Blogging for Fun vs. Monetized Blogging
Today I’m going to talk about something that I’ve been thinking about recently. Let me start off by saying that in my mind there are two types of bloggers: 1) bloggers that blog for fun and 2) bloggers that monetize their blog. In case you weren’t already aware, I am the first kind of blogger. I blog because I enjoy sitting down and taking the time to draft up posts about things that interest me. My blog is mainly a combination of book reviews, author interviews, inspirational quotes and beauty product hauls and product reviews. Up until this point, I haven’t even attempted to make money from blogging. But wouldn’t it be nice to make a little extra cash for something that I’m doing anyway?
About a year ago, I decided to spend a little bit of money on my blog to be able to use a ‘.com’ instead of a ‘wordpress.com’ blog address. I’ve read a ton of blog posts about the difference between using the wordpress.com site and the wordpress.org site and I’ve seriously considered making the switch. However, I think the self-hosting used with wordpress.org is a bit pricy for just using my blog as a creative outlet and not bringing in any money from the site.
Even if I wanted to make the switch to a wordpress.org site, there are so many things I don’t know how to do. Would I be able to keep my same website address? Would I be able to transfer all of my posts and followers to the new site? What happens to your blog if you decide to stop self-hosting and go back to the free basic wordpress.com, can you transfer everything back? So many questions and no clear answers… help!
I honestly don’t know how to approach the idea of switching over to a wordpress.org site through self-hosting. I’m also aware that I have a small reader following and don’t know if making the switch would much of a difference. I’ll definitely be looking into the possibility of making the switch and will be researching my different options over the next few weeks.
To my fellow bloggers, what’s your method of blogging and what blog host/site do you use? I’m more than happy to get any advice on what works for you!! <3