BE INSPIRED BY THE SURPRISING CONFESSIONS OF 15 AMAZING BLOGGERS
Are you weighing all the tempting reasons for starting a blog?
Starting a blog is as difficult as fine dining with a reptile. Yet many bloggers have yielded to the temptation and started their own blogs.
Some like Pat Flynn, Amy Porterhouse, and Brandon Gaillie have been so successful that they now teach others how to make a living from blogging.
But if you’re anything like me, you are probably lying awake at night debating:
– whether you should or should not start a blog
– how you would ever find the time to blog
– whether you have the ability to cut it as a blogger
- REASONS FOR STARTING A BLOG
If you’re sitting on the sidelines and caught up in the great blogging debate, here are some common reasons bloggers cite for starting a blog.
– to share knowledge on a topic that they’re an authority on
– to boost the family income
– to inspire others by sharing their personal challenges
– to have their own business
– to have a creative outlet
– to have the laptop lifestyle
- I started my blog after I was forced to quit my job. My chronic illness made it impossible for me to continue working as a high school English teacher.
I needed something to keep me busy while I was homebound and found blogging to be the perfect solution.
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I did a little homework to help you resolve your conflict of whether to start a blog or not.
I enlisted the help of 15 awesome bloggers. They were asked the following question:
What are your reasons for starting a blog?
Listed below are their responses. I hope this will help you to take the leap and start your own blog.
PATTY SCOTT | PattyHScott.com
Patty is a powerhouse – a published writer, blogger, speaker, and coach. Check out my review of Patty’s book Parenting your Teen through Chaos &Crisis here.
A blogger I followed online posted a weekly link challenge called, “Five Minute Friday.” Bloggers would do a 5-minute free write in response to a one-word prompt.
I didn’t have a blog, but I wanted to participate in Five Minute Friday so I started one. I had no aspirations. I didn’t plan to amass followers or concern myself with who read.
Over the years, my blog became a platform to reach women. My mission is to inspire and encourage women to love intentionally while making room for what matters most.
I bless women as they mother, (and those who have children grown and out of the home) by encouraging them to find the purpose in their life and to live for that purpose.
My aim is to help women heal their hurting hearts and cultivate a lifestyle that is grace-filled and purposeful.
Blogging has become so much more than I anticipated. I am able to share information about my books. It is also a way to offer my speaking and coaching services.
Patty’s new book Slow Down, Mama is available on September 10th on Amazon. It helps women discern why they are overly-busy, the roots of unhealthy busyness, how to define their purpose, and then gives practical guidance towards developing life-giving habits.
HEATHER | www.HeatherMertens.org 40YearWanderer.wordpress.com
I started my blog back in 2009.
Actually, I had an email “newsletter” of sorts that was already being read around the globe.
It began with the story of the miraculous healing of my husband, witnessed and acknowledged by doctors in the ICU.
That email list grew as what I shared turned into snippets of my life experiences. I intend to include them in a book someday. I’ve had some rather amazing experiences, and I believe God wants me to share what He has done in my life.
Then I started my faith blog 40YearWanderer.wordpress.com and loved it … and the worldwide connections and friendships it brought into my life.
My health took a very bad turn several years ago and I sadly had to put all that on pause … for 3 long years to be exact.
But, I’m much better now and am excited to not only have picked all that up again over this past spring, but I’ve also revived my two decades long marketing and website design career.
I’ve morphed my vast experience into consulting, freelance design, and online courses to help others find their unique web presence.
I love that my blog and my work can finally meet in the middle for what I believe is a passionate dream to follow in my life.
I love to help others find joy and hope.
NICOLE | thisisallgoingon.com
My dream is to support myself through my writing, but money isn’t the reason that I launched my blog.
There’s a part of me that’s secretly hoping that, by magic, This Is All Going On will suddenly explode, and I will be able to quit my job and become a full-time blogger.
The real reason that I became a blogger was to force myself to improve my writing. What I truly want to do is write novels (don’t worry, I’m working on a few), but I was struggling to find the time and motivation to work on my writing.
Apparently, like everything else, becoming a proficient writer doesn’t just happen; you must work at it – and so This Is All Going On was born.
Blogging might not be my first writing love (can I admit that? 😉), but I don’t regret a moment of my chaotic blogging journey.
My blog has given me an audience (something I needed to begin calling myself a writer); an audience that I’m accountable to for SCHEDULED, quality writing.
Through my blog, I’ve met some extremely supportive people, and just perhaps improved my writing along the way (even if I do say so myself 😉) – a complete win in my books.
ASHLEY: | aFierceMind.com
Ever since I was a very little girl, I have always found peace in writing. I am a very private person by nature.
I’ve always felt far too vulnerable in sharing my feelings or life experiences with others.
Admitting struggle has always felt like a weakness so I’ve always guarded myself by keeping things bottled up.
But, writing things down has always been a way for me to feel like I’ve gotten things off my chest, processed them, and, in turn, has given me a sense of self-therapy without the feeling vulnerability.
As I’ve become an adult and a mother I’ve realized sharing your feelings and life experience is not a weakness, but a strength.
