What is the joy of blogging that makes people stick with it? Are there any troublesome challenges along the way? Where can blogging lead? Today as part of my series of interviews with bloggers, Kerry shares her experiences as a blogger over at https://www.moneysavingjourneys.com
Why did you start to blog?
I loved reading blogs and had started a WordPress.com blog a few years ago. Unfortunately, this was at a time when I did not have much spare time and it quickly fizzled out. However, the urge to blog never left me. Fast forward to October 2016 and I took the plunge again, this time going self-hosted.
How did you feel when you started blogging?
Nervous! I didn’t have a clue what I was doing but I like to learn new things and I threw myself into everything blogging related. Suddenly the TV could not hold my interest, I would rather be reading up about social media or watching a YouTube video about using HTML.
How do you feel about blogging today?
I absolutely love it. I love that I am constantly learning. I love that I can write about my passions and I love that people come to my blog to read.
What is your proudest achievement related to blogging?
That has to be receiving my first ever payment for a sponsored post. I didn’t specifically start my blog with the intention of making money. I knew it could be a possibility as I had read and heard from many other successful bloggers. I just didn’t think that I would ever get to that postion.
What is the most exciting event you have attended as a blogger?
I have never attended an event. I still don’t feel like a ‘proper’ blogger. I am constantly in awe of the bloggers I see around me.
Do you monetize your blog and, if so, how?
Yes, I started off adding some affiliate links but as I blog about saving money (amongst other topics) find these do not always fit well with my content.
Recently, I have been lucky to receive some sponsored posts.
What do you find most challenging about blogging?
Time. I have a day job and I have two boys (16 and 12) so time is limited. I do make the most of every spare minute I have, which is easy really as I love blogging so much.
What surprised you most about blogging?
The support you receive from other bloggers. I have joined some brilliant Facebook groups and it always surprises me how helpful everyone is.
How do you balance blogging and family life?
I have to be super organised and love making a list and crossing things off! My lists mean that when I do sit down to work on my blog, I know exactly what needs to be done next. For example, my dinner is cooking as I am typing this. That’s the joy of blogging!
What would lead to you giving up blogging?
Wow, at this moment in time I can’t imagine not blogging. It would have to be something serious to stop me.
What is your top tip for a new or inexperienced blogger?
Keep going. At the beginning you can feel overwhelmed by everything that you need to do. Focus on one area at a time, learn it, master it and then move on to the next area.
Huge thanks to Kerry for sharing her story about the joy of blogging. If you would like to share your story, please do get in touch.