Personal and Professional Development Through Blogging

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I keep updating the headline and the tagline to this site.  I just started the habit of looking at the headline and tagline before starting a post.  With the headline and the tagline in mind, I’m going to write these posts.

This post is designed to help you grow.  Both personally and professionally.  It’s also designed to show you that blogging is the best way to grow personally and professionally.  Let me show you.

(Note:  There is an affiliate link in this post that if you buy, I will get paid.  This comes at no extra cost to you. )

2 Years Experience Blogging

I’ve been blogging here at JesseCreel.com for 2 years now.  I’ll admit, at first I was blogging about triumphs over personal problems like schizophrenia.  I think that can be a little scary for Google to embrace, as I had trouble getting Adsense on my site in the early stages.  I wasn’t approved.  I tried again, after making my site about the business of blogging, with lots of fresh posts about email marketing and how literally anyone could get in the game and build a work from home business.  I had success and was approved for Adsense.

Adsense is my only form of monetization for this site, as of 5/20/2018.  I definitely have plans to expand into other forms of monetization but for now I’m just writing for practice.  I want to further hone my craft.  I’ve already written 143 posts, some of them good length posts.  Really, I have to do a lot better than 143 if I really want to get my writing up to speed.  Makes me think I really should be blogging daily.  Admittedly, my speed is slow.

I do however get the work done.  Week by week.  I’m going to get my post count up and then see where my Adsense earning are.  I plan to do a post when I get my first payout of $100.  It’s really too early  to predict where my lifetime blog earnings are going to land.  I’m will say though that I’m going to plant the seeds on the internet, and let God take care of the rest.

I have 2 years experience blogging, and I can tell you it’s been a slow ride.  If you are a blogger you know what I’m talking about.  All you can do is hone your craft and pray something sticks.  I can tell you how to do it slowly.

10 Thick Spiral Bound Notebooks Filled

I am almost at a completed 10 journals.  At 300 pages per journal that’s 3,000 pages of journal entries.  You could say I’ve been practicing for years.  A lot of it is about personal development.  It’s about quitting smoking and drinking.  It’s about exercising.  It’s about building a business.  It’s about personal struggles with questions on how I can solve the problems.  So far it’s landed me an income of over $1,000 a month.  That’s after taxes.  My personal development is working for me.  It’s an even more powerful statement when you consider that I’m a schizophrenic who has held a part time job for over 2 years now.  I’m working, I’m paying taxes, contributing to society, raising a family (with the help of my darling wife), I’m journaling my personal development, I’m blogging, I’m playing rock and roll blues songs, I’m writing poetry, and I’m keeping up with the housework.  I do all these things and I pay my credit card bill down slowly over time.  After the credit card bill I will be working on the mortgage and time keeps ticking and I still don’t have a 401K plan for my retirement.  I’m not worried because I’m not the one in control.  God is in control.  If I make righteous choices God is going to take care of me.  Not to mention my family of a wife and two kids.  Not to mention the rest of my family like parents, brother, and inlaws.  Not to mention my friends and the rest of the world.

Sometimes my blog posts get into talking like I was talking to the Lord, and I’m not going to run from me.

I’ve written all kinds of letters to myself and to God.  I have a relationship with God.  It’s in my journals.

I’ve written 10 journals so far and I’m still writing today.  Just the sheer volume of work speaks.  I love the directions it takes me.

Why Blogging?

So I’ve written all these journals.  Why not just keep journaling and hone the craft of writing that way?

I’ll tell you.  It’s because it’s not public.

When it’s out in the public something changes.  You change.  And you change more than if you were keeping it all to yourself.  You learn to not just write for yourself, but to write for an audience.  You start asking yourself the questions “what problems can I solve for my audience?” and “What are my audience’s pain points?”.

Then you come up with a solution that will help your audience.

For me my audience is people who want to develop personally and professionally, especially when they are facing other challenges in their life that have nothing to do with work.  When a schizophrenic can make over $1,000 a month every month for 2 years running he’s doing something good, and you might be able to learn something.

But with my job I’ve only just begun.  The job is just a springboard for the blog, giving me what I need every month to maintain a business, keep my doors open, and plant seeds regularly in the hopes for a harvest.  I realize earning an income from blogging takes time, and that’s all right with me.  I am in it for the long haul and plan to do it for as long as 10 years to get it right.  To take it a step further, as long as no one stops me, I’m going to be living and blogging to 100.  In other words my work is in it’s infancy and I’ve already made more than half a dollar.  Just imagine what my (and your) blog could look like in 10 years if we’ve stuck with it regularly.  It could be an empire of posts!  Wouldn’t it feel good to know you’ve accomplished massive public works that potentially the whole world could see and learn from.  Wouldn’t it make you feel good that you did that?  I revel in my 2 years of blogging, my $.58, my 143 posts, and my 400 visitors a month.  Now I just work to better my results.

