Seeing a Dentist Really Helped Me Sleep Better

I spent years being tired and feeling horrible every day. I found myself wishing that I were 20 years younger again because there was once a time where I felt good every day and had a lot of energy to get things done. I did not know what the trouble was until I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and given a CPAP machine to use. I was not a fan of the machine, so I stopped using it. That is when I learned that sleep visiting a sleep apnea dentist in Grand Rapids could help me.

When I originally got the machine, I was not impressed. I couldn’t imagine needing to sleep with a machine that would help me breathe better every night. Even before using it and simply looking at it, I had a feeling it would be loud and intrusive, and I was right. The noise kept my wife awake to the point that it just became easier for her to go sleep in our guest bedroom every night. That made me really sad and she felt the same way. Continue reading “Seeing a Dentist Really Helped Me Sleep Better”

Just Started Clearing Our Land

Roberta and I have just now started to clear off the land which her father and her uncles gave us for a wedding gift. The land originally belonged to her maternal grandfather and he divided his land between his six sons and daughters. This is just a small part of it, around two and a quarter acres. We already cleared off a part of it, just enough for access and to put in a little camper trailer. We went on the web to find out which Texas energy companies would hook up power to the trailer and then we started work on it. At first we could not really do much, because the conditions were not right for burning the brush. We managed to find some guys who wanted to cut down a few trees for firewood and that was a big help to us. Continue reading “Just Started Clearing Our Land”

Hang Onto Your Money Rather Than Giving It Away to High Electricity Costs

You have probably seen Texas in the movies or on TV. Usually you see the big cities of Houston or Dallas. You see big buildings and cowboy hats and probably think everyone has a lot of money. Texas is so big in size and its economy that quite a few Texans still wanting to secede and be their own country. My family has smaller concerns such as picking the right Texas energy company to save some money on our monthly electric bill. I am happy that Texas is deregulated as far as utilities go. If our local electricity provider had a monopoly on us, we would be stuck paying whatever they said we had to pay. Competition allows us to pick a provider that offers electricity at a lower rate.

Electricity is measured in kilowatt hours. Continue reading “Hang Onto Your Money Rather Than Giving It Away to High Electricity Costs”

I Love Handing out My Business Cards to Potential Customers

Wanting something better for myself financially, I decided to become a real estate agent. I thought it would give me the extra step up in the ladder of life to not have to worry about money so often, and I was right. As soon as I passed my test to become an agent, I rushed out to find a printer in Brisbane so that I could have my very first business cards made. It was the first step toward my financial freedom.

As someone who has no college degree, I found myself having so many difficulties with money. Every time that I would get over one financial hurdle, I found myself running into yet another one. Every time that I saved a little extra money, yet another emergency would crop up and force me to eat up my savings. I felt like I was on a never-ending treadmill. Continue reading “I Love Handing out My Business Cards to Potential Customers”

Class Agenda

BHB Coaching Class Agenda

2/4/14-3/25/14

Classes meet Tuesdays at 9PM EST

(Recordings available for paid participants who cannot attend)

 

Week 1

Instructor: Kathleen O’Malley, Frugal Portland

Topic: Establishing a Blogging Presence

You’ve started a blog. How do you get people to know it’s there? This week will cover how to establish your blogging presence through social media, guest posting, and other methods.

Week 2

Instructor: Stephanie Doyle, Life According to Steph

Topic: Using Social Media for Blogging Success

You know social media is important to drive traffic, connect with readers, and have a successful blog. But how do you do it effectively? This week will give you tips and tricks for using social media to network and market your blog.

Week 3

Instructor: Jesse Michelsen, AntiNecktie

Topic: Building a Self-Hosted (and Secure) WordPress Blog

You have a blog and you’ve written some posts. But now you’re ready to make it look better. This week will cover how to use plugins to design your WordPress blog, basic coding you can use to enhance and tweak your site, and how to make your blog secure from hackers.

Week 4 

Instructor: Miranda Marquit, mirandamarquit.com

Topic: Freelance Blogging and Writing

You love to write and you’d enjoy earning some side (or maybe full-time) income doing so. But you’re not sure how to get started or what to charge. This week will cover the ins and outs of freelance writing so you can begin your own freelancing career.

