Have you been toying with the idea of blogging? Are you itching to get your thoughts out there for the world to read and enjoy, but you’re just a little bit afraid of the commitment to start a blog?
I totally get it: it takes guts to start a blog and to see it through for years down the road. Quite honestly, bloggers come and go by the dozens because of one reason alone: blogging is hard!
But if you are just a little bit fired up about your product or service, your topic, and your audience, there is absolutely no reason you can’t succeed at blogging.
5 Reasons to Start a Blog
If you’ve been needing someone to just tip you over on the other side and give you a few reasons to motivate you to start a blog, I’m here for you!
Get paid for writing about what you love
When I explain to my friends what I do, they’re like “huh? So…you get paid to write?”
Not only do bloggers find ways to monetize our writing but we quickly learn to tap into other sources of monetization. Writing a blog post may quickly turn into creating other products like ebooks. (I created mine on Amazon CreateSpace and KDP Select).
My blog posts have also turned into podcasts, where I earn affiliate commission or advertising promo spots.
Additionally, blog posts can turn into ideas for videos, which can turn into a robust vlog channel making you some nice residual income with Google Adsense. (Here’s one of mine).
If you get really good at writing for your own blog, you can even offer to begin looking for opportunities to write paid guest posts and start earning money to share your content on other sites.
Be your own boss
Why start a blog? Because you get to ultimately create what you want out of your writing career.
What I love about blogging is that it gives me the opportunity to create something out of nothing. I am creating a community and a tribe because I’m writing about what I love.
I get to make my own choices about what content to put out (based on user-feedback, of course), set my own hours, attract the clients of my choice, and drive the direction of my business.
I absolutely love all these aspects of blogging!
Create your own schedule your way.
As I mentioned before, I like to be my own boss which, of course, includes creating my own schedule.
It’s up to me whether I want to dial it down or up- adding on more blogging or less. I truly get to create my own schedule and blog around my family responsibilities.
Meet awesome people in your niche.
Oh my goodness, have I ever met some pretty fabulous and amazing people through blogging!
If you are looking for an easy way to grow your network and meet awesome people in your niche, blogging is the way to go!
The small virtual communities I’ve found are mainly through:
following other blogs and commenting
following YouTube channels I admire
listening to incredible podcasts and following the hosts on social media
and of course, social media- Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook
One of my main sources for meeting pretty awesome people is through interviews and podcasting. As I’ve learned the skill of interviewing guests in my niche I’ve also been able to connect with some fabulous mompreneurs along the way and expand my outreach.
Make a difference for other people.
More than anything, I’ve found that blogging has helped me to help others. The thing that excites me the most about blogging is knowing that I’m helping others and making a difference for them.
My homeschool blog is about helping homeschool moms of faith with their specific needs: choosing curriculum, encouragement and support, advice, free resources, and conversations with thought leaders in the home education sector.
This blog at Mompreneurs in Heels is about helping moms entrepreneurs develop their online business from start to continuation: from business idea to blog to content and product development.
I also want to use this as a platform to highlight mompreneurs who are doing it and working their business.
When you find out your business and blogging purpose, it is exciting because you realize that you truly are making a difference for others.
That’s the best part.
Keep learning new things.
Blogging helps me to keep on learning. As I talk to other bloggers, interview guests for my podcast, or just do research for a blog post, I learn something new each time.
Lifelong learning is a goal for me. I wake up each day wondering what new thing I’ll learn. Because I blog daily I research daily…and I just keep learning new things I didn’t know before!
If lifelong learning is big on your list, making blogging a part of your lifestyle can help you to accomplish that.
If you’ve been wondering, “Why start a blog?”, now you know five terrific reasons to get moving on your first blog post!
Wouldn’t it be great for your blog readers to keep coming back for more of what you have to say?
You would have to be thrilled with repeat readers who love your content and keep coming back for more, right?
This what it’s like to have an unforgettable first impression on your blog. To know that you are helping someone makes all the difference in your blogging experience.
When someone reaches out to you and says “Thank you- your post has really helped me with ____ (fill in the blank)”, it makes you feel good doesn’t it?
It took me so long to begin getting comments on my homeschool blog in 2012. When I finally started hearing from my readers, most of the feedback I often received was about the look and feel of my blog.
