Blogger Success Bulletin Issue #2: Four More Blog Success Stories
Welcome to issue #2 of the Blogger Success Bulletin, a monthly publication from Build Your Own Blog where you get to see real blog success stories, meet inspiring new bloggers representing many different niches–all of them on the path to reaching their dreams and finding freedom.
You also get their stories and advice to those who have not yet started blogging, new bloggers and even providing inspiration to experienced bloggers like me.
Yes, for me, putting the BSB together is a highlight of my month. Because the stories I get to share bring tears to my eyes and fill my heart with emotions that can only be felt through acts of service.
I learn from these blog success stories as much as anyone.
The BSB is a humbling project in a good way. I love getting to know the readers here at Build Your Own Blog. Sharing their blogs is a LOT of fun!
I want you the reader to enjoy this also–and learn some helpful blogging tips along the way.
Let’s dive into the BSB, Issue #2!
Blog Success Stories – Real People. Different Niches.
Blogger: Jason Giovenco-Montano
Blog: The Hunter In Me
Jason Giovenco-Montano loves hunting wild game. Then after each traipse through the woods, he writes down his thoughts and experiences in a journal.
If you enjoy the sport of hunting, check out his blog!
This lifelong passion for hunting is something Jason never expected to be sharing online.
Starting with my Build Your Own Blog setup guide, he now proudly displays the Blog Boss Badge on the lower end of his home page.
It looks like this:
His blogging story is quite remarkable. Here’s an excerpt from a recent email he sent me:
“For years, I always liked to write my experiences from the outdoors in a journal. Never thought that I would share them with the outside world.
When I met my wife, I would always come home and share my stories with her, sometimes even reading them to her after I wrote them in my journal. While I was being hospitalized and living away from my home for more than two months, fighting a second battle with cancer as well as going through a transplant, my wife approached me one day about sharing my stories with the outside world.
She told me that even though she herself didn’t or couldn’t share my passion, she could feel it in my stories.
As I sat in my hospital room, she told me that she would support me a 100% if I wanted to pursue it and said that she really believed that I could be successful. During the enormous amounts of time I had to think about it I surfed the internet. While searching, I found your website (Build Your Own Blog) and the way you brought “blogging” to my attention really added to the encouragement.
The very next day after I got released from the hospital I began to brainstorm. After that, it just all started to come together.
Still a work in progress but boy am I having fun!”
A word of advice to all the fence sitters.
When I asked Jason for one piece of advice he would give to someone thinking about starting a blog, this is what he said:
“If you really feel passionate about what you want to blog about and you enjoy sharing your experiences then you should consider taking that next step so you can share that passion with the outside world. I am going to go through the steps again and see if I can iron some things out on my blog. The SEO blogs are really going to help me and the “Blog Boss Badge” is certainly a badge of honor.”
Build Your Own Blog salutes your tenacity and courage, Jason!
Blogger: Andrew Hood
Blog: The Weekly Tipping Point
“You can perfect anything over time but you need to start somewhere.”
What a golden piece of advice.
That’s just part of Andrew’s answer when I asked him his top tip for newbie bloggers.
“For me it is about total immersion in the topic for a short period and acting. You can perfect anything overtime but you need to start somewhere. I wrote about starting my blog here.”
Andrew has been a friend of Build Your Own Blog for many months now, and started from the beginning with the setup guide. I have noticed Andrew’s steady determination to succeed. He keeps learning, day by day, never seeming to get too high or too low in the process. He is taking action.
“I’ve had many people say to me that they want to write a blog also ‘one day’,” he wrote to me recently. “In the end they rarely do.”
If you want to be a blogger, start today. Perfection comes later. That’s what Andrew has figured out.
Think about where you could be 6 months from now if you started blogging something.
“[Build Your Own Blog] helped me greatly already just getting everything off the ground,” said Andrew.
Way to go, Andrew Hood!
Blogger: Bernadetta Syzmarek
Blog: Mój sposób na życie / Meine Lebensart (My Lifestyle)
She’s a food blogger, matriarch of a polish family, living on the border of Germany and Luxembourg.
Not surprisingly, her blog is written in Polish and German–which helps her daughters and friends, both in Germany and Poland, read the recipes and lifestyle blogs she creates! “My daughters will be leaving home in the next couple of years and I want them to have access to all these recipes,” Bernadetta shared with me by email.
This talented lady speaks four languages, actually. “In practice we have 3 languages used at home (not to mention English for business).”
I only speak English for business and well, everything else, thus needing an online translation tool to figure out the name of her blog–which makes this compliment coming from her one I treasure: “If it wasn’t for your blog this would have remained a project for the next couple years.”
Thank you, Bernadetta! Happy to help you get your blog rolling much faster than if you were all alone.
Blogger: Julie Barrett
Blog: Butterflies, Beauty & Blossoms
Battling fibromyalgia since 2007, Julie Barrett started blogging in 2014 as a means to gaining strength and healing during this challenging part of her life.
She also wants her blog to help others facing this misunderstood disease.
Recently, she added the Blog Boss Badge to her site. “I’ve added it to the footer so it appears on every page.”
Thanks, Julie. You are a great example for all bloggers facing tough personal challenges.
So what is her one tip she’d give to a new blogger?
“In terms of one tip I would give people who are hesitant to start their own blog is: Don’t be intimidated by designing your own blog. It may seem scary at first, especially if you’ve never done anything like it before, but by following the steps on Build Your Own Blog, you are guaranteed success. Matt is there every step of the way to answer various questions and give advice. There is nothing to fear. Jump in with both feet! In the end, you will be amazed at all you can do with your blog.
I still can’t believe I designed my own website and blog! (All thanks to you!)”
BSB Blog Tips Review
Before closing this issue of the Blogger Success Bulletin, here is a concise list of the blogging tips for beginners found in this issue.
Beginner Blogger Tips
1. Don’t be intimidated about designing your own blog. Matthew is here to help you.
2. Your blog can contain two (or more) languages if that works for your audience.
3. Just start. You can improve and perfect things later. This is a process.
4. If you have a topic you’re passionate about, then take a step of faith and share it online. Share the light inside you with the world.
My hope is that you gained some great inspiration and tips while reading these blog success stories.
Aren’t these four bloggers incredible? Look at how each one is overcoming heady obstacles to pursue their blogging dreams. For their efforts, each of them is receiving back emotional deposits that they would not be getting if they were still sitting on the fence, following the planning and hoping, wishing to one day, down-the-road, once everything is perfect then I’ll start my blog crowd.
What does that require?
A pinch of courage mixed with a dash of vision.
Like all these bloggers are telling you–start blogging.
Because I want to see you one day featured in a future issue of the Blogger Success Bulletin.
Contact me if you need help.