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You guys! The blog turns a year old today!
I’m so happy writing this post because a LOT has happened over the past year, and it is all because one day I decided to purchase a domain and start writing.
If this is all over the place, I really do apologize and I hope you can make sense out of everything haha.
Why did I start a blog?
The first thing I’m going to talk about is why I even started the blog in the first place.
I used to have a blog a very long time ago that was more of a personal blog. I never intended on monetizing it and eventually, I ended up getting too busy for it and forgetting about it.
Fast forward to a little over a year ago. I kept having conversations with a friend of mine about internet side hustles. She wanted to try YouTube and suggested the idea to me, but I’m way too private of a person and didn’t want to go that route.
The idea for the blog came after doing some research. I would always read different kinds of blogs that I found about on Pinterest, and then I found out that bloggers were actually making money off of their blogs.
I started brainstorming ideas for blog posts. At the time, I had a whole lot of ideas jotted down in my Notes on my phone, and they mostly had to do with career topics.
I’d like to think that I’m pretty good at being an employee. Having worked full-time for just over 10 years, I have some good knowledge of how things go in the workplace.
In fact, the very first blog post I ever published was on how to get a job.
After writing a few more career-related posts, I started branching out and now I write posts in multiple categories!
How has having the blog been?
Not even joking, it has been absolutely incredible! This has been a labor of love and if I had to do it all again, I definitely would.
Since starting the blog I have so many goals set for myself, some big and some small, and there have been many goals which I have reached already which I will get into later in this post.
The thing about my blog is that I have treated it as a job since day one. I bought a domain, I bought a theme, and I have invested a lot of money into running it since the beginning.
Do I regret any of the investments I have made? Not even a little bit.
I truly believe that I have not grown this blog into what it is today by luck, but by hard work and by investing in it.
What have I accomplished since starting the blog?
I had many goals I wanted to reach ever since I started the blog.
The very big one was to monetize it, which I have done in the first few months.
I now monetize my blog through multiple different streams, which are:
- Affiliate links, which I have applied to several programs from the very beginning.
- Ads, which I get paid for by Mediavine who are an incredible company to work with and who actually pay decent money for ad placements.
- Digital sales of my ebook about Pinterest marketing for beginners.
For more ideas on how you can monetize your own blog, head here to find all the different ways you can make money from it!
Another goal I had was to help people through my writing. I knew I had something to offer, but the response has been absolutely incredible.
Every time I post, I get comments about how something I had written helped somebody. And I can’t even put into words how amazing it is that something you poured your time, energy and soul into either inspired somebody or helped them out with a problem they were having.
I have also started a blogging series a few months into my blogging journey where I started writing posts for bloggers. This had quickly become a popular series on my blog, and I now regularly have other bloggers come to me for advice on blogging.
A year ago, I had no idea about anything to do with blogging, and now I’m being asked for advice? Honestly, it still baffles me to this day that people consider me to be of help when it comes to that department.
Another goal of mine was to connect with like-minded bloggers which I quickly started doing. Twitter is an amazing place for bloggers and I encourage any new bloggers to get on it. The blogging community on Twitter is the most helpful out of all other social media outlets I have personally tried.
To continue spreading the blogging love, I started a support group for bloggers which has grown to a community of over 200 supportive women. If you have been looking for a place like that to connect with other bloggers, Boss Babe Bloggers welcomes you!
Is it my full-time job?
In terms of the money I make from my blog, no it is not. I don’t make as much money as I would like to from it. YET.
I think that if things go well, in a couple of years I will be making a pretty decent income from my blog.
For now, I am enjoying the money I get through my multiple income streams.
What’s next for me?
I definitely want to provide my readers with more content on personal improvement and blogging in the coming year. My most popular posts are on personal development, so there will be a lot more of that on the blog, for sure.
This year, I will also start pitching to brands I trust for sponsorship opportunities.
I know some people don’t like sponsored posts, but I personally don’t mind reading them at all.
The way I see it, people shouldn’t be blindly buying whatever bloggers promote, anyway. Researching the product or service only takes a couple of clicks to find out if it’s suitable for you and your needs.
In addition to a few sponsored posts here and there, I definitely want to work on increasing organic traffic to my blog.
I’m doing well with Pinterest, so this year I’m going to start implementing better SEO strategies.