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6 Reasons to Start a Blog in 2017

It’s time to stop making excuses. You know that you’ve wanted to start a blog for years, but you’ve continued to tell yourself the following lies:

  • I’m too busy
  • It costs too much money
  • Nobody’s going to read my stuff
  • I can’t build a webpage – I can barely log into my email!

Lies, lies – every one of them! In fact, let me quickly dispel them one at a time here:

I’m Too Busy

How many hours of TV do you watch per day on average? 2-3 hours? Cut your cable and subscribe to Netflix for $10 (if you MUST watch something). There, not only did I just free up 20 hours of your life each week, I saved you $100 a month.

It Costs Too Much Money

Starting a website costs just $23.88 for your entire first year. That’s less than $2.00 per month. I’m pretty sure you can afford that.

Nobody’s Going to Read My Stuff

When I first started out, I figured I’d be writing to myself for the first six months or so, but between my close friends and social media it was pretty easy to gain a few dozen readers almost immediately. Then they tell their friends and their friends tell their friends, and you can pretty quickly have 100 eyeballs on your site every day!

I Can’t Build a Webpage

All you non-techie folks, raise your hands! You know what? Even YOU can build your own webpage. It’s not as hard as it seems. In fact, on my Start Your Own Blog page, I not only show you how to sign up and get your page started, I give you the step-by-step process of how to make it look good!

Admit it, you’ve got no more excuses. See the step-by-step sign-up instructions here. Then click the banner below to get started.

6 Reasons to Start a Blog in 2017

Alright – so it was fun busting up some myths for you, but no one’s going to start something new just because you’ve taken away their reasons NOT to do something. There’s got to be a compelling reason for them to go for it! To do something different that they’ve never done before!

I firmly believe that everyone should start a blog of their own – so much so that I’ve come up with six fantastic reasons to start a blog in 2017. Give it a read and decide for yourself. Is it time for you to start a blog??

Start a Blog in 20171) Express Yourself

Everyone is so fricken fearful these days. Afraid of what your neighbor might think of you, what your boss might say, or what might happen if you actually do something for yourself for a change.

If you finally want to do what you want to do, then start a blog and express yourself.

  • Want to talk about politics? Go for it.
  • Do you have a constant need to talk about money? Then get started on that money blog.
  • Want to tell the world about your travels? Giddy up!

Blogs are a great way to free your mind of your thoughts – sometimes thoughts that you can’t readily express anywhere else.

2) Make Some Money

Over the course of my blogging career, I have earned over $100,000! My initial goal was to earn $1,000 a month. Why? To give me a little buffer so that I could ditch South Florida and move back home near by wonderful family.

Well, the plan worked — and then I just kept blogging! With this blog and my full-time job, I was able to pay off my consumer debts, pay off my mortgage, and buy a rental property with cash!

Why not you?? Why not start earning money with a blog of your own? What would you do with the money? Pay off some debts? Put money away for your kids’ college? Buy a better car? Whatever it is, let me tell you. It’s possible.

What are the different ways one can earn money with a blog?

  • Direct ads from companies that relate to your site
  • Affiliate ads (like a referral award)
  • Adsense/ (you get paid per click)
  • Your own material (sell books, video course, etc.)
  • Social media (grow them huge and get paid)
  • Speaking engagements (you might get so good that people ask you to speak for their companies)

Some of these might seem like a stretch now, but in five years you could make money from every one of these avenues!

3) Impact Someone’s Life

Did you realize that your blog could change someone’s life? I recently had a woman write to me that wanted to start an Autism blog so that other parents could better understand the disease and how to handle it best as a parent. Isn’t that fantastic?? I was so excited for her to get started! Just think about all the parents she could help with this simple blog!

4) Keeps Your Mind Sharp

From what I hear, old age isn’t any fun. Your joints get stiff, your muscles get weak, and your mind starts slipping. I think I could tolerate a little muscle deterioration and soreness, but I definitely want the sharpest mind possible in my elderly years.

According to, you know what could help? Blogging!

Well…not in so many words, but they did say mental stimulation and social engagement are two of the six elements to preventing Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Sounds to me like blogging could do the trick!

5) Keep Learning and Growing

They say that the more simply you can explain something, the better you must understand it. You might think that you know a lot about your topic of interest now, but just wait until you start writing and you have to explain it to others. It’s not that easy.

For this reason, you’ll continue to learn and grow yourself. And by reading and growing your knowledge, you’ll be able to help more and more people. Plus, you’ll become a better and more educated person yourself.

6) Expands Your Vocabulary

With all of your reading, learning, and constant writing, you’ll find that your vocabulary will grow as well. Heck, people might even think you’re an intellect after a while! 😉 Try not to get too carried away though. Nobody likes an arrogant know-it-all who uses big words all the time.

It’s Time. Let’s Take the $23.88 Plunge!

I get a kick out of helping people start their own websites. Most of the time, they have a blast just writing their first posts. Then they have even more fun when they start making money!

Are you ready to start a blog in 2017? Let’s do it! Click the banner below. Then click on this link for detailed sign up instructions (written by yours truly – so you know it’s got to be good). 🙂

If you’d like to start your own site but still have a few questions, shoot me an email. Seriously, I’d love to hear from you. And I always respond within 24 hours. (derek [at]  lifeandmyfinances (dot) com).

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My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.

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