How to Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul | book review

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Okay, I’m kicking myself for not having read this book way back when I first saw it (which is too long ago for me to remember). This book is worth its weight in gold and a must-have for all serious bloggers. For real. Oh my goodness, couldn’t put it down!

How to Blog for Profit

How to Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul by Ruth Soukup

Rating: 5.0-5.0

My Thoughts:

Like I said in the intro, I wish I’d read this book earlier-it would have saved me some frustration and given the blueprint I needed when I started blogging and especially when I seriously began considering monetizing it.  The truth about blogging is that it’s not for the faint of heart. Blogging requires tenacity and an undying love for what you’re blogging about. Soukop is not only honest about the hard truths about what it takes to be a serious blogger, she also shares step-by-step tips and instructions for different aspects of setting up and running a blog.

Over the years, I’ve read many, many posts about blogging and social media marketing, monetizing, etc., hence, I was quite familiar with a lot of the material in this book already. HOWEVER, a writer/blogger/creative is only as good as their resources and reference material. This isn’t a one-time read. This is a break-out-the-highlighter-bookmark-the-important-sections-start-making-lists book. This is very much reference to keep on hand as well as one you can turn to when you’re stuck or need of  inspiration and a nudge in the right direction.

Soukop writes from a lot of experience and a genuine desire for the reader to succeed in their desire to make it in the world of blogging. Honest, friendly, and to-the-point, it’s like sitting with her over a cup of tea and a notebook. Not a lot of fluff and unrealistic expectations, she offers the practical advice you need to blog for profit (without selling your soul, of course).

This print version is the expanded 2nd edition and I flew through it in less than 2 days, yellow highlighter in hand (and I don’t do that unless I really mean business in a book). I HIGHLY recommend this book if you’re serious about blogging and turning a profit from doing what you love. It’s a gem 🙂 Don’t wait and regret later that you didn’t read it when you should have!!

Happy Reading!


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26. Happens Every Time | 31 Days

This is post 26/31 of Write 31 Days. See full list HERE.

Well, it happened. I was counting on seamlessly getting through all 31 days but I skipped 2 days. Agh.

And you know what? It felt sooooooooo good. Sort of. I mean, I felt bad skipping, knowing that I’d just broken my streak but it felt good to not write. To not have to come up with something.

It happens every time. Like when you’re on a workout streak and, for whatever reason, you break your rhythm. A day or two or three go by and even though you feel bad, you also feel sort of good. That stress is gone because the challenge has been abandoned. I always feel guilty and disappointed for allowing myself to get derailed but sleeping in an extra 30 minutes instead of working out feels so incredibly good!

Then there’s the struggle to get back on track. Two days of not posting made it hard to decide to write this morning. Sure I want to get back and finish the last week of this challenge. But I wouldn’t have minded turning over and going back to sleep for a few extra minutes either. I got kind of comfortable not writing in the morning. Happens every time. Get derailed and I’m arguing with myself about whether or not I should get back on track. Of course I should! But it’s hard and I’m tired and, hey, 24 out of 31 days isn’t bad, right? And plus there’s the thought that I’ve already failed. At the end, I will have known I skipped. I messed up and won’t have a perfect 31 days to look back on. The perfectionist in me cringes.

I feel rather ambivalent about skipping two days. Part of me is really disappointed. Part of me just wants to forgive and forget and keep moving forward. And still another part of me feels too tired to care. For me, that’s the thing about challenge: when I allow myself a taste of an easier choice, I have a hard time keeping up with the hard thing I’ve already chosen to do.

Five days left in thirty-one. I’m seriously running really low on steam and I don’t want to write anymore. Sometimes I wonder, what’s the point when I’ve completely gone off topic? And then I remember the simple truth that writers write. Writers write even when they’re drained and don’t feel like it. And this is something I promised myself I’d push through and get better at. Even though I won’t have a perfect 31 days to look back on, I won’t allow my inner perfectionist to win. I want everything to be right so much, sometimes I miss out on the experience altogether. Holding out for perfect keeps us from having something that’s real and vulnerable and complete. It’s hard to allow myself the grace to just keep moving forward and sticking with an imperfect situation. I’m too fond of scrapping and starting all over again.

Not this time. Five days left. I’ve got five days left.

#write31days

20. The Slump

This is post 20/31 of Write 31 Days. See full list HERE.

Okay, it’s for real now.

I’ve written about the dip, when you push through a setback during a project. Well now it’s Day 20 and I’ve hit the slump. It’s when you’ve got nothing but you’ve still got to show up. Yep this is it. I’ve got absolutely nothing.

But I’m still writing. And I’m still going to hit the publish button.

This is the real deal.

Tomorrow will be better.

#write31days

April Report Card

April Report Card

1. Establish a Sleep Schedule and Morning Routine – B-.

I don’t have this down perfectly yet but I have made some really great progress. I’ve been going to bed at a decent hour more consistently and waking up at a decent hour more consistently. My worst bedtime habit was listening to podcasts & audiobooks while falling asleep. I’ve had a reeeeeeally hard time admitting that this was not doing me any good because I was not letting my brain shut down properly. I FINALLY nipped that in the bud and downloaded an app that plays nature and ambient sounds to help me fall asleep. One of the best decisions I’ve made this month. I sleep better and I’m not as groggy in the morning. Old habits die hard for real, but it was a necessary death and I’m glad I finally sucked it up and made the change.

The morning routine still has some bugs but it’s almost there.

2. Read/Finish at Least 5 Books – A. 

Finished 1 book I started last month and started and finished 4 this month. YAAAASSSSS!!!!

3. Try 4 New Juice Recipes – D-

We did juice but I didn’t try any new recipes.

4. Establish Writing/Blogging Schedule – D+

Sooooooooo I’ve decided on a M-W-F schedule. Implementing that has been a whole other challenge. I’ve just been writing whenever I can find the time.

5. Catch Up on Book ReviewsC-

I wrote one and have others that are started but not completed…………

6. Recipe Binder – D-

Yeah, nope, didn’t happen.

7. Update My Resume – A+

I did update my resume and it looks beautiful if I do say so myself. Aaaaaand I updated my Monster and LinkedIn profiles so those are bonus points ^.^

8. Get New Calling Cards Printed – B-

I designed them but didn’t get them printed because my budget is tight and I’m trying to space out my expenditures if you know what I mean. Maaaaybe next month cause I really need to get this done.

9. Spring Clean and Organize My Bedroom – D-

Yeah, nope, didn’t happen.

Overall Grade = C+

Not great at all but better than I anticipated!

Now onto May!