Does the thought of blogging leave you cold? You’re not alone. In fact, if you ask almost any online business owner what their most dreaded task is, blogging will likely rank right up there with bookkeeping and cold calling. With few exceptions, most people simply do not like to write, so they find any excuse not to do it.
And as you can imagine, their traffic suffers for it, and yours will too if you do not take action.
The good news is, if you hate to write or feel you’re just not good at it, there are plenty of other ways to create shareable content on a regular basis without ever putting your fingers to a keyboard (much).
And, if you employ these other methods, you will have more time for doing the things that you love most about your job!
If This is Your First Time Here
Let me introduce myself. My name is Corinne and I provide VA and content re-purposing services to fitness coaches and mom bloggers. When I first started blogging as a business I was SUPER overwhelmed. I didn’t post on a consistent schedule, I wasn’t getting any pageviews and I was not making any money! I knew there had to be an easier and faster way to get my content and message out into the world! After a lot of trial and error I now share all my tips and tricks for making blogging easier!!! Today I want to share…
Despite Google’s apparent dislike for it, guest blogging is still a fantastic way to both generate content and get in front of a whole new audience. Other bloggers, marketers, coaches and service providers are looking for ways to grow their audiences, and many of them would jump at the chance to appear as a guest on your blog. It’s a win/win for both of you.
Not into guest blogging? What about a text interview or cross-blog conversation? Simply supply a list of questions to your interviewee, and post their responses. The interview format is perfect for introducing your audience to someone they might want to get to know better.
A cross-blog conversation requires a little more work on your part but it can be a fun way for your readers to get to know you a bit better. A cross-blog conversation is exactly what it sounds like: a discussion that takes place on two different blogs, with you and your blogging partner both offering opinions about a topic, just as if you were having a chat over coffee.
Audio and Video
Podcasting and video blogs are more popular than ever and they’re perfect for those who don’t care for writing. With either type of content, all that’s required is you, sharing your thoughts. You don’t have to do anything as involved or complex as interviews, and you certainly don’t have to hire a studio for a day to record a series of “professional” videos.
You can create podcasts and video blogs with nothing more than your laptop with its built-in camera or a headset and an audio recorder. Just fire up your computer and share your thoughts. Don’t worry about perfection, your visitors will love a chance to see the real you!
If you’re like most people, you very likely share a variety of content on your social media accounts. You point out articles you’ve read, videos you’ve enjoyed, and infographics that explain a complex idea in a simple way. It’s part of what makes social media fun and informational.
But what if you took your sharing one step further, and posted your thoughts on your blog first, before linking on social media?
The result of this curation technique, where you add your opinion with a link to the original article or video, is that you drive traffic to your site rather than someone else’s. Not only that, but it gives you more opportunity to start a conversation with your readers about the content you’re sharing.
Relying on Google or the other search engines to send you traffic can be an exercise in frustration. A better method is to encourage sharing on social media. But if you’re not a wordsmith, creating content can seem like an overwhelming task. Rather than giving up and letting your blog languish, explore some other ways to create content that your readers will enjoy and share.
Not everyone is a writer and that can be a good thing! After all, each individual person in this world has something that they specialize in, and you should focus on what you do the best. If writing is not your thing, I encourage you to boost the views of your blog with the things that you do best. You’ll come across as a person being true to yourself, while helping others in so many ways.
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While creating my budget this month I completed a budget makeover and gave us a 30% raise. After giving it a once over and comparing it to our spending for the last 3 months I realized it is not much of a budget at all.
I am going to be really transparent here. I am not trying to brag or anything like that…I am showing real numbers to hopefully help someone else and keep myself accountable. In the past 3 months (Oct-Dec) our take home income was $12,800.16. From all the money we took in, I can only account for $8651.70. I don’t know where $4,148.46 went. Excuse me while I vomit!!!
On top of out regular pay, we received some extra money from my mom, $5,000 to help with a cash flow issue we were having. HELLO !!! Of course we were having a cash flow issue!!! I don’t know where we spent 32% of our income for the past 3 months!!! Of that $5,000, $3,000 went to our escrow deposit for the new house. The other $2,000 no Freaking clue!!!
I brought this information to my husband and he reminded me that in that 3 months we did take a trip to Santa Fe, NM for Thanksgiving and NH for Christmas (keep in mind we live in TX). There were Christmas gifts, we paid some debt off and we did some home improvements to get the house ready to sell. All of which that makes sense, the problem I am having is we don’t know how much money went to all of those things. How much did it cost us to fly home? How much did it cost us to go to Santa Fe? How much did we spend on Christmas and the house? How much did we just piss away?!?!?
It is time for a budget makeover!!! I made a budget printable I can fill out every month, I calculated a plan and got laser focus on where our money is going and guess what? I found $1,000 for savings every month and another $3,000 to pay towards our debt! BAM!
It is amazing how I sit here thinking we need to make more money, where if we just spent our money more wisely it is like giving ourselves an immediate raise.
Here is our Budget Makeover
1.) Budget Printable. I made a form we can use every month. One of the issues with making a monthly budget is just making the time to do it. By having a form ready to go it decreases how long it will take me to do this every month. Here is ours all filled out. It’s a mess I know but progress is more important than perfection. If I waited until this was perfect and pretty another month would have passed and more money would have been lost. I have two versions of this printable available here. One is a PDF you can print and the other is a google sheet that can do all the math for you.
2.) Next, we started tracking every single dollar, penny spent. This was the eye opener!! It was 1/11 and we had already overspent in our transportation category and were getting close to going over our food and personal categories. On the bright side, we figured out we could easily save $1,000 and put $3,000 a month towards our debt if we just became more aware of how we were spending our money. Get my Spending Tracker here.
3.) Reduce!! This one is still in progress, but we looked at where all of our money is going and brainstormed where we could reduce. We got rid of cable and are now watching TV for FREE!! We reduced our cell phone data and switched to their new program where our data speed just slows down instead of allowing us to go over. We are doing a test this month to see if we don’t use the dryer as much if it would reduce our electricity bill. We are finally selling my husband’s truck!!! The thing is a money pit!! Not only do we have a monthly payment on it but the maintenance on the thing was ridiculous!! I am a little bit upset about this one. Had we been tracking sooner this truck would have been gone a LOOOOOONNNGGGG time ago.
Sticking With It
Now the real problem, sticking with it!! Getting my husband involved was the real game changer here. I was taking the budget on all by myself. Now that he is aware of the issue we are tackling it together. We both want things…him a new downhill bike (we sold it before the move) and I want to finally go on a honeymoon. We know that those things are attainable if we just tell our money what to do.
We get paid twice a month the 1st and 15th. We will review our budget on those days but tracking our spending will probably be on the daily. I will post a check in on those dates so you can see how we are doing. For once I am really feeling positive about our spending!!! We finally are going to get a handle on this!!
If you are reading this and feel like things are hopeless, just try this out and see what happens! Let me know if you get stuck and I will try to help (keep in mind I am not a financial advisor or anything).