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How To Bring Home $40 On A Rainy Day

$40 on a rainy day

“How To Bring Home $40 On A Rainy Day”

Today was day 2 of my 2 day weekend and my wife and I were discussing our future this morning.  We live in a 2 bedroom townhouse, and we have 2 kids, a boy and a girl.  They are going to need their own rooms in the future, so my wife and I were breaking down what we need to do to get into a bigger house.

Part of my responsibility is to get out of credit card debt.  So far I’ve paid it off by $2,000 but I still have another $15,000 to go.  When my wife and I were finished discussing the house, I decided I could wait no longer to take some kind of action to move us closer to that new home.  I went out to Doordash, and it was busy.

No sooner did I arrive at the Annapolis mall, at the Cheesecake Factory (a Doordash hotspot) did I get my first order.  I had four orders in two and a half hours and brought in over $40.  I did use $10 in gas, so after expenses I brought in $30.

I could have gone for longer, the orders were still coming in.  Next time, I won’t make the mistake of ending the dash early.  Today was Sunday, and the weekends are big with Doordash, so next time I’m going to maximize and work longer, harder hours.  Not that doing Doordash is hard.  It’s not, it’s actually pretty simple.

Today the orders came in to go to Subway, Miss Shirley’s, Firehouse Subs, and KFC.  Those were my 4 deliveries.  At all of them except for Miss Shirley’s I used the red card Doordash supplied me with to pay for the food.  When you go in to use the red card, you place the order yourself, at the direction of the Doordash app, and you pay with their money.  The only out of pocket expense you have is gas.  When it comes to making some extra money, Doordash is the best way I’ve found without having to pick up work at a brick and mortar business.

Doordash doesn’t pay a lot, but it does pay and I make about as much on a busy day working Doordash as I do at my part time job.  Not that I would leave my part time job to do Doordash full time, because I’m getting a steady paycheck that I’ve been pulling in for over 2 years now.  That can stay right where it is, it’s going to help me pay off my credit card bill and get into a bigger house.  But doing the Doordashing on top of my part time job is going to be a tremendous help in getting me out of debt quickly.  I’m going to develop a laser focus on zero debt and work 7 days a week until I get there (hopefully).  When I’m not working I’m going to be working.  When I’m sleeping I’m going to be working.  When I’m eating I’m going to be working.  When I’m vaping I’m going to be working.  I’m going to be earning income 24/7.  This website your on right now is going to help me earn when I’m not directly working, hence I will be working 24/7, thanks to the power of blogging, the internet, and Google.

Right now I’m drinking lemonade instead of wine and I’m vaping instead of smoking cigarettes.  Those are the sacrifices I’m making so I can get out of debt faster.  One of the books I’m reading right now is “The Total Money Makeover” and the slogan of the book is “Live like no one else, so later you can live like no one else.”  I think of that slogan as I sacrifice alcohol and cigarettes.

Another thing I’m doing for extra money is writing on Textbroker.com.  I want to get my rating up so I get paid more per article, but that is a work in progress.  For now I bring in a few quarters for every piece, but it’s better than nothing and helps me refine my writing craft.  I get paid for writing by my blog and by Textbroker.  So far my writing income is only trickling in, but seeing some money come in is motivating and moves me forward with the writing in a more positive way.  I also like that when it comes to my blog it’s on 24/7.  I could earn money from it at any time.  I love writing so earning money off it is great for me, even if right now it’s not a lot.

Writing is creative work and I get to use my mind to work.  I’ve read in a prosperity book that working with your mind has the potential to pay you a lot more than working with your hands, so I’m going to keep working it to see if that will hold true for me.  I certainly hope it does.

Now that I’m done Doordashing for the day and I’ve made my $40 on a rainy day, I’m home and ready to write.  Writing is paying me something and that something I hope is going to turn into a lot and help me to get out of debt quickly.  Although I’m not going to rely on my painfully slow coming income from writing to get out of debt.  I’m going to work more on the things that are paying me more money like my part time job (which on some weeks is more like a full time job) and Doordash.  If I put the time into Doordash that I put into this website that would be a big chunk (if not the whole thing) off my credit card.  In other words, don’t expect my sole focus to be on writing at this point.

