Monetising my blog, thinking out loud.
Good morning lovely people.
How many of you here have ever thought to start monetising your blog? And how many have already done so?
I will tell you a bit more about my own experience with this. Back in January 2016 I started this blog as soon as I learnt from a colleague that his girlfriend had one. I have always loved to travel and thought of a blog like something so unreachable for me, in fact I didn’t know anyone that had one and had no idea about this world.
That week though, I started my blog on Bluehost, then switched to WordPress although I don’t remember very well the reasons, etc.
When I started it, I think a part of me wanted to become a full time travel blogger. I met up with a blogger and she shared with me a few tips like the ‘like for like’ page on Facebook, etc, in order to get followers and attract traffic. I started a Facebook page and shared pictures, videos, blogs. I didn’t enjoy it though. I am still so very jealous of my own life and it made me uncomfortable to put my life out there.
Many of my friends still do not know about my blog. With the years I have realised that this blog is my way of escaping bad days. I am not a good writer even, but I really enjoy creating posts, it unlocks my creativity. And I have come to appreciate so much the WordPress community. I don’t have Instagram (I am 32 but have enough with Facebook and WhatsApp) and have not understood how Pinterest works yet.
But I do love reading comments of the few (30 or so) followers I have (yes, you). It feels so genuine and a bit more intimate than having my face all over Facebook.
I think all this monologue comes down to the fact that I do love blogging and last week, after accepting I will be unemployed in a month, I have thought I should give it a real go and try to make some money with it. So I upgraded to the WordPress Business Plan and enjoyed the fantastic plugins available. I also signed up to the Amazon Affiliates Programs, Word Ads, created a Facebook page again, logged into Pinterest, changed my picture. To realise once again I may not pursue this path. Not this way.
You may be right if you think I am also chickening out. I do admire full time bloggers, the amount of work put in is incredible and the mental strength to help you keeping sane and inspired must be also great.
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Thank you to all of you that are part of this fantastic WordPress community. I love reading your posts and I follow you because I genuinely like what you write about, all of you.
I would love to hear about your experience with this too.