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First Blog of 2022 – What Do You Want to Read About This Year?

I am back from my blog vacation and wanted to delve back into blogging again in the new year. So on that note, welcome to my first blog of the new year and happy 2022! 🙂 I hope that everyone had a wonderful new year’s and if that meant hanging at home in pajamas, I am with you on that as I actually did the same thing–hey, there is nothing wrong with being comfortable and cozy! This is actually going to be a quick post because I want to start working on some real blog content soon.

For those of you who wonder where I get my ideas for this blog, the content can vary based upon things that I think about or even current events. In addition, I do like to write about what my readers enjoy reading most. If I receive a blog request, I do try to address it if I have an opinion on the subject matter–which often times I do. For example, I just reconnected with a friend (hi Sheryl if you are reading right now) and she asked if I could write more about dating topics which I will definitely address more as I actually love to write about this subject matter. This blog initially was going to be strictly about relationships and manifesting love; however, I did not want to limit myself to only writing about this topic as there are plenty of areas within self improvement that are unrelated to love.

So if anyone wants to share with me what they enjoy reading most, you can always reach out to me directly and I will be receptive to them and try to cover them at some point within my blog! As always, thanks for reading and allowing myself to influence others to live their very best lives, promote positivity, and to express my innermost thoughts with a wider audience. ❤

3 Benefits of Blogging – Why Everyone Should Consider Writing a Blog

Although writing is not for everyone and many might feel they are not good at it, I think people should really take the time to reconsider. Blogging gives a person the opportunity to express themselves and share their personal content with the world–which could be about anything! I believe everyone has something to say and our thoughts are valuable enough to share with an audience. Even if people are not necessarily going to always agree with what you have to say or have a different outlook, it’s still worth putting it out there. There are endless benefits to blogging but I will just share a few that apply to me.

Positive Impact on Others – For me personally, I think it is wonderful to have a digital space in which I could impact others in a positive way. If even one person is touched by something I had to say, I am happy I took the time to write it. To have a platform where I could promote positive messages brings a tremendous amount of personal fulfillment and intrinsic happiness.

Connect with the World – It fascinates me when I look at my daily blog statistics through WordPress (that is where I created this blog website) and to see that readers from all over the world find my blog. Now when I say, “connect with the world” I didn’t just mean literally with people from various countries but I also meant it in a more general sense of just connecting with different people. I think blogging can bring people together by allowing people to share their comments and insight with each other.

Writing is a Great Hobby – I always loved to write so it comes natural for me to write in my spare time. It feels good to express myself through my words and even good knowing that people take the time to read what I have to say. Although there are times I might hit a few challenges of finding the time to write or a writer’s block where I am not sure what I want to write about for the week, once I get into writing mode, I enjoy the process of writing! Luckily, there is always something on my mind and I love to create, so there never is a shortage of topics! 🙂

[Final NoteAre you an expert on something? Are you passionate about something enough to write about it? I always say that, “thoughts become things” so if you think of something that you really want to write about, develop the idea and go with it! That’s honestly how I got started with this blog. I thought about it enough where I just had to make it happen–and you can too!]

Happy One Year Anniversary – Makeupthelifeyoulove.com

It is crazy to think that today is the one year anniversary of launching this blog publicly onto WordPress. I actually had started working on this website during the height of the pandemic last April and May (that is why my very first content was posted in May of 2020) but I did not make it public until June 1, 2020. I knew that I wanted to get back into blogging again and the quarantine last year provided me the ample time needed to start this writing project from scratch. I have blogged on and off throughout my life but decided I wanted to commit myself to something of substance and with a positive purpose.

Considering I only write as a hobby, I am amazed at the increase in readership since I started this time last year. I peruse my blog statistics every so often to see that I attract people from around the world along with repeat readers who are now also loyal subscribers. As of today, I have 219 subscribers which is a remarkable number as most are people I do not know in real life. Whether you stumbled across this at random from a search engine just for a single blog post or you visit here more frequently, just know that I appreciate each and every one of you who take the time to read my content! I really strive to help people make better life choices, feel good about themselves, and to walk away feeling empowered AF! 🙂 If I can make any impact on your life for the better through my writing, then I could not be happier as this is what makes blogging such an incredibly rewarding hobby.

Happy anniversary to my blog today and thank you to my readers who make this a meaningful experience! ❤

(PS – If you are curious as to what was my most popular post written last year, it was this one. I noticed in the month of May, it received over 500 hits alone).

Begin a Blog Basics – Why Create a Blog and How to Get Started

Since the launch of this website, I have had a few people approach me on the subject of starting a blog and what are the necessary steps in creating one. Although this particular blog is new, I have blogged throughout the years in which I am comfortable giving myself the title of a “blogger” with enough experience to give some general advice and tips on how to design your very own blog website for the first time.

