I used to blog a lot before. I remember having this blog that got so popular, I even got some people messaging me from other countries then I’d see my blog mentioned in some forums. It was thrilling to see other people laughing and enjoying what I wrote. It was a blog about my not-so-hidden desire for Anoop Desai of American Idol by the way, in case you’re wondering.
Now I want to blog with a specific purpose in mind. I’ve been thinking about this a lot, especially after giving birth to my daughter and even though I know I’m not a fantastic writer, I just really want to have this out for basically 3 reasons:
- I wanted to write and leave some advice for my daughter.
This might seem sad but I don’t really remember any specific advice from my Mom when I was a kid. I don’t remember her talking to me about what to do when I finally have my period, what to do when a boy finally notices you, what to do when I’m failing a subject and so on. I do remember the kind words and gestures I’d hear and see from her but a specific advice on any particular subject or just having a conversation like we’re friends? I don’t really remember.
Maybe I’m just that forgetful or maybe it’s an early sign of Alzheimer’s (God I hope not) but I want to share whatever little knowledge I have about motherhood, about life or about anything under the sun in this blog, for my daughter, just in case something happens to me. Morbid thought I know (and now I’m wondering how long do I have to pay in advance for the upkeep of this blog for her to read this when she gets older) but anyway, that’s the numero uno reason for me to blog again.
- I wanted a creative outlet.
I’ve always liked writing. I remember wanting to become a journalist when I was a kid, how I badly wanted to join the highschool and university school paper but chickened out at the last minute, how I wanted to shift to a literature course but my dad said there’s no job waiting for me after graduating from that, how I always managed to get a job which involves some copywriting tasks, how I won some writing contest on a local newspaper,( I won twice actually), how I was able to join the Award School Singapore as an aspiring copywriter and so on.
I’m not a terrific writer. I’m probably mediocre at best. Maybe I had the potential to become a great writer early on, who knows, but now, I just love to write. I remember reading books from my favourite authors and trying to copy their tone and voice sometimes. So that’s another reason for me to blog.
- I wanted to see if I can really earn money through blogging.
When the lockdown here in Singapore happened, I started wondering if I can make blogging into a side hustle and eventually, into a main income stream. I know blogging will be hard, will take months or probably years to make money out of it, will probably be frustrating and discouraging, especially in the first few months or maybe years but I’ve read, saw and heard enough from successful bloggers how they started with no followers and with a lot of hard work, lots of connecting and socializing online and offline, lots of tweaking, revising and changing strategies, they’ve become this really successful herd of influencers and bloggers that have full control of their lives – their time, their salary, their freedom. And that’s what I’ve been yearning for, especially these past few years, when I had my daughter.
I’ve heard this tip from Nick Loper from the Side Hustle Nation about not taking too much pressure on a new venture, especially if it’s a part-time/ side line one and you still have another job to draw salary from. I can’t remember his exact words (I know, maybe I should go to the doctor, lol) but whatever happens with this blog, this won’t be the death of me. So I think I’m gonna try and make this blog into a side hustle. Sure I still want to dream of having a way for me to earn some money by not being fully dependent on my employer but if this doesn’t work then I’d least a learned a lot about SEO, Pinterest marketing, affiliate marketing, etc.
What about you dear reader, why are you here? Are you planning to start a blog too? And why? Let me know in the comments below.