Switching Gears: How I Started Blogging

I’m starting something new on the blog!! Every few weeks I’ll be sharing something related to blogging.  Beginning with my story of the back and fourth track I took to get where I am today.

Life really is funny.  We stress so much about little details and eventually it always works out.  Sometimes its hard to believe that things are going to go your way, but as time passes you see that everything has a plan and it always always works out in ways that you can’t even imagine.  Even if that means making a change and reversing your course to be your absolute happiest.  It’s possible. Trust me. My story is proof.

I know for myself there are so many times I wanted to reverse the time and switch my college major.  However, in the end I don’t think I could have ever got to the place that I am with blogging if I would have switched my major.  Instead, I switched my career.  Going from teacher to online magazine editor was a dream of mine that for so long I didn’t think was attainable.  I reverse my course and honestly wouldn’t have it any other way.  I’m doing what I love and yes, sometimes its challenging working as an entrepreneur, but it also has some amazing rewards.  Read on to find out how I reversed my course and got started blogging.

People ask me all the time, “How did you get started blogging?”  Well, Iet me tell you a little secret… SarahScoop.com did not happen over night. It has been years in the making and everyday I work harder to make it more successful than the day before.  I wanted to share my story about blogging in hopes to help any of you who are thinking about starting your own blog or even considering a career change.  If you’re just interested in finding out how mine came about, well thats pretty cool, too.

First off, I want to make it very clear that if you are going to start a blog just to make money, you will most likely fail.  Blogging is something you have to start because you truly enjoy it.  You can eventually get to the point where you get some dollas rolling in, but to start it needs to be you and a commitment from you.

I have been blogging for over 6 years.  I was obsessed with reading blogs before I started my own.  Not sure if this is something I should admit, but Perez, I read you every single day in college…like obsessively.  Luckily, my love for good celebrity gossip has taken a healthy turn and now I just check in on Perez every month or so.  I also account this to the fact that I have met so many amazing bloggers and to be honest keeping up with my blogging friends and their latest content can be very time consuming…I just want to read it all!!

Okay, so I’m going off subject now, let me get back to my story of blogging.  I signed up for a blogspot blog at some point during my early college career.  I want to say it was probably my freshman year.  It was all about peace, love and fashion.  Not a joke, thats exactly what I called it.  It lasted for a few months and between the life of a sorority girl and nerd who never missed a day of class I just could not keep up with it.

A year or so later I gave blogging a chance again, this time with a coupon blog.  Yep, I was looking for a way to save money and although the whole thing helped me build a small stockpile, I realized I was not cut out to be a dedicated couponer.  That site is still up, SaveWithSarah.com and who knows maybe one day I’ll give that a try again.  Saving money is obviously something I love and most likely so does everyone reading this.  But, for me I wanted to blog about things I found more exciting and I was more passionate about.

Then came my senior year of college.  It was time to start a blog about things I liked.  I was having some major remorse about ending my previous blogs.  I had loved my peace, love, fashion concept, but I was young and blogging was new to me at that time.  I knew I was still interested in blogging and this time decided that I was going to blog about anything and everything that I loved.  I have no idea how it came about…I know I wish I had some great story to share, but SarahScoop.com just sounded like a good fit.  I thought it flowed nicely and I figured this blog was more for me and if I was writing about things I loved, it might actually work this time.

And it did.  I loved being able to share anything and everything my heart desired.  Let me make this very clear…it took me years to get to the point where I am today.  When I started SarahScoop.com HTML looked like a foreign language to me and let’s be real…it still kind of does.  My first couple of years of blogging were a complete learning process.  After graduating college I was teaching full time so my blog was my hobby.  I loved teaching and getting to work with kids everyday was completely fulfilling.  However, my love for beauty, fashion, fitness, pretty much all lifestyle topics never faded away.  There were many times in my life I regretted my decision to major in Education, rather than something more along the lines of journalism, broadcasting and communication.  But, through it all I was able to reverse course and keep up with my blog on the side while also working my full time job.  Anyone who starts a blog most likely has a full time job and very often they are completely unrelated.

