My First Year In Business: Mistakes, Lessons, and Wins

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This post is almost 4 weeks late… but still worth sharing what I learned in my first year in business. (To be clear, this is not my first year of blogging or coaching…just my first year of doing it full time knowing I’d never go back to my old career.)

Backstory: Though blogging since 2010 and coaching since 2011, I didn’t leave the 9-5 world until 2012 before Rohan was born. I was planning to return to corporate america but then…Kaya. I didn’t want to go back to a day job but then found myself back at it again in Jan 2015 when we moved to Florida. I lasted 8 months and quit to pursue my entrepreneurial dreams and live the life I wanted and knew I could create.

(here’s what to do before you quit your job!)

That was August 2015. I was feeling disjointed and knew I had to get my shit together and make my biz happen. Overall I had a successful year. I traveled, I spoke, I hit goals, I grew my confidence, my reach, my circle and my income. I’ll share a few of my wins at the end of this post. But I certainly made some mistakes and learned some important lessons along the way.

Mistake 1 – Didn’t get help

Still wrestling with getting steady help for the blogs. Part of it is i-can-do-it-all syndrome and the other is being cheap about investing money back into the business when we have so many bills to pay. I have made the decision to get real, long-term  help beginning in January. I looked at the costs associated and realized that although it will cut into the bottom line, it’ll ultimately help that bottom line grow larger after a bit. (And I’ll be way less stressed out I’m sure.) I can’t grow to epic heights without a team. It is what it is. My e-friend shamed me into it telling me it’s only $10/hr to find someone on upwork. “You do have $10 right, Dani?”  Ouch!!  Gotta do it now, huh.


Mistake 2 – Being passive

Still working my way through this as well. I let opportunities pass me by this year. I wasn’t aggressively pitching or seeking out new opportunities. I didn’t actively sell my beachbody products as often as I could have and since I was in a weird place with what I wanted to do coach-wise, I was passive about getting new clients. I relied on word of mouth. Combating this mistake for next year is easy. In creating my annual plan I will have marketing built in, and I now have a pitching and video schedule set up to easily follow.

Mistake 3 – Not growing List

“The money is in the list.” I have heard and read this a million trillion times….Yet I didn’t actively work to grow my list. Nor did I do anything special to nurture the OKDani readers that are already on my list. (all 2 of you. Hey girl hey!) That stops now. I’ll add to my opt-ins, promote my current opt-in, and work to grow my subscriber list as well as send monthly emails to my current subbies! (You can join my list here to get your copy of the Morning Makeover Handbook #ijs)

Lessons Learned:

Self care is extra important for entrepreneurs

I’ve realized the importance of self care in a major way this year. I’m grateful that it didn’t take me getting sick with something serious to slow me down. I didn’t realize how in need of self care I was. I’m a migraine sufferer and that just knocks me out. I can’t see well, hear well, my stomach betrays me, and then there are the knives stabbing into the side of my head. When I get a migraine I have no choice but to stop, hide under the covers and let it pass. Because I do that, I was convinced I was OK on the self care front.

In case you’re a crazy workyourselftooharder like I am, let me just tell you this right now: Taking care of yourself when you’re ill is NOT the same as self care. Self care is what you do when you’re well, to stay well and feel even better. I’m working in self care into my weekly routine and I’m noticing the difference. #momshell status here I come. 🙂


You don’t have to find your voice

I’ve said this so many times to other bloggers, yet I started to worry about this myself last year. I knew I wanted to share and edu-tain about the things I know very well, and I also wanted to maintain my non-ackright, hotmessy, silly voice. I worried a bit about balancing my personality with imparting knowledge. Why? I dunno! The human brain loves a damn problem, and when there isn’t one it will just create one out of thin air. There is no reason to “find” your voice. You just have to use it. I knew this before I guess…then got shook….but relearned this year after getting such a great response to my work.

