Last Updated: Sept 20, 2018
Blogging is a great experience. And it can teach you a lot of things if you’re open to its lessons.
I’ve been doing it for 5 years now, and it has changed me and my life in many ways.
Not only has it allowed me to earn nearly $5K/month with minimum efforts, but it’s also my hobby, therapy, favorite free-time activity and my way to help others.
Here is what I’ve learned and how it has helped me:
What Blogging Has Taught 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.
Update: I no longer allow comments on the blog now that Let’s Reach Success has grown into an authoritative platform and has more than 2000 articles.
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.
Consistency is key in blogging.
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.
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 Lifehack.org 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.
Once you start a blog, you will also begin to believe that one day you can make a big income from your books, your blog can get a lot of traffic, and you can inspire and encourage people while working on your habits and improving yourself 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.
Now, I’m earning over $5,000/month from blogging and am working on new projects I’m passionate about such as online courses to teach others how to reach financial independence.
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.
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.
Resources for New Bloggers
How to Start a Profitable Blog – This step-by-step guide to starting a blog is a must for everyone who wants to start earning online and become self-employed. Having your own blog is the first step to selling products, making money from affiliate marketing, building a name for yourself, getting traffic and monetizing that attention.
The Passive Income Boss [Free Course] – That’s another free course I released on the topic of earning passive income through blogging. You’ll learn what passive is exactly and how it works, how to get started with blogging and make your site powerful, and the 4 main passive income streams you can create using your blog.
Blogging Resources – To build a powerful site that turns visitors into buyers and monetize it well, you will need the right tools. In my Blogging Resources page, I’ve gathered the best of the best and the exact tools I’ve used to grow Let’s Reach Success and be able to make a full-time living as a location independent freelance writer.
How I Gained 100K Pinterest Views: 8 Pinterest Tips for Bloggers – If there’s one social media I’d recommend that will transform the way you bring traffic to your blog and make money online, it’s Pinterest. I recently doubled my Pinterest views a month after I got active on the site. In this post, I share the strategies I learned from experts that worked for me.
My Monthly Income Reports – If you’re curious how bloggers make a living online, check out my income reports. I publish these monthly and share all the numbers together with the lessons I learned and the new things I’m working on.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – If you’re not earning money through affiliate marketing, then you are leaving money on the table. This step-by-step affiliate marketing strategy course shows you how to increase your affiliate income and make more money blogging. It’s by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents who went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month (and also the first online course I’ve ever taken).
How Bloggers Can Make $10,000 a Month from Home – Curious how bloggers get to 10K/month working from home and what you need to do differently? In this article, I discuss why it’s possible for everyone to make that much on a monthly basis and how to get there.
How I Became a Location Independent Freelance Writer – In this post, I outline the exact steps from shifting my mindset back when I didn’t believe I could be making any money online to finding my first client, making my first $1,000/month, moving to another country and becoming location independent.
How to Write and Publish Your First Book in Less Than 30 Days – Check out my guide on how to become a self-published author in less than a month. I’ve published plenty of eBooks and have included all the steps you need to go through, from choosing your niche and word count and committing to writing the content to editing, formatting and marketing the book.
How I Make a Living with Sponsored Posts – My monthly income reports won’t be complete without sharing the how-to of sponsored posts. That’s how I earn half of my income. In this post, I share more about how I started with it and what I charge.
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