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When is the right time to start a blog?

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When is the right time to start a blog? I’m sure you’ve seen dozens if not hundreds of sources telling you how to start a blog or how you can make money from blogging.

While this may all sound enticing, I think there are many out there who are still waiting for “the right time” before they jump in to finally start a blog of their own.

Why? What is holding you back from starting your own blog? Are you too busy with work? With your child(ren)? With life? Check, check, and check! Been there, done that.

From experience, the right time never comes. You’re always going to be “too busy” because of X, Y, and Z. So now is as good a time as any, right?

When is the right time to start a blog? The truth is, now more than ever is the right time for you to start your own blog and I'll tell you why!

When to start a blog

I started my own blog in August of 2017 when I was around seven months pregnant with my son. I had always liked writing so I thought this would be a good outlet for me to continue my passion and share my experiences with others. It was mainly a journal for me at this point and something I could do for some “me time.”

Flash forward a year later in August 2018, I had this vision for my blog and that was when I started taking my blogging seriously. I didn’t have many resources (aka money) to spend to start this blogging experience, so I buckled down and started doing my research to find out how I could get the most out of it.

My main drive for wanting to monetize my blog was to be able to stay home with my son and watch him grow! We don’t get these years back, Mama. I wanted to make the most of my time with him and earn something as well for our family.

I think it took about two weeks for me to finally push that button to switch my blog into the business venture and I haven’t regretted a moment of it since!

Again, now is as good a time as any to start your blog!

What can blogging offer you?

When I went into this venture, I knew next to nothing about blogging, let alone monetizing my blog. I spent countless hours on Pinterest to start researching and from there I have grown to rely on other sources for information.

When you publish a blog post, it’s not immediately on Google’s list of things to see. It takes time to drive traffic and attraction to your post and your site. Being in this blogging world, I have found several support sites for bloggers of all kinds! And within these sites, I have made remarkable connections and have partnered with numerous bloggers to support each other.

What I was really unprepared for was how many friends I would make along the way! The internet is saturated with blogs of all kinds: mom blogs, recipe blogs, fitness and health blogs, fashion blogs, gadget trending blogs, and hundreds more.

But what all these blogs have in common is the desire to want to help others. They are helping their audience with the information they are providing as well as helping other bloggers by sharing each other’s posts and giving feedback to help others succeed.

Why does this matter?

Blogging can feel like a lonely adventure sometimes because you’re constantly looking for ways to increase views and stay relevant. It is typically just you at your keyboard or on your phone typing away on your next great post and that can be lonesome. However, this doesn’t have to be something you do solo!

Through the time I have taken to connect with other bloggers and momprenuers, I have found more mommy friends who have been nothing but supportive and encouraging. During times of great difficulty in life, I have turned to these mommy friends and have been met with compassion and love. What more could I ask of a group of amazing women?!

I also ended up finding my virtual mentor through this blogging experience. She is also a mom and has a busy life raising twins. Her name is Elna Cain! She runs SEVERAL blog sites and shares her experiences with monetizing blogs and has graciously put together recipes for how to monetize blogs. One of my favorites to follow is her Ready Set Blog for Traffic recipe!

All of this matters to me; the mentors, the friendships, the encouragement, and the support. I was not seeking any of this when I started blogging, but here I am now with a kick-ass team of bloggers and momprenuers who are looking to support others!

What WON’T you get out of blogging?

There is a sort of false advertisement that I see happening a lot when it comes to blogging. Many sources will tell you that you can make all this money from blogging and while this is true for some, you WON’T get rich over night from blogging .

I’m sure you’re reading that last statement and you’re thinking, “Well, no sh*t!” But honestly, you do sort of hope for that to happen! However, blogging takes TIME. And lots of it!

While you can be a successful full-time blogger and make money, just remember that it takes time for the traffic to come to your site. It also takes a lot of work on your part to promote your brand, your posts, your site, and your expertise. Hence, the reason for making those connections with others so that you have that support!

