How Being a Solo Blogger Will Make You Crazy Guide

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How being a solo blogger will make you crazy when starting out, so here’s a guide.

Naturally you have a lot of questions. You’re curious about many elements you see on a website and how you can do the same.

Most newbie bloggers set up their first blog usually on free blogging  platforms.  Why not, it’s free!

They get mesmerized by all the cool features they can add, like – backgrounds, social media, calendars, followers, colors, and more.

Free is not always better

It’s exciting, I know! You want to share your stories, your passions with the world. So you set up your free blog. And you wait for your visitors to come by the droves to read and comment on your blog posts. And, well not to much action, right? Yep, it’s frustrating and you wonder why!

But, there’s an underlying reason in starting a blog. The rumor is you can make money on the internet. And I have to admit this is true – yet not easy, takes time, and diligence.

So, you write some more posts and share on social media. You start looking into programs to teach you how to get traffic, attract visitors, and you start being seduced by online programs, spending lots of money.

Maybe you start looking into affiliate or network marketing programs and sign-up for something that promises you millions in 24 hours – really?  And you still struggle with your blog – STILL no visitors or comments on your blog. No one is buying anything.

Frustration sets in and now you feel like giving up.

So. What’s the #1 action to take as a new blogger tomorrow or right now?

First, DON’T just start doing things on your own! BIG MISTAKE

You’ll end up spending more money, getting confused, and frustrated. Here’s why – when you’re starting out you don’t know what you don’t know. And, most people don’t like to ask questions for fear of looking stupid, they rather figure it out  on their own(WRONG). Instead, you get sucked into buying some online program that promises you the moon and you get an asteroid. Here’s a good smart list of programs to invest in.

Learning is great but here’s what the internet demands – the ability to be resourceful along with finding the answers you need, not having  someone else do your leg-work. Although that does have merit. Lots of people hire others to create and maintain a blog for lots of money. So that would depend on your budget, right?

Second, start out small

What does this mean? Well, I highly recommend OWNING your blog. It the best, first step to take in staring out small. This will:

  • Decrease stress because it’s yours and there are NO limitations. DON’T use FREE blogging platforms like WIX, Blogger, They actually own your blog, so if they out of business so would your blog.
  • The “Learning Curve”, I think is easier to digest because when you own your own website it can change as you change. You can change the blog theme, and because you’re already familiar with the blogging platform you understand and do more.

Your knowledge grows as you experience more.

What blogging platforms to use?I recommend WordPress – NOT THE FREE ONE at  You want to host your own blog with a hosting company where they GIVE you the WordPress blogging platform, which is (notice the difference in .com (free) .org (you own).

My opinion here, DON’T use “Go Daddy” or “Hostgator”. they will try do get you to spend money on additional programs you don’t need. And THIS is why you have to ASK people first before you jump into something you’re not familiar with …

I recommend using Dreamhost. I’ve been with them since 2009. They’ve never crashed, try to sell you anything, and their support is very good. 

This is why joining a blogging community is a good idea. Because there are other bloggers that can answer your questions.


Join a blogging community to keep you sane

Why? Because you make instant connections. And if the blogging community believes in reciprocal action – meaning, you comment on my blog and I return the favor and comment on yours. It’s a win/win.

This is important because the more engagement you have on your blog the higher your ranking on the search engines.

And, speaking of ranking, here’s something you need to know. If you have a free blogging platform, 2 things:

  1.  Your blog is OWNED by the company who’s given you a free blog. If that company goes out of business – there goes your blog
  2. If you’re interested in your website ranking, it will only be the COMPANY ranking you see, not your blog because it’s actually a “Sub-domain” of the company’s platform

I know, so much to know. A lot of the learning too is visual – to learn HOW a blog post is created often you have to see how it’s done because of the tech stuff, right?

So if you’re a new or even a seasoned blogger why not join a blogging community that gives you –

  • Traffic
  • Engagement
  • Visibility
  • Education
  • Support

Going solo online can make you crazy, miserable. Join a blogging community that can help you reach your goals from the very start. Here’s another recommendation – The Facebook group “Daily Blog Share” lots of educational information there too, just for you.


  1. Hi Lesly,
    I totally agree, don’t let someone else own your content! We work hard to produce it. I couldn’t even imagine waking up one day and it’s just gone. I love the idea of joining a blogging community.

  2. Cindy Fox says:

    Thanks Lesly for sharing this information.
    I totally agree it’s best not to use a free platform and joining a community to connect with others as well.
    I learned the hard way using a free platform and had a blog on blogger for several years. I turned it into a website, even purchased my own domain name, a template and the whole works.
    What happens when Google changes things up and your domain name no longer takes your customers/readers to your site you’ve had over 7 years…it’s a disaster! And that was an understatement.
    I’ve taken a course from a trusted source on learning WordPress and have started from square one.
    I totally agree with what you’ve shared and hope others pay close attention and heed what your suggesting.
    I wanted to share this as another down side to using a free platform as well. I hope this helps others.

    • Hi Cindy!
      I appreciate your comment and visit – Thank you. Oh boy, what an experience! Yes, the thing about free platforms is what ever the name of your blog it’s actually a subdomain owned by the company so you never get actual visits, correct stats to your blog. This is why it’s so important to own your blog. If you need any help with your blog let me know. Everything I know I have experienced and learned on my own. I only use WordPress.

  3. It has been a while since I last visited your site Lesly and it has a new and very good feel about it. I agree with everything in this post, Free is 100% not better and you will go made starting out. Some of us don’t recover from that 😉

  4. I really appreciate the psychological benefits of belonging to a group. Thanks Lesly

  5. Hi Lesly,

    I can only echo what you said! As one who made every mistake in the book, trying to blog alone, it’s much better to blog as a part of a community. I learned so much from more experienced bloggers rather than trying to go to alone.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

  6. Inioluwa Olaposi says:

    It can really be tiresome to start up a blog hoping to make money as a newbie. Of course, a blogging community can really help.

    • Hi Inioluwa,
      Thank you for your visit and taking the time to comment! I appreciate it. If you’d like me to review your website, for free, I can give you some suggestions to implement on your blog. Blogging is a never ending project, but a useful one to reach out to the world.

  7. Good advice to those starting out with blogging. We all did the wrong way when we started out because we didn’t know any better. Learning from Lesly who has been there and done just about everything blogging will be such a help.

  8. Hi Lesly,
    Great advice especially for the new blogger as well as us that have been around the block. Its so difficult when we are new, we have to not be shy and ask questions because bloggers love to help other bloggers.
    No matter how great your company is, always have your own blog for reasons down to road. You don’t want to loose the blog if the company goes out of business. Also having your own blog gives one more credibility and also can make money in many different ways.

    • Hi Donna,
      Appreciate the visit and comment, thanks! I can understand starting out using a free blogging platform – I did. But soon I realized I couldn’t post or promote certain things. There’s so much to learn … and I’m still learning … lol. Forever too …

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