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January Week 3 | Blogging Week

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Blogging Week | Post 1
So I know I left off on *sales* income and mentioning how I built my Etsy Shops into my blogs, but I'm going to take a step back a bit further into how and when, even a little "why" around creating a blog. A blog is like online real estate, with its value in its visitors. Your blog's success is based purely on how many people you can get to view and read it. That said, if you achieve that part, you can monetize it, which is of course the end game. If I could go back and start it all over again I'm sure I would be much faster and efficient with the monetizing part... In fact, as far as setting my kids up for financial success, in the long term, I've already invested in online real estate for both of them. More on that later...

So I know I left off on *sales* income and mentioning how I built my Etsy Shops into my blogs, but I’m going to take a step back a bit further into how and when, even a little “why” around creating a blog. A blog is like online real estate, with its value in its visitors. Your blog’s success is based purely on how many people you can get to view and read it. That said, if you achieve that part, you can monetize it, which is of course the end game. If I could go back and start it all over again I’m sure I would be much faster and efficient with the monetizing part… In fact, as far as setting my kids up for financial success, in the long term, I’ve already invested in online real estate for both of them. More on that later…

Blogging Week | Post 2

So I obviously don’t have a whole lot of pictures of me starting my blog. Instead, you’re going to get a whole lot of cute pictures that reflect proper facial expressions for what it was like in the beginning until we got into a groove. First up, is why this blog started, and how most do: It was a way to keep family older family up to date on our new family members. Remember, I wasn’t on Facebook yet and I primarily communicated with all our family through email. My original blog posts were just pictures of the boys. I did this little birthday candle series where they had a photo shoot for every month… right up until they could eat the candle. I was able to post a lot of pictures into one post on Blogger, which was free at the time, and then email the links out to family. Had I known this was going to morph into a monetized career I would have set it all up way differently.

Read: How to Start A Blog in 5 Steps | WordPress & SiteGround

Blogging Week | Post 2

So I obviously don't have a whole lot of pictures of me starting my blog. Instead, you're going to get a whole lot of cute pictures that reflect proper facial expressions for what it was like in the beginning until we got into a groove. First up, is why this blog started, and how most do: It was a way to keep family older family up to date on our new family members. Remember, I wasn't on Facebook yet and I primarily communicated with all our family through email. My original blog posts were just pictures of the boys. I did this little birthday candle series where they had a photo shoot for every month... right up until they could eat the candle. I was able to post a lot of pictures into one post on Blogger, which was free at the time, and then email the links out to family. Had I known this was going to morph into a monetized career I would have set it all up way differently. 

If you visit the Week 3 Image through the profile link, it will bring you to the main blog post where you can read up on exactly how I would start a blog today, with WordPress. Which is who hosts my blog now.

Blogging Week | Post 3

So this is the facial expression one might have going down the rabbit hole of becoming a blogger. It seems pretty intimidating, and I’ll admit, chaotic. You’re not really sure where to start or what to say. My advice would be to stick with what you know or to what is honest, like reviews. I made a TON of mistakes that I look back at now and also have this exact expression. What was I doing?! Well, learning. And now I have even more to share on my blog. My content took a big leap from sharing pictures to product reviews and then mass-market content that generates sales income. Most of which I wrote 8 years ago haven’t touched and it’s still producing sales steadily. In the next post, I’ll share an outline of how that happened.

Blogging Week | Post 3

So this is the facial expression one might have going down the rabbit hole of becoming a blogger. It seems pretty intimidating, and I'll admit, chaotic. You're not really sure where to start or what to say. My advice would be to stick with what you know or to what is honest, like reviews. I made a TON of mistakes that I look back at now and also have this exact expression. What was I doing?! Well, learning. And now I have even more to share on my blog. My content took a big leap from sharing pictures to product reviews and then mass-market content that generates sales income. Most of which I wrote 8 years ago haven't touched and it's still producing sales steadily. In the next post, I'll share an outline of how that happened.

Blogging Week | Post 4

in 2015, I spent an entire rotation around the sun documenting my blogging progress. And believe me when I tell you it went FAST. Starting in January and ending in December I took my blog from earning $0 to earning $9k in that one year and it’s nearly doubled every year since, simply because all that content is still there, doing exactly as well as it did the year before. Every time I add to my blog, I add to that sustainable growth and maturing income rate. That Hospital Bag post from 8 years ago is still doing just as well as it did in its first year. As long as it’s still relevant, we call that Evergreen Content. Had on over to the blog by clicking on my profile link, then the Week 3 image to find the blog post on My 12 Month Blogging Journey to $9,355.46 in 2016.

Read it HERE: My 12 Month Blogging Journey to $9,355.46 | 2016 Game Plan

Blogging Week | Post 4

in 2015, I spent an entire rotation around the sun documenting my blogging progress. And believe me when I tell you it went FAST. Starting in January and ending in December I took my blog from earning $0 to earning $9k in that one year and it's nearly doubled every year since, simply because all that content is still there, doing exactly as well as it did the year before. Every time I add to my blog, I add to that sustainable growth and maturing income rate. That Hospital Bag post from 8 years ago is still doing just as well as it did in its first year. As long as it's still relevant, we call that Evergreen Content. Had on over to the blog by clicking on my profile link, then the Week 3 image to find the blog post on My 12 Month Blogging Journey to $9,355.46 in 2016.