When do you start making money blogging?

There is no straight answer to this question, so don’t get your hopes up. This can vary from blogger to blogger. I have seen some bloggers report making full incomes within months to years of blogging. Others I have seen are making some side cash within a few weeks to months of blogging.

For me, I received my first direct deposit from an affiliate source at the end of April of 2019 (for reference, that is eight months after I started taking my blog seriously). So truly, it just depends! And by no means was this deposit anywhere near a full income. But, it bought my toddler some necessities and paid a couple of other bills! Not a bad start.

How do you start a blog?

First, you need to know what you want to write about! What kind of expertise do you have? Is there something you are passionate about? What can others learn from you? Blogs can pretty much be about anything you want! But when you choose your topic or your “niche,” make sure it’s about something you want to write about. Otherwise you could find yourself losing that gusto for writing early on.

Once you have figured out what it is you want to write about, the next thing is to actually sign up and create your blog! It’s a lot less scarier than it sounds; I promise! There are many sites to choose from to create your blog with. A popular site that is chosen is WordPress.org as they power 30% of websites. They are trustworthy and very user friendly!

There are other sites out there as well such as GoDaddy, Wix, Squarespace, and many others. You choose which one fits your needs best!

For monetizing purposes, you will need to be self-hosted and in order to do that, you have to sign up with a site that allows for this. In my opinion, you will want to look into BlueHost as they are one of the best web hosting companies available with loads of information, tips, and resources for their users!

Why should you start a blog?

I think the better question here is, “Why not?” Is writing something you like to do? Is there something you are passionate about that you want to tell others about?

Blogging doesn’t have to be for monetizing purposes; it is literally all up to you and what you want to get out of your blog! Do you want to keep up your passion for writing? Do you need a creative outlet for some “me time”? Is an online journal something that interests you? Whatever your reason for wanting to blog in the first place, do it with that in mind!

What should you do after starting a blog?

For starters, I would suggest joining support groups. Support groups will help you learn how to better use your blog. You can honestly go onto Facebook and just search for blogging groups. Two of the Facebook groups I have found most value in are called “Mom to Momprenuer” and “Bloggers Supporting Others.

These support groups will help answer questions you might have or you can learn from others who are asking questions you might not have thought to ask. My point is to join groups so that you can start receiving that amazing support system that I was telling you about earlier and grow your network. Make those connections!

When will you start your blog?

Blogging has been such a great venture for me filled with challenges, growing pains, friendships, and increasing success. I hope you finally decide to push that button and start your blog today!

I can’t wait to hear of your success! Tell me in the comments below what your blog is so that I can check it out and leave some love on your page!

Always,
Samantha <3

When is the right time to start a blog? The truth is, now more than ever is the right time for you to start your own blog and I'll tell you why!

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First time parent to an incredible little boy residing in Northern California. I hold my M.A. in Education with a Specialization in Culturally Responsive Education. My mission is to consistently provide helpful content for other parents to draw from. Parenthood is ever-changing! I look forward to sharing my experiences with you and hope that my posts are insightful.

44 Comments

  • Shannon Dewease

    I started my venture as a creative outlet, stress relief, and a general love of writing. And it has met all those demands and so much more! I just started getting serious about it, and hope to make an income from it bbn one day. But until then, I love it! This post is very inspiring for others to just do it!

      • Neil Alvin Nicerio

        I started my blog after my honeymoon. I have always wanted to be a writer but I didn’t know where to start so after our adventure in the Southern Parr of the Philippines I was motivated to write about my experience and the rest is history.

        • Samantha Flores

          Awesome, Neil! I love hearing how others found their inspiration to start a blog of their own. When you have a moment of reflection, there is often a time when you feel yourself asking if now is the right time to o X, Y, and/or Z. I am glad you decided to take that leap and start a blog after returning from an amazing honeymoon destination! I wish I had taken the steps to start a blog sooner than I did as I also aspired to be a writer as a child. Now, I am living out my dream by writing for others and posting to my very own site! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  • The Everyday Moms

    I’m so happy that I have started. It’s true it definitely takes time, but if it’s something you are passionate about and your writing shows, it’ll take off for sure. I am just now starting the Ready Set Blog For Traffic course, and I’m only 20% into it and have already learned so much, definitely recommend using it!