It’s okay to slow down or stop in order to move forward

In my post How I Make Money Online, I shared candidly what I do to earn my living on these interwebs. I mentioned that I was completing with my last clients and taking a break from coaching until I figured out my plan in that area. At first I was a little disappointed in myself, but after taking a break and reevaluating what I really want to do coachingwise, it was the best move to make. I realized it’s not a failure to stop or slow down in an area of business or life when you need to reassess. It’s the smartest thing to do when you want to move forward. Now I’m much clearer on who I want to help, and how!


Highest earning year in biz

::rolls around in piles of money like uncle scrooge:: I mean…I really don’t have much to say here. I have out earned my past years and I’m stoked. I know with what I’m putting in motion for this coming year I’ll do even better. ::makes it rain:: I don’t talk about my specific financials here….but if you’re interested check this out.

Winning while still being me

This is truly the biggest win for me. Ever since I started blogging I’ve used my voice. And that voice cusses. It also talks a lil hood sometimes and in Jamaican patois sometimes. Whenever I had blog consults with coaches, and discussed branding and working with brands, my language came up. I was forever told it would limit me from working with family brands. Ummm…nope.

nope beyonce

I’m bout to take a press trip with Disney…as family brand as you can get!  Honestly, I don’t know how many brands have vetted me on the low, saw that I cuss and then passed on hiring me, and I’ll never know. But what I do know is that my content is 1000% genuine in my voice and style and I’m still getting great brand opportunities and have a really kickass reader community. I count that as a #doublewin.

Support and understanding from hubby

My husband has always supported my entrepreneurial goals, thankfully. But supporting and understanding are two different things. It’s really hard to understand someone’s situation unless you live it. And my husband working from home a bit has exposed him to what I go through. Attempts to get work done while getting pulled in fiftyeleven different directions, hiding for phone meetings, not being able to finish a thought before someone cries for you and trying to keep said someone alive and happy, and take care of the house and yourself… He didn’t “get it” until he lived it. Now that he’s had a taste of it he’s being a lot more understanding about the time that I need to work while he’s home, and the time that I need to run away from home to have some peace and get work done.

Overall, my first year in business was a great one. I’m really proud of myself. My dream and goal from ages ago was to be able to be a stay at home mom being super hands on with my children, and running a business. Now, here I am doing it! #manifestation I’m just really grateful at how this past year went and excited about year two.

What did you learn in your first year in business?

How Do You Make Money Online?

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I have been debating whether or not to post this piece but someone shared a piece with me today about how quitting your job to be your own boss is BS and I figured this was the day to share this. I’m not linking to the piece because I don’t want to contribute to the pageviews of the author’s negativity.

How Do You Make Money Online?

This is one of the top questions I’m asked and I am happy to answer it as it relates to me. I used to include “the internet and making money from it” on my gratitude lists every week in the Mind Right Monday series I had here, and since then the question has continued to come in to my email quite often.

Please know this is not meant to be a “be all end all” post. Just my personal snapshot of revenue streams as it stands today, and a little bit of an idea on how you can do the same…and IF you should do the same at all…

NOTE: The answer to this question looks different to every one you may ask. Even another “mommy” or “lifestyle” blogger will have different responses. I’m not one who blogs about blogging, nor do I plan on sharing income reports etc..*COUGH*team stay out my pockets*COUGH* but I will tell anyone what I do simply because I love it, it’s not hard, and you can totally do it too if you want to. It just takes a little bit of effort and consistency.

I make my living online. I’m SO grateful to be able to say that. I stopped pursuing a long-time big dream (entertainment) when I was just starting to gain some traction because I wanted to fulfill a bigger dream of being a mother. Well, specifically, I wanted to be a mother who is home with her children daily until they’re grown. There was a lot I had to do to facilitate this dream coming to life and I am over-the-moon happy that over the years I was able to build a business that can sustain us if I needed it to while I’m home with my little ones.

