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Back at the end of March 2017, I decided to take the plunge and start a blog. I had contemplated starting one for a very long time. In the beginning, I had no earthly idea what I was doing! Now at 4 months in, I'm finally getting the hang of it and enjoying the learning process. I've been asked why I decided to start a blog and how it did it, so here it is:
I love to write and create
I've always loved writing and creating. Early on, I was definitely good at science and math, but writing and art always called to me. In college, I majored in Nursing and received my Bachelor's degree in that field.
When I transitioned to being a SAHM, life experiences were stirring in me the desire to want to write it out. I had followed numerous mom blogs for years and read many of them through Pinterest. Especially when my boys were newborns, I spent many a nighttime feeding reading every mom blog I could find pertaining to whatever issue I was having with my kiddos.
Then one day as I was scrolling through Pinterest, reading all the mom blog posts and checking out the awesome graphics, it dawned on me.
"I could do this! I'd love to do this!"
So I started reading every blog post I could find in order to prepare myself. As an avid Pinterest user, I created (a then secret) Pinterest board just for pins related to blogging and researched everything. I was pinning like crazy trying to find everything I could in order to get me started.
One evening, I talked with my husband about it and we both thought "Why not?". I could start and see how I liked it and then just move on if it wasn't for me. But before I even signed up for hosting, I knew that I was going to love it!
So, I got started with SiteGround
I'm a researcher. If you need to figure something out, I can usually find something pertinent on an internet search. So I scoured the internet to find the best web hosting site I could find. Many bloggers recommend other hosting sites, but articles I was reading lead me to SiteGround.
Now, I had no idea what hosting site would be best at the time, so I looked through every single one and reading every article I could find. There were a few that didn't appeal to me right off the bat, but SiteGround seemed to keep popping up as the best in my opinion.
I had read a few blogger articles recommending SiteGround and it was their uptimes and customer service that caught my eye. I clicked through to their website from another blogger's post about starting a blog and was very impressed with what they had to offer.
Signing up with SiteGround
When you sign up with SiteGround, it comes to just $3.95/mo for 12 months when you pay for the year upfront with their Start-up Plan. If you are just starting out, I recommend starting there and then as your website grows, you can upgrade your plan. The Start-up Plan is good until you start to get 10,000 visits per month and then you will need to upgrade.
If you are looking to transfer an already existing domain, SiteGround will do a transfer for you for free! I started from scratch so I did not go this route, but I have heard from other bloggers have had great experiences with SiteGround doing their transfer for them.
My Experience So Far
As for using SiteGround, I couldn't be more pleased. They made the start up process simple and through their chat, made my initial set up a breeze.
In the almost year now that I have been blogging, they had 1 instance where the server went down momentarily (as happens with all hosting), but they fixed it promptly and my site was only down for about 20 minutes total.
As far as blogging goes, there is definitely a learning curve but I am loving it. I've always read blogs since college and REALLY depended on them for advice once my first son was born. Mom blogs were my saving grace.
So now I feel like it's my time to give back with my own blog. Hoping that something I write helps someone else just as it has done (and still does!) for me!
I have LOVED making graphics with PicMonkey and Canva. I never really looked into graphic design as a teen entering college, but it has been such a fun experience. With designing my own graphics, I've been able to let my artsy side out that was never really good at drawing even though I wanted to be.
I am excited to see where this blogging journey takes me! It's been such an awesome experience so far. I hope you have enjoyed my site as much as I have and continue on this journey with me. Stay tuned!