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Starting a blog can be exciting. Whether you’re looking to work on your first blog or your third, there’s one thing you might want to ask yourself: “How committed will I be?”
Most successful bloggers will tell you to go for a self-hosted blog because it shows you’re serious. One thing is showing others how serious you may be, but another is committing to this new place on the Internet.
Let’s be honest, blogging isn’t for everyone. Some people like to tell their story in a book, or to a crowd through public speaking.
There’s nothing wrong with how you tell your story. In fact, it’s all about your commitment to sharing it with others. So, ask yourself: how much content can you create to tell your story to others?
Another question you might want to consider before starting a self-hosted blog is, will it bring value to others?
If you can confidently answer these questions, then go for it. Invest in a self-hosted blog, and start creating the content you’ve been wanting to share with others.
For those of you who are still on the fence about whether or not you should choose a self-hosted blog, check out these 5 reasons why you shouldn’t and tell us if it sounds like you:
- You have no valuable lessons to share with the world. If you’d rather keep your story to yourself, then I suggest getting a journal to document things.
Note: Everyone has a story to tell. Find yours.
- You don’t have the money to invest. You might want to stop right here it this is true. Money isn’t the only thing you’ll be investing here, it’s also your time.
Note: Money can be replaced, but you’ll never get back the time you’ve wasted thinking instead of going after that dream. Choose wisely.
- You have no need for a community. Working on your own has always been something you enjoy. Who needs a tribe, right?
Note: You learn so much from others, and bouncing off ideas can help you with your goals.
- You’re not tech-savvy at all. Learning something new might scare you, and that’s okay. I get it. There’s joy in missing out, too!
Note: You can always learn as you go. I learn something new every day with my business.
- You’re just not committed. Commitment is tough, and at times stressful. You don’t need to do it, it’s okay. Note: Maybe there’s a reason why you can’t stop thinking about it. Give it a try — at least you’ll know whether or not it’s for you.
Other Fears Come To Light
Starting something new could be terrifying. I know because I’ve been there. I’ve sat there for hours telling myself it’s a bad idea.
I typically recommend clients start with a self-hosted website if they’re certain they can be committed to doing the work (or have the funds to hire out). There are a select few I suggest starting with a free website.
If you consider the two possibilities like renting a house versus owning one, you’ll notice there is truth in this comparison.
When you rent a house (free website), you don’t have much say about whether or not you can paint the walls. In the house you own (self-hosted website), you can paint the walls and make the necessary modifications as well.
Using the rent vs own analogy, you can be taken out of rented space. You wouldn’t be removed from the place you own. This is something to consider when you’re deciding on whether or not to invest in a self-hosted blog.
Considering A Self-Hosted Blog
I remember wanting to start Moms in Marketing back in 2016. I just felt I needed a place to share my knowledge because my Family/Lifestyle blog wasn’t the right place. Trust me, I tried.
It was nice for a select few of my readers, but I needed a different outlet where I could freely share ideas. I’ll admit that it took me some time to jump on creating this website. However, it’s been a great platform to share what I’ve learned throughout the years and help others along the way.
You see, when I finally went with a self-hosted website for Moms in Marketing, the price for momsinmarketing.com was high. I knew the social channels were available, so I locked those in for my use.
At the time, many bloggers were recommending Bluehost for self-hosting services. Although there are perks to using Bluehost, I went with SiteGround since I’d been using their services for Motherhood Through My Eyes for years.
I was able to get a discount as well for the additional website and domain with SiteGround. With time, I even upgraded my Family/Lifestyle blog to a GrowBig account (the next level). By doing this, I’m able to handle the amount of traffic my website receives on a daily basis without slower speeds. You can learn more about self-hosting your blog through SiteGround here.