Giveaway Blogger Talk: To Advertise or Not to Advertise, that is the Question

A conversation came up on Facebook the other day about a fellow blogger not receiving thank yous like she used to with winners from giveaways. At first I felt sad because I usually get a thank you from giveaway winners on my blog. Just the other day I received a sweet email from a giveaway winner that warmed my heart and made me sad all at once …

While I won’t quote the person exactly without their permission; they informed me that they are one of the furloughed families so to have this prize arrive was a wonderful thing. She will set it aside knowing that her daughter will at least have this for Christmas if nothing else. The person went on to say thank you from the bottom of their heart.

This email made a tear cross my eye because never did I think of giveaways actually helping those families in need. I, of course, used to enter giveaways for this reason; not having ability to afford many gifts for holiday seasons so why would I not realize that my hosting of giveaways is helping people much like my own self?

I often get thank yous from people who have won a giveaway on my site and I host a lot of giveaways. So why is that some bloggers are not feeling that grateful response from their giveaway winners? What is different in one blogger giveaway winners versus the other blogger giveaway winners?

Ding. Ding. Ding. {a light flashed and my brain went aha}

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Working From Home: My Thoughts and Advice

There are many times when my friends on Facebook ask about my working from home. They love seeing how I get compensated to try new things, to cover events and to simply write working from home. It’s difficult for me to push working from home in any way other than simply being honest. What I do, I have been doing since 2006, granted the majority of what I do to earn income started in 2008. With that being said, this is no quick income money making business, there involves a lot of hard work, many late night hours to meet deadlines and some times it requires getting over writers block because no matter how “stuck” you are; your clients expect you to have results for them.

Working from home in the way I do, with blogging on blogs, takes practice, takes a love of writing (readers can hear the passion behind your text words & without passion many won’t read on), a dedication to working even when you see your bed there all warm and cozy, a motivation to get to your desk or laptop on couch and work even when you were up all night with the kiddos. Working from home takes a certain kind of personality type and character to really push through and succeed. On another note; success is based on individual’s definition of the word. Some may want to work from home to replace a full time income, some may be happy making a small income to assist in just paying the grocery portion of bills in the household. I feel I am successful with what I do working from home, others may not feel the same. That’s okay.

Regardless of what your own personal definition of success is; if you are truly interested in working from home in a blogging sort of way, then you need to read on and hear me out on exactly how frustrating being a blogger can be but also how rewarding it can be if you stick with it.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Blogging doesn’t Earn Income Right Away

While many see what I do now and are in awe, it took me a couple of years to get to the point where people were paying me more than a few bucks here and a few bucks there. It took at least two years to be recognized in what I do as well as to have the ranking and decent social media outreach for any business to want to work with me.

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Thoughts That Come to Mind While Being a Blogger for Near Five Years

In most of my blogging I am pretty open and honest about all of what I have to say, but that doesn’t mean that I “tell all”.  You see, based on experience, once you put something out there in text for someone to revisit or bring back up in a cached or saved version of text, you cannot take it back. There are some things that you simply cannot try to hide or take back after the fact. That is why, while being a blogger, I have been forced to be somewhat honest when asked about certain things because if not, then people can research back and find out otherwise. This is not a good position to be in.

Soho Hearts Multi Wrap BraceletThere are things, a lot of things, in my life I am not proud of. There are mistakes that have been made. There are decisions that were made that I wish I could take back or revisit. The thing is; you cannot erase the past and you cannot go back into the past.  Our lives are what they are, mistakes and all. What I say is live life to the fullest, be as honest as you can about yourself so that you can lead a fully, deep to your soul happy life. If you question putting something up on your site, because after you typed it all up it dawned on you that you may have written out of pure anger or some other negative emotion and if this goes live on the Internet it may cause deeper issues than what frustrated you in the first place?

If you can genuinely look at something you wrote and feel questionable as to whether putting it out there is going to be okay with you or not, then wait … make sure that when and if this goes live for the world to read that you will be seriously okay with whatever happens. For me, I write a lot based on things I see and experience. I know that I am not alone in all that I have experienced and all that I see as wrong in life; but there are some things that no matter how much I can connect with someone else in my online community that I will not share.

Some things that, while make sense to help explain the deeper part of who I am, cannot be shared for the world to read. There are things that have happened that either no one would believe happened or if they knew they would really not be too happy with some people. I don’t want to be responsible for mistakes others made in the past, I got therapy, I learned to be positive and I grew to be who I am today without bothering other people with things that should have been cleared in the air many years ago.

