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The basics of starting a blog (and finding inspiration) – Hf #144

on July 24, 2018 by Jami Balmet 3 comments

I started a blog almost 9 years ago and I quickly fell in love with it! It started off as a hobby and a creative outlet and as time went on, I played with it more and more, and as of December 2015 this is our family’s full time income. So whether you want to start a new hobby, invest in your writing skills, or make a little side income for your family…a blog can be a terrific way to do any of those (or all of them)! Here’s my beginner’s guide to blogging: 

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How to get started blogging

Here’s the question I got: “I cannot tell you how often I look to your blog and podcast for inspiration and reinforcement in my motherhood, marriage, and homemaking. You and your creativity have inspired me to want to start my own blog also talking about homemaking. With that, I have many questions. Not all of which I will bombard you with, but for starters, how did you start your blog? How did you come up with the idea for your first post? Where did you draw your inspiration from?  Thank you for what you do for your fellow mothers and wives. You’re truly a light in God’s world.”

I have two huge passions that I love teaching people about – homemaking for God’s glory and blogging and online marketing!! I don’t get to talk about my passion for blogging, marketing, and product ideas very often so this is fun for me! 

First thing I want to tell you about: Jason and I do have another side business that is sitting in our back pocket that we WILL one day get back to. It’s called Our Work at Home Life and it’s where we started to, and want to get back to, helping women and families build a blog or business for ministry and/or as a side or full income. 

If you are listening to this and you’ve toyed with starting a blog but haven’t started yet, then I want to direct you to our guide How to Launch Your Blog for Under $100We also have a free course you can go through on launching your own blog or business where we go more in depth! 

So when I started my blog, I was just writing about Jason and I and what we were up to. I would share pictures from our weekend, what I made for dinner, etc. It was basically like my online diary and it was purely a hobby. But when I started realizing that I like writing recipes and sharing my latest meal planning tip.

Slowly, I realized that my love of teaching was marrying perfectly with this new online platform. And slowly, I started realizing my true passions within homemaking. It was little by little and still to this day, my writing changes and evolves with the years. 

So don’t feel like you have to have the perfectly polished idea to start off with immediately. It can change and grow, as it should as you change and grow! 

What is your passion?

The very best place to start is with something you are passionate about. Starting a business takes a TON of time, energy, and love. You will spend hours and years building this thing – make sure it’s something you are passionate about! Otherwise, you will quickly get burnt-out.

Feel free to think outside the box! My main blog, Young Wife’s Guide, is not something you would classically think of as a business. My blog focuses on Gospel-Centered Homemaking and encourages women to live for God! It’s a VERY small niche and is more ministry than business.

I started writing about Gospel-Centered Homemaking because it’s a passion of mine. I have spent 5 years so far deep in the trenches writing about it, developing products around it, and living and breathing it. Some days it absolutely feels like work, but that passion for the subject keeps me going.

What do you have a passion about? Bible journaling? Gardening and canning? Cooking? Family life? Reading? Planning? Party Planning? The options are endless! When I ask what you’re passionate about, what is the FIRST thing that pops into your head?

Where do I draw my inspiration from? 

My inspiration comes from all the areas that I want to learn from! For example, I’ve been reading a lot about gratitude this year and cultivating a more thankful heart because it’s something that I personally need to work on. 

So as I was reading a book on gratitude, I was making a list of things that I want to work on. Boom, that was a perfect podcast episode outline and was in fact the last episode. 

I am constantly working on my own skills with the home, for example meal planning, grocery budgets, fighting overwhelm, and that then becomes the fodder for my blog.

And honestly, the more you write and the more you brainstorm ideas, the more they will come! So don’t get overwhelmed with ALL the ideas out there!! Pick one blog post idea, WRITE it, and then see what comes out of it. 

It’s far better to write a mediocre blog post that everyone forgets about than to never start in the first place! Don’t let the fear of perfection stop you from getting STARTED!! 

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  1. Hi Jami, i really enjoyed this podcast episode. I am wondering if you know of any blogs specifically for pastor’s wives or ministry wives? I have looked for such a thing for encouragement and help, but haven’t found much. I wondered if i should start something like that myself as I am a young pastor’s wife, just trying to learn as i go, and it sounds like that’s how you started too. But for one thing, I’m afraid I’ll start it and get all excited and spend a bunch of time on it, then lose interest and abandon it in a few weeks or months. That’s the way i am. 🙂 Also, with the nature of a life in ministry, many of my experiences revolve around real people and real situations that involve at least some extent of confidentiality. I’m afraid if i write about the things i am really thinking and excited about and experiencing, and learning day by day, someone will recognize the story or situation and say, “Hey that’s about so-and-so, or that’s about me!” I wonder if i need to just keep a journal and maybe someday write more publicly about our adventures, experiences, and lessons learned years after they have passed and been forgotten by those involved. Any thoughts on this?

    • I don’t know of any specifically (but I’m sure there are some out there)! I’ve just never had to need to search for one 😉 I think that’s a fantastic idea though!! Yes, that would be tough to keep things private. You would just need to make sure to treat the sensitive stories ver carefully in how you approach them (or yes, maybe wait a few years before sharing)!

  2. Hi Jami,

    I hope you and the family are well. We recenty messaged each other on instagram when I commented on your post about being away with the family. I hope you are enjoying yourselves. Jami, what you do is amazing and I think you are too. Your podcasts and online courses have encouraged and blessed me immensely. You are such an encouragement and a role model. I too have 5 children but my oldest is 13 and my youngest is 1. I do not have 1 set of twins, let alone 2 so when i hear your podcasts/read your articles etc the fact that you have had 5 children in 4 yrs and do all that you do amazes me.
    I am also totally, totally surprised and pleased to find your blog about blogging as this is what I am currently looking into myself. My passion is parenting and keeping the Gospel central in my role as a mum and your blog/podcast helps me SO much waaaaaaaay before I even thought about blogging. I also homeschool my children and as you can imagine, my days can get messy and so I desire to share my journey, struggles etc on my blog about it all. I have a facebook page and instagram account called gospelcenteredmum (Im from the UK, hence ‘mum’ lol) Please feel free to check it out and follow if you want to.
    I really wish I found this post before as I have invested money into my blog already and have not got the funds to invest anymore at the moment but I really want to launch it ASAP, start encouraging other mums and hopefully start contributing financially to my household. I would love to get to the place where my husband can give up his stressful job and focus on one of his passions and be able to spend more time with the family .
    Anyways, Jami I would greatly appreciate any advice you can give me regarding setting up own blog, especially in the niche of Gospel centered mothering. I haven’t listened to the podcast yet, only read the text, but I will be listening to it soon. I am so pleased to have found this blog, you have no idea.

    God bless and I look forward to hearing from you soon