I thought I’d take a moment here today to address any fears some of you might have about starting a blog. As in – “I could never do what you do, I’m not a professional“.
Repeat after me…..ANYONE CAN BECOME A BLOGGER!
Trust me, you really have nothing to be afraid of.
Go over and read my About Me page…..I was a maintenance tech for Pete’s sake! A wrench turner! I knew absolutely nothing about blogging, or photography, or even cooking for that matter.
But here I am.
Doing it anyway.
Doing it scared usually – as my blogging mentor would say.
But doing it.
I mean I absolutely love YouTube for watching the ‘professional’ chefs, and the ‘professional’ food photographers, and all the new YouTubers doing really good quality work on their videos.
And I think, man I really SUCK compared to them!
And I do! I have SO much to learn about food styling, lighting, using my camera, editing my photos, editing my videos…..
But I’m doing it anyway. And why?
Here’s my point:
As amateurish as I am with my photographs, my videos, my podcasts, food styling, whatever (and I know I am, so let’s be honest)…
I have tens of thousands of followers from all over the world, I get hundreds of comments, messages, and emails thanking me for what I do, telling me what a difference I’ve made in their lives, and……
I’m still making a comfortable living for myself and my wife.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AN EXPERT!
Ok here’s an example.
When I first started thinking about my food blog, I would read the Income Reports of one famous food blogger (and it was something insanely crazy like $75k a month) and I would think
“Holy #%^&! Look at how much money they made in a MONTH! If I could ever make HALF of that in a month I’d be one ridiculously happy camper!”
Right?! Could you live on $37,500 a month? Uh….yes please and thank you?!
But ok, what if I’m horrible at it and only make half of THAT. Could you live on $18,750 a month? I don’t know….it’d be touch and go for awhile…..
But man, you really, REALLY suck and you might only make half of THAT… only $9,375 a mo? Only?!
See my point?
You can’t expect to start out as a pro, you simply have to start.
I started out taking pictures with my old Galaxy Note 4 Smartphone, and they – were – horrible! But hey, I didn’t know any better. I just knew the recipe was good and I had to try and convey that (to all 20 of my readers back then) that it was!
And I just kept on doing it anyway.
But here’s the thing…..the more you do something….the better you will get at it. My photos today are still pretty amateurish, but they ARE a helluva lot better than they were 5 years ago.
And you can always LEARN as you go! That’s what YouTube is amazing for. Need to learn how to do something? Anything? YouTube it!
Then practice, practice, practice.
Now I realize this post seems to be focused on the money aspect of blogging, but I know that is what a lot of you will be interested in. And if it’s NOT your focus – then you really have no EXCUSE whatsoever.
You will not be perfect at it, but that’s ok. Do it anyway. There are tons of blogs (like this one), videos, and even
Anyone can become a blogger, and it may just change your life.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many ways blogging has changed me.
The complete freedom this lifestyle gives me, the amazing friendships I’ve made, yes… the income is nice too, but most importantly of all
Every single time someone writes to me, thanking me for helping them lose that weight, getting their husbands to eat better, getting off their meds, even saving their life…….
No corporate job in the world can compare to that feeling you get from helping someone. Not one.
Don’t worry about the details, just start.
Because I am living proof that anyone can become a blogger.