully most easy on the eyes. Of course, this is still a work in process so tweaks will be made going forward.
Do Not Judge Yourself Harshly. As anyone knows, once you start researching anything on the internet, that is what pops up in Pinterest, in Instagram, on Google, in Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. I took that opportunity read many accounts from many different bloggers.
When bloggers talk about all the money and followers that they had in the first six months, my mouth dropped open in awe. As human nature, at first I got jealous then I read deeper.
Those huge following were generally someone’s third or fourth BLOG so OF COURSE they already have a larger following and are members of tons of affiliate programs in which they are pros at placing in their posts.
Self Hugs. I must constantly remind myself that I’m doing great for a very beginner who is only doing this part-time. I do NOT need to feel bad for not pinning 50 posts a day on Pinterest, posting multiple times a day on Instagram or Facebook, Tweeting my every move, or even doing YouTube videos or Facebook lives on everything I do.
Remember to save some time for self care. How about a nice bubble bath, pedicure, manicure, face mask, or anything that relaxes you.
Now for the numbers!
In just 30 days of blogging on www.spiritofthesoul.net:
- Blog views = 2,010
- Blog Subscribers = 60
- Facebook Group Follower Growth = 298
- Instagram Follower Growth = 202
- Pinterest Follower Growth = 224
- Twitter Follower Growth = 169
- Google + Follower Growth = 21
- YouTube Subscribers = 17
- Money Made = $0.34 (Google Adsense)
This is not too bad for a newbie part-time blogger who is still working out the kinks.
To anyone looking to start a blog, do your research first on blogging platform. Figure out your initial goals and find what works best for you. Do not get discouraged unless you truly thought this would be a get rich quick idea.
Schedule your time. Write down ideas. Everything will flow from there. Read some great books for inspiration.
From all the blogger group networking, I’ve found some blogs that I genuinely enjoy reading and following. Getting a blog off the ground isn’t ALL work. I get some reading enjoyment out of it, as well.
Hopefully, you start blogging because you enjoy it rather than think it will be just another job with easy income.
When feeling overwhelmed, remember to do some simple mediation or mindfully focused breathing. And if you are like me, don’t forget your creativity crystals. You’ve got this!
Whew! I sure could use a coffee now.
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