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Starting a new venture is always going to be daunting, but starting a blog? Far more terrifying and vast than I could ever have imagined, and yet, now that I finally have I can’t imagine giving up on it.
During my long journey to finally getting this brain baby of mine off the ground, I did a lot of research, I mean a lot. (I even bought a book! How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul) One thing that was very important to me if I was going to do this, was doing it right.
Something I read over and over again during my researching was that anyone could start a blog and that it was ‘quick’, ‘cheap’ and ‘easy’ to do. I’m certainly not disputing that; it really is that simple. You can go sign up at www.wordpress.com right now for free and be writing your blog within an hour.
I didn’t just want to sign up to a free host site and start writing journal entries. I wanted to write thoughtful, helpful posts, share fun recipes and ideas and build an audience who would one day, hopefully become friends as well as readers. I wanted from the start to know I’d made all the right choices regarding hosting, domains and social media to one day be able to call my blog my business and finally achieve that elusive dream, being able to shape my work routine around my life, not the other way around.
In order to reassure myself I wasn’t going to hit a wall or trip over an unexpected pothole further down the road, I sat for hours and hours scouring Pins and articles and other blogs. I signed up for a dozen different free ecourses about starting a blog, building traffic and getting noticed. (A post about these beauties is in the works, they are incredibly helpful!) I wrote plan after plan until I had something that vaguely resembled what I wanted to see, including where I wanted to be in 1, 5 and 10 years time.
Hey it may not be perfect yet, I still have almost zero grasp of HTML and the ‘look’ isn’t what I picture as ‘my blog’ in my brain, but all that tweaking and improving and learning comes with time and practice. The technical side has been conquered for now.
You can start a blog in an hour. It is that simple. but if you want your blog to one day be your career, you need to put in the footwork and research, plan and prepare. Don’t let that dishearten you though. Don’t for a second think ‘if I have to work for it before I even start it’s going to be too much work’. It is totally worth it. Maybe I’m just a perfectionist. Either way, a little preparation means less stress down the road! That’s always worth it in my book.
Now that this is real I feel like a huge knot is untangling inside me. I used to think that line you always see in soppy romance novels, about love or whatever ‘feeling like home’ was cheesy and lame.
But holy cow you guys, I finally feel like I am doing what I’ve always been meant to do.