Here’s how I make money online:

  • Blogging at /
  • Social Media (stemming from OKDani)
  • Freelance writing for other sites
  • Wellness coaching independently
  • Health/Fitness coaching through Beachbody
  • T-shirt/Mug sales via InTEElligence

And now, it’s time for the breakdown: (nevagunnagetitnevagunnagetit)


This site has been making me steady money since right after the BlogHer conference in 2012. (Even though I started the daggone site back in 2009 ::heavysigh:: #dontjudgeme #iknewnothingjohnsnow) It started as a hobby and turned into much more. Here are the ways I’m currently earning:

Affiliate sales:

Almost every brand has an affiliate program. What you do is join directly or via an affiliate network (My preference is this one) and link to the brand, or product directly on your site. When someone clicks and buys through your link, you get some pennies. (or hundreds of dollars) Amazon Affiliates is a popular and easy program to use.

Sponsored posts:

This is where you create content for a brand. I find these opportunities directly, via pitching myself to certain companies, as well as indirectly through a middleman called a blogging network/influencer network. I use many and honestly I dig them all but right now my faves are SoFab, Clever Girls, Type A, Influence Central, and of course BlogHer.

Ad revenue:

I use private advertisers, google adsense, yahoo ads, and BlogHer’s ad network. You simply add the ad code to your blog, and collect your money every month.

Full transparency: is not bringing in income other than some google adsense coinage, but I will return to giving it more effort in the months ahead.

Tips for how you can do it too:

  • Start a blog – It’s as easy as buying a domain, getting hosting, loading up a theme, and starting to write.
  • Create content people enjoy reading
  • Join blogging networks, blogging groups, affiliate networks, adsense/

Not for you if:

  • You aren’t up for the task of maintaining a blog (it takes a lot, sometimes)
  • You don’t enjoy creating content in various mediums (words, images, videos)
  • You don’t like to self promote or promote others

Social Media

How I make money via social media is two fold. One is via sponsored content and the other is participating in or hosting twitter parties. The sponsored content is contracted via the same networks mentioned above, or directly from a brand.

You can do it too:

  • Grow your social media accounts through content and engagement
  • Use influencer networks or your own digging to find sponsored content opportunities
  • Pitch to brands to be a panelist or host for a twitter party

Not for you if:

  • No social media presence and not willing to grow
  • Not willing to promote and big up other people/brands

Freelance Writing

I have been freelance writing for several years. I did ghostwriting for a client up until very recently when they closed up shop. I recently started a gig regularly contributing to a popular blog and I contribute sporadically (on a freelance basis) to a variety of blogs/websites. I’m pretty much always looking for more places to contribute to for pay. For me this is a no brainer because writing is easy for me. If you enjoy writing this may be the easiest way to start earning money online. (TIP: Create an alias to write under if you want to be published in topics/outlets that don’t mesh well with your current public persona.)

Tips for how you can do it too:

  • Find a topic you enjoy writing about and start writing about it
  • Seek out places that will pay you for submissions – Google is my best friend for this
  • Write for others often, even if not paid, to build a resume to show paid gigs how great you are

Not for you if:

  • You don’t enjoy writing
  • You’ll catch feelings if an editor shreds your work to pieces
  • You have no get up ‘n go to seek out opportunities for yourself
  • You can’t keep a deadline

Life/Wellness Coaching (Independently)

I am a certified life coach. I went to NYU for my training and cert. Now I work with busy women who are trying to create healthy, happy, lives they love. We have regular conversations and work to strategize, set goals, redesign their lives to prioritize what they feel will make their lives better. This is done 1:1 via google hangouts mostly, some on the phone. I grew my client base mostly through them emailing me via OKDani. Once I get my ish together a bit more I will get my site together for this offering.

Full transparency – I recently completed with my last client and am putting this on temporary hold until I find a way to do it that brings me as much joy/fulfillment as it did when I first got my coaching certification. I’ll be continuing my beachbody group coaching during this time though.