Oftentimes my readers told me they felt it had a personal touch and that I was speaking directly to them. This is exactly how I wanted them to feel when they read my blog.
Want to know how I built that unforgettable first impression with my readers? The following are a few tips I’ve used to help me build rapport with my audience.
Put your best face forward online.
The first thing to take into consideration is your appearance online. This includes: blog posts, your website layout, color scheme, videos, and your product packaging (if you sell products- digital or tangible).
What impression are your readers getting when they land on your website?
The first thing I usually start with is the look and feel of my website. I want to make sure I really like my color scheme, logo, and site layout. If I love how my site looks I can confidently share it.
Next, I focus on my creative media- like my podcasts and videos. If I’m making a video for the week, I want to make sure I definitely put my best face forward.
I do a quick hair and makeup check before I record. No need for lashes or an entire makeup routine, but I do have to throw on a pair of pants (other than the yoga pants I wore around the house all week) and a decent blouse before I hit the record button.
If I want to make a good impression on potential customers I need to make sure I practice better business branding.
The best way to make an incredible first impression on your blog is to be yourself.
Let’s face it- your blog is unique because your voice is unique. You are you and no one else, and your blog should reflect that.
What makes your blog original?
Is it your incredible graphics?
Is it the way you write- engaging and pulling in your reader?
Is it the media you add- like videos?
Do you tell a story no one else can?
Whatever your unique take is, your blog should sound only like you.
The great thing about blogging is that you don’t need to capture anyone else’s voice. Your own voice is what attracts the right clients to you.
Pay attention to your customers.
The best very best thing you can do on your blog is to shower your readers with a lot of attention.
“How exactly do I do this?” you might ask.
Answer: your mailing list!
When I first started blogging, I missed out on this very important step. I completely forgot to capture my readers’ emails so that I could keep in touch.
I went six months with my homeschool blog before I realized how I had been missing out on this important feature of my blogging business.
Here’s my advice if you’re starting a blog: make sure your readers are signing up for your mailing list.
This is the only way you have true permission to keep in touch with your readers -who may become customers!
It also makes a fabulous incredible first impression, because your customers see how important keeping in touch with them is to you.
What do I do with my mailing list subscribers?
Offer them free incentives often.
Treat them like VIP’s with discounts and coupons.
Share special information and resources reserved only for subscribers.
Invite them to free VIP virtual events.
Have these tips been helpful? Are you ready to create an unforgettable first impression on your blog?
I get it-it’s not easy balancing a full-time blogging lifestyle while tending to family full-time as well. But guess what, Mompreneur? If you want this, you can do it!
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On this post and podcast episode (yay for another podcast this week!) I want to share with you 5 mompreneur balance hacks that will help you with your blogging while raising kids.
I have two daughters – and although they are now on the older side- both a teen and a preteen, I have been blogging with them in tow since they were both toddlers. I understand the complexities of a stay-at-home and work-at-home lifestyle and what that means for mom bloggers.
Rest assured that although you won’t likely get it all done, that you will at least have made some headway in accomplishing your goals.
What are the hacks I used for the past 14 years to help me balance mom life (and mompreneur life) while blogging?
Make a flex schedule.
Mom life wouldn’t be the same without a flex schedule. We have to give ourselves time to get it all done (or most of it anyway) and that requires a lot of freedom to move things around in a day (or week).
The way I do it is, although I have a set time to work (my block schedule), I give myself the option to move that block of time around wherever and however necessary.
So let’s say I typically work from 1- 4 pm on weekdays, but I have a dentist appointment scheduled on Wednesday at 2 pm out of town. I would simply just take that 1-4 pm I would normally work on Wednesday and move it back to 5-8 am so that I get the same amount of time and work accomplished, all before my kid wake up.
Sometimes I have to move my work blocks to the late evening and sometimes to a weekend. I might even have to break up my 3 or 4 hours into 1-hour chunks spread throughout the week.
For the most part, however, I like to keep my amount of time blogging the same per week. Currently I am working at an almost-full-time pace, breaking up my hours throughout the week as needed.
Cut out filler activities.
This is a big one for me because Netflix gets me every time. But if you can cut out extraenneous activities while working you’ll be much more productive.
One thing I’ve learned to do is to only focus on my writing and nothing else. If I’m blogging, that is exactly what I’m doing. Crafting my posts- and not checking social media.
