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Ongoing education is important as is learning from different sources and a variety of teachers. My blogging journey has certainly not been a linear path. There were (and still are) many contributors to this fascinating and rewarding blogging experience.
It all began when I posted a few stories on TravelBlog.org in the summer and autumn of 2012. For me, it was an online journal of some fun trips that I had taken and a way to preserve photos and memorable moments with my writing. I posted more than 20 articles on the site and received some positive feedback about my writing style. In time, I wanted to have more flexibility in how my photos appeared on the site and to have more control of the overall look.
I began to research how to start my own blog and how to become a blogger.
My first formal education in blogging was through a seminar offered by AWAI. The Money-Making Websites class included about six weeks of course material and a class assignment to build a website. Crochet Getaway was my class project and launched in April 2015.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young ~ Henry Ford
I invested about 24 months of late nights and weekends into understanding the fundamentals of using WordPress. I eventually experienced growing pains and was ready to move Crochet Getaway to the next level, with better graphic design and stronger media content. I was making connections with crocheting friends around the world and this little website was becoming a passionate hobby for me. I wanted to repeat the AWAI class and go deeper into understanding Google metrics and how to grow my readership – but a bit of procrastination caused me to miss the registration deadline. While I was whining about that, I found some Facebook groups for bloggers and continued to learn through those interactions.
One of those groups was Women Winning Online, with Jen Snyder. The group was welcoming, encouraging, and relevant to me. I subscribed to Jen’s newsletter. At the time there was a promotion all over the internet for a very popular blogging course, with thousands of successful graduates. I paced the floor for days wondering if I should invest in the program. The cost at the time was about $1,000.
I listened for guidance.
I kept reading my Money-Making Website notes, the hardcover books that I had purchased, and Facebook groups–trying to piece things together and grow my little crochet blog.
I resigned myself to the fact that the expensive class was not going to work out for me financially. Within a day or so, I received a newsletter from Women Winning Online and an introduction to an alternative.
Jen recommended Suzi Whitford’s Blog by Number eBook and video course priced at $47.
I did some research on the course and decided $47 was manageable. Then, I cleaned the craft closet and ran a de-stash sale of some yarn, patterns, and fabric on my Etsy Store, DesignsByGwyn. The money was right there in my crafts closet.
The Bog by Number class was exactly what I needed. The videos made perfect sense and Suzi’s teaching style is 100% relatable.
I have purchased Blog by Number, Theme by Number, List by Number, and eBook by Number. Each course added a new level to my understanding of blogging as a business, and they are easily affordable when I plan the purchases into my monthly budget.
I’ve published some eBooks and have been a featured author in two different essay books that rocketed to #1 Amazon Bestseller status in 2018. These projects were also learning experiences.
For this year, I’m working on an eBook for my crochet community. The book tackles the premise of how to channel dormant creativity into a profitable business.I’m tapping into my degrees in accounting and marketing, along with 30+ years of corporate finance work and showing you exactly how I apply these skills to my tiny one-person biz, operating at home. Chapters will deal with such topics as how to develop a “back office” model for your business, brand development, and measurable marketing.
The eBook is progressing well and I plan to release it (on this website) when it is ready to launch. Subscribe to my newsletter to receive first notice when it’s available.
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My blog journey has been amazing and such a blessing in my life. I’m eager to see what’s around the next corner.
I love affirmations. Here are a few that I use when I start my blogging days (usually on Saturdays when I not working my corporate finance job).