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If you’re thinking of starting a blog, there may be many hesitations. In my opinion, you should really just go for it. My life is better because of it, and yours can be too. Here’s how blogging changed my life.
Blogging changed my life by giving me a creative outlet
- I have a place that I can write, and all I need is a computer and internet access.
- It may be too much effort to do my other hobbies (crocheting, painting, biking, cooking), but I need a lot less energy to just sit down and write.
- I get to talk about topics I love and are interesting me to, and hopefully interesting, helpful or entertaining to others too!
- Writing posts includes research–one of my favorite things.
- Overall, I’m doing something very enjoyable to me.
I am a better writer
You may not realize how often you use passive phrases until the application that edits your blog post tells you! I found new and creative ways to express myself using terms that are (hopefully) more engaging.
I also have a tendency to write very technically (using
verbiage words that the public does not commonly use). My blog editor also scolds me a lot about complex phrases, haha! I am learning to write in a way that is clearer for everyone to read–not like I’m in a meeting with a bunch of scientists. =)
Blogging changed my life by making me more outgoing
You would think that someone who has to argue with insurance companies and doctors, and negotiate budgets against attorneys for a living would be outgoing. But it’s something I really have to work at, and it takes a lot of energy out of me. By nature I am an introvert and would be perfectly happy only speaking to Ryan and the pets all day long.
The past 6-ish months I decided to really make an effort to put myself out there more. Here are some of the things I’ve done and tried as a result of the blog:
- I have a You-Tube channel. I started out just filming places we went from a third-person perspective, but I recently started dabbling in actually talking to the camera, vlog-style, and showing people my face. I’m still getting comfortable with it and finding my stride, but it’s definitely an adventure!
- I had zero social media accounts and now I have accounts and followers. And the accounts actually refer people back to my blog. I started an Instagram account mostly for the ease of being able to upload pictures to my Facebook page for the blog. It turned out to be a fun place to interact with other travelers and vegans and see what they’re up to. I even comment on other people’s posts–something I would never do before. I also started a Pinterest acount and with minimal work I am also able to drive traffic to the blog through this account.
- Getting to know other RVers. Many travelers will tell you that at an RV resort, the hot tub is the place to socialize. It really is true. I used to mostly sit there and let Ryan do the talking, because I just didn’t feel comfortable. But now I talk to people and have some great conversations!
- I’ve gotten exposure for the blog from other companies and bloggers! Just by putting myself out there a little bit more and taking some chances. My post about our Pedego bikes got mentioned on the Pedego Facebook page. A fellow blogger and RVer (who’s only 27 and runs a finance blog that earned nearly a million dollars last year) did a post about crazy/funny things people have done to make money, and she mentioned the example I gave her about having to stand for four hours in a pet store in business clothes and heels, trying to get people to take samples of pet food. Another RVer who writes for RV Life Magazine interviewed us for an article about our car-free travel lifestyle.
My blog gives me the opportunity to define my income sources
While I won’t say you can make income overnight from a blog, I have learned so much! I am trying out many different ways to make income online, and then I get to share my experiences with all of you. Someday, I will no longer be an employee but rather a full-time entrepreneur.
In the meantime, the blog takes a lot of time but it doesn’t feel too much like work. It feels like something I am passionate about and helps me to grow as a person. It feels like a way to pay it forward thanks to all the blogging and RVing veterans that came before me and inspired me to follow in their footsteps.
Blogging changed my life by making me organized and disciplined
Most people don’t grow a successful blog by posting randomly every few months. Or deciding that something, anything, is more important than maintaining their blog. I fit blogging in along with a full-time job, full-time travel, my family and maintaining my physical health. I stopped spending time on things that aren’t important, made a schedule and do my best to stick to it.
Doubts and fears about starting a blog
If you want to start a blog but you’re still worried, let me review some common fears with you and see if I can help ease them.
- Having a blog is expensive: not true! You can start a blog very cheaply. You just need to buy a domain name (price varies) and then you can either have a free blog (I don’t recommend this) or you can self-host for a small fee. I use Bluehost and their current price is less than $6 per month.
- No one will read my blog: while I can’t guarantee that you will have unlimited readers and success, if you figure out how to drive traffic to your site and write consistent content that is engaging and useful to your readers, then you will at least have someone read your blog. How many someones is something that you do have some control over.
- I don’t have time to blog: Is this someone you really, really want and think you will love? Then make time. Give up other things in your life that you don’t need/love and are wasting energy on. One of the biggest time-suckers you can do something about is TV. Another one is mindlessly scrolling through social media. No matter what your dream, whether blogging or something else, stop spending time on things that don’t matter instead of pursuing what does matter.
- It’s too complicated to run a blog: I am one of the most impatient people I know. If there were only poor, difficult, clunky ways to put up blog posts then I guarantee you I would not be doing it. Sure, there’s a learning curve but once you get a rhythm going you find that it isn’t so hard after all.
Hopefully this helps allay some fears you may have about blogging. If you really want to do it, you can with minimal up-front investment. I recommend giving it a try to see how blogging may change your life!
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