I began making Youtube videos in 2010. I met a friend who introduced me to the world of Youtube and she also inspired me to go to college to be an Esthetician. Those 2 events shaped what I am still doing to this day. Shortly after starting Youtube, it became a top hobby. I quickly built a tribe without even realizing that was what I was doing. My brain is always eager to learn. I was born curious but I like to take what I learn and apply it to my life in order to learn life lessons a little quicker. I decided to try blogging as well. I could not figure out how to even make enough money to pay hosting. It would get temporarily shut down because the cost to run it was outside of the budget that I had with 2 preschoolers who at the time was a sahm/wahm. I gave up on it and honestly thought I wouldn’t blog again.
Fast forward 7 years later and I finished beauty school, started working at a salon, then passed my State Boards in that order. A year later we were surprised with an addition to our family and I returned home to raise the next little one. Now as a sahm/homeschool teacher, I decided to give Youtube another shot 18 months ago. I really needed a creative outlet and Youtube was perfect for me. It was 9 months later that I felt that I was in the right place in life and it was time to blog again.
So after I did the steps necessary for my blog to go live (domain,hosting,) I realized that there was so much more work to do. I spent hours setting up my site to have the color theme/look that represents my brand well. My first blog post was Autism Wandering (My Personal Storytime). This blog post was written to go with a Youtube video where I just shared my personal experience with Autism Wandering/Elopement. It was my first article and I felt great about it. This time around I understand a lot more about how the internet and social media platforms work etc… I have found that my blog is growing and in the mean time…so am I. Let me share with you what I have learned.
If you are thinking about starting a blog and you haven’t done it yet here is an awesome guide that I found to help you know what steps you need to take. How to Start A Blog.
My first piece of advice is:
Get professional assistance or choose the easiest set up possible. I still need to invest in a professional website designer to fix my website but I still have an extremely small business budget. I have very little money to get my site started so I opted for free or super cheap. I set my own site up and I am finding that 8 months later, I want to completely change it. Save yourself the trouble and get some help first. There are even some that can help you on Fiver starting at $5.
Decide your niche asap. This will help you grow your tribe. If you can quickly understand who your readers are and what they need to hear then you can tailor your content toward it and waste less time.
Write. Every.Single.Day. Even if you don’t publish it. Not only will the practice be good for you, but you can go back to those drafts and use them at a later date. One of the hardest battles for me is the battle between being creative and being goal oriented. I love when my creativity comes and I am able to write in that moment, but as a writer, you have to be able to write even in a creativity slump. The 10,000 rule applies to everything including blogging.
Get organized. I love to use this free blog planner that I found here @ www.avirtuouswoman.org. Pinterest is a great way to keep track of your blog themes as well as a great way to promote your blog posts. There are many articles on Pinterest so that you can learn about blogging. You have to be open to learning every day and treating it like the business that it can become.
If you have any additional questions on blogging that you would like me to cover, just comment below.
Check out this inspiring page to keep you motivated.