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How Read With Allison Started
First, know that blogging is more work than it looks like and should be a passion project first.
I started Read With Allison in July 2018 as a hobby. I had just joined bookstagram and wanted to have a blog for book reviews when I started requesting books from publishers. My original blog was hosted at wordpress.com, which is a free blog hosting website.
If you plan to monetize your blog or want more freedom to customize, I highly recommend starting off with a self-hosted blog. I self-hosted in July 2020 and went through a painful process of migrating 200+ blog posts to my new site.
Self-hosting your blog sounds really scary, but all it means is you own all the content. If wordpress.com had shut down while I was using that service, I would have lost all of my content. But since I am now self-hosted, I own my content and I can customize that content however I want.
I personally decided to self-host my blog because I wanted to get serious and monetize my blog. One of my lifelong dreams has been to have a successful blog. Read With Allison is at least my third attempt at blogging and my most successful attempt because I found something I genuinely enjoy writing about.
I started researching how to grow a blog and really threw myself into self-educating myself on how to correctly manage a blog. Here are some of my favorite resources for starting a blog.
I personally went with Bluehost when I decided to self-host. So far I have been happy with their service! They provide 24/7 support, which I was using by day two of self-hosting. They completed the process of migrating my wordpress.com blog to wordpress.org for me after my own failed attempt.
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I tried one service before switching to MailerLite.
I have found MailerLite to be very user friendly and easy to navigate. Plus I love the block editor that lets you drag and drop elements to really customize your newsletters!