Week 5

Instructor: Stephanie Barnhart, Football, Food, and Motherhood

Topic: SEO and Best SEO Practices

SEO. You’ve heard the letters but you’re not sure what they mean or how to use them on your blog. This week will explain SEO, and cover ways to effectively and easily use it to drive traffic to your site and get your blog ranking high on search engines.

Week 6

Instructor: Joe Saul-Sehy, Stacking Benjamins

Topic: Podcasting

Have you thought about starting a podcast as an extension of your blog? This week will discuss how to start a podcast, recruit guests and use it to boost your blog’s traffic.

Week 7

Instructor: Laura Yamin, laurayamin.com

Topic: Monetizing Your Blog

You’ve been working hard at your blog and now you want to make some money from it. This week will cover different ways to make money from your blog, including affiliate marketing, AdSense, sponsored posts, and a number of other methods.

Week 8

Instructor: Kali Hawlk, Common Sense Millennial

Topic: Taxes and Finances

Congratulations! Your blog is now a money making business! But now you need to know how to handle those taxes. This week will walk you through the process of paying calculating your taxes, managing your blog budget, and other financial tasks.

Website and Graphic Design

If you’re interested in a logo design, website design or redesign, or custom art for your site or blog, let these guys help you:

Art For Your Blog–provides custom artwork, logos, and spot illustrations

Designed on Purpose–website and logo design, SEO help

Cut the Fog–website and graphic design

Narrow Bridge Media–WP and Genesis design, WP maintenance, website development

Why you should blog?

I received this question several times. Why should I have a blog? In fact there is no easy answer for that. There are some possibilities why you should blog:

  • You want to find other people who are interested in the same thing and interact with them.
  • You want to create something on the internet, backup interesting ideas.
  • You want to write about your life, because you are creative and want to express.
  • You want to help other people, to entertain them.
  • You want to make more money.
  • You know that being professional is about communication with other experts on your field.
  • It forces you to do your homework, to focus on topic. When you write about it there is bigger chance of actually realizing it.
  • You want to practice language skills.
  • You want to test if you are able to blog.
  • You want to change the way you are living.

As you see everyone can find many reasons why to blog. You can decide by yourself or someone (something) can decide for you. On this blog I will help you through my articles with setting up blog, choosing a domain name, hosting your blog, managing your posts, building useful content, focusing and improving, earning money with your blog, getting traffic, communicating with visitors and other bloggers and much more.

There is one advice for early bloggers:  Do everything with a great effort, focus on what you are doing, set up your goals and reach them. You have to blog fully, not just to keep goodwill.

Some other good posts about Why should you blog?

  • Do you need some reasons why to blog?
  • Why Blog
  • Top Ten Reasons Why You Should (not) Blog
  • Why to blog? What difference does blogging make?

Next time we will discuss choosing a niche…

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Our History

Welcome to the Blog Mentoring Network!

The Blog Mentoring Network began as Bloggers Helping Bloggers, and was founded in August 2012 by Jana Lynch, owner and blogger at The Townhouse Pioneer. This unique program is designed to bring together bloggers from various niches for one on one coaching and mentoring.

Since our inception, we’ve helped dozens of bloggers improve their blogs, make connections with top bloggers in their niches, ran a live session at FinCon13, and have had several of our participants featured on major sites, blogs, and podcasts including Babble, Lifehacker, Time, MSN Money, and Stacking Benjamins.

Bloggers Helping Bloggers is designed for bloggers at all levels and we’d love to work with you. Please visit our FAQ page for specific program details as well as answers to questions about participating as a mentee or a mentor. We hope you’ll join us!

We’re also here to help business with their blogs! If you run a company and need assistance with your company’s blog or social media, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll even help you run a live mentoring event! If you’re interested, we’d love to hear from you and see how we can help.

 

New to Blogging? Set Yourself Up for Success!

Do you want to start a blog but aren’t sure how? Do you have a blog but want to make it more successful? Do you want to make money blogging or freelancing? Do you want to drive more traffic to your site? 

Do you want to do all of that but aren’t sure how?

Then join BHB’s Blogger Coaching Class and receive 8 weeks of coaching and instruction (plus free stuff) for just $100 $50!

Blogging is hard, and sometimes confusing, especially if you’re just getting started. There’s so much do, so many questions to answer. Let us help make that easier for you. By joining our 8 week class, you’ll receive coaching and training from 8 successful bloggers on topics including:

  • Using WordPress to create a good looking (and secure) site
  • Monetizing your blog using different methods
  • Making money as a freelance writer/blogger
  • Effectively using SEO to drive traffic to your site

And more (click here for the full class agenda)! 

