Things you need to know before you start blogging. Pondering on whether you should or shouldn’t start a blog?
Is blogging still a thing? Who reads blogs these days?
Where and how do you learn to start a blog?
And, most importantly what are some things you need to know before you start blogging?
Listen, these questions that are racing through your mind are so common. I know this because I had my fair share of them when I first wanted to start a blog.
At first, I thought blogging was saturated. There was absolutely no space – left for another blog on the internet.
Plus, there are already so many established bloggers and influencers. Who’s going to listen to me, much less find my blog.
Sounds familiar to you?
Well, allow me to crush these doubts for you!
You, see before I decided to start blogging. I became a certified life coach and was so close to making that my career. But, there was just something that didn’t quite feel aligned.
Here’s the thing! Even though it wasn’t aligned with me, I kept forcing myself to pursue coaching, because let’s face it.
When you tell someone you are a coach, they are always like – wow! That’s amazing, tell me more. But, the first thing you often hear when you say you’re a blogger is, oh. Isn’t blogging dead? Who still reads blogs today? Do you even make money from blogging?
What I can tell you after blogging for about a year is that I love what I do! I love sharing my knowledge with moms like you. Inspiring and helping moms to live their best life. Blogging brings so much joy and satisfaction to me.
Related Post: Why I Started Blogging & Why You Should Start A Blog
Should You Start A Blog? Things You Need To Know Before You Start Blogging
1. Why do you want to blog?
When starting any venture, whether it’s a business or hobby, the first thing you need to ask yourself is – why. In this case, why do you what to start a blog?
By asking yourself why – you will be able to gain clarity and have a better understanding, why you are wanting something. And in this case, why you are doing something. It will be up to you to continue or change your mind after learning why you want to start blogging.
Do you want to blog so you can spread the word out on a rare illness that you or a loved one suffers from? Help change the lives of others through your stories. Or would you like to gain flexibility and work from anywhere? Are you looking for ways to gain an extra income as you stay home with your children?
Knowing your why ( why you are starting blogging) will help you to stay focus and continue with blogging when you are faced with challenging days. Or when you feel like throwing in the towel. Referring back to your why encourages you to keep going.
2. Blogging is NOT dead
So, if I must say. When I first thought of blogging. I heard from so many that blogging is a thing of the past. No one reads blogs these days.
Well, if it’s a food or travel blog, you may get lucky. But other than that, blogging days are over!
Ouch, that hurts!
Have you heard similar things?
Do you believe it’s true?
Is blogging days really over? Is blogging really dead?
Among the many things you need to know before you start blogging – is if you think blogging is dead. That blogging days are over. You need to think again!
Blogging is well and thriving. And there’s so much room for your blog. Even if there are hundreds of bloggers in your niche.
You want to know why?
Well, while your message may be similar to theirs, you got your own unique way of sharing your message to your ideal audience. So don’t limit yourself.
Plus, there are over 8 billion people in this world. And the world needs you to share your message. Do you still think it’s too late to start blogging in 2021?
When you are ready to start your blog, you can begin with this free Start A Blogging Business 5 Day Course.
3. Yes! You can make money from blogging in 2021
If you’re wondering if it’s even possible to make money blogging in 2021, the answer is yes! As a matter of fact, if your main goal is to make money from blogging, then you should start monetizing your blog from day one.
Here’s some ways you can make money from blogging:
- through affiliate marketing ( recommending other people’s products and services to your readers for which you will receive a commission).
- Sale of digital products like e-books, graphics, worksheets.
- Offering your services like coaching, consulting, freelancing
I recently completed the Affiliate Blogger Bootcamp with Heather and Pete Reese. I encourage you to check out this 5 day Bootcamp. It will allow you to take your blog to a whole new level.
If you start your blog today, the sky is the limit as to how much money you can earn.
4. Low start-up costs.
Let’s be realistic here. Everything costs money these days! If you are truly ready to start your entrepreneurial journey, then you are going to have to start thinking like an entrepreneur.
The good news is blogging will not break your bank account like most start-up business costs. You can start your blog for less than $100.
Now, tell me. What business can you start today for less than $100?
All you need is a domain and hosting. To get started, I recommend you purchased your domain and hosting through Bluehost. Bluehost is my current provider for this blog, and I absolutely love them!
And if you need support with starting your blog. Sign up for the free Start A Blogging Business 5 Day Course
As a mom, you are probably going to want to have some sort of flexibility. Being present for your child may be your priority. You know, like not having to miss another one of your child’s school concerts or parent-teacher meetings.
Blogging offers you much flexibility. From choosing when you work to where you work from.
6. You are your own boss.
Don’t you just like the sound of that?
One of the many things you need to know before you start blogging is that you are your own boss with blogging. What does that mean for you?
Well, to start with – you no longer have to report to anyone. You now get to decide what your schedule would look like. How you run your business and your business goals. Doesn’t that sound incredibly awesome?!
