From the moment I officially entered the full-time workforce (and even before), I wanted freedom. Flexibility. I always wanted to make my own choices about the clothing I wore to work, when I focused on my work, and eventually-- the itch to be in charge of the content of my work became something I had to scratch. I worked 6-months of W-2 salaried employment and happily waved goodbye to that world. Just Under a Decade of Freedom (and Flexibility) In July of 2011, I created my first company and shifted to independent contractor status (with my previous employer). While there are still some [...]
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THE JOURNEY —by Mary Oliver “One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice- though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my life!” each voice cried. But you didn’t stop. You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations- though their melancholy was terrible. It was already late enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones. But [...]
I acknowledge that my list of highest-paid bloggers is slightly wonky because there are loads of blogs that make more money than the folks below. But the people I list as my personal heroes in the blogosphere are here for a reason. (Note: did you know the Huffington Post makes $40,000,000+ monthly?) Stay tuned, next month I'm anticipating earning roughly $50 million... kidding. And let me make a distinction... because "paid" seems like the wrong word. How Much Do the Highest EARNING Bloggers Make? High earning bloggers... that's more like it. Because bloggers have no boss. Earning vs. Paying - There's [...]
While there are tens of dozens of ways to make money writing online, we're going to focus on three of my favorites. But First... Coffee (and a quick backstory): or Skip the Backstory I've been a deep-thinker for most of my life. I enjoy reading, thinking, and diving into the depths of the adventure of life. I like to be creative and live free. But in 2015, my daughter was born over 3 months early (while her Mom and I were in a city 2,000+ miles from home). Amidst the fear, questioning, and uncertainty, I found myself reflecting on those big [...]
This being human is a guest house.Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness,some momentary awareness comesas an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all!Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,who violently sweep your houseempty of its furniture,still, treat each guest honorably.He may be clearing you outfor some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice,meet them at the door laughing,and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes,because each has been sentas a guide from beyond. Jalaluddin Rumi
As of today, blogging has been around for at least 25 years. But things have evolved a lot. What about the next 25 years? What does the future of blogging have in store for us? Big Picture Giveaway: Jump to the Answer (skip Forrest's ranting)Practical Stuff for Bloggers: Jump to the Practicals (skip even more B.S.) Additional Reading: Some practicals for you if you're considering starting a blog. I considered titling this post The Future of Content, to immediately give away some of the goodies of the post. I want to jump in and address the difference between content and blogging, [...]