My blog is One year old …
As my blog turns one, I thought the best way to celebrate would be to share the stories of people who inspired , helped and made this journey possible.
All mom’s know taking care of your little one and household chores are a never ending job.I am also working full time .
But you always find time for things you love.Even when you ignore piles of dirty laundry and need time management tips.
I was always a voracious reader of mystery, murder and all sorts of dystopian stories.In Malda as I managed to devour huge amount of ebooks , paperbacks ,I discovered my love for nonfiction.
My first few nonfiction was about ...Personal finance about which I have shared here.
My husband says my money dream was about sitting at home with my tab and the money magically appearing in the bank.
But honestly like most people I wanted to be financially free.Another dream!
Any way then I realized the true road to financial freedom is having your own something.
Staying at home with your baby gives you limited options in terms of entrepreneurship.But is their anyway you can stop yourself from daydreaming?
I started blogging.My first blog was my personal blog at WordPress.com.Its called dramrita….apartment therapy.
Blogging opens up a world of virtual friends.People you will probably never meet , but who know this thing about you , which few outside the blogging world seem to comprehend.
When I bought my first domain and hosting I was ecstatic. My darling husband was happy I had something to occupy my time (other than Rai) which was making me happy.
Creating, useful, relevant , interesting content is always a challenge but the most difficult part for a non techie like me was all the backend, behind the scenes stuff.
The Html, css, js, mobile optimization and goggles various rules and regulations made me feel more stupid & frustrated than I have felt in a very long time.But seriously it was a challenge and I had nothing to loose !
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Plenty of you tube videos, websites, ebooks, ecourse claim to help you set up your blog in no time.Step by step guide is available for free to launch your blog.The free stuff is actually great.But what happens after that ?
So much about SEO, social media, marketing, analytics ….A virtual limitless amount of info to wade through.Top that with the questionable nature of the information.
Lots of online experts offer wonderful courses for (also with EMI options ) totally unaffordable price for the average and not so average Indian .
When you are testing the waters it’s unlikely you have huge funds to blow away on ideas !
I was searching for books to help get me started.I have always found Amazon and Goodreads reviews very helpful.They are unbeatable when it comes to offering honest reviews.The shocking thing none of the books on blogging seemed to hit the mark.
When i had almost given up I came across this site by Amy…amylynnandrews.com.
The free resources and content on this site was so awesome it just blew my away.
Amy makes all the hair tearing, blue in the face part of blogging understandable in plain english.
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A few weeks of her Use letter and I was hooked.I practically devoured her blog and saw that she had an awesome resource to offer called the Knowtbook.
Its like an online diary which contains all the tips, tricks, tools, resources, articles which helped her and is helping her on her blogging journey.
The innovative thing was you learn what she learns as she updates her Knowtbook! It was available for life and affordability was high.I just wanted to buy it.Buying on her site required a PayPal account or a credit card.
Credit card I don’t have, neither does my hubby .We manage using our debit cards.My bank doesn’t allow PayPal Payment!
( This credit card issue , I saw firsthand how uncontrolled credit card debt can destroy a family)
I tried to buy from amazon…It was not available on amazon.
I was so sad and totally crushed.Finally when I thought I had help , it seemed far away.
I wrote to Amy about whether she had any plans to sell the Knowtbook through amazon.
I shared with her my inability to buy due to lack of the credit card and the impossibility of buying high priced online courses as a newbie blogger.
Kind hearted Amy did something which has surprised me .Good people are everywhere we just have to reach out.
She immediately thanked me for the feedback .Then sent me a free access link to her KNOWTBOOK. That’s how sweet Amy was.No request to share, like or any thing at all.Just helping. A mompreneur who inspires and helps.
I think you understand how such an act of kindness affected me.
Overjoyed I promised myself I would do all that was in my power to continue this cycle of good deed.
This was a moment I will remember forever.When I realised the true purpose of being a blogger.Blogging teaches you empathy.You feel other people’s pain, their problems, like it’s your own.
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This empathy, is the most important in the world.We all want to solve our problems, but few loose sleep over problems someone else faces.
Amy has lived in Africa.She understood the plight of people needing help to become independent. The first step is often the most difficult.
In fast developing nations with a need for new ways of supplementing the family income blogging is a ray of hope, (but a long journey).
As a mom of 2 young boys she is an inspiration to all who want to earn a living , or supplement their income by working from home .Mom’s everywhere want to take care of their family.But most high paying job requires you leave home.
It’s only the Internet that can offer help.But blogging , whatever people claim is not a cakewalk.Specially when you want to earn money ethically , in your own time doing what you like.
I you have even half a thought about starting a blog go visit Amy’s blog.
Amy is a mompreneur and a truly inspiring person. When you learn from people like her you have to become a giver .
My journey as a mompreneur was well on the way.I was still in blogging kindergarten. But I am terribly persistent. Hopefully I will learn … soon!
Till the next time.
Take care and keep dreaming.
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