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There are probably thousands of ways to make money blogging. And I don’t use most of them.
As a followup to my recent guide on how to make money blogging, I feel that it’s appropriate to tell you how I don’t make money blogging.
I know everyone says this, but I blog because I genuinely want to help people. I love to learn, write and teach, so this is a fitting place for me to be. However, because of that, I don’t make anywhere close to as much money as I could with this blog. And I’m fine with that.
In fact, I’m going to show you several ways I’ve cut my income for the sake of my readers.
Let me explain the ways I choose not to make money blogging, and why. I’ll also tell you 3 things I promise to never do as long as I own this blog.
It’s nice to be back this week.
I took last week off after writing my exhaustive (and exhausting for me) guide to make money blogging.
Today, I’m going to recap the week, show you the money and productivity articles I’ve found around the web over the last couple weeks, and give you an update on my Cyclical Ketogenic Diet progress.
Is happiness the key to life?
For many, it is. But it’s so easy to get caught up worrying about our own happiness.
We can actually turn happiness into an idol that we worship, without even realizing it.
I’m not going to go into the religious implications of that, but I’m sure you would agree that idols aren’t the healthiest things to form. And you’re right. Regardless of your religious or spiritual beliefs, happiness makes a terrible idol.
There is a way to achieve happiness without idolizing it, and it’s actually easier than you may think.
The word “budget” sparks many different emotions.
Some people swear by their budget. Some people swear at their budget. And others swear they had a budget, though they can’t seem to remember exactly what’s in it or where it’s at.
You used to be hard-pressed to find a finance book that didn’t recommend budgeting, but things have changed.
Several finance teachers, like Ramit Sethi and David Chilton, have started to move away from the “everyone needs a budget” mindset, and for good reason. They focus more on big savings and less on fewer lattes.
Today, I’m going to show you both sides.
Here’s why I swear by my budget, and why you don’t need one to be financially successful.
The Legitimate Guide to Make Money Blogging If You’re Willing to Work (From Getting Started to Getting Paid)
This guide is for the average person who wants to start a blog and understands that, though it’s easy to start a blog, turning a blog into a money-making machine or even just a full-time income isn’t always easy, but it is doable and highly rewarding.
So far, so good on the Cyclical Ketogenic Diet.
I’m enjoying the meals, and experimenting with just eating whatever I want on my “carb up” days (30-48 hours a week). If I stop seeing results on the scale and in the gym, then I’ll go to a more “low fat, high carb” cycle, instead of strict keto, and just plain cheating.
I’m also trying Keto Delivered, a service that sends a monthly box of keto-friendly products to try.
Before we move on, check out this website that let’s you sell online, for free…
We’ve all been there.
A dinner party at work. A meet and greet at church. An “open house” at school.
Events that should be easy, but we end up making them awkward and uncomfortable.
The good news is that you’re not alone. We’re all awkward! Some more than others, of course.
Let me explain 6 things I’ve done to build confidence and reduce some of the awkward social stress.
Have you seen Tai Lopez in the YouTube videos?
His ad pops up on every YouTube video, or so it seems. He’s usually standing by a mansion.
His latest video starts with him saying “Hey, I’m here in my backyard. People are always asking me for a tour of my house…”
I’m sure you’ve seen it. Everyone has seen it. Unless you have ad block. So is this guy for real?
I’m going to give my take on that, show you some evidence, show you exactly what Tai does and what you’ll get when you buy his product, and how to get most of what he sells for free.
Do you have goals? Like real, written, actionable goals? Most people don’t.
But I’m sure you do. Because you want to get the most out of your life.
But what if I told you that goals aren’t as important as every self-help book says they are?
What if I told you that habits are the foundation to success?
Goals and habits actually work together, but goals are nothing without habits.
There’s a saying that happiness is somewhere between having too much and having too little.
But the concept of “happiness” can be pretty ambiguous, because happiness to one person could be misery to another.
However, we can arrive at some reasonably consistent understandings when looking at modern human life within a monetary economy such as ours.
Stay-at-home spouses get a bad rap.
I started the Cyclical Ketogenic Diet on Monday.
Mostly to experiment with it and write about my results in the future.
After one week, it’s been good. I’ve had a little bit of the “Keto Flu,” but not too bad.
More to come on that later, but you can follow some of what I’m eating on Facebook or Instagram.
Now for this week in money and productivity…
What are the most unproductive 9 minutes of your day?
It’s no secret. It’s the snooze button. Did you see that coming? Probably.
But we’re not done yet. I’m going to explain why the snooze button is so unproductive, and how to actually snooze productively. Yes, it’s possible to hit the snooze button, and not be a complete failure, regardless of what the internet tells you.
In fact, you can actually do some really productive things with the snooze button.
If more than 1/3 of American adults are hitting the snooze (I suspect it’s actually more than that), then something needs to change.
At least, the way we view the snooze button.
Are you a freelance writer?
Or are you dreaming of becoming one?
Being your own boss and building a small business might be easier than you think. You just need to be creative!
But don’t be too excited about it, there are a few helpful writing tips you still need to learn about putting up the best creativity in your freelance job or career.
There are around 1,000,000 bankruptcies every year in the US.
Obviously, it’s a problem. A problem that can be avoided, but if you’re past the avoiding stage, it may be your best option.
Let’s dive in and discuss the different types of bankruptcy, when to file, when not to file, and the effects of filing.
I’ve been reading. A lot.
I finished two books this week, and read 12 book summaries. And countless articles.