As someone who has finally found my confidence and comfort in my own skin, it is essentially my human duty to share with others. To give them hope and courage and, above all else, a voice.
What better platform than a blog?
Read my review of Ashley’s blog here.
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TIFFANY | thecrazyshoppingcart.com
About two years ago, I gave birth to my second child.
I had some health complications from my Crohn’s disease and the c-section, and as a result, I spent about eight months on my bed.
At first, it was nice to cuddle with my infant and toddler, but after a while, I got bored.
After all, you can only watch TV for so long!
I had already been using coupons when I did grocery shopping.
I began spending a lot of time putting together long lists of grocery trips for my husband to do, where I’d save about 90% off my cart!
I set a goal to make enough money each month to splurge on a mani-pedi. I was surprised at how popular my blog got, though!
It forced me to start learning and taking it seriously since within a couple of months, I got about 500-1k pageviews per day.
Now, two years later, my “I’m bored blog” has turned into an actual, real work-from-home job!
I still have health issues, so my goal is to have the blog pay for my medical expenses each month.
GAIL | growinghealthykids.co.uk
In my ‘real job, ‘ I own a home daycare service.
I started it 11 years ago so I could earn a full-time wage to help support my family and I just loved it.
I’ve been able to support my 3 kids as well as help countless others get a good start in life.
However, after 11 years, I needed something for me. Something to give me that sense of achievement at the end of the day and keep my mind active.
So I decided to start my crazy blogging journey last November.
I passionately believe kids need to be reconnected to nature and the world around us.
The number of children who come to daycare and are glued to tablets or phones is unbelievable!
They’ve never picked apples, built a den in the woods or even played pooh sticks, they have an aversion to dirt and bugs and it’s so sad.
So whilst in my care, we get out … growing our own food, exploring the woods and experiencing the outdoors in all its glory.
ELENA | Elenathinkslife.com
I have an amazing three-year-old daughter that has redirected my life and many ways.
I graduated with my Master’s degree in Psychology in 2016 and have fallen in love with the power that information brings.
My life and career plans, however, have changed over the last few years and it all started with my struggles with mental health.
Shortly after giving birth to my daughter, I went through depression and an immense guilt that kept me from speaking up.
I started my blog, Elenathinkslife.com because I found recovery in knowing that what I was not the only woman, or person that has gone through mental health problems on their own or in solitude.
My daughter was diagnosed with a sensory neural hearing loss and has started her journey in special education.
My blog chronicles our journey and our struggles with the stigmas, judgments, and labels related to children with special needs, as well as the effects that these have on mental health, parenting, and overall wellness.
Fast-forward a year into blogging and my content has evolved to include topics that have become even more relevant to my life and to parents in general.
My ultimate goal is to connect others to information and to find support in a community that is often afraid to speak up.
KAY | mamainthemix.com
At this point in my life, and the life of my blog, I need IT, more than it needs me.
My blog gives me a sense of accomplishment and drive.
When I started blogging, I was a new mother and I missed working.
I didn’t miss waking up early and getting dressed, but I missed working with families and helping their children prosper.
I decided to take the leap in January 2018 and I haven’t looked back. Every time I finish a blog post, I hope that it helps families across the globe in some way.
This is why I blog… I love to help others.
I want my readers to feel confident that they can handle their children’s challenging behaviors and not feel overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of work that it takes to raise a child.
My blog is not just about being a mother. It’s about being a mother who is trying to be her best self. It is focused on parenting, but with a twist.
It’s about raising well-behaved and well-rounded children through the eyes of a behavior therapist. I love everything that I write about, and I love helping others.
Everything that my blog is, is what I want it to be. .. A safe place for parents to come for help. I hope that my intentions come across that way.
If you’re afraid, or at a loss for what to do, or how to do it. You’re not alone. Even the most experienced bloggers, go through their ups and downs.
And that’s okay. It’s okay to fail, and it’s okay to not know what to do. It’s not okay, to not try.
CATHERINE | www.georgimae.com
Blogging, for me, is more than creating a means to an end.
It provides endless opportunities – to choose the hours you work, who you wish to work with, being able to stay at home working around your family’s schedules and the chance to work from anywhere in the world.
Blogging provides you with Freedom. Unlike many other careers, you do not require an endless list of qualifications or specific skills in x, y or z.
You won’t have to send your kids to nursery when they are unwell because your boss wouldn’t give you the day off.
Most importantly for me, I will never have to miss another precious milestone my children make.
You only have 18 summers with your children before they are fully grown adults, time that goes ever so quickly and that you will never get back.
Blogging enables me to live in the present with my children, soaking up every moment and creating memories together.
It will provide an income to be able to take them around the world, enriching their lives and showing them that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.’
DENISIYA | eatmeerecipes.co.za
When I moved out of my parents’ house, I did not know how to cook.
Being from a family of great cooks, I was always spoilt and hand fed with meals prepared by them.
I am a sucker for home cooked meals so I asked my family for their recipes.
The first cooking day actually went well. Being Indian, I started off with a curry and it was pretty good.
