Blogging: First Impressions

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When I first began blogging a year ago I did a lot of research. I was nannying close to 60 hours a week for two kids who went to school and a 2 year old that loved her naps so I had a lot of free time. At the time, I wasn’t happy where I was and knew I needed a change. I had gone to J school and interned at both a daily newspaper and a national monthly mens’ magazine, but I wasn’t doing anything with that experience . Writing is something I loved but it is also something that takes a lot of hard work and dedication to really make it big. So I started researching,

I looked at hundreds of blogs from all different niches. I scoured fashion, parenting, fitness, finance, and gossip blogs for weeks until I really narrowed it down to food and finance. Two things people have to deal with on a daily basis, and two things I am passionate about. From there it was time to dive in deep into other PF blogs and see what the market and audience liked.

There were some blogs that I looked at for the first time and thought, this is perfect! I loved the writer, I loved their story and it was easy to get around their pages. Then there were others who were just a complete mess. I am sure they had great information but I didn’t want to even stick around long enough to check it out. There are many things that I looked at when I started researching blogs and here are just a few of them.  Continue reading

Why I Started Blogging

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People always ask me why I blog. I work a full time job, I am going to school and trying to start up a new career in real estate while continuing to grow in my current company. Blogging is another added responsibility , yes, but I blog for a lot of reasons.

Job Change

I began reading blogs this time last year because in a way, I felt unfulfilled. I had spent four and a half years in college, graduated, had amazing internships and moved across the country. But I was a nanny. Not that there is anything wrong with being a nanny but I’m not the most maternal person. I’m not cuddly or comforting so it wasn’t the best fit for myself. I wanted to do more and writing was what I loved to do.

Finances

Beside not feeling completely fulfilled with my career, I also was sitting on a lot of debt. I was making enough money to get by, pay my bills and make some pretty amazing meals (no Ramen dinners for this girl) but I wasn’t paying down my debt. I didn’t know where to even begin. I said my bill each month, on time, and then used my credit cards again until they were maxed out again. I needed a change. A change in my job, a change in my bad habits, and a change in my daily routine.

Staying Accountable

One of my favorite things that attracted me instantly to PF blogs were the monthly goals everyone sets for themselves. I am one to have a great idea but then I tend to get a little lazy with things. Putting my goals and ideas out there for the internet world to see meant that I had to actually go through with at least a few of these goals I was setting. It also taught me that I don’t have to hit every goal every month. If I do then great, but if I don’t, that just means I am human and life happens.

I’m Not Alone

The most important reason I started blogging was because I finally saw I wasn’t alone. My boyfriend and I tend to surround ourselves with pretty “privileged” people. Many of our friends were living at home, rent free, grocery and utility free. Some even still had gas card from their parents. I felt like we were outsiders. No one could relate to what we were dealing with and when we said we couldn’t go out because of finances, our friends didn’t get it. When I started blogging and reading other blogs I saw that many of the bloggers are just around our age and in the same situations we are in… and it’s okay.