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My blogging journey

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It’s a little over 6 months now since I opened this blog. A lot has happened since and comparing my blogging experience from a decade ago – a lot has changed in the blogging field as well. When I started in July 2021 I didn’t know I will go back to school and therefore thought I had much more time for the blog. And to be honest – I didn’t think blogging would take so much time!

Yes, I read a bunch of blogging advice and the only thing every blogger agreed on 100% as – it is time-consuming like you never had predicted. But did I believe them? Kidding right? Of course not! Blogging is just writing! (OK, I will hide behind pillow fortress with a bowl of ice cream now until bloggers reading this calms down 😉 )

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Hey, I am here!

Part of my day job is marketing, I have managed everything involving website creation and traffic generation for years. Testing different SEO strategies, newsletter subscription methods, building sitemaps, etc for years. So one would think that I knew already, that getting traffic to a blog isn’t going to happen just with publishing. But I did hope that there would be more and faster. And yet I do know, this isn’t the case – never has and never will be. There are too many websites where readers can go. I know it takes time, but it doesn’t stop me from hoping.

Every journey begins with first step #motivationalquote
Every journey begins with the first step

I have been reading several blogs for a few years now and I became intrigued by the concept of making extra passive income with blogging. I learned there are many ways to make this happen:

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Reality check

I am sure there are more and more and more. Looking at some of the income reports and how-to posts it all seems super easy to make hundreds and even thousands of dollars just by running a blog. So for a while, I was a bit disappointed when 3-4 months in I was still struggling to get traffic. But since I kind of suddenly enrolled in school – I was a bit overwhelmed and lack of time for anything.

The last few months have been mostly just doing things with hardly having time to properly focus on anything. The way I hate doing things. But since we have strictly 24 hours in a day and humans need to fit there at least a few hours of sleep. It was the best I could do.

Start with small steps #motivationalquote
Start with small steps

I arranged 2-week vacation from both of my jobs and school at the end of December and I was so overworked and sleep-deprived that I slept most of the first days. And after that, I felt weirdly off. I wanted to do something, I had ideas but zero energy. Like I just couldn’t force myself to do anything – just watched TV and social media. I wrote a few blog posts but couldn’t find any e-book ideas. And then it was time to go back to work. I was disappointed once again that my traffic was still lower than I had dreamed.

Building Twitter and Pinterest

From the beginning I knew I need to build Pinterest for the blog, web is full of tutorials and testimonials that Pinterest is a gold mine for blog traffic and earning some money on the side. But you need content to pin and share. I just started. So kind of a dead end.

So another way to spread the word and start getting the traffic I joined Twitter. I must admit – I never thought anything of it and the character’s limit sounded cruel. But people were praising it as a fast track to build an audience and attract traffic. So I did.

I have found create community – bloggers, who have been blogging for years, new bloggers like me, wonderful authors. I am still a bit overwhelmed that bloggers with over 10k followers and a major readers base have time and willingness to communicate with someone like me. Some of them I have read for years and some of them are reasons I started blogging and started to believe that it could be a side income. Or even full income?

But what if ... #motivationalquote
But what if …

Emotional rollercoaster

I think this is the most correct term for these first months. There have been days I was so happy – there were visits and comments and … felt like real. There have been days I was ready to shut it and give up.

But working in marketing for almost a decade I know websites take time. Until Google starts to trust a page and shows it on search. So I have tried to calm myself and stay positive and at these low points, I am so grateful for the Twitter community and their support.

How were your first blogging months?

12 thoughts on “My blogging journey

  1. Bloggers weren’t wrong when they said blogging can be time consuming. How much time that consumes would depend on the niche your in or course and how much time you want to dedicate to promoting your content. It still feels like I’m in my first few months sometimes

    1. I am beginning to gasp that. So far I have ideas and thoughts more than actual time to deliver, but working on it. Soon there will be summer break….and major dream home building is lining up 😀

  2. Well first of all congratulations on the six months! I have been and still re on the emotional rollercoaster that blogging brings, so keep doing what you are doing, it will take time x

  3. Blogging is definitely a dive that pulls you in and keeps you there because there is so much potential to expand! Love that you are exploring monetization options and are working on building your following; best of luck and may the words flow. <3

  4. Ha, I can totally relate to this post. My blog is a bit younger than one year old and I go through all this emotions day by day. I try not to get discouraged. Try to be consistent and stay patient. It was good to know that someone else feels the way I do.

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