A year ago I decided to become a blogger. I didn't even really know what that meant at the time, I just knew that blogging seemed like an awesome way to start my own business.
I lost my job on February 14th, 2017 - yep, that's right, happy Valentine's Day to me!
I won't go into all the details of what led up to that loss (maybe I'll save that for another post), but I will say that after the initial shock wore off, I quickly realized that it was the best things that could have happened.
Have you ever had this feeling that you were meant to do something different with your life? Like there is something more you are meant to do with your talents, but you are just not sure what?
That's how I felt. I loved my job (up until the last few months), but I also knew that I had a lot of creativity that I wanted to use to create some type of online business.
Did I mention I'm a web designer?
I started my web design career in 2001 and it's been an amazing journey. But sometimes, even when you love what you do, you feel like you still have more to give.
Now, at the time, I did not follow online marketers, or bloggers, or podcasters, or really anything related to blogging. So I'm not really sure how Ruth Soukup's high-end blogging course ended up in my feed, but let's just say she did some spot-on targeting! Just when you need an answer to a challenge you are facing, there it appears magically on Facebook (go figure).
So here's the deal, I'm not a writer. I'm a designer, a developer, a lover of technical challenges (yep, I like to figure out how to connect all the things together), but never felt like I was very good at writing. You are probably thinking, then what on earth made you think you could be a blogger?
It was the success stories from women who are just like me that showed up along with the EBA ad. Moms who had a message to share, moms who wanted to work from home, moms who wanted more from life than being stuck in a 9 to 5 job, and moms who were making that happen.
And not just making it happen a little bit, moms who were killin' it!
And of course I thought, if they can do it, so can I! So I spent time researching the course and decided to make the investment into some new and exciting education.
I thought that because I had so much experience in designing websites, that blogging would be a piece of cake. I figured that my experience and technical knowledge would allow me to create a successful blog quicker than most. I was confident - I got this.
Yea, not ... even ... close.
I'm all about being positive and motivating people whenever I can, but seriously, creating a blog is hard work. Can we just talk about the overwhelm, the fears, the doubt, THE OVERWHELM!
So fast forward a year. I'm not where I thought I'd be, where I had hoped I would be. This journey has proven to be a lot more challenging than I had expected. The truth about blogging is that it's hard.
But when I'm faced with a challenge, I'm determined to conquer it. And not just for myself, but so I can help others along their journey by teaching what worked for me and what didn't.
I know that there are possibly hundreds of other blogs out there that all want to help you on your journey. They want to provide you with "35 strategies to kill it with your online marketing ad", or "10 proven tips to start a 6 figure business today", or "I increased my online traffic by 33,465% in 3 days, get my must-have guide to learn how."
And honestly, I wish I had a magically successful strategy that I could share with you right this second to help you get "255,000 subscribers on your email list overnight."
But ... I have on average about 10 visits to my site per day. Whew, that was hard to write, but it's the truth.
If you knew me, you would know that I spend a huge amount of time learning, trying to improve my skills, implementing new techniques. It's not that I haven't put a ton of time and energy into my blog. It's just that I haven't quite figured out the right formula for me. And that' ok, I'm not ready to give up just yet.
So why am I telling you all this? Why would I share my puny blog traffic with you? Or the fact that I have less than 100 people on my email list (insert sad face emoji).
Because I want you to know that even though building a blog and a business can be challenging, the worst thing you can do is to give up.
I'm a big believer that everything will happen exactly when it's supposed to happen. Do I look at this last year as a failure, or wasted time? Absolutely not!
I've learned so much, tried so many things, figured out what works for me and what doesn't (obviously most of it doesn't). I've kept on going even when I felt like giving up. Because I believe there is so much opportunity to create a business where moms can work from home and be close to their little ones all.
And even though I don't yet have all the answers, I know I'm getting closer.
And that's why I wanted to start this part of my blog. Not to create perfectly crafted blog posts with images I spend hours trying to perfect, but a place where I can share my hits and misses with you. So that you know you are not alone in this journey.
Even following an amazing online course like Elite Blog Academy where everything is perfectly laid out for you, it's still really challenging.
If you are on a journey similar to mine, and sometimes you feel like throwing in the towel, don't give up.
Won't you join me on this journey
I hope that you will come along with me on this blogging journey and know that together, we can accomplish great things.
I'd love for you to share where you are at on your journey and what challenges you face. Feel free to reach out so we can support each other.