How I Re-started My Blogging Lifestyle

How I Re-started My Blogging Lifestyle

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I have been in the blogosphere on and off since I was 14, but this year I’ve decided to re-start my blogging lifestyle and this time I’m in it for the long haul.

Why I’ve Failed In The Past

Honestly, when I think back to the one time I had a blog, I wrote movie reviews. Not even good reviews, it was just me rambling on and on about what I loved or hated about movies. Guess what? I wasn’t doing it to make money and I didn’t even have my blog monetized. I did it for the sake of writing.

I’ve failed as a blogger in the past because I kept reading about how other bloggers were creating “niche” blogs, meaning blogs about a single topic and creating content that was only covering that topic and nothing else.

I thought this was the way to go so I did just that… and I hated it. I’d picked a single topic for the sake of the sale and every post I had to force myself to right left me feeling drained and hopeless. Eventually I gave up and went into a 5 year hiatus.

I told myself I just wasn’t cut out to be a blogger and that this would never work for me.

Inspiration Struck

One day, I was browsing different blogs while killing time on my lunch break and I came across Helene, of HeleneInBetween. She described her blogging career and how she’d tried sticking to a niche for the sake of making money and, like me, she hated it.

She’s now a very successful full-time blogger and to my delight, her blog covers a lot of different topics. This made me think that maybe I should re-start my blogging lifestyle. I thought maybe I’d actually be able to enjoy it this time.

How I Re-started My Blogging Lifestyle

I did a ton of research before creating this blog, because this is the blog I want to be the forever home of my thoughts and experiences. I looked for (and found) the best way to start an online business, searched for blogging tips endlessly and even wasted money on things that weren’t worth my time.

At the end of the day, I used the things I’ve learned and paired it with my personality and love of writing to create BatchesOfBeauty. I started reaching out to the bloggers in the online community that I’d kept in touch with and let them know that I was still alive and where they could find me.

I constantly read for inspiration and don’t limit myself to writing about one topic. A blog is whatever I want it to be and it will be whatever I work for it to become.

I love creating a new post now and I can’t go weeks or months without creating a new post because it’s as if my world (here) is calling to me.

Taking A Moment For Reflection

Thinking back to my very first blog, I remembered how many followers I’d had and how overwhelmed I was when I opened my dashboard only to see how many comments I had to respond to.

My first blog, even though it was just me rambling about movies, had created a community. It had gained popularity not because of what I was talking about, but because of who I was.

Unleashing The Blogger

I’m a writer. I always have been and always will be. This is something I’ve always known since I was 4 years old. I now know I can’t limit myself just because others can. Others may be able to focus on a single topic and create years of content about it, which is great, but I have to unleash the blogger that’s in me.

I realized that in order to re-start my blogging lifestyle, I had to adapt my blog to fit me. Not the other way around.

Taking The Journey

Blogging is a journey. I know I have to continuously grow my knowledge and apply it to be successful. I know living this lifestyle full-time is possible, and the only thing I have to do is take action and be patient.

Do I Still Fear Failure?

Absolutely. I’m worried I won’t keep up the steam. I’m afraid that once again I’ll hit a snag that will cause me to stop in my tracks. I’m worried that by stepping outside the box and breaking the rules of what other bloggers say I have to do to be successful I’ll fail.

What Keeps Me Going

I keep  in mind that I’m not the only blogger out there who is picking up the pieces for the second or third time. I’m not the only one out there who has this fear of failure.

I know what I have to do to keep going and while I can’t claim to be an expert, I know what my obstacles are this time around. This keeps me going. I also love reading posts by other bloggers that are just getting started and immediately I see myself in them. I can relate to them and I take joy in commenting on their blogs letting them know that they aren’t alone.

What Lies Ahead?

Lots of hard work and patience and guess what? This time I welcome it.


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1 Comment

  • Steve Morris May 7, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Good luck with your “born again” blogging career!

    Reply
    • Shalaria LeNoir May 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM

      Thanks, Steve! I’ve learned a lot. This time I think I know enough about the phases of blogging to actually keep going this time instead of giving up 🙂

      Reply

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