The Truth About Blogging And Why You Need To Start One Now
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Bro, do you even blog?
You might have heard of blogging. It’s all over the internet, literally.
I wasn’t aware of the whole concept of blogging until I was roaming Pinterest looking for ways to make money from home.
A way to make money from home by writing on the internet? Sign me up!
I’ve been blogging for over a year now and my life has drastically changed for the better because of it. My blogs are a creative outlet for me and have started to grow into a business. I can’t tell you just how much blogging has empowered me as a person.
I started my blog as a single mom of a special-needs little boy named Levi. I quit my job after Levi was diagnosed with severe autism so I could focus on getting him into therapy and I could finish my last year of nursing school.
Then it was like dominos– my nursing school was abruptly shut down by the government, the engine in my car blew, and Levi started having seizures.
I don’t know how many more signs I needed from The Universe at that point–
‘Alright, I get it. I need to be at home.’
That’s when I discovered the wonderful world of blogging.
Let’s dive in!
What is blogging?
okay, first of all, the word blog stems from the word “weblog” which is short for “logging on the web”. Logging on the web, weblog, or blog are all one in the same– simply, a log of information on the web.
In plain terms: a blog is a page on the internet words on it.
What you are reading, right now, is a blog.
That cookie recipe you got from Pinterest? That was from a blog.
That link that you clicked on Facebook to see what the ‘20 Worst Snapchat Fails You Won’t Believe’ were? Yup, that was a blog.
There are tons of blogs on the internet right now, such as:
- food blogs
- parenting blogs
- lifestyle blogs
- bullet journaling blogs
- knitting blog
- personal blogs
- political blogs
- news blogs
- business blogs
- humor blogs
What is the purpose of a blog?
A blog serves many purposes– like breakfast food (Parks & Recreation reference, anyone?).
A blog can be as private as a personal journal kept on a platform such as Blogspot that isn’t visible to the writer. A blog can also be as public and widespread as the Huffington Post which makes millions and millions in cash revenue every year.
A blog is a place to connected people and
Business use blogs to engage customers by posting articles that are relevant to their products and services. Bulletproof Coffee’s website has a ton of blog articles explaining what their coffee is all about and why you should be drinking it.
Why should I start a blog?
Where do I even begin? I feel like the bigger question is why haven’t you already started a blog? Here is a list of just some of the reasons you need to be blogging, like yesterday.
- creative outlet
- make a positive impact on the world
- connect with like-minded people
- make extra money or replace your entire income
- share your story
- grow your business
- leave a legacy to your family
- share your opinion
Why is it important to blog?
The items I listed above are just some of the reasons blogging is important. Let’s unpack a couple of those.
Leaving a legacy to your family
Imagine if your great-grandmother kept a blog of all the things she cooked in her kitchen. Imagine, still, if your ancestors from a few hundred years ago could blog-write and tell their story. What an amazing gift that would be!
Blogging is here to stay. We’re in the age of information and technology. Nothing on the internet is disappearing. People want valuable information and everyone has a message to share– even you!
Whether it be-
what your lifestyle is like
how to set up a bullet journal page
what your football predictions are
— someone can learn something from you or feel better by reading one of your blog posts.
Do I need to be really good at writing to start a blog?
The blunt and honest truth– no.
When I first started blogging, believing I had to become this amazing, awe-inspiring writer put a roadblock in front of my creativity. I read a couple books about blog writing and even invested in some classes for blog writing as well. What I learned took me by surprise:
The simpler, the better.
The notion that simpler is better when it comes to blog writing goes against everything I learned in school. In school, I was made to write paragraphs that had to be at least five sentences long. In the courses I took they said 2-3 sentences at the max per paragraph.
Trying to be eloquent, wordy, and poetic is the opposite of what we’re going for with blogs. People want to soak up information quickly. People will lose interest if you use long, abstract words to say something that could have been said in three words.
Blog articles should reflect your true voice. The writing should be in the voice you use in a normal everyday conversation. If you have never used the word “ardency” ever in your life, don’t put it
If you’re worried about your grammar and spelling, no worries. Grammarly is an amazing tool that can help you write anything.
Do bloggers make money?
There are tons of ways to make money from blogging. I’ve listed five different ways here.
One thing to remember when it comes to monetizing your blog–
Making money from blogging is not an overnight thing. It’s important to write about something that has deep meaning to you so you can stay motivated to chase that paycheck.
How do I start a blog?
I’ve made an entire step-by-step tutorial on how to start your blog here. I walk you through the whole process to get you up and going in no time.
Blogging has been a dream come true for me and I know it can be for you too.
I started on my couch as a super depressed, anxious, and overweight single mom of a special-needs child. I’m writing this a year later– still single-handly raising my beautiful little boy but I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life and (almost!) 50lbs lighter.
Blogging has given me a purpose outside of motherhood that has created such a sense of balance and peace to my life.
Now go get yours! I can’t wait for you to get started!
Hey, I'm Nicole
Hey, I'm Nicole! I'm a single mom blogger raising a child on the autism spectrum