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Reason For Blogging
I’ve wanted to start a blog for quite some time. I wanted to share our life as a young family and possibly help other young couples as well. Then, when Allie started having doctor’s appointments, it gave me an extra boost to get going. I wanted to document this journey for her. I decided to create a wordpress.com account, but that’s as far as it ever got.
With too many doctors appointments to count and finding out we were pregnant with baby #2 (which came with a ton of morning sickness), there just wasn’t time. Even when I would take notes at an appointment, something else would change with her diagnosis or test results the following day. The doctor’s didn’t even know what was going on, much less me. I just didn’t have enough information to document.
Getting Serious About Blogging
Fast forward one year, one baby, and a diagnosis later, I decided to get serious about my blog, but not quite serious enough to invest in it. I thought I was late to the party—that the blogging world was already full. Since we are a one income family, I really just didn’t want to put any money into something I may not stick with or get a return on my investment. I decided to continue with my wordpress.com account.
Fast forward just two weeks, and the outpouring of love was amazing. The blogging community is an amazing group of people. Instead of a world of competition like I thought, it is a world of support for others. I have received so much positive feedback and tips from these ladies and I was really pushing my blog. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately (depending on how you look at it), I realized that with wordpress.com, I was very limited.
Becoming Self Hosted
I decided to take the plunge and chose bluehost for hosting (more about this in a minute) and began creating my new and improved site. Also, I purchased a theme from an etsy seller (search theme on etsy, there are tons). Not a super expensive one, but just a clean, soft, feminine, CHEAP one. I’d already purchased a domain through go daddy. So, here’s my cost breakdown for starting a blog:
At the time, I didn’t want to spend the money and purchase hosting for an extended period of time, so I paid a monthly $39.99. As I get more serious, I will probably choose to do a longer period of time for just $3.95 per month.
I’d heard wonderful things about bluehost, and after using them, I couldn’t recommend them more. They were amazing to work with. I’m the least tech-savvy person ever, but their support team walked me though setting up wordpress. If you are interested in using bluehost too, click below to get a special rate.
Because I didn’t do this to start with, I wasted a lot of time and effort on a blog I am no longer using. While I could transfer my content, I couldn’t transfer my subscribers that I’d worked so hard to get. I couldn’t transfer the comments that I was so proud of. Most importantly, the link attached to all those pins on pinterest takes you straight to my old blog.
Truthfully, if I had invested a little money and a whole lot of confidence in my blog from the beginning, I would have been much better off. Thankfully, I learned sooner than later and can pass along my mistakes to any of you who may be thinking of starting a blog. If you already have a blog, are there any mistakes you may have made along the way that you would like to share?