Last week I announced that it was high time I gave my blog a makeover.
This week, I took the plunge and purchased this blogging course* on how to start a professional (and potentially money-making) blog. It was recommended to me by my friend Jeni over at The Coquette Kitchen. Jeni knows everything about everything, and is in fact attending a blogging conference in Orlando right now. And so far she was right — I’m learning a lot from the course.
(*If you purchase Blog By Number using this affiliate link, I will get a commission, but it will cost you nothing extra. See? I’m learning about this money-making stuff already!)
Last week I was skeptical about the whole blogging-for-money thing. And I still am. I still feel that writing novels (and eventually, hopefully, making money from them) is more important to me than creating a blogging business. But I figure it can’t hurt to make my site more professional and get more readers. And I’m getting excited about the changes I plan to make to my site.
Don’t worry — I’m not going to start writing nothing but inane listicles or posts about my favorite products. (I don’t really have any favorite products, except maybe Trader Joe’s vanilla almond milk, which my husband and I think is, hands-down, the best almond milk on the market.**)
(**I am not getting any money from Trader Joe’s. I just really like their almond milk.)
The point is, I don’t want to sell out. I’m going to keep writing what I want to write, in the way that I want to write it, but I’m going to try to reach more readers and keep an open mind about potential money-making opportunities.
I now have a three-step plan, and it goes like this:
- Update my blog. Move it from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. Give it a fresh and professional look.
- Market my blog and learn how to increase traffic to my site. Build up an email list.
- Investigate possible ways to make money blogging.
Much to my husband’s consternation, Step 3 might be quite a ways down the road and involve a few more purchases. And I don’t think I’ll ever be one of those career bloggers who makes a six-figure income. But it couldn’t hurt to figure out how to get more readers and make a bit of money from something I’m going to be doing anyway.
I’ve got a lot to learn. And, to be honest, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. I’m not sure how long the blog makeover is going to take me. I’m hoping to have the new site up and running by the end of the summer, but in order to do that, I may have to let this be my last post for a while. Wish me luck! I’ll post again in a few weeks and let you know how it’s going.