In addition to receiving coaching and training from successful bloggers, the class will give you the opportunity to:

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  • Increase your blogging network
  • Gain exposure for your blog

 

 

 

So how does it work?

Beginning February 4, 2014, the class will meet every Tuesday at 9PM EST for 8 weeks for approximately one hour. The live webinars will feature comprehensive presentations from your weekly instructor, along with a Q&A. If you can’t make the class, don’t worry! Each class will be recorded and participants will be able to access the recordings in the private member area.

You will also receive a class agenda along with instructor biographies so you can prepare questions in advance. Or you can join the class and ask questions as they come to you! This is your class and we want to help you however we can.

Do I get anything else?

Of course you do! When you register for the class, you will also receive, at no additional cost:

 

  • freebonus-turquoise1Access to giveaways at the end of some of the weekly classes
  • One mentoring or coaching call ($50 value)
  • One site assessment and evaluation ($100 value)

 

You can have the blog you want! Let us help you achieve it by registering for BHB’s Blogger Coaching Class today for $100 $50!

If you still have questions about the class, please feel free to send an email. We’ll help you the best we can!

*We promise not to sell or share your information with anyone. We also promise not to spam your inbox. You will receive information pertinent to the class and member forums only. You can unsubscribe from the updates at any time. 

3 reasons to start a blog (and 1 reason not to)

Blogging. You know it’s a good idea. You’ve seen the moderate and immense success that bloggers can have. You’ve thought “hey, I can do that.” Yet you’re hesitant to start your own and you’re not sure why.

Maybe it’s time to think about it some more. After all, blogging can be an immensely rewarding experience if it’s done right. However, before you get started, consider these 3 points. Perhaps they’ll help guide you in the right direction!

1. You have something interesting to say

Many blogs are basically carbon copies of one another. They discuss the same topics, give the same advice and information, and are completely unoriginal. They’re boring to read and quickly fade. However, if you can deliver information such as recipes, DIY/crafting, or financial guidance from a unique or entertaining perspective–or, even better, a perspective that’s never been done before–then, yes. Start a blog. The blogosphere needs you.

2. You like to write (and you’re good at it, too)

Good writing is essential to having a successful and engaging blog. If you can effectively communicate your points with few grammatical errors, then blogging might be for you. However, if you’re a good writer, but you don’t like to write, maybe you shouldn’t start a blog. Because in addition to writing well, you have to like to do it. Otherwise, it’s going to be a waste of your time.

3. It will help your business

Another good reason for starting a blog is to attract potential clients. If you own a company, are a freelance writer/photographer/other creative professional, or offer consulting services, a blog is a chance to show your expertise. It is an effective method to showcase your work, your creativity, your services, and your skills. It’s sort of like an online resume, but better and more comprehensive. A blog is wonderful way to get your name out there and create a network to possibly drum up business.

Now, at this point, you’re probably thinking “yes, blogging is totally for me!” And that’s wonderful. But before you make the commitment to do this, it’s important to understand one thing–do not enter into blogging with the expectation that you will become rich, famous, or both. Despite what you may see in the news or in bookstores, the number of bloggers who become successful authors or make ridiculous amounts of money from their sites and products is actually very few. It is hard to make money blogging (we’ll cover this in depth later on). Don’t be discouraged–it’s very possible. But it is hard, tedious work to do so. And it won’t come fast or easy.

If you’re entering into blogging for the sole purpose of making a quick buck, then perhaps blogging is not for you. However, if you’re entering into blogging because you like to write, have something interesting to say, and you’re willing to put in the work (and maybe make some money in the process), then welcome aboard! You’re in for quite the trip.

Blogging and Design Services

Here at the Blog Mentoring Network, we believe that a quality blog not only has great, compelling content but is beautifully designed. When you combine those two, you have a blog that’s unstoppable at any size.

That’s why we offer combined blog coaching and design services, and all design services are provided by our own in-house graphic designer (you can view her portfolio here). We don’t outsource our designs, and our designer and blog coaches communicate frequently, enabling us to provide you with the highest quality, seamless services.

