So, I’ve finally decided to take the next step in my blogging journey. I have decided that the time is right for me to start trying to make money from my blog.
I absolutely love blogging and have been doing it for just over two years now. Honestly, I never thought when I first wrote Where To Begin…that I’d still be writing now, but here we are.
My Blogging Journey
My blogging journey has been very up and down.
There are times that I am super motivated, and the ideas are flowing, and I manage to bang out loads of posts. I feel confident, get loads of views, my DA goes up, and I’m very happy.
Then there are times when I have no idea what I’m doing, feel like a complete amateur, and wonder why on Earth I’m doing it at all. My views plummet for no reason, my DA goes down, again for no reason, I lose all hope and think about packing it in.
I tend to go through these two states quite regularly. So, you might be wondering why I’ve decided now that I’d like to try and make a career out of blogging. And I don’t blame you, to be honest.
Why Now Then?
If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know that I recently took a few months off of blogging because of losing my father in June and my auntie in July.
And it’s because of my dad that I want to make a career out of blogging.
My dad pretty much loved every single one of his jobs, the weirdo. He had no problem with getting up in the morning and going to work. He didn’t understand the Sunday night blues and wasn’t miserable in the mornings.
Obviously, he loved holidays and days off, but it didn’t bother him having to go back – it probably bothered management, though!
My dad was always getting into some kind of trouble at work, but usually, nothing ever came of it. He was an extremely smart man. He got his job done but was clever with his words and would wind the management team up because most of them were ‘incompetent’. I think his supervisors probably didn’t like him because they knew he was more intelligent than them.
And because he was in insufferable know-it-all who had to be right about EVERYTHING.
Anyway, I’ve had jobs before where I cried on the way to work. I would be driving in my car in the morning, bawling my eyes out because I didn’t want to go in. Then I’d cry on the way home because I was relieved to be going home.
It got me thinking – no one should ever be that unhappy going to work, and I don’t want to experience that again. I want a job that I can be happy in. So, I want to try and make enough money blogging to make it my career and support my family. I’m going to give it the best try I can.
How Am I Going To Do It?
Well, there are lots of different ways to do it. And I know that it can be done as I follow many incredible bloggers over on Twitter who run websites successfully. I draw my inspiration from them.
You will hopefully start seeing lots of sponsored posts from me and posts containing affiliate links.
I’m going to apply to have adverts on my blog. In the future, I’ll also start selling advertising space on my blog for other bloggers and small businesses.
One day I’d also like to create my own ebook for people to purchase, but that is definitely a little further down the line at the moment.
I’ve also created a Buy Me A Coffee page where if you enjoy and like the work that I produce, you can ‘buy me a coffee’*.
*Money will not be spent on coffee, but exciting things, like bills and stuff.
I have my meeting with my work coach coming up where they’ll decide whether being a blogger will count as being ‘gainfully self-employed’. They want to see a business plan. I am incredibly nervous!
But, I am also desperate for this to work. I want to be like my dad and actually enjoy my job.
Wish me luck in the next step in my blogging journey!