Monday, September 1, 2014

Why I Blog

#bloglifechoseme


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I have to be honest, I started blogging because I needed the money.  Before the recession, my money flowed like a river and I spent, spent and spent.  However, after the great economic meltdown, money started to trickle in.  I scaled back on spending and I had to learn how to manage money. It also made me realize that multiple streams of income is necessary in today's economy, so that's when my blogging life started.

You would think my blogging life has gone smoothly with money flowing in and I have thousands of subscribers, not!  Blogging is hard, very hard. You have to market your blog, come up with fresh new exciting posts, market all the time, learn new techniques, and did I say market all the time, well I will repeat that again.  As far as money is concerned, if you are really good at selling and lucky, you can make money from blogging when you first start.  For most, it takes years to make a decent living from blogging.


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When I started two years ago, I thought at this point I would have thousands of pageviews, subscribers and money, but I don't. My husband thinks blogging is a waste of time and I should concentrate on other aspects of my business, but that is not as important to me anymore. I LOVE BLOGGING! I have made new friends and it has opened up to me a whole new world of opportunities. My computer skills have improved, my writing, even though I'm not the best writer, has improved.  This experience has made me want to take an English or grammar course at a community college to become a better writer.  When Diary of a Debutante, asked me to take up this "why I blog" challenge, two years ago I would have been asking my husband to help me write this piece.  I blog because I want to share my knowledge of fitness and frugality and I hope this blog can help someone become a better person too.


12 comments:

  1. Yep, I hear you! People who do not blog, do not understand! I also went into it thinking my blog would grow so fast, and it just hasn't happened like that, but that is the biggest lesson we learn; patience. You are doing a great job, and if you do it for enjoyment, and you are yourself, thats all you can really ask :)

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    1. Thank Tina, it is interesting to know that a lot of us are going through the same thing. Thanks for visiting and I will be cheering you on in October.

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  2. I started blogging on a whim when I was looking for something interesting to read on my lunch hour. I scrolled through a couple of blogs and thought I can do this. That was a long time ago. I've seen my blog views and earnings go up and down with the whims of Google search. I've kind of given up on making money for now and instead spend my time researching content to someday build a bigger website/blog that will attract more readers and marketing companies. In the mean time I'd just like to earn enough to pay someone to transfer my current blog to WP. My husband is not a fan of my blogging either and would throw a fit if I wanted to spend money on it. I also never would have imagined how much time I would have to spend marketing my blog. So much of it seems to produce so little impact.

    I admire your perseverance. You have a great message people will want to read they just need to find you.

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    1. I think in time and a lot of work, we will reap to fruits of our labor via money or subscribers. Thanks for the visit.

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  3. Marketing, oy! I struggle with the marketing, but since I blog for accountability, I just try to be thankful anyone is reading. Glad you live what you are doing - you have a unique concept and I'm sure it's helping tons of people.

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    1. Marketing is so important this days and boy does it take up so much of our time. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. I know what you mean. I started blogging 2.5 years ago because I wanted to share all of the information I was learning from my personal trainer. From there my goals and direction have changed slightly but the one thing that remains consistent is that I want to share valuable information about fitness and wellness I pick up along the way. It is worth it and Sheila you add a lot of value. Keep up the great work!

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  5. Here here! When I saw the post title I asked myself the question, and I must say those are all the reasons I thought of too. It's kind of like keeping a diary for me - it isn't so much about people reading it, as it is about me writing and enjoying the process ;)

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    1. I'm also beginning to enjoy the writing even though it is not easy for me.

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  6. Thank you for this post! I totally agree, to really "make it" you have to work very very hard. Marketing, networking, writing...it all has to come together. That being said, I don't plan on ever making money. I started blogging as an accountability exercise but I have found so much more. The writing is therapeutic. It keeps me motivated and accountable. And I have met some other people who are just as passionate about fitness, like you and the #wowlinkup crew!

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    1. I also love reading your posts and looking at poses I would never be able to do LOL.

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