As a web designer and a writer, I get a lot of people asking me why they should pay $2000 to $5,000 for a web designer and developer to build an author website and blog when there are services like Wix and Squarespace that offer a complete website for $20 a month?
Blogging is the real deal and one of the most rewarding ways to make money online. But it’s not passive, as much as people want to convince you that it is.
Ignore the fluff, hype, and posturing, and keep doing what you know will get you to where you want to be. Remember, there are people making money with blogging and there is no reason you cannot be one of them.
You might think the first thing I say you must have is a lot of money, but that is bullshit. The item you need most is luck. In combination with a few other things, these bloggers happened to occupy the right space at the right time.
I can say without a trace of bragging that I have been blogging and talking to people about blogs for a long time. I have felt the joy of success and the sting of failure over the years.
You might think that me telling everyone they need to start blogging differently is insane, especially for those who are making thousands from their blogs every month.
I’ve been reading blogs ever since they became a thing many years ago. I read them all the time, almost as much as I read Medium. But there are a few things that disturb me so much they are a dealbreaker for me.
Starting your own self-hosted blog can be overwhelming and many don’t know where to start. There can be confusing information on the web or well-meaning people giving you bad advice.
The great thing about blogging is that anyone can do it. Whether you are planning on earning money from your blog, or you are doing it for fun, there are a few steps you can take in the beginning to make the whole process easier.
The thing is, no matter what I am doing, I am always thinking about writing. My writing starts when I wake up in the morning, fresh with dreams from the night before, wondering if anything that happened that night could be used in a story.