I have for a long time wanted my blog to be the bearer of income. I have been blogging for almost 10 years now. I have had fun with it, but I’ve also been frustrated with it. Back in 2016, I joined Elite Blog Academy. I really thought that once Braidy was in elementary school I would be diving right into it and nothing would hold me back. I would have solid time to devote to learning everything there was to learn about the subject. My hold back was always lack of time. I had 15 minutes here and there to work on things. That’s not a solid chunk of time to get anything accomplished much less laundry. Then our lives were turned upside down with back surgeries, moving and moving again and during that time my motivation for blogging took a plunge. I saw all these people who became really successful doing it and it replaced their day job. I wanted that badly. But my hold up for diving in again was not only the fear of failure but the fear of becoming something I wasn’t just to make some money. I couldn’t be camera-shy, I had to sell to everyone and everything that moved. I had to get my friends and family to buy things that they may not even be interested in just to promote myself. Blogging used to be fun until it became a failing business. Sure I’d make money writing, or doing reviews, but it didn’t pay the bills. It paid for groceries for a little while.
Everything I read said you are holding your own self back if you don’t want to live stream on Facebook. If I don’t write an e-book on how to write an e-book. If I didn’t start selling materials that were once free on my site to clients aka friends. And if I was afraid of losing a friend based on my lack of closing a deal, then I just didn’t have the balls to go for it. Yeah, I wanted to keep that friend and not push them away. So no, I read all the sales strategies for getting your friends to buy all the stuff you promote. But I didn’t push, because I hate when friends do that with me. I am the type of person that if I want to buy something I will. You can not coerce me into it and your sales pitches have no effect on me if I don’t truly believe I need it. So then how could I turn around be that type of person to someone else? That’s just not me.
While I enjoyed working with brands like Intel, Staples, Little Tikes, HP, Kickstarters and more. It soon became draining. Everyone wanted me to write for them, for free. They didn’t have it in their budget to pay me. Or they wanted publication on my site for free as they didn’t have it in the budget to pay me. Then when Google changed its SEO policies on follow links, all my business ventures started failing. Not one brand wanted to work with me if I “followed policy”. They’d only work with me if I went against Google’s policies risking the reputation of my blog. It was disheartening and honestly became really depressing.
I am not a flashy showy Youtuber. We tried that for a while until I just realized how incredibly unnatural it was for me. I love to write and document life, Not sell lipstick on Youtube. I still love blogging, but only when I’m writing a personal post. So I believe I will soon be removing PR from HeartfullyHeather.com. I think we will be moving this blog back to a personal blog that documents our family life and my thoughts. If no one reads it, I really could care less at this point. This blog serves me and it doesn’t have to serve others.
With this new change has come about some other changes in my life. I have been working as a virtual assistant for an accountant a few times a week and I just started subbing for our school district. These two things are way more consistent. I will earn more income consistently than blogging has and I still get to have a flexible schedule that allows me to be the mom and wife I want to be.
This week I officially started subbing and I just love that I can do something different at a different location every day and no one day will be the same and I can do it according to my schedule. I feel like it is the best of both worlds. These first two days have been really hard working in Early Childhood Education. I’ve come home pretty exhausted. But I’m happy. Its hard work, but I’m grateful to have it, especially since the income I brought in prior to now was so inconsistent it wasn’t funny.
I’m happy for this new change.
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