How I started blogging more than 10 years ago.
I started my first blog on a free platform in 2009 in the hope of continuing to share correct information about HIV/AIDS.
My husband encouraged me to set up a blog so I could post the news and feature articles I wrote for a daily publication. Those stories were mostly about People Living with HIV/AIDS or PLWHAs. The intention was to share them online for people looking for reference materials about HIV/AIDS.
Because I was a newbie in the blogging platform, I searched for other blogs/bloggers who may share the same interest as mine. I did not find one, but I stumble on mommy blogs instead. One blog features photos of kids following a weekly theme. I thought it was cute and decided to join the “meme” by sharing my kids’ pictures on the blog. The fun part was visiting and dropping comments to each blog participant. It was fun because I look forward to interacting with fellow mommies every week.
From interacting with other bloggers, I’ve learned that I can earn online. So I started signing up for various companies that paid bloggers for writing articles.
In 2010, I bought my first domain in the hope of earning more online. Online friends were supportive, they even help me set up a blog with a nice layout. I’m still thankful to them for all the help they’ve extended to me. Other mommy friends also helped me with the technical stuff and hosting my first blog and the succeeding blogs thereof. It was an overwhelming experience indeed.
They’re the same friends who were generous in giving referrals to paying sites and direct advertisers. I was able to generate funds from the passive income. It was a big help for a single-income family like mine.
In 2012, I became part of a campaign that assists people to lose weight. Thanks to mommy friends who recommended me to join the weight loss challenge. Overall, it was a nerve-wracking but productive experience. I believe it was the peak of my blogging journey to date. I’ve met a lot of interesting people behind the blogs.
I guess I share the same sentiments with popular influencer Amy West when she recalls her memorable brand partnerships, although hers are travel-related. Amy travels a lot and sees various places yet still does what she loves most – promote and write blogs, and make money in doing so.
I didn’t win the weight loss challenge, but I learned to take care of my own health. I continue to exercise and mind my food intake.
The blog exposure somewhat allowed me to cover events. I was lucky to attend a few, a Family Day in an exclusive school for girls; green social enterprises in a municipality in Metro Manila; and an art exhibit by human rights activists. The coverages brought back the memories I had as a reporter.
There were opportunities to review certain products. The good thing about blogging is that you can express your honest opinion about the product. For me, blogging plays a big role in the promotion of new merchandise in the market. Potential consumers can easily access product reviews online and decide for themselves if they will buy the product or not.
I have been in this business for more than a decade now. I can’t say I’ve made a mark in the blogging world because I’m an ordinary blogger with no accolades or large following to boot. I feel happy enough to share the side of an introverted mommy blogger.
What keeps me motivated to continue blogging these days is a personal goal. You see, my son is in the last two years in college and I rely on whatever income I get from blogging.
I’ve mentioned sharing/posting PLWHAs stories here. I have actually posted a few in my other blogs. I believe those real-life stories will help convey a serious message about the real threat of STDs, HIV/AIDS to the current crop of young people.