When I started as a beginner blogger, back in January of this year, I had a lot of questions. Through my 5 months journey, I also made a lot of discovery as I dived deeper into the blogging realm. This blog post is going to tackle 3 main questions I had when I started. It is also going to include some answers I found on the way. And lastly, some lessons I have learned from asking myself these questions.
QUESTION 1: WHY DO I WANT TO BLOG?
For those of you that do not know, I have attempted blogging several times over the years. It was not until January this year that I took it seriously. The biggest question I kept asking myself was, “Why do I want to do this?” “What do I want to get out of this?.” It took me a while to find the answers to these questions. But when I did, I was ready to begin building my brand.
I knew I loved expressing myself through words. I have always been told I was good at it but I never really believed it. Seeing a lot of talented people write amazing essays and articles, I was convinced I could not measure up.
So my “why?” was really just the love I had for writing and the urge I had to share my life, stories, and experiences with other people in hopes that it will leave a positive impact in their lives. I also wanted to start conversations about topics that are not being discussed. When people visit my platform, I wanted them to feel comfortable and safe. I wanted to bring people together to discuss, learn and connect with one another.
After figuring out my “why,” I was ready to begin building my brand.
LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT MY “WHY”
After blogging for a few months, I quickly learned that my “Why” will continue to change and evolve. For me, I took that “why” and created a new platform called “The Kentucky Bloggers.” I created this community because I saw that the Creative Community in Kentucky lacked a central platform to bring them all together. This is an example of how my “Why” evolved from bringing people together on my personal brand to creating a community to bring a certain group of like-minded people together.
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QUESTION 2: HOW MUCH IS ALL THIS GOING TO COST ME?
My next big issue was the money. I did not have the money to be able to buy a website hosting or a domain. I also did not have the money to be able to pay someone to build a website for me. So what do i do? I started researching and asking a lot of questions in all my facebook blogging communities. I found out that it is not very difficult to buy a domain, get a deal on website hosting and actually build the website yourself.
So, I got me a domain on Namecheap for less than $10 and that was for 2 years. I also got a whois guard protection for free with this domain. Next, I found Siteground and I got an amazing year-long deal to have my website hosted on here for less than $50. I signed up for everything, connected my domain name and installed WordPress.org and it was time to start building my website.
Youtube videos were my best friends at this time along with the tutorials available on WordPress. These were the tools I used to build my theme and make the website the way I wanted it to be. I am not going to lie, it took a lot of time, frustration and sweat but now I have a beautifully designed website that I am perfectly content with.
LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED FROM COST
I learned that I need to be my own number 1 fan. I need to believe in myself enough to invest in me. If I am not confident enough to do this then why should other people be confident enough in me to support me?
QUESTION 3: HOW DO I PROMOTE MYSELF AND MY BLOG POSTS?
The next issue on the table was, “I have built my brand, I have built my website, now how do I get people to actually visit this website?.” I started more research and found out that Pinterest was the biggest search engine for blog posts out there. I also found out that I needed to engage with other people in order for them to engage with me and even promote me to their audience. So, I made the following Social Media accounts, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and, Pinterest.
With more research, I found a lot of blogging communities on facebook and twitter that was okay with me promoting my blog posts. I also joined a lot of group boards. It was very time consuming but I learned to have a routine and stick to it which is also a big part of blogging.
LESSONS I HAVE LEARNED FROM PROMOTING MYSELF
Do not be afraid to put yourself out there. Do not be afraid to invite people to read and share their thoughts. Again, you need to be confident in yourself in order for other people to believe in what you have to say. Promoting yourself can come off a bit tacky sometimes but always keep it professional.
Make sure you are not being a nuisance to people, make sure you are actually using words that will entice your audience to want to visit your page.
That is all I have for right now my loves. I might have to do a much more elaborate blog post on how I actually got started but these are just some questions I thought were very important to have answers to before and even while you have started blogging.
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