Time To Think Is A Wonderful Thing

This blog has been something I have really enjoyed the short time I’ve had it(started in November 2015). I have written articles about selling on Amazon, driving for Lyft, paying down debt, losing weight, and many other things. But the blog really hasn’t had a purpose as of yet. So I’m going to try to change that in the coming months.

Purpose For Blog Now and Then

If you go back to the first article  I said the purpose for this blog is not to make money, but in a way that was a lie.

See I do intend on having affiliate links on this blog, as well as possibly create my own digital products in the future. But for the most part those will be few and far between and I don’t think anything that will financially change my life.

Use Blog To Get More People To Hire Me

I do want to use the blog to find other work, for instance this blog lead to my very first freelance client who I still work with today.

If anyone else is interested in hiring me go to my portfolio here, or contact me directly. (Plug inserted)

What The Future Articles Will Be

The blog is also a way of showing my financial story, going from in debt to financial independence. So far I have been very good at showing you the income that I have made through my side hustles, but not so good at showing how paying the debt off is.

That’s because the debt isn’t going away, it is no longer getting larger but it’s not going away.

This is due to several things but mostly because I couldn’t get a side hustle to stick that would add additional money going towards debt.

That has, with the help of amazon, changed. I’m happy to report that last month I was able to add $1,000 extra to my debt which is amazing.

This month I will be giving a complete open and honest article on my debt situation, why it has changed so little and exactly what I’m doing in the future to get it paid off by the goal of the end of this year.

Another thing I said I would do is post twice a week, one article on a variety of topics and a second on 5 articles from other personal finance sites that I enjoyed. I have failed here too.

I have been keeping up with an average of an article a week, but some weeks it’s everyday. Other times I won’t post an article for weeks. I’ve only done a total of 10 of the best articles from others.

This to me is unacceptable, I feel I can easily do this and should be keeping up, so I will be committing to getting this done on a more regular basis.

Conclusion

So this really is just an update on what’s going on with me and with the blog, if there are specific subjects you want covered let me know and I will try my best to write about it.

I really hope you have enjoyed the journey so far, but don’t go anywhere because you haven’t seen anything yet. The journey to the “future me” is just starting but I can see him in perfect color.

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*Part of Financially Savvy Saturdays on brokeGIRLrich, Disease Called Debt and Financially Fit & Fabulous*

 

8 thoughts on “Time To Think Is A Wonderful Thing”

  1. Wow, congrats on making that extra payment! You’re doing great, even if it’s not at the pace you wanted to. You’re heading in the right direction.

    Blogging isn’t a linear thing either, in my experience. Sometimes I easily write three posts a day, sometimes I almost forget I have one in the first place. You’ll get back to it, new and improved!

    1. Mrs. CTC, I think the most I’ve ever written is 4 in one day, and it took a lot out of me. I can easily write, when I go to edit though I think to myself “This will never see the light of day”.

      I’m looking at the positive, I have made forward movement and will continue to do so.

  2. The best thing about blogging is how it keeps you accountable! We can’t nail all our goals all the time, but having a record of what they are keeps us honestly reevaluating if they’re still really goals and pushing toward achieving them if they are!

    1. Yea, I have an article coming out next week on an update of my debt.. Let’s just say it’s going really bad and the article is a very honest heartfelt one.

  3. Monetizing a blog takes time and there isn’t a lot of it upfront. If your goal is earning money, there are a lot of ways to do it that offer a much better ROI, especially immediate ROI. Just because all the cool kids are doing it doesn’t mean it is right for you. If your goal is to use this blog to attract freelancing clients, put up a few very good posts and then go onto Upwork etc and apply for jobs, giving a link to the blog as an example of your work.

    1. Thanks RAnn, I know the blog is one of the worst ways to make money online, which is why I like it. It’s more of a keeping me accountable and following my journey than it is a way to make money. As you can see from my income reports I have started making a lot more money from Amazon FBA than anything else.

  4. It’s amazing how starting a blog can lead to all sorts of changes! I’m looking forward to reading more about your debt repayment progress Tyler. Re using the blog for monetization, I have to disagree a little with Ruth above. I think you can make money quickly using your blog by creating digital products which you’ve mentioned above. A blog is a great platform to launch and sell such products. Plus, blogging is an income stream that’s good to grow in the background. As you get more traffic, you will start to monetize it more efficiently.

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