Have you ever thought about starting a blog? Did you know that blogging is really hard? Did you know that lots of people give up on their blog before they hit the 6 month mark? Did you know that blogging requires hard work, dedication, passion, sleepless nights and lots of caffeine? Did you know that bloggers still love what they do regardless of all these negatives?
What is a Blog?
According to Wikipedia, a blog “is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009, blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject.” Ok, enough with the boring definitions.
Blogs are a unique way to express yourself and help other people in a much larger arena. You have the ability to really live out your passion online and impact a larger audience. Boom. It is awesome! Since starting this blog, I have had the opportunity to be part of online communities full of experienced bloggers who really get to live out their day to day life doing something they love.
For some, blogging started out as a creative outlet that turned into a business and for others they really knew that they needed an online space to promote themselves and their business. I asked one of the online communities I am involved in and I had 36 people respond as to why they started their blogs. Reading all of these responses was truly amazing and you can see the passion and heart these people have for helping others.
The Benefits of Blogging:
Did you know that when you start a blog, you instantly have people cheering for you? You have people who genuinely want you to succeed and they will help motivate you and push you toward what you are wanting to achieve. Did you know that bloggers have conferences and meet ups and connect all the time and establish these amazing relationships online and in person? To be honest, I had no idea until I started a blog. I see so many other successful bloggers and I am amazed by them everyday. Their heart, passion, empathy and intelligence truly amazes me and motivates me to continue toward doing things I never thought I could do.
There are so many reasons why people choose to start a blog. You can start a blog for business, creativity, purpose, passion, accountability, to stay home with the kids and so many other reasons. I asked the question “Why did you start a blog?” to one of my Mastermind groups and these are the responses I got.
Start Your Own Blog: You can blog for Business
Do you have a craft store or idea? Do you sell something? Do you love to write and have aspirations to write a book someday? Are you interested in Freelance Writing or become a Virtual Assistant? These are all awesome reasons to have your own online space. It is a catalogue of your best work and people then have a way to find you.
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Ali over at Ali The Happy VA says that “I started my blog as a way to market my VA biz and also to share the things I was learning along the way. I also wanted a creative outlet and to learn more about writing.”
Jenny from The Off Your Trolley Blog says “I started to help sell my handmade bags on Etsy”
Alaya from Hope and Cents writes “My intent for starting my blog was to have a web presence for my personal financial coaching business. Since beginning, though, my love of writing and inspiring people on their financial journey has superseded my initial motives. I have fallen in love with the crazy, but awesome world of blogging and hope to transition into it full-time.”
Rohit from Life Mastery says “I have been blogging for about 4 months now and I would love to create my own course to sell. I would like to make a full time income from my blog.”
Ashleigh from Smart Cents Mom states “I started blogging with Smart Cents Mom for two reasons. I’ve always wanted to start my own business. I’ve tried a few different business ventures, but never stuck it out because of the amount of money I had to continually invest. I am a stay at home mom, so my second reason is financially I wanted to be able to contribute to our family income. I work a few different side jobs but those don’t offer the potential to make more money over time. Starting a blog has given me a way to engage my creativity and critical thinking skills. It’s allowed me to develop friendships and helped me to grow personally. I just officially launched my blog to help other moms find ways to work from home and handle personal finances. I’m looking forward to see how it grows!”
Start Your Own Blog: Blogging as a Creative Outlet
A number of bloggers told me that they initially started their blog as a way to express themselves. They felt they didn’t have the opportunity to use their creative skills at their job or they stayed home with the kids and really wanted some type of way to be creative. They felt that blogging was a good fit. What is it that you love to do? There are so many different niches for bloggers: personal finance, DIY, organization, business, Mommy blogs, self-improvement, health and fitness, sports, food, travel, etc. Check out Fiverr Daily for 110 Blog Niche Ideas. The point is, you can literally blog about anything and have fun doing it!
Christine at The (Mostly) Simple Life states “I started blogging as a creative outlet since I had a very non-creative job. It has turned into a part time income. I’ve since quit my day job and am working to turn my blog into full-time income. I love the variety of writing, photo editing, social media, and technical stuff.”
Laura Raising Soldiers for Christ says “I started my blog as a ministry opportunity. It has since grown to not only encompass ministry but to provide information to many military families, home school families, and parenting topics.”
Lena at What Mommy Does says “I started blogging (and still do) as an outlet that’s just for me. I love staying busy and while I was happy to leave my job as a CPA to be a full time stay-at-home-mom 9 years ago, I like having a way to use my degree that doesn’t take me out of the home (I write about personal finance mixed in with everyday family life).”
