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I will be the first to admit I certainly do not have this whole blogging thing figured out. I am however making progress. In 2012 I ended the year with just over 4000 unique visitors in the month of December. In 2013 I ended the year just over 60,000 unique visitors in the month of December, and those numbers are still rising. (update currently in 2016 I am averaging almost 200,000+ unique visitors a month and 250,000+ page views)
Shortly after I started blogging in January 2012 I had what I like to call a laundry room epiphany, with low readership and dismal earnings I was in the middle of a major pity party when it occurred to me; Almost every career out there worth having requires either a 4 year degree or a lot of working your way from the bottom to the top, why would blogging be any different.
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That day I entered my own personal “Blogging University” and decided I would devote 4 years to learning as much as I could about blogging and putting it into practice. At the end of the 4 years I would evaluate if it is working for me and my family or not; until then I am gave it all I could without disrupting the family balance we all love.
(update: As of middle of 2016 I have finished 4 1/2 years of blogging and am now earning a full-time income–just above minimum wage but I only work 20 hours a week on average)
Want to Start Your Own Blogging Journey?
It is as easy as 1. 2. 3. 4.
- Pick a domain name (blog name) and register it: I personally use Go Daddy. This is so simple and inexpensive to do Go Daddy often run sales where you can register your domain name (blog name) for as little as .99 cents.
- Pick a Web Host: I started out with BlueHost. It costs as little as $5.95 a month.
- Get started on WordPress.org. : I started with a free WordPress template and saved up money until I could afford Genesis with the Prose child theme.
- Start blogging: I simply jumped right in (yep that is my first post it makes me cringe but I did it). I learned as I went and I don’t regret it .
(and if you want to earn money from your blog check out this post)
Want To Grow Your Blog : eBooks On Blogging I Recommend
I have read each and every eBook on this list and found them helpful for growing my blog. Some like Blogging For Profit caused my blog to grow by leaps and bounds
At the end of each year of blogging I shared a series of posts on what I learned on the journey so far. Here are the links to those posts.
What I learned My Freshman Year Of Blogging
Blogging University: The Landing Page where you can read my story
What I Learned My Sophomore Year Of Blogging
What I learned My Junior Year Of Blogging
What I Learned My Senior Year Of Blogging
Currently thinking of a few more posts to include in my senior year.
Other Posts On Blogging
From time to time I stumble across something that is helping my blog in such a big way that I was too excited about it to save it for the yearly updates, here is a list of those articles.