It’s incredibly fun blogging.  Seeing the results and adjusting your efforts so that they become more of what you want.  YOU become more of what you want to be.  That’s the power of blogging.  You become more of you and you want to do it your way, don’t you?

So blog.

If you want to take it the next logical step and build a business then:

Build An Email List

If you’ve done any research at all into how to make money with a blog then you’ll already know that “the money is in the list”.  By people giving you their email address you are getting intimate access to them.  They want more of what you have.  They are your potential customers.  If you want to make money with your blog you are going to have to have customers. The best way to get in touch with potential customers is to collect their email addresses and mail them your work and your offers.  On that note, it’s never to early to sell to them.  I only have 18 subscribers as of today and I’m already selling to them.  It’s good practice for when you have a bigger list with more potential buyers.  It’s good to get comfortable with potentially collecting money from your list.  A good way to do that is to start selling.

Again my blog is in it’s infancy, and I’m really only selling one affiliate product at this point.  It’s an email list provider called Convertkit.  When you have a blog and want to start an email list, I’m your man.  Apart from the service itself, I have found Convertkit to have a helpful blog, and that the extra bonuses they offer members really goes the extra mile to help you convert your subscribers into raving super customers.

If you want to talk about growing, growing an email list is a very exciting (although slow in the beginning) adventure.  Nurturing your list is also exciting as you get to further your people and sales skills and potentially increase your income.  This also goes with furthering your ability to solve problems for your audience, really the most important part in the equation of earning money with your blog.

As you build an email list you grow personally and professionally.  You refine your personal life so you get better results in your professional life.  You build your list and then nurture a relationship with them.  When your blogging, the older you get, the better your blog becomes.  It’s fulfilling when you know that the post you send your list today is going to be better then the post you sent out a week ago.   Not to mention that all this personal and professional development could lead to the lifestyle you want to live.  I know that so far for me, personal development has taken me leaps and bounds further along the road to success, and there is no end in sight.  Don’t you want a business in your life where the sun never sets?

 

How To Make 58 Cents

Jesse Creel is a Genius

Something is better than nothing.

( There is a Convertkit affiliate link in this post.  If you buy I’ll make money, at no extra cost to you.)

Yes, I did it.

I made money with my blog.

Granted it’s only half a dollar.

I can tell you exactly how I did it, and it will become obvious that in the beginning of making money blogging it’s a labor of love.

Because that’s where I am in the stages of making money blogging.  The very painful beginning.  If you would like to support me you can do so by signing up for a Convertkit membership and building your own business.  That would be a huge victory for me and one that I’ve waited a very long time for.

But enough with the handouts.  I want to work for your money.  I’ll be unapologetic for earning your money, but at the same time I’ll be doing my best to be of value to you and enhance your life.  You can believe me when I tell you I enhance my wife and two kid’s lives.  Those are the most important people in the world to me, so I start there and I expand my reach to you good folks of the internet.

What’s the value here?  What can you get out of this that is going to expand your life?  It’s that you can do your creative work and get paid fifty cents for it.  You have monetized your efforts.  People care about what you think.

50 cents is only the beginning.  From there you can make dollars, and fives, and tens, and twenties.  Then hundreds.  Then thousands.  Then tens of thousands, then hundreds of tens of thousands, then millions.  That’s the logical progression when your doing what you know you need to be doing.

So I already have a blogging income.  The vision is to expand that into 7 different income streams and pull in a million dollars a year.  I’m a long ways off, but I know I can do it, so I’m working everyday to become a more successful content marketer.

And what I’m marketing is a Convertkit business.  The act of you getting paid for people to start businesses of their own.  Where they do the work of creating their own business, while you do the work of creating yours.

I don’t think a professional blog could ever get you fired from your job, so it’s safe to do when your working.  This way you can pay the bills while your blogging income gets up and running.

I’m telling you this marketing thing is amazing.  You could sell anything you want.  Whatever you believe in.  You get to pick your product with your blog.  It couldn’t be better because you are in charge.  You are your own boss.  I jump for joy when I make $.58 like I just made my first $1,000 a month income.  I am incredibly grateful for the money.  I feel like I’ve pleased God.  And I want to please God, and You even more and earn even more money.

So here goes, here’s the value.  If you can write, you can make money on the internet.  That’s the value.  If you have a brain you can make money on the internet with your own self hosted blog.  I hope the repetition serves you here.  Think of it as affirmations.

Read my stuff and you’ll transform into a writer who makes money off his words.  That’s my message.  I’ve made other money off my writing besides the Adsense money.  In fact I’ve made a lot more off Textbroker.com than I have off my blog.  Doing freelance writing.  Maybe I should be spending my time on Textbroker.com instead of writing this blog that isn’t really paying me anything.  Not that textbroker.com pays a lot, it’s only a few dollars, and I make exponentially more at my job.  Still, I like doing things, and one of those things I like doing is getting paid for writing.