    • Samantha Flores

      So glad you are also using Ready Set Blog for Traffic! Blogging has been such a great journey so far and definitely one that is teaching me patience when it comes to traffic haha.. So glad we are on this journey together!

    • Elizabeth O

      I really appreciate bloggers supporting each other. Some makes good friends out of blogging. It just warms my heart.

      • Samantha Flores

        So true, Elizabeth! This blogging world can become chaotic at times and having other bloggers supporting each other makes you feel like you have a team cheering you on. I did not realize all the relationship that would come about after I took the steps to start my blog. It has really been an incredible experience! I hope others find their inspiration to start a blog and find those connections with other bloggers as well.

      • Samantha Flores

        So happy to hear this, Bri! I truly aim to help and encourage others to do what they think they can’t do. Showing others how to start a blog of their own was something I had considered posting about for awhile and just thought I could spread some inspiration to others. I only wish I had taken the steps to start a blog sooner and now I look forward to encouraging others to start a blog so that they can see what satisfaction comes with it. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts!

    • Samantha Flores

      Thanks for reading, Jen! So happy to hear of your success in blogging for over a decade; that’s incredible! It took me some time to finally take action to start a blog and I regret not doing it sooner. When you start a blog, you open yourself up to strangers and to scrutiny from others. This can be difficult to face. However, blogging has been such a creative outlet for me and I’ve been told that my writing has also helped others. That kind of feedback keeps me going. I appreciate you sharing your story!

  • Sarah Emery

    This is a fantastic road map about starting a blog. I went through all these thoughts and questions as well. You’ve answered a lot and I know this post will encourage others to start their blogs too. Great post – very insightful!

    • Samantha Flores

      Thanks so much, Sarah! I really aim to help others and I know there are so many out there looking for that motivation and help to start a blog. It wasn’t easy for me to do; to finally decide to start a blog was scary. Now, I think about the people I am trying to help through my blog and that keeps me going to continue to post each time. I hope others agree with you about this post being insightful and they end up taking action to start a blog!

  • Laithan

    Fantastic post! As a blogger myself, I wish I had done so sooner. I have heard many people say “oh the internet is too saturated so there is no point anymore”, but I always reply that “the best time to start a blog was yesterday, the second best time is today”.

    • Samantha Flores

      I love your quote, Laithan! It is so true that the longer you put off making the commitment to start a blog, the more you are missing out. It is true, there are SO many blogs out there. But, each blog has their own voice and can give their own unique perspective. I also wish I had believed in myself enough to start a blog sooner than I did. I am glad to be in this blogging world now! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts!

  • Luna S

    What a helpful and wonderful post! I agree there are many who aren’t sure when is the right time to start so they keep pushing it off. I know a few who have also started and then stopped simply because they did have a lot on their plate at the time.

    • Samantha Flores

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Luna! Yes, when you have a lot on your plate as it is, it can be hard to start a blog or even just maintain one. When I took the steps to start a blog, I didn’t realize the labor of love that went into sustaining my site. However, now that I know what I know, I am so glad that I did start a blog! There are so many things I have learned as a blogger, website designer, coding, and enhancing my writing skills in general. I hope others take the time to find their inspiration and start a blog as well!

  • Joanna

    I think that before starting a blog, you need to make a business plan, to decide what you really want from this venture. Most people these days open blogs thinking that they will get rich in a very short time, which is not the case.

