What Is Your Blog Story?

“I like this theme” *few days later* “I need to change my theme”

I am pretty sure that we all have been in this kind of dilemma and it is completely normal. There always seem to be something wrong with a theme that makes the whole concept of it awful or cringey or meh. No, I did not get a paid domain to have the premium themes (or did I?) but I can say that I love it. No, I did not get a paid domain to monetize but I can say, why not?

I started my blog in 2014 just because I want to. I mean, you too have probably been into Blogger and Tumblr. I have accounts there, too. In my previous work though, the only site that was accessible was WordPress. I just had to make an account to blog in the office. Hahaha! I just got out of college, the real world was pretty scary (let alone me growing up in the countryside all my life then I suddenly got thrown into the city). Overwhelming. I had to write my thoughts down. That was the sole reason. It was fun. I was still pretty anonymous, then.

My first URL was adailysliceoflife.wordpress.com and my first post was Between the Pages. Nostalgic. I have been on and off here since I started.

I also have been to a lot of rebranding. You probably have gone through the same thing. I think that is the most crucial change that your blog can experience. I don’t know what urged me to change and revamped the whole thing. It was in September 2016 when I finally switched to viennanoreen.wordpress.com – I called myself then, The Wanderess. Hahaha! If I remember it correctly, my blog’s tagline was an old soul stuck in a fucked up modern era.” It was really like going through identity crisis.

Now, going back to the domain, I only paid for this blog because I want to omit “wordpress” from my URL. I’m sorry, WordPress. I know you want us to get rid of it, anyway. Hahaha! This will make me sound dumb, like really. I realized that I could go for the Personal Plan if I only want to get my damn URL. Maybe I really got entice by “Unlimited Premium Themes” because I love customizing. WordPress’ Happiness Engineers do their job so well. I love the live support chat!

This time last year, I got my own viennanoreen.com and I couldn’t be anymore happy about it. Though, my pocket really did cry a lot. It is another year, meaning I need to fund this again.

They say it is best to have a niche but with my fickle personality, I do not think I can keep up with it. I can’t even maintain my Instagram feed! I think I played it safe that I go for a personal blog. However, it is still challenging because I feel like I keep talking about myself in this blog instead of being informative or helpful with those tips, reviews and whatnot. Who wants to listen to someone who always talks about himself anyway, right? So, thank you if you have always been a reader of vienna noreen; and you are still here.

Do you think it sounds conceited to name your blog after your own name? I was talking to a friend about it the other day and it got me thinking. 😅 I really like my name and I couldn’t think of anything else that will somehow match my character. I mean vienna noreen is me. Hehe Have you noticed the semi-colon (;) after my blog name?

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This blog helped me be more open about my feelings and mental state, so a semi colon. I will keep going. It was only this year (I think) when I came up with “when words blend”. I wanted to keep my coffee theme (at least the color, it’s #DAC189) so I thought of a tagline that will emulate that concept. When words blend, these thoughts are formed. Something like that. I mean, coffee blends plus my words? Does it make sense? 😄

I really want to keep my blog this way and keep my domain. But, we have to admit that the one time payment is not a small sum. I tried monetizing through WordAds last year, around May. Of course, I haven’t got anything yet because I do not have that much traffic in this site.

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HAHAHAHAHA! 3 freaking USD in 11 months??? I really feel dejected to think that I am paying for $8 monthly for this blog and that is $96 in total. ONE. TIME. PAYMENT. 😭😭

So I tried other ways to keep my domain. I do not want to lose it so I need to work hard to pay for it. 😅

Ko-Fi

I thought it is the easiest way to ask people to help you since each coffee only cost $3. But of course, it is still not easy. 🤣

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See this button?

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When this blog started to gain more views, I tried applying to different brands as an affiliate. But the thing with affiliates is your readers need to use the links and purchase something from those sites/brands so you can get a little commission. It hasn’t happened yet. 🤣 So far I got three on my sidebar:

Zaful

It is an online brand that sells different fashion items from dresses to swimwear to sports. Their items look really good.

