What Inspired Me to Become a Professional Blogger

On March 25, 2003, I wrote my first blog post. Prior to that, I created static HTML websites that became a pain to update. Blogging was a breath of fresh air. It was easy to generate content on a whim, getting thoughts and ideas out of my head an onto the Internet where I intended them to be.

Many people have asked me how I got started in blogging and what exactly inspired me to take that leap. In short – it was pure necessity and their names are Trey and Coty.

gayla trey coty tbt Blogging Paid for Our First Real Vacation to Florida in 2003

In 1999, I took a huge leap of faith and began working from home, in marketing and member relations for a niche dating site. Because of the niche I worked in, I learned HTML so I could create a website that supported that niche. As horribly ugly as that site was, it was very popular. It was a great resource, provided the feel of community and gave me a platform to share my knowledge in a way that helped so many others.

I maintained that site for 5 years and grew it enough to where it provided a substantial income for me and the kids.

Being a single mother to twins, I wanted more than anything to find my way to support my family by working from home and working online.

In March of 2003, a close friend of mine introduced me to Blogger. I made the transition from static HTML websites to blogging and never looked back.

Many of the more influential bloggers encourage people to find a niche they are passionate about and to follow that passion into an income that can be generated online. While I think passion is needed, I also think some of the best bloggers I know built their own private empires based on necessity.

When you NEED to do something for the wellbeing of others, I think you find a way to make it happen, quicker.

Sometimes we get stuck in that “passion mode” and it can easily fall to the side because mentally, it can become a bit selfish when it consumes our time and energy.

Since I began blogging, I have tried numerous times to follow my passions and those passions wound up being thirteen blogs. Talk about overwhelming!

It was when I focused on being of service to others and keeping my family at the forefront of my purpose that I truly flourished.

I could be wrong, but when you give of yourself to help improve the lives of others, the Universe has a way of rewarding you, in abundance.

coty gayla and trey at justins wedding Trey and Coty at 21

That’s the kind of blogger I want to be. That’s where my heart is and that’s what my soul needs to do to feel fulfilled. When I am in the service of others, the benefits come financially and spiritually – what could be better than that?

Now that my kids are grown and that element of necessity has been somewhat removed, I have been drawn more and more to get back to the service of others.

What inspires your blogging efforts? Do you feel that passion or necessity drive your best efforts? If you’ve neglected your blog, like I have before, what stood between you and your blogging efforts?

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  1. Erik says:

    Hello Gayla,

    This is a really touching and heart warming story. I am happy for your success! I started blogging myself a little over a month ago and am looking to grow my traffic. I have been reading through some of your other posts and you have great information.

    Thanks and keep up the great work!
    Erik – http://www.amoresuccessfulyou.com

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