So my journey of cooking began, I started preparing meals that I thought were impossible and within a few months, I was creating my own recipes.
Back in 2016, I started a recipe channel on BBM (Blackberry Messenger)to help those who found themselves in a similar situation to me as mine – living on their own and not knowing how to cook.
The channel went on for about 2 months until my then fiancé suggested I start a website. I had never really thought that far ahead, but it sounded really exciting, and so began my blogging journey.
When I launched my blog, it was the greatest feeling ever. Something I created, something a part of me was ready to help the world.
Over time I began posting recipes with step by step images to help people cook successfully.
I love what I do, I love helping others. I have a Facebook group which now has over 40, 000 member who contribute recipes and daily meals on a regular basis.
My website EatMee Recipes was runner-up on South African Blog Awards 2017 for best food and wine blog. This truly means the world to me.
JACOB: | justfinancialfreedom.com
Recently, I became a first-time father at the age of 41.
It was a long journey to adulthood for me and it included being broke, borderline homeless and jobless with a credit score of 409.
I was broken and hopeless until I made a decision to change my life.
I battled all the way back to now have a comfortable income, an amazing family, be totally debt free and have a credit score of 770.
I made a lot of money mistakes in my life and learned many valuable lessons.
My blog is my avenue to share with people, and especially my daughter how important credit, money, and responsibility are in life and hopefully one day I can leave her my blog to continue.
OLIVIA: | happyinthehollow.com
I’ve enjoyed working as a freelance writer for magazines and newspapers for more than five years.
But I got frustrated that I couldn’t find a good home for stories I believed needed to be told.
So I decided to start HappyintheHollow.com, a lifestyle blog for intentional, sustainable, affordable, and simply happy living.
Here I get to delve into any and all topics that interest me and that I think can make a real difference for my readers.
Besides offering practical solutions, I hope to feature inspiring people and organizations and hope my blog will help to amplify the good they do in big and small ways.
In the long run, I’d like for my blog to become both a kind of portfolio for my writing and a semi-passive source of income that will allow my family to achieve a location-independent lifestyle sooner rather than later.
SANDY: | FROG Reviews and Ramblings.com
Approximately 4 years ago, I took on the task of raising my 2 oldest granddaughters.
At the same time that happened, my best friend of 20 years was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer.
Both were fairly traumatic to deal with and I needed an outlet.
I had been reviewing products for sellers on Amazon and elsewhere for quite some time, so I knew quite a few bloggers.
I started the blog without really knowing what direction I would take it. (some days I still don’t LOL).
FROG stands for Fully Rely On God. That saying, FROG, was my best friends favorite saying while she went through her cancer battle, so I named the blog in honor of her.
My blog has focused primarily on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.
It has been a great way to connect with other grandparents raising their grandchildren, and all that goes with that.
It tends to go along with parenting style blogs, as that is the role we play when we take on that task.
I do still review products and write about them. However, the blog is going through a little bit of a change, as our situation has changed.
The granddaughters are slowly moving back with their mom, which is amazing!
So the blog is slowly getting a new identity. I will be still connecting with grandparents because sadly that has become even more prevalent in today’s world.
ELSA | dirtypinkcity.com
I have covered all the major events throughout South Africa and have worked with many big brands, but my passion for writing is still the main reason for having this platform.
I was born in a middle-income family in India. Though we were comfortable, we didn’t have enough money to travel around the world.
Growing up, I dreamed of exploring the world and learning about different cultures.
The one thing that worked in my favor was that I was good at academics. So, I decided to use this to my advantage.
My plan was to find a job which would involve travel. It kind of worked.
After my Bachelor’s, my job in Software development took me on my maiden journey to Canada.
After a few years, I quit my job to get my Master’s and later a Ph.D. at a university in the UK.
During the Ph.D., I traveled to many places in Europe for conferences.
When I was done, I had two options: a career in academia or travel. For a year, I chose the safe option and taught at a local college in Toronto, Canada.
However, I grew restless and felt unfulfilled. So, last year I decided to commit myself completely to my dream.
So, here I am taking the plunge with the help of my husband. For better or for worse, I feel this journey is worth it! My blog is about my travels.
ROELOFF | revelationsofanamateurchef.
Blogging is something I have been interested in for a very long time, and just never actually have done it.
I have a love for cooking, storytelling, and photography. Initially, I was looking for a creative outlet.
My passion for food started with my father, and I have always had support from my parents. I hope to show that with some creativity and flair that food can be magic, even in your own home.
After some internal wrestling, I closed my eyes and took the jump. Thus Revelations of an Amateur Chef was born! I want to show that anyone can cook and create art at the same time!
Maybe one day I will have my own coffee shop, cookbook or even travel the world and blog about unique cuisine.
Anything is possible, and you never know what might just happen.
This quotation sums up what blogging is all about.
Blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.
I hope you feel inspired enough to take the plunge into blogging. If you do, your life will never be the same again.
It will be charged with hard work and a deep sense of pride and satisfaction.
I urge you to start your own blog and you will see and feel the fulfillment yourself.