Why Single Moms Should Start a Blog.
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You’ve heard the term. We all have. Seems like it’s the “thing to do” now.
Whether your hustle is on the side, or it’s your main gig, as a single mom, finding ways to make extra money is a full time job.
I started my very first blog back in 2003, when Fred Flintstone was a child. Back then, blogging was a completely different animal. I wish I’d known then what I now know about blogging. I wish I’d known what this vehicle could turn into…what it was capable of.
But that’s ‘water under the bridge’.
The thing is, I tried all kinds of shit to help make ends meet as a single mother of 3 kids. I blogged back then as a way to get rid of what was going on in my head at the time. Monetizing what I was writing wasn’t an option, simply because I had no idea that I could!
In addition (an in my naive defense), monetizing a blog back then wasn’t nearly as simple as it is now. Not even close.
Now, there are any number of tools that will help you make money with a blog. And many of those tools are free.
As single mothers, we get the short end of the stick when it comes to finances, EVERY TIME. It seems like it’s a part of our DNA to stress about money, and how on Earth we’re going to put food on the table, or find a way to do so without jeopardizing the health and/or safety of our children.
I happen to think (no…I KNOW) that blogging is actually the perfect side hustle for single mothers. It’s the perfect main hustle for single moms!
Lord…I WISH I’d been serious about blogging when my kids were little! Now, I find myself telling other single moms of all backgrounds to “find a way to make money that doesn’t COST you money”.
Blogging is it.
When my kids were younger, I can’t begin to tell you how much time I must’ve spent trying to work out ways to make money, without spending it (or without spending a ton of it). Pouring money into starting some kind of endeavor just wasn’t an option. I just didn’t have it to spare.
You probably don’t either.
Here’s Why Single Moms Should Start a Blog;
- A blog gives you an outlet for your thoughts.
- A blog is a way to connect with other like minded people
- A blog creates a sense of community
- A blog can bridge the gap in your finances
- A blog costs very little to start
Every time I log into my affiliate network account, I can’t believe that I get paid to do what I do. It feels almost like magic.
When you start a blog, from the very beginning, you’re calling the shots. You’re 100% in control. You decide what you’re going to write about, who you’re going to write for, when you’re going to write, where you’re going to write from…ALL of that. It’s all up to you.
In addition, you decide how your blog is going to make money.
For the most part, my blogs make their money with affiliate marketing. If you’re not familiar with affiliate marketing, in its simplest form, I tell you about products and services that I use, and that makes me money.
That’s the ‘Reader’s Digest’ version of what affiliate marketing is. But it’s really not much more complicated than that.
Single Moms Should Start a Blog because blogging can (eventually) give you the finances and the freedom to do whatever the hell you want outside of it.
Now you’re going to say, “Ok Debbie; I KNOW all of this about blogging, and I WANT to start a blog, but I have no idea where to start!”
Well my friend…you’re in the right place 🙂
I know that starting a blog can take some motivation, especially when your goal is to make a living doing it.
I also know that you’ve probably read countless posts by other bloggers who’ve told you that you can start a successful blog in 20 minutes.
Don’t you dare believe that shit.
That kind of trash comes from bloggers who’re simply trying to make a quick affiliate buck, and it sucks that so many get drawn in by it.
You CANNOT start a blog of ANY kind (successful or not) in 20 minutes.
There. I said it.
If you’re going to do this, I need you to think relatively long term. Know that starting that blog is going to take you months (that’s if you build it yourself).
I’m not gonna BS you. Starting that blog is going to frustrate the hell out of you. Once you get comfortable with that fact, that frustration of building a new blog is a bit more manageable.
So if you’ve decided that you’re definitely down to start that blog, the first thing you need to do is figure out what you’re going to write about. What do you enjoy talking about? Is there something that you like teaching? Something that you know more about than the ‘average human’?
Think about what you’d like to write about, day in and day out. Because if you DON’T like what you’re writing about, you won’t write about it. Period. And if you’re not writing about it, you’re not making any money.
I read that one blogger said, if you don’t like what you’re writing about, but it’s making you money, you’ll learn to like writing about it.
But getting that blog from you working for nothing, to making money is a lengthy journey. If you don’t enjoy that journey in the meantime, you’ll never get to your end point.
Does that make sense?
I mean, it’s like me writing about personal finance. Not my thing. But I started a blog in that niche, and there it sits. Waiting for someone to contribute to it on a regular basis.
Sadly, that ‘someone’ ain’t me.
And you don’t want that someone to be you either.
That said, the key to starting that blog is to take baby steps so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Because believe me, it WILL overwhelm you!
So I’m going to give you two pieces of ‘homework’; I want you to think about what you can write about, day after day without wanting to puke. And I want you to think up a name for a blog about that ‘something’.
Next time, we’ll go get your name, and get started with your new ‘baby’ 🙂