I Remember How I Was When I First Started Blogging…
The purpose of this article is to show people who want to blog (and create income from blogging!) that they can do so without compromising their values.
It is, indeed, possible to make money from your blog – no matter your site’s focus is! – as long as you set it up the right way and hold firmly to that which you value.
When I first started blogging four years ago, all I did was journal my life. I had a free WordPress account. It had the WORST name, ever – Soldierwifelife dot com.
That blog has since been made private, but, while it lasted, it was a lot of fun.
When I First Started Blogging, I Did It For The Pure Joy Of Writing
I remember one of my first blog posts. It was about a thunderstorm and how afraid I was of it. At the time, my former husband was at home, upstairs, playing his Playstation. I was downstairs, terrified of the potential tornado that I was sure would come to wipe us all off the face of the earth, that night.
I paced the room, not sure what to do with myself with each boom of thunder or flash of lightening; however, instead of just allowing fear to completely overtake me, I wrote a very poetic article about the dichotomy between the storm raging, outside, and the peace my better half had, inside, despite all the calamity happening all around us in nature.
It’s interesting; in that moment of writing, everything faded away from me. The storm ceased to have any fury.
My sadness over infertility disappeared to nothingness. In fact, the entire house faded into a meaningless background…
…and all that was left were the words I was putting out into the blogosphere.
Writing Was Different For Me, Back Then – Not Better, Not Worse…Just Different
When I first began to create content, I didn’t care about SEO. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know that SEO existed.
All I knew was that there was this place where I could go to be alone with my thoughts, and I could kind of work everything out on “paper” for a little while.
It was incredible. It was like being a child again in that life became magical, once more. If you didn’t know this, you should know that I believe ALL people need that magic in their lives.
Back then, not only was I blogging, but there were others who were like me…all of us sharing information that we cared about. Most of the bloggers I knew then were both artistic and deeply family-oriented…but there were these few who wrote from a business perspective.
These, others were like creatures from another, blogging planet. LOL!!
Listen, in those days, I had no idea that money could be made from writing. I thought that blogging was about, well, writing…
…and here is where the problems began for me. I stayed confused for at least two years, unsure of how to articulate what it was that pulled me to blogging yet drove me from it at the same time.
It’s Tough To Just Write For The Sake Of Writing When There Is Pressure To Create Income, Too
At first, I really missed the days of writing for the love of it, but I slowly started to love marketing, too. The challenge was that I could never get clear on how to blend the two loves. THAT was frustrating beyond words. In response, AND because my personal life was a rollercoaster while my marriage was ending, I stopped blogging, cold-turkey, for a time.
For a long while, I could not figure out what I wanted to do. The longer I created and interacted with other content creators, the more I realized that marketing was as much of a passion as writing for the sake of writing was. I saw that I needed to both tell my story AND do business in order to feel whole professionally.
Sometimes, it even felt like I loved marketing more – unless I saw something beautiful or heard a moving song for the first time.
Eventually, I had to reconcile the fact that I could easily write a poem as I could write a LONG article on keyword research. Once I did, I was really happy to be that weirdo stuck in the middle between business and art.
In my research, I realized was that there is no credible resource that I could find on creating content for the love of writing AND marketing. Most of the blogs about being a writer were and still are so heavily-laden with blogger or writer marketing tips or boring writer news that I simply can’t stay there and read for very long.
In the same way, I often find marketing blogs to be boring, rehashing the same information, over and over and over again. It seems like the two worlds rarely meet in clear ways, and I wish that that were not the case.
In my heart of hearts, I believe that it is possible to combine good marketing with good creating.
Those who want to learn how to blend the two should be able to easily find a home for their creative souls…AND they should be able to generate an income with a community of like-minded people.
It’s so tough to blend that love for our artistic sides with the need to market our content and keep paying the bills…but I believe it’s possible – if content creators can just find the resources that they need…resources that don’t get in the way of the creative process.
So, What Is My Goal With This Blog?
My goal with this blog is to be a transparent, interesting, and creative resource for other current and would-be content creators. My goal is to show others that we can create video, blog, and/or image-based content AND promote our work in a classy way.
We can lead others to life as content creators if they so choose, and we can build up a strong community as we go.
People often don’t see me as a full creative (whatever that is) because there is not much of that on my blog, here, but there’s a reason for that; if I am going to put myself forward as a technical resource, I have to have some credibility, first, right? 🙂
To that end, I am building up my marketing articles and videos, but they will always be peppered with that other side of me that allows people to see as much of my personality as is possible to see with a computer between us. I’d say that this article straddles the fence, pretty well. 🙂
Have You Been Itching To Start A Blog Or Create Some Other, Online Content That Generates You Passive Income?
If you have, you’re NOT alone.
There are lots of people who wish that they knew how to make it happen for themselves in internet marketing. They want to walk away from the corporate world or reliance on a paycheck (though income is a great blessing for those who have it!), but they don’t know how to get it done.
The best way is to start by researching a content creator whose style you’d like to copy.
Some people who work with me like to blog.
Others like making videos and/or uploading images and sharing those with the world.
Still others like to create great status updates and community on Facebook or other social media sites. I love to do ALL of it and really find it fun!
No matter WHAT kind of content you want to create, find someone who does what you like, and reach out to that person for help.
Opt into their list to see how they write to their audience, and then follow their lead in your own voice! I hope that that makes sense.
I have finally allowed myself to be a creative who likes making money from her content. It would be great if you joined me on this beautiful journey! Simply click the link below to get started…
- On Being A Marketer Who Loves To Write – May The Two Of Me Continue To Meet! - July 18, 2014
- Getting Traffic To Your Blog As A New Blogger Or Marketer - July 15, 2014
- How To Keep Blogging For Passive Income When In The Startup Phase Of Your Blog - February 22, 2014