I will not make you successful.
No, my friend, that is up to you.
What I will do is give you the resources to be successful. I will be honest with you. I promise I would never recommend something I wouldn’t do myself.
Is there one secret to being a successful blogger? Well, no. There’s A LOT of secrets (and a lot of hard work.) Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. It requires time, dedication, and a lot of heart. I’m not kidding when I say it’s not for the faint of heart.
If anyone tells you that they will make you successful fast, don’t listen to them. There are some bloggers who are overnight successes, but that is not the norm. It takes time, effort, and a lot of trial and error. But it’s time well-spent.
So, what makes me qualified to teach about blogging?
Even though I’ve only been professionally blogging for three years, I’ve been blogging for hobby for much longer.
Did you ever have a Xanga? It was an online journaling platform that was popular when I was in middle school.
I loved it.
I spent hours writing my thoughts and experiences. I connected with other Xanga-ers, and I loved reading others. When I was about to graduate, I started two new blogs – one where I wrote musings over the next few years, and one where I shared recipes.
Were they professional? Of course not. But I loved it. And I loved that others would read it.
Three years ago, we started Clarks Condensed.
I was looking for a way to stay at home with my son, use my journalism degree, and make money. Yes, I started Clarks Condensed with the intent of making money with it.
And there is nothing wrong with that. Let’s get that straight here – there is nothing wrong with making money blogging.
More importantly, though, I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to share my life experiences with others. I started my specific blog with a certain goal in mind – to share positivity about family, pregnancy, and being a motherhood.
I wanted to connect with my readers on a personal level.
And that’s what I’ve done. If you are just looking to make money, and you don’t care about the people you serve, then I’d recommend not sticking around.
But if you want to make a difference in someway to your readers, and at the same time build a successful business, you are in the right place.
I do not have millions of pageviews or followers.
I’m not making $50,000 a month.
But I am making a great income from blogging. My husband and I completely support our family from it, and we live very comfortably on it. We have a loyal following that we love. And I know what it takes to be a successful full-time blogger.
I have built a successful blog and helped many others. I know what I’m talking about.
My advice might not be for everyone. I’m not going to make you an instant success. I will be real about how hard it is.
As I said when I started, I’m not going to make your blog successful for you. But I will give you the resources to make yourself successful.
So let’s get started.
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