Blogging Life Lessons: 12 Powerful Reasons to Inspire You to Start a Blog 163

What I've Learned from Blogging: 12 Powerful Reasons to Inspire You to Start a Blog

Blogging is a great experience. And it can teach you a lot of things if you’re opened to its lessons.

I’ve been doing it for less than two years now, but it has changed me and my life considerably.

2017 Update: It’s been even more years now, and so I decided to share how anyone can start their blog. Here’s a detailed guide for you with all the necessary information on setting up a site and making it successful.

Here is what I’ve learned and how it has helped me:

1. You inspire.

The comments and emails from readers are the proof for that. I feel great every time someone tells me that a post of mine made him take an important decision, become positive about something, smile, stay motivated, etc.

2. Your writing matters.

The fact that people responded and took the time to write me long emails, for example, just to thank me for my blog and the way it made them feel, showed me that what I do matters to others, too.

3. You become a better writer.

Writing is a habit, it takes time and willpower, needs to be practiced and is like a muscle. At the beginning it’s hard, but after some time it gets easier. And without noticing, you start writing posts with no effort at all.

4. You learn how to be consistent.

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Consistency is a key.

Every blogger has been discouraged in the beginning. There were no comments, sometimes no views at all. But those who stayed consistent saw progress. And that motivated them to keep going.

Now I have some loyal readers that read and comment on each article of mine, and many visitors that find me through browsers.

5. You become more tech-savvy.

I knew nothing about computers before that. Technology is still not my thing, but I’ve learned how to do some stuff for the last two years.

I know much more about blogging platforms, social media, blog design, search engines, SEO, html and the Web in general.

And although it’s nothing compared to what people in the Internet industry are aware of, it’s a lot more than I was able to do before that.
I also learned about publishing platforms, eBooks, working with MS Word and editing a work according to the requirements of digital publishing, book marketing, presenting yourself, promotion, emails, finding influencers, guest posting, etc.

I’m a Marketing student, it’s my last year now. And honestly, what I learnt at university is nothing compared to that through blogging, reading, writing and researching (as it’s connected to my passion, I’m motivated, and no one actually makes me do it).

6. You become more confident.

I realized I was getting better at blogging. People liked it, there was some traffic regularly, sharing in social media, readers were coming back for more. And that was the proof I needed to boost my confidence as a writer.

I also showed myself that I can stay consistent in something if it really matters to me, that I can dedicate time every few days to get a little better, and that I was developing the great habit of writing.

Then I started writing books. After that accepted me as a regular contributor and my posts were read by a huge audience. That boosted my spirit and made me reach out to other big sites in the niche and offer articles of mine to them. And I got published on sites like TimeManagementNinja, Addicted2Success, PickTheBrain, DumbLittleMan. And eventually Time Magazine.

7. You have a vision.

I believe that one day I can make a big income from my books, my blog can get a lot of traffic, and I can inspire and encourage people while working on my habits and improving myself at the same time.

I had a vision since day one, but it was getting bigger and bigger with every little success on the road.

8. You share your thoughts.

My posts are all a result of events in my life, thoughts in my head and dreams and realizations of mine. I let it all out through my writing, and it seems to be working pretty well.

9. You become braver.

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In the beginning, I was thinking too much before posting, choosing a category, answering a comment, the right picture, the perfect title, not making mistakes, etc.

But now I just write confidently, I try new things, I’m not afraid to email a successful blogger, or post something that will receive criticism.

10. Following your passion is life-changing.

Most of the people who start a blog and stay consistent with it, are also the ones who have their priorities straight, have goals and dreams, have found their passion and are now working on it.

That shows us that it’s possible to follow your passion, do the thing you love, inspire people with it, and grow as a person throughout the process.

11. You learn how to let go of perfectionism.

A post can be edited forever, there’s no right or wrong version of it. And you’ll never find the perfect blog name, post title, theme, font or color, picture, or else.

Thinking too much about stuff like that ruins your original idea. So just choose what feels right at that moment. You can change it later.

For now, just press the button and move on. Eventually, you learn to use that approach in other areas of your life.

12. You’re more passionate than ever.

Many times you’ll be looking forward to checking your dashboard, reading comments and seeing how many views your new post has. Or to writing your next one and waiting for people to respond.

It gives you a purpose, no matter how small. And the fact that it can become something huge in a few months keeps you encouraged.


Are you ready to start a blog?