That’s it for this post.  If you want to make 50 cents off your blog, just write 100+ articles and put adsense on your site.  You’ll have it in a few weeks.  Just think where you’ll be able to take it from there.  Think big and think millions.

Jesse Creel

A Low Cost Business Model So You Can Escape The 9-5

A big help.

Imagine this being your monthly blogging income…

Note:  There are affiliate links in this post that if you purchase, I will get paid.  This goes without any extra charge to you.

You may be thinking that you want to start a business so you can quit your job and have more time and money to do fun things with your family.  If that’s the case this is the post for you.  I’m going to break down my personal business model so that you can make the decision whether what I’m doing is right for you.  Anyone could do it, but it’s going to take a time commitment.  It could take you 10 years before you can quit your job, I just want to be upfront here so there’s no confusion that you have to put it in the work.  This is after all not the lottery.  Here goes what I’m doing and how you can get in on it.

The Problem

So you have a job, and you’re pulling in money.  That’s a good thing.  The problem is your working for someone else, making someone else rich.  When you’re paid what your worth, it’s going to be a heck of a lot more than minimum wage.  If you can make $1,000 a month at your job, then don’t you think you could make at least that much out there on your own?

The problem could be with the amount of money your making, or it could be your desire to be your own boss.  It could be that you want to write for a living.  It could be that you want more influence and to have an impact on the world.  It could be that you want to grow personally and professionally.  It could be that you want to expand your life and have more connections with people all over the world.  The problem is you want these things but your not getting them at your current 9-5 job.

Maybe you don’t even want to quit your job because you love it, but want to add additional income to your life.

Whatever the case, I believe I have found the solution.

The Solution

The solution is sounds simple.  Start your own business.

Starting your own business can be harder than working for someone else.  Everything is all on you.  This should not deter you from starting.  Just think how much money you could make if you were the one keeping all the profits.  Do you think you could make 4 times as much working for yourself as you do working at your job?  I do.  That would make money a non issue and your lifestyle would benefit tremendously.  I just look at it as more work, and if your a good worker, then starting a business should go great for you.  I find that a positive, prosperous frame of mind is important.  Take a can do attitude, and take action, because it’s going to be a lot of work.

When I find myself thinking how hard it is, I think of the benefits my work could bring.  Everything is taken care of and I get to spend time with my family.  Plus when it’s your own business, you are in charge of your own self.  No one gets to tell you what to do.  You decide what to do.  The secret is being good at deciding what to do.  This brings me to what I’ve decided to do, that anyone could also do for themselves too.

Building A Great Email List = Building A Great Business

Yes, we are talking about business.  That means putting money in your pocket.  And if you are going to build a business you may as well build a great one.  The cheapest and best way I’ve found to build a business is to build an email list.

This coming from a guy who spent over $5,000 to learn how to build a network marketing business.

That venture was a failure and I didn’t make any money at all, but I learned a great deal.  What I’ve found is a sustainable business model that anyone with a 9-5 could buy every month, for cheap, and take the time and work to build a business over 10 years.  Who knows, you might even do it in 5.  The cheap thing I’m talking about buying is a domain, hosting, and an email list.  The three things you need to start building your business.  I say the email list is so important because those are the people that you have the best chance of serving in a meaningful way.  The better you can serve your list, the better chances you stand of doing business with them.

So you have a fighting chance.

The beauty of building your business around your email list is that it’s so inexpensive.  You get to build an entire brand around $40 a month.  If your working even part time you should be able to afford this.  It’s really an investment in yourself.  With time and effort it could end up paying off for you.

The Strategy Of Building A Great Business Around A Great Email List

Up to this point in my research what I’ve discovered is the process of building a business online.  Again, it takes time and effort but the rewards are great.  My strategy is simple and it’s a result of my progress.

Basically, I write blog posts.  I also comment on other blogs.  Sometimes I engage on social media and forums.  I look out for websites I can guest post on.  I email my list twice a month.  I update my freebie, continually improving my lead magnet to up conversion rates, and then I build a relationship with my email list by sending them the new e book as well.  My list gets V.I.P. treatment when it comes to me releasing new and better content.  In this way I feel good about eventually selling them something because I’ve put in work to serve them.  Not that I’m not already selling.  Obviously, there is Convertkit.

I build a great email list.  I do this by sending them short emails highlighting the best work I’ve come up with recently.  It’s good because my work only gets better with time, as we all age like fine wines.  So you can rest assured that with each subscriber, you’re going to be able to serve them better and better.

What You’re Selling

If you want to break it down into a low cost business model, from my experience, I’m finding that Convertkit is the best way you can make money online, from your content marketing.

If you’re like me you’ll think that everyone can and should blog, and if they want to build a business from it, they are going to need an email list provider.  That’s where Convertkit comes in.  The beauty of it is that for each monthly membership you sell you get at least $8, more if they have a lot of subscribers.  That’s each and every month for as long as they are a member.  If they are in the game long term, talking 10 years or more, think how much money you will get paid for each and every member you sign up.  The harder you work, the faster you’ll be able to retire from the 9-5, and travel and live your dream life.  Not saying all this could be done with only 112 memberships sold, but you would get yourself a $1,000 a month income.