Although if the personal development works and I stop drinking then I have more energy at home and I might want to work on this blog even after my job and then Doordash.  I do afterall have a laser focus on paying off my debt.  I do like the sound of daily massive action.  I think I’ll probably end up doing the whole thing with a smile on my face.  I think I will and I’ll further do it with prosperous thoughts.

I like to keep my affirmations simple when I’m saying them to myself.  One affirmation I was just using was simply “I am prosperous”.  After you’ve just made $40 out of the blue you do feel prosperous.  I had no plans to make any money today when I woke up.  By 12:30 I was out the door to go to work!

When I was out there today it was busy.  I did have about 10 minutes in between my 2nd and 3rd order where I read a “The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity” by Catherine Ponder.  It was cool when it got me thinking prosperous affirmations and then shortly into reading the book there was another order.  I think if I can maintain a prosperous thinking while doing Doordash, I’ll have better results.

Here’s a tip for you if you want to do Doordash in your town.

Because seeing the Doordash customer is a wham bam thank you sir or maim thing, you only have the chance to say a couple sentences.  I usually start by saying hi, and after I give them their food I tell them thanks for ordering and (my favorite part) ENJOY your food.

That’s another thing I like about Doordash.  We are delivering food.  As human beings we need food to live, so by doing Doordash, you are helping people to live and getting paid for it.  It’s a nice way to exchange service for money.  Really, you could look at it as fulfilling work.  I have to admit I like feeding people, as my day job is at a restaurant and it feels good when you make food people enjoy.  Really, when I think about it, I wouldn’t trade my life for anyone else’s.  I live a rocking life and everyday I love my life more and more.  Makes me think about how much time I really have left, and only God knows that.  I could be gone tomorrow, I could last for another 6 decades.  I hope I last.  I hope that we all last.

I know some people don’t last.  Not everyone can last.  That doesn’t mean we have to think we won’t last.  The opposite is true.  We have to think we will last.  At least that way it gives us a fighting chance out there in the world, and we can get out of God’s way and let His miraculous plan work out in our lives.  We don’t have time to entertain negative thoughts.  At least I don’t.

I don’t really watch the news because of all the fear it creates.  In my opinion, the news creates a distrust among people, and that distrust is bad for business.  I realize that bad things do happen but that shouldn’t make us trust our fellow citizens any less.  I have had to recuperate my trust in humanity because of some of the people I have been in contact with.  Getting ripped off can happen to anyone.  Once I even had my car door slammed against my leg by a thug who wanted to steal my engraved lighter.  That doesn’t mean I don’t still talk to the people who bum cigarettes off me.  God wanted me to have that experience, and if he wants me to have it again then it’s going to happen.  If he wants me to use the shield he’s given me, then I’ll use the shield.  If he wants me to use the sword he’s given me… that’s for another post.

I will say that it was sweet to not expect to make any income, and then make some.  Especially on a rainy day.  Doordash was good to me today, and I have ambitions to have my first $100 day this month.  Things were going good, and then they got better.  Do you think that Doordash could have a positive impact on your own life?  Would you like to at least try it and see how you like it?

If you like the idea of Doordashing for extra income and would like to read my stories about my own experiences (you can leave comments on this blog about your own experiences and we can talk) then bookmark this website and check back every once in a while and read what’s new.  Or you could do one better and sign up for my email list.  On top of the new and best posts, you’ll also get a free eBook to give you something to read.  Stay on my list and you’ll have a front row seat in my progress on prosperity.  Getting out of debt and into a new house. Ending up a millionaire.  Who knows where it’s going to come from, but my story here on this blog is about the action, the chase, and cashing in.  It’s also about exponential increases.  If that sounds like your sort of thing (things I’ve actually done), consider subscribing.

Maybe if you decide to try Doordash, bring a book on prosperity with you to read in the down time (if there is any).  When you dash, you have to have orders to get paid, and it feels good when your thinking prosperously and then you get an order.

