Blogging: Turning Passion Into Profit!

Many people decide to start a blog because they think it’s an easy way of making money from home. From the outside looking in, it seems pretty straight forward. However, it’s definitely not as easy as it looks and you have to put in a ton of work to make a profit from it.  There’s never an actual “off day” and sometimes you’ll search for inspiration and come up empty handed, but if you can look past the downfalls- blogging can be very rewarding.

Know Your Focus
What is it that you enjoy talking about? Is that something that you could talk about with a total stranger? Are you passionate about a particular topic? These are questions to ask yourself as you begin this journey. You’ll want to know what your website it about because that’s how you gain readers. You can even cover multiple topics as long as you keep it balanced. This website will help you uncover your writing passion and unlock some ideas for you.

Uncover SEO and gain readers
Having a successful blog is more than having a great topic with plenty to say. It’s also about how you draw readers in and keep them coming back. To really get this ball moving, you’ll want the best SEO company.

Invest In Yourself. 
I am all about investing in yourself and building from that. There are quite a few free blogging platforms out there so that you can test the waters and see what you’re made of. I recommend starting there to begin with to see if it’s something that you want to stick with. However, as soon as you feel comfortable- invest in yourself and  purchase your domain and hosting.  Not only will it make your website more memorable, but it’s also more professional. 

Get Social!
Engage with your readers! This can be done by comments left on your website or by social media pages. Yes, you should create social media accounts for your blog. Make sure to engage with readers there as well.

Patience
It takes time and dedication to build a successful blog. Don’t give up if it takes more time than you originally expected. It can take months before you begin making a profit from your hard work and dedication, but stick with it!

 

 

 

 

 

Increase Your Home Value with Curb Appeal.

Let’s talk curb appeal and how it increases your home value!

Regardless of whether you’ve recently purchased a new home or whether you’re making some home improvements, there’s a million and one ways to upgrade your curb appeal and increase your home value!  It doesn’t matter whether you live in Phoenix  or a small town in the middle of nowhere, you always want your home to feel welcoming and up to date.  This doesn’t have to be super expensive or over the top either.

-Updating the paint on the front door is always a good place to start. A fresh coat of paint can change the whole view. Don’t be afraid to choose a bold color either. I’ve fallen in love with yellow, red, and blue doors recently. It’s one of the first things I see when I look at a home. I feel like it really sets the tone and tells me what to expect. You may also want to consider how easy the color will get dirty as well.  Don’t forget a doormat and an updated door knob too!

-Upgrade your mailbox.  Replacing an outdated mailbox can really add to your curb appeal and it doesn’t have to be expensive at all.  There’s a ton on the market so really take your time and decide which one fits your home the best. Don’t forget to include your house number too!

-Add some décor to your porch and door.  Adding a wreath to the door or decorating your porch for the season/holiday really makes your home pop and feel inviting. These are also things that can be easily changed out as the season and holiday change and you don’t have to spend much to add a little décor.

-Update your shutters! If you’re shutters are outdated, make sure to breathe life into them. Sometimes you can clean the ones you have and add a fresh coat of paint, but sometimes they need to replaced all together.

-Adding a porch swing or  outdoor furniture can go a long way! Not only does this provide you with somewhere to sit and enjoy the weather or read a book, but it also makes your home feel welcoming to others.

-Update your outdoor lighting. Indoor too, for that matter. I loved browsing for new exterior light fixtures.  You’ll want lights that illuminate your entryway and make it safe. There’s a ton of styles on the market so it won’t be hard to find some to add to your home. Don’t forget flood lights, walkway lights, landscaping lights, etc.

-Declutter! I can’t say thing enough! I hate seeing yards that are piled high with clutter. Not only is it decreasing the value of your home, but it’s an eye sore too and surely won’t impress the neighbors. Sometimes less is more and you can learn all about that over at this website.

-Add some flowers! I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a difference flowers can make in your yard. You can use flower boxes along your windows, pots on your porch, or even go all out with a flowerbed. Add your own touch to it and  brighten things up! If you’re not a big flower person, add some bushes or plant a new tree.

-Put the hose up. Put it in a decorative spot or use a water hose post. Simply get it off the ground.

 

In Too Deep by Lynn H. Blackburn {Book Review}

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced. My opinions may differ from those of others as well as the author/publisher. Some of the links on the following page are “affiliate links” and I may be compensated if you click on these links.

Synopsis

How do you choose between loyalty and the truth?

When the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team is called in to recover a body from a submerged car, they aren’t prepared to find an encrypted laptop–or an unsettling connection between investigator Adam Campbell and the dead accountant.

Adam turns to his friend Dr. Sabrina Fleming to recover the files from the laptop. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier the investigation becomes. When evidence implicates members of Adam’s own family, he and Sabrina will have to risk everything to solve the case.

The truth could set hundreds free–but someone is willing to do whatever it takes to silence anyone who threatens to reveal their secrets.

My Thoughts!

This is book 2 in the Dive Team Investigations series, but it stood well on it’s own. I loved seeing characters from book one, but not feeling as if I would be lost had I not read it. Blackburn did an amazing job at  keeping readers on the edge of their seat with the unexpected. I love how the story flowed with a steady pace and ease of reading. Suspense, romance, and mystery are all bundled into one with this powerful read. I highly enjoyed it and would recommend it to others. It’s a great curl up by the fireplace kind of read!

 

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Author Connection!

Lynn Huggins Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in South Carolina with her true love, Brian, and their three children.- source