It’s no secret that blogging has changed my life.
To be honest, I felt trapped in the career I went to university for [teaching]. I loved the kids and being in the classroom, but I just couldn’t imagine it being the only thing I did in my life. Then I found blogging and it changed everything.
If you think I’m exaggerating then check out this video about how mom blogging changed my life.
Now, seven years in, I think it’s time for me to share some of the lessons I have learned in blogging.
There are so many schools of thought when it comes to blogging. I’ve spent a lot of time listening to others talk about what it takes to become successful in the blogging world and got such mixed and varied advice.
“Experts” will tell you to focus on advertising and affiliate marketing. “Experts” will tell you to work your connections for sponsored posts. “Experts” will tell you that they have the secret to making your posts go viral [they don’t. I promise]. “Experts” will give try to suck you into ‘get rich quick with blogging’ schemes. And I have to admit that I’ve gotten sick of seeing “experts” suck people into the belief that blogging is a sure-fire way to become internet famous and internet rich. Some of them might be right, some of them might be wrong. But here’s one thing I know for sure:
Blogging is not a get rich, get traffic, get popular QUICK game.
In fact, most people who start a blog won’t keep it up because they don’t see a dime off of it or very much traffic for that matter within the first few years.
That’s why it’s so important to me to start talking about my blogging journey. It hasn’t been a straight path to any type of success. It still [even after 7 years] doesn’t earn me a full time income. There are periods of time where I make exactly NOTHING off my blog.
However, I got some fantastic advice early on in my blogging career and it was a game changer for me.
Say WHAT?!?!?!? Mind. Blown.But it is SO, SO, SO true.
The amount of clicks and traffic it takes to make money off of advertising and affiliate links is generally not worth it if you haven’t been in the blogging game for years [and even if you have been in the game for years that doesn’t guarantee blog income!].
And that advice helped change everything about the way I looked at my blog and how it makes me money.
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I’ve also read all of the get rich quick schemes, but it seems like most of the money comes from deals that are made BECAUSE of the blog. I believe that creating my blog is the best decision I have ever made but I am not looking to get rich. I want to give my writing some exposure and hopefully build a few network connections.
Sarah Newcomb says
That’s exactly why I created my blog Dyana – connections and a chance to really hone my writing style (and create an online portfolio). It’s SUCH a good reason to blog. The bonus for me was that I LOVE every minute of blogging so it’s a total win-win!
Oh, and I just checked out your blog and I LOVE it! You’ve got a new fan:)