So, I’m going to be completely honest here: I started from literally zero blogging knowledge. For some time, I felt myself being called toward blogging but kept brushing it off because I didn’t really think I had anything to offer that wasn’t already out there, and also because I had no clue what to do or where to start to make that idea a reality. One day, I just decided it was time to take the plunge. I was really wanting to find a way to work from home (that wasn’t all scammy) so that I could continue to stay home with my son while also creating a career for myself and sharing in our financial responsibilities. I am so glad that I had the courage to pursue this random leap of faith! I had no clue what to expect, and blogging turned out to be way different (and a lot more work!) than I ever expected. Luckily for me, I was determined and that realization didn’t scare me away. In addition to that determination, I quickly found many reasons I loved blogging before I even launched my blog, which definitely helped keep me inspired and driven! If you are looking for a reason to blog, check out these four awesome benefits you will experience right away!
I’m going to list a few things I have come to learn and love about blogging already, and the women who inspired these realizations. These 4 amazing women I have [virtually] met along the way are at different phases of the blogging journey, and each bring so much value because of who they are and the work they dedicated themselves to!
An essential part of your mental health when starting out a new business is having a strong support system set up. It is much harder to accomplish something when you are doing it alone — when those around you have never done it and just don’t understand — this is why there is such a huge market for business coaches!
I don’t personally know any bloggers. As I mentioned above, I had no idea how much work it was going to be until I got started, and neither did any of the people I spend my time with. I have a pretty amazing support system, so of course they were willing to encourage me and listen when I wanted to talk about it, but it was difficult not having anyone who could relate. Thankfully, there is a huge support system set up in the blogging world! I found so much of that here, even before I started looking (and was unsure of who to even approach)!
Then, in comes Laura from The Flourishing Momma. She was the first connection I made through blogging via a Facebook group, which I thought was going to be totally weird and uncomfortable. Laura made it seem so effortless and took away a lot of that awkwardness for me! We met right when we were both starting out, and I have thoroughly enjoyed our conversations. She has been there for me throughout this entire process, offering her support and even acting as a sounding board when I was unsure what I wanted to do! It meant so much to me to be able to talk about our blogging plans and share our ideas and goals. I’m glad I met her and am SO excited for her blog launch! I know that she will do amazing things and you will all benefit from what she has to offer. Make sure you get on her email list so you know when her site is live!
The sense of community you get from blogging is unreal. My first instinct would be to take my trade secrets to the grave, but every blogger I have had the pleasure of meeting is so quick to help you get where you want to be and answer any questions you have along the way. I have been able to figure out every problem I’ve had just from throwing my questions out there in blogging Facebook groups. I didn’t have to outsource anything! There are so many bloggers out there willing to go out of their way to help those around them. I’d love to share a story about a woman who blew me away with her willingness to support me in my blog launch:
Sheena, from The Stay at Home Mom and Wife, and I had been on each other’s email lists for some time without much back-and-forth. I was in the midst of preparing for my launch so all of my outgoing emails were building the hype leading up to that big day. In that time, I received an email from Sheena that her blog would be launching just two days after mine, and I was happy to have someone to share the excitement with! I sent her an email telling her that I was launching soon too and wish her luck.
Next is when the magic happened, because the email I received in response nearly drove me to tears! She told me that she knew about my launch — that it had inspired her to set a date of her own — and that she had chosen a few days later so that she could be free to check out my blog and offer her support. Let me point out that in this moment, I was left staring at my computer screen to soak in what had just happened: This woman I have never met before went out of her way to support me. This is something that had a huge impact on me and is something that I will always remember. I strongly suggest you check out her amazing blog. She delivers awesome content and has proved to be an incredible human being, Christ certainly shines right through her, so I know there will be even more great things coming as she progresses!
Another thing that really stood out to me right away from the blogging community was that the eagerness of others to share in your excitement and encourage you along your journey. So many times, in Facebook blogging groups, I’d see people post about how they earned their first $0.38 or had reached 100 follows on social media, and they were bombarded with comments of “way to go!” It is just such a supportive and encouraging community.
Eva from Happy Blogging Mom is the first person that comes to mind in this category. She reached out to me and every time we talked she was SO encouraging! Always pushing me to get my site launched, answering the questions I had, sharing resources with me, and reminding me that I didn’t have to have everything “perfect” or “finished” before I put myself out there! Trust me, you want someone like her on your team! She blogs about blogging, so I’m sure she would love to help you find the resources you are looking for if you found a reason to start a blog! Check her out!
I started up Uninvincible Mom for many reasons (you can read all about it on my about page). One of those reasons was to work on my personal development in a way that was separate from my title as “mom.” I feel that I have been able to do that in the late night hours I have been working to create this business. One of the biggest reasons I loved blogging before I officially got started, was the inspiration I found in the blogging community. It wasn’t one of those get-rich-quick schemes — there were a ton of people out there working super hard and hitting their goals. There were people who actually made enough money to retire themselves and their significant others so that they could live solely off of the income their blog was bringing them. And these people were totally realistic about it, and were willing to share what they knew to help others do the same thing!
One woman in particular has consistently provided me with inspiration and useful, actionable information that has helped me get my blog up and running: Suzi from Start A Mom Blog. I am working through her ebook and course Blog By Number, which is a step-by-step guide on starting a blog. I know that I am going to get so much out of it by the time I am finished because everything I have read or learned from her so far has been fruitful! I also have her Income Journey ebook (that I won in one of her awesome 3 day workouts!) which is geared more toward intermediate bloggers, but I am excited to delve into that one as well! It shares how she grew her blog from $0 to $17,000/month in one year. She is truly an inspiration and I know that if I am persistent and consistent, I can get to that point someday as well!
Have You Found a Reason?
Are you interested in starting a blog? Let me just say, it is a lot of work and you need to spend money to make money. It isn’t one of those MLM things where you need to recruit people, and it isn’t something that is going to make you rich within a year. People like Suzi are generally the exception and not the rule, but with hard work and dedication it is very possible to generate a decent income from a blog. You have to treat it as a business from the start, and make sure to invest in yourself and your vision! There are some great resources on this page, and I am considering adding a section to Uninvincible Mom where I can help others pursue this as well. As a beginner myself, I think that having everything so fresh in my mind & being at a stage that is more relateable could be a great benefit. What do you think?! If this is something you are interested in, I’d love to hear from you either via email or in the comments section below and see how I can help you! Any questions you have, send them my way and I’ll be happy to answer them as best as I can!