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I started looking into non-traditional ways to make money and ended up launching my first blog in 2015 to help ends meet due to chronic illness. Having a blog has allowed me to get gigs as a freelance writer, as it acts as an online portfolio for my work. Here are some lesson's I’ve learned from taking the leap to work for myself.
My Blog isn’t About Me
Sure you can blog about what you are passionate about and what your hobbies are like everyone tells you. That’s doesn’t mean you are going to get any traffic or make money, though. You can’t just keep an online diary and write whatever you feel like. Writing a blog and being successful takes time and strategy. You write for your readers, not for yourself. You need to write about things that will rank in SEO and get pinned on Pinterest.
Designate a space for your work.
One thing that has really helped me stay consistent is my office set up. Its just a side of my living room but it helps me stay focused on the task at hand when I sit at my desk. You might not have the means or space for one, but if you do I suggest you get it set up. Even though weblog and freelance we still should mental “go to work” even in the living room.
Starting a blog is definitely not a get rich quick scheme. It has taken me a long time to figure out what I needed to do to get traffic to my site. Now that it’s growing and I’ve learned more about what I’m doing it is finally turning a corner. If I had taken my time to do more research before launching my very first blog, who knows where I would be today. Allow yourself to learn what you need to before getting started, just don’t take too much time.
I have been awful at time management my whole life. Now as a blogger I am starting to get much better at it. This is all due to my planner. I keep my planner on my desk and it helps me get everything I need to get done for the day. If you are interested in purchasing a planning, two I recommend are Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner and EPIC BLOG: One-Year Editorial Calendar. I typically work mornings as that’s when I focus the best.
Mindset is Important
I have faith in myself with fewer doubts because I have stuck with this project every day for some time now. I know I will continue to succeed. You have to really want it, and even if you aren’t posting daily you need to be doing something on your blog daily to see success, especially in the beginning.
Follow Your Dreams
Ever since I became ill, I have been trying to find a way to make an income that I actually enjoy and can do despite my illness. Blogging and freelancing have opened up that door for me. Sure, there are times when work is low but they are usually followed by busy times. I see myself doing some version of this lifestyle probably for the rest of my life. Technology will change and I will just go with the flow.
Have you started your blog yet?
If you are interested in starting a blog of your own, I created a tutorial that will help you, How to Start a Blog. If you are asking yourself “Can you seriously make money blogging?” My main tip is to be self-hosted. This is essential if you want to monetize your blog. It also makes you look more professional to companies you will partner with. Blogging income won’t happen unless you are self-hosted. You can pick from these links: Bluehost, or HostGator.