When I started out as a blogger I did a terrible thing. I started out with a goal to monetize.
Trust me, I heard the gasps. HOW DARE she want MONEY. OMG. TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
See back then I owned a crafting store online and handmade items. This was before Etsy developed and eBay was still sorta cool. I eventually branched off and opened my store and to my credit, was successful. But my back and body and time were being eaten alive by the crafting bug and I quickly found my weekends were covered more in hot glue and post office boxes than family time. I needed a change, but I also needed something to replace my income as a result of that change. Around the same time I was looking for an alteration in my online life. As a retail owner I had often relied on blogs and had tentatively started one. One thing led to another and I just bit the bullet on it.
Now blogs have been around, well, probably forever. Since I have only been in this space for a little over 4 years, I cannot even possibly pretend that I was on the forefront of any new and wonderful thing. That being said, media was just moving into this space more actively and bloggers were cautiously being used to fill advertising, reviews, giveaways, consulting, and marketing. I came in at the beginning of that phenomenon.
Back to monetizing.
As a longtime online community owner (quite prior to a blogger), I have always been interested in using my time to connect to others with same interests. In the short and long term, I wanted a blog where I could share my personal thoughts, a community space where I could create and share knowledge with like minded people, and of course a way to work from home and contribute to my family.
Over the years I have managed to do all of those things, but it hasn’t been easy or without sacrifice and hard work.
I mention this because recently a few things have come into my life over and over again and it’s bloggers asking around me:
How do I be successful online? Is there a secret?
The reality is there is no answer to that question until you can define what SUCCESS is to you. Or rather, what are your goals.
- Is it money?
- Is it trips?
- Are you a marketer?
- Do you just want to share your kids?
- Do you want to connect?
- Do you want to grow an empire worth millions?
- Do you want to showcase your crafts or sell your products.
And unlike people in my past that made me feel this way, there are no wrong and no shameful answers behind your reason online, but you must define it.
BLOG (inspiration) CARNIVAL
That is why for the blogging carnival this week, I want you to go back to your blog and write about WHY you are a blogger and WHAT you want to achieve for yourself. Think about your goals and share your short and long term goals.
Feel free to also talk about how you got started and how those goals have changed over the years. I look forward to hopping to everyone’s blogs and checking it out, so link below! The usual blog hop rules apply. If you write and link, please try to visit and comment as well to support those bloggers.
If you do not have time in your schedule to write a full post, please feel free to add your goals in the comments, but I do encourage you to define them and write them.