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They are the hosting company I’ve been using on Let’s Reach Success since day 1, and one of the most popular ones worldwide. Famous for their one-click WordPress installation (I’ve described here how exactly to set up a WordPress site with Bluehost), free domain name, and affordable packages for beginners.

By starting a website with them through my link, I’ll earn a small commission. This adds no cost to you, but helps keep this site sustainable.

If you wanna know how exactly to start your first blog, here’s a guide for you.
My Resources page might also help you when choosing the tools you’ll use down the road.

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How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer 61

How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer

Writing is what I love doing and I managed to turn it into my career. But that wouldn’t have been as enjoyable without having the freedom to work from anywhere and move to my favorite country. So after I became a freelance writer, I also took a few steps to become location independent.

Let me share how that journey looked like for me and maybe inspire you to take the leap and not just become a freelancer but also travel the world or just leave your home country and never look back.

Stage 1: Overcoming The Doubts

I believe all change happens on the inside first. In the case of becoming a freelance writer and a lifestyle designer, you’d first need to do a couple of things related to developing a strong mindset.

To begin with, define what you don’t like about your current lifestyle. Be clear about it and see yourself living a better life some time from now. This vision will also help you realize what you truly desire.

For me, it was freedom and independence but in a specific way.

I mean, I don’t really need to travel the world. It was enough to spend a few weeks in Thailand and to always have the chance to get back to a destination like that if I feel like. But what I truly desired was to leave my home country, Bulgaria, and instead move to the Netherlands.

However, my transformation started many years ago, before I even knew that’s where I wanted to live. First, I wasn’t satisfied with my life back then. I was already in my 20s and I always felt like I wasn’t spending my time right. So something had to be done.

Doubts are scary.

In fact, they are one of the reasons why so many people all over the world never start a business, end a relationship, travel or else.

Once you get through that stage though, you start having hope, you visualize a better life, and you finally take action. And once you take the first step, magical things begin to happen.

For me, that first step was to define my passion (personal development) and combine it with writing, which I simply loved doing and felt like it was the right way to spend my time.

English is just my second language. I had no official degree in what I’m doing. I wasn’t tech-savvy and had no idea how the Internet actually worked.

But the desire for a different life and more meaningful activities was stronger than any lack of knowledge or experience. So I dedicated the 4 years of my life during university to building the foundation of my online business and the lifestyle I enjoy today.

Stage 2: Getting The First Clients

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I began writing, first on my blog (more on that below), then for others. But the magical ingredient here is reading.

I spent a ton of time (still do and probably always will) reading about people who were already living the life I was after. And that changed it all. I overcame all the doubts because I saw all that I wanted was possible. If other people were living like that and they all started from nothing, then it’s just a matter of time till I get there too.

That encouraged me. And my motivation never decreased because of some people I started following consistently and seeing their progress kept me action-oriented too.

It was time to earn my first dollars freelancing.

The good thing about the Internet is that you don’t have to be anyone in order to land your first gig. Once you do, the second one is easier. You just need someone to pay you for your freelance services so you can have confidence in your abilities and improve your skills.

I never thought I’d be able to call myself a freelance writer, not to mention be location independent together with that. But I left the big picture behind for a while and focused on simpler things. Such as:

What can I do today to land my first client?

After researching, I realized there are sites for freelancers where employers post jobs and I can apply to each that seems like a good fit for me. And so I did.

I created my profiles, had low rates (because any money was good money for me then if it was online), and applied for a few jobs. I had no idea what to say exactly so I just went with what felt right.

I introduced myself when pitching clients and told them how I can help them with their project. Rejection here is normal as there’s a ton of competition.

Eventually, someone hired me for a job and I made my first $20 or so.

It was a short and sweet gig and I did a good job. The communication with the client was smooth.

It’s hard to land someone for the first time, especially in my case. On my profile they could see Bulgaria and that English isn’t my native language. Also, that I’m new to the site and have no previous feedback. Basically, not the most trustworthy freelance writer to hire.

But there are new employers to such platforms too and they are ready to hire you as long as you have something to offer them.

So if you want to make money online and eventually turn that into a business, become location independent and work remotely, or just want to do what you love freelancing, then create your profiles on sites like Upwork, Guru, Freelancer and PeoplePerHour and start pitching.

Stage 3: Building a Blog and a Brand

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The 3rd crucial step in my journey to becoming a location independent freelance writer was this blog.

