The world of blogging can be tough and a lot of hard work. However, it can be so enjoyable, relaxing and an incredible source of additional income (if you so chose). Whenever anything good or bad happens in my life, I like to write it down. I enjoy getting down the good and the bad for the purpose of being able to look back when I need or want to remember something about that event. For me, writing is very calming.
- Being the student I am, I love writing. However, I truly believe that there is always room for improvement. The communication we use every day improves as we continue to do it. Starting a website can help you to become a better writer and communicator. You won’t ever be a perfect writer or communicator, but you’ll learn to improve over time!
- With learning to be a better communicator, you’ll learn to be a better thinker. You analyze your writing before publishing it and because of that you begin to use your critical thinking a lot more efficiently. You learn that you have so much to offer and you have so much to say, and creating a website helps you to understand your why.
- It’s no secret that I love helping others; as seen through my educational goals and love for Personal Financial Planning. Helping others to plan for their future, to help them understand how to handle money, to help others to be prepared for retirement, to help others to plan for children’s future college education needs, etc. The list goes on and every family has a different objective, but it all leads to one thing: financial independence. If you begin a blog, you have the opportunity to help and inspire others. Knowing that others will find inspiration in my writing, is a wonderful feeling.
- The income earned from an online website can help to meet your financial goals toward paying off student debt, saving for a house, becoming debt free, or something even as simple as paying for new car tires. Everyone has been to that point before and whether you’re looking for additional income or not, it’s great to have more resources and potential to earn! The more opportunities I can earn, the more freedom I have for my family. As my family likes to remind me, it’s like working an office job versus something like selling insurance which is extremely risky (sometimes 100% commission based), but in the long run totally worth it.
Emergency Fund Savings– financial goals
- You are going to network and get to know so many wonderful people. When I decided it was time to start a blog I read numerous blog posts on “how to start a blog,” “mistakes in starting a blog,” etc. I didn’t just read one article and make the impulse decision to start a blog. No, I read and read and read. I researched for countless hours. Then, I reached out to bloggers and asked hundreds of questions: people who are making $30,000 a month, people who were just beginning a blog, and everywhere in between. I wanted to know the good, the bad and what I was ACTUALLY getting myself into.
I understood, yes I could go to blogger.com and start a free blog and that yes it would be easy. However, I quickly learned from all of my research that I probably wouldn’t get any views, and I probably wouldn’t be able to make my blog what I really wanted it to become (a website to help others either learn from my mistakes or learn from something I say).
I often reference back to the amazing Making Sense of Cents. Michelle provides just about everything you’ll want to know about starting a blog with step by step instructions on “how to.” She was my guide and my mentor through starting Dream, Live and Love.
In addition to online material, (for those who physically like to hold something) now there are some amazing books that put all of these questions that I’ve ever had into one book (instead of researching from website to website to get the information). My favorite book is Breakthrough. Addi can help take your blog to the next step with easy to follow instructions, and it’s a quick read. In Breakthough, you’ll find everything from building a blog, how to monetize a blog, and how to network with other blogger.
6. You’ll become more confident. You will quickly realize the importance of your life and understand you live a unique life and have something to offer others.
Starting a website is so exciting and such an opportunity to help yourself grow and become better at so many things. It is also an amazing way at giving back and helping others to grow through your experiences and stories.
Readers, why did you start your blog and what resources did you use?