If you aren’t reading book summaries, you should be. The best place I’ve found for good non-fiction book summaries is Blinkist.
You can try Blinkist for free and even if you decide to purchase a subscription, there is a 30 day money-back guarantee, so you might as well give it a shot. I’ve read more since subscribing to Blinkist than ever before.
Now here’s the best articles I’ve found this week:
I don’t like to have a hundred different apps on my phone.
The more I have, the less benefit I get from the ones I do have.
For me, the 80/20 rule definitely applies to the apps I use on a daily basis.
I’m using [actually less than] 20% of my apps for 80% of my productivity. And here they are.
Americans are in a lot of debt.
Between credit card debt, the rise of student loans, and the ever-in-flux real estate market, it’s harder and harder for people to live without some form of debt.
Exact figures are hard to come by, as credit card debt, also known as “revolving” debt and consumer debt, is measured separately from debt like student loans and mortgages.
That makes sense, as they are very different, but that separation often disappears when financial advice is given.
So you’ve decided that a life of debt isn’t for you.
Congratulations! Good choice. Welcome to the club.
You know the first step to seeing big results is to sell your expensive vehicle, but there’s one problem.
You’re upside down. Way upside down. And it looks like you may not get flipped back over.
Don’t panic! You have some options, and you can still make this work. Here’s how.
This “weekend reading” thing is fun.
I’ve been reading a lot more articles, knowing that I need to pick the best to share with you guys.
I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am! Here’s what I have for you this week:
“A university is just a group of buildings gathered around a library.” – Shelby Foote
Jim Rohn says “most large, exquisite homes have a library. Does that tell you something?”
There’s a reason these homes have libraries. The books in that library are one of the reasons they are where they are today. Of course, you don’t need an expensive house to have a library. A bookshelf in your bedroom or an empty closet works just fine.
If you’re short on space, go through your books and get rid of the junk first. Make room.
Jim Rohn gives guidelines in his books and seminars for what he believes should be in a basic home library.
Here’s Rohn’s advice, plus more on starting your home library.
First-time homebuyers struggle with the process because it’s overwhelming.
There’s a lot to contend with: mountains of paperwork, mortgage rates, the down payment, and the list goes on.
The last thing a new homebuyer needs is to lock themselves into a lifelong commitment that ultimately winds up being the wrong decision.
With more than 880,000 homes in foreclosure, that’s a very real possibility.
The secret to ensuring your dream home doesn’t become a nightmare purchase is to put together a solid plan; this is the essential information you need to know, so your experience of buying a home is a positive one.
Let’s get this out of the way: it’s only called life insurance to make you feel better. It’s death insurance, folks.
Now that we understand what it’s actually for, what exactly does it do?
And who needs life insurance anyways? Just employees? Stay-at-home spouses? Children?
Let’s go over everyone who may need it, and those unique situations.
Some people ask me why I write about money and productivity, instead of simply picking one.
I usually respond by saying “it’s easier to write about both than one or the other.”
The line between money and productivity is thin — sometimes nonexistent.
You won’t usually see a whole lot of one without the other.
So I’ve stopped separating them in the weekly reads.
Here’s this week in money and productivity.
Benjamin Franklin was widely known for his practices and habits…specifically: his virtues.
He was a lifehacker before it was cool.
He believed in living a fulfilling and productive life, which is what brought him to these 13 virtues.
I’ll go over each one and show you how to apply them to your life to increase your productivity.
The facts are in: most entrepreneurs never make as much income operating their own business than they did as an employee working for someone else. This may shock you because we see entrepreneurs on television, featured in magazines, and we constantly hear stories of massive success. It turns out, however, that these stories of massive entrepreneurial success are the exception and not the rule. There are five important reasons why most entrepreneurs never turn a profit and why entrepreneurs fail.
“Renting is throwing your money away.”
“Buying ties you down and locks up money that could’ve been invested.”
“When you buy a home, pay it off as fast as possible.”
“If you do buy, don’t pay off your home early. It’s better to invest the money.”
These are just a few of the ideas floating around the web. It makes the choices so easy, doesn’t it?
These are difficult topics that require slightly complex (but not scary-complex) answers.
Let’s dive in to theses topics, and decide what’s best for you.
Happy Friday the 13th for all you horror fans out there!
It’s been a great week with the launch of MoneyMiniBlog 3.0 and my sabbatical concluding.
I’ve decided to start posting weekly roundups of the best money and productivity stuff I can find.
I’ve always promoted the idea of starting small when creating new habits.
We all know that we can’t start a new workout routine by running 10 miles a day. That’s obvious. But even if you aren’t starting that big, you may be starting too big.
It’s usually not starting way too big that messes us up, it starting just a little bigger than we should have. Just big enough to stop the habit after a few days, weeks or months.
This is where tiny habits come in.
Bj Fogg, PhD, has started a habit revolution with tiny habits. And people are accomplishing amazing things by implementing them.
I’m going to show you how they work and how you can start implementing tiny habits today. Right now, actually…
I got a new job and my income went up 38% several years ago. The increased payday felt huge, because nothing about my life setup really changed. I didn’t move into a fancy apartment or buy a new car.
But something subtle did change psychologically for me. I felt like I had more money so I spent a little bit more at restaurants and a little bit more on clothes. I figured I had a little extra money, might as well enjoy it.
When the credit card bill came, I found that my expenses increased right along with my income. Getting a raise was great, but it was so easy to spend the extra money. I hadn’t paid down student loan debt, saved any money, nor invested – all the things I’d imagined doing with the extra income.