So, I’ve been blogging for about three months now, but most of that has been working out how to get the darn site live, hosted, how to link up social media and reading everyone else’s posts about how to make it big.
I’ve no idea if this will ever make any money. The reason I’ve set it up is because I want answers! With three kids under 7, working 9-5 in an office makes me feel like time is slipping away, and while I do WANT to work I want to have more control over my hours.
So I set up this blog to find like-minded people, to see how they did it, to research the best way to go freelance or to have a portfolio career and to have some fun doing it.
People love to ask how much you make blogging. Most people don’t make anything. The probloggers can make a decent salary (though I notice everyone is cagey about what that means – with a few exceptions such as the awesome Melyssa Griffin and Life as Mum). But what if it’s just a hobby? If you want to have some fun. Aside from your time, how much have you spent so far?
I LOVE the idea of a monthly report on income. Sadly as I’m only just starting out I can only share what I’ve spent so far. The premium hosting was a bit of an extravagance, but the online support (and I really didn’t want any ads on my site) has been invaluable in getting the blog up and running without hours fiddling around and getting frustrated.
Domain name – Panoramaroad.com bought ages ago – £12/year
Domain mapping to free WordPress site – £11/year
Personal email by 123reg – £43/year
Premium hosting on WordPress – £85/yr
New theme – Rosalie – £37 a year
Writing this blog saw me spend £1o credit at Canva
TOTAL = £198
(I also have a one off payment of about £7 for a great blog theme I only realised afterwards I had to be self hosted for…)
There are other things that will come – a one-off subscription to a photo library, possibly self hosting, other plug ins like newsletter sign ups. But at the moment it feels sustainable – like treating yourself to a new pair of shoes, or a night out.
But how much does it actually cost to run a blog year in year out? How much have you spent? Does £200 seem a lot to you? Do let me know which areas you spend money on (and which you don’t) – and are you in profit?