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How to Express Your Passion Online Through Blogging

How to Express Your Passion Online Through Blogging

Starting a blog can seem like a daunting task, especially when faced with the thousands of blogs on any given topic that already exist. Not knowing where to start is one of the main reasons so many people find the process intimidating, but it is not as difficult as they expect, and once begun, it can be maintained with just a bit of effort, and a lot of passion. And for the lucky ones, it can earn a bit of money, too.

Name the Blog

When choosing a blog name, the most important thing to do is create one that relates not only to what the blog is about, but suits the person behind it. Using keywords people will actually use when doing a search helps them find the blog, so be sure to keep it simple, yet memorable. For instance, if the blog is about a mom who bakes, perhaps the name “Baker Mom”, or “Mom’s Kitchen”, would be suitable. Once named, do a quick search to be sure the name isn’t already taken, so the blog won’t be confused with another one.

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Connect With a Web Hosting Provider

After registering the blog name, the next step is to purchase a web hosting provider. There are many different options for this. Some can cost hundreds of dollars a month, but there are cheaper web hosting packages available from providers, such as eHost.com or iPage. Be sure the host chosen offers the basic specifications, such as scalable bandwidth, 24 hour customer support, and security support.

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Choose a WordPress Theme

Now it’s time to choose a theme. This refers to the background images, and the layout of the site. Be sure to choose one that relates to the blog’s content. It must be easy for users to navigate, or they will get frustrated when using it and move on to something else. The cost of a WordPress theme can range from free to $500. Of course, what type of features the blog requires will determine how much a person will pay.

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Start Writing Quality Blog Content

When writing content for the blog, remember that if it is not a topic of interest to the blogger, they will probably not write with the passion required to draw the reader in. So be sure to write with enthusiasm in every post, to keep people interested and coming back for more. Also, do the necessary research to ensure the posts are well-informed. Adding an About Me page to the site is also a good idea, so readers know who they are getting their information from. A bit of info about the blogger is important for readers to trust what is being discussed. Of course, not every detail of the blogger’s life needs to be added. Protecting online privacy should always be a concern, to keep those with harmful intentions from gaining information they can then use to their advantage.

Start Marketing

There are a few different ways to promote a new blog and increase traffic. Commenting on related blogs in an informed and constructive manner can show readers that a new blogger has a relevant opinion. Guest blogging on other reputable blogs is also an effective strategy, as it not only shows that the blogger knows what they are talking about, but will bring the traffic back to their sites. Social media can also be used to promote a blog, but again, be careful what is posted, so there are no issues with online privacy.

Enjoy the Fruit of Your Passion

Now the blog can start earning money. One of the best ways is Google AdSense, which allows bloggers to place ads on their site, and earn money from those companies. Of course, Google has numerous penalties that can actually deflect traffic from an offending site, such as Panda, which affects low-quality websites, Penguin, which detects unnatural backlinks, and Pirate, which looks for stolen copyrighted content, just to name a few. A blogger can also earn affiliate sales for promoting another site’s products, or can do a sponsored review to earn a bit of money.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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