You can do this too by:

  • Deciding what you’re good at, and can teach to others
  • Get a coaching certification (or not lol – everyone’s a ‘coach’ these days so this step isn’t even mandatory anymore – just read up on how to coach folks so you can actually be of value)
  • Start offering free tips/help/guidance
  • “Hang your shingle”

Not for you if:

  • You lack confidence or a strong voice
  • You don’t truly want to help people and just want to “get” clients for money
  • You’re not willing to learn the craft of coaching (even if it’s through books/personal study and not an official course)

Beachbody Coaching

I refrain from talking about this here on OKDani but I think I’m going to start bringing it up more because it’s such a huge part of my life and I LOVE it. I coach women online who purchase beachbody products through me. I also just sell the products to people who are interested in getting fit without group coaching. Another part of the beachbody business is building a team of coaches, which I haven’t had interest in doing, but will surely up my income immensely when I do. Any of my clients who want to join as a coach to save 25% on beachbody products, I just have them sign up as a coach under me. I initially did that to save 25% on shakeology myself.

This source of income is the easiest to manipulate. We get paid weekly, so when I need a bump of cash immediately, I will advertise my services, or start a challenge group so I get immediate sales. (Note: With blogging, the chunks of money are much larger, but take weeks-months to hit the paypal.)

You can do this too by:

Not for you if:

  • You don’t truly want to help people
  • You’re lazy – The money I make here is completely related to how much effort I am putting into it.

Note: You do not have to be fit/in shape/a guru etc (and it’s even better when you’re not). And you do not have to have any sales quotas met, have any product in your home, etc. It’s all done online and beachbody does all fulfillment for you.

T-Shirt / Mug Sales

I have a tee shirt site called InTEElligence. (cute right?! lol) I just started this revenue stream late last year and haven’t really put effort into this (full disclosure). Because I don’t advertise and have many changes to make to the inventory I only get a few sales each month ::hangs head:: However, don’t let my experience thwart you if this is something you’re interested in. I have several friends making great steady, full-time, DAILY income with their T shirt sales.

You can do this too by:

  • Think up some cute shirt/mug ideas
  • Open up a shop on spreadshirt or teespring or one of the millions of other sites

Seriously… anyone can do it and if they advertise well can make a great profit from it.

Not for you if:

  • You’re gunna be lazy like me and not update your pieces or advertise your shop! ::slaps own wrist::
  • You’re going to copycat other people vs thinking up your own unique ideas
  • You’re not interested in serving others with great product/customer service

As you can see, there’s a trend in the “not for you if” sections on each of these. If you’re not looking to give/serve and are just looking for a quick buck while you just be lazy…this entrepreneurship thang is NOT for you.

So, that’s my story. Quitting my job to pursue entrepreneurship was the best thing I’ve ever done….besides create two amazing children and marry my best friend. I’m not making millions of dollars (yet) but I am doing well. In the future I’ll be adding more revenue streams and tweaking/removing some I currently have in place as I grow. It’s always a work in progress, like anything else.

Hopefully you’ll work to grow your online business and be able to leave your 9-5 if you choose. It’s not bs. It can be done. It just takes effort and consistency. You can do it. I hope this post was encouraging, even if you don’t intend to make money in the same ways as I am. There are plenty of ways that you can make a living online that will feel good to your soul. And there is limitless opportunity. Good luck to you!

How do you make money online?


5 Healthy Habits for Work At Home Moms

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Being a work at home mom is no joke. I won’t get into the debate of who works harder, moms working outside the home, or stay at home moms, or work at home moms…. If you’re a mother…you’re automatically a working mom. The end. Kids are a full time job, period. And they are the hardest work I’ve done. I enjoy being a work at home mom (WAHM) and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Being at home throughout the day with children is a privilege that offers many benefits to us as a family, but health-wise can have a lot of drawbacks.

