I might be crazy but how does 30 days of blogging tips and mom hacks sound? I have a ton of awesome content about how to become a blogger while also being a stay at home mom or working mother. It’s not easy but it’s totally possible. And it’s time for Day 4, where I talk about the one thing you need to do before starting your blogging business.
Starting a blog is overwhelming. There is no way around it. There is a lot to do. It's hard to know where your time should be spent and it's really easy to feel completely lost. But, it doesn't have to be that way. The reason so many people find themselves in this position is that they are starting off all wrong.
How to become a blogger
Here's the secret to starting a blog—write a blog post. Profound, I know. You're probably thinking, "C'mon Allison, are you serious? That's not a secret." But, follow along with me for a minute.
Many women that want to start a blog to make money do the same thing. They decide they want a blog. They purchase a domain and find hosting. Then, they work to get a logo, design the website, set up social media accounts, and a million other tasks. Before they know it, they are burnt out and have spent quite a bit of money while making the first dollar is nowhere in sight. It shouldn't be this way.
If you want to know how to become a blogger, start writing blog posts. Don't worry about a domain or hosting. Don't worry about creating a logo and choosing brand colors. In fact, don't even worry about a name for your blog. Instead, focus on writing blog posts. Don't let this overwhelm you. Just open a Word Document or Google Doc on your computer and start writing. After all, that's what a blogging business is all about.
It doesn't have to be the most amazing well-written post in the world. It doesn't even need to be a final draft. You just need to start writing. Create a rough draft. It can even be extremely rough. This is the first step to continuously writing blog posts that can work for you out in the real world.
The key to succeeding with a blogging business is not just about spending money on everything you need to "run" the blog, although some days it may feel like that's all you're doing. The core of running of a blogging business is the blog content. It's not the design. It's not choosing just the right hosting company or creating super cute graphics. You can have all of that, but none of it matters if you don't have good content working for you.
Just get started writing
Start by opening a document of your choice and start listing out all the ideas you have for content. What do you want to write about? What's your reason for wanting to start a blog? What are you going to share with the world? Put it all down into a list. Then, open a new document for each idea that you have and write an outline or a rough draft. Think about what you want to share in that specific post.
Even though you aren't turning these into final drafts it's okay if this takes you some time. As long as you move forward with starting your blog, all of this work will pay off in the end. It will provide you with content and direction for your blog. And, the best part is, it's free. You can do this work without paying a penny to anyone. That's why you want to start here to find out if you truly want to build a blogging business.
Sitting down, deciding what information to share, and typing it out is the core work of having a blog. What happens if you wait to start writing until you have your entire blog set up and find out you don't really want to run a blogging business? You will have wasted all that time and money. It's a lot of work to get a blog going. Before you do that work you need to know if it's really a good fit for you.
Find out if running a blog is for you
Sometimes the idea of all the things that you have to do to start running a blogging business can be overwhelming. When we get caught up in all of these tasks it's easy to think, "Well, I don't think running a blogging business is really for me." Or, we get so caught up in all those little tasks that we start to think that's all blogging is. Never allow yourself to get so overwhelmed in all the other tasks that you forget the main part of a blogging business is blogging.
The last thing you need is to take on tasks that aren't actually important to you. Life as a mother brings enough work of its own. When you start to juggle motherhood with starting a blogging business, it brings your game up another notch or two.
As a mom, you don't have time to take on extra work if it isn't something that you really want to do. And, that's why you should "practice" blogging before you build a blog. It will help you discover if it's something worth adding to your ever-growing to-do list or if it just sounded like a good idea for a moment.
If you start writing blog posts and find that you love it, your passion for the blogging side of the business will be the thing that gets you through the problems you run into when setting up your blog, like technical difficulties, which inevitably happen. The passion that you have to share the content and knowing that it's what you want to do will drive you to keep moving forward. But, if that passion isn't there then you will want to think twice before investing your time and money into a blog set up and design. Getting started is really that simple.
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