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With a little help from my friends…

5 ways to support your favorite bloggers

Oh my goodness, ya’ll, logging in today was like a big hug from an old friend. I missed blogging like I can’t even tell you!

You see, this blog is now officially 3 years old. And when I started it 3 years ago, I paid for a 3 year hosting package. Hosting is basically online rental for the website. And then I forgot about it.

Fast forward to now, and the prices have gone up for renting online space, and I can’t afford the “best deal” of a 3 year rent again, at least not right now. But I received an email from an awesome new company offering me basically 3 months online rent in exchange for a review (coming soon, it’s awesome!!!).

And so, here I am for 3 more months. I have some plans for how to earn my rent, but I also wanted to reach out and let you know ways that you can support me in this expensive little hobby of mine (at no extra cost to you!).

  1. Make purchases through my Amazon link. Do you have a cookbook or a toy you are wanting to purchase? Clicking my Amazon link first allows me to make a tiny percentage (it varies monthly) of “commission” off your purchase.
  2. Share my book. Have you read the ebook I published this summer? If you enjoyed it, share it! Make a free affiliate account on Gumroad and email me at crunchyhippielife at gmail dot com so I can send you an affiliate link. You make 50% of all sales you bring in!
  3. Participate in challenges with me. Remember the Makeover Your Mornings and Makeover Your Evenings challenges I did? Those links are affiliate links. If you purchase through my link, I get a percentage of the sales.
  4. Do you just enjoy my writing? Share blog posts that you like, inspire you, make you laugh, or challenge you. It costs you no money at all but it helps me reach more readers!
  5. Sign up for my email list. Seriously, it helps.

Ya’ll are my tribe and I absolutely love getting to share life with you. I would love to continue to do that for much longer than 3 months!

Tomorrow, let’s get back to finishing up that Makeover Your Evenings challenge. And then I have more posts to share (coming soon: how to earn gift cards fast, 4 things to put in your coffee that might surprise you, and more!).

How to Start a Blog: Building Your Blog “Home”

Get started blogging by building your blog's "house" - the structure of your blog is key to your success!

My cousin texted me today and asked me some questions about how she should get started with a blog. Since the answer will be much longer than a text message, I figured I would write my thoughts down here.

I’ve blogged on various formats since I was 16. I’ve always enjoyed writing, and it’s been very fun to document my little family’s journey on this blog – I was dating my husband when I started this blog in October of 2013 and now here we are, married with a one-year-old. CRAZY! Anyway…

We live in a Pinterest world now and blogging looks a lot different than it did when I was 16.¬†Blogs are more professional and can actually earn money, which is basically the coolest thing ever and I’l be talking about that in a minute.

The first thing you want to do when you decide that you want to start a blog is to choose your host. I use WordPress.org and have been thoroughly pleased with it. It is easy to use, there are a lot of free plugins (the features, like my subscriptions sign up, instagram feed, and Pinterest button are all plugins), and I have been able to learn and implement various techniques online (including editing HTML, which I never thought I could do!). I pay $14.99 annually for my WordPress.org hosting, but you can get a free blog host through WordPress.com.

The second thing you will need is a domain name. I  purchased my name, Crunchy Hippie Life, through Bluehost. If WordPress is the house of the blog, your domain name is your address. Right now, you can sign up for a basic web hosting plan through Bluehost for $3.49/month. The basic plan is what I use and for my current readership, it works well. You can go up in plans to accommodate for increased need for bandwidth as your readership grows. When I signed up for this blog, I also bought the domains to similar names РI own CrunchyHippieLife.org as well.

So now you have your blog house and your blog address. Time to move in and decorate! Once you log into your domain, choose a theme. I’m speaking now of WordPress, because that’s what I’m most familiar with now. Take some time to play with the plug ins, check out PicMonkey.com for your background and header design if you choose one, and make it look the way you want it.

Before you announce your new blog to the world, give your readers something to read! Write at least a few blog posts so that when people come check out your new blog they don’t just have one little blurb. In the world of Pinterest, people decide quickly if they want to keep reading your blog or move on to the next one. So please don’t do what I did and have just one “welcome to my blog!” post because….that’s not a way to get people interested. Just trust me.

Decide how often you are going to post on your blog and commit to it. If you’re feeling especially inspired one week, write the extra posts but schedule them for the following week. Readers will follow when they can expect a routine. If you post once a week for a month, then every day for a week and then nothing for a few weeks, it tells the readers that you are not consistent and they can’t trust you as an authority in your field.

I’m still learning how to optimize my website for Pinterest and building readership, so I will leave those topics to the experts until I also become an expert. Until then, follow my Pinterest board and learn with me!

Was this helpful? Do you want to create your own blog now too? What would you blog about?