When I was working a 9-5 job in NY during my lunch hour I would go right downstairs to the gym. Super convenient. My lunches were healthy because it was just as easy to grab a pre-made salad as it was a burger. At home, with children, and working on building my business, I have new challenges in my healthy lifestyle journey. As work at home moms we are constantly trying to balance (even though balance is a deceiving term) getting work done and growing our business, with keeping house, taking good care of the kids, giving spouse attention and oh yeah…maybe a little self care too. We’re running from store to event, to playground, we’re cooking meal after meal, balancing the budget, cleaning up, doing laundry, planning, fixing, tweaking… and maybe actually working to earn our income. Between all of these obligations, it’s easy to grab unhealthy snacks, munch on the kids’ stuff, skip workouts, procrastinate or get so bogged down that we don’t take the proper care of ourselves.

I have found a few tricks that help me keep my healthy habits a big part of my life without letting other areas suffer. Maybe they’ll work for you too:

Put Junk/Kids Foods Out of Sight

Out of sight out of mind. Right? Wrong. (you know exactly where you hid the damn cookies. stop it.) But out of sight, less likely to binge on! I recently did a dump of all the processed foods, white sugar, white flour leftover, etc. I took it out of the cabinets and gave some way, tossed some out. It just had to go. Now, we do have some “junk” food left, and those are on the top shelf and only come out randomly for the kids. (I literally have to get a chair to climb up and get down their mac n cheese boxes) The fridge only has healthy foods (except for my mom’s jams for the kids pb&j sandwiches) If you don’t toss your favorite junk foods, I suggest you have your spouse hide the items and make sure he or she is strong enough not to bend and give them to you when you’re feeling hangry.  (This tip works for moms that work outside the home too!)

Make Play and Exercise Synonymous  

Using playtime for exercise is the easiest way to sneak it in while working from home. Try to start thinking of them as the same thing instead of viewing exercise as drudgery you have to “make it through.”

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At the playground I get it in. When we’re out in the backyard I do walking lunges, and jump squats all around the yard. The kids and I play tag (better known as “i’m gunna getcha” in our house) and pretend we’re animals zooming through the forest. I make our daily walks more of a workout for me by adding in sprints. “Ok Ro, let’s hop like a bunny to that tree down there.” walk to recover “Now let’s go fast like a race car to that mailbox” etc. etc. (bonus: this wears their little butts out, and makes going down for naptime less of a hassle. #momwins)

Be Competitive

My 5k training would likely be more sporadic if John didn’t lose his mind and challenge me to a monthly mileage competition on the Nike+ Running app. This fool’s about to get smoked, but whatever… The point is that a little healthy competition is a great motivator for the work at home mom. Use Dietbet or other apps to compete with others digitally, or challenge your spouse or even your kids to little competitions around the house. (Planking contests, etc) You can get some friends together that have similar goals and encourage each other (while silently vowing to beat them at whatever it is.) Signing up for a 5k may be the motivation you need to start moving. Download a couch to 5k app on your phone and follow along with a friend or whoever you’re competing with.

Change your workout mindset

This is something I am still working on. I’m conditioned from organized sports in HS and college to go hard and long. Short bursts don’t feel like they’re “working” but I know intellectually that it all makes a difference. So I encourage you to work on your exercise mindset as well. What old mindset do you have to break?

Old: Workouts take long and are boring // New: Short workouts are effective and fun

Old: I hate cardio/running/treadmills etc. // New: Dancing is fun cardio that I can do at home

Old: I dont like/dont have weights/gym. // New: I can get a full workout using just my body weight at home

Old: I have no space at home to work out // New: I don’t need a lot of space to work out


Schedule in Fit Breaks

Every work at home mama knows that sometimes you can get into the zone and just work work work without breaks.  You’re grinding away at the computer, all hunched over and tensed up and don’t even realize it until you’re so daggone tired and your eyes are killing you and you’ve got a crick in your neck. Please try not to make that a habit. (I’m talking to myself here too.) Every now and then stand up, stretch, walk around your house, or around the block, take deep breaths, drink some water, and then return to work. You can set your alarm for these.

