So You’re a Blogger, Now What?
As soon as you get that first post published, you should call yourself a blogger. Write, edit, publish, share, engage, and repeat. That’s my blog life, but of course there’s other elements too. I also plan, make graphics, and edit some more. Blogging is work; don’t ever let anyone tell you it’s not.
Soon, I’ll rounding a year with this current one, but I’ve been blogging in general for at least 8 years. I’ve worked in a lot of niches, and it took time and passion to get me where I am today. To be fair, where I am is on my couch with toddlers and dogs draped across my legs while I work on this post from my phone.
Succeeding with a Dream
Success as a blogger, for me, isn’t just defined by numbers or money. Every blogger has a different idea of how they determine the success of their blog though. Having someone say I inspire them, and that they’ve been following my blog for awhile means I’ve succeeded in my biggest goal.
Sure, fat stacks of money would make me happy, but I don’t blog to make a certain amount of figures. I blog for a few reasons.
- Spread Disability Awareness– As someone who is legally blind, it’s important for me to spread disability awareness.
- Share Parenting Tips/Experiences– I’m a SAHM with two toddlers, and I love sharing my mom journey.
- Be a Mental Health Advocate– I have a history with depression, anxiety, and OCD. I also battled bulimia for close to a decade, so being an advocate for mental health is very important to me.
- Share Style & Beauty Favorites– I love makeup, clothes, and shoes. So, I love to share my favorites.
- Review– My very first blog was solely about reviews, and I got my start with online writing from a music magazine where I was a columnist and reviewer.
- Talk about Blogging– Here I am, talking about blogging. I’m not an expert, but it’s a passion that I love to talk about.
I would love to make money with my blog, but it’s hit or miss sometimes. I’ve tried affiliate marketing and ads, but a lot of the sponsored posts that I do are for gifted product. While making money is nice, I’m also okay with samples and gifted products. As time goes on, I will focus more on monetization, but right now, I’m picking up speed my way and enjoying it.
Lately, I’ve gotten so many messages from followers saying they love my blog, and that in and of itself makes me bawl my eyes out with joy. Having my posts connect with others is one of the biggest successes to me, so I feel like I’m on the right track.
Numbers Matter Some
I don’t do this for numbers, but seeing growth is important. Numbers do matter some, but it’s crucial to not get hung up on the stats. I used to get so upset over not getting the kind of views I saw others getting.
Getting in a stats rut affected my content in a negative way. I was posting more, but it was a lot of fluff that didn’t make me happy. Once I took a break and realized that passion has to come before numbers, things started going great. People could tell that I put genuine effort in, and my numbers slowly climbed.
Building a following is apart of blogging, but if that’s your only motivator, then I have no clue how to help you there. I honestly believe if you have good content and post regularly, then success will come when it’s your time.
That doesn’t mean you can’t promote and push your blog to the next level. I’m impatient, and when I want something, I want it yesterday. Blogging has taught me patience and hard work are the only way to bring success to what you’re doing.
Leading to More
The other week, my dad asked, “so you’re a blogger, what’s next?” I raised my brows and thought pretty hard and pretended not to be a tab bit offended. What’s next is that I’m going to keep blogging.
When I told him I’m going to keep blogging, he laughed and told me to calm the hell down. I was so frustrated that he might have been implying that what I do isn’t a big deal or a job, I missed the point.
He meant, what’s next? What are my plans and goals? I told him about what I wanted to get out of Housewife Hustle. I told him all of the reasons I do this, and how I want to go self-hosted and continue to grow. Then it hit me. He knows me so damn well.
I do want more, but the more that I want involves this blog. It involves my audience and all of my goals. I’m going to write an ebook about finding your confidence and growing your body positivity.
Millions of Ebooks
When I first started this blog, I did a post called Millions of Mom Blogs. It was a way for me to boost my morale. There are millions of blogs like mine, but none of them are mine. No matter how many other people are chasing the same dream, we are all still unique, so quitting because of intimidation isn’t an option. That’s how I feel about writing this book.
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I could hold a pencil. I love all forms of writing, and I’ve come very close to publishing a few books in the past. I just never had that final push of confidence to go through with it.
Well, what’s next is finishing my book for my readers. I hit the halfway point, so I wanted to announce it. This isn’t just going to be a self-help book telling you that you’re pretty. It’s going to share my journey and the little things that helped me slap some sense into my inner mean girl.
This book will be like an extension of my blog, because being a blogger is enough. I’m not writing this book because I don’t feel successful enough. I’m writing it because this blog has inspired me so much. It has made me love sharing my story and helping others, so that’s what’s next for me.
It got me thinking though. Blogging can open so many doors from creating e-courses to writing books. You could create group pages and really extend your voice if that’s what you’re interested in.
There are so many social media platforms, and that helps grow your options even more. You could become a motivational speaker or public figure. You could create a business. Blogging has so many stepping stones, so if you want to take a leap, the options are yours.
I think blogging is enough. I also think it’s one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had. It takes so much time and dedication, so if blogging is plenty for you, you’re a rockstar. Don’t let someone dictate what your purpose or path is supposed to be.
I am very happy that I’m taking this next step, but I will keep putting my heart into this blog too. Writing a book and maybe more won’t takeaway that I am a blogger.
So, what’s next for you? What’s next for your blog? I’d love to hear about everyone’s goals and dreams.