I have been trying to start and maintain a blog since 2009.
It started as a work-from-home and make quick money scheme (that quickly failed). You soon realize that blogs require much more work, with very little compensation, as a oppose to finding a job with a steady paycheck. It first starts with finding a niche topic to write about, building a website, and constantly researching blog posts. It’s a lot of work!
However, every failed project became a learning experience that helped me to where I am today. I don’t regret getting hundreds of domains and learning from HTML to PHP to build my own sites. Fortunately, just how I had some failed attempts at past projects, I also had some successful sites.
Most of the good ones have been very lucrative eCommerce sites. I learned the ins-and-outs of selling online. With some SEO work, I was able to build a few sites and rank them all on the niche search word I was aiming for. This helped me dominate the market for the product I was selling.
Unfortunately, all good things have to come to an end.
With my supplier going out of business, I ran out of products to sell. Also, my mind and time was onto other things as well. So, although this endeavor in eCommerce sites has ended (at least for the time being), my journey still continued onward.
I went back to school to learn programming and software development. I built some apps that are currently on the Android and Apple store. It’s been very fulfilling being able to create something that’s out there in the world helping people.
Everything at the this point has been great. However, there’s that one thing that’s been lingering in the back of my mind; having a blog.
Why The Fundamental Man?
It took me a very long time to realize that I would be consistent with a men’s style blog. Why? Well because It’s something I enjoy. Dressing well and looking at ways to be better at it. The way in which it came to me was when I started working in an office environment. I went from jeans and t-shirts to chinos and button down shirts. When time came I started buying suits. There, I went from polyester to Super 120’s and 140’s. Of all of this, where I go crazy the most, is on boots. You name it, derbies and wingtips and double monk straps, I bought them all. If it wasn’t for my wife and respecting her closet space, I’d buy more.
I believe I had a strong start to this blog and been way, way, way more consistent as oppose to others I started in the past. It only took a few weeks to get interested retailers to write about their products. All-in-all it’s been a dream come true to have people come to you and value your voice and influence.
The Hard Part: Keeping Consistency with Other Things Going on in Your Life
Everyone’s life is different. Our lifestyle and daily routines are different in every way. What isn’t different, however, is that we all have goals and work for something. We all have bills to pay; some of us have other mouths to feed. So with so much going on, it’s hard to keep consistent with a blog. And while we do hear success stories of some making a living with their blogs, it’s not always the case. So while if and when this does become a full time job, we have to keep at it with our day jobs. Below is the list of things I have going on with my life.
- Husband to a beautiful wife and father to a 4 year old toddler.
- Work-from-home tech job with 12 hour shifts.
- Currently working on my Masters in Business Administration in IT Management.
- Part time community leader for non-profit organization.
- The Fundamental Man Blog.
It’s a lot to take in, but I go at it one day at a time. What keeps me going is the feeling of accomplishing the things that I care about with the people that I love. The blog, while it may be a hobby at my expense, is a creative output that helps my writing skills and fulfill a goal I’ve had for years. This time I’m just doing it for the right reasons, instead of a get-rich-quick scheme.