People blog for abounding reasons. Originally, I started my blog the end of 2013 as an columnist platform.
But as time passed, I accomplished my blog provided abundant added than an columnist belvedere and it wasn’t all about the numbers. Blogging served a altered and added abstruse purpose. I would even say that it’s afflicted the way I attending at and reside my life.
That’s why if you’re cerebration about starting a blog, I’d awful acclaim it. That is, if you’re blogging for the appropriate reasons.
If you’re starting a blog to get affluent or even to eke out a living, well, don’t calculation on it. Monetizing a blog is cool harder these days. In fact, afterwards three years, I’m still not authoritative money from my blog. By the way, don’t accept all the advertising from humans affairs online courses that try to argue you blogging is a abundant way to accomplish acquiescent income. Accomplish no mistake, autograph and announcement a blog is a ton of work. There is annihilation acquiescent about it.
In fact, it’s so simple to get balked if you aboriginal alpha a blog. As a technically-challenged person, I had to apprentice WordPress. Then, I spent a lot of time announcement my blog and aggravating to acquisition an audience. Something abroad I knew little about. As with a lot of bloggers, I bound became bedeviled – and depressed – with the numbers and how abounding visitors, subscribers, and Facebook followers I had on any accustomed day. Turns out architecture up readership for a blog takes a LOT of time, effort, and patience.
So Why Blog?
Some humans may disagree with me, but I anticipate blogging shouldn’t just be about authoritative money, boot up business, acquisition a huge following, block fame, or aggravating to advertise books.
Blogging can serve as a artistic approach to articulation ideas, thoughts, opinions, beliefs, and feelings. On top of that, autograph a blog provides a admirable befalling to affect and blow the lives of added humans in a absolute way.
How Blogging Afflicted My Life
My blog has absolutely apparent me through abounding ups and downs these accomplished few years. I’ve accounting about blithesome moments like a cruise to Chicago with my bedmate to bless our anniversary, a day spent arena in the snow with my grandchildren, watching Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones at Desert Trip, and a quick weekend cruise with my kids to San Francisco.
I’ve aswell caked my affection out while caregiving for my Mom who suffered from Lewy Body dementia and wrote about her closing death. I aggregate my all-overs if my mother-in-law died from ovarian blight and my son went through a aching annulment and aegis action that aforementioned year. (Ironically, anon afterwards I started autograph a blog about happiness, I had the affliction year of my life.)
Yes, I adulation reading, which provides a acceptable acquittal from my troubles, but autograph is my absolute escape, outlet, and passion. If I write, I become so focused, my problems achromatize abroad for awhile, giving me a abundant bare break. In fact, if you’re absolutely a writer, accept me, it is a life-long addiction!
The action of putting my thoughts and animosity into autograph has brought me abundance as able-bodied as admonition me bethink blessed moments.writer
As I’ve accounting about my life, my blog helped me anticipate about what’s important to me and actuate if my activity is headed in the appropriate direction.
Since I can’t address about every event, idea, thought, and feeling, blogging provides a array of filter, allegorical my life. My blogs accept helped me accept what is a lot of allusive to me. I’ve apparent forth the way that sometimes it’s the simplest moments that accomplish me the happiest.
As a able writer, my blog gives me admirable artistic abandon to accurate myself. Not to pop anyone’s balloon, but autograph sounds added alluring than it is in reality. For a lot of of the accomplished 25 years, I’ve accounting online autograph on capacity that magazines, newspapers, publishers, and admirers accept for me.
True, I’ve accounting two adolescent developed books, biking articles, amusing pieces, and affection belief on alluring humans that were fun. On the added hand, in adjustment to accomplish a living, I’ve aswell accounting online autograph that apathetic me to tears. I’ve tackled abstruse online autograph – and one abstruse book – that gave me an Excedrin cephalalgia and collection me nuts. I’ve accounting on demand, affair added people’s deadlines, autograph backward into the night as my academician is badly aggravating to alarm it quits.
Don’t get me wrong. I may complete whiny, but I absolutely apprehend that I’m abuse advantageous to accept fabricated a active at something I love. I wouldn’t accept had it any added way.
