My wife is a full-time barista. She’s been food blogging on the side for about half a year now. We’ve never put a ton of effort into her blog. We stuck to the fundamentals.
We made her a free ebook to use as her lead magnate. We got her email list all set up, got her first 100 subscribers. Made her site look nice and fresh.
And since then she’s been regularly making killer content. But we haven’t dumped a lot of money into, done any advertising or marketing or anything like. ……We’ve been letting it grow more naturally.
Today she got a message from one of her customers at the coffee shop she works at. It went something like this, “Hey, I work for a non-profit. We’re hosting an event in about 2 months, and we’re looking for an inspiring cater. I instantly thought of you! We’ll pay you $50 per person, and expect about 50 people or so. Let me know what you think”.
Pretty cool huh?
We haven’t done anything to monetize or market her blog. But simply because she’s putting in the work, creating good content, and building relationships with people… opportunities are opening up for her.
……Now she has the chance to make more money than she makes in a month at her day job in one day through her blog.
We’re both super excited.
You never know who’s reading your blog, or watching your YouTube videos, or following you on Instagram.
I know it can be discouraging sometimes when you don’t have a lot of followers or subscribers — when it feels like your work isn’t paying off.
But hang in there.
It’s all about who is following you, not how many.
Keep Going – 03/05/17
To be honest…
I feel broken. Like I’m not going to make it — lost.
But I know that I will.
There are people depending on me. My wife. My subscribers. My brother, who I offered a job. My baby that’s on the way…
It’s high stakes. I don’t have a choice. I have to take action.
It’s like the last 30 seconds of the the 3rd round, and you’re down by 2 points. You need to score, just so you can go into overtime and get a shot at winning.
It’s either now or never.
The disease has been relentlessly attacking my body lately. I’ve been miserable. Tired, hungry — in pain.
But it’s a desperate last stand. It knows it’s about to lose. I’m about to destroy this thing for good.
I’ve been making progress with my health. But it’s been rough. The healing is getting deeper. But along with that it’s uncovering deeper wounds and scars.
I’m right dead in the middle of my summit. I wish I could just press a pause button for like a week, or a month…
I’ve been betting everything on the summit — I’ve poured my heart and soul into it. I’ve barely slept for the past 3 months. It’s all a blur.
I’ve been getting good results so far, and really good feedback. But I’m not sure if it’s enough. It’s not as much as I expected.
I’m staying positive though. I know that no matter what happens this summit is a win. It’s going to pay off big.
I am so done with this disease. I’m so ready to move on. There are so many things I want to do. I can’t wait to get out there. I can’t wait to be strong again. I can’t wait to workout, to hike, to play sports again. It’s going to be amazing.
It’s hard right now. But I’m stoked for the future.
I just have to hang in there a little bit longer. It’s only a matter of time. As long as I don’t quit, I can’t lose.
I just need to keep going.
Everything Is Changing – 03/10/17
I’ve been finding it very difficult to write this past month or so. I’ve been barely blogging at all. Which is fine… because I’ve been posting a 30 – 60 minute video every day over on the summit.
It doesn’t feel right. I used to write every day. Now I’m editing and uploading videos first thing every morning.
This one is at about 80% right now. So I have a quick minute.
It’s been rough. I’m so dead.
I feel like I’m about to break — like I’ve reached my limit.
But I can see it… just right there… the summit. And just over the top is the sunrise, and the most beautiful view on earth.
I can’t stop now. I have to finish. I have to rise to the top.
I’m almost there. So close.
I never knew it was possible to work this hard. And on top of that I’m sick with Crohn’s disease. I think I’m getting better… but this last week has been especially hard. My insides have been bleeding for the first time in a long time. It feels like someone stabbed me in the gut and left the knife.
Chelsea just messaged me. She says we are going to find out if our baby is a boy or girl today. I can’t remember the last time I was this nervous / excited. This feels unreal. I can’t believe I’m going to be a dad.
I’m almost right in the middle of the summit. Everything is going well so far. I’ve had a couple hiccups, like YouTube flagging my videos. So I paid $200 to move over to Vimeo. That set me back a lot in time. I already had half of the interviews uploaded to YouTube and ready to post. But I couldn’t risk it. YouTube literally flagged my video for no reason. In fact, they removed the flag just the other day. But the thing is, if they would have flagged a 2nd video, then I wouldn’t have been able to upload anything at all… so the summit would have been toast and I would have had to host my videos somewhere else anyways.