One of the benefits of Doordash is that you don’t have to wait years to get paid like you do with blogging.  On top of that, I’ve earned a lot more with Doordash than I have off the ads on this site.  That doesn’t mean this won’t change.  What it does mean is that when I play it smart, I’ll invest my time into the things that are paying me the most money, and then work business like hobbies when I’m not with the wife and kids.  I don’t want to be that far away from my family.  I have a debt to repay, yes.  But I can pay that debt and still spend time with my children when I’m not working.

On top of that I still find the time to write, which COULD end up paying me more than all my other jobs combined.  The thing is I really enjoy writing.  Even though my blog has paid me the least for the most work, I enjoy keeping it.  It’s a labor of love.  I love writing and blogging.  I love the written word.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.  Just the potential of that happening is enough for me to do the work and enjoy it.  It’s really a beautiful process even without the money.

And I have to be honest, I’m not even considering the money it would take to take blogging into a full time profession.  Not right now.  I’m doing it purely for the sake of taking action on creating my dream life.  How do you think you would feel if you wanted to be a writer and then you started writing?  How do you think you would feel if you started a collection of public writings on a blog?  Would you be scared?  Would you be excited?  Would you be thrilled?

I can tell you there’s nothing like doing it.  Maybe something will come from it, maybe something won’t.  But at least give it ten years before you decide whether you want to keep doing it or not.  By that time you should have a pretty good grip on blogging mastery, no matter what pace your going.  10 years is 10 years.  A decade of your life spent working your best on something.  That is a respectable amount of time to be writing in public.  Money aside, think of the sheer personal (and perhaps even professional) development you’d experience if you made that commitment.  I can tell you with two years experience blogging that I’ve definitely grown personally and even professionally over the course of that time. I believe a major reason I’m doing well right now is because I’ve been recording my learning experiences and my successes here on this blog.   Your blog can be a tool to help you increase your personal and professional (income) development.

That’s my post for today, and again, I hope you enjoyed it.

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Why Writing Is An Art

Writing and Art

Write like your life depends on it!

Writing is an art for the main reason that it’s your brain creating something.  Even if you make it up as you go, you are still creating something.  Your master plan will be revealed, so that you can make your millions, and live your life happily.  As long as you blog.

Oh yes! Writing is where it’s at.  There is a power in words (although you should take that with a grain of salt) and you can use your words to shape your life.  Some things will work, some things will not.  You’ll never know until you try.

If you’re a writer you’ll probably be excited at the idea of making money with your writing.  I can tell you that you really don’t need to do much other than write a bunch of posts and put Adsense up on your site.  The pennies will start coming in.  It’s free to join, as long as you have a blog, you can set it up.  And there is no time limit for how many clicks you need to get to make your first money.

The beauty of this is that your earning can exponentially grow with each day.  It took me about 3 months to make 50 cents.  Just last week I had a day where I made $5.02 in that single day.  Talk about percentage increases.  Just imagine what you could do if you made $100 in a single day off adsense.  If you could do it everyday, you be making a part time income.  When your writing is an art, making a part time income off it is a blessing.

But I’m not making $100 a day.  I’ve had a good day where I made $5 off of doing no more work, and it was all off my art.  If you want to do that, I’m your man.  And it’s only going to get bigger from here.

I have a Convertkit business in the works.  I’m going to switch domain names.  Take all the stuff about the schizophrenia out.  Just have a strictly business blog.  And sell Convertkit.  See if God will allow me to have that.  He’s allowed me an Adsense income.  I think I’ll have better luck on a new domain.

With blogging, maybe you’ll have an income, maybe you won’t, but you do it more for the action of writing.  Writing your art in a public place.  You might rub off on people, and I mean in the best way possible.  Your influence could grow.   Really there is nothing stopping you but yourself.  Take action now and write your next blog post.

So I’m going to make this website about personal development, the law of attraction, and affirmations, along with whatever else I want to write.

Here are some affirmations for a professional blogger.  Feel free to use these examples and craft your own.  I have read that making affirmations your own increases their power.

