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.read more
This post has been sort of rattling around in my brain this week, just waiting to get out onto the screen…but posts have a hard time forming in my head until something inspires the concrete ideas and words that make up what I want to say. This week, what I want to say came to me at the grocery store while I was contemplating how much money my blog made in October, and looking at a box of $16 chicken fingers.
Not just any chicken fingers, but the best chicken fingers I have ever had. (I bought a box a few weeks ago when they were deeply discounted. And we got two meals out of it. So at $16 for the box, I knew that meant we would have 2 $8 meat nights, and that is too expensive. I aim for $5 / meal or less – talking about just meat here, and $6 happens sometimes, but $8 is ridiculous. Unless it’s steak and it’s a treat.)
It occurred to me that some people might think to themselves, if they were in my exact situation at that moment, “I can afford to buy these grossly over-priced chicken fingers, because I made an extra $5035.17 on my blog this month” (- which is nuts, by the way).read more
I know it’s early… but I’m a planner. So Christmas is on my mind. And this year in particular I want to get Christmas gifts out of the way early. In December I’ll be doing the whole new baby thing, and I think leaving the house for shopping will be tricky at best.
So I’ve been thinking Christmas gifts, and I’ve been thinking kids. But because I’m me I’ve also been thinking intentional living and prioritizing and parenting (something I don’t know much about yet).
And it’s occurred to me that Christmas is a really great time to give your kids a few extra gifts. Gifts that really matter, and will continue to matter for the rest of their lives.read more
Oh my word – I’ve had one of “those” weeks. So here I am, over 24 hours late with this link up party. Can’t wait for this weekend to be over and to try to get myself back on track! Yikes!
Link parties are a fantastic way of getting back links out there for your blog, and of getting to know other bloggers. We’re so excited that you’re stopping by to join us.
Today my hubby and are off taking off and going shopping – FOR BABY STUFF! I can’t believe we are that close to it actually being necessary to have baby stuff. On one hand, the shopping trip is exciting – and on the other, I’m dreading it because sitting in the car is SO hard for my back. And despite all the pinterest goodness out there, I feel pretty lost as to what I should be buying. (I’m not a big stuff – buyer, so shopping is always hard for me.) I’m taking suggestions – if you’re offering them 😉read more
A few years ago, I swore off online surveys, as far as real side hustles go.
And I still don’t think they’re the best use of my time when my goal is to make extra money. I think there are better ways to earn more money, faster. BUT. Sometimes, things change in our lives. I used to have a really hard time with change… as I get older I’m learning to go with it. (Sort of. Mostly.)
I’m realizing that I am about to be stuck in a chair breastfeeding for (apparently) what will feel like hours on end… I already feel frustrated by it, actually. I’ve been told over and over again, “download some good games on your phone”, or “choose a great Netflix line up”.
Or, I think to myself, how ’bout I find a way to turn all that breast feeding time into some coffee money instead? (OK who am I kidding? It’s going straight into the wine fund.)read more