May 8, 2012

Why Do You Blog?

The photo above is my motivation for blogging. I often daydream about the flexibility a really successful blogger has. Making money while sitting at the pool on a tropical vacation, or even spending a year in a faraway village, just to learn about a new culture/language.  A blogger has the ability to work ANYWHERE that there is an internet connection.  So, if I can make enough money doing this, I can live anywhere I want.  Not sure where that would be, but it sounds exciting, RIGHT?

I began blogging while pregnant with Harper. If you don’t know me personally, you probably don’t know that THIS was my first blog. It was a pretty simple blog.  Including details like my pregnancy weight gain, pics of my belly growth, a sad memory of the loss of our dog Rocket, and some of the details about the birth of our baby girl. Looking back on it is kind of funny. I used the most basic blogspot template, with nothing unusually interesting/creative about it.  I was a newbie to the blogging world and had no real SKILLS!   Eventually I added a few ads to the blog and would get really excited when I’d make up to $0.33/day!  It was this blog that gave me the inspiration to start a blog with a different purpose…TO MAKE MONEY!

When Harper was 4 months old I decided to start Spearmint Baby. The idea was to somehow inspire other Mamas & attempt to make a living while doing so. I knew that this would take time, hours in front of the computer writing posts/driving traffic/selling ads, etc.

I had NO MONEY to invest in a pretty logo/fun design & if you’ve been on this journey with me, you remember my original/simple blogspot design:

I was pretty proud once I figured out how to manipulate HTML code into a 3 column template, was able to sell ads, and include clicky links! Making money was SLOW & tedious! BUT, it did happen.  I finally saved enough money  to have a professional redesign Spearmint Baby.  I approached Jo Klima, my designer of choice and things ultimately became more beautiful.

So, at this point in my blogging career (yes, I consider it my job, even though most people are confused when I tell them this!) I bring in a few substantial paychecks/month. They make me smile/proud.   I’m not supporting my family YET, but I know that the potential is there.

WHY DO YOU BLOG? Do you have an online store, a business, or is it just personal?

P.S  My blogging 101 series:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

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Comments (4)

  1. i started my yoga blog because i was already writing about yoga a lot on my personal blog (intended for family and friends). i felt like there was probably a bigger audience who’d be interested in reading about yoga from a normal practitioner’s perspective, rather than a teacher’s. ultimately, my goal is to make enough money to support my yoga habit. 🙂 and while i’m only a couple months into it, i really love the process and am hoping to find a better way to monetize it.

    blogging from a yoga resort located on some amazing beach would be fantastic too. i’m working on that.

  2. This is awesome! Thank you for being so transparent and sharing your journey with blogging! It’s very inspirational! 🙂

  3. Hi Terri…congrats on your new blog. Being passionate about yoga will definitely motivate you to continue to grow your blog. Feel free to share anything you learn along the way! I am always looking for advice from other bloggers! xo, shari

  4. MV, glad you enjoyed the post. I definitely enjoy sharing my experience blogging. I’ve come a long way but think the potential in the blogging is unlimited! 😉 shari

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