Why I started Blogging
Don’t ask why. Ask why not.
Your blog, Your Voice.
It is your platform. You control the direction, and feel of your blog.
It could be a personal journal that you keep hidden, or you can go through the few steps to make it legit.
There’s a lot of money to be made if you monetize successfully…
First thing you should do is find what you love to talk about: dig up the poetry journal you keep hidden, your journey with mental health, your love of fashion: the list is endless and yours to customize.
I wanted Athena’s Purse to combine my two loves: saving money, and my undying love of poetry. Also, I felt like I should put my advice in one spot and share with as many people as possible.
I Chose the name Athena’s Purse because…
In Greek & Roman Mythology Athena/Minerva is the wisest child of Zeus. My logic is that if Athena needed an accountability partner she’d call me.
As for purse, everyone knows EVERYTHING A WOMAN MAY NEED is in her purse…
Athena’s Purse was born.
If it’s a hobby for you then don’t look to invest money into it yet. But if you could maybe, possibly, kinda see yourself getting closer to marketing your blog as your brand; you should look into owning it.
Word to the Wise: I recommend getting a free site with WordPress, and once you’re ready to own it, get a FREE site transfer from my beloved Siteground.
Why You Should Start a Blog?
Look at social media.
Your life could change after a viral meme, or you could blow up like Cardi B. Step one is to get a heavy following.
A blog is a good step towards having your own voice and platform, AND showing both the world and future employers what you love or what you’re good at.
A Wandering Epiphany
Scrolling through the vast wonderland that is You Tube I wandered across videos of people expressing their talents, interests, experiences, and advice…and they were getting paid money for it. Big money. I’m not yet making any money, but I hope to one day.
I started to wonder…
What do I love?
What do can I do?
How can I help?
What the hell am I gonna call it? here
Deeper questions sprouted from one another and soon I was grabbing pen and paper and writing all my questions down.
My number one objective was that I wanted to find all available free resources. I started researching November 2017. I was really excited about writing but I didn’t want to share it with people. I didn’t want to be judged.
I did know that I wanted to keep my site purely professional to avoid letting too many of my opinions spill over. As I become more comfortable I will show a little more of what I have to offer as a writer, and as a person.
I knew all along that I was going to buy my domain.
That means I knew I wanted to own my .com. I decided to build my site with WordPress!
Yes there are tons of options, but all the experts insisted that WordPress was the way to go.
You can get yours for free to test it out.
I love WordPress because:
- Easy to understand interface
- EVERYTHING is compatible with WP
- I love all the free themes that came with my “.wordpress” site.
But I also knew I wanted to self-host my blog; so I could own my own content, and not run the risk of my work disappearing.
If you don’t self-host (own your .com) your beautiful blog could disappear.
I knew I had to find a company to host my blog, while allowing me to own it.
Another reason, if I didn’t own my site, it would have the ‘.wordpress.com’ in the middle of it… which would look unprofessional if you want to be taken seriously.
Best Way to Host Your own Blog
I looked at Bluehost, HostGator, etc but all signs pointed to my current blog host who does all the ‘tech’ work, like transferring my site for me.
I chose Site Ground.
Seriously Boss Girl Bloggers put me in the game on the best deal for the money and Site Ground is it.
Top Reasons I love Siteground:
- They answer the phone in like 2 minutes
- I’m terrible with tech terms; I describe what I see on my screen and they do the rest.
- My site is never down and I’m in total control.
- Super-fast load time
- It’s cheap as hell to start <$4 (major help in the beginning)
- AWESOME, affiliate program for members!! No really sign with me and find out for yourself first hand.
For those that don’t know, if you don’t own your blog, it will appear altered. For example, “Sarahsausagehead.wordpress.com” instead of “Sarasausageagehead.com.”
Ready to Start?
If you’re considering using your blog to make money, then purchase your domain and get your own hosting.
Go to Site Ground first and choose WordPress to begin setting up your blog.
Expect to spend $200 to own your site, then choose from several beautiful and professional free decorative themes.
Don’t spend extra money YET on bells and whistles like themes and expensive SPAM protection.
What if you don’t have the equipment?
I don’t own an iPhone, tripod, DSLR Camera, ring light, or any of that yet, but the important thing is to get started.
Expertise will come, but I recommend Canva, Pixabay.com, Mailerlite.
Canva: is FREE and how I create beautiful pins on Pinterest
Pixabay & Pexels offer great places to get stock photos for free.
Mailerlite helps me build my email list and offer landing pages for my site
If you just want better hosting for your already existing site…
Then sign-up with Site Ground here, at no additional cost to you. Plus you get a discount on their prices AND a free site migration wise choice for your wallet!!!
Overall I love that this is mine.
Yes, I love to write and it can become hectic at times but I love it.