While being your own boss comes with a lot of responsibilities and may not be everyone. I totally love what I do! Which is blogging, of course.
And the best part is. Once your blogging business begins growing, you will eventually have to outsource some tasks. This now allows you to create employment for others.
So, let me ask you. Do you still think it’s too late to start a blog in 2021? If you are still in limbo. Keep reading.
7. Influence your niche
Blogging allows you to influence your niche. You see, creating a library of content in your nice will allow you to be seen as an expert in your field. Other new and aspiring bloggers will look up to you. They will want to learn from you. Allowing you to put together your own blogging training.
The influence you have on your niche can land you speaking gigs, co-author opportunities and podcast interviews. Now wouldn’t that be nice?!
Blogging can create many opportunities for you to grow. Both as an individual and as an online entrepreneur.
8. No previous experience needed
Are you worried about starting a blog because you have no experience?
Well, here’s some great news for you. Anyone with a passion – to start a blog and share their messages can start blogging. There’s no need for any certification or techy background. With blogging, you learn as you go. And will always be learning something new.
When I started my blog. I had no idea what I was doing. All I knew was, I wanted to encourage moms to go after their ambitions without guilt. I wanted to share my growth journey with other moms.
I learned how to create my blog by following this free Start A Blogging Business 5 Day Course. And if I can do. So can you!
9. You are never alone.
Ok. Fear always shows up when you are trying to pursue your dreams. It’s quite normal to wonder who to turn to when things are not going as you plan with your blogging biz.
Here’s some great news for you. Many established bloggers have been through a similar if not the same infancy stage with their blogging business. Who faced similar fears. The most amazing thing is that they openly share their stories and the ways they’ve overcome them. Some have even created free programs to help newbie bloggers get started. And just because it’s free doesn’t mean it’s not good.
When you are first starting, I recommend the Start A Blogging Business 5 Day Course. This is the exact course that got me started with blogging.
Do a google search on top bloggers in your niche. Follow them on social media and sign up for their email list so you can learn from them and become aware of free training and webinars that can provide a wealth of knowledge to you.
10. Blogging is fulfilling
We spent a whole lot of our lives searching for our purpose. You know, looking for that one “thing” that will bring joy to us. Something we will enjoy without feeling frustrated and burned out. I’m incredibly proud to say that I have found that with blogging. And I want you to know that you can find the same joy from blogging.
So, if blogging is something you’ve been pondering on for a while. It’s totally worth the risk.
11. Blogging takes time and commitment.
Before you decide to start blogging you need to know it takes time and commitment.
Blogging may not be for everyone (it’s the truth) but, it’s something I enjoy. And that enjoyment is shown by the amount of time I put into my blog.
In the beginning, you need to show up and put work into your blog, even on those days when you don’t feel like it. Even if it’s only for 30 minutes a day. Show up and be present. Nothing is easy at the start, but through consistency and persistence, your blog will thrive.
12. Treat blogging as a business
If your goal is to make money from blogging. Then you will have to start treating blogging as a business. Think about it this way. You can’t show up for work today and then don’t show up until two weeks later. You would probably get fired, right?!
Create a schedule that allows you to focus on blogging. Put effort into your blog and keep learning ways that will help you thrive as a blogger.
Take time to market your blog through the different social media platforms. Create an email list and spread the word about your new blog. Currently, I use Flodesk to send emails. It’s super easy to navigate with beautiful layouts.
Businesses that fail to promote and market their products and services rarely stand a chance of survival. So, spend time marketing your blog!
Is It Really Too Late To Start A Blog
Here’s the thing, while blogging can bring you a wealth of knowledge and satisfaction. It can also feel like you are speaking to crickets when you first get started. Why?
- Your well-written content is not being seen by as many as you’ve hoped for.
- You are unable to work with the brands of your choice.
- You are spending hours trying to make three sales so Amazon can finally qualify you as an Amazon affiliate.
One of the reasons why many bloggers don’t make it is because they quit too soon or expect their blog to take off immediately.
Blogging is not a get-rich scheme!
While the sky is the limit when it comes to blogging and your income potential is limitless. It will take some time before you start enjoying five -figures months. So be patient and stay consistent.
Believe it or not the online world is still growing. And it’s going to keep growing.
There you have it! My pick on 12 things you need to know before you start blogging.
Are you ready to start blogging in 2021?
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Great tips right here!
All of this is so true! I just started out and I’m struggling with the schedule thing but you’re right, even if it’s just 30 minutes you gotta put the time in. Great post!
I think blogging seems to be such a creative therapeutic outlet yet it also seems so difficult to always put out fresh content. It’s not for everyone! I commend people who do it!
These are such great points! I am definitely pinning this to go back to later. Great reminders for those of us who are already bogging.
All of these are so true!
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