Ever since my youngest was born I have been at home with my kids. Although quitting my job to stay at home with the kids was an incredible leap of faith we knew that my lost income would need to be supplemented somehow. After hours of calculations and what looked like a crime scene of paperwork laid out across the living room floor my husband and I knew that we would be $500 short each month, and that did not include paying off our debt. Still, we decided that I would quit my job.
The intention was for me to design websites for businesses from home. It wasn’t long into my journey as a stay at home mom that I discovered working for others in this way wasn’t the best option for me, despite the fact that I’m still working with multiple websites each month. You see, when there are little ones running around the house it’s difficult to work for anyone. It was about 6 months into staying at home that I approached my husband with the prospect of blogging. I told him about all of the women I had read about on Pinterest who were bringing in thousands of dollars each month working from home. It seemed like the best opportunity for us and so we made yet another leap of faith. Ironically, I know some of those women now. That’s something I never could have imagined!
Here’s the thing, I don’t like to fail. It’s not an option for me and I knew that letting my husband down just couldn’t happen. So I started off on the wrong foot, I tried to cheap my way out of blogging. Perhaps I didn’t have the best understanding of what a blogger was. Perhaps, I was too afraid to invest in our future that way, we were in major debt. After several long months of balancing my new lifestyle as a stay at home mom with two kids under the age of two and trying to start a blog from the ground up, I finally made some big investments for the blog, or so I thought. I bought a domain and paid hosting, switched to WordPress.org, bought the Genesis framework and all of the themes from Studiopress. This was the largest investment we had made for the blog up until this point.
I’d like to stop right here for a minute, maybe you are a blogger and are rolling your eyes. I’m not an affiliate for any of those sites mentioned above, notice the lack of links? This is just where my blogging path has taken me and it’s been the best path for us. Blogging about blogging isn’t my passion. Helping mothers is my passion which is why I’m telling you all of this. That doesn’t mean that I won’t look into an affiliate program with any of them one day but for now it doesn’t make sense.
Is Blogging Worth It Financially?
Here’s the big question for anyone who is thinking about blogging. Is it worth it? Does it actually work?
At one point in my life, it wasn’t worth it. You can read about why or you can watch a short video on why on my other post about when blogging just isn’t worth it.
My husband and I found our old budget last night while cleaning out a closet. It was in one word, pitiful. When I opened it my words were “aww” and it wasn’t the that’s so sad sort of aww but rather the look at that little bitty baby type of aww. We had no idea what we were doing.
My blog does not bring in the income that other’s blogs bring in. In many cases this is because my blog has seen most of it’s growth this year, my daughter is three now. I bought my domain when she was 6 months old and just like that old budget, I had no idea what I was doing. I have put many hours into this blogging gig of mine. Many hours, each and every day. I have treated it like a business since day one and I have failed many times but I have not given up.
Each year the amount of money that the blog has cost us has risen. This year, 2017 is projected to be the most expensive year for it yet with an estimated cost of over $600. Some of you are freaking out right now and some of you are looking at this blog and saying aww look at that little bitty baby.
For those who are looking at the baby, you know that I’m growing, first a baby and then a toddler, this blog is very much in the toddler stage. It’s growing, it’s getting there.
For those who are freaking out, there’s good news. This blog has managed to break even each and every year. Yet, this is not something that I can sit back and just take for granted. Blogging for an income has been the hardest job I’ve ever had. Apart from being a mother and wife, it has also been the most rewarding. They say that a business becomes like a baby to the owner, the same is true of a blog.
Yes, it has been worth it financially for my family. No, I’m not going to say that it will be worth it for your family but what I will say is that it’s possible to make an income blogging and I am proud to call myself a blogger. It’s like unleashing an inner artist each day, I just pray daily that I won’t be the starving type 😉