I am starting this blog with a series of blogging tips for beginners. Let’s call it a blogging journal. Documenting each step taken while creating this blog: from hosting services, themes, SEO, Google analytics, monetizing, security and every new level of learning and growing on this journey.
HOW I STARTED MY BLOG
I am excited about this blogging journal series because I will be able to answer many questions from friends and followers interested in starting their blog. I will try to be as detailed as possible so it could be easy to follow.
Let’s start by saying that I do not consider myself an expert on the subject, but I sincerely enjoy blogging. No, I do not have ten years of experience blogging. Neither, I “know it all” about success techniques for blogging. My blogging journal will be based on my personal experiences, that took me from being clueless about blogging to making a profit. I keep myself curious, informed and motivated while applying on my blog new tips and lessons from reading books, tons of articles and from interacting with other bloggers. Learning and growing while blogging will never end, mostly because the industry of digital marketing -or content marketing- is always changing, demanding growth, improving the rules and bringing up a new social media trend each year.
The industry of content marketing is always changing, demanding growth, improving the rules and bringing up a new social media trend each year.
Hopefully, my personal journey of ‘Do’s and Don’t’ will give you ideas and guidance through your new blogging journey.
I created my first blog account in 2009. It was called Cecy On The Road -yes, because of the book by Jack Kerouac- back then I used to write about my future dreams of traveling and exploring the world, not knowing that I was already “blogging.” I created such an account using Google Blogger, and it was a free online space to share freestyle writings.
Later in 2012, I started a blog called Pressure Creates Diamond -don’t ask me how I keep coming up with these names. I have no idea!…haha- also using Google Blogger. PCD was a personal blog dealing with losing a family member. I was trying to cope with grief and pain. It was helpful; I healed through writing.
During that time, I became friends with other fellow bloggers and discovered a supportive online community. Additionally, got into the habit of writing daily. Again, still was not familiar with the concept of blogging + marketing together.
The following years became life-changing. In 2014, I created and founded my first monetized blog at WordPress. I bought my first website domain TheOrangeDreamer.com through Bluehost. Also, I paid for hosting services since Bluehost is perfect for beginners who are serious about blogging. The basic plan cost less than $6 per month. Then, I obtained a Google Adsense account -making money per click by allowing Google to display ads on my page- I still laugh while typing the name, because it was during the creation of that first official website when I encountered my biggest challenges as a blogger.Let’s be sincere; I made tons of mistakes. Some of those mistakes are laughable today, and probably necessary to learn the right basics of blogging and not to repeat them again.
So when I thought, I was finally getting everything under control, then it happened. I received a little blow into my social media dreams. TheOrangeDreamer.com was hacked and brought down. Have you cried in front of a computer? I did that day. Hysterically. Miserably. A hard-learned lesson about the importance of online security and maintenance. Such unfortunate disaster took me into the discovery of many safety plugins and tools, which are currently helping with defense now.
I recruited the help of Bluehost my hosting service back then to help me clean up the mess. Thankfully, I always backup my content weekly and was able to recover my posts. However, I lost many months of work customizing the features on my website. Later, I decided to obtain a new domain WithLoveFromWendy.com and redirect location to replace the previous website TheOrangeDreamer.com.
The long name WithLoveFromWendy.com came from the fact that I sign my personal cards, emails, and letters that way. After keeping WLFW running well for a year, then I decided to do an upgrade transforming my website on what it is today. Learning the proper way of blogging, good themes, followers engagement and email subscription. Also, how to create a newsletter, sponsorship opportunities, content quality, beautiful visuals and right tools.
I shorten WLFW to its current – WithLoveWen.com. I am currently in a happy place of blogging because I keep on growing the correct way. A good thing, since I am done creating new domain names forever!
My goal with this blogging journal is to be resourceful to you in any way I can. Blogging takes work and is not easy. However, if you love it and persist as much as I do, then I promise it will also be fun and fulfilling. I have invested many daily hours and late nights -including weekends- into the creation and maintenance of this blog. During the beginning, it will be frustrating and extra hard. Especially, let’s say if you are a mom or working full-time while starting your blog.
Stay committed and motivated regardless of the obstacles and do a little every day. Down the road your hard work will be rewarded.
Keep on reading and watching YouTube videos. Subscribe to my newsletter. Please follow me on social media. I will be sharing on my newsletter my blogging journal, and you will be able to obtain many useful ideas + tips for your blog. Stay committed and motivated regardless of the obstacles and do a little every day. Trust me, down the road your hard work will be rewarded.
On my next post on this blogging journal series, I want to continue sharing with you basic tips for creating and maintaining a blog. Let’s start with the basic process of establishing and founding a blog. Plus, I will be providing a FREE PDF with a list of the best plugins to use to secure your blog on WordPress.
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With Love, Wen
- Edited post from its original date. The more recent information added.