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…)

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…)

Blog Income & Traffic Report: November 2016

Blog Income & Traffic Report: November 2016

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THIS is why blogging is worth the effort

It’s time for another blog income report…

I had always HOPED that I could make a living blogging, and I had HOPED that I could generate enough passive income to make it “worth the effort” – but until this past week I have been putting in about 1000% effort. (Not kidding, I’m talking about 6-10 hours per day, every day, for the past 8 months.) Waking and sleeping (yes, even in my dreams) I have been blogging.

And it was TOTALLY paying off, so I knew I wasn’t “wasting my time”. (By “totally paying off, I mean I earned over $8000 in the past two months alone – with a blog I started in MARCH. So less than 7 months to a full time income.)

BUT, there has always been a little picky doubt at the back of my mind as to if the blog could generate an income if I wasn’t able to invest as much time.

And this week I got my answer to that question.

I have not pinned to pinterest, I have not written new content, I have not responded to emails or comments in a timely manor. I have not done a speck of email marketing.

Instead I had a baby – and I am savoring every minute of his squishyness and just enjoying my time with him and letting my body recover without worrying about “work”. I am in awe of his tinyness and blogging is the farthest thing from my mind.

And, while I oggled my little man, I made over $600 in passive income. So yes, I can absolutely make a 100% passive income, and blogging is worth the effort. (more…)

Blog Income & Traffic Report: October 2016

Blog Income & Traffic Report: October 2016

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I can’t quite comprehend what happened in October.

I’ve been blogging for just 8 months. I’m doing lots of it wrong. I’m still breaking a bunch of the “rules”, because I honestly don’t know any better. And yet, I’m making money.

More money than I have ever made at any other job in my life. And I’m doing something that I love to do.

So I just can’t quite comprehend it.

Last month, I mentioned that I felt weird and hesitant about posting my income online, and decided to do it anyway. I still feel weird and hesitant about it.

But the feedback from the report in September was 100% positive, and you guys encouraged me so much… I decided I would do one this month too. (more…)

Blog Income & Traffic Report: September 2016

Blog Income & Traffic Report: September 2016

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My second ever income report – I have been blogging for 7 months.

SO. It’s been a month since I received my first real “paycheck” (as in, deposited money into my bank account) that was earned through my blog (read my August blog income report here).

I haven’t even been able to bring myself to transfer the money into the checking account, because I am so certain it can’t possibly be real. (Also since I’m still at my day job for another month and a half we aren’t desperate for the money yet. So better to save it until we are. Because I feel certain that the blog can’t possibly continue to earn money… that would be… just. I can’t even imagine it.)

This is what it feels like to earn money doing something you love. FROM HOME.

It feels pretty good.

(PS if you want to work from home, but have zero interest in blogging, check out 3 real work from home options for people who are serious about escaping 9-5.)

I started my last income report by saying I had no qualms sharing my income, and that was true then. But the 483 bucks in August felt a little like coffee money. I was proud of it, but the way that you might be proud of  “side hustle” (I HATE that word) pocket money. A lot can change in a short time, apparently. I am definitely hesitant to share this income report. Because this time, I haven’t made pocket money. I have made real money. (more…)

My Very First Blog Income Report – August 2016

My Very First Blog Income Report – August 2016

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(In case you’ve never heard of it, Elite Blog Academy is the course I took last year that showed me, step by step, how to build a profitable blog!)

Part of me can’t believe I’m doing this

Not because I have any qualms about sharing my blog income – I’ve worked so. freaking. hard. for. it. (And prayed hard for it!) I want to tell the WHOLE WORLD that I have a blog income. ( I might feel differently if this were my main source of income.)

No, I can’t believe I’m doing this because I can’t believe that I have a blog income to report. I started this blog 6 months ago… and I said if I made 10 dollars by Christmas I would keep going.

I want this blog to be successful so badly, I hardly think of anything else right now. (I’m having a baby in December, and I want to stay home with this baby. I want to give it the kind of childhood I had – one with a mommy who is around while it’s growing up. I know what a blessing that was to me. My mom worked from home, and to this day we have an awesome relationship. I want that for my baby.)

And now, this month, it feels like a possibility. I haven’t earned enough yet to say that I’ve replaced my income, but for a first income report, I can say that I’m well on my way. In just 6 months. UPDATE – September 2016 income report is posted! Read it here.  (more…)