So you think you want to Start a Blog?
If you had asked me a few years ago if I would be writing a blog I would have thought you were crazy.
I have never been a writer. I talk an obscene amount but I would say much of it isn’t exactly worth sharing or designed to make a difference as more just fill the silence. Charming I know. 🙂
But after stumbling on some seriously hilarious blog posts and then seeing Start Your Own Blog pins everywhere on Pinterest I was intrigued.
I had already been at home for 14 years. I was mostly home bound since my grandmother needed someone with her all the time. She mostly was doing her own thing around the house so I had plenty of time. I saw this as a huge opportunity to do something new for myself and maybe make some money.
Since I figured there was nothing to lose. I jumped in within days. And when I say jumped, I mean it. I knew nothing about ANY. OF. IT. A whole new set of terminology. Coding, blogging, design, they all have their own language.
Since then, I won’t lie, there’s been yelling, crying and frustration along with the joys of my first comments and my first subscribers. I still get excited every time someone subscribes. The emails people have sent me have made it all worth it and I would do it again.
I still consider myself a newbie. My blog is tiny and I don’t have a lot of subscribers. However, I know more than I did a year ago, but everyday I learn new ideas, trends and improvements for my blog and my writing.
If writing for an audience scares the crap out of you, this post might help.
Want to start one too?
These are the tools I use to run my blog.
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Bluehost – The web hosting service that provides the technology and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed on the Internet.
Signing up with Bluehost makes it all so easy. For plans starting at only $3.95 per month you can get yourself up and running quickly. It even includes a FREE domain name (your website name) and an email address to match your website.
Once you get set up, installing Worpress.org (the software used to create a website and blog), can be done right through your Bluehost account.
Click here to get started.
Mailerlite – FREE email marketing service. For people who want your wisdom as soon as you hit publish. Click here to learn more.
Tailwind – Scheduling and analytic tool for Instagram and Pinterest. Using this tool I have over 50 pins a day scheduled automatically in case I don’t have the time to pin or you know since I’m not up at 1 am.
Canva – FREE graphic design software for creating images for your blog, Pinterest and Instagram. Click here to start designing.
AWIN – Affiliate marketing company that offers links to partnerships with the world’s best known brands through their websites, blogs and content. Click here to benefit for your blog.