Margaret at Silver and Gold Friendship says “I started the blog because I have benefited mightily from older, wiser women sharing their lives with me. Now I fit the older part and (don’t know about the wiser part) wanted to share their wisdom by interacting with the younger generations. I’m a writer so this is a good platform.”
Ashleigh at Mompreneur On Fire states “I started the Mompreneur on Fire podcast because I wanted to connect, learn from and by inspired by the women I am most amazed by. (She built a business AND is raising a family?! Wait what?!) I did it without caring about making money, I just love these power women. You wouldn’t believe how amazing each and everyone is!!! Since then I have learned so much and now want to give back. Now, it’s a real (unrealized) dream come true that I get make money doing the things I love.”
Suzi from Start a Mom Blog states “I started blogging because I needed a creative outlet. I was in the corporate world for a few years and after my daughter was born I became a stay at home mommy. But still had this passion and wanted to do something profitable with my time. I realized so many mothers wanted to blog, but had no time or were overwhelmed. So I created my blog to help them with those issues. I use a lot of my Industrial Engineering knowledge to streamline blogging to make it easy and simple for moms who are pulled into a million different directions.”
LeighAnn from leighannescott.com says “I chose to start a blog as a way for me to express myself creatively, share my style, my nutrition background, and to help myself and others financially. I also am ambitious and my goal is to make a full time income from it one day!”
Start Your Own Blog: Blog for Accountability
I love this answer! When I asked people why they started blogging, some said they needed the accountability for something they were struggling with in their lives. As a blogger, you are followed by hundreds if not thousands of people. Your readers want to know how you are doing. They want to see what you are struggling with and what you are excelling at. They may be going through the exact same thing you are and you may offer the solution they are looking for. Instead of having one accountability partner, now you have an audience of accountability partners!
Aliyyah at Rich and Happy Blog says “I graduated college debt-free and started reading personal finance blogs as a way to learn about money management. I have always had an affinity for writing and figured: “why not start my own blog”? Since then, I’ve been loving the journey of creating a profitable personal finance blog.”
Julie from Millennial Boss says “I wanted to document my own debt payoff journey and the strategies I was using to increase my income in my 9-5 to help pay off debt faster”
Jen from Can’t Swing a Cat says “I started blogging in 2014 when I moved in with my parents to save for a deposit on a house. I figured that if I started a blog and documented my progress, I’d be more likely to stick to my money saving goals and less likely to splurge on things. I guess it was a way of holding myself accountable. I’m SO glad I started my blog because it’s helped me learn so much about my finances and the blogging world. I just hope that one day I can turn this from a passionate hobby into a full time career.”
Leah from Suddenly Frugal writes “I started blogging in 2007 because our family needed to become suddenly frugal (due to the economy), and I thought that started a blog and writing about our journey would help to keep us accountable. It did. And Suddenly Frugal birthed two books on frugality and went on to allow me to have a great platform as a money-saving expert.”
Jim from Wallet Hacks says “I started blogging in 2005 because it was a fun medium and I felt that writing about personal finance would help me become better at it too (it did). Along the way I learned how to build communities, monetize content, and build it into a business. My current blog wallethacks.com is my second foray into personal finance blogging and it’s as fun as the first time.”
Start Your Own Blog: To Stay at Home with the Kids
Did you know that you can make money from blogging? I honestly didn’t know this until I started this blog. Lots of people make money from their blogs and have the ability to stay home with their kids.
Kecia at Online Income Mom says “I originally started blogging in 2007 to just ramble about my everyday life and college. Once I became a mom, I wanted to stay home with my son so I started monetizing my blog. I recently started my newest blog, Online Income Mom, as a way to help others build and grow their own online income, primarily through blogging.”
Monica from Redefining Mom says “I started blogging because as I returned to my corporate job after maternity leave, I found that no one talked about how hard it was to be a new mom and work a demanding career. I began to blog to tell my story and connect with other moms who felt the same way. It resulted in the White House contacting me to come to the West Wing to tell my story! From there I realized I could make a living by blogging and freelancing and 3 years later, I finally quit my full-time job to work for myself.”
Holly from Club Thrifty says “I started blogging in 2012 because I was desperate to find a way out of my old job. I didn’t hate it, but I did hate working 40-50 hours per week and being away from my kids. Almost five years later and now both my husband and I work at home on our blog and freelancing endeavors. It feels great to rely only on ourselves and have the freedom we now enjoy.”
