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How I Got Started on My Blogging Journey

Updated on April 2, 2019
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Mindfulness blogger, who loves to share useful tips to help others create a better life. Mental Health Awareness. Become more mindful.

How It Got Started

My blogging journey actually started a couple of years ago, in November 2017, when I decided to start something new where I could make extra money. I wasn't quite sure what I wanted at first.

I wanted to do something that would get me more excited about getting up in the morning. Why? Because I wanted to learn and do something new. I was bored.

So I started thinking about all the things that I had already accomplished in life. I was 44 years old so I knew I still had a few things to add to my list of accomplishments. I have a good full-time job, an amazing husband, 2 beautiful & healthy children, friends I can count on. But something was still missing.

I missed the feeling of accomplishing something good and important. I felt I wanted to create something and help other people. I felt I need to express myself. I wanted to do more.

I needed to figure this out.

A Blog? What is that?

As an avid Internet user, I started searching for new ways to do more. I absolutely love Pinterest so I knew I was going to find something good there. Sure enough, I came across a few options, knitting, baking, crafting, writing ... nah... still nothing I was really interested in.

I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I kept looking. At some point, I came across a pin about making money online.

I clicked on it and stumbled upon an article on how to start a blog. I always liked Pinterest for new ideas on house renovations and fashion but I had no idea I could find so much more than that on this platform. Recipes, shoes, outfits, reno ideas and you guessed it: tons of information on how to make money online!

A blog? What is a blog anyway? Well, I found out a Blog is a regularly updated website or web page, typically run by an individual or a small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

The more I read about blogging, the more interested I became. The stories I read about stay at home moms that started a blog and within a year or so were able to make money online with their blog, made me very interested in the subject.

What if I could do the same as these moms? What if I could learn a new skill, start a blog or even open up an online store, and potentially make extra cash?

Great! I was sold!

The First Blog

I could just feel the energy. Now I needed to learn more about this online blog business! First thing I had to do was read as much as I could about the topic, get a domain name to get started! And this is exactly what I did for a couple of weeks, I researched. Every day I looked into getting more information.

The excitement was real, and after some research, I got my own domain name. OMG, my very own website!!!

GiOli Blog, my first site was born! I was ready to start on this new adventure!

The Learning

Since I was very new to this, I decided to invest in a good course that would teach me the steps on how to start a blog.

In Pinterest, I found this adorable lady, Suzi from Start a Mom Blog and I instantly felt connected to her. I read all of her blog posts, watched some of her YouTube videos and I was convinced I could do this blogging thing too! I love how relatable she is and I love her teaching technique. She is such an inspiration! I've been following her on social media since.

My blog went live in January 2018, with only 2 posts, but remember, I'm still learning all the ins and outs at this point.

The Real Deal

After a few weeks of more research and learning from the course I had purchased from Suzi, and some other free resources I found online, I came to the conclusion that there is so much more to blogging than just having a website.

Blogging is an amazing way to connect with people, share your story & experiences and help someone.

Soon after starting the blog, I realized how much more training I needed to grow the blog. First, I had to change the URL, GiOli Blog was not really an easy name to remember. I had to decide on a niche, I was sort of all over the place, I was not confident about writing or designing the site, I got a bit overwhelmed with the whole thing and since I suffer from anxiety, it doesn't take much to throw me off.

I was not getting any traffic to the blog, I made no money. But I didn't give up.

I kept reading about other bloggers to get to know their stories. Blogging for some had started as a hobby then later turned into a source of income. I knew I was going to find my flow like so many other fellow bloggers had found theirs. I had to be patient and I had to trust myself, but what was I doing wrong?

What was I going to do differently? I still wanted to create something new and I knew it had to be an online business.

I took some time off from the online world, to rest my brain and get some inspiration. I started journaling, something I had done before and I always found very beneficial.

Then one day, it finally clicked!

The Focus Changed

I woke up one day in September 2018 and I could see it!

I was focusing on the wrong thing all along!