  1. I am swimming in money from my blog.
  2. I make $4,000 a month from blogging and I’m moving my family into a bigger house.
  3. I will be debt free.
  4. This has the makings of a beautiful story.
  5. My art prospers me now.
  6. I have my home office.
  7. My home office is clean and my vision board is clear.
  8. I keep up on the housework.
  9. I do things with my family.
  10. I work my part time job, but I don’t have to, it’s just extra income.
  11.  I love my life.
  12. I have all the money I need.
  13. I help other people get all the money they need.
  14. I help a lot of people.
  15. Writing is art, and I feel good about my pursuit.
  16. My perfect business is coming to me now.
  17. I perfect the art the writing.
  18. I now have all the money I need.
  19. I prosper in all things that I do, especially writing.
  20. I am a best selling author.

I hope this post and these affirmations helped you.  Thanks, and God Bless.

Grow

Grow

Grow

Grow

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

Money and Love and Blogging

Blogging For The Money and The Love Of It

Money and Love and Blogging

Blogging For The Money And The Love

I got 4 more subscribers in the matter of two days.  Blogging for the money and the love of it is definitely the way to go.  I’ve also made $.03 in the last week from ads.  I know it’s not much but it’s my first earnings off this blog in it’s almost 2 year existence so it’s really a milestone.

My message here is that no matter how small your results, if your in the game, your doing something.  It makes you feel good that your being a service to people with your own personal brand.  It’s YOU they are buying when they sign up for your email list and click your ads.  In short order they are going to be buying your ebooks and courses from your webinars.  I say it now, my goal is to have a full time income by the year 2020.  That gives me almost another 2 years to get my act together.  Don’t get me wrong though, if you don’t have a blog yet, you can still get a lot out of this.

I’ve been blogging for almost 2 years now and I can tell you when your doing it for the love of it, it’s a lot better than slaving away at it.  You probably already apply love into your job, why not do it with a blog too?  You’d be building a personal brand, and your growth has only one direction to go, especially when your starting, and that is up.  Plus when your building an email list, you get real world people on there and you can see how you treat them now that they are on your list.  You better be good.

When you are talking about your email list out in the world you are opening up channels to get subscribers.  It doesn’t have to rely on the internet alone.  It could be the people at your job, or a gas station attendant.  It could be a salesperson.  The value here is that you are doing it for the love of building relationships with people by serving them valuable material.  You are an expert at you so there is nothing stopping you from being a valuable part of someone’s life.  And this really goes beyond blogging as well.  You could do it in anything.  Any job.  You are still you at any job, even if it’s blogging, and you can be of service to people.  I’m simply saying with blogging, it’s more of a thrill.  Especially if your a little introverted.  Not saying it doesn’t work too for outgoing people.

When your blogging for the love of it, the money comes second.  It’s a thrill when you get it, but that’s not the reason your doing it.  For me it’s all about being of service to other people.  I just want to inspire them to start blogs of their own, make money, and partly live to love their blogs and the relationships it brings.  Maybe if you don’t have a lot of relationships it would be nice to have a giant email list you could email whenever you wanted.  Just to talk to somebody.  I bet that would bring enjoyment.  Plus if your good your going to be able to make money from blogging.

Which is what I wanted to talk about next, is the money part of blogging.  I mentioned I made $.03.  I’ll tell you exactly how I did it and why it’s just that beautiful.

I had tried selling Amazon books on my site, but the problem with Amazon is there is a time limit for you to sell 3 books or you can’t be an affiliate.  I think they give you something like 6 months to reach that goal or they don’t let you stay open.  I could still sell some books because my time limit hasn’t been reached yet, but I like what I’m doing now as there is no time limit and I’m already seeing results.

That method of monetization is Google Adsense.  That’s where my money is coming from right now, but I know it’s going to be a pittance when I start selling ebooks and courses off webinars and start earning real money.  Right now I’m not walking that walk so let me talk to you about what I am doing, which is earning pennies, which may be enough to get you excited, but there’s more to be hoped for.  Maybe that is a poverty mentality that is holding me back from success.  Maybe I should affirm that I am a professional blogger and get all the money I could ever want.

