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What I learnt in my first month blogging
- Today, I would love to share with you what I learnt my first month blogging. One month has gone by since I started this blog, and boy, does time fly. It really does not feel like I have spent a whole month working on this blog, but there you have it.
I had made a decision earlier on that I would share my blogging journey from the beginning even before I become an expert in the field. Before I started this blog, as much as I enjoyed reading all about the successful bloggers and how they did it, I also wanted to read the experiences of beginner bloggers. I knew their tips and novice knowledge would help me out a lot more as I can relate to it.
So I have made a pact to be honest and share my journey from the get go, even in my fumbling around. I know I will make mistakes and learn a lot along the way, and I want you to be a part of it. I also know it can feel a bit of a lone job as you may not know any bloggers in your day to day life.
If you’re just starting out or haven’t started a blog yet, do let me know of any reservations you may have about launching your own blog in the comment section. Even if you have any questions, I promise I will do my best to answer them and help you in your journey. Just shoot me an email or subscribe down below.
Blogging is convenient…
I have realized how truly convenient it is to write anywhere and anytime. My toddler could be napping or I could be at work on my lunch break, and would still be able to write a post or parts of it. Like most moms, I am very busy with a my toddler and another little one on the way as well as part time work, so it really helped me to work on my blog in small chunks. Having my iPad on the go and being able to write or pin some of my posts during my spare time has really made blogging easier.
Whether it’s journaling or writing poetry, I have always loved writing. It has given me an opportunity to de-stress from a hectic schedule and actually find enjoyment in writing and creating. Blogging has become my hobby and one that I actually look forward to growing.
If you love writing about anything or just documenting life as it happens, you will absolutely enjoy blogging. Now, it doesn’t mean you can build a paid career from any topic you choose to blog about, because passion doesn’t always translate to income. But it does help to enjoy creating and writing.
It’s a huge learning curve
From early on, I have to admit I did have some rookie dramas. Yes, that’s what I will call this particular issue.
I consider myself fairly tech savvy, but I found blogging quite different to what I expected. I have to be honest, I really did not feel tech savvy trying to figure out how to buy a domain and then get a self hosted website set up, and then finally work through wordpress to post blogs. It did look easier than it actually was before I started. It kind of freaked me out a bit at first. But soon enough, I did get the hang of it, though I am still learning every day.
I also have to credit Bluehost for all their online tech support. I could ask any silly question and they were there to answer it 24/7, which helped in a massive way! Seriously, I felt like there was no one else I could ask, and they were it! If you want to get started with Bluehost, click here to receive a free domain when you sign up with them. They have different hosting packages starting at $3.95 per month. For an easy tutorial on starting a blog from scratch, go ahead and check out my recent post HOW TO START A BLOG IN 4 EASY STEPS.
Before I started this blog, I knew there would be some financial investment made but I didn’t think it would add up to much. You do have to invest about $300 to get started with all the basics including hosting and themes, though you can choose free theme and cut down on some of the costs. I am by no means suggesting it’s too expensive as I personally view it as a worthwhile investment and don’t feel that it is a waste of money. But that depends on what you think is too much to fork out for a blog. So it depends how you see it.
I’m very careful on how I spend my money and I see this amount as a cheaper investment than a lot of other investments that would cost me hundreds of thousands. I plan on working very hard to monetize and pay off what I invested and hopefully make a decent income in the near future.
A bit overwhelming sometimes…
It can feel overwhelming and sometimes frustrating figuring out the technicalities of it all sometimes as I have found to be true for me. But mostly, I have learnt that you have to be willing to invest as much time and effort as you possibly can, and do it pretty consistently.
And that’s my journey in the blogging world so far. Where are you up to in your blogging journey? Do share your thoughts and queries below. And don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss a new post.