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In December 2011 the idea of writing a blog grew in my heart and mind as I was painting floors on the last of our 3 renovation homes. I talked it over with my husband who gave me not only the green light but a huge push to move forward. He told me I had one week to research and then I had to publish my first post, no matter what. He knows his snail pacing wife well. I often use “need to research” as a way to hide my fears of what could happen if I just start.
I was so irritated with him then but so thankful for his push now. I am also thankful for the laundry room pity party where a seed was planted in my heart to treat myself like a student of blogging, who earns a students wage, with the hope of a professional blogger’s wage once the time and work is put in.
Looking back as I enter my senior year of my own personal Blogging University there are a few things I would tell my just starting out blogging self during that laundry room pity party.
4 Things I Would Tell My Former Day One Blogging Self
1. Don’t compare your start to another person’s start
Those people you see starting blogs with you right now, some of them are going to grow at a much faster rate than you are; don’t let this upset you. They are not living your life. They are not a part of your unique family, with your unique needs. Their pictures are not showing if they are living a balance life or not. You don’t know if they are neglecting areas in life to grow their blogs faster. Remember your priorities in life, stick to them and give the blog the time you can and don’t panic if it grows at a slower rate than others, as long as it is growing a little more each month it is heading in the right direction.
2. This is not just your business
A blog is not the business of an individual but rather the whole family. My families willingness to pitch in and help around the house, has made a huge difference in the amount of time I work on my blog each week and not let necessary household priorities like food to eat and a clean enough home slide.
At first when my blogging was bringing in pennies a day, this was really hard for everyone, but now that we are starting to see a pay off of a steady part time income, it has gotten easier.
3. You are going to work for pennies longer than you think
It was not until the end of my sophomore year that my blog really started bringing in enough money to cover its expenses, and not until the end of my junior year did it start producing the minimum part time income my husband and I were hoping to see from it when I started.
3 years of typing away 20 to 30 hours a week with little pay, was really hard. Trust me some days I doubted my sanity, but now I am so glad I stuck with it. Which leads me to my last point…
4. Don’t quit.
Day one blogger, don’t quit, keep learning, keep trying, keep typing, keep posting, keep growing, just don’t quit.
Join me as I write about what I have learned during my junior year as a Blogging University student. I plan to write at least 3 more installments covering..
1. Forming blogging connections when a conference is not possible.
2. What a paid blog review can do for your blog.
3. The importance of setting time boundaries for your blog.
It took me forever to make my first $100, but I earned my first penny pretty quickly, and from one penny came another and another, but not from sources you might expect, see how I monetized my blog from day one.