Anything that has happened to me in my past life is something I have grown okay with to some level. I have accepted it. I also know with my slightly new found faith that I have been blessed with more forgiveness than ever before towards others and I know it’s not may place to inflict the crime upon someone who did something many moons ago; this person shall live with such decisions within their own heart and if they have truly remorsed then that will be considered I am sure. We all do stupid things. We all make bad mistakes but sometimes, some things need to be private. I don’t write anything that I don’t want my kids to someday see, because my kids are already on the Internet so I would hate for them to happen upon a story that was not meant for them to ever know about.

Be careful what’s put out there. Anyone will be able to read it, critique it and start problems with it if they can. That’s sadly how bad most of our society has become, it’s as if common sense and common courtesy are a rare trait in people. Remember that you can only be you and you need to be proud to be you, don’t feel you have to explain yourself. Keep chugging forward … choo choo!

The Perfect Personal Publishing Platform

Exposure. Presence. Success. The Internet is responsible for all of these terms and the platform has never been more prominent than it has been in recent years. It is the best way to gain a presence within any community whether it is for personal reasons, an attempt to have a voice and to make it heard or whether it is for the purpose of a business, making your company known and raising the profile of a brand and the services it offers. The need to be a key online player is a real consideration for so many people and there are ways to make yourself known and fulfil your own purposes.

Websites are influential, essential and the only way that the reason behind the use of the Internet is maintained. Businesses in particular are reliant on websites to target another market and to ensure they constantly accessible to the customer base and to make sure they are strong competition within their niche market. For many, the creation of a website just is not possible. The cost involved is often too high, the amount of work that it will require does not fit in with current time scales or the company simply isn’t large enough to warrant its own site, word press is the perfect solution. The ability to have a website in the most basic of terms is better than having no online presence at all and word press offers the opportunity to test the online market before a final decision regarding a web build is made.

The Internet is not just used for the purpose of businesses, it is also the ideal way for people to express and share their thoughts and opinions with like-minded people through blogs, forums and personal websites that contribute in some way to the Internet. A personal website can be designed in any way that is representative of the person and a reflection of the message they are trying to share. The design elements are key to this and the number of wordpress themes allows the representation to be clear, precise and eye catching.

Design is one of the most important aspects with regards to a website. It must be something, which is easy to use, appealing to the user, is clear, concise and most importantly accessible. It needs to be updated regularly and contain fresh and unique content with regular updates to encourage the audience to make repeat visits to the site. Word press is an easy tool for even the most technology fearing people, its technology is simplistic enough to allow anyone to create their perfect site whilst being advanced enough for the end result to be professional and a way to fulfil the needs of the creator.

The Internet is an essential tool within modern day life, it is relied upon for business, personal, news, up to date information, communication and socialisation. There is little that the Internet cannot do and is not needed for and being present online is the ideal opportunity to promote yourself or your business.

That Delete Key Has Become my Best Friend

I think of my site as a cute little site that is used to share giveaways, which everyone loves. I also feel it is my personal online space to help share smiles, giggles and shake your head moments. Happily Blended and Moms Vacation Land are just glimpses into who I am as a person, a mother and a woman. There is no real niche here other than a positive parenting, mother of three who knows that ME time is important too. No matter how many times I reply to people letting them know I have an insertion fee, let’s face it, to get your article noticed in a magazine or newsletter you have to do something to have your name out there. Unless, you are a writer being paid as a columnist for that paper or magazine.

Being Silly is OK

I know this is my site and my site goes by my rules.

Lately I have been deleting email after email because it is as if everyone wants something for free. Believe me, I do share guest posts for free no insertion fee on a case by case basis, that means it doesn’t hurt to ask but when I reply with my answer do not come back 3-5 months later or even a day later, asking the same thing and getting all huffy because I gave you the same answer.

The blogging income has changed in the past four almost five years I have been blogging and I found out through hard work that there will be new bloggers hopping online thinking what we do is easy, that they can sit back and just get free things all of the time. I sure hope they are paying taxes on those free items, didn’t know you were suppose to? Well maybe you should research a bit on how the blogging business really works with taxes and what income you claim with this business.

Last but not least, it feels GREAT to just delete emails. I used to feel obligated to reply to every single email I received but no longer am I that woman. If I can tell the email is not of importance to me, not from a contact I work with frequently or has zero to do with my blog I first pass along to MomDot VIP Forum {if applicable} and then delete it.

Feels good to click that little delete button. It has freed up more time than you can imagine! Cheers for that little DELETE key on our keypads!

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