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  1. Thanks so much for all of the information! I really appreciate this, I needed the guidance. I will definitely implement some of the things in your post! Thank you!! Take care!

  2. Hey Melissa! It looks pretty overwhelming to see all the costs at once. I am also running a blog, and recently I was counting all the money I have spent on it. It is thankfully not so much yet, but I am sure if I want to see a better blogging website, then I must spend on a few tools like yours. Overall this blog is beneficial. Thanks for writing that for bloggers like me.

    1. Thank you! It’s comments like this that really make my day! So glad my post helped you!

  3. Hello! This is a super helpful blog post – thank you so much for sharing all of this honest and valuable information. I had one question – I noticed on 17th Avenue Designs that their themes are available to purchase and install yourself vs. paying to have them install for you. Would you mind sharing why you decided to pay to have it installed? My apologies if you already mentioned this in the post – I didn’t see it.

    1. I am so glad you found it helpful!! I paid for the installation because I was brand new and tech was very hard for me. I also was transferring my site from another platform. Had I started out from scratch I would have self-installed. I was worried I would make a mistake doing the transfer and set up myself. I do think that 17th Avenue has really great instructions to set it up by yourself! If you have any more questions, let me know!

  4. Hi Melissa,

    A big thank you for this helpful article and above all for your honesty & transparency… Those are not often found and very much appreciated! I started a blog a few years ago but had to give it up due to family & personal circumstances (I absolutely understand and appreciate the time-consuming factor!), however I’m at a point where I’m wanting to start up again and do it properly this time. I just discovered Christina Galbato this week which is how I found your site and I’m seriously considering the Blogger Bootcamp. So thank you also for your honest review on that too!
    I wish you all the best for your future and look forward to reading more of your articles.
    Love & Lovelyness,

    1. Hey Holly! I am really glad you enjoyed the post! My goal is to provide an honest account of my experience. I got a lot out of the course, and if you purchase it through my link in the post, i offer a free consult to answer any blogging questions you may have: )

  5. Hi Melissa,

    I discovered your blog thanks to Christine’s webinar on blogging, which I attended last week. I would like to start blogging and I have a tech question: do you think that using MAC is absolutely essential for blogging or do you that PC (laptop) would be fine as well? I’d appreciate your opinion about it.

    Thanks, Sarah

    1. Hey Sarah! Thanks for reaching out! I don’t see any reason why you would need a mac. I do think if you are creating a blog, you need to do it in WordPress and go self-hosted. If you read my post, then you know all the mistakes I made when I started. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  6. Thanks for your post. It is very informative and inspiring. I joined your mailing list. You mention we must read “make traffic happen”. I would love to! But can you tell me where to find it please? I poked around and couldn’t find it. Thanks!

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