So, you want to be a blogger? This post will share what to consider before starting a blog. This isn’t going to be a typical “blogging about blogging” post where I suggest you have one niche, a ton of affiliate links, and a Tailwind account. This is the real, nitty gritty of what to consider before you dive into the world of blogging.
Housewife Hustle may only be a little over a year old, but I have been blogging for at least 8 years. The blogging community is wonderful and full of support, but the blogging world is not all roses and paychecks. There is a lot to consider before starting a blog.
What to Consider Before Starting a Blog
There are so many blogs out here on the world wide web, and starting your own can seem a bit intimidating. But if it’s something you’ve been really thinking about, there’s a few factors you should consider before that final dive.
Lead with Passion
I can’t say this enough. In fact, I’m pretty sure I say this exact phrase in almost every blogging post I write, because I believe this to my core. Don’t start a blog just because you want to make an extra income. Start a blog because you love writing and creating content.
Lead with passion when it comes to blogging. If you let your passion lead you, success is more likely to happen- if that’s what you’re going for. Also, if you’re genuinely passionate about blogging, your readers will pick up on that. You’ll be able to build trust and engagement with your readers, and that’s a major aspect of being a blogger.
Write What You Know and LOVE
My first few blogs were about things I loved and had a decent amount of knowledge on. Research will always be apart of blogging and writing, but make sure that you write about something you have a foundation with and that you enjoy talking about. Don’t just pick something to write about because you think it’s popular, because it could backfire.
Writing about what you know and LOVE will making blogging more enjoyable. Plus, people want to read blogs that are informative but also relatable. If you don’t really know what you’re talking about, people won’t relate or want to read it.
When Housewife Hustle started, it was just a mom blog. Now, I write about body and sex positivity, parenting, disabilities, and mental health. Not only am I a mom, but these are also things I have an education in and have extensive experience with. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to have any kind of degree to know what you’re talking about. That just happens to be the case with me and my blog.
My degree is in English, but I have minors that deal with women and gender studies, which includes human sexuality. I have a history with eating disorders, am legally blind, and struggle with mental health. All of these topics are things I’m knowledgeable about and have experience with, and I love writing about these things as well.
You Don’t Have to Have ONE Niche
I have discussed this in the past and even dedicated an entire post to it. Most blogging about blogging posts that I have read always mention that you should hone in on a niche and stick to it. I thought I was pigeon-holed into only having a mom blog, but rather than listening to that “golden rule,” I branched out and learned for myself.
You can talk about a multitude of topics on your blog, as long as they have cohesion of some sorts. Making your topics all relate and build off of each other can help you succeed with a multi-niche blog. Also, you can check out my tips for a multi-niche blog here.
Take Advice but Experience for YOURSELF
I love reading posts that are tips and how to’s for bloggers. Regardless of how long I’ve been in the blogging game, this is a field where you can constantly be learning and growing. You can take all the advice in the world, but make sure you experience it all for yourself.
Learn on your own, and learn what works for you. We all blog differently, so what may work well for some, may not work for others. Trial and error have been my handy dandy sidekicks during my blogging journey, and it’s taught me so much. You can research and learn from others, but your experience will never have the exact same result as someone else.
Spend Money to Make Money
If apart of your goal with blogging is to make it a career or even as a side hustle, you have to spend money to make money. I don’t mean you have to go broke in attempts to strike it big, but blogging is an investment.
If you want to increase views and traffic, get your own domain. There are blogging courses and resources that can really help take your blog to the next level, but they aren’t all free. Plus, there are plugins, themes, scheduling tools, and all sorts of add-ons that can cost you money.
You can try to go the free route for as long as possible, but premium options cost money for a reason- they offer so much more, and that more might be worth it. You don’t have to swipe a card and spend money on every aspect of your blog, but find what you need help with the most and utilize tools that can boost your views, traffic, and monetization capabilities. Sometimes, you have to spend money to make money.
Social Media is Your Friend
I only used Facebook and Pinterest before I started blogging, and I thought that was going to be enough to spread the Housewife Hustle word. Let me just say, I was very wrong. Once I added Twitter, Instagram, and took my Pinterest to the next level, my blog and audience grew. It was a magical feeling.
Social media can do so much for your blog. Pinterest, for example, is my biggest traffic driver. Now, I still use it for my interests, but switching to a business account really helped with my blog traffic. I also was able to really branch out with my body positive posts and book that I wrote with platforms like Instagram. Use social media in a way that is still fun but also promotes what you do. Get the best of both.
Be Authentic and Find Your Voice
With millions of blogs, you have to be authentic and have your own voice, otherwise you won’t stand out. Make sure you’re being honest with yourself and your readers, and develop your own personal style. You won’t succeed if you try to piggyback off of others.
I’ve had a few experiences with people ripping off my content, and it didn’t feel good. Plagiarism never fairs well, so remember to be yourself and create your OWN content. People want to hear your individuality shine through, because that’s what makes bloggers special.
Consistency and Quality Creates Success
Being consistent and creating a schedule that works for you, can really help your blog succeed. If you’re consistent with quality content, traffic will flow. Consistency keeps readers coming back.
When I first started Housewife Hustle, I posted a lot of fluff that I ended up either transforming into better quality content or deleted later on. Creating posts with quality in mind rather than quantity can help your readers return as well. Also, being consistent with quality instead of stressing over quantity can also prevent blogger burnout.
Write with intention. Be consistent with your posts and schedule. Create content that makes you proud, and your blog will definitely succeed. Check out some free scheduling tools that I created here.
Mental Health Matters
As someone who has struggled with OCD, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, I never realized that mental health can seep into your blog. I don’t mean blogging about mental health, although it’s something I am passionate about. What I mean is that your mental health matters, and if blogging is weighing on that, take a break.
I’m no stranger to blogging breaks because of mental and physical health. At first, I was reminded to be consistent and felt as if my breaks were taking a toll on my consistency. Then, I realized that blogger mental health matters just like mental health matters for everyone.
If you’re burned out or genuinely need a break, take one. The blogosphere will be here when you’re feeling up to it. Your blog will thrive if you’re taking care of yourself. Your mental health matters, and it’s bigger than any blog.
The biggest and last thing I want you to consider is that the entirety of blog success is about patience. If you’re doing this for more than just a hobby, know that it will take time. Income, traffic, sales, or whatever your goal with your blog, remember to be patient.
This is the hardest part for me. I have been working hard trying to optimize for SEO, increase views, create good content, and so much more just to make Housewife Hustle a career. I want this to be a full-time job that pays the bills, but that won’t happen overnight.
I’ll admit it’s challenging to see others succeed when they haven’t put in as much time, but I don’t know their journey or hardships. All I know is my own effort and hard work, so I have to remember to stay positive and patient. That’s the biggest piece of advice you should consider. Blogging is NOT an overnight ordeal; it’s an everyday type of job that takes time.
Be a Blogger
I hope you become the blogger that you’ve always wanted to be. Also, don’t label yourself an aspiring blogger. Once your hit publish on a post, you ARE a blogger. You can also check out my post, So You’re a Blogger, Now What?
Remember to do this for you and not just for fame or money. Blogging is bigger than numbers and dollar signs. As cheesy as it sounds, it’s an artform of sorts. It’s passion combined with planning, research, writing, editing and so much more. Blogging is a job, and it’s an incredible one if you want it to be.