While monetization isn’t the end all be all for all bloggers, a good portion of us wouldn’t mind some dollar bills to float our way. Today we are going to discuss some of the many ways that you can monetize your niche blog so you can justify those hours spent staring at a cursor on your computer screen.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…
You’re creative. You’re driven. You’re passionate about writing. You have endless ideas, a blog, a novel in the works, a growing writing career.
With that kind of epic creative charge, you feel like you should have seen more projects through to fruition by now… right?
But instead, you keep finding yourself sighing at the end of each week, consumed by a sense of overwhelm rather than a sense of accomplishment.
You’re all over the place.
You feel frustrated—maybe even jealous when you see other writers who “have their shit together”.
Why can’t you seem to make things happen?
There are many reasons an idea doesn’t become a finished project, but I believe one of the most common is overwhelm.
To deal with overwhelm, you have to take a close look at the way you’re living.
Let’s examine this modern epidemic from all angles, so we can get off the inspiration hamster wheel and start making moves. Here’s our best advice on how to beat overwhelm and start achieving your goals.
Have you ever scrolled through a blogger’s Instagram profile or visited their blog and felt an instant we-would-totally-be-friends vibe?
I felt that way when I landed on Panama-born digital nomad Andrea Valeria’s page through a post she made in the Digital Nomad Girls community. She gave off such a warm, friendly feeling that I had to reach out and see what she was all about.
It turns out Andrea is a total boss babe abroad, travel vlogger and the founder of It’s A Travel O.D., where she reveals her secrets about the in’s and out’s of her journey as a full-time traveler.
She shares her own experiences to motivate others to break out of the mold and design their own lives.
Seriously, don’t you love her already?
She currently lives in Playa del Carmen, Mexico—one of my favorite places to write, as it were! Read on for her interview, from her favorite caffeinated brew to what makes her tick as a writer.
Do you know what your writing niche is?
Having a definitive niche is one of the first steps to growing your career as a writer. A narrow specialization will let you can target higher-paying clients and quit your habit of trying to please everyone.
Sounds pretty sweet, right? But a well-defined niche takes time to develop. It can take months and even years of trial and error and honing your skills to arrive at a niche that’s perfectly suited for you. And then, when you least expect it, you could wake up one day inspired to change it!
Yup, it’s allowed. Hopefully this wave of inspiration is backed by some thorough market research, buuut that’s a story for another day.
You should go ahead and expect changes along the way as you evolve in your independent writing career. Be ready to make bold moves, call the shots and adapt when it feels right! Deal?
So anyway, when Erica, one of our facebook group members, asked us how to smoothly handle the transition of changing her niche, we whipped up this video to break down the process.
Click through and check it out. We had a blast making this one, and there are more of ’em loaded up in the queue. *wink wink*
Don’t judge me, but… my laptop is totally going to be my Valentine this year. *slow jam plays*
Yep, I’ll be spending February 14th writing about New York Fashion Week and sipping an endless supply of coffee while snow pummels the ground outside.
The countdown to the most romantic day of the year had me thinking about the ups and downs of love this week. I started to see some vivid parallels between a love for writing and love for human-folk.
That said, let me ask you something: Is being a writer really what you thought it would be?
Are your visions of scrawling cutting-edge articles, breathtaking travel stories, exciting fiction or the wittiest copy on the planet panning out?
If you’re knee-deep in writing career bliss right now, I am sending you a giant high-five through the screen. That is awesome. But for those who’ve begun to feel a little lukewarm about our writing work, just know that you’re not alone.
Writers of all levels sometimes groan at the thought of hitting their word count. Even the pros sometimes feel tempted to reschedule a client call they just don’t feel like having.
So the question is, how can we get the magic back? How can we fall in love with writing again?
After almost a decade of falling in and out of love with my writing career, I’ve put together some tried-and-true tips on rekindling the flame.
Pour yourself a glass of wine, put on those sexy tunes, and read on.