A Bloggers Journey — The Snakes & Ladders

Learning from my mistakes to pursue your blogging career.

My journey into blogging has not been a smooth journey. However, it has been one where I have grown considerably.

Over the last year, I have developed and grown as a writer and this is due to my blogging. I have met the most incredible people through my online community and Medium.

Those that have contacted me, clapped for my posts or cheered me on. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Where it Started.

Firstly I have no idea when I started blogging. I would estimate about ten years ago. None of those blogs still exist, thank god. I can only imagine how bad the writing was. Although, we all have to start somewhere.

I started by writing book reviews. In the dark recess of my memory, I think this was my first blog. I then moved on to writing a blog about fostering, the high’s and lows. After finishing my fostering career I went back to my first love of books, books, books.

There is a part of me that wishes I had saved some of these early blogs. These could show me how much my writing has developed.

Hosting sites

I have also experimented with all hosting sites. Previously, I had a personal blog on blogger. I found the platform hard to personalise. The mobile apps were also badly organised. Not, however, as hard to use as Wix.

On Wix, I set up a business page. Views were poor. Since then I have tried Wix on several other occasions. Always with the same result, it isn’t for me.

For a while, I had a successful book blog on Tumblr. The views were good but, the interaction was poor. With the recent criticism of Tumblr, I am quite glad I am not still there.

My main website now resides with WordPress and I have no plans to change that. I find WordPress to be reasonably priced and easy to use.


In March 2018 I stumbled upon an app called Medium. It propelled my blogging onto another level. I haven’t looked back since. Over time I have gained 1k followers and I have developed my personal website to over 250 followers.

Over the last six months, I have become a blogger. I blog on Medium with a personal portfolio on my website. I have also concentrated on growing other social media accounts, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Two months ago the dream happened, I actually started making money from my writing. I was asked to work on a couple of sponsored posts. Although, I am determined to ensure these sponsored posts fit the format of my website. I am not going to accept posts for the sake of payment. Some might think this naive, but at present, it is the stand I am taking.

The Future

My blogging career has not been a quick process. It has taken years of learning my craft. Hours spent producing output for little results. Finally, things are progressing forward.

Next month, my first children’s book is released. Blogging helped me develop my writing, to a place that I am proud to publish my first book.

I have another two manuscripts in process. I also have a killer idea for another dystopian novel, which is in its infancy.

There is always a killer idea in my head.

Once again, thank you to everyone who has supported me and made contact with me. As a writer, I should always have the words, but when it comes to your support, there are no words to express how much I appreciate you all.

Originally published on PublishousNow

Published by Sam H Arnold

Sam H Arnold is a writer of True Crime, Parenting and Writing Tips articles. If you have enjoyed her work you might consider donating her a coffee on Ko-Fi. Links to this and all her other work can be found on the about me page.

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