I can tell you going from nothing to $.03 in a week is still exciting.  It’s progress.  I’m moving in the right direction.  I’m also in the process of getting some of my own ads put out there on Google to drive traffic to my landing page, where I’ll get subscribers.  I’ll let you know how that goes, I’m sure that I’ll get a result, I just don’t know anything other than it’s going to be good.  You’ll be sure to find out when you subscribe to my email list, if your not on it already.  Do that now. I am a Convertkit affiliate and there is a link in my free ebook to buy so I might get lucky and score some referrals AND email subscribers off my ad.  It’s all very exciting and I want you to be in on it.  When your on my list I’ll also let you know when I reach the $100 threshold in Adsense and they will actually pay me.  And you can learn how to do the exact same thing from being on my email list.

I would also love to hear your comments, please leave them below.  What are you in love with?  What do you do more for the love of it, than for the money?  I’d love to hear it.

 

 

Blogging For Fun

When you talk about happiness, passion, and joy, one of the things that really lights me up is blogging.

I love to blog.  It gives me something constructive to do.  It helps me pass the time in a way that could lead me to more money.  More importantly it helps me pass the time in a way that could help other people.

So this post is about blogging for fun.  It’s my take on blogging for fun and how it can help you in all areas of your life.

Holiday Work

So I’ve just finished my second year working the holidays at my day job.  They worked me 60 hours a week, and I worked 2 weeks with only one day off which was Christmas day.  That gives me something to blog about.

I did get 2 bonuses, one for Thanksgiving, and one for Christmas, and I’m deeply grateful for them, even though they weren’t really large bonuses.  They were something though, so I’m grateful.

Working the holiday is part of why I haven’t been blogging regularly.  I would get up at 8 am and have to be at work by 9, and I wouldn’t get off until 7 or 8pm.  This left me only enough time to drink 3 beers, have something to eat, and take a shower before going straight to bed.  So the blogging, because of the holiday has suffered.

At this point it’s not going to suffer anymore.  I’m going to make the time to work on my blog everyday so I can increase my traffic and get Adsense up on my site so I can start collecting my first few dollars from this website.  Really, that’s my starting point in creating an income from this site, so there’s no time like the present to get to writing.

The holiday work was great, although a little challenging.  I’m going to get my best paycheck of the year really soon, and I’ll be happy I put in all those hours.  Right now I’m enjoying the first day of a 4 day weekend, my first real break from the store in two weeks.  I’m grateful that I can ring in the New Year at home with my family and I can relax and be at ease for a time.  It’s going to get really busy for me, as I’m on the verge of picking up a second job, so it’s going to take a lot of discipline to keep blogging but I’m going to do it.

Christmas 2017

Working so many hours during Thanksgiving and Christmas really take all the fun out of the holidays.  I worked 10 days straight and got a day off on Christmas that I spent running around to relatives’ houses.  I did get some gifts which was nice and I’m grateful for that, not to mention the kids got a lot of stuff, but I was exhausted and just wanted to be at home sleeping.  So I was extremely busy leading up to Christmas, and I spent Christmas day running around so I got no rest.  As I mentioned I’m currently on a 4 day weekend, so this is my first break where I can get some real rest.  I’m grateful for this 4 day weekend.

All in all, Christmas was great, work and all.  We had enough money to buy each other some gifts, although I felt like I didn’t give enough to other family members, and I want to make it a point to give everyone a gift next year, no matter what it takes.  It just doesn’t feel good at Christmas unless you have a gift to give to your family.  So I’m going to make that change next year.

Family Life At Home

Things are good with my family at home.  My wife, Meg and our kids, Cali and Charlie are happy.  I’m happy.  I get to have a few beers everyday, I’ve ditched my smoking habit for vaping which is working out, I’m in the process of picking up a second job, I’m reading books and keeping my journal, today I’ve started drawing in a sketch book my grandmother gave me for Christmas, and I’m eating lots of food.  Really, because of Christmas, I’ll have more money than I can spend before I get paid again.  So things are going very nicely in the present, and the future is only going to make my life even better (by leaps and bounds).  Really, as far as family life goes, I don’t really get to see them often.  Either I’m working, or they are out doing things.  That’s just the way the story goes right now.  Really, I’m better off working anyways as I’ve got a sizeable debt to pay (which will get paid in full).