On days that I don’t have both children, I’m able to get work done during the day. At the top of each hour I will get up, do some ab workouts or jog around the house and sip on water. I reward myself for this by making my “fit break time” also my “check facebook guiltlessly for a couple minutes time.”  Hey, whatever works for you!

The Takeaway:

We have 5011 things to take care of as WAHMs and our fitness and well being has to be a priority. If mommy’s not healthy, the household suffers. So, try these techniques above, or come up with your own healthy habits and share them below!

What are your healthy habits?

What I’m Working On

WAHMMING aint easy… I’ve said it before and I’ll likely say it again.

Even though it’s not easy, it’s the best move for me. I’m so extremely grateful every day that I can be with Ro and Kai and still work on my business. (albeit very slowly)

After Blogalicious, I came home super inspired, and reconsidering a lot of what I was doing. That, coupled with reading a part of the book The Beauty of an Ugly Start by blogalicious speaker Ella Rucker got me all in my feels about getting some projects done and releasing others with love.

I had to life coach myself! I have a lot of works in progress, and I feartalked myself into thinking I can’t discuss them until they’re done. But F that.

One takeaway from Blogalicious, from the inspiring and interesting Lamar Tyler of Black & Married With Kids, is have something to sell, asap. And go sell it. LMAO

SO I came home and hemmed and hawed for a bit then moved forward with starting a T shirt line John and I had spoken about for a while. It’s still in the beginning stages, but we got some sales already!! The spreadshirt store is embedded below, and the website is coming along nicely…it’s not done but you can peek at it here if you want:

I am still working on getting my coaching business site together. Poor lil is taking forever to get finished. I vow to have the site live by December 1, pretty or not. I’m lucky that thanks to this here bloggy blog, I’ve been building up my coaching clientele on the low. That’s a happy bonus.
An idea I’ve had for many years is finally starting to come to fruition. I’m launching an online fitness magazine for black women next year. Of course with a project of this size, I get the bubble guts just thinking about it lol, but the pre-work is coming along and I have wonderful people on board already to make this bad boy grow. (Now if I only had a sugardaddy or magical angel investor…::looks around::)  If you want to get on the list to be informed of the launch (and be entered for pre-launch giveaways and goodies) go HERE and leave your email for us.
I’m excited to announce that I’m partnering with my girl Daphne for a Blab show called Moms & Biz.  (Guess what we’ll be talking about?)
Our first episode is live this coming Sunday at 7pm eastern and every other Sunday going forward. Hop on and join us!! (Use Chrome or Firefox btw) We’re really excited about it, and with both of us passionate parenting, our respective businesses, and about helping women, especially moms and entrepremoms, I think we’re going to have a useful and fun show. We’ll kee kee it up as well as drop a lilbitta knowledge. Our first episode is on scheduling your biz around your kids. We’ll be taking your questions live!
Seeing this image makes me want an accent over the E in my name so it looks fancy too.
 So I spoke at BlogHer this year. It was my first time speaking, and it was amazing and affirming and just….everything. And this week I presented a training for a Houston based blogging group… And now… I just wanna talk. I want to speak at more places and tell people more stuff lol. OK… but in a professional way 🙂 I just need to figure out how to go about doing that… Oh the lament of the multipassionate entrepreneur….
What are YOU working on?!

How to Start A Blog in 100 Easy Steps

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I love being a blogger! (You already know.) The number one question I get asked about blogging is by far “How do I start?” Everyone wants to know how to start a blog, make a successful blog, earn a living through blogging…etc. So here’s your answer.  Here is how to start a blog in 100 easy steps!