By focusing on making money quick, I couldn't find my rhythm and everything that I was producing seemed fake. I felt like a fraud. All the trials with no results were showing me that Blogging is not a "get rich quick" type of deal.

Blogging is writing about something you are passionate about to connect with people that share the same interests as you. I can't just add tons of links to my site and expect this to work. I had to get real and start speaking from the heart to be able to attract and connect with people.

So, needless to say, after a bit of self-reflection, I knew exactly what I had to do!

I had to share my story!

My story about depression and anxiety since a young age and how I learned to overcome those difficult times. I had to share with people what I had learned and continue to learn until this day about overcoming stress, panic attacks, generalized anxiety and major depression, to live a better life.

A New Mindset

I realized my story is worth telling the world! I want to help other people regardless if I make money or not.

My mindset totally changed!

In September 2018, I made the decision to put GiOli Blog to rest and get a new domain name and start blogging from scratch, again.

Top Mindful Notes was born and I've never felt so good about creating this site. It's blogging my purpose and I love it!

My focus has moved away from "making money online quick", and as soon as I realized that, things started to flow better for my blog. I'm getting some traffic to the site, people are commenting on my articles. I'm growing a following.

I feel inspired to write more about tips and ways to create a better life and I love to share my findings on my blog. A lot of the stuff you will see on the site are things that I have tried and worked well for me, therefore, I recommend it to my audience.


Overcoming depression and anxiety was a big accomplishment for me, I'm proud of who I've become in the process and I want more people to know that it's possible to live a normal life, even after major setbacks.

Giving up is not an option!

The learning is ongoing and it's so exciting! I'm loving every minute of it!

I'm so inspired to continue to grow the blog and reach more people that just like me, may still be suffering from depression and anxiety.

If I can just help ONE person with my story and the posts I share on the site, that will be a great feeling, a feeling of accomplishment, a feeling that NO money can buy.

© 2019 Giselle Oliveira


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    • Giselle Oliveira profile imageAUTHOR

      Giselle Oliveira 

      11 months ago from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

      That's great, Cristina! Having your own domain and hosting is certainly the best option. I've joined HubPages to get more exposure. I'm excited for you! I'll be checking your posts!

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      Cristina Cakes 

      11 months ago from Virginia

      This was inspiring to read. I have loved blogging for many years but only recently started a real website that I actually had to pay for. Can't wait to see where this journey takes me!

    • Giselle Oliveira profile imageAUTHOR

      Giselle Oliveira 

      11 months ago from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

      Thank you so much, Cornelius!

    • Giselle Oliveira profile imageAUTHOR

      Giselle Oliveira 

      11 months ago from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

      So many people have started blogging as a hobby and later turn their blogs into a money-making machine. I realized that doing it just for the money was the wrong mentality and once again I've learned from my mistakes. I'm happy we have connected and are growing our blogs by sharing tricks and tips! Thanks for your comment, Debra!

    • Giselle Oliveira profile imageAUTHOR

      Giselle Oliveira 

      11 months ago from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

      Thanks, Melody! There is nothing better than learning from our mistakes, right? The struggles make us stronger and more resilient. Thanks for stopping by!

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      11 months ago

      Thanks for sharing, helping others with your stories will be a feeling of accomplishment for sure.

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      Debra Roberts 

      11 months ago from Ohio

      I never even considered making money when I first started my personal blog...I just wanted a place to write about family issues; an outlet of sorts. It wasn't until this past year that I got a wild hair that maybe I could do something productive. I stumbled upon HubPages while trying to figure out how I could write for Huffington Post...which seems to be a secret! I love it here and have learned so much! You are off to a great start!

    • Melody Dunithan profile image

      Melody Dunithan 

      11 months ago from Indiana

      Awesome post! I had the same experience... wanting to start a blog to make money and not seeing any progress. I, too, have gone back to concentrating on my blog and getting it noticed. Eventually it might make a profit, but for now I'm happy sharing what I can. To know that you struggle with depression just makes your accomplishments that much more inspiring. Thank you for sharing.


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