When I started blogging back in October of 2007, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I barely knew what a domain was, let alone how to purchase one and hosting was absolute greek to me. The first time I took a look at cPanel, I seriously almost cried because it was so overwhelming.
I was working full-time and had a 3 year old and a 10 month old and we were in the midst of some heavy financial troubles. I spent a lot of time during my work day searching the web, learning about various successful bloggers and teaching myself how to set up a blog along with all the technical stuff that went on behind the scenes.
I knew NOTHING about internet marketing, SEO, or keyword research. I started this blog blindly, writing about whatever ways I could think of to save money. I never dreamed that almost 2 1/2 years later, this blog would still be up and I’d still be posting to it.
Over that time, my family has changed, my finances have changed and most importantly, my vision has changed. I now have 3 children (ages 5, 3 and 1) and I stay at home with them. I’ve educated myself through various means on how to make money online and along the way I’ve met some WONDERFUL people.
Also during this time, my husband has worked hard to build his business and has even recently expanded to meet the demands of his clients. So, although we don’t have to scrimp like we once did, it’s still on my heart to help others who don’t know how they are going to put dinner on the table because I have been there.
Do you know the biggest reason why it’s STILL on my heart? Because during this long and painful journey, I had many people help ME. Words of encouragement, links back to my site, and donations all got me to where I am today.
So many times I wanted to give up, but there was always someone who pushed me to keep going. When I had no food, someone sent me money for groceries. When my husband’s truck & guitar were stolen, MANY people helped us raise money to replace the guitar. When I got pregnant with my third son, I heard congratulations instead of grumbling (like I did in the “real world”).
So although my online endeavors have expanded greatly and I feel like I “know what I’m doing”, this blog remains my “baby.” I started here, I learned most of what I know here, and I got through some of the most difficult times of my life here. I may never know all of the people who visit this site, but my hope is that as long as this site is here it can somehow continue to be an encouragement to others who may be struggling.
Lastly, I don’t know if any of the people I have mentioned will read this, but I want to say THANK YOU! Thank you to every person who has encouraged me, who has listened when I needed an ear and to the people who have taken time out of their life to help me. It’s so amazing that my life can be so changed by people that I’ve never even met…all thanks to a simple blog.
As a unique way of looking at what blogging really means, a few of us gathered together our thoughts on how blogging can change the world and our individual lives. This is what we came up with:
“Can A Blog Change the World?” by Ruth: “Blogging as an opportunity to use your voice for what you truly believe in, changing your world for the better”.
“My Blogging Journey” by Stephen: “Life has been a journey of twists and turns for me. As an introvert it has sometimes been a little bit too stimulating…if life has taught me anything, it is that the world is an amazing place with so many struggles, challenges, opportunities and stories from real people.”
“At the Speed of Blog” by Steve: “What I have seen in the way mankind has changed in the form of communication during my lifetime.”
“All About Me” by Donny: “All About Me – Well maybe not all. I wanted to take a minute and give everyone a chance to get to know a bit about who I am, how I got here, what I hope to accomplish and why I am looking to Internet Marketing and, more specifically, Niche Blogging for income.”
“Turning Dreams Into Goals” by Donna: “For the past year my dream has been to make enough money working online so that both me and my husband could work from home. We have a business that I currently run from home and I wanted to turn that over to him while I created websites.”
“Why I Blog and Why I’ll Continue to Blog” by Michelle: Inspired by others who ‘care’, I got to thinking about the world we all live in and how we have this amazing communication channel we know as the World Wide Web: I wondered if by blogging, can I change the world? Here’s some of the thoughts that quickly came to mind”
“Blogging Vision 2010” by Jen: “AkitaJitsu’s “Niche Blogging for Non-Techies” is all about answering technical questions about building niche blogs in a non-technical way. Jen (aka, Akitajitsu) started the blog a few months ago, and has written a plan for the blog’s future. She hopes this blog will become a popular resource for niche bloggers.”
“Blogging to Change the World – My World” by Leslie: “Blogging can be a hobby, something you do for fun. For me, it changed my world for the better. It made my life the dreamlife I always envisioned.”
“Niche Blogging” by Loren: “Making goals, missing goals and maintaining blogging relationships.”