I sort of hate people who blog about blogging. In fact, I once wrote an entire post making fun of people who do it. And yet, here I am, 18 months later, blogging about blogging. Sigh.
And why am I doing this? Two reasons.
- I am still a small blogger, but I get a lot of questions about it, so I set this page up as a resource for those who are curious.
- For many people, I believe that starting a profitable blog will provide enough money for a mom who wants to stay home with her children to be able to do that. I would like to help women who have that goal see that it’s possible.
Tools I recommend for moms who want to start a blog:
- An inexpensive blogging course to help you set up WordPress, install your theme, and start your social media accounts. There are soooo many choices out there, but this is the one I took and I highly recommend it.
- A good quality web host (this is where the files that make up your blog will be stored. I use NameHero and they are very affordable and responsive.
- And that’s it.
Don’t go crazy buying camera equipment, courses, or anything else until you get everything set up and get in the routine of writing and posting. All that can come later.
I am starting a new mailing list for anyone interested in blogging. It will be a weekly newsletter with tips, products I recommend, and a monthly traffic and income report.
I just started a BRAND new blog, and I’ll include income and traffic reports for that one as well so you can watch it grow from the start.
Frequently Asked Questions I Get About Blogging:
Do you make money blogging?
Yes, but for a long time I did not. I had to work hard, like at least 20 hours a week, for a year, getting paid nothing. Sign up for my blogging newsletter if you’d like to get my income reports, which I’d rather not publish online (not because they are anything amazing but because it just seems tacky.)
Did you take a course to help you?
Yes, and for me, it was totally necessary. For a year previously I had a blog all about my opinions on life that was read by basically no one. I would have continued down that path if it weren’t for the course I took. (And no, its not that popular and super expensive one.)
Is it too late for me to start a blog?
I totally identify with this question because I wondered this too. The answer is: it depends. If you want to start a diary-style blog all about you are your life…well its probably too late for that. (Instagram would great for that though!). But if you thing of your blog as an online magazine, with useful information in it… well it’s never too late for that.
How do you manage blogging and kids?
I wake up very early and work during their naps. To me, working on my blog is more fun than watching TV. It’s what I do in my spare time. I have no actual “free” time. If you didn’t enjoy doing it, this would be very hard.
My camera equipment:
I use a very budget friendly camera and lens. My one and only camera is this mirrorless camera, which is over six years old and still works just fine.
The most important upgrade for me was a slightly nicer lens. I prefer to use a fixed lens, rather than one that zooms in and out. I just prefer the picture quality when I use a prime lens, although a lot of people disagree with this and say its nonsense. The lens I use for 99% of my pictures is this 35 mm prime.
I hope this helps you!