Happy Birthday to Beauty Addict Mama! I can’t believe how quickly the first year has gone! I’ve offically been blogging for a year now (check out my first ever blog post here) and I have learnt so much along the way. So much so, that I decided to create a new series of blogging hints and tips to help would-be and new bloggers start their blogging journeys.
But… before I jump straight into this post about all the reasons why you should start a blog, I just wanted to give a heartfelt thank you to anyone who has ever read a post, visited my blog or any of my social media pages. Beauty Addict Mama wouldn’t have grown the way it has without you. I’m eternally grateful and looking forward to another year of blogging.
Back to the actual point of the post… if you’ve never thought about blogging, check out some of the reasons why you need to start a blog. I personally think every person should do write and blog!
To have a voice
A blog is the perfect place to share your opinions and expertise about anything and everything. There are blogs on every topic that you can think of. It’s your space to share as little or as much as you like and you get to remain in control of how you share your story.
Not only is writing enjoyable and cathartic but you also get the opportunity to inspire and motivate others. Which is one of the parts of blogging that I particularly enjoy. Connecting with an audience is so exciting and I love reading feedback on my work and hearing that it h
To create a larger network
I’ve lost count of the amount of new people that I’ve met since beginning my blog last year. Not only have I made amazing connections with other bloggers, both on and offline, I’ve also met graphic designers, PRs and a whole range of interesting and talented people.
Meeting new people has opened up a new world of opportunities that I would never have considered before. But I’ve also made new friends which has been a lovely experience especially for an introvert like me.
To develop and learn new skills
When I first started blogging, I thought it was just about the writing and as long as the content was good, the rest didn’t matter. I was wrong. The writing is important but, there is so much more to running a blog than that. There’s the photography, social media, the use of keywords, SEO… the list goes on and on.
Considering this time last year I couldn’t fix my printer, I’ve learnt a lot of new skills, including a tiny amount of coding which has been incredibly fascinating and helped me to work with developers in creating the site I wanted.
But it’s not just the technological side of things. I’ve also learnt how to pitch blog post ideas, how to collaborate with brands and so much more about marketing and branding. I’m no expert but I’m learning rapidly and adding all of these skills to my skill set.
Sense of achievement
I started my blog at a time when I felt things were not going well for me. I was a divorced single mum, I’d just left a job I’d been at for a long time and was struggling to adjust to my new job. Added to the fact that my mum was terminally ill and my dating prospects looked dire, I needed something to fill my time with. I needed a sense of purpose that wasn’t related to my kids or my job, I needed something that was mine and mine alone. And that’s when Beauty Addict Mama was born.
Blogging gives me a purpose on days when I’m struggling with my anxiety. Having a routine of brainstorming, editing and promoting over a weekend, keeps me motivated. But it’s not just the motivation, it’s pride too. I’m not the biggest blogger but I am proud of my website and of my following. I’ve done it my own way and I’m proud of my achievements.
Potential new career
Now, I’m not sure that I’ll ever give up teaching because the magic of watching kids develop and learn still gets me every time. But I enjoy writing and blogging immensely and maybe with a bit more of a tweak it could be something more than a hobby for me. A side hustle – even though I hate that phrase.
However, I admire those who do it full-time, and there are so many successful bloggers that I love. They are paving the way and showing that it is possible to have a career in something that you love. The blogging industry is new and ever-evolving so frankly, anything is possible.
When you start out blogging, you’ll see a million e-courses or income reports promising 5 figure incomes a month straightaway. Don’t be disheartened. Just remember that blogging is hard work and the key is consistency. I probably spend around 10-15 hours a week on my blog, it’s more than posing for pretty pictures and flat-lays. But I love spending the time on it and seeing it all commented together.
This time last year, I didn’t know what a flat lay was, now I am obsessed with them. I’ve developed my own personal style and essentially, that’s what blogging is about. Sharing your voice with the world. Everyone deserves to be heard.
Have you recently started a blog? Leave your links in the comments so I can check it out.