The world needs more blogs. I find most of what I need from blogs. Need recipes for dinner? Blog. Need a how to on DIY crafts? Check a blog. Need to know where to hide a body? Blog. But there are some things I feel like you need to know before you start a blog.
As a nurse, I love to help people. I want to use that “love of helping” to help people start their blog and live out their passion for whatever their blog will be about.
HOWEVER, WE NEED TO REAL TALK FIRST.
I feel like I should just give you a friendly heads-up about all the things I learned from my first year of blogging. Here’s 5 things you should know before staring a blog.
Don’t do it with a “get rich quick” mindset.
Blogging for money takes work. A lot of work. Hours a day, in fact. Sometimes for days/weeks/months/years before you see a return on your investment. (More about investing in your blog next.) You can’t just start a blog and then sit back and watch the money roll in.
If you just want to start a blog for fun, that’s different. Write to your heart’s content whenever you feel like it. But if money is a goal, it takes time to make money blogging. Don’t get discouraged if you’ve been at it a year and still haven’t made a penny. IT TAKES TIME TO MAKE MONEY BLOGGING.
You have to invest in your blog.
I don’t rememebr where I heard it, but when I started my blog journey, i heard something that has stuck with me ever since.
You invest in EVERYTHING you want. To further your career, you invest in your education. If you want a nice home, you invest in upgrades and home decor and yard appeal. You invest in your vehicle because you want reliable transportation.
Everything you want in life comes with some investment.
Your blog should be no different.
There are LOTS of blog related things you can get for free. Every blogger I know advertises free things on their website.
If you think that you are going to learn everything you need to know from signing up for free stuff, you’re in for a VERY LONG ROAD. It’s possible, I’m sure, but it takes more effort. At least I think so.
Self host from the start
Go for a self-hosted blog from the minute you decide start a blog. If you go through Bluehost, this is what you’ll get.
The main advantage of having a self-hosted blog is the ability to customize your blog how you want it, with whatever themes and plugins you want. On a self-hosted blog, you can also run ads, which you can’t do otherwise.
Work on an email list early
When I started my blog, I had no idea how to get an email list or why I even needed one. A few months into it, I signed up for ConvertKit and asked my friends and family to join so I could email them when I posted new content.
Then I read an article from someone who made money from an email list, and THEY DIDN’T EVEN HAVE A BLOG.
I’ll break it down really, REALLY simply. You sign up to be an affiliate for companies (meaning you advertise things through links and when people buy them, you get a percentage of the sale). You send out emails with links, people click on the links, they buy the things and BOOM! You’ve made some money.
Please refer back to point #1 if you are seeing dollar signs right now.
IT TAKES TIME TO MAKE MONEY WHEN YOU START A BLOG.
With ConvertKit, you can keep up with your subscribers easily. It tells you how you are doing, when you last sent an email to your list, and how often your emails are getting opened.
It also has really cool features for sending emails to your subscribers in ways I didn’t even know were possible until signing up.
Lastly, make friends with other bloggers.
There is no way I could have survived my first year of blogging without the people I have met in the blogging community. They have helped me in SO MANY WAYS.
Sign up for the Facebook groups of the courses you purchase. I am a member of several blogging Facebook groups and I am always learning something new from them.
Dare To Conquer has, in my opinion, the BEST group. They use a chat messaging system and have different groups that you can join related to your niche. They are the greatest group of people on the blogging planet. Knowing what I know now, I would have bought DTC just for the people in the messaging system.
Starting a blog is a big step. Knowing a few helpful tips and tricks when starting your blog is invaluable, so I hope these help you on your journey. If you have a question, just send me a comment, or shoot me an email from the “contact me” section of this blog or at Rachael@thecraftybakingnurse.com.
If you’re ready to start your journey into the world of blogging, you can check out my blog on starting with Bluehost here.