Ways to help you focus on blogging (and MAYBE profit off of it)

Well… I already broke down and paid for the Premium service that WordPress offers its’ users. It cost me $96, or $8 per month. Hopefully, this blog will be my blog that I stick with and potentially make a profit.

I know that I previously made a post about how you’ll probably not profit off of blogging/vlogging (read that post here), but I’d like to also say I’m optimistic and think I could fulfill my dream of owning a successful blog. So here are some of the ways I’ll keep myself focused and hopefully convert my dream into a reality. Hopefully these tips will also help you keep focus and own a successful blog too!

Realize there’s no such thing as instant success or fame – Okay, I know that there are ways to achieve instant success/fame, considering things can go viral within minutes on the interwebs; but the reality of that actually happening to me doesn’t seem at all possible. Unfortunately, I’ll probably have to put in a ton of effort to achieve a well-known status.

Don’t limit yourself on what you can blog about – I know I mentioned in “Why you probably won’t profit off of blogging/vlogging” that, in order to have a successful blog, you need to be interesting. While this is true, don’t limit yourself to what you can blog about. I mean, this blog doesn’t really have a purpose other than the fact that I like to write about random non-sense. If its important for you to even make a blog about, I’m sure someone else in the world will be interested to read what you have to say.

BLOG like its your J-O-B –  I did put down $96 in order to maintain this blog. My justification is, if I routinely post on my blog, I pretty much wasted my time not investing in my blog. So here’s to hoping that I didn’t waste another $96 in blogging. This is also like investing in a business – you have to put some money down in order to start a business. You know its true! In order to join up any independent consultant business, you have to put money down by ordering their “new consultant kits” or “starter kits”. I know the same goes when you want to start up a shop with Etsy… I think I’ve made my point with this. If I want to make money off of blogging, I’m going to have to create some sort of schedule to keep going. I mean, you don’t get paid at any job if you don’t show up or do anything!

Stick to your word, and keep to your schedule! – As mentioned in the point above, I need to maintain some sort of schedule. I figured that if I pay attention to my blog 30-minutes to an hour each day, and post something for the days that I’m off of my actual job, I should be okay. The problem with my last blogs was that I just lost interest or the motivation in continuing the blog. I have so many great ideas to post, but writer’s block gets in the way or I just don’t get it past the draft blog. I think its time to stop making excuses and starting doing.

If writer’s block gets to you, find some inspiration – Honestly, my inspiration comes from FaceBook (lol). You know there’s a lot of discussion going on in social media websites, and it doesn’t have to be about politics, current events, etc. Buzzfeed is also an EXCELLENT source of inspiration. They’re always up to something that’s interesting to talk about, or maybe even re-enact.

Here’s to hoping that I actually stick to my plans and not ditch them!! Do you have some ideas on how you stay motivated in your blog(s)? I’d love to hear them, and drop off your blog in the comments as well! I’d love to hear what you’re interested in!

 

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Why you probably won’t profit off of blogging/vlogging

[Updated 26 Dec 17 – This post’s name was changed from “Blogging/vlogging (don’t quit your day-time job, kid)” to “Why you probably won’t profit off of blogging/vlogging. The “It takes money to make money” section was added.]

 

Last night, I mentioned to my husband that I started up yet another blog. His response was a very audible groan… Okay, I get it. Its not the fact that he’s unsupportive, its the fact that I have literally stated this to him almost a million times before. Being able to stay at home (alone, with no children, of course) and get paid to update my blog/vlog would be an absolute dream job for me; buuuuuut, lets be completely real here. Here’s some honest reasons why you shouldn’t put all of your eggs in the blogging/vlogging business and think you can make it big.

Those famous bloggers/vloggers didn’t get instant fame – Face it, we live in a world where we demand instant gratification, instant reward, instant whatever… This is literally the prime reason lots of bloggers/vloggers, including me, have failed before you. You cannot and should not expect instant fame and success when you start up your blog/vlog. Sometimes, it takes a couple posts, or even a thousand posts, before you’re discovered and have a steady number of followers… But if you’re that determined in making a name for yourself this way, you could buy a domain and try a hand at advertising your blog. That always has its risk and benefits, but still keep it in your mind that you need to put some work into it in order to achieve some sort of “fame.

You need to be interesting – This may very well offend people but, I DON’T CARE. This is some honest piece of advice, whether you want to hear it or not. Sometimes we get a great idea to run with (Ex: I had an idea to create a blog around my love for my FujiFilm Instax cameras), but then you end up finding yourself running out of ideas to keep things relevant. In order to stick out of the crowd, which is essentially what blogging/vlogging is all about, you have to be creative… Now, some people also push the envelope way too far in trying to maintain their relevancy and to entertain their followers. A LOT of YouTubers have done pretty ridiculous things to be famous, and that has come at a price, unfortunately.

You really need the time and dedication – I say this primarily with vlogging in mind. I suppose blogging fits into this well considering you have to write what you want to say in a way that will keep people interested. Writer’s block is a REAL thing. I’ve had this on-again, off-again relationship with vlogging. I truly love doing it, but it takes more time editing your video than actually filming it. I’d say it probably took me a good couple hours editing videos for my YouTube channels before I threw in the towel.

It takes money to make money – Although NOT completely impossible, it is difficult to make money off of a free blog. You can use keywords that would be searchable on Google or other search engines, but just think about how many other blogs would pop up before yours. Blog servers, such as WordPress, has packages you can purchase to upgrade your blog so you can be seen by more viewers, and also find a means to make money… However, before you start making payments towards a blog, you still have to make sure you have the time and commitment in maintain said blog.

