What's Going on with Me
It's been quite a while since I posted here, since I never know how long anything will stay up. I notice, though, that without Persona Paper posts, I have no real journal.
I am in an in between place in my life, in transition, trying to change my career at the age of 72. I used to be a bookseller. Now I'm a retired bookseller trying to decide how to dispose of inventory in a way that satisfies the IRS that I've done it. I'm trying to transition into a money-making blogger. I know know it is feasible and that people like me have done it and are making a very nice income – better than I ever did as a bookseller. I'm taking a course that shows me how it's done taught by people I know and trust and have the proof they are doing it right. These are not the people who earn their money by collecting email addresses and then creating products and selling them through the email lists. These are people who are making hundreds or thousands a MONTH in affiliate income from Amazon and Share-a-Sale and other affiliate programs.
So, for all practical purposes I'm back in school again, taking video instruction online. Will it help? I'm sure it will if I apply what I learn. What I’m learning is that I have to break a very old habit – writing off the top of my head and getting paid good money for it. Bubblews ruined me by making me think this worked. As MegL stated in Red Riding Hood Returns , I need to make a map to becoming profitable. I haven't got it drawn yet because I'm not yet sure in what order I need to do things. Unlike Red Riding Hood, I'm not sure in what order I will pass places on the map. It seems like I need to be several places at once. For me it's more a list of priorities, not a map from here to there.
Here's my starting place. I have a house full of books and other stuff I have to get rid of. Actually, two houses full of stuff and a book warehouse. I have to finish my blogging course while still trying to get out my Paso Robles Daily Photos blog out every day. On really hectic days, I'm allowing myself to skip that. I still have one product review blog every two weeks I am committed to contribute to a group blog. I am trying to have a minimal presence on Medium as I get any photo essays that don't seem to have affiliate earning potential imported into that site from here. I have to get the stuff of daily living done – laundry, cooking, basic cleanup. And, yes, digging out a few final pieces of documentation for our accountant who's doing the taxes this year.
As I am taking the blogging courses, I'm learning some new information on images and social media that have shown me more projects I need to get done. These include renaming and reorganizing my Pinterest boards and replacing most of my pins not yet repinned with better pins. Instead of writing new material, I am looking at my old blog posts with new eyes, revising them to bring in more income and making sure I have at least one image designed for pinning at a size where Buffer will pick it up. Here is one of those images.
I have invested some money. First there was the price of the courses. Then I upgraded my Buffer plan to cover all my Twitter accounts, both Facebook accounts, and one Pinterest account. That means I can schedule all my posts and many pins at the end of the day when I'm too tired to do anything else and they will have images attached. The Pinterest images need to be about 700 x 1100 pixels, or in that vicinity. They at least need to be taller than wide. I'm learning to make them in PicMonkey, for which I bought a paid plan. I used PicMonkey to create the image above. I also still have a paid Share-as-Image plan. I still have a keyword search service I want to subscribe to, but I need to make a bit more money first.
I am not sorry I invested the money. I am learning to work smarter – not just harder. I have written quite a bit about the courses I've taken and my journey to monetizing my blogs at How to Monetize Your Blog or Web Pages . For me now, it's just a matter of continuing on this journey.
What are you doing to now that Persona Paper isn't taking as much of your time?
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