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It is funny how dreams adapt and change… what you think is your path suddenly changes.
If you had told me a year ago that I would be a blog-a-holic (I am sure it is an actual condition), that I would earn money from it and love absolutely every minute…. I wouldn’t have believed you.
If you had said that I would slowly replace cakes, a kitchen covered in fondant and eating scraps of cake for dinner with a key board, camera and making new connections with bloggers all over the world, there is no way I would have believed you.
Read on to find some helpful links to build your blog.
Apart from teaching me a whole heap of technical jargon, learning what a widget is and how to troubleshoot- I have learnt a lot about myself. This has become an online canvas, a venting, a sharing of my passions…
It has just been a bonus that others have enjoyed it too… I love that.
I am constantly learning because I am technologically stumped. Yup- every step has had its challenges, but with a little help from some lovely techies and a little patience, Treat Yourself Sweeter was born.
I am sure you have something people want to hear. So really, the question is… why not? Everyone has a story, skill, talent… and with a few Google searches, I am sure you’ll find others have similar interests.
Recipes, tips, art, music, home, sport, garden, work stories… it all brings something to someone else. Stories bring hope, clarity and feeling that you aren’t alone.
Want another reason? Interested in making extra money? With passion and dedication, blogging can make you a extra cash. But when you love something, it never feels like work. Sites like ShareASale can help set up affiliate links and Google AdSense let’s you start making money from ads (there are other ad companies out there- I haven’t made huge amounts from Google Ads)
I started blogging with a free WordPress account to begin with and loved it. I wasn’t getting much traffic or comments, but I loved sharing my stories and it became a project I loved… my space. I soon discovered that using a free account was limiting me, so I decided to take the ‘big step’ (which wasn’t big at all!) and invest a few $$ into making it really mine.
Want a little more help? I mean, a major step up? The ebook ‘Building a Framework: The ultimate blogging handbook’ is like the ultimate guide that I wish I had when I started (I only purchased it recently) it has taught me a lot, but if I had had it at the start – I would have saved SOO much time and got things following and moving a lot quicker. Check it out here.
SO WHY NOT STICK WITH THE FREE ACCOUNT?
For me, it was a couple of reasons. Firstly, when I had a free account it was treatyourselfsweeter.wordpress.com – there was nothing wrong with that, but I wanted to feel like the site was mine, I also thought http://www.treatyourselfsweeter.com felt and sounded more professional. After much research, reading of reviews and chatting to fellow bloggers, I decided to have my site hosted with Bluehost (scroll down and check out the link on the right hand side- great deals!)
I chose Bluehost for a few reasons, they had great rates and I loved the idea of 24 hour tech support. Let’s just say that I haven’t been disappointed. When I first started I was SO overwhelmed. I had NO idea what I was doing- I read forums, books, blog posts- almost anything I could get my hands on and sort of understand. Sometimes it worked out well- sometimes it didn’t. I accidently deleted my site a couple of times. The techs helped bring it (and my sanity) back every time quickly and without me feeling stupid. Every time I have had a ‘stupid’ question, they have been amazing at answering them AND doing it all in a timely fashion.
HOW DID YOU DESIGN YOUR SITE?
Well, I kind of didn’t. I play with set templates, I take the photos, choose the colours… but the idea of myself and code getting along harmoniously to create something special is probably not going to happen. Definitely not when I started this. To make my life easier and also because there were so many amazing templates already designed, I visited Studio Press and browsed through their many amazing options. The hardest part was only choosing one. But choosing one I did, I easily fell in love with Foodie by Shay Bocks. She also has a beautiful site and her techs have supported me as well at least once or twice!
So, have you started or are you ready to start a blog? Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to help!