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If I did it, you can too.
Do you have a hobby that you think others would be interested in? Do you have stories to tell? Do you like teaching others? All of these things and more would be perfect for a blog.
Y’all, this is my 10th blog post! I know, I know…I haven’t made it in the big time, but it’s a milestone nonetheless. I thought it only fitting that I talk about how we got this thing started and how you can get started, too.
WHY WE STARTED A BLOG
To share our journey
The main focus of our blog is to keep family and friends up to date with what’s going on in our lives. I could post on social media, but social media platforms are constantly changing how posts reach followers. Many of you may want to see what we are up to but never end up seeing the posts come through your social media accounts. Our blog gives you access to posts whenever you want to check them out. It also makes it easy to go back and find an article about a specific place we visited that you may be thinking about visiting as well (or information that you remember reading and want to revisit later).
To share holistic healthcare information
Being a chiropractor, many of my patients (and some that are not patients) want to share my knowledge of holistic healthcare with their friends and family. Other than in the office, I use my personal Facebook page to share a lot of this information, but they are unable to re-share my posts because I keep my settings private. This means that only those I choose to be friends with on my page can interact with me. It keeps things civil. Starting this blog gives my patients another avenue to share healthcare information with their family and friends, and also allows me to reach a larger audience.
To share our love of homeschooling
More people are considering homeschooling as an option for educating their children, and we get questions about homeschooling all the time. I even used to do a yearly Homeschooling 101 get together at my house to let moms that currently homeschool their kids answer questions from moms and dads who were interested in possibly homeschooling their kids in the future. This blog gives me the ability to share what I know about homeschooling and how it looks for our family without having to answer the same questions over and over again. Don’t get me wrong, I love helping people, but if I can write it out and direct them to one place, they can access it and use it as often as they like.
Blogging can also be a source of income. Leaving my practice to go on this journey will cause our family to lose a small source of income. Many of you that know me know that I would feel horrible if I didn’t provide at least a little bit of income for my family. There are some very well known bloggers in the RV world, but there is definitely room for more. I figured blogging would give me a creative outlet and perhaps bring in a little extra income at the same time. It’s almost like how I chose to run my chiropractic practice…helping people, utilizing my knowledge, and making it affordable for everyone, yet it can bring in a little bit of income to help provide for my family also.
HOW YOU CAN GET STARTED
So like I said at the beginning, if you have something you want to share, you can blog!
If you think I was going to use this section to give you the ins and outs of how to build your blog, you’re wrong. I’m a newbie too, and I promise I make mistakes. I might be good at one aspect of blogging and horrible at another. What I do understand is that if it’s been done by millions of people for many years, there have to be people that use tried and true processes that are willing to share their knowledge. Seek out those people…but make sure they are the successful ones and not just some random newbie blogger like me.
Let me share a really freaky observation with you. Facebook can hear you. Yep. You might have read a blog or a Facebook post from a friend recently that says how Facebook can hear you. I believe it! I don’t know how many times I’ve been in the car talking to Brent or my kids, then all of a sudden something relating to what I was talking about pops up in my Facebook feed as an advertisement at some point that same day. What!?! This exact thing happened when I started talking about starting a blog for our adventures.
Heather and Pete Reese with It’s A Lovely Life had a boosted post that showed up on my Facebook feed. That post was for their How to Start a Money Making Blog – 5 Day Email Crash Course. It was a course that was completely free, and since I didn’t know anything about blogging I figured it would at least help me get the blog set up. So I signed up! Wow, there was so much info in just those 5 days worth of emails. They even give you access to a Facebook group for starting your blog and hold a monthly 10K Blog Traffic Challenge that’s also free to participate in each month. If anything, you should at least start there.
Do you have a blog already started but want to learn how to really use it well? I’d highly suggest looking into their Blogging Blastoff course (formerly known as 30 Day Blogging Fast Track). There is so much information provided that it’s actually really difficult to get through it all in 30 Days. Luckily for you (and me), they give you 2 years of access to the course material. It covers everything from blogging basics, to utilizing social media, to making money with your blog. And I’ll let you in on a little secret…I’m not even done with the course yet. As I said, there’s so much information in this course that sometimes you have to get one section perfected before you can move on to the next section. It’s really very thorough.
Now if you’re someone who travels quite a bit, you might rather look into their Travel Blogging Fast Track course. Again, there’s so much information available, but it’s all geared specifically towards travel blogging. Yep, I signed up for this one as well. And no, it’s not all of the same material that’s in the Blogging Blastoff course.
There is also lots of free information on the internet to help you get started blogging. You could spend years combing through info trying to figure everything out on your own. But why reinvent the wheel, right?!? Heather and Pete have put together focused courses packed with information that they’ve acquired over the last 12 years. It’s definitely worth checking out!
Have you taken one of their courses? Let us know how you liked it!