During my pregnancy with my youngest, I had severe depression. I was unmotivated, I rarely cleaned or cooked, sometimes I would forget to eat & my husband or mom would have to remind me. I felt useless because I wasn’t working due to school, (I’ve always been independent and this was huge for me) ANDDDD I had breakage in my hair, so i felt ugly and unattractive everyday. Which if you know me, you know I’m the happiest, most laid back, hilarious person ever. I believe you can get through anxiety & depression without medicine (and I did you can read here…) But. I didn’t know I was depressed. I didn’t see what was going on until after I had my sweet girl. Believe me when I say I was shocked, on how easy it is to let depression overcome you.
So basically I was locked inside my head for a good 6 months. The first three weren’t so bad. You can imagine I spent quite some time on the internet looking for ways to work from home, or make money on the side. I wanted financial freedom, I wanted to be with my kids 24/7, and most of all I wanted to keep my independence without working. LOL. I found so, soooo many ways & none of them WORKED.
What really pushed me over the edge was, one day I came across “Global Affiliate Zone.” It’s an online company that basically sells fancy water filters for rich people. Okuurrrrr. I’m far from rich. Anyways, rewind to the beginning & how they hooked me. They hooked me by being honest. I’m a tried & true mom/person, I believe in trying it before I buy it or promoting it. In their video they mentioned “affiliate marketing” & how it’s legit & it’s everywhere. AND IT IS. Go to Walmart.com Target.com etc., and scroll all the way down and you’ll see a section that says “Affiliate Program.” So. They didn’t lie. & I was intrigued to learn more. I got to the end & they wanted me to sell a 3k water system. & I was like nerp. My ears turned off, I exited out & was done with that. However, my brain couldn’t get “affiliate marketing” out of my head.
I looked into it on Pinterest, Google, etc., & found a bunch of blogger moms, blogger people, blogger pins, and again. I was turned off. I didn’t want to blog, I didn’t know anything about it. A week went by & I was back into it. Here I am 4 months pregnant, depressed, and trying to start a blog. I didn’t get very far. I let my thoughts ruin something that could have been great. I got as far as starting my website and writing a few articles. I never shared or promoted it on any social media, because I thought it was dumb. I thought I sounded dumb.
What I didn’t know was, you can make SERIOUS money if you really invest your time & energy into it. My blogger Niches are Mommin’ , lifestyle, and photography. I chose these 3 because they’re my life & you can literally blog about any and everything under the sun.
I started my second website with Wix.Com… it was okay. (My first is my photography website) Nothing amazing, or over the top. What I didn’t like about Wix, was… You’re committed to one “layout” & I didn’t like that. I change everything almost daily, I’m creative and innovative. I love new, I love fresh, I love being different. What I did like about wix was, it was cheap and affordable. It helped me learn how to create a website & add links. Create content. Etc. If you’re looking to start a blog, & your limited on funds. I highly recommend starting with Wix to get a feel of how running your own website works.
For me I finally made the switch! I switched to WordPress & so far it’s been amazing. Everything is 100% customizable, and you can switch layouts/presets as often as you want! (If you sign up with a premium plan) The downside is, if you don’t have a good 100$ laying around, then it’s not for you. It’s cheaper in the end because you pay for the plan upfront & there aren’t any monthly fees.