I usually do not share many stories about money here on Living Almost Naturally but as I sit here I want to inform other new bloggers or even potential bloggers about the reality of what blogging really is like.
I started on this blogging journey literally 3 years ago when I fell in love with the idea of being able to share my ideas with all of you and make money at the same time. I was a stay at home mom and my family was struggling financially. During this time I was hearing all these stories of other blogs who were making “tons” of money and it didn’t seem like there was very much work involved. I mean I can sit here and type out a couple hundred words a couple times a week and hit publish and then watch the money come rolling in… Right?? Umm… Nope that is not reality of blogging at all! I’m here to share with you my experience with blogging and what it is really like!
- Blog Creation. I think the hardest part for me starting out was I had NO CLUE how much was involved with creating and designing a blog. I had no previous coding experience (I was a teacher) and really no experience with anything on a computer other then the general stuff like checking my email, games, and facebook. 🙂 It literally took me almost a year of dedication from both my husband and myself to get this blog up and running. Every night we would sit here and google and read anything and everything we could get our hands on to learn about that would help make this blog successful. I even attended multiple blogging conferences around the country to try and help because there really is so much that you need to know. We chose to build this blog ourselves from the ground up because financially I did not have thousands of dollars to pay someone else to design my blog. Some people are lucky enough to have an unlimited amount of money in order to do this and if you are one of them Congratulations because you can eliminate a lot of the startup work. The only negative thing to that is that if you ever want to change something about your blog you are pretty much tied to paying someone else to do it for you. After three years I still am tweaking things about my blog in the way of design!
- Day to Day Business. One of the biggest misconceptions I had with blogging is the actual amount of time that it takes. It truly is a full time job if not more than a full time job. Writing the blog post (sometimes can be time consuming) is one of the easiest things to do on a blog. I can sit here and come up with ideas but the really time consuming part is what comes after you write. You then have SEO to fill out on every post, Social Media to post to, and you have to promote the post or practically no one will ever see it. Social Media is very important to blogs and before I started blogging the only social media outlet I had ever heard of was Facebook and I really didn’t know much about it especially as a business. Now I have to manage and post out to probably 10 different social media channels at any given point. It can be very overwhelming some days! Besides the Social Media it is a good idea to share your blog posts to other blogs in the way of “Link Parties” and other common things. I even hosted some of these for awhile but beware these are completely grueling jobs because some that you work with will make you comment and share linked posts from everyone that links up. Sometimes I would be responsible for around 500 posts a week!!
- MONEY. This is the big one!! To make money on your blog you have to monetize it! Which was also a very long process for me learning how to monetize, what companies to work with, and simply how to make money come in. I will be completely honest with you and say that this is the 1st year that I have been able to make a profit consistently from this blog. So… if you are thinking that you can earn thousands a month that is simply not the case starting right out. After awhile and hard work THEN I believe it is completely possible to make that kind of money from a blog but it is definitely not something that just happens.
I hope that I haven’t scared you away yet! 🙂 I really just want to tell others what it is really like so that you can make the decision and not be slammed with the hard stuff like I was! If you try and learn everything you can then you will definitely have an easier time and hopefully can get to making a living as fast as possible!