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?

 

The Prospect Jumps For Joy When You Tell Them Why Your There

That’s the way it goes when you’re giving away free food.

At least, people are grateful the majority of the time.

Today I was out on sales calls working for the store to generate repeat and new business.  Today I took out cookie trays and gave them to folks that have ordered before, and a couple places that haven’t ordered yet but that I had already visited with box lunches.  I stopped at 9 different places and at all nine places, the people there were ready to accept the cookies.  Some were short with me, and others wanted more information.  You take the good with the bad.

At one particular stop- I won’t name any names for the sake of protecting my prospects- I stopped in to give them the free cookies.  I recognized the receptionist as she was the one there when I came last to give them two free box lunches.  As she was last time, she was brief with me, accepted but behaved as if she didn’t have time to chat.  There was however, 3 other people standing in the room.  They overheard that I was dropping off cookies and when I looked around the room, their faces were delighted, and they all started cheering!  I smiled and told them that I was happy to make their day a little bit better.  In hindsight, I should have taken that opportunity to talk to them a little bit more, as they seemed excited to see me.  That’s something I will do better next time.

What I wanted to highlight here is that as a struggling salesperson, who is only beginning to have success at the right job after 7 years of selling, it’s nice to have the experience of transforming someone’s day with what you do.  Maybe it won’t make their entire day better, but it did make that moment better by bringing cheer, happiness, and joking into the place.  As someone who is quitting cigarettes, was told by a psychic that I should work with my hands instead of being in sales, and have been back and forth between whether I should move on somewhere new or stay where I am, that experience was priceless.  It’s not as good as someone calling you after you’ve been there telling you they want to place a 40 box lunch order, but it’s still good.  It makes me believe I’m doing the right thing.  Food is good.  We need food to live.  I am supporting life by doing what I’m doing, and not only is it just any food, it’s good food.

So I just wanted to come to you today with that brief story about how my day was a little better because I got up this morning and did something that takes courage.  As a schizophrenic it’s not easy to sell, nor is it for anyone, but those moments make it worth while when everyone is cheering because you did your job.  I give the company all of the credit because they are the ones giving me the product to distribute for free.  All I have to do is smile, give, followup and ask questions.   Really I do have a lot to do, but the company makes it easy on me.  Most people want the gift of free food.  When your in sales, have been doing it a long time with limited success, it’s a blessing to have the kind of job I have.  I just hope that I can keep doing my job.

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Write you soon,

Jesse Creel

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