Be mindful to your future self – Digging up information for just about anyone has become a cinch; therefore, you should probably be careful on what you say or do on your blogs/vlogs. Sometimes, you can take things back… Granted, if you don’t really have a huge follower population or your post didn’t get a huge spike of attention. Either way, most things can’t be taken back now-a-days on the internet. Imagine going to an interview for your dream job, and your boss found a video of you getting absolutely obliterated from keg stands… Awkward.

So there you have it, my reasonings of why making blogging/vlogging a profession just won’t work. Have you encountered other reasons why blogging/vlogging didn’t work out for you?

8 things to do (at home) to save money

I’m in the military and I have the luxury of having 9-to-5 work hours (its more like 0730 to 1630), plus my weekends off… Currently, my husband does not, which is a total buzz-kill for my weekends. BUT, I’m not complaining about that, since we’re living in a dual-income household; single-income really sucks, even though the bread-winner is in the military. Side-note: we’re REALLY hoping he’ll be able to transition from reserve to active duty next year, and then our would be looking better financially.

Anyway, since husband is making that dough mostly on the weekends/my time off, I usually stay at home. In part, because we have two young children, and it becomes a nuisance to corral & pack up the kiddos to do anything outside of the house. And since I’m staying at home, I’m technically saving money… So long as I don’t wind up browsing through Amazon. The only problem with that is, I get bored very easily.

So, how do I save money, and resist the urge to online shop? Well, here’s a list of things I could do around the house. I’m sure there will be lots of changes along the way, but that’s great!! It means I’m saving some serious moolah!

#1 – Clean the house – I’m pretty sure you knew this one was coming, or that it would be on my list somewhere. There is literally always something to clean around this house, considering we are a 4-person household with two little boys. Cleaning primarily means laundry and dishes… Either way, you know what I mean by cleaning the house!

#2 – Declutter – This is an attempt at living the minimalist lifestyle. Its ridiculous how much crap we accrue each year, and how much of that crap we basically abandon and forget about. As a bonus, you can actually make money by selling some of your unwanted items on local yard-sale or marketplaces on FaceBook. Craigslist is also an option, but I’d rather not risk my own safety. If you don’t have the patience to sell you purged items, you can also donateGiveBackBox.com can help you get rid of those unwanted boxes you have laying around your house from your online shopping, and the best part about it is that it’s FREE.

#3 – Meal prep – To me, meal prep means looking up new recipes on Pinterest (lol). We typically don’t lunch prep, since we’re all pretty okay with just eating PB&J’s with some snacks, like string cheese, seaweed snacks, Goldfishes, etc, etc. On occasion, we’ll eat left-overs, if we have any. We also don’t normally require actual meal prepping since we buy most of our main food staples at Costco; we keep things like frozen chicken breast, frozen various frozen veggies, and some canned foods, in stock all the time in our house. I’ll make a post about our Costco shopping trips later on…

#4 – Make baby food – I suppose you could categorize this under meal prepping too, but I’m still breastfeeding, so pumping pretty much makes up this category. We invested in a Magic Baby Bullet (About $60 from Target) when baby was about 4-months and, so far, have spent a total of $2 on frozen peas and carrots. The $2 has made about 12 little containers of baby food. I’d say this was a very good investment we’ve made thus far.

#5 – BLOG – LITERALLY… This keeps me from spending!! I suppose this could also wind up making me some money in the future, but that’s only if I actually keep up with it. I’ve attempted to create and maintain blogs in the past, but it seems that trying to make money from a blog is just not in the cards for me… I’ve also lost probably a couple $100 in trying to make blogging a thing for me. I think I just need to be real with myself and realize that I’m probably not going to stick with it… but if I do, might as well invest in that domain name!! Perhaps I’ll just wait until I actually make my 100th post before I invest in a domain name. Seems like a good reward for keep up, I guess.

#6 – Maintaining my Perfectly Posh business – Yep, I’m an independent consultant… Or something. Honestly, I’m more of an avid Perfectly Posh user that reaps the benefits of being a consultant. BUT, sometimes I do somehow manage to make some money from myself and working it as a consultant. If I pushed myself a little harder in making sales and reaching out to new potential customers, I could be making more “play money”. Again, this would probably make for a good post in the future… maybe that 100th post will come by a lot quicker than I thought!

#7 – Study – To make it a bit clearer of who I am and where I stand in society, I’m in the US Air Force. I’m a Staff Sergeant (SSgt, or E-5) with about 10 years of total military service… I put on SSgt just before my 4-year mark, and if I studied and played my cards right, I could’ve made the next rank at my 6- or 7-year mark… I just didn’t study. Promotion testing time for me is around February/March of next year, so I definitely have the time to study – despite having two younger kids at home to manage. Again, another great way for me to get more money LOL… ALSO, studying would also mean taking college classes. One of my goals in life is to become a medical primary caregiver, and the military has a program called the Inter-service Physician’s Assistance Program (IPAP). I just need to hurry up and take classes so I can finally submit a package…

# 8 – Exercise – I’m kind of laughing at myself as I type my reasoning… My husband bought me a rower for Christmas, since I like to row at the gym. So now, I really don’t have much of an excuse to not work-out. I could also walk the dogs and kids around the block to do something active in my life.

Those are all my great ideas to do at home to save money. I’m sure I can think of more later. What are some things your do at home to save money? I’d like to know!!