The more you enjoy your hobbies and pastimes, the better you become at them. When your hobby is something creative; whether it’s baking, illustration, or perhaps your photography skills have reached new levels after the new camera you received for Christmas, your expertise and passion will grow the more you do it. If friends and family are starting to compliment your work (without being prompted), then maybe it’s time to consider the possibility that you could make some money from doing what you love. You could try blogging, like I have and find an SEO expert to help you to get to the top of your game.
It may seem a little scary; but the only way you’ll know if people will pay for what you’re making is to get your stuff out there for the public to see, try and, fingers crossed, buy. A friendly place to start is local markets and fayres; maybe your child’s school is throwing a summer fete, or there’s a weekly street market in your hometown. Don’t be afraid to enquire about the cost of a stall, and sign up (it’s now or never). Charity bake sales (presuming you bake) are another way to serve up your delights to the public to gauge a reaction and to introduce people to whom you are and what you do.
It’s always a good idea to be set up on at least one social media account, so that anyone who’s interested in finding out more about what you’re selling has a point of contact. Image-based social media, like Instagram and Pinterest, are perfect for showing off your craft, especially if you’re an illustrator or seamstress. You’ll also find a (mostly) friendly community of people on social media who are creating similar things to you; start talking to them, you might be surprised how much help you can gain. If a “meetup” is being organised, try and make it; they are an excellent way to network and, if you’re able to get a babysitter, it’ll be a child-free day for you.
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On Christmas Eve I decided to turn my laptop off and have a wonderful few days off enjoying baby girl’s first Christmas. On boxing day I did a quick check of my emails and discovered that my blog had been hacked. They hadn’t got in through my username and password, but through a plugin I wasn’t using and had not updated. They had somehow injected malware into my blogs core files. My stress levels were about to reach breaking point.
I’m writing this today to share with you what I have learned from getting hacked, and hopefully help with some tips so the same doesn’t happen to you. It’s a very unpleasant experience, I felt violated. My blog is only about family topics and what not, it’s a baby fish in a the huge sea, so why would a heartless hacker want in?
This time last year my blog was still a hobby, I hadn’t earnt a penny, but I started to get offers for sponsored posts…
What was I going to do?
I was on maternity leave and that pay is practically zilch. A few extra pounds from my blog would help to make up some shortfall. So I decided after the new tax year started to take up these offers, because I was so close to the end of the current tax year I thought waiting a couple of weeks would give me time ( a year!) to get my head around the whole tax self-employed thing!
Blogging can be tough. Unless you have a topic that is giving you an infinite amount of content to write about, you’re probably going to run out of ideas sooner or later and you might start running into a creative wall. I know this has happened to me!
It can spell the death of an otherwise informative and interesting blog, and it’s one of the things that writers fear the most when they turn their blogs from a hobby into a full-time job. Sadly, many writers try to get around the problem of a creative block by using questionable tactics. For instance, they might decide to repurpose an old post and disguise it as a new one, or they might hire third-party ghostwriters to make content for their blog.
While these are perfectly acceptable, it doesn’t add interesting and creative content (most of the time). Thankfully, there are ways to rekindle that creative mind of yours if you’re being faced with a stale blog.
With a little tinkering, creative thinking and a lot of hard work, you could revive a stale blog in just under a week with the following tips.
This month marks 2 years since I started blogging. Happy 2nd blogiversary to me!
I started off on blogger, writing about my competition wins, books I loved to read and gardening tips. I didn’t know what self-hosted meant, I didn’t have a clue about DA, follow links, linky’s, coding and so many other terms it would take me an age to list!
I wasn’t a part of any Facebook blogger groups, and honestly didn’t know you could make money from blogging. I was in my own little bubble, drifting along doing what I wanted to do – sharing bits and bobs of my life and the things I loved.
You know how much I love to read and write, so when I was asked if I wanted to have a look at a new type of journal I squealed in delight! Yes!!
I’m in love with my new journal! – just wanted to get that out there!
The Morning Sidekick Journal is amazing. Full of ideas and tips to help you get the most out of life.
It’s beautiful to hold. Hardback with fantastic thick pages, the feel of a quality product. It has one of those great bookmarks, so you won’t lose your place and an elastic band to keep it closed. There is the option of having a pdf version as well, so you can fill in on your laptop, if that’s the better option for you.