Just think what you could do with another $1,000 MONTHLY income.  That’s money coming in EVERY month, something you can count on to be there each and every month.  All it takes it you spreading your vision and your mission and your message everyday.  You could get a membership at any point in time.  Then you’d be making your first monthly income off your blog, and the sky is the limit from there.

With Convertkit we’re just talking ONE stream of income.  You could do a lot of things to monetize your blog.  This is just one way you could get a predictable monthly income from your blog.  If you wanted to launch an eBook to your list, then you might bring in a couple thousand dollars off your launch if your lucky.  You’d have to keep writing the eBooks and freshening them up if you wanted to keep your income coming in.  So writing eBooks really isn’t passive income, but if you have the writing gene, it might be something you want to spend some time on.

If you want to know how to profit off your blog, try my email list out for size and let me know what you think about the experience.

I can tell you about the low cost business model that you can use to escape the 9-5.  That is selling Convertkit and using Adsense to collect your first monies.  I can tell you how to treat the list you do have, and that is like gold.  The low cost business model is just that, it’s low cost.  For $40 a month you could have a business going and you could be collecting email addresses.  Talk about being able to keep the lights on.  You could work a part time job and be able to pay for your business for the rest of your life.  I’m excited to work my job tomorrow just so I can have the right to blog.  What are you going to do with your time that could lead to more income?

 

 

 

Write Your First E Book

How To Write An E Book

Write Your First E Book

Writer Extraordinaire

The purpose of this post is to help you write an e book.  Whatever phase your in, writing an e book can be fun.  I like to write short freebies for my list and I find it to be great practice for the real thing when I’m collecting money for my e books.  I am always in the process of writing something, whether it’s my blog, an e book, poetry, songs, or just my journal, so I would be someone who could tell you how to break out of that nasty writers block and do it for the bliss of it.

Of course we want to move past the hobby aspect of blogging and writing and become an expert professional.  We want to be paid.  So we are going to have to solve problems.  That’s what your e book should do for your readers.  It should solve a problem for them in a quick way and make their life better.  Part of the beauty of this process is that you can do it all from home.  You don’t have to leave the house, except for the events.  Just imagine collecting money in your pajamas.

Not that you’d always be wearing pajamas.  You might sometimes be dressed in pants and a nice shirt.  Smelling good.  Feeling good.  Feeling like you could in fact be your own boss and explode your income to heights it’s never been before.  What would the e book look like if you felt that way as you wrote it.

Here’s something that might help you.  Before you write your e book, take 15 minutes and visualize solving a problem with your e book.  Take that time and really see what it looks like to have an e book that your subscribers will get a lot of value from and just do that for 15 minutes prior to writing.  Try it Today!

Back to the subject of how to write an e book, like I’ve already said, you’ve got to solve a problem.  The value for the reader is that you’ve helped them fix their life.  Help somebody fix their life, or add to their life, will gain you more and more subscribers.  Once you get to that 1,000 subscriber mark, you’ll be ready to make your first product launch, and you’ll find out just how much money you can make in your first month.

Then you’ll be writing e books for money, and not just to give more of your valuable content away for free.  Soon, if you choose this path, you’ll be working from home full time, making a full time income.  Nothing succeeds like success and your made of it.  You are after all capable of making money off your blog, so there should be nothing stopping you from making 4 times as much off your own business as you do working for someone else.  The question is would you be satisfied with that, or would you want more?

I’ve been reading Catherine Ponder’s “Dynamic Laws Of Prosperity” and in it one of the affirmations is the following:

EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE PROSPERS ME NOW!

Something I wanted to end this post with, maybe try using it when your relaxing in your down time.

Get The Old Book AND The New Book

When you sign up now for my email list, you’ll get the old book “Different Ways to Love Your Blog” and you’ll get my new and secret e book, of which the title I won’t disclose to you at this point.  Let’s just say that it’s about how valuable you are.

When you sign up for my email list today, you’ll get the free book, and then shortly I’ll be emailing you another free book, as my subscribers get all my best work.

I don’t have much to say other than subscribe to my list, and you’ll get e book after e book until you want to buy something from me.  I’m a simple man with a simple plan, and I aim to please.

Don’t hold back, go ahead and subscribe!  If worst comes to worst, and you don’t like the emails, you can always unsubscribe and it never cost you anything.  Unlike with the lottery, you can’t lose.  Go ahead and do it, you have nothing to do but gain.

I will never sell your email address.  Your information is secure with me.

