Don’t you ever keep me apart from coffee, especially if we’re interacting before 10am on any given day. I used to be the person who relied entirely on Starbucks and other coffee shops to get my morning fix. Then, when I moved to Toronto, the one thing I wanted for a housewarming gift was a Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker. Not only did I fantasize about all the times I’d probably be curled up with a massive blanket sipping my “cup of joe,” but the convenience of a single serving at a time was too perfect to pass up.
When you’re just starting out as a blogger, the temptation to start monetizing your blog is so strong. You may look at it as “easy money” or maybe you’re just eager to find a way to earn some extra income. Neither perspective is inherently wrong, but I’m here to tell you that blogging because of your desire to make money will almost never work. If your primary goal is to earn while you blog, especially when you’re just beginning, then your goals are entirely skewed and you’ll spend more time judging your success based on how many dollars a post made you, rather than the interaction you received from new readers or how well the post came together.
As bloggers, and creatives in general, I think we’re prone to the “do it all, all the time” mentality. We like to think we can juggle 8 million tasks at once like some sort of deranged circus clown. But really, we’re all just human and, as such, sometimes prioritization and a good blogger to-do checklist are exactly what we need.
In my last post, I told you about how I’d put together a quick and comprehensive guide called How to Grow Your Instagram Following in 3 Simple Steps. I am such a firm believer in committing to your Instagram if you want to see real growth.
When I was eighteen, I started a food blog. It was nothing spectacular and, really, back then, blogs and social media were not what they are today. It was extremely rare that a blog lead to anything and even more rare that it gave a person a second income or became their full-time job. Even so, I was smitten with the online world and I haven’t stopped blogging, creating, and diving deeper and deeper into social media.