Let’s Reach Success started as a personal blog on self-improvement. But consistency was the key and I seemed to be good at this. It’s because I love writing too of course. It eventually turned into my biggest project and today it’s my portfolio.

There are more than 1600 articles in the archives, a whole book store, proper design (thanks to this premium theme), authority, and a story behind it. Which makes me and Let’s Reach Success kind of a personal brand.

If you haven’t started a site yet, you’re wasting time. Whatever it is that you wanna do online, you need that one platform.

I’ve written a quick guide on how to do that. Check out How to Set Up a WordPress Site on Bluehost. Don’t worry, the technical aspect is easy and I’ve outlined the few simple steps you should take to have your site up and running in less than 30 minutes.

Blogging is a must for every freelance writer. Here’s why:

First, you get to showcase your work. You can write articles all the time and show them to clients. Whenever you want to start writing about a new topic, you’ll simply start covering it on your blog and then provide samples to employers.

You become known as an expert. If you stay consistent and provide unique and quality content frequently, people will know you’re the go-to blogger in the niche. Together with your unique voice and all other things you’re doing on the side, you can build a name for yourself. That means clients will start finding you soon.

Blogging is a learning experience. There’s a lot going on in the archives on my blog. If I go back, I can even see how I’ve grown over the years. Your writing will change too and that’s okay. Your site becomes your biggest project, especially if you’re a writer yourself. Also, it’s thanks to wanting to improve Let’s Reach Success that I’ve learned so much about optimizing content, making money from a blog, and more.

Stage 4: Setting Up an Online Business

Now that you’ve overcome the doubts, have landed your first freelance client, and have your own blog, you can turn that into an online business soon.

First, of course, you’ll need to have some decent income monthly to be a proper location independent freelance writer. Although plenty of people register a company from the beginning and then slowly grow their freelance business.

However, in the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing. I was paying taxes and fees for the freelancing platforms I worked with and that was enough. I wasn’t sure how much more I could make each month.

When I got to a few hundred dollars monthly, though, (which is an amount you can live with back in my home country if you aren’t paying rent), I decided to fix the legal part and register as an independent worker there and start paying my taxes.

Over the next months, I truly believed I’m now a freelance writer earning money from my craft and loved it. Of course, I also wanted to grow, build skills, land better clients, improve my site and see what else I could be doing online.

Stage 5: Choosing Your Ideal Destination and Moving There

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When I was making $1000/month from my blog and freelance writing services, and because the business was online, I finally felt like I could soon move away and start a new life.

The country I wanted to live in was the Netherlands. I already had friends there and knew it was the place to be for me. So I booked a place in Amsterdam with AirBnB and dedicated these 10 days to finding my new home.

I needed it to be affordable and in a good neighborhood and that’s exactly what I got.

Because I wanted to be there so much and worked hard for it, there hasn’t been a day since I moved that I didn’t wake up with a smile on my face.

That’s one of the main aspects of lifestyle design. Doing work you love and making just enough to be able to live the way you like.

Of course, Amsterdam isn’t cheap so I had to limit my expenses and change things.

Stage 6: Living The Location Independent Lifestyle

I did some traveling too. Spending 5 weeks in Thailand cost me a lot in terms of money (although it could have been cheaper too but I didn’t prepare well) and focus. But it’s safe to say these weeks have been the craziest and most adventurous ones in my life.

I might go back there, but that’s not necessary. I love my daily life too and don’t need an escape from that. The important thing about being a location independent freelance writer is that you have to enjoy the freedom of being where you are. And if you earned your chance to get there, it tastes even better.

Stage 7:  Mastering Working Remotely and From Home

Location independence and freelancing aren’t for everyone as it’s not easy, there are sacrifices to be made and plenty of challenges. One of them is getting distracted and not doing focused work on a daily basis.

One thing I did right though was to build some good productivity habits and eliminate procrastination and distractions early on. In fact, that was when I started making my first money as a freelance writer.

It’s nice to imagine how you can live and work from anywhere 6 months from now. But if you don’t build the discipline in advance and learn how to structure your day so you can do your best work, you won’t make it.

Here are some things that can help:

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Stage 8: Growing The Freelance Writing Business

My focus is on increasing my income now. I got to over $3500. These come from sponsored posts here on Let’s Reach Success and freelance writing for clients.

I’m working on other things too such as increasing book sales and building systems to earn passive income from affiliate marketing. But these don’t come naturally to me so it takes time.

So that’s how I became a location independent freelance writer and how you can do the same.

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