December 3rd was my 1-year blog-aversary!!
There is so much you need to know about starting a blog. I have been blogging for a year and I am so proud of my accomplishments.
I knew nothing about starting a blog. My dear friend Raki @ OutsideTheBoxMom.com agreed to be my mentor and I’ve been following her lead ever since.
It has been a crazy ride, but I have enjoyed it.
And I can honestly say that I have not considered quitting. I’m also the one who stuck it out with a MLM company for several years (that’s a blog post for another time), so I’m very tenacious when I want to be!
In the end, I firmly believe that if you have something to say that others want to here, you must use that voice!
So here I am. 😉
Here’s a list of the 5 lessons I’ve learned in this year long journey of blogging:
Blogging is what you make it!
If you treat it like a hobby…it’s a hobby! There is nothing wrong with that…many profitable bloggers started out with a hobby blog. But if you have a desire to monetize your blog you must treat it like a business!
That means you do your research.
Educate yourself on the “blogging industry” and becoming an influencer.
Network with bloggers and join blogging communities.
Find a mentor and/or a tribe of other bloggers to help guide you and hold you accountable to your personal goals.
If you treat it like a business it can yield an income…maybe even a profitable income!
However, like many businesses you may not see a financial windfall early on! But you can easily yield a return on your investment simply because the financial investment in starting a blog is minimal.
I didn’t start blogging with the primary intention of monetizing. My primary purpose was to share the knowledge and wee-bit of wisdom God has blessed me with because of my life experiences; in the hopes that I may encourage another single mom to keep pressing on.
The possibility that I may earn an income at blogging was the icing on the cake!
Blogging is hard work!
Building a business alongside a full-time job and raising a family is challenging.
As a blogger you wear many different hats, writer, editor, publisher, marketer, graphics designer, etc. Which means there is a lot to do and a lot to keep track of.
But you must give yourself some grace when taking on this challenge! If you’ve never started an online or brick and mortar business before there is a learnig curve. And you simply have to overcome to succeed.
Give yourself the time and space to do that!
Find the joy!
As I mentioned above, blogging as a business is hard work! Therefore, if you exert a significant amount of time, energy and resources into your business and you do not see the results you want you will ask yourself, “WHY”?
Why am I doing this?
What am I getting out of this?
Be prepared to answer those questions!
Your underlying WHY for starting a blog must be solid and you’ve got to enjoy what you are doing. If you are not passionate about the message you share with readers then finding joy in the work of blogging may be difficult.
Only with a solid WHY, will your sacrifice of time, energy and resources be worthwhile!
I have met such great people (both bloggers and readers) along this journey and I have learned so much. I am also sincerely moved when I receive comments or emails from readers who found my words to be encouraging or inspirational. Or when a reader thanks me because my story gave him insight into why his single mom may have made some of the choices she did. I hold dear, those words of gratitude.
Find your voice!
Everyone tells you to find your voice when blogging, but sometimes it’s not as easy as you would think. I believe finding your voice is an evolution. An evolution of you as a person and as a blogger.
In the beginning I thought I knew what my voice was; my purpose for writing this blog. But I’ve since refined that purpose and now it is my desire for A Life of Authenticity to be a forum for single working moms dealing with real life issues and challenges to find community and solidarity.
Stay in your lane!
When you’ve decided on your purpose and identified your audience its important for you to decide who you are as a blogger and stay in your lane.
We each have a unique voice and unique experiences! If you find that you have multiple ideas and topics of interest that you want to write about, that’s great. However, if the subjects are not complimentary and cohesive, perhaps you should consider creating two separate blogs. Focus each one on the topics that are relatable to that unique audience.
My desire is to remain authentic to who I am and what I have to offer.
I am not a beauty or fashion blogger because those are not my strengths! I choose to write about parenting, relationships, money matters and career goals, that’s what I know about and that’s what you’ll read about when you stop by!
I hope you found these lessons learned to be helpful!
Thank you for accepting the invitation to join me on this journey! I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride. Stay tuned for a ton of great things ahead!
I’m excited for the future!!
Are you thinking about starting a blog? What’s holding you back?