Four or five years ago, I overheard my cousin [whose a freakin’ techie (you guys, he literally designed the “thumbs up” symbol on Facebook)] talking about blogs. He was talking about their origin [web log = blog] and how they were really starting to take off and give people career opportunities as bloggers. At a time where I was working in a restaurant and hating my “professional” life, and knowing that I’m a great writer, I thought, Hey, I could do that.
Easier said than done.
Well, I definitely started my blog, if you can call it that. I barely had an About Me, and I think I had one post about certain design elements I’d spotted while on campus at Sac State. Yeah, some real gripping material there, I’ll tell ya.
Fast forward to today, and I’m still really not going places. Granted, I don’t really advertise myself [ie: let my social media followers know I’m blogging], and I’m not active on other people’s blogs. Honestly, immersing yourself in the blog world is hard and extremely time consuming. I totally get how people have made a career out of blogging – it’s literally a full-time job!
As we near the end of 2017, I want to start making some goals and really set a precedent to make a name for myself in the blogging world in the next year. Because let’s be honest, as much as I love my job and the fact that because of it I have a paycheck and affordable healthcare [which is a HUGE benefit these days], I hate how much it limits my life. If I want to work out, I have to be at the gym by 5 am! My window of opportunity to exercise the dogs is a teeny one after work. And if I want to run errands, I am limited to my lunch breaks and weekends, [assuming I have no other prior commitments, which, more often than not, I do].
This past weekend, I made a decision to start transforming my blog into a more streamlined and professional website. It’s pretty easy to maneuver right now, but as far as blogs go, it’s still pretty clunky. I did hours of research on custom logo designs, importing templates, and trying to customize a template on my own. I had no idea there were so many layers to web design! It was truly overwhelming. Here I am using WordPress thinking I’m a pro, only to discover there’s a deeper, more complex version that runs via a web host and is the version that can be customized using outside templates. Mind. Blown.
Something else I learned amongst all this research? Having a blog is f*cking expensive. Nobody tells you that when you get started. It costs money to have a custom domain name. It costs money to have a custom email address with your domain name. It costs money to use a web host, and to tack on the mandatory [in my opinion] spam and malware blocker. It costs money to convert your old domain to your new one. It costs money to have a good lookin’ website! And we’re not talking small bucks here – we’re talking beaucoup bucks, people! BUT, if I stay consistent with my posts, brand myself, market myself, and [fingers crossed] eventually take off and making a living from this, I can write all of that off. #murica
There could be ways around all of that, and probably are, like teaching yourself web design and how to convert domains, but due to a full-time job, I don’t have the time [or, let’s be honest, patience] for that. I am extremely tech savvy until it gets into the coding aspect of things – that stuff I am just not good at. And hey, gotta support the other people out there whose jobs are to do the things that I don’t know how to do. Pay others to do things for you #noshame.
Here’s my tip to you if you want to attempt a career at blogging like I am: research, research, RESEARCH. Find a blog site that works for you and you’re comfortable with, and go from there. Don’t throw money at the first thing you see, and read reviews! Reviews are amazing.
Keep an eye out for my blog rebrand! I am proudly paying other people to transfer domains, design a logo, design a web page and host my new site [same domain bellaandtheblonde.com], hopefully launching in the next week or so!
Thank you all for being diligent and loyal readers. I know I write a lot of random crap and there’s really no theme to my blog, but I appreciate each and every one of you who follows me and puts up with the topic roulette.