“Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right? ” ~ Michelle Obama
Why should you start a blog? Is it because of creativity, money, or connection between you and the audience? I never thought of starting a blog at all. Let alone wanting to start it as a blogging business.
I know I wanted to have a business of my own, since I am getting pretty tired of my 9-5 job, to be honest. I just didn’t believe myself to be someone that would clock in and clock out until my retirement years of 60 years old.
Now don’t get me wrong about those that love having careers. Those are good for some people. Now I like my job and the duties that I have to do on a daily basis. However, these duties are likable to an extent. I am an infant teacher that works with infants and toddlers. Being surrounded by infants is great and all but I wanted more.
I browsed multiple jobs that I thought suited my academic background. However, no one was willing to hire me. It was either I needed a Master’s degree or more experience. After months of searching, I decided to stay at my job.
You got to pay the bills though, am I right?
When I was not on the clock, I would go online and complete surveys I registered for. I earned a pretty decent incentive that helped me pay for some of my bills. However, I then grew tired of taking surveys. I still have one or two surveys sites that I work on from time to time. The aspect of working online was something I loved doing since I always completed surveys online, so, I thought that maybe there was more to just online surveys.
I wanted to learn of other ways to make money online. So, I did my research. That’s when I stumbled upon Amy Lynn Andrews, a blogger. What caught my attention was her story of how she started blogging as a hobby then it led her to make money from it. Her blog teaches others the fundamentals ways of blogging, from WordPress to placing affiliates on your blog.
After browsing and reading some of her blog posts, a lightbulb lit up. What if I started a blog?
Then I started having visions and wishes of what my life would be like working from home! It was exciting learning that blogging was a way that I could do for a living. I thought about spending times with loved ones, traveling, and watching Netflix whenever I wanted.
So I researched other bloggers that also made a living that way. In the end, after a year of setting up goals and doing a lot of research, I finally started my blog this year.
So why did I start blogging? Here four reasons why:
At first, It was a surprise to me that blogging made money at all. I thought it was just writing about whatever might’ve been helpful to some people and that was it.
The one thing, though, that made more intrigued about blogging was the themes. I thought they were pretty neat. On top of that, every blogger that I read had different styles and personality in how they wrote their content, expressed their ideas and style, and the overall design of their themes on their blog.
That’s what I wanted to project as my own on my blog: letting my readers, you, know me and what my blog represented based on my theme, my writing, and my overall character that my blog presented before you.
Lastly, I wanted to express my creativity but was nervous about whether I should do it or not.
But then I thought to myself, what the heck man? Just do it!
So here I am!
2. Behind The Scene Blog
I wanted to know the technicality of blogging. It was important to me to learn what bloggers had to go through to get their blogs to flow nicely. Let me tell you, it’s both exciting and frustrating because there’s so much you got to learn. You have to learn about plugins, WordPress, SEO (huh?), writing a content ( pillar content that is), and so much more.
So if you are interested in setting up your own blog, there’s a lot for you to learn. This may take time, depending on your schedule and the effort you put in your blog site. As I am writing this, I still have yet to learn the SEO, so I downloaded the plugin Yoast to help me understand what it is that I need to improve my blog post.
There is so much to learn about blogging, but I will say that it’s worth it.
They (I don’t know who they are) say that learning is an everyday thing. So I am learning about blogging every day. Simple as that.
3. Audience Connection and Service
As an introvert, I’m usually not the one that starts up a conversation (unless I have to). I would be more of the listener. I am not saying that all introverts are quiet because I have met introverts that are talkative, especially if they talk about a passionate subject of theirs. Sometimes I would gladly listen and may offer some advice if they needed it.
This led me to understand that blogging is a place where the blogger is not just writing for themselves, but their writing is also geared toward their audience. By reading other blogs, I read posts about other bloggers that wrote about their life and how they overcame their obstacles. In turn, the audience that understood what the blogger was going through, connected with the blogger.
A relationship between you and the audience is pertinent if you want to help people. I want to partake in that.
Connecting with a specific audience is something I want to learn more about. I want to reach out to an audience that has similar likes and hobbies as me so I can provide my services to them based on both of our interests and passions we may have in common with each other. Let’s be friends too.
4. Learning to Affiliate Marketing
Most bloggers earn a profit through affiliates. I don’t think it’s easy convincing your audience to buy something from you, especially if it is something that the blogger believes is a product that the reader may find helpful. However, it is pertinent when you want to earn an income.
So I also want to learn from affiliate marketing and the types of affiliate products and services that are out there that relates to my niche. In turn, it can help you, the audience, fulfill a need or desire you’ve always wanted.
That is why I joined Wealthy Affiliate. They’re helping me learn more about blogging and how I can better serve you. Here’s my review of their program.
One thing that I know that I want to do on this blog is to connect with you, my fellow readers. It’s better connecting with you than always selling you something. I want to serve you in the best possible way I can, and I will.
Mark. My. Words.
There are many reasons a lot of people started blogging. For me, these four things rendered in my mind when I wanted to write this blog post.
I wanted to blog, first off, because of self-expression, of which I wanted to express my creativity but also prove to myself what I am capable of.
I wanted to make a connection with my audience, for them to know me and me knowing them in return. Blogging also requires a lot of setting up and getting your blog to look the way you want it to.
This is important for your audience too. You want your audience to browse your website with ease.
Overall, these are the reasons why I started blogging. If you ever wanted to start a blog, make sure you research a lot and make plans in advance to set some hours aside to work on your blog. It’s like your job, you want to work hard to accomplish your goals and be successful.
Would you ever want to start a blog? Why or why not?
Until next time and many blessings,