As with our individual, blogging only services, our blogging and design services come with a free 15 minute call, and, with all purchased packages, inclusion in the private BMN Facebook group to help with networking and communicating with other bloggers, as well as priority enrollment in our group mentoring sessions, and email support for 60 days.

Packages currently available:

Basic blogging and design: This is for anyone who just wants a few tweaks in design, and some constructive feedback on their content as well as help with blog/life balance and strategies to prevent writer’s block. We’ll provide you with 2 one-hour coaching calls, a basic site assessment, and your choice of any two of the following: blog logo, 3 custom social media buttons, a blog button with grab box, custom avatar, or Facebook cover photo. Price: $249

Intermediate blogging and design: This package includes everything in the basic package but adds assistance with focusing their niche, setting blogging goals, establishing an editorial calendar, and increasing their network.  It includes 3 one-hour coaching calls, one 30 minute follow-up call, a comprehensive site assessment, and your choice of 3 of the following: blog header, 4 custom social media buttons, a blog button with grab box, custom avatar, or Facebook cover photo. Price: $349

Advanced blogging and design: Not only does this package include everything in the basic and intermediate packages, but we’ll also work with you on using your blog to start or promote a side business, and you’ll get premium design services including your choice of 4 of the following: blog header, 4 custom social media buttons, a blog button with grab box, custom avatar, or Facebook cover photo. This also includes 4 one-hour coaching sessions, 2 30 minute follow-up calls, one month of email support, and a comprehensive site assessment. Price: $499

If you’d like blogging and design services you don’t see listed, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll work with you to ensure that you’re getting the help you need.

Please note that for all packages, a 50% deposit is due at time of booking with the balance to be paid prior to completion of services. If balances are not paid in full, services will be terminated with no refunds, regardless of progress.

Take the first step towards having the blog you deserve and get in touch with us now! We can’t wait to work with you!

Mentoring Program

We are not currently enrolling for any upcoming one on one sessions. If you’re interested in working with us, please consider our group mentoring or our other blogger services. You may also contact us by filling out the form below.

If you’ve read all the information and are interested in participating in the program, then be sure to sign up by sending us an email .We will not be able to enroll you in the program until we receive an email from you.  When sending your email, please make sure to include your name, blog name, blog URL, and a brief summary of why you’d like to participate in BHB. If this information is not included in the initial contact email, you will not be considered for enrollment. Note: we reserve the right to deny admission to the program if the applicant does not meet the criteria.

If you’re still undecided and want more information, you can contact us with any questions by emailing us or filling out the contact form below:

About

Welcome to the Blog Mentoring Network!

The Blog Mentoring Network began as Bloggers Helping Bloggers, and was founded in August 2012 by Jana Lynch, owner and blogger at Jana Says. This unique program is designed to bring together bloggers from various niches for one on one coaching, support, networking, and mentoring.

BMN, and its flagship program Bloggers Helping Bloggers, was created to help alleviate some of the confusion and sense of isolation that comes with starting a blog or podcast. In the beginning, you have so many questions to ask and a small network of people to turn to for help. Often, they’re just starting out, too, and can only offer so much technical assistance (although the support is pricesless). It can get lonely, frustrating, and exhausting.

That’s where we come in. We don’t want you to flounder or give up. We want to help by connecting you to experienced, veteran bloggers who can not only answer your questions but can help you raise your platform, network with other bloggers (big and small), provide you with tips and tricks to improve your blog design and content, and give you access to collaborative opportunities.

Since our inception, we’ve helped dozens of bloggers improve their blogs, make connections and work on collaborative projects with top bloggers in their niches, ran a live session at FinCon13 (and we will be at FinCon14 in New Orleans), and have had several of our participants featured on major sites, blogs, and podcasts including Business Insider, Lifehacker, Time, MSN Money, and Stacking Benjamins, and have helped many members start making money from their blogs.

In the spring of 2014, we expanded to include a mentoring program for podcasters, added an endorsed resources section full of information to assist you in your blogging endeavors, introduced free group mentoring sessions, and partnered with a graphic designer to make this your ultimate one stop shop for all your blogging needs.

Everyone participating in both BMN and BHB has a genuine interest in helping; they want to share their knowledge and work on ideas with you. While blogging can be competitive, members know and understand the value of working together. There’s strength in numbers, and there’s room in the blogosphere for everyone, no matter how small your blog may be.

Let us help you find your place!