What exactly is a blog and what are they used for - mom blog from home

Let’s start at the beginning. What is a blog?

When I decided I wanted to start a blog it was hard picking what I wanted to blog topic or niche to be.

Even after coming up with ideas I still didn’t know how to blog so I would research and research trying to learn and absorb as much as I could.

During all of this, I realized how much I enjoyed learning about blogging and also how hard it is to learn everything when you are starting from the very beginning.

I realized that teaching other moms how to blog was my passion. I am a mom that so badly just wanted someone to walk me through it all. Instead, I had to read blog post after blog post, ebook after ebook, and take course after course.

I am no expert but I know way more than I used too!

I feel like every new piece of information was just a new piece to a giant puzzle. I didn’t even know sometimes where the puzzle piece went but I knew I needed it.

I finally came across a course that was more on my level and answered many questions I had.

I recommend it to any new blogger!

It got me finally started after many failed attempts but I still had questions.

This is again where my passion to help others cam in. Some people just get it and some people, like myself, need a little more help and guidance.

I have always been that way. In school, the teacher would give an assignment and some students had it done in 15 minutes when I was still trying to figure out exactly what the assignment was.

It’s because I over analyze and over think everything. It’s a blessed and a curse.

The lady who I follow that taught me so much in her course did a great job but she didn’t break down the little steps that I still needed help with.

I had no idea about WordPress or how to use it, what a plug-in was, how to make a blog post or any of those simple steps.

So, I told myself I can’t be along and that if I am going to help teach others how to start a blog, I would start super small and walk through all the little steps. I would try and leave no stone unturned for my readers.

I use my mom as an example. In the blogging world, I am a newbie blogger. But, in the real world with my friends and family, I am a pro! I know way more than they do! So, when I talk blog talk they are all confused. But, that’s how I started! That’s how most people start! Again, some people pick things up much faster than others but starting from scratch is where I want to help my readers.

WHAT IS A BLOG?

When Googled this is the definition:

noun
  1. 1.
    a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.
verb
  1. 1.
    add new material to or regularly update a blog.
    “it’s about a week since I last blogged”

What that means is it is a platform for people to share their knowledge, advice, experiences, etc. with others.

I always thought it was just an online journal for stay at home moms.

In reality, it is a way to present to the world whatever you want! You want to share your weight loss journey, share how to pay off debt, teach people how to sew, you name it!

It is a website that you get to personalize and make it whatever you want.

People can come and learn from you, comment on your posts, and decide to keep coming back to follow you on your blog!

Blogging has grown to become a huge thing! Pinterest is all blogs…I mean some pins may not be to a blog but most are.

People don’t realize that. You go to Pinterest and search for a recipe and all these different pins pop up to different blog posts on how to make that recipe.

Think about all those pins and all those different blogs out there.

Most blogs are narrowed down to a specific niche or topic to stand out from the crowd.

If you write about recipes you are one in a million but if you write about gluten-free recipes you are in a much smaller pool. If you write about only gluten-free dessert recipes you are in an even smaller pool.

You may be thinking “Okay, but who is searching for that, not many people.” When in reality that is a good thing! Wouldn’t you want less competition and to take care of your unique customers instead of trying to fight the crowd and stand out in all the noise with no unique customers?

I was given this example years ago. You are not Walmart and you don’t want to compete with Walmart. Narrow down your niche and take care of those specific customers. Those people will be your loyal returning customers.

So now that you have an understanding of what a blog is and how to narrow down what to blog about, you may still be wondering why people blog.

Like I mentioned before, people use blogs to share their knowledge with the world. Some literally do it just for that purpose alone. Others do it as a source of income.

The income varies from a few dollars a month to $100,000+ a month. Naturally, there are more people making closer to the lower amounts than the higher amounts but I personally know several bloggers that thousands of dollars a month blogging.

That sounds pretty awesome to me!

Here are some examples for you!

  1. Victoria at A Modern Homestead

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She makes over $5,000 a month blogging about frugal living on their homestead!

Victoria has great money saving tips on her blog and wonderful recipes as well!

2. McKinzie Bean at Moms Make Cents

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I couldn’t find an updated income report for McKinzie but I found one that was from 2016 where she was making over $2,000 a month so I can guarantee you that it is way more than that now.

McKinzie helps teach blogging tips but more importantly, she teaches bloggers how to use Pinterest to drive traffic to their blogs!

She offers a free Pinterest course called Pinterest Primer. I took this course and it helped me gain over 5,000 page views last month!

3. Michelle Schroeder – Gardner at Making Sense of Cents

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Michelle teaches everyone how to be smart with their money. She teaches you how to earn more, save more, and live more. She does it very successfully too! As you can see she made over 1.5 Million dollars with her blog last year!

Those are just a few examples of bloggers making awesome money with their blogs and in different niches as well!

Now that we have discussed what a blog is and what it can be used for you may still be asking yourself if blogging is right for you?

I wrote a post for that exact question right here!

I go over exactly what it entails to be a blogger for you to see if blogging is right for you!

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

 

 

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