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How I Started Rise and Blossom




When I started on this blogging journey, I did a LOT of research. I wanted to know the legal aspects, the simplest ways to get started, and how to make my blog successful. I turned to Pinterest for most of my searching needs (I may have been looking at baby pins too) and after collecting about a dozen related pins I figured I might as well sit down and actually read them.
I scrolled through infographics and blog posts, collecting the little bits of data I needed. I finally came to a particular pin that said How to Start a Blog for Free in 2017: EVERYTHING You Need To Know to Launch Your Blog Without Spending a Dime.
I read that post again and again like the Holy Bible.
The post was written by Lisa Koivu at Oh, She Blogs! With a witty name and clearly informative posts, Koivu's blog quickly became my go-to for any follow up questions I needed answers to. More often than not, there was a post that included something I needed. The original post above gave me all the tools I needed to start Rise and Blossom.



As a stay at home mom, majority of my personal income comes from doing online surveys. I usually make anywhere from $10-$25 a month doing this, which isn't much but it got me gas and some impulse buys for Tate. I still do surveys on the side, but honestly, they SUCK. So the opportunity to make money doing something I actually enjoy was highly appealing.
Starting for free was important to me, because I was (am) flat out broke. For the most part everything has been free! I chose to go ahead and purchase the domain riseandblossom.com while I did have money, just on the off-chance that someone beat me to it. So all in all, I have spent about $9 on this whole journey.
In her original post she seemingly lists every resource under the sun, which is great! Being as new as I am to the whole blogging game, I narrowed down what I felt I was capable of using to get started.
The list is as follows:
  1. Start with Blogger
  2. Use Mailchimp
  3. Recurpost for help with social media
  4. Pixabay for free photos, unless I have take my own
And that's about it, really. There are other things I would like to implement in the future, but for now I just want to focus on the meat of the blog- content., which all comes from the heart.
Part of me wanted to start a blog to help my family financially, another part of me just wanted something to do. But I can say that regardless of why I actually started, I'm glad I did, because this is something that has really added more purpose to my life. Mom, housewife, and... I guess writer? It feels nice. And I'm glad I had found a way to do this that's both personally satisfying and productive. 

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