    • Samantha Flores

      This is true for some definitely, Joanna! However, I have found some who start a blog simply as a way for them to express themselves creatively or just to vent. This is how I initially went about starting my blog. Now, it has turned into more of a business venture and I am seeing where a business plan is beneficial to set goals and be successful in my efforts. I hope others who start a blog are inspired to do so because they want to help others and not just to get rich quick. Because as you and I both know, monetizing a blog takes time and patience and most definitely does not get you rich quick. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

    • Samantha Flores

      Thanks so much, Sarah! I am happy to hear that you found some encouragement and support in my post. Being a mommy blogger myself, I love connecting with other mom bloggers and seeing where we are in this motherhood journey. I am happy to hear that you did start a blog and can use it as a way to help others through your own experiences. Blogging can be challenging, but being a mom is even harder! If we can do the mom thing, we can definitely do the blog thing! I wish you much success in your new blog!

  • Annita Nikole

    What a great post! I have been blogging for a little over 3 months. I don’t know why I didn’t start sooner, because I had been thinking about doing it for years. One day, I just jumped in. Bought a domain, and I was off! I have never been so happy. My blog is still in its infancy, I’m struggling, like most, to build my readership, and I haven’t made a dime. I love it, though. And I’m hopeful. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Samantha Flores

      Thanks so much for reading, Annita! As I am sure you are aware by now, blogging takes time and patience. My blog still is not where I would like it to be traffic-wise. However, I am still pushing through and finding new ways to help others. I also wish I would have taken the steps sooner to start a blog. I was nervous what others would think. However, when you start a blog, there is this new found confidence that you gain! I love that you took the leap to start a blog and you are well on your way to making things work. Those dollars will roll in when you least expect it. Hang in there and hold on to that inspiration!

    • Samantha Flores

      Thank you so much for reading! You are correct; it does take time and hard work to become a successful blogger. For me, taking the leap to actually start a blog was a huge step. My goal is to help others in their journey to start a blog and hopefully encourage them to keep with it even when they feel their efforts are not being noticed. In order to start a blog, you have to believe in yourself first. That has been my foundation for my blog since day one. I am thankful for your thoughts and hope others also agree with you that my post provides great advice for new bloggers!

    • Samantha Flores

      Thank you, TheKitchenDoc! It was hard for me to start a blog and I wanted to make some of the steps easier for others who want to start a blog of their own. I transitioned from a free domain to self-hosting and got lost here and there in the process. However, I don’t regret the transition! I only wish I would have taken the steps to start a blog sooner than I did. It has been a great adventure and I have made a lot of connections along the way with other blogging friends. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts!

    • Samantha Flores

      Thank you for your kind words, Ashli! When I first began the process to start a blog, I honestly didn’t know where to look for help and I did it on my own. It was HARD! But of course, it has been worth it. I have learned so much from other bloggers along the way and I continue to learn something new about the blogging world each day. I only hope that others benefit from my post and find their inspiration to start a blog of their own! My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts!

    • Samantha Flores

      I appreciate your kind words, Sanjota! I want to be someone who helps others through my blogging experience and this post hopefully does exactly that. I wish I would have taken the steps to start a blog sooner than I did. Therefore, this post is my way of helping others take that leap and make it a little easier for them to do. I have found so much encouragement and inspiration through other bloggers. The bogging world is continuously growing and I hope my post will lead more people into taking the steps to start a blog. Thank you for your thoughts!

    • Samantha Flores

      Thank you so much for your kind words, everydaylivinghacks! Taking the steps to start a blog can be harder than some think. Especially if you are hoping to earn an income through blogging. There are many things to consider before actually being able to start a blog. I honestly wish I had started a blog sooner than I did. Hopefully others will find their inspiration to start a blog after reading this post and connecting with others who will be genuinely supportive of them.

    • Samantha Flores

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Hailey! Taking the steps to start a blog can be harder than some think. Especially if you are hoping to earn an income through blogging. There are many things to consider before actually being able to start a blog. I honestly wish I had started a blog sooner than I did. Hopefully others will find their inspiration to start a blog after reading this post and connecting with others who will be genuinely supportive of them.

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