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I’m sure you’ve seen posts about blogging on Pinterest and its wild claims. Things like, “how I made $10,o00 this month as a stay at home mom from a blog”.
Maybe you haven’t actually seen these. Maybe you have and it’s piqued your interest. Maybe you’re convinced it’s a pyramid scheme and/or a scam.
Well, I can tell you first and foremost: it’s totally not a scam.
I’ve been blogging for a little over a year, and while I’m just beginning to turn a profit (largely thanks to a course I’ll talk more about later), I know many others who make upwards of $1000 a month working 10-20 hours a week on their blog. And others who make much more – up to $100,000 a month.
As a police wife, it can be a great way to invest your free time and help support your family – especially because of its flexibility. You can work anytime, anywhere, as long as you have a computer.
But as a police wife, there are some things you might want to consider first.
4 Things To Consider Before Starting a Blog as a Police Wife
This is the first thing you should think about before starting a blog.
Even if you’re dying to start, talk to your husband first and see what he’s comfortable with. He may prefer you blog anonymously or under a pseudonym (which isn’t a huge deal – I do.) He may just ask that you don’t share pictures of him or of your kids. He might ask you to talk about something other than police life.
Or, he may not be comfortable with it – at all.
While I think blogging is a great way to support your family, if it’s something that’s going to hurt your marriage, it might not be worth it for you.
Fair warning: Most bloggers say their spouses thought it was ridiculous at first, so if they’re reluctant about time/money investment, you’re far from alone. I’m just talking about husbands who are 100% dead-set against it because they’re concerned about safety.
You’ll also want to purchase the “domain privacy” option when you purchase hosting – if you don’t, anyone can access your name and mailing address in public records.
This is right alongside privacy, because writing about law enforcement is more likely to have opposition than, say, a blog about cupcakes.
If you feel called to write about/to police wives and your husband is on board, go for it! I’d love to have more company in my niche 🙂 But if you’d prefer to be a little less controversial and have a hobby you can talk all day about, blog about that instead.
What matters is you think pretty hard about what niche you want to write about, because you’ll be writing about it a lot. Don’t pick one you’ll run out of ideas after a few posts: pick one you could talk about forever.
Note: You can totally have a “lifestyle” blog where you talk about anything and everything, but if you truly want to make money from your blog, it’s easier if you pick just one main topic.
The most profitable blogs are those that help people solve a problem: so think fitness, cooking, parenting, marriage (hey-o, that’s me!), or budgeting, to name a few.
Blogging really isn’t hard work. I mean, it is if you hate to write, but if you do, it’s not really for you 😉
What’s hard is when you’re working for peanuts in the beginning, when you’re wondering if it’ll ever pay off and want to quit. That’s when it’s hard.
It’s important to know before you start you probably won’t turn a profit for at least a year, so you’ll have to be motivated enough to work through that part and get to the good stuff.
The plus side of that though, is that you can start a blog for as little as $3.95/month – so while building a business, you’ll mostly be investing sweat equity rather than cold, hard cash.
Note: While you can start a blog on Blogger for free, it’s harder to monetize. If you want to make money from your blog, paying for your own domain is totally worth it.
However, there’s definitely something to be said about re-investing what you make back into your blog. Don’t expect that if you make $300/month that that will go back to the “family budget” – until you get to a certain point, you’ll want to put that money right back into your blog to help it grow faster.
Personally, I wish I’d been wiser about my investments in the beginning. There are things I spent money on that I haven’t seen much return on investment from, like a membership to the Shaw Academy. Don’t get me wrong, they have great classes – they’re just not well-suited to the kind of training I need.
After buying hosting, I invested my own “fun money” into a premium theme from the Mojo Marketplace for $40, which will have lasted me over a year and a half before getting my blog a custom redesign (which, by the way, will be about $500 – just if you’re keeping track of costs involved – but that’s coming out of my income from my blog, yay!)
But the biggest thing that has helped me turn my blog into a business is Elite Blog Academy.
To be honest, I’d heard a lot about it, but I just didn’t have the money. I didn’t think I could justify the expense, and I gave myself every reason not to buy it. I wanted to believe it wasn’t as good as it was hyped up to be.
When one of my favorite bloggers said it’s the one thing she’d be willing to go into debt for, I was shocked. She’s totally not into unnecessary debt – and I prayed about it, hard. I asked if it was something I needed to buy. The answer was, “Just wait.”
Later that same day, a blogger I worked for offered to buy it for me.
I don’t think you can imagine my reaction. The course isn’t cheap – it was about $800.
And to be honest, I was still a little skeptical. I’d seen other blogging courses, what made this one so special?
Let me tell you: I’m going through it at a turtle’s pace. Like, I’m still only in unit 2 of 12 units after 4 months. But guess what? My income has increased 5 times from where I started.
If I’d known what I know now, I’d have readily invested my own money in it – because I’ll easily make it back because of what I’ve learned in the course.
You can check it out here and get on the waitlist – it’s only available once a year. Which is a bummer, but once you’re in, you’ll appreciate that there aren’t newbies checking in constantly. It feels more like a “tribe” that way 😉
Note: that isn’t even an affiliate link. I have nothing to gain from recommending it. Seriously.
Don’t have an extra $800 to invest or feel a little leary? Check out the book by the creator of the course: How To Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup. It’s about $10 and will help you get started. Just take it seriously: mark it up with pens, post-its, whatever, and make it your blogging guidebook. It’s awesome.
Are you interested in starting a blog?
If so, here’s what you’ll need to do.
Decide on a topic.
Like I said, you’ll want to spend some time thinking about this. If you’re not sure where to start and want to kick ideas around, feel free to email me 🙂
Decide on a name.
I’ll be honest, this was by far the most difficult part for me.. and I’d wager that’s true for most bloggers. It just takes a lot of brainstorming and soul searching – and some Googling and friend-asking.
Funny story: the first name I landed on before Love and Blues? I Googled it and found a porn site. Whoops.
So it pays to check out a name’s reputation online beforehand.
HOWEVER – don’t Google names until you’re ready to buy. There are people who buy domain names to resell them for hundreds or thousands of dollars, and it’s ridiculous. Don’t let them know you’re interested if you’re not ready to put down money that day 🙂
Also, it doesn’t hurt to ask friends what they think of it. Just find your bluntest friend if possible (or again, email me.)
I started with Bluehost because it was cheapest, then moved to InMotion (which is still pretty cheap at about $5.99/month) P.S. if you buy hosting through either of these companies through my affiliate link, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your receipt and I’ll send you a free copy of 7 Things I Wish I’d Known As A New Blogger. :))
This might sound weird and intimidating, but it’s not. Whatever host you go with will walk you through installation 🙂
Now the fun (and occasionally tedious) stuff begins. You can start writing blog posts and putting them in WordPress, you can create a simple logo in Canva or PicMonkey (which can be super simple – don’t go nuts if you’re not a natural at graphic design!), choose colors, everything.
Don’t get too overwhelmed with all there is to do. There’s a lot, but know everyone goes through that same learning curve! Trust me.
And if in doubt, Google it.
I really do love blogging. I was terrified when I first started because I had no idea what I was doing. I’ve come a long way, but I’ll admit that I still sometimes feel that way.
But I love that it’s something of my own. I love that it gives me an identity other than “A’s mom.” I love that it’s given me the confidence to be self-employed and make good money from home without doing direct sales or a phone center job. I love that I’ve “met” so many amazing people through blogging, and been able to help others through my writing.
If you have a blog, post the link in the comments! What do you write about?