“This is the story of how I died. Don’t worry, this is actually a very fun story”
Name that movie!
Yep, Tangled. We took a break from our normal Cars or Monsters Inc and watched Tangled the other day. This isn’t a story about how I died, but it is a story about how I became the blogger I am today. I alluded to this story yesterday, and today I’m going to give you all the gushy details.
Devin had a year of school left and I was scheduled to graduate. I didn’t know what I was going to do in a small college town for a year, so I decided to keep going to school. I signed up for a bunch of fun classes. One of the classes I took was Web Business. The reason I took this class is because I wanted to start my wedding floral business and I knew that if I wanted to market my business, I needed a website.
I thought the class was about setting up a website for your business. It turned out to be a class about making the web your business. This is when I was first introduced to blogging as a business.
It surprised me how much I really enjoyed this class. There were about 30 people in the class and the majority were male business majors who were required to take the class. They hated it. They showed up sporadically and rarely did the assigned homework.
I was the exact opposite. I read everything the professor assigned us and more and always completed the assignments. The guys in the class were always surprised that I did the work. It was really interesting for me though.
At the time, the impression I had of blogging was this:
(Raise your hands if you remember when blogs were online scrap books, please don’t hate me if your blog still looks like this)
I thought that was tacky and refused to have a blog. I just wanted to look like an established, professional business and decided a website was the only way to go ( it’s not, you can totally use WordPress to start a website). Devin was really busy in his Senior year of engineering and so I spent my time in the library learning HTML. I had shoulder and neck problems from the hours of hunching over my computer building my floral design website from scratch.
Here is my first website:
(I don’t know why, but I didn’t save a screenshot of the home page, but this is the inquire page… you get the idea.)
It didn’t take me long to understand that blogging wasn’t just a scrapbook journal and could look professional. I set a blog up for my floral business and like many of you started a lifestyle blog. The more I learned, the more excited I became about things I never would have imagined myself thinking about: HTML, SEO, PHP, analytics, IP addresses, scripts, etc. I haven’t stopped learning since that semester.
And that is the story of how I became very interested in all things blogging.
Blog about what you’re passionate about.
Launching Blog Ambitions was the best decision for my blogging career! I really enjoy what I do and I love continually learning about the technical sides of blogging. Even more, I love implementing the things I learn.
Being passionate about what you blog about is so crucial because blogging is a big commitment.
If you are passionate about your blog focus, you are more likely to be successful and less likely to give up.Tweet this!
Suggestions for finding what you are passionate about.
You might not know what you are passionate about and that’s okay. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
What are you already doing?
Are you giving your house a makeover? Do you sew on a regular basis? Do you play video games more than you’d like to admit? Do you experiment in the kitchen on a regular basis? If you are already doing something a lot, why not blog about it?
What do you talk about?
Start paying attention to the conversations you have with your friends and on social media. What are you sharing on Facebook? What do you pin the most on Pinterest? Sometimes we need to analyze our lifestyles to see what we like doing.
What do you think about?
I found this quote the other day and really liked it:
Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about” -author unknown
Don’t be afraid to try something new.
10 years ago, I never would have guessed that I would be so intrigued by the technical side of blogging. My friends are surprised too! Just the other day I had a friend watch Doran so that Devin and I could go to the MOZ SEO for bloggers chat. When I told her what we were doing she assumed we were going for Devin and got this disgusted look and then before dissing it said, “Are you… interested in that kind of stuff?” Ha. Yep. I am. Go figure!
Push yourself to learn something new. You might surprise yourself too with what you are passionate about.
Make sure your passions fit.
Here’s my last tip on pursuing your passions. Make sure that they are inline with your family. Family is a big deal to me. I am very passionate about Horticulture. I would love to be a famous wedding florist. I would love to do floral photo shoots all day long. But, people give flowers on holidays and couples get married on weekends. Right now, those are times I want to spend with my family.
Not only does following my passion for the technical sides of blogging allow me to spend time with my family, it is also something that Devin is interested in as well. He is a big part of this blog and even writes tutorials now and then.
What are you passionate about? Do you love what you blog about?1