So you want to start a blog and you feel like you don’t know where to start.
Don’t feel alone.
I was just like you and sometimes I still feel like I don’t know everything there is to know.
I started blogging like many of you, wide-eyed and bushy-tailed. Eager to bring the big bad world of blogging to its knees with my innovative and captivating content.
But, that’s not what happened.
I would start a blog then stop, start another one and then stop again.
I went through a lot of confusion in the early days of my blogging journey. This is probably my 4th attempt at blogging in the last 6 years.
Starting a blog is easy. Maintaining and growing a blog, well that’s another story.
My problem was that I wasn’t clear on why I was blogging.
I don’t want you to be like me – I want you to be better than me. So let’s start with your WHY.
THIS JOURNEY IS NOT FOR THE FAINT AT HEART
If you don’t take anything else from this post, please take this – You have to connect this journey to a larger meaning in your life.
Write the following question down on a piece of paper. Take a day or so to think about it. Then write your answer down and stick it somewhere where you will see it every day.
Question: Why Am I Starting This Blog…Youtube Channel…Instagram Account…Business…Insert Dream Here?
I did this exercise when I started this blog and I have my answer to this question, along with my other goals, taped on my closet doors in my bedroom. This way I can see and read them every time I get dressed.
Why are you going to commit time out of your day and take away time from your family and friends to pursue this dream?
You see, I didn’t have a ‘why’ when I first started all those years ago but when I figured out what my why was, I started making progress.
Here are some of my whys:
I crave freedom – both financially and with my time.
Freelancing is an active way of creating money. The problem with this is that when I stop working, the money stops coming in. I love the idea of freelancing but I want more security. Over the next few years, I want to start building my passive income portfolio and I want my freelancing and blog to help me do just that!
Three areas that I am interested in are real estate investing, trucking (where I own the truck and work with a third party), and stocks.
My mom is getting older and I really want to be able to take care of her. Also, I want to have at least one kid and when I do, I want the ability to stay home when needed.
Develop New Skills
The only way you become better at something is to make the commitment to practice it.
Content creation is an amazing skill to have on a resume.
Connection + Brand Building
Eventually, I want to write a few books. Blogging, done right, can put me in front of the right people.
So now that you know my whys – tell me your Why(s) in the comments below!