Last weekend, I conducted my first-ever blogging workshop. It was everything that I dreamt of. Do most people think blogging is something fun? Passion project? Time-pass. And here’s where I shared my honest story as to why I started blogging in the first place.
I’m Cherisha and most of you would know me as ‘inspiredbycherisha’ on Instagram. I want to back-slide a bit to share with you my personal story of how I started blogging because the events of my life were quite a story.
Blogging started out as a passion project for me. It was a place where I pour my heart to a digital world, not knowing if someone is reading my piece or I am just parking my thoughts in a space where there are millions of others that blogging.
MY STORY OF BECOMING A BLOGGER
For 5 years of my life, from 2011 – 2016 I worked at the bank as an assistant manager for the ANTI-MONEY laundering team and I loved it.
But I always wondered like, what is there to like apart from this banking lifestyle I lead. AND when I say ‘banking lifestyle’, it actually meant travelling 2 hours of my life, back and forth from Seremban – KL by waking up at 5 am to take the earlier bus to Pasar Seni – and from there, I commute by LRT to Dang Wangi station and from there, I had to walk at least 25 minutes to reach Citigroup building in the middle of KL’s busiest city. In these 2 hours of my life, I always asked myself ‘is this what my life is – TRAVELING.
It honestly took half of my life and let’s not forget my going back time. Now apart from that, it was a tough job. It requires a lot of focus and my mind has to always be diligent over the slightest details and that’s just where my caffeine addiction started. Now, it may sound sad but I honestly learnt quite a lot from this job. It made me very independent in my day-to-day life and taught me how valuable time is. Unfortunately, one morning I had a hand injury over a dog-bite and that caused my right arm (i will share about this story some other time) hence to cut the long story short, I was rushed to the ER for an operation and it left me with no choice than to leave my job because I had to heal. And since I had some savings in the bank, I thought I could sustain myself through until I get another job. Now, when you leave your job, you also leave the insurance policy part out. That’s where I had to spend most of my money into my medical and that left me broke. I was RM 0 savings in the bank, a couple of coins in my purse. I was ashamed to ask my family for help and it ate me inside out.
That’s where I decided I want to write my thoughts out. Not those fancy kinds of blogs that share a delicious meal or luxury travel, but I want to share the realness of a person. Who that person is behind closed doors when nobody is watching or how vulnerable a person can be when their world is falling apart? I mean, nobody is talking about it. Why can’t that be me?
Now, here I was. Staring at my laptop for hours not knowing what to do, where to start, or how to even design a layout/theme for a blog. I mean, come on I wasn’t all tech-savvy. But Google had been a great friend. So, I spend the next couple of weeks learning how to setup a blog and my fiancée was such a help! I wouldn’t have made it this far without his support … **low key I love you**
Today, my dream came true!
Fast forward from there, here am I today. I completed my first blogging workshop successfully and it was everything I visioned it to be. I had the chance to share my experience as a blogger in the social media world and how to make a real income from it. I never knew it was possible until I found out secrets to make constant money online.
My blogging workshop is titled, How To Build A Successful Blog in 2021 and inside my blogging course, I shared:
- What is blogging?
- Building YOU as a brand.
- How much to charge for a sponsored blog post?
- How much to charge if you’re an amateur blogger?
- Have a media kit?
I’ll teach you why creating quality content is important to build YOU as a brand. Or grow a following. Work with brands. Build a business.
The Blogging Workshop is filled with the strategies that helped me grow my following on the ‘gram from 0 to over 14k in under 3 years and land collaborations with some of the largest brands in the world.
It’s also the course that will help women to grow influencer businesses, leave their 9-to-5 jobs, and work with brands like The Body Shop and Neutrogena.
If you would like to join my future blogging workshops then email me! Let’s get your enrolled.
It has been such a pleasure to learn blogging needs and skills from you, Cherisha. You have made us feel so comfortable even virtually throughout the workshop and made sure to answer all our doubts and questions. Thank you for sharing your personal experiences with us as well. The workshop has been really helpful to brainstorm the ideas and put it into work.
Thank you for joining Vichitra, it was a pleasure to meet you. I had a real good time sharing my blogging knowledge with all of you girls. I’m glad you enjoyed it!
This was a nice read, i had to travel a bit down memory lane for a bit there. I remember your employee days at the bank like it was just yesterday. Once or twice I’d travel with you guys back to kl and we’d have breakfast at a stall nearby. Those were humble beginnings for sure.
Oh G! truly it was all rewarding. It was quite a time back then but it was all a great experience. Missed having breakfast with you too! hope to see you soon bro.
I’ve postponed starting my own blog for ageeees! My excuse always was an acute lack of time but this pandemic sent me into working from home mode so this excuse doesn’t work anymore. I’ll have to grab my notebook and start noting down ideas for a domain name and what niche would be perfect for me. God, I’m excited!
It was amazing to attend your blogging workshop Cherisha. I did learn a lot and can’t wait for the next workshop. Really want to learn more on media kits and how to pitch to brands or reach brands. Thanks Cherisha❤️
my dearest Hemaa, it was lovely having you around and I am so glad you have learned so much from my workshop! More exciting blogging workshop coming right up! Stay tuned, sending you so much love. Cherisha