How I became a blogger and my purpose
*Post written prior to rebranding to The Daily Pursuit, and inspired me to rebrand*
I’m going to start by saying how difficult this post was to write, and for reasons of doubt. Like many of us in our twenties, we carry a lot of self-doubts. We become unsure of ourselves and become hesitant to do what we want. We live in a world of constant scrutiny and judgment, and I am guilty of that- which is why I strive to keep positive and see the best in what is not understood.
The traditional or normal lifestyle is to graduate college, start a career, and start a family. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with this lifestyle- it’s not exactly the lifestyle that inspires me. Of course, someday I want to settle down in the country, have 5 dogs, and a couple of goats. Yes, eventually I want children but not anytime soon. There’s a lot of things I could and would like to do with my life, yet I still have not pinpointed that one thing that will carry me through life and maybe I’ll do many things in my life. The thing that I constantly have to remind myself is that I am only 21, so there’s no rush in having to figure exactly what to do with my life.
Since I was 16 I started working part-time jobs, and I started working full time when I was 19. While still going to college. My major changed 5 plus times and I finally settled on a degree that is versatile. I’m loving my classes in Organizational leadership and something I find myself being passionate about. One thing I can take away from what I learned is not all leaders are figureheads or CEO’s, sometimes there people you might not even recognize. The beauty of leadership is that there is followership, and in order to have leaders we must have followers- who are just as important.
Related post: My College Experience
Why do I mention this? Simply because I know that I want to be a leader, I want to influence others and lead them in a positive manner. Of course, at times I consider myself a follower. In order to create this blog, I needed to learn, to follow, and to observe from other bloggers. I believe the purpose of my blog, and learning leadership strategies and skills will allow me to create a lifestyle for myself- a career potentially.
So, how did I decide to start a blog? Well since my husband and I had planned, for over a year, to move abroad to Thailand. I knew I wanted to document our big adventure, a blog was the perfect avenue. I started researching ‘How to Start a Blog’, and through this research, I discovered the many possibilities of creating a blog. I hadn’t realized that you could monetize your blog, and this instantly rang a bell in my head. While of course, this blog is much more than purely for money, whatever I can make I can put back on this site and help us travel as well.
Related post: How we moved abroad
The intention of The Bite Sized Foodie is to foster a community of untraditional young adults overcoming struggles in their twenties. My goal is to live with purpose and passion and to help others overcome those struggles and create a purpose for life. The community fosters positivity and encouragement among untraditional young adults.
In this community, you will find my guides to living abroad, travel tips, and of course lifestyle content. Including my personal adventures, and advice on finding your purpose. You’ll find content from college resources, to traveling on a budget, to my beauty favorites.
The purpose of this blog is to help others, through my writing in hopes to inspire others to create a journey for their purpose. My goal is to invest my energy in creativity and focus on living a positive life.
What I have learned about Blogging thus far
I had no idea the amount of time and energy that could be put into a blog. Like I’ve mentioned before I researched for a few months before actually creating mine. Although I researched I kind of went in blind. I didn’t really research the technical side of blogging- which was the hardest part in the beginning. For instance, trying to figure out what a domain was, how to hosting a site works and of course figuring out a domain name that would represent the blog. Instead of putting more time and thought into my domain name I chose ‘The Bite Sized Foodie’ because I felt like it described me best. I’m 4’9″ and I am a foodie. However I know already that eventually I will more than likely rebrand to a different name, but for now, this will remain The Bite Sized Foodie.
Creating the domain name, and signing up for hosting was easier than actually figuring out how to create a site. I went in blindly and started to build the site through WordPress. Adding a theme that I purchased on Etsy, adding widgets and creating posts. I fudged up big time. Somehow, someway I couldn’t figure out why my site wasn’t working. Uhh Ohh. What I mean is, I would type in the URL into the search bar and it kept saying ‘error’ or ‘site not found’. I could not, for the life of me, figure out what was going on. We were two weeks from leaving the country and I was freaking out.
My intention was to have the skeleton of the site built, and some content is written so I could dive into actually blogging when we arrived. For two weeks I had to figure out what went wrong, how I went wrong. Basically, when I created the domain name, I was building the site of a domain that was ‘defaulted’ to me. Instead of first creating a domain, then a site I did the opposite. Causing me to really screw things up. I figured out how to fix the issue and had to basically rebuild what I had already done under the correct domain.
Although it was incredibly frustrating, I learn best from mistakes. I should have taken the time to slow down and know what I was doing rather than just dive in without realizing what I was doing. Right before we left for Thailand, I had the basis of the site created. There were a few post ideas I already had floating around in my head, so I just kept jotting ideas in my head.
It wasn’t’ really until I started connecting with other bloggers, little by little, on social media platforms that there was so much more I could with my blog. There are thousands of widgets to add, ‘opt-in’s’, email lists, SEO optimization so on and so forth. Everything so unfamiliar to me, so I had to learn. Pinterest has been the ultimate resource for building my blog and I still learn new things every day. I am constantly tweaking my blog, and strategizing what works and doesn’t work.
Then I learned that you could monetize your blog. Huh? I remember reading a blog post, and I cannot for the life of me remember who it was and I apologize, who made $1,000 her first 60 days of blogging. So in my head, I’m thinking ‘So I can make a profit?’, but in the back of my mind, I’m thinking. ‘Nichole you don’t have an audience quite yet, you need to focus on targeting an audience and focus on growth’.
Just recently I have started implementing ways to ‘monetize’ my blog. Please be noted that it’s not the kind of profit that I would be making $1K in one night, that would be crazy. It takes a lot of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears if you want to really monetize your blog, but I have seen it done! I don’t want to turn any readers off by mentioning this, but I want to let you all know that it is part of the reason I blog, but not my only intention.
Any profit I eventually make off this blog will more than likely be put back into this site for growth and maybe someday allow me to travel. So yes, it is okay to start a blog if you need a side gig, but keep in mind blogging is a lot of work if that is your intention. The intention and purpose are what you need though in order to grow an audience and a following. Slowly I am figuring out how to target my audience so I can provide content that speaks to others.
I cannot say enough how amazed I am at the blogging community. It never crossed my mind that you could build relationships with a person, you might have otherwise not have met. There are lot’s of positive feedback and comments provided by bloggers and that is the encouragement that I enjoy. Of course, I know that you will not please everyone and there will still be negative people, but blogging is a great outlet for engagement. I have even seen where two bloggers who met through the community actually meet up in real life and create real friendships.
My Secret Project:
Without further ado, I want to ‘officially’ announce that I will be creating a ‘Blogging’ Series and ‘Living with Purpose’ course to The Bite Sized Foodie. I know what you’re thinking there are TONS of blogging resources, and series out there. I get it. My spin on the blogging series will be more of ‘learn from my mistakes’ aspect, and how to break out of the ‘cookie-cutter’ blogger method. My other project: ‘Living With Purpose’ will be an Ecourse not specific to bloggers. It would be a series of emails discussing how to create a mindset for purposeful living’ whether that be finding your dream career or blogging. This is not going to be the end all tell all of what you’re going to do with your life, but serve as a guide on how you can reach your goals.
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