The kids brought home their report cards and were eager to tell my parents their grades when we called them on FaceTime this week and my parents asked them the usual “how is school?”
As a parent there is no greater joy than seeing your kids succeed and my kids were proud of themselves as they shared their accomplishments and what they needed to improve on. In true jokester dad fashion, my dad turned to me and asked, “And Tanya, how are your grades?”
I reverted back to the 10-year old who always got nervous when they asked me that. I felt bad about myself with anything less than an A and believe me that happened often enough. I’d start with the good grades and say it loud and proud then kind of trail off when I got to anything lower.
And here I was again 30+ some years later, stammering in response “Well Dad, I got an A in cooking”…mumble, mumble, mumble. Luckily, the kids cut me off with their praises of my cooking but not before it got me thinking.
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My Report Card
How would I grade myself in each of the roles I defined for myself? How am I doing on the goals I set for 2016?
Well here it is…shhh, don’t tell Dad.
Chef (Cooking): A
Kid Wrangler: B
Tanya works very hard for her family and puts a lot of love and effort into planning delicious family meals in an an effort to help her kids grow. She gets her kids to school and activities relatively on time and they have what they need to succeed in school and sports. She does what she needs to keep the house presentable should unexpected visitors arrive but by no means is the house sparkling clean (however, guests should not be allowed to open the laundry room or closet doors because of her lack of organization and decluttering). As a blogger who seeks to inspire other busy people, bloggers and chronic illness patients, she does not lack for ideas or passion in how to help people change their mindsets to celebrate their lives and thrive with or without chronic illness but she does lack consistency.
Ouch, I was going for realistic but that was kind of hard to write. The truth hurts but I’m determined to get the blogger and organizer roles up to A+’s this year!
How Are Your Grades?
Well, you don’t have to tell me but if you graded yourself in 4-5 of your major roles, how are your grades? What grades would your family give you? What about your friends? Your boss? Your colleagues? Your customers or readers?
Think about what your grades are and what you can do to improve them. How do you want to improve in 2017? What are your goals like?
5 Epic FREE Resources You Need to Be A Successful Blogger NOW!
We don’t have as much time on our hands as we’d like and for many of us dreaming of a full-time income from blogging or entrepreneurship, need to make the most effective use of the limited time and energy we have. So I’ve put together this little crash course of FREE resources to help you become an A+ Blogger, a Successful blogger by whatever your definition of “success” is. Visit the ones you need help with and I hope you’ll share your growth and small victories with me!
See, you’re not the only one, I’m doing these too.
1. Goal Setting Workbook for Bloggers
Defining your mission and goals is the first step in visualizing what your blog goals are. One of my favorite FREE goal setting resources is the Goal Setting Workbook for Bloggers* by Elite Blog Academy.
How will it help you? The Goal Setting Workbook for Bloggers* will help you identify your goals and priorities, the steps you need to take and the obstacles you need to avoid to ACHIEVE them.
(Sorry, I’m not yelling but ACHIEVE is my one word for 2017, every time I see it I capitalize it to remind myself that it’s my focus).
2. Personality Assessment
Sure we have high goals but do our personalities have what it takes to reach the goals you set out in #1? To succeed as a full-time blogger or small business owner?
This quick (less than 5 minutes) assessment* helps pinpoint your struggles and strengths to see if you have the potential to become a professional blogger/small business owner. Results are emailed to you with constructive feedback and action steps on how you can improve in 8 different areas to take that next step towards your goals and your definition of success.
3. Blog Structure Blueprint
Now that you’ve decided that you want to pursue blogging for income, you want your blog to shine, right? You want readers to visit, find exactly what they need to help them solve the problem they are having and you want them to hang around awhile to check out all the awesomeness you have to offer.
But honestly, readers can’t do all that if your blog is a disorganized mess. Believe me, I know. After 4 years of haphazard blogging and writing anything I fancied, it’s hard to get your menus, pages, categories and tags laid out in a way that makes sense and so that readers will enjoy their visit to your blog.
The Blog Structure Blueprint* is just a couple pages that will help you map out what your blog should look out to improve your reader’s experience.
4. The Secret to A Gazillion Blog Post Ideas
Now, when I think of brainstorming blog post ideas, I automatically think of Melissa from Blog Clarity and her awesome Content Brew* course. Seriously, I took that course in 2012 and I’m still trying to catch up with writing the ideas that came out of it. Content Brew isn’t free and it covers way more than idea generation to rock your content.
But Melissa did share a sneak peak of how she generates a gazillion blog post ideas which is worth a read if you need to brainstorm some fresh content to attract new readers and continue to bring your current readers things that will help and entertain them.
5. Boost Your Blog Income
I spend a LOT of time reading blog income and traffic reports and seeing what works for other highly successful bloggers. But sometimes when I read them I think, yea I’m not developing my own products, stellar courses and making TV appearances. I’m still struggling writing a weekly newsletter or weekly blog post (it’s that lack of consistency thing, remember?). What are the baby steps to getting to that point so I can at least earn enough to cover my blog expenses and start putting money in the bank?
I found the 7 Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight* extremely helpful. Honestly I think “overnight” is a little misleading. It will take some time to get approved for affiliate programs and ad services if you aren’t already a member. But it goes through the various income streams and quick wins you can do to start making income once you’re approved.
Here are some of my favorite affiliates:
- Elite Blog Academy* – 40% commission – they provide banners, copy and training to make it a cinch to promote their product. But it’s only on sale for a few days once a year so it’s not a steady income stream.
- Ultimate Bundles*– 40% commission and you can get a free bundle if you sell 5 – they provide banners, copy and training to make it a cinch to promote their product. A variety of bundles on several topics are on sale throughout the year (like Genius Blogger’s Toolkit, Homemaking, Parenting, Working from Home) so you can pick and promote which bundles best suits your readers. They have an awesome FREE affiliate training, you can sign up to be an affiliate here*.
- Plan to Eat* menu planning, recipe organizing and shopping list creation tool* that I use all the time. – 20% commission.
- Blog Clarity courses for blogging education – 15% commission – banners and links provided. I loved Pinning Perfect and it helped me grow my traffic by almost 1,900%.
- Nose Graze for themes and plugins (the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin* is must have for book bloggers!)
BONUS: My Free Blog Income and Traffic Reports and Income Tips
So I’ve given you a ton to think about, where will you start? What do you need to become a successful blogger? What do you need the most help with? As always, I’m willing to share my experience and honest feedback with you to help you achieve your dream life and whatever goals you have. Just reply and tell me how I can help you! If you want to check out my honest review of Elite Blog Academy and whether it’s really worth it (plus a free investment decision matrix to help you decide if it’s right for YOU, check out my review of EBA post here).
Becoming a successful blogger takes time, dedication and a passion for writing. These are the best 5 free resources I’ve found that have helped me on the path to being a successful blogger and I hope they help you too. Since they’re free, you have nothing to lose to try them out and much to gain, right?
Until next time, I hope you celebrate your life and thrive with (or without) chronic illness!
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