Several years back (about 4 or 5 years ago), in an effort to find a means of earning income by working from home, I began researching “how to make money online”. My initial home business projects involved building my own affiliate marketing websites. My daughter suggested that I create a blog to provide supplemental information about products offered at the website. Followed her advice and that’s how MY blogging journey began.
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* Highlights on the Timeline Showing How Blogging Began *
Swarthmore student Justin Hall creates first blog ever, Links.net. (REF: A Timeline of the History of Blogging — New York Magazine)
In 1999, Blogger (or Blogspot) was launched by Pyra Labs; and in 2003, Pyra Labs was acquired by Google.
In that same year, i.e. 2003, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, released the first version of WordPress.
In 2007, Tumblr offered the microblog (also called tumblog) platform; and in 2008, Posterous presented their platform. Posterous fell by the wayside and I have the “JustMigrated” tags on my Tumblr blog to prove it.
Fast forward to 2011.
“Blogs have become an integral part of online culture.” (REF: A Brief History of Blogging | WebdesignerDepot Staff)
In 2013, YAHOO acquired Tumblr; and in 2016, Verizon purchased YAHOO’s core assets and those assets included Tumblr. In short, Tumblr has yet to fall by the wayside and is hanging in there.
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Back to My Journey or My Blogging History:
The first blog publishing platform I experimented with was the Webs Blog, a tool provided by Webs.com, a DIY website building application. Blogs were created for each of my primary home business / affiliate marketing websites using the Webs Blog.
However, my research indicated that Blogspot (or Blogger), WordPress, and Tumblr offered more flexibility to customize various templates and show my “personality”, to expand my presence on the worldwide web, and to redirect traffic to my websites. So I started publishing blogs using these platforms.
My first blogging attempts taught me lessons in patience, persistence, and perseverance. Rather than becoming discouraged, I filed my efforts under profitable work experience and labeled the file “Try Again”. 🙂
While my blogging skills were being developed, tried my hand at freelance writing. Signed up at sites that were looking for article writers. My blogging and freelance writing efforts yielded income results, though not much. But my confidence and belief in myself began to grow.
At the same time, online writing communities, social blogging communities, and discussion forums began opening their doors.
In addition, social media came into existence ~ Facebook (2004); Twitter (2006); Pinterest (2010); and Google Plus (2011).
These communities and networks allowed me to make friends with like-minded people, gain more experience, and create residual income streams.
Currently, I am publishing two blogs and five tumblogs, and am active in several online communities and social networks that regularly encourage me.
That’s my journey. Every morning I wake up and tell myself:
You can do this! 🙂