Celebrating 1 year of Blogging as a christian writerpreneur, and Sharing with You my Results and Lessons Learned
Greetings, Dear Writerpreneur
I pray that you are well.
Welcome to another Empowering Post, where you can learn various lessons about developing a successful, thriving writing ministry.
Today's article is a reflection on my first year of blogging. I'm really excited to share with you how my year went, and hopefully the lessons that I learned you can also apply to your journey.
I’ve received some great feedback from readers just like you who have mentioned that my articles have truly blessed them and their writing ministry. And I'm confident that my public blog will continue to impact your authorship.
It’s fitting that at this time in my business’s “life,” I am celebrating one year of blogging, something that I never thought would be an integral part of the company. I had read about other entrepreneurs who employed this type of marketing for their organization, and I never realized just how impactful it would be for me.
That’s why I wanted to take some time to share with you my lessons learned in the first year of blogging and the wonderful results that have come from it.
Why I Blog
To begin, I want to address the reason why I picked up blogging.
Initially, I was curious to know what would result from it. As I mentioned earlier, I had read several bloggers’ articles and looked at how they earned a living from doing this type of work; and while the blogging trend seemed to be the next big thing, I didn’t go into it with that in mind. In other words, I didn’t jump on the wagon simply because it was popular. I did it more so out of curiosity.
That’s the type of person I am.
I am a researcher, an educator, and a critical-analyst. It’s my background, and one that I enjoy.
And while I am also an entrepreneur, author, and business woman, at the heart of it all, my desire is to test out best practices so that I can help my clients and students fare well in their writing ministry.
When I first began blogging in October 2015, my first set of articles focused on teaching important factors related to editing, writing, and creating an online business to establish financial independence.
In truth, I had no real direction in terms of what I wanted to achieve with the blog. I just wanted to write something that my readers would find useful. And it worked.
As I began composing articles about editing, and sharing them with wonderful readers like yourself in Facebook Groups, I quickly learned that this was a tool to help market my editing services.
In fact, after less than a month of blogging, a couple of articles helped me earn editing clients, which resulted in about a $2,000 increase to the company.
I think that’s when I realized that this was how bloggers made money also. While there are some who can generate an income because they have massively large followings, I, on the other hand, had barely 100 people looking at my website and blog on a monthly basis. And yet, I made an income.
Recently, I read an article that stated only 19% of bloggers will make $100+ with their blog.
Can you imagine that? After reading the article, I thought to myself, how wonderful that within a few weeks of blogging, I jumped into that top 19%, making much more than $100. And it wasn’t because I had mastered any blogging skill or discovered a lucky trick that brought me more money.
It was simply because I wrote articles that certain people wanted to read about editing; and I had already established myself as a professional editor and writer, which added to my credibility.
So, as I celebrate this year of blogging, I want to give you some motivation and inspiration. If you are just starting as a Christian blogger or if you already have a blog, I'm sure that these lessons are just what you need.
Adding Contributing Writers to My Blog
After about two months of blogging on my own, I felt impressed to ask others to contribute to the blog.
I actually fought against this for a couple weeks because I am so protective of my company and brand.
I didn’t think anyone would want to sign on or help me, especially because I could not compensate them financially. But looking back, I know it was the leading of the Holy Spirit.
After about two weeks of advertising this opportunity to join my blog as a contributing writer, I had about 10 people who agreed to sign on. Eventually, that number sharpened down to about 5 or 6 strong writers. This very act revolutionized my business in more ways than one.
For about three months straight, my writers and I produced blog posts about anything related to the Word of God. It was so much fun.
I used those same articles and composed it into a published book, When Words Meet Power, available for sale through my company's store.
I had writers from across the nation contributing weekly to the blog. And this increased the number of visitors and page views DRAMATICALLY.
Remember when I said I only had about 100 people visiting my site on a monthly basis? Well, after incorporating the contributing writers, my blog and website had almost 3,000 monthly visitors. I could hardly believe it. That’s when I learned that the success of the company, which I repeatedly brought before the Lord, was not based on everything that I could do on my own. Rather, it would require the collective work of a great team.
Around the end of the year, I decided that it was time to really take the business seriously.
I knew that if I could really commit to the company on a full-time basis, even without having a full-time income yet, then I could scale my company to be a multi-million dollar business, one able to hire other Christian Authors.
I decided that instead of simply writing about various biblical themes, I would narrow the blog down to focus on a very specific audience, particularly Christian Authors.
This was both a good thing and a challenge.
For one, I knew that by having a specific focus, this would bring clarity to my brand and the company’s work.
On the flip side, it changed the direction of the blog, which did not fit entirely with what we were writing prior to the change. It ended up leading to less contributions from my writers and more of me composing my articles.
Kind of bitter-sweet.
This lesson taught me that as much as I would want to make everyone happy, it’s important to keep the company’s best interests in mind. So, I stuck to my beliefs, and moved the blog in that direction. I still gave my writers an opportunity to contribute, but the articles would have to incorporate this new message and purpose.
What I found, however, was that the best person to complete this task was me; but I still wanted to keep my writers, so I thought of another venture.
While the main blog on www.liyahamorepublishing.com focuses on the business and technical side of empowering Christian Authors, I wanted to create something that would help female authors balance their professional, personal, and spiritual life. Thus, my online magazine and blog was born.
This project is still in the works and is under construction, but it is exactly what I needed to bring balance to the company.
This project REQUIRES the use of contributing writers because it covers so many different topics. More importantly, this project allows me and the company to still have a team, which I believe is crucial to anyone succeeding in this industry.
Here's the Lessons I Learned
And these are simply some of the lessons that I learned from my first year of blogging.
Blogging Will Transform Your Writing Business, If You Know How to Employ It Well
While this past year has been PHENOMENAL for me, I know that it was simply the beginning.
I have a new set of blog plans and strategies, which I am confident will help increase my brand’s awareness. I share many of these lessons in the EWP, which you can take part in today.
I know that blogging will continue to play a major role in the expansion of the business, and this is why I highly encourage readers like you to engage in this as well.
Yes, it can be challenging, especially when you don’t know the direction you want to take. And this is why I highly encourage you to enroll in the EWP.
Not only will you have powerful lessons that walk you through the process of becoming a full-time author, but you will also receive my coaching, which is equally phenomenal! The Program will also encompass a detailed portion on how to establish a thriving and profitable blog. You can be among the 19% who earn $100 from this type of platform.
Before I end this post, I will share with you more about my school, but for now, let's chat.
Now It's Your Turn to Share
So, what are your thoughts about today's article? How might these lessons help you and your authorship? Leave me a comment below.
If you are ready to take this journey as a Christian Writerpreneur, I want you to know that I am here to help.
I've worked with Christian Authors since 2011. I know what it takes to build a thriving writing ministry. And I have shared this wisdom and knowledge with those who are truly serious about their authorship.
How serious are you about yours?
If you would like to cultivate your authorship today, I encourage you to take the next steps.
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