  1. Decide to start a blog
  2. Look at blogs online obsessively
  3. Brainstorm catchy blog names
  4. Plan your entire blog, in your head
  5. Read all you can on
  6. Read about the money bloggers make
  7. Ask your friends and family if they think you’d be a good blogger
  8. Google top bloggers income
  9. Think about the type of blog you want to make
  10. Read about targeted blog niches
  11. Read about hosting and SEO
  12. Get confused
  13. Begin to doubt your idea
  14. Wait a few months
  15. Visit a blog you really enjoy reading
  16. Decide to start a blog
  17. Read about the benefits of blogger vs wordpress
  18. Get discouraged
  19. Ask your best friend to start a blog with you
  20. Send your friend all the “research” you’ve done
  21. Go out to dinner with your friend to discuss your future blog
  22. Talk about lots of great ideas
  23. Write none of them down
  24. Get excited
  25. Create a joint Pinterest board for ideas and inspiration
  26. Pin cute outfits and food you’ll never make
  27. Get annoyed with what your friend is pinning
  28. Doubt your blogging partnership
  29. Forget about blogging for a few months
  30. Get a funny Huffpo blog post in your inbox
  31. See a blogger doing a segment on a morning TV show
  32. Think: “OMG, that could be me!”
  33. Decide to start a blog
  34. Decide to start a fashion blog
  35. No. Decide to start a beauty blog
  36. Wait a few months
  37. Decide to start a lifestyle blog
  38. Brainstorm catchy lifestyle blog names
  39. Read about lifestyle blogging
  40. Follow popular lifestyle bloggers on Pinterest
  41. Follow popular lifestyle bloggers on Instagram
  42. Read about social media strategy management
  43. Read about keyword generation and backlinking
  44. Get overwhelmed
  45. Read a personal development book on overwhelm and procrastination
  46. Make a plan to stop procrastinating
  47. Read a personal development book on motivation
  48. Decide to start a lifestyle blog
  49. Plan the topic categories… in your head
  50. Wonder if your life is interesting enough for a blog
  51. Get a Bloglovin account and follow all the lifestyle blogs you can find
  52. Admire the beautiful photos on the blogs
  53. Realize you need a better camera.
  54. Research DSLR cameras
  55. Remember you can’t afford a good DSLR right now
  56. Decide to use your smartphone “just for now”
  57. Worry that your photos won’t be good enough
  58. Doubt your blog will be successful
  59. Wait a few months
  60. Randomly come across your old joint Pinterest board with blog ideas
  61. Decide to start a lifestyle blog
  62. Read about the business of blogging
  63. Realize you need a business coach
  64. Research business coaches
  65. Remember coaching is out of your budget
  66. Decide to find your “coaching” free online
  67. Read business coach blogs
  68. Wonder if you should become a coach instead of a blogger
  69. Read What Color is Your Parachute
  70. Wait a few months
  71. Receive an email from your friend announcing her new fashion blog
  72. Visit her blog and pick it apart critically
  73. Concede and realize how awesome it actually is.
  74. Cry
  75. Hate your friend
  76. Decide to start a better fashion blog than your friend
  77. Look in your closet for outfits to post about
  78. Realize your wardrobe sucks
  79. Go shopping
  80. Worry about money
  81. Wonder if it’s really worth it
  82. Google pros and cons of being a blogger
  83. Focus on the cons
  84. Wait a few months
  85. Get bored with life
  86. Decide you need a creative outlet
  87. Read books on creative outlets
  88. Try painting
  89. Suck at painting
  90. Decide to start a blog
  91. Read books on blogging
  92. Learn that “content is king”
  93. Take a creative writing class
  94. Doubt yourself thoroughly
  95. Decide you need a break
  96. Go on vacation
  97. Wonder what you should do with your life
  98. Decide to start a blog
  99. Create Free Blog on Blogger or WordPress
  100. Start Writing.


I hope you find this list helpful.

Good luck with your blog!!

PS: If these 100 easy steps feel overwhelming, just start at #99.