Starting A Blog And Freelancing: The First 4 Months

starting a blogSo September marks my first 4 months since starting a blog and working towards leaving my day job to work from home full time. I am not ashamed one bit yet now understand why every now pro blogger has shared how challenging this journey can be. I have definitely experienced a lack of sleep at times and some emotional meltdowns. I like to think of it as greatness in the making! I have to keep telling myself that.

This new journey has included some major learning lessons from not only a business standpoint but also some self development along the way. I have tested a couple of the different avenues of working online. I would like to share what I have learned thus far and the paths I have taken.

My Story Defined Blog

Since starting this blog I have learned so much and although I am still a technical newbie I do have to say I have come a long way.

When I first started this blog I thought I would be making money right away and on my way to quitting my day job. Although, I am on my way to quitting my day job I still have a lot to learn. I have made a lot of mistakes so far (nothing I can’t come back from) and needing to start making wiser decisions.

With starting a blog I have learned things such as:

  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Networking
  • Social Media

I would like to focus more on:

  • Building an email list
  • Writing more content
  • My website design

Freelance Writing

Although I thought blogging on my own site is what would allow me to quit my job I figured out that freelancing may give me that head-start to do so. Blogging is definitely a process where I see freelancing to be more laid out depending on what your client’s needs are.

Paid Contributor

As a paid writer, I have found it easier to have a solid job plan in place as far as setting specific rates alongside the type of work and determining how many jobs you’re willing to take on.

It has definitely been a challenge but a bit easier to understand especially after working a corporate job for so long.

I got my first client and have learned so much from communicating, deadlines, and meeting needs. It’s definitely a learning curve in some ways but I look forward to what’s ahead for new clients.

Guest Posting (Free)

Since starting a blog, I learned the benefits of writing guest posts for other blogs and meeting great people.

The benefits have been:

  • Networking
  • Building an audience
  • Gaining experience and sample work

I appreciate everyone who has allowed me to guest post including

Along with a couple other guest posts in the making in which I also appreciate the opportunity.

Even in such a short time, I have learned so much. I know I have a long road ahead of me but as long as I keep having a willingness to stay encouraged and determined then I am sure I have a lot to look forward to. I appreciate so much the people who have continued to encourage me and my daughter who has helped me keep my priorities straight. I will be sure to share more updates along the way and look forward to hearing you share your blogging journey.

New or Established Blogger? What have you learned so far on your blogging journey? 

 

When first starting a blog there is a lot to learn These are the blogging basics I learned when I first started.




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9 thoughts on “Starting A Blog And Freelancing: The First 4 Months”

  1. Hi Lorin,

    I came across you blog from Michelle’s blog – Making Cents. I just wanted to say you look like you’re well on your way and congrats on hitting the 4-month marker! I know a lot of statistics show that many bloggers give up near the 6-month mark but if you can keep pushing you’ll be glad you did.

    As for your website design, I actually like it overall. It’s easy on the eyes and easy to navigate without a lot of clutter.

  2. Thank you Adam. I appreciate you taking a look around and giving some feedback. It’s always helpful to see your own blog through the eyes of someone in the audience. Keep up the good work on your newly found blogging journey.

  3. I think you’re doing great so far. I’ve been blogging for almost two years now and it takes a lot of persistence to earn money from your blog but it’s a labor of love. Freelancing definitely provided me with the financial confidence to quit my job since my blog income is still growing.

    1. Thank you Chonce.

      Looking at it as a labor of love is right on. Freelancing is a great outlet for someone to build their financial stability to quit their job yet requires plenty of persistence within itself as well. This road is challenging but know it’s possible.

      Keep up the good work young lady.

  4. Happy to have your guest post! I have learned so much during my time blogging that I don’t even know how to sum it up. Despite that, I feel like I STILL have loads to learn even though I’m coming up on my 3rd anniversary of blogging.

    1. Thank you Kayla. I enjoyed writing on your blog as your content is geared towards being real with others and yourself. This blogging journey is definitely a process not so much a perfection. You’re doing great. Keep up the good work.

  5. Hi, I got so much inspiration on your blog and I wanted to venture on this field. I come from Asian countries and hoping to get some help to start my blogging career.

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