Two months into blogging and here’s what I’ve learned….
I created this blog for multiple reasons. I was bored. I have a really easy full time job and I wanted a new hobby. Also, I wanted to share my experiences in frugal living and my journey to get out of debt. I also wanted to make a little money on the side. I read blogs about how to blog. I researched seo and watched youtube vids one after another. I spent the first six weeks of this project doing less writing and more research on how to market myself and how to use digital marketing and social media to my advantage. I put in a ton of time and effort to get this blog to where it is now and after all of that what have I figured out?
Here’s what I’ve learned so far:
I don’t care.
I don’t care what google thinks of my site. I don’t care about how many followers I have on twitter. I don’t care how much money I make from people clicking on my ads. I don’t care about seo. I don’t care about page views. I don’t care how many subscribers I have.
This is not a job. This blog is a hobby. Yes, I do want to make some cash. My goal is to make $20 a month by the end of my first year and $50 a month by the end of my second. I think that is probably the perfect amount of side hustle money for a blog like this. I don’t have any background in web design or wordpress. I’m not an influencer with millions of social media followers.
So what do I care about? And why do I care?
In two months of working on We’re All Poor Here, I’ve come to realize what means the most to me, at least as far as this project is concerned. Here’s the biggy. I care about writing. I hadn’t written in a couple of years and my typey fingers was-a-itchin’. It feels awesome to be writing again. And as far as keywords go….I don’t care. I’m gonna write what I want to write. Take that, google!
I care about what this blog is doing for me. It’s giving me a channel to discuss a lifestyle that I think people can benefit from. I don’t care about traffic. I care about engagement. I don’t want to automate my twitter account, I want to interact. Not just with peers in the fl/pf world, but with anyone who enjoys my humor and/or my lifestyle. I care about people going to my site, reading, and then taking a piece of it with them when they go.
It’s funny that I say all of this. In the interest of seo, I’ve created, at least in my opinion, a nice looking website. I’ve definitely done a few things on the front and back end to make me a bit more noticeable to google. But I’m done with it for now. I just want to write. I want to come up with neat ideas, try them, and share them with anyone willing to spend a few minutes reading it.
The evolution of We’re All Poor Here, from where it started to where it is now, has been a journey all its own. I had no idea if I was even going to stick it out for the long haul, and I suppose that really remains to be seen. However, I can say this. I’ve impressed myself. So I think I’m good with whatever happens from here.
So until next time, thank you for reading and you continued support.