Should I start a blog?
This was me about a year ago. I was taking an online marketing course and the further I got through it, the more it was suggested to blog about my expertise. I have always wanted to write. I have loved journaling from early on and even claimed that I wanted to write a book when I was 9 years old!
So why did I wait so long???
Others Peoples Opinions:
Over ten years ago I started writing a fashion blog. I would tend to it every other day and add what I thought were the latest trends in fashion and make up. I just did it for fun, more like a hobby. One day my mother was over and I was writing on paper the next topics I wanted to touch on. And unfortunately, she said to me in a condescending voice, “Are you really planning your blog??”
The tone felt harsh. Like I was wasting my time, when I could be doing other things. Like, it was dumb or pointless.
What was the point? I thought. (Back then blogging certainly wasn’t what it is today)
So I let that get in my head and I literally never wrote on that blog again. I let someone else’s opinion, sway me from what felt right and good in my heart. So sad looking back.
I know it came from a place of misunderstanding. I had never voiced to my mom that I wanted to write. That I enjoyed providing information on the things I was passionate about. So in all fairness this may have looked like it came from left field.
So I dropped it and never bothered with a blog again.
Side note: When I was first starting out in the gel nail world, I told my nail tech at the time that this was the direction I was headed in. I remember her telling me flat out, that there was “no money to be made in gel nails!!” This was a completely wrong and narrow-minded opinion from someone else, that I am forever grateful I didn’t listen to!!!
Other peoples opinions can be dangerous.
So fast-forward through starting and succeeding at my gel nail career, raising a young man and juggling life in general. I was seeking more and this lead me to my online marketing course.
Start a blog they said.
I went straight to Google and searched “should I start a blog?” SMH
Then the internet does what it usually does and gives you way too much information. So many opinions on the topic. “Blogging Is Dead!” VS. “Blogging Will Never Die!”
But when I actually sat down and started brainstorming blog topics, I was suddenly filled with that same rush and passion I felt over 10 years ago! I had so many ideas! I was inspired and excited again. Excited to share what I have learned and been through. So, I just started writing.
I put together at least six articles before I told anyone. I had learned from my first go around that maybe I didn’t want to share with people quite yet what I was working on. I really didn’t want anyone else to cloud my excitement or derail my motivation.
I took a deep breath and announced to my little world that I had in fact started a blog! It felt good. It felt right, like I was aligned with what I was doing. The feedback I was getting was incredible! I was giving out useful information and helping people at the same time. Just simply pulling from my own experiences.
Launch and Adjust:
That phrase, “launch and adjust” is the single greatest piece of advice I could have ever had!! Just do it and worry about the details later. Even looking back on the articles I as writing a year ago made me want to cringe!! Lol I feel I have come a long way.
Don’t wait to be perfect, just do it and perfect it as you go!!! OMG genius!! It takes the pressure off completely.
I followed what my marketing course suggested for quite some time. Adding google ads and affiliate links, to help generate extra income was the premise. And it was really fun and interesting learning about all that behind the scenes stuff. But, when it came to my little website I ultimately didn’t want people to get distracted by the ads or feel like I was trying to sell them something. So, in the end I removed them.
I prefer the esthetic and want to focus on sharing and helping others.
So far the response has been amazing and I feel like my bucket is full. This has become another creative outlet for me and I am so grateful I took the plunge.
When, “Should I Start A Blog” was the question, I am so glad I answered yes! If this is something you have wanted to dabble in, do it! Take the plunge and have some fun!
More importantly if there is something tugging at you to try something new, take a couple baby steps in that direction and see how it feels. You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be willing to try. You never know, you may find that fire inside you!! I hope you do.
xoxo Love you guys!
Thank you for all your support and continuing to follow along. If you ever have any questions or want to reach out, please do so. Find me on Instagram! Or comment below. And keep the hustle alive!
Cheyanne – The Nail Lmp Tramp