For starters, why even write a blog to begin with? I am the biggest advocate that just about everyone should create a blog and that everyone is fully capable in doing so. There are countless reasons to blog! You can write about a specific hobby that you are most passionate about because chances are, there are people out there like yourself with the same hobby and who want to read about it. You can write about your day-to-day life and think of it as a digital diary. If you want to take the more professional route, I think that is especially wonderful because you can utilize a blog as an outlet to write about your expertise on your profession–no matter what you do for a living. This allows you to educate your prospective clients while also building a reputation as an authority within your field. There is always a purpose behind blogging whether it is on a personal level or a professional one. Whatever it is that most interests you and that you feel you have a strong voice or mastery of, then I say with 100% certainty, go for it.

Now that we have established that you are ready to move forward and create one, the main question is how?

Brainstorm Ideas and Determine the Main Purpose of Your Blog – This can take some time but the planning part is a beneficial preliminary step before you can actually move on to the actual design and writing process. It is important to think about what you want to write about, who your main audience will be, and what is your specific niche and/or theme behind your blog.

Think of a Domain Name – The domain name is the name of your actual website and what will become your web address. This step is one of the most important steps and one that you should really think about long and hard. Once you choose a domain name that best represents your subject matter, brand, and/or what it is you are looking to promote or represent, it will pretty much be your domain name for life. It is possible to come up with more than one domain name that can directly go to one main website but you do want to think of at least one really good one that is in direct relation to your content and essentially the title of your website.

The trickiest thing about this step is that most likely you will find that almost every domain that you initially come up with is already taken and belongs to another person or business. I would say that any one word domain name is probably off the market so you will definitely have to think of something that has a minimum of two words. Many bloggers often times like to use their first and last names to name their website which for many works out unless their name is a very popular one.

[For me personally, it took me weeks to come up with the name of this website. There was never a shortage of ideas but I found many were already taken or the name did not fully represent the main theme behind the blog. I wrote lists of words and tried pairing them up but nothing was clicking enough to my liking. One day, I thought of “makeupyourlife.com” and saw no one had a website with that name but it turned out that someone purchased the domain name and when I asked the domain title company what the quote was to purchase it, they got back to me that the owner was looking to sell it for $3400 but was open to negotiations. Needless to say, that was a huge ‘no thank you’ so after further thinking along the lines of this original name, maybe 24 hours later, I came up with the title phrase, “Make Up the Life You Love.” Although it was a much longer title than I anticipated, I thought this was creative enough to capture the essence of what I was all about and knew there was no way that anyone else would have it].

Create a WordPress Account – I would normally say, do your research and choose a blogging platform to start up your blog but I am going to save you that step altogether and just tell you to go with WordPress. WordPress is by far the best out there technologically speaking and for many years has been classified as the most popular blog software. [There is actually both a wordpress.com and wordpress.org. I personally have always used the .com version although I have read that there are many benefits of using the .org. That is something you might want to take further investigate on your own time but I can tell you from all my years of using wordpress.com, I have always been pretty happy with the outcome. Aside from using it to create a blog, I designed both my actual professional makeup artist websites using WordPress].

Once you create an account, this is where you will register your domain name in which WordPress will allow you to register with them directly unless you have already purchased your domain name elsewhere and you can then link it to WordPress. You will also be expected to choose which membership you want. You have the option to start one totally free but I would recommend purchasing an actual monthly plan (when you pay for it, a one time yearly fee is charged on the spot and it renews each year) because you are given more options and design tools. I have always chosen the Premium plan and find that this is just enough to suit my basic blogging needs.

Design Your Website – Depending on how creative and/or tech savvy you are, this can either be the most fun part or the most arduous step for you–or perhaps a little combination of both. Honestly, this is definitely the most tedious part of the whole blog project. Not only do you have to create the design pretty much from scratch, you also need to come up with some general content (such as your biography if you choose to write one or whatever sections that will be the main components of your blog other than your actual daily posts). The good news is that with WordPress, it is fairly user friendly with plenty of templates to choose from so you are not required to have to know any major coding although any little bit you do know will be helpful in making the design process a smooth one. There are many design tools along with online resources and live support to help you get to your final design.

Write and Post Some Articles – This part is really up to you in terms of how much content you want to initially present on your blog before having the website go up live (FYI, while you are working on the design, you can do so privately so it is not up publicly on the internet upon creating a WordPress account meaning that only you can view it until you launch it publicly). Personally, I wanted to post a month’s worth of content before I posted it live just so that readers had a little bit of content they could read first to get a general sense of the material and get acquainted with myself as the author.

Launch Your Blog on the Internet – Once you go through my checklist of the steps above of what is needed to create your blog along with writing some initial posts, it is time to launch your blog website publicly for the world to see. Now that it is up, you can start by sharing it with friends/family and depending on how much traffic you want to generate, you can begin to market your blog to build your audience. This can be done by signing up for a separate social media account that you can link to your blog and every time you write a post, you can create a social media post that directs people to go to your blog to read it.

Congratulations! If you have made it to the final step, then it is official, you are a blogger now! 🙂 Keep in mind that blogging is a writing commitment that takes time, dedication, and consistency. It requires hard work but at the same time it is enjoyable and incredibly rewarding on so many levels.