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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Anne of Green Gables | book review

“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”


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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Rating: 5.0-5.0

My Thoughts:

If ever there was a character from a book that made you feel happy to be alive, it’s Anne Shirley. She’s spunky, cheerful, dreamy, and lovable. That’s why she’s such an enduring pillar in children fiction.

Anne Shirley is a young orphan girl who mistakenly gets delivered to the island of Prince Edward Island and into the care of brother/sister duo Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. A mistake because the Cuthberts were expecting a boy, not a red-haired little girl. What ensues is a new life of mishaps, discovery, wonder, bosom friendship, a long-held grudge, and love after years of not being wanted. Montgomery tells a story of a young girl who, coupled with her vivid imagination, resolutely determines to take what comes her way.

Anne of Green Gables is the first in a series of 8 books Ms. Lucy Maud and has remained timeless. Definitely a classic worth reading more than once 🙂

Here are a few more favorite quotes:

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”

“People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”

“Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them– that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.”

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Purple Cow | book review

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This is the book I wish I’d read when I studied Marketing in college. Seriously.

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Purple Cow by Seth Godin

Rating: 5.0 – 5.0

My Thoughts: There is a difference between doing good work and doing great work, right? It’s a simple enough concept but how often do we actually translate that into how we conduct business, position ourselves, or approach our markets? As only Seth Godin can, he addresses how we can be remarkable and have a edge in our approach to business and marketing.

The concept of the purple cow is that it’s noticed. We don’t think twice about a black or brown cow but a purple cow? That’ll cause heads to turn. A purple cow is something that is unexpected, unique, counterintuitive, and not quickly forgotten. It’s the ‘P’ that’s missing from the marketing mix (product, price, place, and promotion). Godin says that we cannot create products and services and then try and market it. Instead, we’ve got to build the marketing right into the product.

When you really think about, it makes perfect sense. And I love how Godin explains his ideas–he’s got a brilliant mind and his thought process is intriguing in my nerdy opinion.

I consumed this short read as an audiobook which was great cause the author reads it himself and that was thoroughly enjoyable. If you’re wanting to make it as a small business owner, content creator, blogger, or have anything you want to share with the world, I highly recommend this book. It’s short, sweet, to the point, informative, and enjoyable.

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The Aviator’s Wife | Book Review

I’ve been reading this book off and on for awhile and finally finished it last month. I haven’t read a story so heartbreaking and uncomfortable in a long time. And it was sooooooo good!

The Aviator's Wife

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The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Rating: 5.0 – 5.0

My Thoughts: I’ve known the story of Charles Lindbergh and his solo flight on the Spirit of St. Louis since childhood but I never realized just how incredibly famous he was and I never stopped to consider if he had a family. While this book could hardly tell all, it tells much!

The story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the aviator’s wife, who was a remarkable woman in her own right and struggled to find and come to terms with her identity while basking in the wonderful, awful shadow of her handsome husband, Charles. It’s a story of teamwork, love, loss, and reconciliation with life choices. While the rest of the world was in awe of Charles Lindbergh for his accomplishments, deeming him an American hero, Anne Lindbergh struggled with challenges that come with having a husband so emotionally unavailable and seemingly devoid of any thought remotely abstract. It seems that the very things that made him a brilliant aviator were the very things that precluded him from being a good husband. 

I was engrossed with Anne’s incredible strength and resolve to stick by her man in spite of his extreme shortcomings. Part of me wondered how in the world she could remain with Charles Lindbergh after all that she had to deal with. But every once in awhile, you’re reminded, just as she is, why she couldn’t leave. The whole situation reminded me of a song from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical The King and I called “Something Wonderful”. It it, the queen of Siam is trying to get Mrs. Anna to understand her complicated husband. A couple of lines from that song so belong to Anne Morrow Lindbergh. 

This is a man you forgive and forgive and help and protect as long as you live.

You’ll always go along, defend him when he’s wrong and tell him when he’s strong, he is wonderful.

He’ll always need your love. And so he’ll get your love. A man who needs your love is wonderful.


I always skipped over this song as a kid cause I thought it was slow and boring and then didn’t really appreciate it when I was an adolescent but now, as an adult, I get it. I couldn’t be with such a man myself but I do get it.  Charles needed Anne. He needed her desperately and she knew it. So she stayed. And she loved him. He wasn’t a bad guy, he was just a bit complicated. Talk about the woman behind the man. Actually, even better, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was the woman beside her man. 

I’m so glad I finished this book–it was totally worth the read! I’m going to have to add Benjamin’s other books The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb Alice I Have Been to my reading list next year as well as her upcoming title The Swans of Fifth Avenue to be released in January.