You know how sometimes you learn what you’re supposed to be doing just completely by accident?
That’s how I started blogging. I had an idea for a blog, so I hopped online, used a site building service, and started writing articles. I didn’t really know what I wanted from the website, just that I had some great ideas for writing posts.
I just wanted to write about something that I love to do.
I didn’t bother reading about how to start a blog or what platform to build it on. I knew nothing about hosting and caching and bandwidth and, boy, did I make a lot of mistakes that first year!
Within 6 months of starting my blog, I migrated to WordPress. Learning WordPress is its own thing, and I’m no expert! But I’ve taught myself enough to get by for minor tweaks, and I know who to call for the major stuff.
My first blog is entering its second year since I moved over to WordPress, and it’s been an amazing trip!
I reached a point very early on where I had to make a decision to start treating my blog like a business. Suddenly, I was without a job, and I knew I could make ‘this blogging thing’ really drive an income for my family.
I started taking every bit of advice from fellow bloggers, buying blogging courses and books. And you know what happened? My website exploded!
I started getting tons of traffic, comments, subscribers, and MONEY!
It actually happened. I went from $0 income to over $1000 in less than six months! Not that that is a ton of money. But it was enough to convince me that I was on to something!
So I started investing in more classes, learning more about how to rank with Google, and spending all day on the computer with a cup of coffee writing, designing, and promoting my website.
Along the way, I tweaked and modified the things I’d learned to make them work for me. I had some days where I was an emotional rollercoaster checking Google analytics every 15 minutes. Don’t judge. You’ve done it, too. 😉
Through my ups and downs, I learned a lot about what works as a blogger and what makes blogging harder.
There’s no way around it, blogging is hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun! I’ve learned so much, and I’ve kept making changes that have made a huge difference in my first blog.
Finally seeing my blog as a full-time business, I had a shift in perspective. I changed the way I approached writing posts, and I did some things that freed me from feeling panic everytime Facebook and Pinterest change their algorithms.
As I watched my page views rise, I was feeling pretty good about everything that I’d accomplished. And I started to get the urge to write about blogging.
So despite the fact that starting a blog about blogging is like so done, I started one anyway. But I’m not doing it because I want to sell courses and books to other bloggers.
I just love writing about blogging.
So please take a look around at my posts. I’m just getting started on this blog, and it’s been through a lot of phases as I’ve worked out what my goal is with this site.
But for now, I’m happy with being just a blog about blogging.