*This post was originally posted to Kayla’s Five Things (my lifestyle blog), but I migrated it here to share with you all.*
In a year and a half (when I switched to WordPress.org), K5T has gotten over 1 million page views! I wanted to share a little bit about my journey to get there and how I’m feeling about the future of this little business of mine. The main reason I’m doing this is because I love to read the posts my fellow blogger babes make about this kind of stuff. There’s enough room on the internet for all of us, so if we can better help one another reach goals, I’m always down to contribute however I can. Hopefully, you don’t find it annoying or braggy, though the latter is probably a little unavoidable since I got 34″ balloons...
Disclaimer: I don’t know everything about blogging. In fact, I barely know anything about blogging. I can’t remember exactly when I started. Though it was 4 or 5 years ago, I didn’t get serious about it until January of 2017. I didn’t make any money from it until June of 2017. I am simply sharing what’s worked for me. Also, I just wanted an excuse to buy these balloons, because I highly doubt I’ll ever get to 1 million Instagram followers, and they’re just so pretty. The first thing I want to say is that I consider my blog a business. I have had that mindset since I last January – I am not a “it’s just a passion of mine” kind of blogger. It is my passion, but I’m aiming to make my passion my business. I want to enrich peoples lives (with snarky comments and fab shoes), but I also want to make money doing so. And I don’t see anything wrong with that and feel it has made me 110%. a better blogger.
My content, my strategy, my time all comes from the idea that I want my blog to be my career. Basically, I want to spend my life having more time with the people I love and spending my eight hours a day doing what I love. There’s nothing wrong with that, so don’t hate. It’s 2017 people. The internet offers limitless possibilities for every dream. We just have to embrace it and be proud to be in that industry. Okay, here’s some limited “knowledge” coming your way…
Ever since I got serious and realized that I could make blogging my career, I have been seeking out information and info about the industry. It’s a relatively new career path (probably only in the last five or six years), but there are so many people weighing in on it. Most of them offer blog posts on it for free or require your email to send you info.
I will say AGAIN, this is what I’ve learned and what works for me in my lifestyle niche.Take everything with a grain of salt, as different businesses need different business strategies. No matter how many e-courses try to sell you on the fact that there’s one full-proof path to becoming a full-time blogger, I just don’t buy it.
Anyone that read this whole thing is my hero. Regardless, I am forever grateful to my readers and community. You all make this extremely rewarding.