Why you need to start a lifestyle blog
What’s stopping you from starting a blog? I’ll admit, it took me years of admiring other bloggers before I finally took the leap. I spent so much time scrolling Pinterest, wishing I could be like one of these bloggers I admired so much. I didn’t think I would have enough time. What would I write about? What if no one reads it? What if I don’t make any money from it?
Starting a blog seemed scary in many ways. Looking back now, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! The good news is, you already know what to write about!
What’s the one topic that gets you talking endlessly? You know, the one that you can chit-chat about for a few hours with your friends. What are the things that people are always asking your advice on? What about the things you’re really good at? Essential oils? Crystals? Spirituality?
Chances are you’re an expert in at least one or more topics and there are TONS of ways to expand on those!
Finding your passion
What’s something that you really love doing? Or are inspiring to do? The great thing about having a blog is that you don’t always have to be an expert. People enjoy being with you for the journey! And if it’s something that you really love, you’ll learn and eventually be really good at it because, well.. you have a passion for it!
I have learned so much since I started my journey on spirituality, working with crystals and natural living. I didn’t know very much about any of those things when I started out and began my first blog 4 years ago. As time went on, through experience and my compulsive need to research every little thing made me a seasoned expert.
Benefits of blogging
When I started out, I was writing as a hobby. I just wanted to be able to have a place to share my ideas and experiences. It also helped me stay accountable. I had no idea that there were so many more benefits to blogging than I could have imagined.
Having a sense of community
I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have my blogosphere BFF’s! I have found so much support from other bloggers and have found a group of amazing bloggers out there who all share similar interests. I’ve been able to turn to them for so much inspiration and encouragement. I find that I’m able to relate to them as they go through the same ups and downs throughout life and we’re there to support each other.
Freedom to work when you want
I could not imagine going back to a regular 9-5 job and not be able to have the time and freedom to enjoy life. I REALLY didn’t want to miss out on my kids. I’ve always felt that the first few years of their life pass by so fast and I would be devastated if I missed out on those precious moments 40 hours a week. Being there for their first steps, first words and joyously celebrating all those little moments are the reasons I became a mom.
Having a blog gives me the freedom to write when I want (or can, I should say) and never having to feel like I’m helping someone else live their dream by being their employee.
Making an income
Yes! You can make money from your blog! When I started out, I had no clue that you could make money from a blog? Sources of income can be from sponsored posts, guest posts, affiliate marketing, ads, selling a product or teaching a course. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little side income for family vacations? That has definitely been my goal. And it’s very doable!
One of my favorite perks of blogging…Free stuff!
Who doesn’t love free stuff?! After you get your blog started and sign up for a few affiliate programs, there are companies that will send you free products for you to review! Marketing has changed so much and now, people are more prone to take the recommendations from someone they trust than from an ad or commercial.
Choose a platform
You’re going to need a platform for your blog. I would recommend using WordPress.org. I originally started my blog on a different platform and I’ve been so much happier with WordPress.org. You have so many more themes to choose from and you’re able to customize your site however you want. It’s also the industry standard and my absolute favorite compared to some of the other sites that I have tried out.
Make sure you sign up with WordPress.org and NOT WordPress.com. At first, I had no idea that there was a difference in the two but the differences are pretty significant.
WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
WordPress.com is not a self hosted site. This means that you’re limited with what you’re able to do. They only have a few options for free themes to use. You don’t have control over what plugins you want. Also, if you ever plan to make money from your blog, WordPress.com does not give you the freedom to advertize what you want freely. When I mentioned that they are not a self hosted site, it means that at any given time they can decide to shut down your blog and you could lose everything at a drop of a hat.
WordPress.org IS a self hosted site. It gives you total freedom to customize your blog however you want. There are a zillion themes to choose from and your plugin options are endless. And because it’s a self hosted site, it means that no one can shut you down. You’re free to advertise however you’d like and that makes a huge difference in reaching your income goals with your blog.
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Want to start off the right way?
It’s so exciting to be starting your blog and you’ll be learning so much along the way. I can’t think of a better way to launch yourself light years ahead than by learning from some of the most successful bloggers out there! Especially if you want to start making money from your blog! I wish I had signed up for courses when I started my blog. It would have saved me SO much time and energy trying to figure out how to do everything on my own. The courses that I took had everything I needed to know and learn all in one place.
Here’s are 2 courses I totally recommend!
Suzi Whitford from Start a Mom Blog created Blog By Number to not only get you started with your blog but also show you the way to be successful from the get go! Suzi has been such an inspiration to me because she is a stay at home mom of 2 little ones (like me) and is pregnant with her third and STILL rockin her blog business like a boss! Suzi makes $39,000 a month from her blog!
Suzi’s niche may be completely different from my own but her course outline is really beneficial in helping people get started on the right foot.
Affiliate marketing can be really confusing. Not only did I not know that I could be making money from my blog but I also had no idea that I could have monetized my blog from day one! Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents created Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing that breaks down the biggest question, “How do I make money from my blog?” Michelle makes $50,000 a MONTH from her blog! Can you imagine what kind of experiences you could afford for your family?
My first 4 years of blogging, I made 0 dollars. That’s right, FOUR years of blogging! After I completed Michelle’s course, I made my first $50 dollars within 30 days and started receiving free stuff from different companies that I became affiliated with. I finally was able to understand the in’s and out’s of affiliate marketing and start profiting from it.
Now you have everything you need to start your blog!
You’ll never know what may come of your blog. You could start out as just writing as a hobby like I did. I would take the time to work on it during nap times and after the kids went to bed. Even now, those are the only times that I have, about 10 hours a week.
I’ve literally written an entire blog post while in bed nursing my daughter! 😀
I started taking my blog seriously in August and already, I’m profiting from it in so many ways. I’ve made great friends in my community, I’ve learned so much from other bloggers, I got my first paycheck and free products that I absolutely love! You can absolutely do this, trust me! I’m pulling it off with 2 kids and homeschooling!
“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain