Submitted by October Blogger of the Month Jennifer Cazzola.
I began our blog at Black Fox Homestead over two years ago when we purchased our acreage out in the country. While I had been casually blogging off and on over the past several years, with this site, I wanted to create something different.
First and foremost: I wanted to document a significant change in our life. We were bona fide city folk headed to live in the country. Neither of us had ever dug a pond, raised chickens, gardened on a large scale, or built a fence. I wanted an “online” journal that would capture every moment of this new venture: the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly.
Secondly: I wanted to share with others what we had learned. Much of what I had read online from those who had been there and done that was discouraging for me. The picture they painted was all too perfect. Didn’t anyone else deal with discouragement and frustration? Wasn’t there anyone else out there who had a weedy garden as well? Was I the only one who was terrified of my pressure canner? I wanted to be honest with others about what it was really like as well as offer advice in such a way that others could relate to. I’ve learned lots, but most of it has been the hard way. My goal has always been to have my readers feel as though we were swapping ideas over a cup of tea as opposed to being given advice from a know it all.
A few things I have learned along the way about blogging:
- What I write doesn’t appeal to everyone and that is ok. All of us have gotten those negative comments or had those days where that post we thought was sure to become a hit went over like a lead balloon. As difficult as those things can be, they shouldn’t be the determining factor for success.
- It is no get rich quick scheme. We all know those who launched a successful business through blogging. While there are numerous tips and tutorials out there to show you how you can do the same I’ve come to believe those career bloggers are the minority. I personally feel that if you want to earn an income through a website you need to be promoting some sort of product: your own or someone else’s.
- It is a labor of love. Creating good content is not easy. It takes hours to write a post, upload photos, and then share it through all the social media challenges. However, through blogging, I have met some wonderful people online. Many have become great friends and have made the effort truly worthwhile.