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 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 than I have off my blog.  Doing freelance writing.  Maybe I should be spending my time on instead of writing this blog that isn’t really paying me anything.  Not that 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?




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