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Are you thinking of starting a blog?
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.
I’ve been blogging for over 3 years now. I’ve made some mistakes. I’ve narrowed things down. And I now have TWO blogs. I haven’t made it to the big time, but as I always say, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Let me tell you a little about how I got started blogging and how you can get started, too.
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WHY I STARTED A BLOG
To share my family’s travel journey
The main focus of this 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. This 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 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 parents that currently homeschool their kids answer questions from other parents 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.
To share holistic healthcare information
As a chiropractor and health consultant, I have people who want to share my knowledge of holistic healthcare with their friends and family. I wanted to bring that over into this blog as well, but found that the audiences were not the same. So I decided to start another blog strictly to share all of my healthcare information with those that want that type of info. You can find it here.
Blogging can also be a source of income. Leaving my chiropractic practice to go on this full-time RVing 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. 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
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!
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 my husband 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 Start a Blogging Business – 5 Day 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 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. 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. 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.
If you’re having trouble understanding WordPress, themes, or web design, I highly, highly recommend Shannon Mattern’s 5 Day Website Challenge. Her free challenge is jam packed with tons of web design information. To compare, take a look through our Way Beyond The Norm website and then go over to my Dr. Kristi website. I used Shannon’s free challenge to set up and design my Dr. Kristi website. She’s so amazing, so helpful, and I learned a ton!
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?!? Like I said…seek out those that have done this successfully and reproduce what they teach you.
What type of blog are you considering starting? Leave me a reply at that bottom of this page.