Hi, there. Welcome to For Profit Blogging. I'm Kathleen, and I'm here to tell you there's money to be made on the internet. I promise. If you read blogs, you should start one.
Here are 5 reasons why you should start a blog:
- Blogging helps you tell your story. Everyone has a story. Everyone has something they could teach other people. Starting a blog will help you get your story out there, even if “out there” at first feels like writing into the oblivion.
- People connect to story. Think about it. Your story is interesting to other people. I promise. You're too close to it, maybe, to see how it might be interesting. But it is. One of my stories is how I got myself into — and eventually out of — $25,000 in credit card debt. Now, Frugal Portland discusses ways to live simply, on our own terms. My new goal is to save half my income every year. Now that's a story people want to read! What's yours? Do you have an interesting job? A unique upbringing? Have you traveled to 100 countries? Have you never left your own county? What could you talk about for hours on end? Which blogs do you like to read?
- You'll make honest-to-goodness, real life, in-person friends. I didn't believe it either. But it's true. Remember back in the AOL days when you were 13 and you talked to strangers on the internet? The conversations started with “A/S/L” and went from there. Those conversations were fun, weren't they? But they weren't real. Not really. I mean, I never in a million years would have met someone from the AOL chat room (which is probably why I don't really know what a catfish is — I prefer to remember those days with an innocent rearview mirror, hoping that I was in fact talking to other 13 year olds). This is different. You'll start to make friends with people who come to your blog. You'll gravitate toward others who write in a similar way. Then, you'll connect. It's amazing. I've been blogging for two years, and I have friends spread out across the country.
- Blogging will take you places you can't even begin to imagine. Those connections? They'll get in touch with you when a cool opportunity comes available. You may be asked to speak at a blogging conference, or to write at a big name organization. I know, because both of those happened to me.
- You'll develop new skills, and hone old ones. This is key. Your blog keeps you accountable, and it exercises your writing muscles in ways you haven't experienced since high school or college. Once you have an audience, you realize you want to provide them with something excellent. They trust you (otherwise, they wouldn't come back).
Starting a blog has taken me to places beyond my imagination, and we've barely touched on the money part. Know this: there is money to be made on the internet, and it comes in so many ways. We'll get into those in subsequent posts, but you can start a profitable blog in just a few months!
We'll show you how.