Staying completely focused on one task at a time and not going down rabbit trails – like checking email, for example- can help tremendously in productivity.
Pre-plan your posts.
I love to know what I’m going to write about before I fire up my laptop. The way I handle this is to make sure I have already pre-written a few outlines so that when I’m ready to start blogging, all I have to do is begin.
Writing my post ideas out and creating outlines for them speeds up my productivity to double the time than if I were to research a post, then write it up- one post at a time.
I like to batch my work, getting all the research and topics out of the way in one setting, then going back to create outlines for them in another sitting.
Eventually, when it’s time to write my posts, I already have a road map before me and I can just plug in and start writing.
Check out my Facebook Live video about creating my blogging roadmap while on the road! 🙂
It’s so much easier this way! As a busy mompreneur, you need all the shortcuts you can in order to make the blogging life easier and more fulfilling.
Only write, nothing else.
It’s like I mentioned earlier- focus on only the task at hand. If I’m writing, I’m not checking social media, but neither am I creating a podcast. I’m only writing.
Batching out my activities makes things so much easier. For example, if I’m creating a blog post image for one blog, why not for several? I’m already in Canva, so I may as well create several images at once.
If I’m only focused on writing- which is the bulk of my blogging activities- then I can crank out several posts within an hour’s time.
Focusing on one task at a time truly improves speed and productivity.
Factor in fun.
One of the best things you can do as a mompreneur is make sure you’re getting taken care of.
What does fun mean to you? Factor that into your life on a regular basis and take care of yourself.
I often like to get away for a walk and have coffee. It’s too much fun to live downtown where walking to a coffee shop only takes 2 minutes!
I love an occasional gourmet coffee at a fancy coffee shop (or just my local one), so I might go out with another mompreneur friend some weekends.
I celebrate small achievements by rewarding myself with special treats that mean a lot to me.
(I like to share my fave coffee drinks on Facebook!)
I also like to motivate myself with a daily calendar check-off just to keep me motivated, and this is all part of my fun.
Mostly, I just try to remember that the mompreneur life is not all about work, work, work and no play. We need to pay our bills, but it’s also nice to put aside some money to spend for pleasure– and to do so regularly to keep our spirits up.
What does factoring in fun mean for you?
Going out to celebrate with girlfriends? Saving up for a cruise for your family? Taking your kids to Disney? Taking yourself to a spa?
Figure out what fun is for you, and reach towards it!
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Have you been thinking of starting a blog but just haven’t taken the leap yet?
Are you scared to start blogging about a topic that isn’t relevant to your readers- or that you will get bored of easily?
When I first started my homeschool blog back in 2012, I knew that I had to find a topic that I was living- every day and every moment. Because I was neck deep in the trenches with my kids and homeschooling them, I knew that I could write about this topic a lot.
I knew that I would be making a commitment to full-time blogging about this topic and that it would stay with me for years down the road. I was committed to building a blog around the topic of homeschooling.
It was going to be a major commitment. And it truly has been!
If you’ve been pondering how to start a blog with purpose and that is the reason for your hesitation, then this post will walk you through some key steps to start your blog on the right path.
The month of January I’ve been talking a LOT about starting a blog because I know how difficult it can be to get started. I just want to help you get going in the right direction.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you don’t just want to start any ol’ blog, but start a blog with purpose and passion.
Discover what you’re good at.
Starting a blog for the sake of it (because you like to write or because your friend is blogging) isn’t going to pull you through to the business side of things. You will hobby blog and have fun doing it, but you won’t be guaranteed to build a business with it.
(I hate to be so blunt, but I thought I’d just dish it out to you anyway).
To put it more kindly, you should definitely start your business blog for reasons that will sustain you for the long haul.
If you want to build a business with your blog, the way to dive into the blogging business is to discover (not what your friend is blogging about, or what is popular at the moment) but essentially what you are good at.
Start with you- your gifts, talents, skills, and enjoyment.
What do you like to talk about? What are you good at?
And guess what? I have a free gift for you to help you do just that.
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As a blogger you will begin to see yourself more as a content creator. You will utlimately be creating content of all kinds (not just blog posts).
Think: ebooks, maybe even videos and podcasts, perhaps slides, worksheets and workbook, courses, webinars– the sky is the limit!
