I have received so many questions about blogging that I decided to write a post about it. While blogging isn’t the easiest topic for me to explain, I am going to do my best to give you some tips to help you get started. Disclaimer; there is no easy formula to catapult you to the top. It takes a TON of hours online to make things happen. My little guide to becoming a blogger is really me just answering some of your questions as well as giving you some tips on how to navigate Instagram.
How did I get started? I researched it. I got on my computer and read a ton of articles on how to blog and how to create a blog.
How did you create a blog? I looked up different blog hosts and originally went with ‘Blogger’ through google. Blogger is a FREE option and I wanted to make sure I was going to stick with it before paying for a domain.
What do I use now to blog? I use Word Press and have my domain through ‘ehost’. There are a ton of companies that will host for you; make sure you do your research to find what site will be best for you.
How much does a domain cost? It really depends on who you go through and how many years you pay for. I currently have a one year contract and will renew in a year. I believe it was around $30 for the domain and some extra add ons to avoid my personal information being found.
How long have I been blogging? I have been blogging since the very last day of February 2015.
Do you make money on your blog? I do make money from different partnerships. However, I do not post any ads or use affiliate links on my blog.
Do you make money ever? Yes, I do make an income. I base my prices off of my following and engagement on Instagram.
Do you get free stuff? I am gifted items, which is honestly pretty cool. If you would have asked me two years ago if I ever would have thought I would be gifted items I would have said NOPE. That was the goal, but it never seemed like it was going to happen. Now I can’t even believe it. I am seriously so thankful for the companies I have been able to work with.
Who takes your pictures? My husband takes all of my photos with me in the frame. All other photos are taken by yours truly.
How did you get such a large following on Instagram? I spend a ton of time on Instagram. I am always commenting on my friend’s posts as well as responding to my followers. I mostly work from 7:30am-4pm MST, but you will catch me on in the evenings right before I go to bed as well. Check out my post ‘4 Tips to Grow Your Instagram‘.
Why did you rebrand? I wanted to be able to focus a little more on fashion and become a business. With my previous name ‘Cozy Chic Mommy’ I felt like it limited me to mostly posts about parenting and I wanted to have more freedom to focus on how to dress feminine. Also, Cozy Chic is already taken as a business in the fashion industry, so I would never be able to really make it my own.
Are you a business? Yes, I have filed paperwork to be a business and have been approved. I now feel like my options are endless. Woohoo!
What’s next? Working on a local level.
If you have a question that you don’t see listed, send it my way. I super appreciate your support and all of your likes and comments on my Instagram posts. Without your support, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. Basically, y’all rock and I am VERY thankful!
Want to see more of what I do on Instagram? Follow me @rachellynjohnson