I am 100% spam free, so be sure to whitelist me in your email account.  I will only serve up to you high quality content you will enjoy and get value from.  It’s like eating filet minion, broccoli, and a potato every time you come to JesseCreel.com.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Here is a short poem to get you started:

Write, write, you know you can do it

You have valuable things to say

No one and nothing can stop you from writing

Go forth and command your empire from your home

It’s a solo deal

You are on your own a lot

That’s okay, because you network at events

At least, you go to events, and see who you talk to

Maybe they’ll one day be subscribers

Maybe one day you’ll have 1,000 people on your list

The chances of that happening are better than winning the lottery

Thank God for our day jobs

Even though we want to be our own boss

That’s what pays for our lives

Thank God for good days at work

And Thank God for blogging and all of it’s wonders

It’s a beautiful thing to be a blogger

And do creative work

Any creative work will do, it doesn’t have to be blogging

 

That’s it for the poem.

I just wanted to write this short post to let you know that there will be another e book coming out that’s going to top the one I already have, but you can get both by signing up for my email list now.  We talking all free content, about some of life’s greatest things.  Your welcome to join anytime.  Do so now!

Email lists Rock!

The Benefit of Building an Email List

Email lists Rock!

This is going to change your life!

The biggest benefit of building an email list as a business owner is how easy it is for you to touch lives.  Your people are only an email away.  Even when your starting small with say only a couple subscribers, maybe people you already know, it’s still valuable to get them talking about you, and giving them something valuable in your work.  A great way to do that is to send them an email every once in a while.

When you are solving problems that will help others to help themselves you are being a service to the human race, to all things really.  You are doing for others and when you can love doing it for free just imagine how you’ll feel when you get paid to do it.

And let me be honest here that when you are trying to make a living, money is something that might be closer to the front rather than the back of your mind.  Especially if you’ve got a family.  But you’ve got to understand that this blogging thing isn’t a get rich quick scheme.  It takes years to make money, and you’ve got to be really really good.  So investing in creating a blogging income is a long term strategy and you probably won’t be making a living doing it any time soon.  That doesn’t mean you can’t take more action and try to make your first blogging windfall come faster.  You gotta figure that if you wait until you have 1,000 subscribers, your bound to sell something on your first launch.  Even if it’s only one copy, you’ve still got to sell something if you have 1,000 people on your list.  It’s probably going to be a disappointing number, maybe more than one, but less than 100, but it will be something you can work on and grow.  The blogging business is easy enough to do for a lifetime, without ever having to retire from it.  Why would you ever retire anyways?  It’s fun!  And it’s not hard on your body, all you are doing is typing.  In other words, you could be 99 years old and still able to blog everyday if you wanted to.

So why all the talk about the money anyways.  Blogging is fun, and it makes your life better.  It makes your relationships better.  Building an email list on top of blogging just makes blogging that much better.  Especially if you plan to make money off your blog.  Everyone says it, “the money is in the list”.

So when you get subscribers, that is leading you down a road where people pay you for your products.  You don’t have to start with a $1,000 product.  Start small, something like $20.  That’s a middle ground price range for a good e book, and with a list of 1,000 subscribers, if you did well, you might make a couple hundred dollars off your first launch.  That’s money you didn’t have before, and even better it’s earned with your very own online business.

The money would be nice, but the biggest benefit of building an email list is your opportunity to be of service to other people.  To help other people.  When you work with that in mind, the future is bright.

Creative Work Might Pay You In The Future

Yes, Work On Your Creative Business

Creative Work Might Pay You In The Future

Passion, Pleasure and Pain

Maybe you paint pictures.  Maybe you build growth rulers.  Maybe you work on cars, maybe you write children’s books.  Perhaps you write songs, poetry, and novels.  Maybe you could get an album together and put it up for sale for $10.  Maybe you could get a book together and put it up for sale for $20.  Maybe you could sell your paintings for $50.  Either way your creative work could be paying you.

I say, YES! Work on your creative business.  I’m setting a goal today to work on mine, everyday, not for money but just for practice.  So I get better at my creative work.  I’ve worked on it here and there, but I haven’t really been blogging daily.

From what I was reading, there is something that happens when you work on it daily for a year.  Things in you change, and you become what you want to become.  The beauty of me starting this daily blogging (which is a promise I probably won’t be able to keep EVERYDAY) is that I already have a head start.  As of this writing I have 17 email subscribers and I’m growing.  All from doing what I’ve already done.  And if I never did anything else, it would probably still grow because of the system I have in place.  But I want it to grow faster, so I’m continuing to work on it.

And yeah, I’m sure one day I will make money with blogging, but I’m fine with working my passion with enthusiasm in the meantime.  The only problem is knowing what to say, and we can solve that problem right now.

If you in a position where you don’t know what to write about meditate on how you are valuable to other people.  Many ideas should spring up to you in the ways you are of service to other people.  Keep in mind your thinking of valuable things you do in life that way when you write, you will already be bringing value to the table.  The more you can act on your values, the better you will be able to write in a way that serves others.