Melinda from Best Worst Decision “I started my blog after struggling with newborn issues and finding that mommy boards weren’t always nice! I imagined another mom looking on the internet at 3AM and finding my blog and feeling relief that she wasn’t alone. I also had an old blog on blogspot that I hadn’t touched in years about living on your own at 18 and decided to combine the two. The result is a blog that follows a young person through every life stage from leaving your parent’s house to buying your first house to having your first kid. All of my experiences came about after making stupid decisions but working through them.
McKinzie from Moms Make Cents states “I started my blog because I wanted to empower mothers to become entrepreneurs. A few months before I had my first baby, the company my husband worked for began to struggle. His pay was cut by 30% and they were having layoffs every month. In my first year of motherhood, I started three profitable businesses which helped supplement our income. These businesses kept our family afloat and I was able to stay home with my little guy. Now on my blog I teach women how they can grow their own businesses so they can find financial freedom ”
Joyce from My Stay at Home Mom Adventures says I was a working mom and after paying down my debt I was able to stay at home with my kids. I was blogging before but nothing serious it was until I became a stay at home mom that transitioning from a working mom to a stay at home mom was tough for me. I am passionate about eliminating debt and budgeting and debt freedom, and that’s what I mostly write about and I wanted to share my journey and motivate others.
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Start Your Own Blog: Blog to attain Freedom
Are you looking for a way to really be free from the 9-5? Are you looking for a side hustle to pay off debt? You can do both through blogging. There are actually multiple ways to make money through blogging. Michelle from Making Sense of Cents started her blog several years ago just as a hobby and now she is making well over $70,000 per month and she is teaching others to excel at affiliate marketing. You can learn more about her course here.
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Caroline from YTravelBlog says “I started a blog for 2 reasons: 1.) To live a life of constant travel and one I was in complete control of. I wanted to experience joy and freedom. Travel for me is the only way I feel that. I wanted to create something of my own so I did not have to rely on working holiday visas and could live and work wherever I pleased. 2.) To share my travel stories, wisdom and insights to help others travel more, create better memories, and live joyful and meaningful lives. I felt like all my travel experiences had been gifted to me, not just for my own pleasure, but so I could help others and make the world a better place through travel. It’s the best way to remove barriers and overcome fear and hatred.”
Kate from Cashville Skyline says “I started blogging at the end of 2013 because I was trapped in a career I hated (concert promoter). I knew taking control of my money would be my exit strategy. I saved six months of living expenses, quit my job, and transitioned into digital marketing. Now, I’m a self-employed blogger, freelance writer, and social media consultant focused on helping other creative professionals manage their money and hustle toward financial freedom.”
Maria from Maria Abroad says “I started my travel blog during my internship in China to share photos and stories about my adventures in China.”
Eternal Pursuit of Happiness says “I decided to start a blog to leave my 9-5 job and pursue financial freedom. I was inspired by so many people like Michelle and Making Sense of Cents. I want to share my journey that it is possible to leave the rat race of the everyday work life.
Deena from Special Needs Parent’s Income says “I started my blog about a month ago. My husband has a terminal brain illness and had to stop working 2 years ago. We have three children and the disease is genetic. Around the time of his diagnosis, my youngest child, only 3 at the time, started declining in speech and motor function. After a year and a half battle with Doctor’s she was tested for my husband’s disease and we found out she has the juvenile form of this rare illness, which makes her ultra-rare. That was in April of this year. I decided to start blogging as a way to allow me to earn an income to support our family so that I can quit my full-time career and spend more time with my family in their final days. I want to use my journey as a new blogger to help share with other parents and spouses like me, to see that blogging for income can be a viable option to support better work and family life balance in our unique situations.”
Emma from Money Can Buy Me Happiness writes “I started my blog (moneycanbuymehappiness.com) to show others that by living frugally and prioritizing the big goals in your life, you can have the life of your dreams. For us that means, travelling extensively with our 2 littles, between our home in New Zealand and my husband’s family in Ireland.”
Start Your Own Blog: Bring Your Passion To Life
Blogging is a way to really bring your passion to life and help so many people. Maybe you figured something out that others struggle with. You can help them by going through the steps you took to become successful. You can teach others to do what you love to do. Are you good at putting together outfits? Fashion bloggers help others feel more put together. Are you good at Home Decor? You could help others feel organized and trendy in their homes. Do you have a passion for helping others with their health? You can share tips on how to live a healthy life.
Chrissy from Hard Hitting Fitness writes “I started a blog because I wanted to share my love of health and fitness, more specifically kickboxing. I also wanted accountability for myself to maintain my own health and fitness. Blogging was the perfect solution to sharing this while being home with my three little girls. I am also hopeful that it will continue to allow me to be home with my daughters.”
