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GET REAL: ON BLOGGING AND MONEY

Welcome back, everybody!

This post is part of a series I am implementing into the blog. If we are going to be spending this much time together, I think we should be able to talk about real things, too. So today I thought I would touch on a subject that may hit a nerve for some. Money. *cue impending sense of doom music* <<— fellow nurses and medical folks will get that and maybe even giggle. The rest of you, sorry. It runs deep, my nursy-ness.

I’ve already been asked this question by several people, and I’m really not shy about sharing. Do bloggers make money? Also, how can you afford to do large-scale renovations on NURSING wages? Well, let’s dive right in, shall we?

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DO BLOGGERS MAKE MONEY?

Yes and no. There are millions of bloggers out there today making zero money. In fact, let’s change that to NEGATIVE amounts of money. It costs money to start a decent blog, though not a ton. I started out by using BlueHost, which has a very nominal cost. BUT, there are also thousands upon thousands of people making ridiculous amounts of money. Just go on Pinterest and look — most of them are willing to share their knowledge. Some of them share for free, some have courses that cost something. Either way, they are sharing their knowledge so others can succeed. I have to say that I find that to be very encouraging, considering that they are raising up their competition. That’s the thing about the blog community, though. Most of the people out there understand that the market isn’t saturated. Everybody has a different spin on things, even within the same niche, which is SO COOL to me!

HOW DO THEY MAKE MONEY? WILL IT COST ME MONEY?

Blog readers passively support blog creators in making money. What do I mean by that? Well, there are tons of ways bloggers can earn a living (again, Pinterest — check it out), but some of the most popular ways are by passive income. Say, for example, you read a blog about outdoor furniture. The blog may have a link to Amazon or any other store with which they have an affiliation, and if you click on that link and buy the furniture (which you were going to buy anyways!) the blogger may earn a small commission off of that sale. Again, you don’t pay any more for the product. The blogger is paid for their “lead.” In other cases, bloggers are paid to write sponsored posts. This is a great deal for both parties, because they both benefit. The company gets actual coverage of their products out there to average people, and the blogger gets coverage and income (or products) from the company. Win-win.

Other bloggers make income off of creating materials that their readers may be interested in. For example, the blogging courses I mentioned before. Some of them cost money, and they should. That individual is sharing information that the new blogger wants or needs. There are bloggers who create E-books covering topics of which they are particularly knowledgeable. I think this is particularly great, because E-books tend to be fairly inexpensive for consumers, but still benefit the individual who is sharing their knowledge with a wider customer base. Again, win-win. There is also the opportunity for bloggers to sell goods. For example, they may sell printables through an Etsy shop, and their blog may have a link to their Etsy shop. Also awesome!



BUT LIZ, WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH YOU (OR ME)?

Well, the cool thing about blogging is that there isn’t much overhead. Again, I used BlueHost for my domain name and servicing, and they’ve been great. I think my initial investment was $170 for 24 months, but that included EVERYTHING I needed to get started. Drew and I agree: we refuse to go into debt over something that may or may not make us money. So you will notice that my photos are not professional quality, and I don’t always have perfectly staged spaces. We are pretty strict followers of the Dave Ramsey method of handling money, and completed Financial Peace University last year (anybody who knows me well is rolling their eyes right now. I love me some Dave Ramsey!). Dave Ramsey recommends picking up a side hustle, and this is what I have taken on. I have the added benefit of fulfilling my love of writing and projecting. I also have an entrepreneurial spirit that has been left untapped, so blogging was an opportunity to test that out.

We paid for a large scale kitchen renovation with the profits of selling our last house, and found a great contractor at a reasonable price (Idea Builders for you Boise/Treasure Valley folks–find them on Facebook).  We have a bi-weekly spending allowance for home projects, and save up for big ones over time. We complete as many projects as we can by ourselves, but hire out when time or skill level is a factor.

Why is this important? Well, some of you may not care. But I have read several blogs that felt un-relatable to me because of the scale to which they complete their projects. I love some good inspiration — but when it feels out of reach or out of touch for us, I begin to lose interest. We both work outside of the home, and went to school for several years to earn the degrees to do so.

So if you begin wonder why some of our projects are taking a long time to complete, keep the above info in mind. Also, please don’t go into debt in order to “keep up with the Jonses.” We spend time and money on our home because it is our happy place. We also choose to do that instead of taking big vacations or spending money eating at restaurants. Life is all about choices. Choose your happy, not somebody else’s!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are entirely my own; I will never share anything on this page that I haven’t verified and/or personally used.

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