My second year of teaching I took on another challenge, getting my Masters in Educational Technology. I finished it one year and all of that technology work only clarified that fact that there were some amazing things going on with blogging.  It refueled my fire and my third year of teaching Sarah Scoop was back in full swing.  At this point I started adding contributors.  I looked for people who were interested in the same things as I was.  I added a few and also went on my first blog conference that year.  (Thanks Mom, for going with me!).

That conference was pretty life changing.  I came back to Kansas City and decided it was finally time to make some blogging friends.  I started attending networking events in KC and eventually through those relationships Go Blog Social was born.  In 2013, we created the first blogging and social media conference in Kansas City.  Since that first conference we have had 4 other events and stay tuned if you’re invested because we have something big planned that we will be announcing soon.

Anyways, not only did that conference inspire me to meet some new friends and start a business, it also helped me take Sarah Scoop to the next level.  I started looking at it as a business.  I took the steps to meet with a lawyer and it soon became an LLC.  At 25 years old I had two LLCs…crazy, nothing I could have ever imagined.  I also had a few years of teaching finished up and a masters degree in education. I was still really enjoying my job teaching so that was what I did with a majority of my time.  

Well, it hit me last year that I was going to have to make a choice.  It was simply impossible for me to have two businesses and work full time in a completely unrelated career.  So..I quit my job.  I was terrified! I have bills, I like to shop, I needed to eat or at least buy my cat some cat food.  Luckily, for me I was able to keep teaching part-time.  I know all of these details might seem extreme, but I want to make it very clear to all of you who are considering blogging full time, that just like any there start up business it is hard work and takes time.  Never let yourself get discouraged.  And never ever be afraid to reverse the course of your life.

Now, I have finished up the year teaching part-time and honestly never thought I’d be able to switch my path in life, but its possible for me and for you.  I recently had a life changing experience and unfortunately I can’t share details, but you’ll find out soon.  It only solidified the fact that I love blogging and everything I have experienced has come from handwork and dedication.  In order to continue to grow and share new things with all of you, I will be even more dedicated to Sarah Scoop. 

It’s really scary to take a risk and reverse your course when you have a comfortable life and truly enjoy what you are doing.  For those of you who are the on the fence about a life change, just make it now.  There is not time like the present and lets face it every day more time passes.  If not now, when?

What I hope anyone who is thinking of starting a blog can take away from this is that you need to blog about things that interest you and you need to blog for yourself.  Oh, one more quick detail.  Probably the first year or two into blogging I didn’t tell anyone about my blog expect my family.  Don’t do that…tell everyone.  Share what you have to say and be excited to get your opinions out there in this world.  Your good friends are going to support you and read your post.  They will be the ones that like every single thing on your insta and facebook.  Even if they have no idea what blogging is, they will support you.  Also, go get yourself some blogging friends.  Yes, you need them.  Hey, maybe you’ll meet some at Go Blog Social. 😉 You have to have people who understand the world of blogging and trust me its so much more fun that way.

Remember, it takes so much time to build up your blog.  Don’t be afraid to reach out to other people who you admire and ask them for help.  The best piece of advice I can give you is to not give up.  Seriously, just keep blogging.  One day you’ll wake up and be shocked at the places it can take you.  Trust me, it’s happening for me.

Now let’s make it official.  Check out my tips on how to start and blog and please please please share your blog with me.  I want to read it!! Best of luck to all of you current and future bloggers out there.  Please remember just because you make a choice, doesn’t mean you can’t reverse it to find your true happiness. That goes for all aspects of your life!

So tell me have you ever had Switcher’s Remorse?

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Sarah Ruhlman is the founder and editor of Sarah Scoop.com. Sarah is a lifestyle blogger, online influencer and television personality. Email sarah@sarahscoop.com to connect and work together.
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    I started blogging 3 years ago and just recently started taking it seriously. I want to grow my site into an even bigger resource than before. JasmineDiane.com was a personal style blog, but now it is focus on helping others find their style + sharing tips.

      • Sarah
      • July 8, 2015
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      I love your blog Jasmine! It looks great. I am excited to continue to follow along with you on your blogging journey. 🙂

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