This month marks my blog’s one year anniversary! My very first post was a throwback to my trip to Paris– and since then, my blog has come a long way. I didn’t post much in the beginning, but around April I started to get the hang of the whole blogging thing and started writing posts about my outings, adventures, and style.
However, the further I ventured into the blogging world, the more I realized just how little I knew about blogging in general. It seemed as though every other blogger out there was making money through their blog, when here I was just writing about my weekend adventures.
So I changed things up. I focused on fashion and travel, trying to find my niche.
I had a few sponsored posts, and I began experimenting with affiliate links and blog promotion.
I started using Tailwind, because that’s what every blogger said I should do, and my Pinterest grew to 350,000 views per month. My blog stats were steadily growing higher and higher each day.
And I was checking my phone every five minutes. This hobby slowly turned into an obsession. I would plan out my blogging strategy and implement it every day- constantly online, checking my stats, updating Tailwind, and responding to comments.
The next thing I knew, I wanted to get hair extensions to make my hair styles more elaborate for photos- because that would make them viral-worthy. I wanted to get my teeth whitened so my smile would look flawless. I wanted to give up muscle training and focus solely on cardio so I could look thinner- because it photographed better and would attract more Pinterest viewers to my blog.
And then I woke up, not too long ago, and realized just how twisted and materialistic I was becoming.
And it stopped being fun.
And life got busier.
And I just don’t want to do it anymore.
So many people have reached out to me the past few months for tips on starting a blog. They want to know how I go on free trips, how I get free meals and excursions, and how I get thousands of dollars worth of free clothes and products in the mail each month.
Well, the truth is, most (not all) of it comes from my writing outside of my blog. Marketing companies find me through Elite Daily, Thought Catalog, Fit Joy Nutrition, and other platforms- but not from my blog. My blog is just a home base.
So if you’re wondering why I was able to travel the world for free- it actually had nothing to do with my blog- but rather, because I am a freelance writer being contracted out to write for various companies.
My goal was to grow this blog to the point where I could work for myself instead of for other platforms- but it’s simply too much work. I spend so much time promoting my blog that I no longer have time to write! And writing is my true passion.
So for the next few months, I’m going to be posting on here a lot less. I have a few contracts I’m going to see to completion, but then I’m going to go back to writing. There’s some new companies (**cough National Geographic**cough) that I’m absolutely itching to write for, but when I spend so much of my free time working on the blog- I don’t have time to write for other platforms.
So, I hope to keep this blog alive and going throughout my life, but it might not be so cookie cutter perfect. I’m going to go back to writing about whatever I want on this blog- even if I only get a few views.
If you are considering starting a blog to make money- don’t do it. It’s not worth it. The money you will make is simply not worth the time it takes. Not to mention having a nice layout and blogging platform costs a lot of money and SO. MUCH. TIME. to set up.
If you want to start a blog, do it for you. Do it because you want to show your friends and family what you’re up to. Do it because you want to work on your writing skills. Do it as a creative outlet. Don’t feel pressured to monetize your blog and turn it into the next big **Insert Niche** blog. I’ve fallen into that, and here I am, hating it.
So, you do you.
I’m gonna do me.
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