Starting A Blog (What They Don’t Tell You)
Starting a blog, How did I get started? Starting isn’t the issue. Continuing when it is going slow or not on the time I think it should, is where the work comes in. It’s when the real work starts. Anyone can start a dream or a thought but when you’re tired or when it gets hard and you don’t know the right next step and nothing is working, that is when we see what we’re made of.
I started this business on a Saturday. I just happen to have my family over visiting their parents. They were staying with us. (To help with the new baby). I wondered if I could try something. To be able to quit my job and be home with the babies. Because everyone was at my house and keeping track of the toddler who is always into everything I spent about 8 hours starting a blog.
- Purchasing my hosting (Bluehost)
- Setting up my blogging platform. (Through WordPress and learning how to set everything up.
I had no idea about social media at this time. Knew nothing about sharing buttons, ads or even content. My first blog post was about 2 sentences long and was about the goals I had to start this blog and somehow make it successful. What I am trying to say is most people who start a blog and do make it successful, rarely tell you how they first started. If they do, many times they exclude the frustration that comes from being computer illiterate.
First Week Of Starting A Blog
In my first week of starting a blog, I installed a bad plugin and thought someone hacked my site. Couldn’t even get to my site. I had to call my host to help me fix it. My second week of blogging somebody really did hack my site, and I had to reinstall my SSL certificate. In the last 7 months, that incident happened 2 more times before I started asking around to stop it. Now I have security on my site to prevent it as well as password protection.
Learning how to write is a must and practicing daily is necessary. I have learned that I have horrible grammar and needed software to help me. Check. The point I’m trying to make is that there must be a reason I keep going. What exactly am I getting out of this? Before childcare forced me to quit my job, I would get up extra early to pump milk for the baby and write. My best time for thinking was at 5 am sitting in a parked car. It had to be running because it was cold outside. Typing away on my tablet that didn’t want to work on some stuff because it was a tablet. When I ran out of battery… well, those were bad days. My writing was keeping me sane. No matter how bad it is or was or still is, it is helping me tremendously.
I went from:
- Publishing 50- 200-word articles to 300-1500-word articles.
- Bad grammar to acceptable
- More photography and enhanced photos (still needs work)
- Social media sharing (I am learning specific platforms)
- When and how to ask for help
- Looking into paid writing
- Learning SEO practices, marketing and how to be a VA
This is 7 months worth of work. Working 3-8 hours a day at different times of the day and weekends. As I try to learn how to do this right, I work more now than when I went to work. But these are the benefits.
- Be with my babies who I was missing
- Go do the errands I need to do
- Sign my boys up for swimming
- Sleep when I need to (I do have a new baby!)
- Make dinner and care for my home
- Work in my pajamas
- Take care of loved ones when they are sick
- Spend more time with my hubby by staying up later
- Focus more on God
My dad asked if I was missing work yet. My Response,”Not even a little bit”.
I don’t miss work drama. However, I occasionally miss seeing the people and hearing about how their lives are going. We exchanged numbers. But my kid ate them. Then I realized I was chicken to talk to them when I was working there. And they were not really interested in talking to me either or I would think after 5 years we would have had each others number sooner. Maybe they were as scared of me as I of them. It helped me to stop stressing about not calling any of them after their numbers got eaten. Helped me to not feel bad. I gave them my numbers too. Nobody is calling. Maybe I was such an introvert they were too scared to talk to me too. ( Or call me) Whatever the case may be. I do keep in contact with 3 people and that is enough.
Can We Say Introvert
Before I started this blog I had no idea I was an introvert. I like people, so I had no idea why I couldn’t seem to get or keep any friends. I tend to share too much. I scare people away. And now I realize why! I am ok with it. Writing is hard. But it is not as hard as trying to make friends when you don’t know how. I am opinionated. However when I don’t agree with something I am not one to argue over it. I don’t have the people skills to successfully argue without getting mad. I’m good with people having their own opinions. I see respect is a two-way street and it starts with my side whether they show it or not.
Blogging has given me something to focus on. And while I currently work 50 hours a week so that someday I can only work 2 or 3, It’s worth it. I am getting more out of it than it is taking from me. Unlike my last job. I loved the people as well as the individuality but once we all put on our work hats the drama was unreal.
Here are my current growth stats.
Stats since March of 2017:
Here are my current stats:
Here are my Pinterest stats:
I do have other stats but they are not currently my focus. My focus is currently on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. As you will see, all the numbers are going up. Because I am growing. I am even making a little money from ads. However, it’s currently not enough to brag about. Right now everything is about growth. Starting a blog has helped me grow in more ways than just here too. Now I realize it.