My Life as a Blogger and Why I am Giving Something Back
Here I am tucked up in bed for the third day running, suffering with the flu. Yet I am overjoyed. Why you may ask? Well Gail Gardner from GrowMap reached out to me this morning on Skype and Twitter asking if I would like to write a guest post on her blog. Well here I am and I just wanted to say thank you to Gail for this brilliant opportunity!
I love guest blogging and have written for Ryan Biddulph, ComLuv, Famous Bloggers and now here on GrowMap. I love blogging with a passion but this has not always been the case. I started blogging way back in 2005 when I was down in the dumps earning a couple of hundred a week working in a warehouse.
It was a bad time for me as I had given up on my career as a pub manager to pursue a career in web design and development which I thought I was good at after teaching myself everything there is to know about it. I found out one universal truth back then:
“Being good at something does not necessarily
mean you will earn a lot of money from it.”
Put simply, I had to train myself up as a salesperson. This is something I sure am not good at I can tell you; however, I am getting better! It was then I heard about blogging and I decided that I should try it to help build up my web design empire. I learned a load from blogging and I really started to enjoy it. It came to a point where I even was interviewed on an internet radio show. (Apologies. I forget which one but I am sure it no longer exists.)
The Epic Blog
My blog back then was called The Epic Blog. I was doing everything with it. AdSense, affiliate marketing, paid ads and much more besides! On top of that my web design business was not doing anything. I was putting in the hours each week, but only earning pennies. It was then I got my warehouse job and gave up on blogging! The Epic Blog expired and no longer exists! Even the 3 eBooks I wrote for it have now been assigned to history.
The years passed and my skills as a designer / developer grew and grew and I was getting a reputation. I even went into partnership with a friend and got an office here in Sutton Coldfield – thinking that our new web design / dev business would take off; alas it did not and we shut up shop six month later. Story of my life, hey, nothing working! I was still missing blogging though and it was last year that a chance convo convinced me.
I still felt angry with myself for giving up but it was chatting with my old friend Ryan Biddulph that convinced me to start up again but this time with a different attitude. It was then in September 2013 that my blog BRUM was born. You see Ryan is the one who for the past three or so years has been travelling the globe from one paradise to another blogging about it and earning money from it!
If Ryan can do it then so can I. I learned that I should stop chasing after money and make it about my audience! Offer something of value without expecting anything in return and that is something that I like to think I do now! Of my 60 posts on my blog and the 18 or so guest posts, I have tried to offer the reader something of value – be it inspirational or practical as long as it helps my reader.
Of course I still charge my clients for web design projects they hire me to do. Because after all I do have a mortgage and bills to pay and without doing so I would not be able to live this lifestyle or write those posts for people! However the concept of paying it forward really resonates with me!
Now you all know I am a blogger as well as a Web Designer/Developer. Did you know that I built the theme for my blog from scratch. It took me two weeks to do and although my footer is still not fully finished yet, I am more than happy with it. If I had built my theme for a client they would have to pay me over £2500 for it.
A lot of money I know dear reader and it’s probably something a lot of bloggers out there today cannot really afford. As I have said before, the concept of paying it forward really resonates with me and if I was going to give something away it would have to be something of REAL Value dear reader. It’s this reason that for the first and only time ever that I am offering to one lucky person the chance to have a Bespoke (custom) WordPress Theme built by yours truly for their own blog.
How to Win
I will choose one winner at random. For details on how to win this unique prize read THIS POST all about it. Then you, too, can have a new look blog like mine. Thank you for taking the time to read a little about my life as a blogger. I hope you enjoyed reading it. Also many thanks to Gail for letting me write this guest post on her blog today. It’s a great honour.
Good luck with the competition all! If you have any comments, thoughts or suggestions then do leave them below and I will be more than happy to reply.
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