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Book Depository

I choose my affiliates carefully because I do not want to fill my site with brands and companies that I do not care about at all. BD should be on the list because I love reading and they really offer a great service. My Daddy Long Legs and The Return of the Young Prince was delivered to me fast and they answer to queries immediately.

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Style Korean

Of course, I have to include anything that is Korean. Hehe I am so in love with Korean Dramas and Bangtan Sonyeondan. Watching these Koreans without pores or anything make you want to have a clear skin, too! #ClearSkin2018 😆

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They say that if you only blog to monetize, you are doing it for all the wrong reasons. I couldn’t agree more to that. But, a little help won’t hurt 🙂

If you will use my links, I would really appreciate it. Whatever amount I’ll get from your charity will help this blog run a little longer ✨


How did you come up with your blog name? Do you monetize, too? Blogging is really fun but it is not easy and definitely not cheap. Monetizing is probably as hard as building your audience.

Here is to hoping that we can help each other grow as we write our way to whichever path we are taking.

to better blog contents,

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vienna is a highly caffeinated writer who aspires to make a difference through her words; if she's not writing, she's probably reading books and fangirling over Bangtan.

14 thoughts on “What Is Your Blog Story?

  1. I was never into blogging to earn cash. I never tried, even when my old blog (since it was a beauty blog) was gaining a heck of a lot more traffic than my current blog. But I think I’m gonna start trying to earn here. Hahahaha. I’m also thinking about upgrading to a premium plan. Hopefully, some time before the year ends.

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    1. I think it’s safe to say that it’s okay to not really earn from it when you don’t really spend for it. I mean, if we are reviewing stuff, we enjoy that at least. But, when you are actually paying for the platform itself, it is when perspective will change lol

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  2. I think there’s nothing wrong to name your blog after your name. It sounds more professional pa nga daw sabi ng isang kilalang blogger.

    Ako naman since from the start travel na talaga ang gusto kong niche, thus the blog name. Pero habang tumatagal parang nag-iiba din yung pananaw ko sa blogging. I want to widen my horizon and grow more sa pagsusulat. Lately nga more on personal na ang sinusulat ko. 3 out of my last 4 blog post was more on personal, and I’m loving it. Kaya parang gusto ko na din magpalit ng blog name. 😊

    Kaso yun nga, another payment, another work for migration and SEO, etc.. In short, matrabaho at magastos. Hahah..

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    1. ayun nga din, kuya. i think it sounds professional. hahahahaha i think lang naman 😀

      pero nakilala ka na sa travel!!!! sabagay pwede naman yun mag add na lang ng category for travel. may travel akong category pero wala pa akong pangtravel HAHAHAHAHAHA

      naka-business plan ka, kuya? sa Premium Plan kasi chill lang ako. Hahahaha Pero gusto ko ung pwede ako mag upload ng theme at Google Analytics kaso pang Business lang 😀

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      1. Or pwede ring i-continue ko na lang tong travel blog ko, tapos maglalagay na lang ako ng category for personal. What do you think? 😊

        May iba akong web host Noreen eh. Pati domain name ko sa iba ko kinuha, kaya mas matrabaho. May advantage at disadvantage din kapag self-hosted.

        Ay wait, ano ba dapat itawag ko sayo, Vienna or Noreen? At bakit gising ka pa ng ganitong oras? 😁

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        1. ayan tama tama!!! para di na matrabaho.

          nalilito ako sa ganyan. dito na lang ako sa premium plan hahahahaha

          vienna po. kapag tinatawag akong noreen naaalala ko directress namin nung highschool lol freelancing hehehe CT timezone ng clients. IKAW DIN KUYA GISING KA PA or kakagising lang? napakaaga naman pag ganun hahahaha

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        2. Tama, mag premium ka na lang para di ka malito. Mahal nga lang talaga, pero okay na rin. Keri mo naman eh. Heheh..

          Ah, Vienna pala dapat. Noreen lagi ko tawag sayo eh. Parang ang ganda kase pakinggan nung Noreen. Or baka dahil may friend lang akong maganda at Noreen din ang name? 😊

          Gising pa ako kase GY shift ako. Isa akong dakilang bampira, mga isang dekada na. 😄

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