……I’ve gotten about 450 subscribers so far, and sold about $300 worth of ebooks. This week I’m getting ready to do my first webinar, and to sell some bundles.
So we’ll see how that goes.
I’m also getting ready to launch a mastermind group and some premium services this month.
So much to do 🙂
Well the video finished uploading… time to get back to work.
Take A Break – 03/29/17
I feel dead.
I ran myself into the ground.
And now I’m paying for it.
My insides are bleeding.
Crohn’s disease has flared up.
I’ve been having a tough time. I’ve had to slow my roll significantly. I’ve gone from working like 18+ hour days to only 5 hours a day. My focus has changed dramatically to include my health.
I kinda feel like I got hit by a truck.
I wouldn’t say I lack motivation, but it’s different now. I’m just so tired. And I’m in so much physical pain.
I can barely eat food. Which makes it extremely difficult to concentrate. Right now I’m spending about 5 hours every morning taking care of my body.
It’s nothing new really. This is basically how I’ve lived my life for the past 7 years.
I still believe I’m going to beat this. I still believe I’m going to get better. It’s just a little hard right now.
I’ve let go.
I need to if I’m going to survive.
If don’t change things fast, I’ll end up in the hospital.
God I hate the hospital.
My virtual summit has suffered a little bit because of what’s going on. I didn’t finish on time. But that’s ok. I can still post the last couple videos as I can fit them into my schedule. Finishing on time isn’t worth destroying my health.
Good thing is, I’m not letting this slow me down.
I’m not giving up.
I took like a week off… but I’m back at it now.
I’m fasting and focusing on my health. And ready to take my business to the next level.
This month I’m launching a premium mastermind group.
And I’m also going to start doing some group coaching over at Successful Blogging in Sue’s Profitable Blogging Simplified online course. So I’m pumped for that. Should be a lot of fun.
God, it feels good to be writing again. It’s so therapeutic. I’ve barely had time — not even to blog — not sense the summit and being sick.
It’s hard right now. But I know I can do this. And I’m still pumped for the future.
I’m about to get back into my Instagram. I’ve barely been there at all for months…
For years I’ve really wanted to go all in on IG, but I just haven’t had the time.
Now I think it’s time to make time.
The Big Move – 06/05/17
Sooooooo much has happened since my last entry. I have a solid group of about 10 bloggers in my mastermind – which is bringing in about $1,500 a month.
……Chelsea quit her job. Woooooo!
……And we moved. Into a bigger, and much nicer place – closer to the mountains too 🙂
I’m a little worried because Chelsea quitting cut our income in about half, and now everything is resting on my shoulders.
……It was fine, but right when we moved my monthly income dropped $750 – which kinda sucks. And I’m kinda struggling with my Facebook ads right now too.
……We’re kinda in a tight spot right now. But I think we’ll be alright. It wouldn’t be so hard if my health wasn’t crap right now. I’ve been having a major Crohn’s disease flare up that has been difficult to control.
……Starting today I’m going on a 100% liquid diet.
……There’s a lot of change coming. I’m a little nervous. But I think it’s going to be good.
What’s Next – 08/03/17
I will admit, I’ve been going through a rough patch lately.
I’ve been kinda struggling with my health. I went to see a doctor last week for the first time in a long time. I’m tired. I’ve been working a lot.
……My focus and motivation for my blog has been lacking very badly. My income has suffered for it.
……Plus Chelsea isn’t working right now.
……So I’ve been doing some photography on the side. To make a little extra cash.
……I’ve been struggling with what direction I want to go in right now. I’ve been distracted by video games and comic books. But I think I’m starting to get a better idea.
……It’s time to refocus, relaunch, and get back to work.
……Our baby boy is going to be here soon. I can’t believe I’m going to be a dad.
…I’m going to revamp the blog. Start putting more time and energy into creating good consistent content.
……I’m going to take the mastermind group to the next level. And I’m also going to start building a photography business on the side. …
This is it. It’s go time.