I cried ugly tears after hanging up the phone back in the winter of 2011. My job had informed me that I shouldn’t come back to work. They said, “it is not your performance, we are just making cuts”. Yeah, but their budget cuts, cut my heart out.
I dedicated a year of service to this company. I was promoted quickly and even thinking about a going for a higher position.
Everything I went through at that moment came crashing down on me. That was the reason for the ugly tears. You see, I was a newly wed and recently found out I was pregnant. My nephew nearly died that week after a horrible accident. Before I met my wonderful husband of 7 years, I was in an emotionally abusive marriage that was escalating to physical abuse. Getting laid off triggered so many painful moments at once.
My husband told me not to worry and that he would take care of us. He said, “you don’t have to go back to work”.
So, I tried it his way, but there was a burning passion to do something. I didn’t know what to do but I knew I had to work from home. I also wanted to be a homeschool mom. Now I had the opportunity to make this dream come true.
After the news of my layoff, I researched how to work from home. Blogging kept coming up in the search engines as one of the best work at home jobs for women.
Then I remembered my stint with my first blog back in 2009 when I was trying to sell my autobiography under a pen name. That didn’t go to well and I was really afraid to try blogging again.
Like many new bloggers today, I was afraid to step out and really go for it. I found Hubpages and created articles on various topics. It was safe. They had a built in audience. I wasn’t responsible for my own site. So I went for it.
Hubpages is one of those content mills that is frowned upon today, but I quickly discovered how to monetize posts with affiliate products. Amazon and eBay were the two approved companies that we could work with on the site.
I moved from Hubpages after I wrote a post on liturgical dance which is a genre of dance done in church. It received tons of shares and comments once this little article was discovered. I knew I was on to something so I moved that content over to my own site, with my own domain name, and wrote about liturgical dance.
That blog is still in existence and I have 3 blogs today!
Why am I telling you this? Everyone has a story. This is the story of my journey and how I ended becoming a blogger. The Desk of Katina Davenport is part of the journey, the tears after I lost my job.
I found something I can do at home and I love it. Remember I mentioned I had to do something earlier in the story.
You might be wondering what this story has to do with the free blogging course. I really have a passion to help anyone who has gone through difficult times in their life, and may have faced financial struggles like I did at one time. I saw blogging as a way out. But money didn’t come easy when I began blogging. There was so much to learn. And it took me a long time to get the results I wanted.
I’ve learned skills that helped bring out all of the awesomeness that was in me because I was driven to know how to make blogging work.
So, I developed this free course called the 5 Day Become a Blogger Challenge. This is the foundation of what bloggers need to know about becoming a successful blogger.
You will learn:
- How to have a clear niche
- How to use the best keywords
- Tips on getting your content shared automatically (I don’t even mention this in my eBook)
- What content to write in order to monetize your blog
- How to start an email list