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A few years ago I was scrolling through Pinterest like usual, when suddenly it clicked what I was really seeing right in front of me.
Blogs. Blogs everywhere.
I started to really pay attention to what the blogs looked like (their “design” I would call it now.) I also paid closer attention to the writing, grammar, links, etc.
I thought, “If these blogs that don’t even look that good can get thousands of shares on Pinterest, I can do this too.”
I really hope that doesn’t sound cocky — I just meant that if these blogs that I saw with not-so-pretty designs and bad grammar could make it out in the big world of the Internet, then my perfectionist self could start a blog too and maybe make one even better.
So I did just that–I started a blog and quickly fell in love with blogging!
You might be wondering if starting a blog is right for you. Maybe you’re like me, and after scrolling through all these different blogs on Pinterest, you thought to yourself that you want to do that too.
You want to create a website on the Internet, design it just how you want, and speak to the world your expertise on a subject you’re super passionate about. Blogging is awesome and totally lets you do just that!
Before you dive in head first, here’s a few questions to ask yourself if you are thinking about starting a blog:
1.) How much time can I find to dedicate to blogging?
Especially in the beginning, blogging can have a pretty big learning curve. Some things I thought I could handle in minutes would really take me hours!
From designing your website, to building your social media following, to actually writing blog posts, blogging just takes time.
If you are already stretched really thin (think full-time job, three kids under five, working on a home renovation, etc.) then it may be hard to give your blog the time it needs to grow. I’m not saying it will be impossible, just hard.
Be honest with yourself and decide if you will have the time to pursue blogging. A good goal to shoot for is at least 10 hours a week.
Take the quiz: Do you have what it takes to become a successful blogger?
2.) What could I talk about for hours? What am I really passionate about?
A huge part of blogging (if not the biggest part) is writing. You’ve got blog posts to write, emails to send to your subscribers, and social media posts, just to start off. There’s also video and podcasts you could consider.
The point is, you need to have stuff to talk about. It’s OK to write about more than one topic, but you do want your blog to have an overall focus. What is your passion? Mine is personal finance and contented living. I could write 50 different posts about it and that’s just the start!
Think about what you want to write about. Brainstorm some post ideas and if you don’t get stuck after just a few, then you’ve got a good topic to go with.
Related: 120 Awesome Blog Post Ideas
3.) How much can I invest?
Let me start by saying that starting a blog can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be.
You can get your own website name and hosting for as low as about $4 a month. At first that’s about all you’ll need. You can use a free theme for your blog design and get to writing and posting to the world!
But soon you’ll realize there’s many more “add-ons” you can use to make your life easier and your blog grow faster. There are plug-ins, design themes, stock photos, etc.
The one thing you don’t want to neglect is good training. You can stumble your way through blogging and figure some things out on your own through free blog posts and resources, but the surefire way to much quicker success is to invest in a complete training course.
I use Elite Blog Academy (THE best, most comprehensive blogging course on the market) and would definitely recommend it to even my closest friends and family. The course only opens once a year, so your best bet is to go ahead and get on the waiting list here.
4.) Am I willing to get outside of my comfort zone?
There are many times in blogging where you’ll have to stretch yourself a little to grow.
I remember when I was just starting my blog. I didn’t tell ANYONE and I even hid my laptop when my husband would look to see what I was working on. I didn’t announce my blog to the world (aka Facebook) until I had already been blogging for a whole year.
It is hard to put yourself out there to strangers and especially your friends and family. You have to be willing to step outside of your comfort zone eventually when you get really serious about blogging.
This can be difficult especially if you’re introverted like me. Networking with other bloggers, reaching out to guest post, even going to blogging conferences can all seem like too much.
But I’ve quickly discovered that the blogosphere (we bloggers love to refer to it as) is one of the nicest places full of amazing people you’ll ever meet. Other bloggers “just get it” and most are extremely willing to help and just be there for you!
Are you ready to take the leap?
Blogging can be a scary, wild ride at times, but it is also one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. If you are ready to grow as a person, help other people, and yes even make some money, then it’s time to start that blog! I promise, you won’t regret it.
Want more resources? The team at Elite Blog Academy has put out an amazing list of free resources this year for you to download. Download them through my links here:
- The Secret Blueprint for Blogging Success
- Do You Have What it Takes to Become a Successful Blogger? Quiz
- 120 Awesome Blog Post Ideas
- 2018 Blogging Trends eBook
- Blog Structure Blueprint
- 7 Surefire Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight
- The New Blogger’s Guide to Guest Posting
- 10 Steps to Take When A Blog Post Goes Viral
- 8 Bad Blogging Habits & How to Break Them
Have more questions about blogging? Shoot me an email at sandie @ fulfilledforless .com (separated because ya know, spammers might find me!) and I’d love to help 🙂