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We would lose the house for sure if we didn’t make a change.
We were so far in debt that, if we didn’t make a drastic change, it would be a financial nightmare.
So, what happened you ask?
Well, we will get to that in a moment. It's time for our second lesson in the Blogging for Beginners series.
Well, we lived in our dream home in an expensive suburb of Philadelphia, PA. Frankly, we were house poor.
To make matters worse, we decided my wife stay at home with our son (we now have a daughter as well). In doing so, we lost over half of our household income.
Yeah, it was quite the blow.
Fortunately, by the grace of God, we made it out and became much more financially stable. It wasn’t without its heartbreaks though. We had to leave the home and area we started building a life in for the past 4+ years.
It was gut-wrenching.
Thankfully, we relocated our lives and my job to a much more cost-effective (cheaper) area. We still have the beautiful home, but our money goes a lot further in the farmlands of PA.
To top it off, less a year into starting RunTheMoney.com, I made enough money to pay for my family’s Christmas. Not only that, but I paid off debt and began padding our savings.
Our financial lives really turned a corner. And a majority of that credit went to starting and growing my blogging side hustle.
I tell you all this because I want to show you the dramatic effect cultivating your blog can have on your life. That’s why I hope you have an understanding of your goals and your why by now.
For today’s lesson in Blogging for Beginners, I want to talk to you about finding your voice.
The story I shared with you from my personal life is part of the voice I crafted for my blog. It’s foundational to my message with my readers and gives me an opportunity to relate to them deeply.
The “house poor” and “one-income household” story lines allowed me the chance to write for Forbes and GOBankingRates as well as be featured on AOL, Yahoo, MSN, Nasdaq and I Will Teach You To Be Rich. Why? Because it’s relatable and people feel that emotion when I take them through our tough decisions.
You need to think back to the amazing and the trying times in your life. The times that would make you vulnerable to share. The moments that you aren’t sure you want your family and neighbors to know, but would have a deep impact and resonate with your base.
Sure, it’s hard and might make you nervous. I understand that.
However, ask yourself these questions:
Again, I know sharing personal wins and failures might be hard at first. But, I can tell you it’s fun knowing that my experience can benefit even one person.
And let me tell you, getting emails and comments from readers saying they were helped by what I shared is so worth it! So, think about it and figure out what you want your readers to know about you and craft your voice to speak to them.
That’s all I got for Lesson 2.
In case you missed it, make sure to go back and read Lesson 1: Should I Start A Personal Blog?
Here’s what’s on deck for our upcoming lessons:
I’ll talk to you about an amazing couple who is flat out killing it with their 2 blogs. I mean to the point of making a year’s worth of salary in one month!
We will see how you can make money with your blog right away. I’ll discuss the strategies I along with the top bloggers use.
We’ll conclude our series with another awesome blogger story that will leave you wanting more! Get ready to take notes.
I hope you enjoyed today’s lesson.
If you’re interested in learning more about starting, growing and monetizing a blog, checkout our Run Your Blog course. It'll give you everything you need to start a profitable blog from the beginning!
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