I Decided to Do Something That Made Me Very Happy

It’s interesting that I never really got into body modifications when I was much younger. I hung out with a lot of friends who were into it, and they had quite a few. I was not against it, I simply did not do it for no other reason than the fact that I was focused on other things back then. But when I went with a friend to one of the Anaheim tattoo shops nearby, I found myself fascinated with the whole process. I suddenly felt temptation.

When I walked into the shop, I found myself walking around to look closely at all the examples on the wall. Pen and ink drawings of all different types and sizes. I loved the ones of ladybugs, cats and other animals. Continue reading “I Decided to Do Something That Made Me Very Happy”

I Got a New Bathroom for Our Anniversary

I have always wanted to have a garden tub. I thought that this was just going to be one of those things I daydream about, just like being able to run away to a deserted island for a few weeks. Little did I know that my husband was going to give me what I wanted. Well, I mean the garden tub, not the island trip! He wanted to surprise me with something really nice for our tenth wedding anniversary, which is why he wanted to find a bathroom remodeling contractor who would be able to transform our decent bathroom into a paradise getaway for me.

There was really nothing wrong with our bathroom at the time. Continue reading “I Got a New Bathroom for Our Anniversary”

Getting Files Through the Firewall

There is a website that I use to download files legally. Free movies, music, games, and software are posted daily, and when I’m at home, I can easily download them to my computer. When I’m at school, I can’t do this, because the school firewall blocks all users from accessing the website. I’ve talked to the IT department at school about it, and they’ve told me that they can’t make any exceptions to unblock it. In order to get around this, I had to think outside of the box. I acquired a managed cloud server that could be used to download the files from the website.

The server acts as a middle man between me and the files on the website. The server has its own operating system, that will download any files I select when I log into it. Once the files are downloaded to the server, I can then download them from the server. The server isn’t blocked by the school’s firewall, so transmission of the files is easy. Continue reading “Getting Files Through the Firewall”

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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