So You Want To Be a Blogger
From free-time fun to building a business, there’s tons of reasons to start blogging. You probably already have your reasons to consider blogging, or maybe you want to start a blog without really knowing why. That’s totally okay!
When I first started blogging, it was because I wanted to live that sort of romanticized blogger lifestyle. You know the one, traveling all the time and writing about your adventures, posting cute pictures of coffee and journals on Instagram, constantly sharing new recipes and DIY tutorials. Or… maybe you don’t. That was my dream, after all, not yours.
I thought blogging would help me live the life I wanted to live, but it turns out that I have to live that life before I can blog about it!
Reasons For Blogging
Despite how inconsistent I’ve been with Freshly Stale, blogging has already taught me so much! There are so many reasons to start a blog. Seriously.
The more you do it, the more reasons you’ll find to keep doing it. So long as you like it, that is! And there’s so many different approaches to blogging out there that, if you’re determined, you’ll be able to find an approach that works for you.
All sorts of people can be bloggers. Experts, amateurs, homebodies, social butterflies; anyone can be a blogger if they want to be! You just have to come up with a plan, and then do it. But we’ll talk about that some other time😉. Seriously, there are so so so many reasons to start a blog.
Maybe you’re an expert or a professional in your field and want to share what you know with others, or maybe you’re an amateur who wants to learn more about something you’re passionate about by writing about what you learn. Perhaps you want to quit your part time job and earn a full time income online. You might just want to use a blog as an online journal, as a way to chronicle and share your life experiences. And gosh, what’s sharing life experiences without friends, right? Maybe you just want to meet like-minded people.
Sharing is caring, right? Well, not always (I’m looking at you, Covid-19😷). Knowledge is one of the easiest things that we can share. I mean shoot, sharing knowledge is as easy as talking or typing!
Whether you’re passionate about your area of study and just want somewhere to talk about it, or you’re building a portfolio to share and showcase your knowledge for professional advancement, one of the easiest ways to do it is to start a blog. There are tons of places to start a free blog, like WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger, or Wix.
Running this type of blog is a good way to establish yourself as a maven, or an expert. You can choose whether to write informational posts or make it more like a lesson instead! Sure, people need a degree and a teaching license to teach IRL, but what’s stopping you from getting a blog and teaching on a URL instead?
Exploring an Interest
Maybe you aren’t an expert, and that’s okay! You’ll get there one day, and you’ll do it the same way all the other experts did; do lot’s of research, try to gain experience, and write about what you’ve learned!
Really, exploring an interest with a blog is also sharing knowledge, the only difference being that exploration focuses on educating yourself and sharing knowledge focuses on educating others.
First and foremost, it’s important to realize that anything can be monetized with the right business plan and marketing. Blogs are no different! But if your main focus with blogging is just to make money, then you’re going to have a hard time.
Just making money isn’t enough of a goal in and of itself, you’re gonna need some direction.
When I first started blogging, all I knew was that I wanted to travel and make money. I couldn’t afford to travel, so I couldn’t very well start a travel blog. Instead, I just started blogging about any random thing.
I made many mistakes, and they taught me well. Learn from my mistakes; if you’re planning on blogging for money, then you absolutely need to have something to offer, you absolutely need a business plan, and you absolutely need to treat your blog like a full-time job from day one.
What services do you offer, what product do you sell, what can you do well enough to get people to give you their hard earned cash? I get it, I really do. I want to make money blogging, too. But more than that, I want to share my stories, recipes, and poetry.
If that turns into some ebooks along the way, or some lessons in blogging and writing, well that would be fantastic! It’s absolutely possible to make money with a blog. And good money, too. Shoot, some bloggers make over $10k a month.
As a Journal
Of course, blogging doesn’t have to be that serious at all! It can just be fun to write about life experiences online. Web pages are just virtual pages, after all. They take up far less space than a scrapbook, and can have videos and GIFs on them too. Now show me a journal that can do that!
Let me just mention that a lot of these reasons overlap. Lot’s of travel blogs act as personal journals and educational sites about various travel destinations, all while earning money!
Remember, a blog is far more public than a journal or scrapbook, which can be a little scary. Anyone can find what you post if they search the right thing, right? Would anyone really want to keep a public diary?
Personal growth is uncomfortable sometimes. I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me, blogging has made me much more mindful of the things I say online and offline as well. The internet is forever, after all. Sometimes it’s good to practice vulnerability. Blogging is a great way to do this while exploring personal boundaries. You really have to ask yourself, “is this something I’m comfortable sharing with the world?”
A lot of things are embarrassing or cringey in hindsight, and a blog is no different. It’s totally okay! That sort of thing only proves that we’ve learned and grown, ya know?
Creating a Community
No matter what sort of blog you run, chances are if you stick to it long enough, you’ll end up meeting some like minded people. Birds of a feather flock together! Lot’s of bloggers call the community that forms around their blog their tribe.
If you’re a lifestyle blogger, eventually you’ll meet people who are interested in a similar type of lifestyle. Nature blogs will attract followings who are interested in nature, fashion blogs will attract people with similar taste in fashion, etc.
Let’s say you’re interested in marine biology, but you live in Nebraska and don’t know anybody else with that interest. By exploring that interest on a blog and sharing your research, you could eventually meet others who are interested in marine biology. You could meet people from all over the world with similar interests to you just by blogging!
What Should You Do Now?
Before you start a blog, really take some time to think about the reasons why. Is it for fun or for business? Would it be educational or for entertainment? There’s so so so much to consider before starting a blog. At least, there’s a lot to consider if you want to avoid making the same embarrassing mistakes that I made.
Don’t worry, I’ll be here with you every step of the way! Next Thursday I’ll talk you through the most important steps to take before starting your blog, such as choosing your niche, your website name, and the different blog hosting websites to choose from.
In the meantime, stay tuned for some poems, recipes, and writing tips!
Thank you so much for reading! Why did you decide that you want to start a blog? Tell me in the comments below, and don’t forget to like and subscribe!😊