Blogging Week | Post 5

After that tremendously informative and successful year starting my online business model, I was still really in the dark. There was so much more I had to learn and wrap my head around. If you read that blog post I shared about my 12-month journey, you saw I ended the year creating ECourses, which is when things really took off. Not only on this blog but especially over on my Wedding Planning Blog. But, the tough part was narrowing everything down and “specializing” in something truly marketable that only I knew. In the Wedding World, that was my own wedding planning style, The Project Block System, but over here it was a bit tricky to nail down. We were flying blind, grasping at straws, sticks, pom-poms, and paint brushes trying to figure out how to elevate beyond product reviews, and then I settled on pre-k educational theory…

Blogging Week | Post 5

After that tremendously informative and successful year starting my online business model, I was still really in the dark. There was so much more I had to learn and wrap my head around. If you read that blog post I shared about my 12-month journey, you saw I ended the year creating ECourses, which is when things really took off. Not only on this blog but especially over on my Wedding Planning Blog. But, the tough part was narrowing everything down and "specializing" in something truly marketable that only I knew. In the Wedding World, that was my own wedding planning style, The Project Block System, but over here it was a bit tricky to nail down. We were flying blind, grasping at straws, sticks, pom-poms, and paint brushes trying to figure out how to elevate beyond product reviews, and then I settled on pre-k educational theory...

Blogging Week | Post 6

Enter #TheMessMat, a shower curtain we put in one corner of the living room and built an entire internet empire around it. [She says with sarcasm] We were a literal mess! But has oh so much fun with it. This is truly where our Instagram fame came from, getting Sticky and messy with #MySweetandSticky. I was home all day with two boys who needed early education and I was qualified to provide it through Montessori instruction, Sensory Play, and my STEAM training. Using my own background in education I changed this whole blog from a photo-sharing, briefly craft inspiration, how-to website into a fully-fledged Toddler School Resource. I continued to do product reviews, but in came the lesson plans, Etsy Products in both yarn and sensory bins, and also the first Ebooks on behavior management. and toddler schedules.

Blogging Week | Post 6

Enter #TheMessMat, a shower curtain we put in one corner of the living room and built an entire internet empire around it. [She says with sarcasm] We were a literal mess! But has oh so much fun with it. This is truly where our Instagram fame came from, getting Sticky and messy with #MySweetandSticky. I was home all day with two boys who needed early education and I was qualified to provide it through Montessori instruction, Sensory Play, and my STEAM training. Using my own background in education I changed this whole blog from a photo-sharing, briefly craft inspiration, how-to website into a fully-fledged Toddler School Resource. I continued to do product reviews, but in came the lesson plans, Etsy Products in both yarn and sensory bins, and also the first Ebooks on behavior management. and toddler schedules.

Blogging Week | Post 7

Once I knew a bit more about what I was doing, it all slid into place very quickly. I was generating a lot of content, too much to keep up with and even get posted onto the blog. My main source of publication became Instagram, in what used to be known as a “mini-blog” format. After reaching 10k we got that handy swipe-up feature that sent people straight to all the affiliates and blog posts. I created 3 more Instagram accounts, one for each blog/Etsy shop for a total of 4 accounts. This is when all the overlapping and interconnecting started to gain speed. Instagram was a speedy slide of tagging for growth back in the day before the whole algorithm changed it all. It was way easier back then. But more on that later. Thanks for taking the plunge with me into three weeks of history. Moving forward I’m theming weeks around current themes as well as some history. Like all next week, we celebrate WYATT and his birthday week for Week 4.

Blogging Week | Post 7

Once I knew a bit more about what I was doing, it all slid into place very quickly. I was generating a lot of content, too much to keep up with and even get posted onto the blog. My main source of publication became Instagram, in what used to be known as a "mini-blog" format. After reaching 10k we got that handy swipe-up feature that sent people straight to all the affiliates and blog posts. I created 3 more Instagram accounts, one for each blog/Etsy shop for a total of 4 accounts. This is when all the overlapping and interconnecting started to gain speed. Instagram was a speedy slide of tagging for growth back in the day before the whole algorithm changed it all. It was way easier back then. But more on that later. Thanks for taking the plunge with me into three weeks of history. Moving forward I'm theming weeks around current themes as well as some history. Like all next week, we celebrate WYATT and his birthday week for Week 4.

All Blog Posts for Blogging Week

Mom Blogger Content Organizing & Flow Chart
3 Blogger Apps I Wish I Knew Before I started Blogging
My 12 Month Blogging Journey to $9,355.46 | 2016 Game Plan
How to add an Amazon Affiliate Link to your Blog Post
How to Start A Blog in 5 Steps | WordPress & SiteGround
Every Blogger Should Monetize with this ONE Referral Link
Blogging Income Report for January | Making Money Online
How to Plan Ahead Blogger Mom Snacks

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