2016 Blog Expense Report

2016 Blog Expense Report

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What does it really cost to start (and run) a blog in the first year?

My blog isn’t quite a year old yet, but for tax purposes I need to figure out exactly what was spent in 2016.

(When I decided to blog, I never dreamed that what I spent would matter at tax time less than a year later. As you can imagine, there has been some going through of old mastercard bills.)

Why an expense report?

At the end of last February, I was researching how to blog on Pinterest. And I landed on this post with a little timer counting down in it. Some blogging course that was only open once per year was available now and going away in less than 24 hours. The thought hadn’t crossed my mind that I should be thinking about spending money to start this blog. I wanted to do it for free. (more…)

STOP living paycheck to paycheck: 10 Steps to Financial Freedom

STOP living paycheck to paycheck: 10 Steps to Financial Freedom

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Living paycheck to paycheck sucks

How many times have you said (or heard someone else say) – that you couldn’t buy the whatever-you-want until Friday, because Friday is payday?

I heard it twice this week, and I don’t talk to a lot of people. And it really made me think. And it made me want to write this post.

There is an epidemic of people living paycheck to paycheck. Well, I’m using the term “living” sort of loosely here. (People NEED to stop living paycheck to paycheck, because it’s not living – it’s more like surviving.)  Are you one of these people?

The good news is that if you ARE one of these people, you can stop. It just takes a little effort.

10 steps to stop living paycheck to paycheck

1) Add up allllll of your debt. Let’s get this out of the way right now. If any amount of your income is going towards debt repayment (other than a mortgage), that should become priority number one. Use your debt as a motivator if possible.

2) Identify where your money is going. Specifically, identify where “essentials” money is going and where your “extra” money is going. To know where your “essentials” money is going, add up all of your “essential” bills (rent or mortgage, power/heat/water, food, transportation, medical insurance, debt repayment etc.) To know where your “extra” money is going, spend as normal for the month, and either put all of your purchases on your debit card, or if you use cash, write it down. At the end of one month, assess where your money went for that month. (more…)

Blog Income & Traffic Report: December 2016

Blog Income & Traffic Report: December 2016

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! (Or… how to make money blogging!)

I have almost totally ignored my blog for exactly one month as of Christmas day (so for more like 6 weeks as of the time this is posted)! My baby was born in November and I am so afraid to miss a moment of him that I just can’t bring myself to work much at all.

So this will be brief, because my blogging time is brief. (Note that our feature image is of a pineapple, and not a Christmas tree or the like… because I don’t have the time to comb through free stock photos like I once did. Pineapple will do.)

But oh my, this is an income report I am excited about. NOT because I made a ton of money or had wicked awesome page views. (Ok well, for me this is actually a ton of money…I did have over 40k fewer page views than I did in November however.)

But guys. This past month has been the month that defined “passive income” for me.

I saw a little bit of that in the last week of November, but watching a whole month of passive income roll in has been… amazing. 

If this is the first time you’re here (thanks for stopping by!) you should know that I started this blog when I found out I was pregnant (March 2016) to try and make an income so I could stay at home with the baby.

For 8 months I spent every waking minute that I wasn’t at work learning to blog and giving it my all… without any real concrete evidence that it could pay off. I did nothing but research and learn about how to make money blogging. 

By the grace of God, whoa, has it ever paid off. (more…)

How to Organize your Closet for Under $30

How to Organize your Closet for Under $30

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This is a guest post by Catherine Treme – Personal Finance Blogger & Life Lover –  who blogs at My Work Money Life. After an eternity (5 years, 6 months, 2 days) of struggling in a corporate job that practically sucked the life out of her, she decided to embrace a career change and tackle blogging! 

My Closet Organization Woes

If you’re anything like me you often feel over worked, under paid and struggle to keep life organized. Well, look no further because I have found a solution to keep life organized! Wait, who am I kidding? I still struggle to keep my life organized (just not clothes organization anymore). I don’t care what stage of life you’re in, this space issue seems to be an ongoing issue with no resolution (I always was under the impression there was closet monsters or something). Not only did I not have the space in my tee-n-i-e apartment but I didn’t have the money to get a fancy bedroom set either.

Every morning, it was the same story. Some clothes halfway folded in the floor, some hung up and then some dirty. After accepting that the sniff test was not conducive to a young professional’s life, I decided I needed some cheap closet hacks in order to get my life in order (well, at least with respect to closet organization) in a really big (yet simple) way. (more…)

Pinteresting Strategies

Pinteresting Strategies

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I used pinterest to go from 0 – 200k pageviews in 6 months. No boardbooster. No tailwind.

Yes, one more of these posts. They’re addictive aren’t they?! When I was first starting my blog and trying to get page views I read every single one of these I could find online for months. Looking for some secret formula that would make pinterest work for me.

And every. single. post. was a sales pitch for boardbooster or tailwind.

Even the expensive courses required you to purchase boardbooster or tailwind. Putting more money into my blog was a non option, and I decided to do pinterest without a scheduler. I was desperate to get just enough page views to qualify to apply to a bigger ad network and start making a little money.

But what happened just about knocked my socks off. (Yes – Socks. Off.)

I started pinning in May and by the end of August I was working with Adthrive – one of the premier ad networks in the country – and one with a requirement of 100k page view per month.

My pinning-without-a-scheduler method had fast tracked me to a full time blog income.  (more…)