And when you want to make money off your blog, service is the name of the game.  You provide an  e book, they provide $20.  Simple as that.  An exchange of service.  But no one is going to pay you if your not valuable.  That’s why personal development is so important, because you want to be living by your values everyday.  Personal AND professional of course.  We all have day jobs.

When you’ve really got it nailed down in your personal and professional life, then your writing will automatically take on that value that you bring to the equation by living your life the right way.  The way you feel is right.  On a side note you shouldn’t let other people think for you, you should think for yourself (to as much of a degree as you can, we all have our programming). When your living your personal and professional life-what you do outside of blogging- the best way you can, it’s going to make everything else you do in your life better too.

Just remember to meditate on some of what the bible says on a regular if not daily basis.  I remember a story about Job from the bible, about how he was an afflicted man.  Even though he was in despair, he loved God.  I read something about how even when there is no harvest you should glorify God.  Something to think about as your putting your value into the artwork your creating.  Even if it’s not paying you, you should glorify God.  You are still able to follow your passions and achieving bliss by acting and that is still something great to be thankful for.  Your creative work will be an achievement whether you ever get paid for it or not (and I believe when you do it the right way, it’s inevitable your going to get paid for it).

We all just have to do it the right way, and let the harvest come to us.  We have to first write our blogs, then we have to write things for other people, we have to put articles out there on other websites, we even have to go so far as getting on other people’s podcasts.  But let’s take it one step at a time.  If we are talking about blogging, the first thing we have to do is blog everyday for a year.  Going for at least 500 words a day.  Not for profit, but for practice.  At the end of the year we are going to be a lot better at writers, because we as writers age like wine.  The longer we practice our craft, the better we are going to get at it.

But blogging everyday shouldn’t stop you from doing other things to help your blog everyday, like commenting on other blogs, and posting your blog posts (and others work) on your social media accounts.  With time our blogs will tend to grow and it’s like the old saying “the more you put into it, the more you get out of it”.  The more you put into your blog, the faster you’ll get to your 1,000 subscribers so you can launch your first e book.

What I say we do, and you can let me know what you think about my approach in the comments below, is to write free e books to give to our subscribers, updating every so often with new and better e books and giving it all away to the people on your list as you go.  As you update your current free offer, you send a copy of the new free e book to your current subscribers, thereby adding value to their inbox.  With each free e book you send them, you be building the relationship.  By the time you have 1,000 subscribers you should have a list that is eager to buy your $20 book.

This is what I wanted to do with this post.  Lay it all out there.  My exact plan for building a business.  In the name of authenticity.

If your not already on my list, do join anywhere on this site.  I promise you will have no regrets.

People Are Civil, Doordash in Columbia/Hanover, MD Is Ok

I wanted to start this post by saying people are civil.  It’s what makes societies peaceful.  By and large, people are civil.  If you make it through to old age, living and working around Baltimore, Maryland I’d say that God is on your side.  May God be with the righteous, and by our sides.

Granted we are all sinners, and Jesus died for us, to forgive us for being human so why shouldn’t we be civil.  You could say we owe it to God.  Not saying bad things don’t happen, because they do.  Just be thankful your not one of them.

I was a Dasher for Doordash this last Sunday.  I made $38 and change that day after expenses.  If I did that everyday I’d be a millionaire in 91 years.  Not that I have that long left.  To put it in perspective, I’m not making a lot of money.

But I am incredibly happy.  I’m happy with my wife, I’m happy with my life, and I have no problems.  At least I have no problems I can’t fix.  Or that I’m working on fixing.

I find that because I love God, and treat people with wits and the golden rule (of treating others how you would like to be treated), God takes care of me.  He gives me what I need to live.  Although it’s not luxury, I’m eating everyday, have shelter, have a working car to get to my job, and I am able to slowly pay my debts (slowly, but surely).  Paying my debts is where my focus is on right now, because once those are paid off there will be more money for my family.  It’s a battle, but I’m winning, and may the righteous always win in the end.  I think they will.

I know all this talk about God may be different from just talking about blogging.  That’s the beauty of blogging.  You can talk about anything.  I hope your not offended.  I do love God, because I believe in a God, and think he is benevolent and has my best interests at heart.  I think it just comes naturally when you think this way.

But I don’t read the bible everyday, and I don’t agree with everything in there.  Some of it I think was just meant to control people, people controlling people.  Didn’t have much to do with God.  That’s how I feel about some of the stuff in the bible.  I can’t be specific.

What I can tell you is I want to make money off this blog, so I would love to hear from you so you could tell me exactly what it is you want from me so that you would give me money in exchange for it.  I would write what you wanted.  Record what you wanted, and I would sell it to you for you to enjoy.  Let’s face it, if it’s going to take me 91 years to make a million dollars with Doordash, I’ve got to find a faster way to do it.  God has a way of working things out, and I just feel if you work it, it will work out for you.

