What Every Blogger on a Budget Needs First.

BLOGGING WHILE BROKE IS EH--I GUESS I CAN SAY A LEARNING EXPERIENCE IF I SHALL PUT IT. WITH NON-EXISTING SUPPORT FROM FAMILY AND A LITTLE ABOVE MINIMUM WAGE JOB AS A SECURITY OFFICER, I  WAS FORCED TO GET CREATIVE. WHAT THAT MEANT FOR ME WAS SPENDING MONTHS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WORDPRESS BECAUSE I COULDN'T AFFORD HIRING A WEBSITE DESIGNER. IT ALSO MEANT ME BUYING A TRIPOD FROM THE THRIFT STORE, GENTLY SITTING MY CAMERA ON TOP, AND HURRYING TO HOP IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA BEFORE THE TIMER RAN OUT SO I COULD HAVE SOCIAL CONTENT.

NOT TOO SHABBY HUH? ** INSERTS PIC BELOW**

AND TO SAY THE LEAST, IT ALSO MEANT STAYING PATIENT WITH MYSELF IN KNOWING THAT MY GROWTH MAY TAKE A LITTLE MORE TIME THAN I WOULD WISH TO. 

BUT HEY! I'M GROWING DARLING, BUT THE WORK IS HARD. HERE'S SOME OF THE BASICS YOU NEED TO CREATE VALUABLE CONTENT/VIDEOS WHILE STILL BEING ABLE TO PAY THOSE MONTHLY BILLS.

 

  • DOMAIN & WEB HOST

  I BOUGHT MY DOMAIN FROM GO DADDY FOR $12 AND HOSTED MY WEBSITE ON WORDPRESS FOR $7 A MONTH. PUTTING ASIDE A FEW EXTRA DOLLARS TO BUILD YOUR WEBSITE IS NOTHING. WE USUALLY SPEND THAT ON FOOD OR THAT CUTE TOP AT THE STORE ANYWAYS. WHY NOT PUT IT TOWARDS AN INVESTMENT? ONE WAY FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY IS GETTING RID OF THE .WIX .BLOGSPOT .TUMBLR .WORDPRESS ON YOUR WEBSITE NAME. GO AHEAD AND SPEND THOSE FEW EXTRA BUCKS TO HAVE A PROFESSIONAL NAME AND WEBSITE AND STOP PLAYING!

HERE'S A LIST OF WEBSITES TO BUY A DOMAIN FOR CHEAP!

BLUEHOST.COM

GO DADDY.COM

NAME.COM

GANDI.NET

  • CAMERA

 THE CAMERA ON MY IPHONE 5C GOT ME THROUGH ME SOME TOUGH FINANCIAL TIMES! WHEN I COULDN'T AFFORD A CAMERA, I RECORDED STRAIGHT OFF MY PHONE. IF YOU ARE JUST STARTING OUT THEN THERE IS NO POINT IN PRESSURING YOURSELF TO TRY TO BUY A FANCY CAMERA RIGHT AWAY. YOU COULD START BY USING YOUR PHONE OR IF YOU DO HAVE A FEW EXTRA COINS LAYING AROUND THEN THERE A FEW DECENT CAMERAS WITHIN THE $200-$300 RANGE.

I HAD RECENTLY UPGRADED FROM THE NIKON COOLPIX L840 TO THE SONY A5100.

 

  • LAPTOP COMPUTER AND WIFI 

I STARTED BUILDING MY FIRST WEBSITE ON WIX.COM AT A PUBLIC LIBRARY COMPUTER. I DIDN'T HAVE A LAPTOP SO GUESS WHAT, I HAD TO DO WHAT I HAD TO DO! IF YOU HAVE A LAPTOP BUT NO WIFI THEN YOU COULD GO TO A STARBUCKS, PANAMA BREAD, OR LOCAL HOTELS TO USE THE WIFI. IT'S FREE! SO GO AHEAD AND GET A NICE CUP OF COFFEE AND GET TO WORK.

 

  • SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS AND HANDLES

I KNOW THIS MAY SOUND SO SIMPLE BUT YOU'D BE SURPRISED ON HOW MANY PEOPLE HATE SOCIAL MEDIA. I WAS DEFINITELY ONE OF THEM BUT AFTER I DECIDED TO START BLOGGING, I FIGURED I HAD TO CHANGE MY PERSPECTIVE AND START USING IT AS A TOOL. 

YOU SHOULD BE FOUND ON ALL OF THE MOST POPULAR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS INCLUDING FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, PERISCOPE, YOUTUBE, AND SNAP CHAT. YEA, IT COULD BE A LOT TO KEEP UP WITH BUT I'LL WILL SHARE TIPS AT A LATER DATE ON BECOMING MORE SOCIABLE IN THE DIGITAL SPACE. 

TRY STICKING WITH THE SAME NAME WHEN CREATING SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS SO PEOPLE ARE MORE LIKELY TO FIND YOU. IT WILL GET SO CONFUSING LATER WHEN TRYING TO MARKET YOURSELF AND YOU HAVE 5 DIFFERENT SOCIAL MEDIA NAMES. KEEP IT EASY AND STICK TO ONE. 

BLOGGING DOES NOT REQUIRE A FULL THOUSAND DOLLAR INVESTMENT. IF YOU HAVE THESE BASIC ESSENTIALS THEN YOU ARE GOOD TO GO. 

 

HAPPY BLOGGING!