Anyone who knows me knows I always have something to say. Sometimes I speak without thinking. Okay! Most of the time.
I enjoy writing and thought it would be fun to share life experiences, products, recipes, etc.. A few years ago I started a blog on Blogspot and never kept up with it. Knowing it would be hard for me to keep up with my blog put major doubt in my head about starting a new one. What if I didn’t have enough to say?
Yeah. Yeah. I know anyone who really knows me can’t comprehend that thought. But it was a real fear! R-e-a-l.
After our plan to build fell through (read about it here) and we made the decision to move into our RV camper, I knew I “would” have plenty of content and decided to move forward with my blog.
There is a TON of information out there on starting a blog. I have been asked many times about starting a blog, so this is how this post came about. I am no expert and still have much to learn. So all the information below; take it with a grain of salt.
Starting and Setting Up My Blog
Pick your niche. Everything I read made this sound so easy, but I didn’t think it was. Ideas were bouncing out of my ADD head faster than a speeding bullet. Yeah, I’m from the south. Texas. We like our guns. Ok. Back on subject. Ultimately I decided on the lifestyle category. Being tied down to a specific niche is too much of a commitment for me.
After much research, I first needed to decide on a blogging platform. I chose WordPress.org so I could try to monetize my blog. Go big or go home.
Blogging through WordPress meant I would also need a host for my site. Bluehost seemed to be the go to for most bloggers, so I followed suit and chose to go with them. The prices were great and the customer support is amazing! And believe me, you will be happy to have all the support they provide.
Setting your new blog up through Bluehost with WordPress wasn’t too bad. I’m not going to lie, YouTube, Pinterest, Google and the WordPress forums were a HUGE help when it came to getting everything started. There’s no way I could do justice to the tutorials out there.
Like I said above, I was worried about content. I jumped the gun and wanted to publish my blog from the start. Most seasoned bloggers suggest having 10-15 posts already published when your blog goes live. I could have waited, but my blog content wouldn’t have matched up with the content in my social media posts.
I decided to make my first post about our new adventure of full-time RV Living while saving to build our dream home. I felt like I needed to start my blog off fresh. Who knows if it was the right choice or not. Always go with your gut. Right? Right.
Oh, my! This part is overwhelming! Share here, share there, share everywhere! I have
searched Googled everything I know to find a post here, post everywhere app. As far as we’ve come with technology there still isn’t an app for that! It’s a blasphemy!
I still don’t have this part figured out. Everyone says to plan your posts. Put all of your posts in a spreadsheet. I guess if your good at that sort of thing you should do that. I’m more of a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl. I’m never going to make it this blogging world, am I? Don’t answer that. I can do anything I set my mind to!
This is the gold right here! I mean “we” all started blogging because “they”, said we could make a six figure income and never work another day of our lives. Yeah, that is a big fat LIE! Of course it is attainable. Remember, you get out of it, what you put into it.
Setting up your blog for monetization is the easy part. But because your blog is ready to start earning money; doesn’t mean you’re actually making money. You need traffic on your blog and people to click your links and make purchases from them before you can actually make money. SHOW ME THE M-O-N-E-Y!! Name that movie.
And let’s not talk about sponsored posts. Most new bloggers don’t start off getting sponsored posts. You need content and examples of your work. I guess this is where that whole not-having-10-to-15-published- posts-upon-launch thing comes in to bite ya!
There is so much to think about when starting a blog. Yes, starting your blog is the easy part. It’s all the writing, photographing, editing, revising 7,263 times, figuring out SEO, making sure your blog is legal and follows federal guidelines that consumes you. You eventually find these things out as you go and a quick google search will lead you to a plethora of information as well.
I like to know what I’m getting into when I start something new. Through all the research I’ve done, groups I’ve joined and blogs I’ve read, there really isn’t anything out there to fully prepare you for everything you need to know when starting your blog. Sometimes you just have to take off like a herd of turtles.