I also feel that sometimes God hands things to you for you to keep and take care of.  Things like your house, your car, your wife and kids, your job, your body.  It doesn’t have to be perfect because your a human being, and human beings aren’t God so we’re not perfect.  But with His help we can live good lives.  We can be civil and give and not be harmed by our fellow human beings.  Even though there may be some instances where human beings have harmed you in the past.  You can remember that and take strength and wisdom into the world, but you also can take civility.

People are civil, it’s what binds us.  We may say some nasty things to each other, but we don’t fist fight.  This isn’t the school yard.

People are civil, and if your not going to pull the trigger on yourself and kill yourself, why do you think anyone else would do it, even if you are in Baltimore city.

Blogging Mountain

The Blog About Blogging

Blogging Mountain

The Mountaintop of 9 Million Dollars A Year

I wanted to name my blog “The Blog About Blogging” because I want it to be a resource people can come to in order to find the inspiration to blog today.  And blog well.

The funny thing about blogging is that it’s what’s on your mind.  How would you be able to write about anything else?  The issue is to make the things on your mind about good things.  At least it is for me.  I imagine my experience is like everyone else’s experience, except with my own unique twist.  As is yours.  It’s our own unique twists.  We’re all sharing the same experience.

Granted some are more far out there than others.  I can say truthfully, mine is pretty far out there.  As far out there as one of the few jackpot winners, or something better.  If you could make 9 million dollars a year off your blog for the rest of your life, that would be better than getting 9 million dollars a year for 25 years from the lottery.  It can be done.

But this blog is about blogging.  It’s about becoming a professional blogger (whenever that happens).  It’s about the mission to make $1,000 a month off a Convertkit business.  I figure if I put it out there that I want 112 Convertkit referrals then there’s a better chance I’ll GET 112 Convertkit referrals.  It’s all about the law of attraction, part of the reason I love writing and blogging.  Because it appeals to the law of attraction.  Like attracts like.  If you write like a millionaire then there’s no stopping the millions coming in, let alone a $1,000 a month income.

But really all this could be crap and I could just be writing for the hobby of it.  Not that that is going to stop me from opening up these channels of expression, where money could come into my life, at these common hours where I’m just doing nothing.

But i’m not going to be doing nothing.  I’m going to be blogging.  Blogging because I have a mission and a message.  That’s what this blog is really all about.  It’s about helping people blog everyday, to build their brand, and make more money.

When it comes to a blog about blogging why not write about your day job.  That could help somebody.  Could let them in on what your doing to make your income.  In my case it’s not even hard to make an income, except on those occasions when it is.  This is really not meant to be a random rant, but more a message to you that you too can blog.  And it can be a meaningful experience to you.

All I know is that more posts, the more chances you have at getting some traffic, so I say, blog on.  Of course you want to be reading other people’s blogs too, and commenting on them, and even asking bloggers if you can guest post for them.  These are the things I’ve learned that will help you to stand out as a blogger at this point.  So far I’ve commented some, written a lot, and haven’t yet asked anyone if I can guest post on their site.  I have that one in the works.

But I’ve got to find a way to get some natural traffic to this site.  I need a lot more subscribers, and a lot more clicks on my ads, and a lot more traffic.  I know I can do this, I’ve just got to take baby steps.  Working from home, even when your making no money, can still be a rocking time.  It would be a lot more rocking if you got your first commission, but I think you and me can do that together, blogging.

And doing all the other things that come along with building a business from scratch, like passing out your business cards to anyone that will take one.  Another being working your day job like your life depends on it, because it does!

The way I see it is, you put enough work into your blog, it’s going to pay you.  The way I see it is, you’ve got a solid 2 years of content creation before you even make a cent so you may as well get busy writing.  It’s beautiful anyway.  You may as well enjoy the writing.  Put that work in though, I believe we all have a $1,000 a month business in us.

You may call me too optimistic, but the way I see it is, the future is bright, brighter than comprehension.  We are all getting better everyday, and you can smell it.  It smells like sweat.  It smells like lazy creativeness.  It smells like your loving money.  It smells like you’ve got a savings account.  It smells like you can spend money.  It smells like you’re for the highest good of all you encounter.

You may say this is too far out there.  I challenge you to go with the flow and be destined for success.  Whether it’s in your day job, the lottery, or your blog you can have success in all of those things.  Just remember that things work on God’s time, so don’t expect it to happen on your time, but it will happen on God’s time.

Blogging about blogging is freeing.  You can say anything you want.  You can be a Youpreneur.  You can build your own personal brand.  You can get everyone you know on your email list and get so good at writing that they have to tell their friends about it, and then you will grow more.  It will snowball all the way down the hill.  Part of the reason, blogging, and life really, is so attractive.  Especially when your working towards something.  Taking baby steps.  Taking action.  It’s really really nice.

