After reading the post: Writing a Personal Finance Blog Changed My Life by Tonya @ Budget and the Beach (who is an awesome writer and one of my favourite bloggers), I was inspired to write my own version of this topic. In case you didn’t know, I’ve actually been blogging for just over three years now. At first, I thought that because I didn’t blog or work on my blog as often as other bloggers, I didn’t learn as much. However, when I really thought about it, I learned a lot more than I realized.
Little did I know it would also slowly change my life.
This is the most obvious one. The main reason why I started a blog was to make money. Along the way I also learned about how to be more frugal, save more money, investing, be a minimalist and manage my money even better than before.
RUNNING a BUSINESS
I always felt I never had the entrepreneurial spirit. I never sold lemonade and really sucked at selling those chocolate covered almonds (this was back in the day when a nut allergy was almost non-existent) for school fundraisers. I never took any marketing courses in high school and majored in Science in university. Then , voila I started a blog. Almost a year later I became self-hosted and let the world know I was ready for advertising on my site. Some of the many things I learned were about how to make media kits, how to negotiate, different ways to collaborate and sponsored giveaways. An online business is probably the best kind of business for someone as introverted as myself.
I had always enjoyed writing as a kid and thrived in English class. Blogging started out as a hobby and then developed into a passion. I really do enjoy blogging-whether it publishing a post or reading peoples’ comments. I read about other people discovering passions and having jobs they truly loved. It made me want the same thing.
I have yet to meet anyone offline. However, I will be attending the Canadian Personal Finance Conference in October this year in Toronto. That may be the big moment where I really put myself out there and make some connections. The online blogging community is truly wonderful. Almost everyone is willing to help you out and if they can’t help you out directly, they point you to people/resources that can help you.
Maintaining a blog made me more curious about the technology aspect of it, specifically coding. It led to taking a part-time course in the fundamentals of web development and several workshops with Ladies Learning Code. These courses then got me interested in the tech industry which led to considering enrolling into a coding boot camp and….
A CAREER CHANGE!!!!
I recently just started a job as an analyst with an advertising tech startup (will probably still learn about coding on the side though through online resources though)
It has been a great start so far and although it has been a huge change with more big changes ahead (leaving a safe and steady job to immediately jumping into a new industry, new job, new people, new location, new work environment-yes that’s A LOT OF NEW), I am even more convinced that I have made the right decision. It is the change and challenge I had been looking for all this time.
So yes, starting a blog changed my life too. 😀
So if you’re in need of a challenge or a change, start a blog. You never know where it could take you!