I teach people how to start blogging, in plain English, no technical experience required. Thousands of people have followed my instructions, from teenagers to 77 year olds (true story, her name is Louise). I’m confident you can too.
Should you start a blog?
Starting a blog is like staking your claim in the ever-growing online world. No one can take it from you and best of all, you can use it as a springboard for so many things:
- To make money online
- To build an author platform (a must if you want to be traditionally published, although you might be interested in why I turned down a book deal)
- To start an online service business
- To use as a creative outlet or hone your writing skills
- And much more
So, in addition to teaching people how to start a blog, I also teach them how to turn it into a springboard.
What makes my site different from other sites teaching the same?
No doubt you will find
hundreds thousands of sites with information like mine, many of which are excellent and ones I read too. Like them, I also make a full-time income from my blogging endeavors, blah, blah, blah. In those ways, I’m not all that different.
But on the other hand…
1. You won’t find ads, sponsored posts, daily emails or similar things here
To be sure, I make make money from this site and I am not opposed to any ethical strategies others use (like those just mentioned). But, I try to keep things as unbiased and unobtrusive as possible.
My main income stream is affiliate marketing. With very few exceptions, the products or services I promote I’ve not only used, but have paid for out of my own pocket. This is intentional.
I get many, many offers for free product & services every year but my standard response is to politely decline. I want to give my readers my recommendation from a real customer’s point of view. You can read more about my philosophy here.
2. I’ve been at this longer than most
You’ll see plenty of similar bloggers who started in 2015 or 2012 or even 2007, but there weren’t a whole lot of us when I started in early 2004.
I have an insatiable interest in how the blogging and social media landscape works, so I research, observe and read about it a lot. Like a lot a lot. And while other bloggers have built large teams and thriving companies, I’ve purposefully stayed nimble and I prefer to keep things minimal. Simple is my style.
In other words, the things I talk about here are doable, without a lot of help or a lot of cash.
The Useletter® is the best place to keep up. It arrives via email, quietly, once a week, and it’s free of course. I fill it with good things I find while wading through the internet. I share personal tidbits and behind-the-scenes business-y things in it too. Sign up here or at the bottom of the page if you’d like. (P.S. If you do, don’t forget to check your inbox to confirm your sign up!)
Other than that, read my latest blogging tutorials and how-to posts here or for a more organized approach, check out the (table of) contents. Read more about me here.
Thanks for dropping by,