1,000 words is nothing in what you mean to me as a reader.  I’m going to have books for sale, one thing I’m working on is reading all the books I’m buying myself, but there’s going to be plenty of me to entertain, inspire, and delight you.  I encourage you to sign up for my email list, if you haven’t already.  Watch this video and put your email address in the box.  You’ll get only my best stuff sent right to your inbox.  I promise you’ll be happy you did.

Blogging

Blogging About You

Blogging

Blogging is a great way to develop personally and professionally.

This blog is designed to help you blog.  Today’s post is to provide you inspiration to write your next (or first) post.  This blog post is entitled “Blogging About You” because I want to inspire you to know that you are interesting.  We all are like snowflakes that will only be remembered by how we fly and where we fall.  That’s why your life is so important to your blog.  Because your brand and your blog are about your story, it’s important you live a good life, so your blog will be of good quality.  Here are some examples.

Get Good At Saving Money

If you want to be a professional blogger then it’s going to help to be able to save money.  When you have money saved you have the ability to pay cash for ads.  You don’t even need to involve a credit card.  I just recently bought an ad and it cost me $40 and I got 40 clicks and 1 subscriber.  It’s better than getting no subscribers but I still think I can do better.  It’s all a matter of how much work I put into the blog, what I get out of it.  So as with saving money, I’m going to do my best to put all the hours I can into this blog, so I get maximum returns and can then save more money.

Be Good To Your Family

I’m not saying that you aren’t already good to your family.  I am saying being good to your family will help you with your blogging.  For example, Google will only show ads on family friendly sites, that means no crazy content.  When you’re good to your family it will show in your writing and in your videos, and your blog will be better off for it.  The million dollar post starts at home, just like my grandfather said charity starts at home.  Give to your family first, before homeless people and you’ll be living a life worth living.  When your giving to your family, even if it’s only your time, you’ll be putting yourself in a position of responsibility and I know that you’ll live up to the chore.  Not only will it be a chore but it will be a pleasure.  All you give comes back to you a hundred fold, so it’s in your best interest to be a giver.  Take responsibility and be good to your family, not that you already don’t.

Support The People You Work With

How you behave at your day job is important to your personality and your blog.  When you are in the business of giving it’s a no brainer to support your fellow co-workers.  This is a personal blog, and in the interest of being personal I’ll tell you that I’m better at dealing with people one on one than I am in groups of them.  I’m proud to say that I can hold my own in a group.  I’m also proud to say that I can really connect with people when we’re one on one.  So really, it’s not just about doing tasks involved with work with these other people, to help them with the goal, but it’s also caring about what they are doing outside of work, their personal lives that is also important.  Care about other people’s families, their interests, what moves them to action.  Give thanks to God for your lot.  Tend it, and take good care of it.  Personally, sometimes I have issues speaking up.  I find myself not knowing what to say.  I know sometimes I need to say something, but it’s one of those pleasure chores where it takes work to get it out.  It’s all about getting along in the world for me.  And that takes getting along with your coworkers.  So that it’s a good atmosphere.  Try thinking about supporting your coworkers as you punch in tomorrow and see how your day goes.  It may feel like gratitude.

Loving Your Blog

If your going to blog about you, you definitely need to love both you and your blog.  Of course you need to love yourself first and your blog second, seeing as your blog is coming from you, and without you loving yourself, there would be no blog to love.   It’s a beautiful interconnection between your blog and you.  It’s the best of you, all there for the whole world to see.  You may even want to go beyond free content and sell something!  I know it’s easy to love when your making money off it.  So why don’t we make it easy on ourselves and strive to make money with our efforts?  It’s a noble effort blogging for income, isn’t it?  What if our dreams came true and we DID make a $1,000 part time monthly income off it?  Wouldn’t we be deep in the depths of loving ourselves and our blogs?  I have read that the more love you put into something, the more money it’s going to pay you.  If you follow that rule then your going to get paid a lot when you blog the way we do.

Blogging About You Is Hard Work

I’m not going to lie to you.  I’m going to give you the honest truth.  Blogging for profit or otherwise is hard work.  It takes commitment, dedication, as close to daily action as you can take it, and vision.  You have to have the vision that you can change the world.  In order for you to change the world you’re going to have to be the best you can be, and that means a rock solid personal life.  Something you can blog about with pride and enthusiasm.  Shaping your personal life into something you can be proud of is going to take work.  It’s going to take you being your own boss.  And not just any boss, but a great boss.  Someone who motivates you to work, long hard hours with enthusiasm.  Be your own leader than can write posts that are worth more money to you.  That takes hard work.  But if you’ve made it this far in the post, I know you’re willing to do the hard work to make money.  Just know that it’s going to be hard and your not in for good times.  Your earnings are going to be pathetic when you first start.  That doesn’t mean you can’t build.  Just keep the faith in yourself and work towards a higher good.  The rewards are so worth the effort.

Final Words

Blogging about you is injecting yourself into your blog.  You’ll get back what you put out there.  Do me, you, and everyone else a favor and do a good job.  You’ll be happy you did.

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