You’ll soon begin to see how much you actually produce as a content creator. Then you can evaluate this in light of discovering what you’re good at.
If you know how much you actually produce, how much you give to your readers (or how much you plan to give once you begin blogging), you can more clearly identify your favorite ways of delivering that awesome content!
This all begins with discovering what you’re good and passionate about.
Also, remember that blogging is a long-term journey. You won’t discover how to do everything all at once. It will take time: days, weeks, months…and yes, even years.
Be gentle on yourself as you won’t get the hang of blogging just right over night and immediately.
Okay, okay- I know that this is easier said than done. It’s not like you can just snap your fingers and “voila!’ your fears are gone. Just like that.
Blogging can be scary. I get that.
When I first started my vlog I was scared to pieces that I would be rejected. I was scared that my videos would be lame. I was scared that by putting myself out there I would make a fool of myself to family, relatives, and close friends.
I was even ashamed of sharing my vlog with others. It took me forever to share my YouTube channel and my homeschool blog to my own homeschool community.
In fact, I never shared it, and when word got around that I had a blog I wanted to hide.
At first, that is.
But with time, I learned to embrace my blogging lifestyle and share it freely with others. I give what I give the way I give it, and I should never hide behind it. After all, I want the world to know about my blog, right?
It’s all about sharing and giving back to our readers.
When you realize just how much you have to share and give away to help others, you’ll discover how that it’s not about you as much as it is about your reader.
I learned to get over my blogging fears when I discovered that my readers had a lot of questions about homeschooling that I could help them with. I had answers, support, and advice, and I was ready and willing to give it.
I was happiest when I was helping a reader with a question.
I think this has been the driving force to keep me going with my blogging all these years: the fact that I can help others.
Once you start to see how great it feels to be a support to your reader and begin building a list of subscribers you can connect with, blogging won’t seem like such an empty and monotonous task.
You will be resonating with your audience, reaching out to your readers, helping on a personal level.
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Today’s blog post (and podcast) are for you to get encouragement as a stay at home mom as you consider becoming a full time blogger.
When I first began blogging in 2005 I did it for fun, and not to be a full time blogger. Two years later, I blogged because I’d just had a baby and I wanted to share a few sneak peeks into my world as a new mom. I loved writing and this was a great outlet for me.
I was already working at home as a web design and social media consultant back then, so I naturally saw how great blogging would be for small businesses. I made sure to include blogging in my clients’ strategies- always. Blogging worked so well back then that websites with an accompanying blog attached always ranked higher in Google.
Then it hit me: if this blogging strategy stuff really works for my clients, why not apply it to my own business? How about taking this blogging game up a notch and see if I can make this a full -time income with it?
If my clients could see their websites top ranking in Google for keywords all because of blogging and the marketing strategy we were developing together, why wasn’t I applying this to my own strategy?
That’s when I started taking blogging even more seriously.
Sure, I’d just had a baby and just started homeschooling my oldest- so my life was beginning to feel a bit overwhelming. (Just a little bit!) But I could do this.
I knew I could do it. I had already begun writing for local magazines around town and had started pitching bigger magazines, so I was serious about writing. Why not blog?
It took a few years and a cross-country move to California before I finally settled into my new home and a new blog and podcast all about homeschooling.
It took me an entire year to get my first 1,000 email subscribers, but at the end of that first year of blogging I’d also gotten my first 500 YouTube subs, and I was happy with my 800 pageviews. This was in 2012.
It may not seem like much compared to other bloggers who make it to 100,000 pageviews within a year, but I was happy with those numbers because:
I was homeschooling, and that took a lot of my energy reserves. I gave myself a lot of grace during that season.
I had a toddler-turned-preschooler. I chased her around constantly and watched her chase butterflies. This was my life and sometimes that meant shutting down the computer rather than blogging.
I valued flexibility more than a devoted blogging schedule and routine at the time. After my second move within 6 months, and then a third move 3 years later, I learned quickly how to maintain a life of flexibility. This meant, blogging oftentimes took a back seat.
I am so nostalgic about those days and I am glad I did things the way I felt best at the time. I got the best of both worlds: blogging part-time while raising my beautiful girls.
Today, seven years later, I have worked myself into a full time blogger role as my children are able to handle a lot more responsibilities on their own.
