I’m excited to start a new series on 2 Wired 2 Tired with tips about How To Start A Blog. I’ve been blogging for 5 years and it’s had such a positive impact on our family that I wanted to share what I’ve learned over the years with others so you can be a part of it too.
When I first started blogging, Kora and Logan were both under 2. I was a stay-at-home mom and at that time it seemed like someone was always napping so I was home…a lot. I spent any free time I had browsing parenting forums looking up things about the kids and seeing what other peoples babies were up to.
It was then that I stumbled across mom blogs. I started reading a few and after awhile I decided to dust off my English degree and start writing about all the amazing, funny, and exasperating things the kids were up to on my own blog. My family all lived out-of-state so this was a great way to share stories and photos with them.
It wasn’t long before my blog started getting readers other than my mom. I was shocked and excited! It was fun connecting with other mom bloggers and I enjoyed talking to other adults. I loved spending time with the kids every day but speaking to others in full sentences again was wonderful!
Pretty soon my blog started getting bigger and bigger and then companies started to reach out asking me if I would review this or that or offer to pay for advertising.
Back then I had no idea that I could make money from my blog at all so this was an amazing surprise. During that time we were really struggling financially. Very, very hard times – which maybe one day I’ll go further into detail about. Honestly it was incredibly stressful and scary. So when brands wanted to give up products to review that we couldn’t have afforded otherwise or pay for advertising I immediately said yes.
As the blog grew I started getting more offers for reviews and advertising. The years went on and my social media presence grew too. I started getting offers for sponsored posts and as my audience grew the brands offered more money.
This makes sense because by this time I had been blogging for years and built up a large audience on the blog and on social media. Brands are looking for ways to get their products or services in front of new eyes and sponsored posts and reviews are a way to do that.
They contact me, I select the best in family, food, travel, and tech and share them with you.
While I think I’m making this all sound very easy, to be honest it’s become a full time job.
- A job which I’m incredibly grateful for and appreciate every single day
- A job that allowed us to get out of a huge hole financially
- A job that allowed me to stay home with the kids
- A job that is now allowing Dave to work from home as well
- A job that has given my family exposure to products, experiences, and destinations we never would have been able to afford otherwise
Just like any other job there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes. It may seem all glossy and glittery on the front end, but behind the curtain I’m working my tail off day in and day out and am thankful for every minute of it.
When you first start out blogging things will be slower and you may ask yourself, “What is Tesa talking about? This doesn’t take that long to do at all.” But as time goes on and your blog grows, the time you’ll need to manage it all will grow too.
This is all good. If you want to become a stay-at-home parent or simply think starting a blog is something you’d like to do, I’m here to say it is possible, and it is possible for it to become a full time job for you – if you want it to.
I was going to make a list here of all the amazing things we’ve been able to do thanks to the blog, however I don’t want it to come across as bragging. Instead I want it to be inspiring, so you can know that you can do it all too.
If you want to take a look at any destinations we’ve been, see products we’ve reviewed, or check out experiences we’ve had simply use the drop down navigation bar at the top of the blog. It’s full of everything we’ve been able to do all because I started a blog and have worked hard at it.
And we’ve been able to do it all with the flexibility of working from home. This has allowed us to be able to see every one of Kora & Logan’s sporting events, award assemblies, school concerts, and more. It allows us to be home to help out with homework, to go shopping in the middle of the day, and to go on trips with just a few weeks notice.
I know many of you can relate to my story. You are facing hard times financially and want to a way out. You want to stay at home with the kids but just aren’t sure how you can afford it. Or maybe you just love to write and are curious about blogs and think you might want to start one.
Whatever your reason is, I hope you find the upcoming series helpful and inspiring. When I started blogging I had to look up every single step. How do I start? How to I buy a domain name? How do I put a picture in a post? How do I change my header? What is a header? What do I do on social media? How do I get people to find my blog? And so on.
My goal is to answer as many questions as possible in this series so it will be a resource. One place where you will find all kinds of answers about how to start a blog and be on your way to meeting your goals.
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