When the idea to start a blog occurred to me, I did not realize that it would have a price associated with it. So I made an account on blogger in about five minutes and started writing.
I had next to no expectations for anybody to read what I wrote, but I have liked writing since I was very little so I found ready venue for my muses.
I wrote a bit, then decided I would ask other bloggers what they thought I should do. I asked those over at Yakezie if I should buy a domain name. I did not really like having the blogspot in the URL. They almost unanimously told me that if I wanted to be a serious blogger (and as strange as that may seem I do) that I needed my own site.
Based on that advice I went to Name.com and found out that I could have the URL poorstudent..ca which worked great because the name of my blog already was Poor Student and I happen to be Canadian. Most everybody said that the cost of having the domain name was very little and would be worth it in the long run. The .ca at the end of my site cost $12.99 a year. Not bad, but more than I would have liked.
At the checkout I made the perhaps impulse decision to buy the name for five years. I had read that blogging is a marathon not a sprint and that many people give up before they accomplish success. So I thought the five years would give me a little kick in the butt when I need it and enough time to find out if this thing is for me long term. So simply having the URL of this site cost me $73.39.
Then I needed a host. I am not the greatest with these internet box things, so I am still not exactly sure what a web host is. All I know is that when I signed up with Host Gator and then went to poorstudent.ca it no longer was one big ad. There were still quite a few things to do before I had a site up and was able to make posts, and because of my technological ignorance I really struggled doing that, but it didn’t take too too long. But the privilege of a web host for three years cost me $146.67.
So the site you are at right now cost $220. This is something that nobody told me when I started out, but what people did tell me was that the costs are worth it. And, truth be told, it is really cool saying or thinking that I have my own website. That fact alone may have been worth the price of admission.
It is a goal of mine for this site to earn me some money for me. My ultimate goal is to chronicle my financial journey through university and help guide others students through the money trap that is post-secondary education.
Poor Student right now is in the hole $220, but I am looking forward to earning that back and more. I approach this website as both a job and an investment. and the best part is that because I love blogging, this job is fun and one I enjoy doing and this investment is one of which I am involved with the success.