I have been blogging since 2012 which is like a Hollywood marriage that lasts past the 10 year mark-a bit unbelievable. blogging has become a party of my daily life, taking pictures of random stuff, posting to social media, checking in with my Mastermind group and the list goes on.
Becoming a blogger has even changed my career I am now a freelancer working on my long-term goal of being an entrepreneur. I became a freelancer due to my blogging experience and if you would like to start a blog as well check out the following link.
If you’re thinking about starting a blog I have some observations about the process.
20 Lessons Learned
- It’s a labor of love-I truly love the process of blogging. Sometimes it’s hard but when I have a moment when a reader reaches out to let me know that something I’ve shared resonated with them-it makes my day!
- It’s NOT a get rich quick scheme-It is highly, highly unusual to make a lot of money in the first year of blogging. The people who are making bank right now in my niche (personal finance) typically take around 2-3 years after they’ve started a monetization process to really make crazy money. I just started monetizing my site about a month ago and I’m projecting that it will take at least 2 years to really build my passive income. If I’m wrong and it happens faster remember that I’ve been blogging since 2012 and have built up a following since then.
- But once you have the numbers and the process down-you can make good money over time.
- You have a “voice” use it wisely-I will never understand the bloggers who spend time tearing down other people, are snarky in a mean way, or spread discord. What’s the point to that?
- In Real Life-You Will Actually meet your favorite bloggers in real life and that makes all the difference.
- Blog conferences rival any fraternity party I’ve ever gone to…and I was a sorority girl! See you in San Diego FinCon Peeps! Personal finance bloggers, parent bloggers, etc-they work hard at doing what they do. When it’s time to have fun-they go buckwild.
- 100,000 -The first 100,000 page views are the hardest to get (especially before Pinterest)
- Blog Monetization-I am in the beginning stages of monetizing my site. I spent a lot of time in the past year looking at other bloggers income reports and seeing how they made money in a way that was in line with the voice of their blog. Every single person who monetizes has a different mix. Once you figure out your “mix” rinse and repeat.
- There is no one way-Every person approaches blogging in a way that is authentic to them. Do what feels comfortable for you.
- People buy pet rocks-There is an audience for every topic. Period. Figure out what you love and could talk about for at least a year and then go for it.
- Haters gonna hate-Not everyone will like what you do. Don’t take it personally, you can’t make everyone happy-so don’t even try.
- The Lure of Easy Money can ruin everything-There will be a point when you will start receiving monetization requests. Some will be great, others will feel shady or will dilute your brand. Trust your gut and hold on for the better opportunities that will come along if you continue blogging and growing your tribe.
- Be Yourself-Simple, but not so simple.
- Don’t Forget Your Readers-Without them, you wouldn’t have a blog.
- Don’t Forget Your Readers-Be careful when making changes. As time moves on you will change and find that you want to write about different topics, challenge yourself in different ways intellectually, or monetize. Ease your readers into the process. You may lose some, but if you do it with care you will keep that loss to a minimum.
- Don’t Forget Your Readers-Talk to your readers, what do they like? Don’t like?
- You make your opportunities-There are an infinite number of opportunities that can arise from blogging. You can create them or attract them. Work hard and pay attention so that you don’t miss them.
- Not everyone is as they seem online-Sometimes people are emboldened online due to being anonymous. Not just the readers-the bloggers to.
- Have Fun-If it’s not fun what’s the point?
- It will change your life
Are You A Blogger? Would You Like to Be?
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