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Why start a blog?
Can you imagine if someone told you just 20 years ago (1997) that there would be this thing called blogging, where you could sit just about anywhere in the world, on a beach, in a coffee shop, or in your kitchen, and just write about a subject you’re passionate about, and earn money from it?
If someone then told you that you could do this and earn serious money from it, not just equivalent to your yearly salary working in a job you can’t stand, but a similar amount per month than you would earn per year in that job, you would probably have laughed and walked away from the lunatic speaking to you!
There are many bloggers now who earn more per month than the average annual salary, and some who earn even more than that, simply by blogging. When interviewed, most of these people confess that they never thought it would be possible, they simply took the first step which was to get a hosting account so they could host their own wordpress blog, and they took it from there, and before they knew what had hit them, they were full time star bloggers earning tens of thousands of dollars per month.
When I started blogging, I wasn’t doing it with a view of making it my full time vocation. I didn’t for a minute think I would make money from it, I just thought it would be something I would enjoy, I started blogging about a subject that I’m passionate about, and I was shocked when I started getting an income from blogging!
So the “why” to create a wordpress blog, is that as long as you blog about a subject you’re interested in (I’ll get to that a bit later), blogging can be very enjoyable, and you can earn money from it, as long as you self host it, by using a wordpress hosting firm such as bluehost, but I’ll talk more a little later about self hosted blogs vs free wordpress hosted blogging.
Why starting a blog is so much better than starting a business!
If you want to earn money for yourself, with a view to being completely self employed and not being a wage slave, then the traditional approach would be to start your own business.
I’ve started my own businesses, and as far as I am concerned, there is just no contest, starting a blog is infinitely better than starting a business, for so many reasons. But instead of just taking my word for it, if you’ve not been in business yourself, I’ll tell you a bit about my own experience.
I have had a few businesses, some which never even made it off the ground, some which didn’t make it much further, and one which exploded into a half a million dollar per year business which may seem impressive until I tell you that it didn’t actually make me any profit whatsoever, and that actually it left me in more debt than I was when I started! I should have learned the first time around in my early twenties that business is tough, but I tried again and again because I thought that starting my own business was the only way to achieve the level of freedom I was looking for.
After this last business, which had grown fast and then fell hard – nearly ending up in bankruptcy, I gave up on the belief that I could achieve the freedom that I was hoping my own business would provide, and I went back to being a slave for a wage. I reasoned that while it has downsides including having to do as I’m told, and having to ask permission to take time off to travel and so on, that the positives in outweigh the negatives.
A couple of years later, I started blogging.
I didn’t have any intention at that time of blogging instead of being employed, I didn’t even consider that I could earn proper money from blogging. I may have thought that a small sideline income may have been on the cards from the odd affiliate link, but I certainly hadn’t thought about the possibility of being able to replace my salary via blogging. I was blogging purely because I though I might enjoy it.
I created a wordpress blog on my own cheap hosting account, my only investment was under a hundred dollars per year in hosting & domain reg fees, and I started writing about a subject that I was interested in. Just a month or two later, my first earnings began to come in, I was actually making money from simply writing about something I loved to talk about. I couldn’t quite believe it, from all the endeavors I’ve created that were designed to make money and that failed, to be making money from something which was just supposed to be a hobby, it amazed me!
What my life was like in business.
The last business I had was tough, I was working 12-14 hour days, it was stressful, I had to deal with employees, banks, accountants, solicitors – not to mention customers. And I had invested every penny I had for the privilege of running this business!
I started out with the notion that I would have freedom by running my own company, and that it would all be worth it, but the truth is that I had even less freedom than I had as an employee. Instead of just having a boss telling me what to do, I had to sweet talk the bank manager, I had to cover for employees who hadn’t turned up to work, I had to work hard to impress suppliers and convince them to provide credit terms. I had to follow the instructions given to me by the health and safety official who came in for a spot check and informed me I needed to invest time and money in making changes to the warehouse or the business would be shut down (and most of this was silly things, such as not having a separate toilet for females even though I didn’t employ any women at the time and there was a female toilet with full facilities within the building, within a couple of minutes walk of the warehouse). And so on…
As the business grew, it became even more of a stress. Higher sales meant keeping higher stock levels, which meant investing in better stock management software, renting larger premises and more money tied up in stock. It also meant more employees, and more red tape as the company was heading into larger employee numbers.
So in my experience at least, business is hard, it’s a lot of responsibility, it’s expensive, it’s a gamble & the reality of running your own business isn’t what most people fantasize, at least not for most people.
What my life is like as a blogger.