The point is, my blog is my baby. I address on capacity I’m absorbed in and feel amorous about and achievement my admirers will adore as well. My blog allows me to amplitude as a writer, explore, experiment, and try new things whenever the brood hits. Autograph professionally has accustomed me the conduct to broadcast a blog every week, but I address my blogs if I choose. And accept me, that’s not at the able of aurora or 10:00 at night! That is luxurious.
So, those are some of the means blogging has afflicted my life. But, as I mentioned earlier, the huge benefit is that blogging can change added people’s lives as well.
Some humans accept larboard comments absolution me apperceive that I accept in some babyish way aggressive them or provided advantageous admonition and that consistently brings me such joy. Autograph a blog has provided an befalling to affix with readers and added bloggers, which has been so rewarding.
What affectionate of blogs accept accurate to be a lot of popular? It’s consistently absorbing to see what resonates and hits home. My top ten blogs in adjustment of popularity:
1. Five Means to Become a Happy-Go-Lucky Person
Every year, this is my top-performing blog by far. Merriam-Webster defines blithe as blithely aloof and carefree. Synonyms cover affable, laid-back, low-pressure, and mellow. I assumption we all wish some of that!
2. Golden Boys in Concert: Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, and Fabian
I was asked to do a book analysis of Bobby Rydell’s autobiography. This led to an interview, chargeless tickets to his Golden Boys concert with Frankie Avalon and Fabian, and a backstage canyon to accommodated Rydell in person. This was a nice advantage that came from blogging! The day they acquaint my concert analysis on Rydell’s Facebook page, my visitors added by 3000% for the day. No joke!
3. Keep Laughing with the Seven Dwarfs of Menopause
This blog has captivated a top-three atom aback I began blogging. Hey, it’s either beam or cry through menopause, and wouldn’t we all adopt to laugh?
4. Staying Absolute Admitting Problems
Everyone has problems that accomplish us feel blank and defeated, so I’m not afraid this blog fabricated the top ten. I action three simple tips on how we can ascendancy our angle and still accept to be blessed admitting our troubles.
5. What Are Your Life’s Happiest Moments?
If you attending aback on your life, which moments would you calculation as your happiest? What would be your better regrets? That’s the catechism one abstraction asked participants age-old 70 and older. I allotment the after-effects of their astute answers in this blog.
6. Why Earlier Humans Are Happier Than Babyish Boomers
Aww, my actual aboriginal blog that got my blog off the ground. The abstraction for this blog was based on studies that show, in general, earlier humans – and even the adolescent bearing – are happier than us babyish boomers. One abstraction accepted there is a U-shaped beatitude ambit with the aboriginal 50’s as the everyman point of well-being.
7. Blessed as Simple as 1-2-3
“I wish my day to feel like there is great adorableness and possibilities and joy to be felt, discovered, explored, and expressed. And you apperceive what? I can and so can you,” I wrote. This commodity got apparent on Stumble Upon, bringing me my additional (after the Rydell concert review) best almanac top amount of visitors for one day.
8. Staying Blessed Through Menopause
I wrote this commodity afterwards Hot Flash Daily assassin me to address amusing online autograph about menopause to barrage their new website. I had never accounting amusement before, but had a bang accomplishing it for them! I appropriately aggregate it all – the baking hot flashes, batty insomnia, annoying forgetfulness, and crazy agitation attacks that ensued for years. Yes, YEARS!
9. Finding Beatitude with Grandchildren
This blog was an simple one to write. To be bare and capital by these adorable little beings is a admirable amusement and privilege. Like abounding people, I acquisition that the rewards of ancestors activity alone grew richer and added accomplishing as anniversary new grandchild was born.
10. Five Blessed Snoopy Quotes
Okay, this one afraid me a little bit. But hey, don’t we all still adulation Snoopy? Now that I address a beatitude blog, I’m afflicted with how abundant acumen Charles M. Schultz cartoons accommodate on the subject.
I admired autograph all these online autograph that accepted to be accepted with readers. With that in my mind, what’s my basal admonition to all of you who are cerebration about blogging? Address about your passions. Let your blog advise you activity lessons. And, finally, adore the process. Then you can adulation blogging as abundant as I do!