2 Years Online
Recently I celebrated my 2nd anniversary blogging at Ramblings of a WAHM.
I cannot believe how fast time as gone by. It feels like yesterday I wrote my first post, which really sucked, by the way. I had no clue what to write, I just knew I had to start writing.
It has been 2 years now, yet I still feel like a newbie many days, strange isn’t it? Maybe it is because I am just starting to really understand how to create an income online, which is why I came online in the first place.
I didn’t come here to write about blogging, social media or SEO, I came to write about my journey into becoming an online WAHM. I didn’t know how I was going to do it, honestly. I have tried so many things. Amazon. Hubpages. Swagbucks. Blogfrog. I still have those accounts, I didn’t give up, I just put them on the back burner for now. Because the one thing being online for 2 years has taught me was to control my own destiny.
Controlling My Future
I do not rely on any one company, concept or product to make money here. One should not rely on Amazon or Swagbucks or Hubpages or any other company you do not own for your income. What if these companies folded or changed their policies? (Amazon dropped me at one point because of tax issues in California.) How would you then make your car payment or pay your water bill?
I learned early on to diversify. If I wasn’t creating my own product, then I surely needed not have “all my eggs in one basket.” That is why I have accounts with many companies.
The Next Leg in the WAHM Journey
But now I want, no, need to create my own product. I am writing eBooks. Right now I have two that are in outlined and research stages but they will become concrete eBooks some day. I will have a new free eBook at the end of October.
That, I hope, is just the beginning. I have high hopes for me and my blog. I am constantly learning how to build a business online and what can be done to do this. And I will surely share my experiences with my readers.
The Difficulty of Earning a Living Online
Making money online is hard, especially if you have no business or marketing skills to begin with.
I didn’t know how important it was to be in a business frame of mind. Or what it actually meant to “know your audience.” I feel I am finally getting this because the learning curve is steep when you come in blind, like I did.
When I began, I did hear of people taking years to see an income from their efforts. I thought this was foolish. Who would go into business to wait 2 years for a profit? I didn’t want that, but it has happen. Two long years and I am just starting to see things materialize. WOW! I am fortunate that I came from a place I didn’t feel forced to create an income; my husband earns the vast majority of income in our home. But then sometimes I wonder if I would have taken different routes if I was forced to figure all this out faster. What if the pressure was on?
I Love Being Here
With all that in mind, many people stay. They know there is a future online. And they know that the community here can be ruthless to each other but I believe we stand together more often than we are horrible.
I have learned so much for the online community about myself and business. But you know what I would say is the most important thing I learned is that people ARE kind and giving. At least bloggers are. Or maybe they are forced to be. I don’t know. Maybe those are the bloggers that figured out that if they don’t step it up and give until their fingers hurt, they won’t make it online. Whether forced or genuine, I know I love being a blogger and I know others that do also because it shows in their writing and interactions.
Being online has been a great journey. I am happy to say that this journey is still happening for me.
Thank you to my readers for helping me continue for 2 years. I feel I am on this huge plateau looking out at where I was. If you have even been to or seen the Southwestern United States, you would know that it is full of valleys, cliffs, ridges and plateaus. I feel I have gone through those and have reached the highest plateau I have yet to reach. Around me is more valley and more plateaus, higher ones. I will reach those too.
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