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 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!
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. But suddenly it wasn’t enough.
It’s not the money. The money is coming in reliably every month, and entering my second year, I have a lot of new ideas and a more focused direction for that blog that I’m sure will make that income continue to rise.
It was that I felt challenged by what I was learning.
I wanted to prove my theories, and see if what I figured out would make starting a blog any easier. Would all of the things I’d learned actually help a new blog be successful faster? Or is it always a struggle to get those page views when you’re a new blog?
So I started this website as an experiment, in arguably the most competitive blogging niche out there right now, because I feel that confident about the techniques that I’m using.
And the bonus is that as part of my new venture, I am going to share everything I’ve learned with you so you don’t have to make the same mistakes I made.
Now join me at the computer with a cup of coffee (or your drink of choice 😉 ) and let me
- share all the techniques that have allowed me to become a full-time blogger.
- help you learn to love your blogging career and make more money from your website.
- show you how you can become a beautiful success.