Searching for a new career -frustrated with the ‘how to’s’

Whoever told me I should start a new career, was also a dummy. I told myself this. I actually told myself that I should start a side hustle but same same – not really. I have no clue what I am getting myself into. I’m just hoping for the best.

Whoever said it was easy to make money quick online was a dummy. There I said it

I am so frustrated with it all. I’ve said it in past posts and I’ll probably continue saying it until I actually start profiting and not need help from Mitch.

Mitch has me reading so many different things, studying, searching google for answers and to searching for the ‘how to’s’ of blogging. Well, I hate when people tell me to do something I’m not ready to do. When it comes to studying, I like to do things on my own time. I hate studying. Need I remind you that after getting a B.Sc., I went back to school two more times – both in the healthcare sector??

The major difference here is that now, this new career change has nothing to do with healthcare. I am doing a complete 180. I am going into this new ‘adventure’ with very little computer knowledge (unless you call being pretty good at word and powerpoint gives me some points…).

Those who decided to transition and start a new career at an older age…wow. I think you are amazing. Did it work out? Are you happier? How much of a struggle was it and was it worth it?

I could retire in 22 years at my current job with a full pension. But is it worth it to stay at a job for that much longer if you’re not happy? People who realize this early on are very smart. The toughest thing is knowing you want out but not knowing what you want to do instead.

Making a career change involves a lot of thought and battles in the mind. Going over the pros and cons is stressful. I know my ultimate goal but I don’t know how to get there exactly. Blogging, may not be smartest decision but at least I am trying. I won’t get anywhere if I don’t try.

Thank gawd I have Mitch alongside me. He’s made websites and has a wealth of knowledge that he shares…when he has the time. Not everyone is as lucky as me though. So those who started from scratch, wow to you too.

Starting a blog isn’t super tough. But once you start wanting to add plugins or widgets or even to make your page fancy looking – completely different story. If you’re planning to start earning money from it, also another completely story.

You really need to dedicate at least a couple of months to somewhat get the hang of things. Even then, asking for help is necessary! Reading articles that tell you how to start a blog in 10 easy steps – won’t get you very far. They teach you the bare bones which I guess is a foot in the door. But if you want people to read your stuff or you want to earn income from it – holy smokes there is way way more to it. I would not suggest quitting your day job just yet.

There is so much information out there, so many options, so many articles, unlimited courses available for purchase, so many groups – this is all making me insane. I’m going nuts and feeling way overwhelmed. There is a lot of trial and error and a lot of weeding out the garbage.

There are different ‘how to’s’ of things. There is the ‘how to’ for pros and the ‘how to’ for beginners. There needs to be more ‘how to’s’ using layman’s terms for beginners. I need the most basic of the basics with lots of pictures.

There were a couple of times where I tried to figure out on my own some random thing that had to do with the blog by searching the internet for the answer. Seemed like an easy thing I could do. So many sites have the feature I want so it must be pretty straightforward to do. I tried several of the suggestions I found online and nothing worked. Eventually, Mitch fixed whatever I needed and when I asked what he did, he mentioned that I wouldn’t have gotten it. Great. How motivating.

Seriously, if I couldn’t do something that seemed so easy, how will I ever figure any of this out? How will I be able to transition out of my current career into a new one that is online? How will I be able to work and travel?

You ever read the line, ‘And trust me, anyone can do it’? That is a total jerkface lie. Well, not technically. I guess almost anyone can do it, it just comes much easier for some than others. Just like with anything, if I take the time to sit and learn, I might eventually get it…eventually. Gah I want to know stuff now! NOW, dammit!

I’m not saying that what people are writing out there is false. It’s what worked for them. It’s not going to work for everyone though.

Why am I writing about this again? Is it not obvious? I’m frustrated!! When I’m frustrated over something, I talk a lot about it until I no longer feel that way. I’m frustrated with work, I’m frustrated that I’m not better at computers, I’m frustrated that I can’t find my ‘passion’, I’m frustrated that I can’t easily slip into a new career.

What sucks is that once I learn something new, there’s going to be new, the system is going to evolve and I’ll have to start fresh again. There is always new updates, new changes, new apps, new everything that I will constantly be learning and constantly be going nuts.

Can’t I just have Mitch make me a blog and I just post content? HAHA Honestly, how long will this all take? Did I mention how impatient I am or could you tell by my written tone?

Currently, Mitch has me doing this 10-day course as well as making me read Miles Becklers’ Top 10 Online Business Ideas that make 10K A Month to Start Today. The 10 day course is a little too much for me. The article though…great. It’s more of a pep talk. I can actually understand what Miles is saying…I can even relate to some of it. I think each time I feel like a debbie downer over this blog stuff, I need to read these types of posts.

They’re either going to make me feel motivated OR make me free really stupid if they start using computer lingo. I guess I am willing to take that risk. I have no choice really if I plan to switch careers or at least earn money through the internet.

I have to realize that this is going to take time and that getting results isn’t instantaneous…especially for a noob like me. If I started making money fast (how long is fast?), it would be by complete luck. Going digital is tough. Changing careers is tough. Trying to start a new digital career where I hope to make money is going to be really rough.

It’s not a lost cause just yet though. I’ve learned a few things – get the basics down first, build a foundation and niche, learn and utilize SEO’s, then start making the moolah! It’s kind of like what we learned in grade school writing essays:

  1. make an outline/diagram –> find your niche and nail down your topic
  2. research –> learn the basics
  3. write the body/main points –> figure out ways to build your blog/create great content to keep your audience coming back
  4. write your conclusion –> achieve your goal and start earning money

By the way, I hate writing essays.

I thought I figured my niche. I thought I knew what I wanted to write about. But, as I continue to go over courses and reading articles, I have no clue. The more I read, the more lost I find myself with this blog.

There is so much I want to write about. So much random stuff that is my life and what I am going through that I want you to know and hopefully can sympathize. But, the more vague your topic is, the more difficult it is for you to rank higher and for Google to help you bring more traffic. The more difficult it is to sort through my stuff. Also: keywords. You need to search for keywords that are ‘trending’ and you need enough of them in each post. I sort of get it but can I just then throw in random words here or there or even at the end of the post as an excerpt that no one has to read just so that I can be more searchable? I guess that would be cheating and I may lose readership over it…

I know this will all get easier with time. Just gotta keep at it. If you have words of encouragement or advice, please send them my way! Until then, I will continue to read and immerse myself in this digital world and hope that switching up careers was a good idea.

If anything, I guess I have a new hobby!?!

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Hey there, I'm Cristine (aka Nomadgirlfriend). I want to quit my job so I can travel more. I just need to figure out the digital world so I can start making money to feed my wanderlust with my digital nomad partner. I welcome you to join my on this journey of self discovery and new adventures!

  • Kelley Treichler says:

    Dang it Christine! I am reading your blog cause I haven’t travelled in FOREVER! You made me google SEO! Even worse…..forget nursing …..medicine or psych……I should just blog! I am old ….. I didn’t get blogging before now…..or how you can make money from it! Do you wanna learn together……cause now I want to blog!

    • NomadGirlfriend says:

      Just like anything else, you have to work pretty hard at first to start making anything with a blog. Even then, might just be a couple of bucks here and there…if you have traffic coming to your site. I’ll let you know in 3 months how I’m doing with that! lol

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