I no longer have to worry so much about how to get things done: I have more help. My teen and tween daughters chip in with chores around the house and we have at-home systems that work for us while we homeschool, and I work. So far, it is working out well for us.
If you are a stay at home mom and thinking of becoming a full time blogger, here are some key things to keep in mind when it comes to balance and getting it all done.
Work around schedules and naps.
If you are a mom of littles, being a full time blogger will require that you schedule your writing times around your baby’s schedule.
I remember those days- how life centers around baby. Usually when baby naps, you nap, or when baby is hungry, you eat together.
But as a full time blogger, you’ll need to think about how to fit your blogging times into your day. This means when baby naps, that might be a great time to write your blog posts.
When their nap times change and they become toddlers, you’ll start chasing them around and everything else will change along with it! This includes your blogging routines.
My best advice is to take it one stage at a time with your little ones, observe their routines, and fit your blogging around this.
Work on time blocks.
Time blocks are so important. As I mentioned earlier, when baby sleeps, you can blog.
Suzi from Start a Mom Blog tells how that she gets up earlier than the rest of her family, doing whatever it takes, to take her blogging seriously. Today she makes a 6-figure income from her blogs, all while raising three kids as a stay at home mom.
Choose a nice block of time and be as generous with yourself as possible. (If you know it will take you two hours to write a quality blog post, count on taking a two-hour, uninterrupted time block.)
This might mean that you have to wake up earlier or go to bed later. When your family is asleep, maybe you can spare a few hours in the early AM to get in an extra two hours of writing. Or maybe you go to be a little later than everyone else.
Perhaps you cut back on Netflix binging (that’s me!) 🙋♀️
Being productive means you have to give up something in order to gain something. Rearranging your schedule will be part of the business of finding success with becoming a full time blogger.
Have an immediate plan of action.
Okay, here’s a tip that really helped me with getting things done faster:
👉🏿Do all of your thinking and strategizing before you sit down at the computer.
This way, when you sit down to actually write your posts, the outlines and general research have already been accomplished. Do you see how easy this makes things for you?
I used to write for several companies as a freelance writer a few years ago, and this is one of the key strategies I used to write up to five, well-researched, 1000-word articles per day.
I knew that writing this much content would require some type of time management strategy, and this was the best way to manage it: research first, write last.
Delegate, delegate, delegate.
You won’t get it all done by yourself. This has been the hardest lesson for me. I have been blogging for 14 years, and I have done nearly all the work on my own, until recently.
When I say all the work, I mean everything: from my blogging and writing work, podcasting and audio, video editing, graphics, email list, SEO, and social media management.
Did it keep my costs down by doing everything myself? Sure it did. I saved tons of money. I was super frugal and I kept my costs low to run my business.
Did I save time? Absolutely not. This is why it has taken me so long to grow my blogs. Without help you just grow really, really slowly. If you’re not in a hurry, then it’s okay. But if you want to see quicker or more immediate growth, you will need to get help.
Check out places like Fiverr for reasonably-priced helps, hire a VA on a project basis, and don’t get caught up in the tech if that’s just not your thing. Let someone help you past the blocks that keep you from moving forward to enjoy the parts of blogging you love.
Hopefully you do enjoy writing, though!🤣
Accept and enjoy your journey.
The main lesson I’ve learned in becoming a full time blogger is to enjoy my journey. I won’t always be a mom of littles. Today, I am a mom of a teen and a tween. I have a driver-in-training and a tween who is shockingly as tall as I am. No more littles for me. This means my blogging life has changed drastically.
What I couldn’t do seven years ago, suddenly becomes a cinch. I took my kids with me everywhere years ago. Today, I can walk out of the house to run an errand and not bat an eye as I know my kids are able to hold down their responsibilities at home. This means I have more free time to work on my blog that I didn’t have before.
Okay…maybe not “free” time. I am, after all, still responsible for their education which is a hefty job (as all homeschool moms can attest to.) But my season of life is different today than it was during the years I needed to keep one eye open at night listening out for my daughter’s cries.
Those were sweet years and I appreciate them, but they are over and I am in a different season. I have learned to embrace each season with all of its difficulties.
So be encouraged, mama! You can do this. You can be a full time blogger and a stay at home mom. It’s a lot of work, but with the proper strategies in place, one step at a time, you can make an income with your blog while enjoying your kids.
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