Workout today was with my two best friends on my favorite trail. We did 8 miles and I insist on pushing Brooke the whole time because pushing the jogging stroller kicks my trash. My hamstrings are still on fire and when I am running up a hill with that thing I feel like I am running a 5:39 mile. We averaged about an 8:03 pace. It was a good run.
I wanted to talk about blogging today because clearly I am an expert (please note that is a whole lot of sarcasm. My usual blog posts contain pictures of candy, babies and my treadmill so instead of talking about how to write posts we will talk more about the technicalish ((a word I promise)) stuff).
First of all let’s talk about why I started blogging. I had just ran my PR marathon (3:04) and my knee was hurting so I took off a few weeks from running. I had a ridiculous amount of time and energy on my hands because I was no longer running my life away. Billy knew that I loved reading blogs and he noticed that I was bored (and always begging him to entertain me) so he suggested me starting a blog.
Picture from my first post ever:
Billster even came up with the name of my blog. I started blogging. I couldn’t stop. I was hooked. It was so fun to connect with other fitness and food loving people and I loved expressing myself through pictures and words.
Over the past several years I have had many questions about how to start to blog, how to build readership, hot to create your own domain name, and how I can afford to buy my pricey pink pants from Target;)
1. When you first want to start a blog there are two options. Blogger or WordPress. With either of these two options you can use your own domain name. Domains can be bought or registered at any number of registrars which usually costs around $10-$15 a year
Both WordPress and Blogger are free and both offer design templates that you can decide from. I started off using blogger but once my readership base started building I switched to WordPress and a paid hosting provider in order to handle the expansion and have more options. Paid hosting can cost anywhere between seven dollars a month to hundreds of dollars a month depending on how much traffic your blog gets.
There are many great articles out there about how to switch from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress like THIS ONE.
2. How to build your blog readership? Here are some ways that I think are great ways to build your readership.
a. Blog about something you are passionate about. Blogging should be something that you really enjoy doing. I am so very passionate about my family, running and food and so I absolutely love writing about it. It helps if you are passionate about writing about things that other people are passionate about too!
c. Posting frequently. When I have free time I love going to my favorite blogs that I can always count on to post fresh new content that keep me entertained. I love keeping up with their lives and the fun and new exciting things that they are up to.
3. Billy actually has done ALL of our design work so far for the blog (he has spent a few all-nighters working on it in the past) so you can either find someone that knows html, CSS, and php or pay someone to design it for you. (By the way, look for exciting new blog design changes in the next few months here).
4. Advertising. I definitely didn’t get into blogging to make money and when I first started out I had no idea there was even potential to make money. However, as I’ve figured out, you can actually make a decent amount of money by blogging. For me, blogging on the Hungry Runner Girl usually takes about 25 hours a week (creating new content, responding to emails, working with sponsors and projects outside of the blog that I don’t talk about on the blog). I absolutely love it and it works out perfectly with having little Brooker.
There are a couple ways to get paid to blog:
1. Allowing companies to post ads on your site. For this you can go through affiliate networks like Google Adsense or Glam Media.
2. You can reach agreements with individual companies to place ads on your site.
3. As your blog becomes more popular then companies will seek you out for advertising opportunities, promotions and working with them through their social media sites.
Okay, that was a whole lot of serious talk and zero pictures of Brooke so I will throw one in for good measure:
It is in her DNA to love Sour Patch Kids.
Any other questions about blogging? Or random questions about life?
Why did you start blogging? Why did you start reading blogs? What was the first blog you ever read?
Other jogging stroller runners out there… am I just crazy or is pushing the stroller really hard? Does it get easier?