Why I Decided to Set Up My Blog Now
I think the first time I thought about setting up a blog was about a year ago. I was realising that I had a bit of spare time and needed some extra income. On top of that, others had often pointed out to me how fast and easy writing came to me. All of this, combined with an addiction to Pinterest, made sure that the idea of starting a blog was very appealing. So now, here I am, I have a blog.
An Extra Income
As some of you may know, I’m chronicaly ill. One of my biggest problems is that I get tired really quickly, on top of that I also struggle with clear thinking and memory skills from time to time (the so called ‘cognitive functions’). Yet I still manage to go to college part time, and I’m currently studying English and German in the hopes of one day becoming a teacher.
At the same time, I have to be realistic about being a teacher and I have to realise that working full time will probably never be possible. What that also implies is that I probably won’t make a lot of money. It’s very likely that I won’t be able to cover my own costs of living (food, medication, housing etc.). So I realised that I needed to find a way to supplement that future income, and that I had the time to set that up right now.
If you are on Pinterest a lot, then you know that a blog is often cited as one of the best ways to make money on the side, so I decided to give it a try. I considered freelancing as well, but realised that the deadline part of freelancing was not suited to my lifestyle/health. So blogging was the best option.
When to Start a Blog?
After realising that I should give blogging a try, I quickly realised that I kept putting it off. It took me more than a year to actually take the leap and do it. I set it up on a whim, and didn’t choose the best time for it (namely right before the exam period). Yet, I’m still happy that I did it, because it takes time to set up and establish a blog.
On top of that, I knew that reaching an audience would be tricky, considering that I’m not exactly active on social media. Having no Twitter account and 0 followers on Pinterest, I knew it was going to be a challenge. I was right.
I think the exact date or time that you launch your blog doesn’t really matter if you don’t already have a following. As long as you set one up, because that is the most important bit.
How Is It Going?
To be honest, I find it a lot of hard work. There are days where I just don’t have the time or energy to do anything, yet I’m constantly thinking about the blog. It causes a lot of stress and pressure, because you want it to do well. But at the same time, you shouldn’t worry about that too much, at least that’s what everyone says.
In my first week I was incrediblly happy to get around 10 view a day, only to realise that those people barely spent a second actually reading my articles. And that is still a reality today. I don’t know how many people will actually read my words. So I can say that it can be very discouraging, and I certainly have my moments where I just want to give up. Whether it iss because of the disappointing numbers, or because of the stress it gives. Yet I’m still here!
What About the Money?
Well, I haven’t earned any, probably because that is not my goal right now. The first thing I want to achieve is to attract more readers. Once they appear, I can start thinking about monetization. Because I don’t think there is any point in spending time and energy in setting up ways to earn money, when the actual income would probably be zero.
Just Do It, take the leap. You should at least try it, something that helped me was the fact that Bluehost has a return policy if you decide to quit within 30 days. You still have to pay a bit, but you get part of your money back. This made me less scared to try it. Because I knew that if I didn’t like it, I could quit and I would have only lost about $15. So my advice to you is to think it through and just give it a shot.
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