7 Reasons Why I Love Blogging

Sharing a few of the many reasons why I love blogging.

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I don’t sleep these days. That pretty much sums up my life.

Juggling a full-time job and a blog isn’t easy, but after five whole years, it’s just a part of who I am and what I do.

Why do I love it so much? Why do I give up hours of Netflix watching and sleeping in on the weekends?

Well, here are a few reasons…

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2016 Blog Income Report

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog income report, but 2016 was a good year, so I figured I’d let you know how I did.

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Alright so the last blog income report I posted was several months back where I shared my income for April- June of 2016. And then it looks like I took a six month break from these reports because there really aren’t enough hours in the day, ya know?!

But since I started prepping for tax season this past week, I finally got my shit together and took a look at this year’s numbers.

$15,476 – that’s what I made this year off of my blog. Crazy, right?

No I didn’t make six figures, but you know what?! I made $5,327 more than I did last year, and I’m really proud of  that.

For those of you who don’t know already, blogging isn’t my full time job. It’s totally a side-hustle right now. During the day I work at BlackDog doing creative stuff that I love, and on my off hours, I blog.

So an extra $15,000 this year from side hustling my ass off? I’ll take it!

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Gifts For Bloggers

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Yeti Microphone // Kate Spade Planner // Kate Spade Notebook // Sony Digital Camera // Business Card Holder // Selfie Light // Coffee Mug // Tripod // Blog Topic Ideas // Kate Spade Computer Bag // External Hard Drive

I just spent a good three hours online making my Christmas list, so I figured I’d round up a whole bunch of awesome gifts for bloggers. Because it’s hard to understand what it’s like to be a blogger, unless you are one yourself, so friends, – I got cha.

I told Joe that I wanted some new font packs and  stock photos for Christmas and he just stared at me and was like, “what the heck is wrong with you woman?” But you know what I mean, right?! This season, most of us don’t need extra stuff that we’ll use once and forget about. Instead, we want to invest in our online businesses, so these are all great gifts to put on your wish list. Enjoy!

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My Top 10 Most Commented Posts

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I’ve been blogging for almost five years now, and boy has this been an adventure! I started this site without knowing a thing about blogging, and now I couldn’t picture my life without it.

So here’s a quick blast to the past – my most commented  posts, because for all of you who are new to the blog, you might have missed these!

1. How Millennials Are Redefining Success

2. How To Be Rich In Your Twenties

3. Don’t Wait. Be Happy Now.

4. Pursue A Lifestyle, Not A Job

5. Why We Need To Get Over Our Fear Of Rejection

6. The 5 Most Valuable Lessons Grad School Taught Me

7. How To Make Money Blogging Without Tons of Page Views

8. Why It’s Okay To Be Excited About The Awesome Stuff You’re Doing

9. How To Get Along With Older Coworkers

10. June Blog Income Report

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5 Key Blogging Lessons From Building A Framework

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I’ve been blogging for almost 6 years now. For 6 years I’ve poured my heart and soul into this blog and at this point, I can’t imagine what my life would look like without it.

It’s funny when I think back at how little I knew about the blogging world when I first started, though. I didn’t know this was a thing. I didn’t know that people took blogging seriously and that it was a potential business and revenue stream.

I just needed a place to freaking vent!

That’s how I got started. And over the past 6 years, I’ve learned more about the blogging space each and every day, and I think that’s probably why I’ve been able to stick with it for so long.

I love that I’m never done learning. I love that every day there’s something new. Every day there’s a new algorithm stirring the pot or a new idea to try or ways to improve my old content. Maybe I’m a total nerd, but I find that so satisfying.

I recently re-read one of my favorite blogging books, Building A Framework, and today I decided to share 5 key blogging lessons that even a seasoned blogger like me can take away from this amazing blogging resource.

Building A Framework

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Blogger Life: Transforming My Home Office With Staples

Thank you, Staples, for sponsoring today’s post and helping me transform my home office. As always, all opinions are my own. #MakeMoreHappen

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For the longest time, I’ve wanted a home office, and today, I’m SO EXCITED to share what it looks like with you guys! It’s still a work-in-progress, but I finally have a dedicated workspace where I can sit down and get some stuff done! It’s just a little corner of my bedroom, but I love it so much and I couldn’t have done it without some help from my friends at Staples and their Copy and Print department.

So let’s talk about this. First things first, I decided that it was finally time to get myself some business cards. And if you’re a creative business owner or a blogger, I highly recommend you get some too. The process was super simple, and that made me happy because I don’t have time for anything complicated these days. I  just downloaded a business card template from Creative Market, edited it in Photoshop, and then uploaded it onto the Staples website and placed my order. The next day, they were ready for pickup!

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Blog Income Report April- June 2016

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Hi guys! Again, I’m super late with this blog income report, but hey! Better late than never, right?!

I’ve been practically throwing my life into my book (and new job) so I really haven’t had a whole lot of time to focus on new content.

But I AM super-happy to say that I have a handful of new projects I’m working on right now, and I really think you guys are gunna LOVE them. Can’t wait to start sharing them with you!

Anyway, last blog income report (Q1) I shared the very sad fact that traffic had been going down pretty substantially over the past few months.

Well, uh… that’s still the case right now, at least for me, but that hasn’t stopped me from making a part-time income from my blog! Whoop whoop!

It’s amazing to think that 5 years ago I started this blog on a total whim, and here I am today finding ways to monetize something that I love doing.

So here’s what the breakdown looked like for April, May, and June:

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