The difference between being a business person and being a blogger, in my experience, is like chalk and cheese.
While blogging may be considered as a kind of business, in that it’s an income generator, blogging doesn’t come with the risks, the challenges, the responsibilities & the required sacrifices. Sacrafices such as not being able to spend time with your family, not being able to travel, being stuck in an office for hours and hours every day when there are so much more interesting things you could be doing with your time. With blogging there are no sacrafices to be made, as long as you’re blogging about a subject that interests you.
There is little or no risk, as there is little or no cost. In terms of financial input, all you need is a domain and hosting, which should cost you under a hundred dollars per year. The only risk is wasted time if you never end up making money from your blog. But if you enjoy blogging as I do, then it’s worth it even if you don’t focus on the potential earnings.
You don’t need to register a corporation, hire accountants and solicitors, hire employees… You have the freedom that seldom comes with businesses, to be able to do your own thing, your way, when and where and how you want – and to be able to do this and make money from it, is amazing!
Finally I have found a way to achieve that freedom I’ve always felt should be possible, but that many people told me wasn’t. I’m not talking about not wanting to do anything, I’m very happy to take action, but I’ve always had the idea that I should be able to find a way to do what I love and love what I do, and to have complete freedom of choice over everything that I do. Being a wage slave doesn’t offer this kind of freedom, and in my experience running my own business certainly doesn’t give this kind of freedom either – but blogging does!
Will You be the Next Blogging Nomad?
Being a blogger doesn’t require you to be a nomadic travel junkie, but it does provide a very rare opportunity for the kind of person who wants this kind of lifestyle, to what ever degree suits you.
Unlike nearly all other ways to earn an income, blogging doesn’t require you to be in any one particular place. As long as you have a method of publishing blog posts (laptop / notebook), a way to charge the battery, and a web connection, then you’re all set. You don’t even require a web connection all of the time, you can blog offline and then publish when you have Wi-Fi, which really opens up the possibilities.
I don’t live the full-on blogging nomad lifestyle. I have a wife and two teenage kids, so constantly roaming the world isn’t practical. But I have the freedom of being able to blog whenever and wherever I feel like it, whether that happens to be at home, or on a sand dune, on a beach, next to a lake at the bottom of a mountain, on a train or a plane or wherever I feel like being. One of my favorite places to blog is from coffee shops, thanks to the free Wi-Fi and electricity, not to mention the coffee ;-).
Even if, like me, travelling the world as a blogging nomad doesn’t suit you, you can still enjoy a great deal more freedom and variety as a blogger than you could doing practically anything else I can think of to earn a living. If the full on nomadic lifestyle does suit you though, well you’re in for some fun as a blogger! If you currently live in a country or area where living costs are high, what’s stopping you jumping on a plane to somewhere like Thailand, Vietnam or Philippines where you can often live a very good lifestyle for the fraction of living in the US or UK? If you find you’re not keen on the place, you can go off and try somewhere else, as long as you have a regular incoming coming in from blogging to pay for your travel and living costs, this could be the dream lifestyle for many people.
There are other blogging platforms, but wordpress has developed over the past several years to the point that it is the most sophisticated yet simple to use and powerful blogging system in existence, as far as I and most other bloggers are concerned.
It’s free, many of the most powerful plugins and themes are free, and even the premium plugins and themes are very cheap in comparison to other content management systems and tools.
It’s for this reason that a good percentage of all websites, even corporate websites, are now built in wordpress – not just blogs.
Why WordPress Self Hosting is Crucial
In the step by step how to start a blog guide, you’ll see that the first step is to get your own hosting account – The few dollars per month that it costs to start your own blog, is about the hosting fee. You may be aware that it is possible to host your blog on wordpress itself, so instead of yourblogname.com it would be yourblogname.wordpress.com, and this is free, so why not go down this route? The simple answer to this is that you can if you wish, but not if you want to make money via your blog. The free hosting via wordpress.com is intended for non profit blogs, so if you intend to make a profit from your blog you really need to self host.
You can host your blog free with other blogging platforms like blogger (blog spot), but you don’t have full ownership of your blog, they can remove all of your posts at their whim if they wish, which would be a disaster – and for the very small cost of hosting your very own blog, it’s really not worth the risk in my opinion.
If you choose a subject that interests you, then blogging can be very enjoyable – and it can also be very profitable, even though many people who become full time bloggers never intended this when they started out. You can start your own blog for cheap, just a few dollars per month, and you don’t need to be a technical expert either, wordpress is very simple to use, and I’ll even take you through the full process from start to finish, and beyond, in my free guide How to Start a Blog – Easy step by Step Guide.