Picking Up A Second Job

As it turns out, there is a pizza place that is hiring and in order to get the job, all I need to do is furnish my driving record.  When I talked to the hiring manager and told him my background at the ham store, he spoke like I would be a good fit for the place.  I’m sure I could get at least another 20 hours a week or more working there.  That would really help me out.  Not to mention it would be a great experience working two jobs for the first time in my life.  I would do it for my family, I would do it so I could get out of debt in a timely manner, and I would do it so I could save more money so we could get serious about moving into a house that would be big enough for all of us.  Not that a second job is the only way to get more money, but it’s one way, and one way that I’m getting serious about.

Winning The Lottery On Christmas Day

My wife bought me 6 scratch off tickets for Christmas and hung them on a tiny Christmas tree and gave them to me.  The beauty is that I won on 4 out of 6.  If you take into account the odds of winning that much, I can confidently say I beat the odds.  In the end I won $22 but I celebrated winning on those tickets like it was a massive jackpot.  I was very pleased to win so much and I know it’s because of what I’ve been doing with my free time that allowed the universe to deliver to me those wins.  Never mind what those things I’ve been doing are, just know that I’m doing something and I’m starting to see positive results.  It’s only a matter of time before I win that massive jackpot and enjoy all the wonderful things that come along with it.  For now though, I’m happy even without a massive jackpot win.  I have food and drink, a job, a family, books, a journal, a blog, guitars, a computer, the internet, and air to breathe.  The list of things I’m grateful for RIGHT NOW goes on and on and on and on.

Blogging For Fun

To be honest, I’ve been struggling with ideas on how I can help people with my blog.  At first I thought it would be about personal development, then I wanted to make it a happiness blog, and then I wanted it to be about how one can get more money.  Now I’ve settled back on a personal development blog, and this post and the ones to come will be me just writing for fun.

I love writing.  The creative power of words fascinates me.  How one can write one’s own story and then try to live it is amazing.  It’s great for self improvement, goal setting, and gives one something constructive to do with free time.  It beats just sitting on the couch drinking.  The busier you are, as Mike Dooley says, the more opportunity you give the universe the chance to deliver to you what you want.  So I do my absolute best to try and stay as busy as possible.  Part of that busyness is blogging for fun.

When I get enough traffic through my daily posts to earn an Adsense account, where Google recognizes my blog as a blog worth putting advertisements on, I will begin to collect the money that I desire.  More than that, by writing everyday, I will improve myself.  More than that, by writing useful content, I will help others to improve their lives as well.  It’s a win win win.

I have a little email list that currently has 8 subscribers that I’m going to mail this little gem out to.  If they want to participate, I would encourage them to leave a comment.  If you would like to join the list so you can get my posts delivered right to your inbox when I have a new one, then please do join.  It’s totally free and you have nothing to lose.  You can only win by being on my email list, so join here now.  You’ll also get a free ebook!  Blogging for fun can also be about building a business from scratch.

I’ve been at this blogging business for a while now and with the results I get, I wouldn’t keep doing it unless I loved it.  I love writing.  I love the power of words.  Writing about my life excites me because I get to write the truth of how things are going, which is phenomenal.  Everyday, every breath is a miracle, and miracles in my life never cease.  Everyday I have the chance to make more of myself than I was yesterday and I seize that opportunity with power and confidence.  Things are great and they are only going to get better, it doesn’t matter who’s the president.

Blogging is a passion of mine, and I do it to help other people.  Sure, there are some things I want to improve upon (like my income), but writing for free to help other people is something that I know is going to move me in the direction of getting more of what I want.  I encourage you to leave in the comments of this post what it is you want, and what you are going to do TODAY that is going to be your baby step in the direction of making that a reality.  One of my goals is to live in a mansion with it’s own pool and the baby step I took today in that direction was to write this post.  I hope it’s served you in helping you to realize that blogging can be fun, and if you follow your heart, you can successfully work on your dreams.

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