Julie from Back to My Southern Roots says “I started a blog because I love to write, and I’d like to make enough money to be able to continue staying at home with my kids. I love being able to choose what to write about, and I get excited to get up each day and work on the blog.”
Sireesha from Crowd Work News “I started my blog to help others with more side income jobs, more work at home opportunities. I heard so much about people not getting past the scams, I wanted to show that there are many legitimate money making options. Just to make work revolve around family, not the other way around.”
Alea from Frugal Nesting says “I started my blog for a number of reasons, but they all lead back to one thing. I have lots of opinions… on everything! Because of that I always find myself telling stories & sharing recommendations on just about anything you can think of. And I remembered how much I love writing! I was obsessed with couponing, so I started a couponing blog. Then when we were TTC #2 I started a blog about that. Ultimately I realized that a lifestyle blog about parenting, budgeting & family living could encompass all of that in one! I’m just starting out, but I would love nothing more than to turn my passion into a full time job as a work at home mom so I can really be present for my little ones and enjoy more financial freedom for my family!”
Marguerite from Making Sense of Life wrote “I started my first blog about 12-13 years ago for my coaching business. I like writing but I was so busy with my work – both as a psychotherapist and trying to grow my coaching business that blogging was an afterthought. I stopped working as a therapist 8 years ago and now have a very limited coaching business so I can devote more time to the blog – and hearing Michelle Schroeder-Gardner’s financial success was very motivating. This new blog: http://www.makesenseoflife.com is first to keep me involved in what I am passionate about: healthy living, healthy relationships, healthy finances and second, hopefully to make money.”
Jaymee from Smart Woman Blog says “My career is in healthcare (I’m a nurse) and I really enjoy personal finance as well. So creating my blog is a way of pursuing both passions in a way that is flexible and enjoyable to me. This is because in my nursing job, I have a lot of restrictions on what I can do (rightfully so!) and with my blog, I have free reign to allow my creativity to work! It’s really my work-life balance thing!”
Kelly from Montana Happy writes “I started my blog 6 months ago because after the first time I went to Montana I felt such peace. A stressful career, crazy commute and non-stop things to do wore me out. Montana has open freeways where you see elk running along the side of the road, wild turkeys in the neighborhoods and stillness. I felt like everyone needed a little slice of Montana…”
Robert from Money Nomad writes “After completing my MBA and beginning a business PhD program, I discovered that I enjoyed the practical side of business far better than the academic research — but I still wanted to teach! So, rather than sit through another 3 years in a program I certainly didn’t enjoy, I decided to start working on my own and educate others about business through my blog, MoneyNomad.com. Not only do I get to research and “teach” whatever I want, but I’m influencing far more people than I ever would be able to from a single classroom.”
I started Frame to Freedom in December 2015 as a creative outlet, but also because I am passionate about helping others and I really love personal finance. We had a negative net worth of about $50,000 in 2012 and now our net worth is over $500,000 because we made the decision make smart money decisions. I want to help others do the same with their money.
I am passionate about helping others combine passion and purpose and I don’t want anyone to feel like money is holding them back from living the life they want to live. I started this blog more as an outlet but in February 2016, I started to think of it more as a business.
I read a free book written by Ruth Soukup about blogging and it incorporated ways to make money from blogging. I honestly never thought I could do it, but I felt so passionate that this blog was what I was to be doing at the time. I started to look more into a course called Elite Blog Academy. EBA is a course designed to help bloggers take their blog to the next level. It is a course that lays the foundation for a successful blog. I was able to hit 40,000 pageviews in less than 6 months by using the strategies from EBA and I am now monetizing my blog through several different strategies outlined in the course.
If you are interested in starting a blog, you can read the free eBook I read to learn more about blogging and Elite Blog Academy. EBA is a course that is offered only once a year- in February. It is a little pricey ($499) but worth every penny. The great thing about deciding to do it now, you have time to make the money to pay for it. You can check out my list of 175 ways to make extra money and if you do just a few off these, you could make the extra money needed to pay for the course. You can also get a copy of the free resources that I have used to help me with this blogging process by clicking here. If you are interested in starting a profitable blog, you can sign up for the EBA waiting list here.
Another course I highly recommend is Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing which was put together by Michelle Schroeder Gardner. The responses in this post are from the Mastermind group that Michelle set up (you have access to the group when you sign up for her course). This group is truly amazing and they are so kind and helpful. If you are a blogger, you seriously need to check out Michelle’s course by clicking my link.
Blogging is truly unique and there are so many reasons people choose to start a blog. It is not easy, but I am sure you can tell by the responses that it is very much worth it. If you are interested in some free resources, check out the list of free stuff I used to help me get started blogging.
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