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When You’re Losing in the Blogging Business

When You’re Losing in the Blogging Business

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Yep, that’s me right now.  I’ve read many great blog posts, some not so great, about how to make money in the  blogging business, taken 2 courses, read at least 3 books, and am currently reading one now.  I have made a big fat ZERO in blogging. 

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You know it’s bad when Amazon kicks you off from being an affiliate because you’ve not met the required amount of conversions. TWICE!

Funny how when I first joined as an Amazon Affiliate I only had to make 1 conversion in 180 days.  I made that recently, a conversion for 28 cents, and was so stoked!! YaY! I’m IN!!

Only to get an email from Amazon stating that they had raised the bar to 3 conversions in 180 days. Third time’s a charm right?

I have this love-hate relationship with my blogging business.

One the one hand, I love the idea because I know blogging has the potential to be a partial solution to our need with the shortage in our ministry support, and a help with college for our kids.

(We’re missionaries currently living in the states-after living in Brasil for 10 years-taking short term trips internationally to serve alongside partners doing ministry in their own countries.)

On the other hand, I hate blogging because it is trouncing me.  Ok—well, that’s not completely true.  I’ve made that 28 on Amazon and $1.49 on Adsense . (Adsense only pays out after reaching the $100 threshold). 

My daughter is currently looking at me  like I’ve lost all sense of reason because of my laughing.  It’s ok to laugh at failure, right? I mean, what else can I do?

I have quit …..only to remember some frustratingly inspiring words that went something like….The only bloggers who aren’t successful are the ones that quit.  So I start up again the same day that I quit because I am stubborn, or something else. 

I’m not saying that the books I’ve read, or the courses I’ve taken weren’t worth it.  They totally were! 

But trying to make a living from a blogging business is not an easy thing.  I get frustrated…ok, I’ll admit it—jealous, when I read a blog post that makes it seem like making money blogging accidentally happened for someone.  Come on! Really?? Continue reading “When You’re Losing in the Blogging Business”

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Be Proud of Your Kids

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There have been many times I have been super frustrated with my kids…. like pull-your-hair-out-crazy-woman frustrated.  🙂  (Generally, if I’m frustrated with my kids the feeling is pretty mutual!) 

And then at some time a little later someone compliments me about them.

 That compliment makes me stop and evaluate how I’m looking at things.  

It’s easy for me to focus on an area of needed maturity in their lives and miss their other very positive traits.

Over time, I have learned to focus on and to do better at demonstrating my appreciation for these positive traits, while quietly and gently helping them mature in needed areas. Continue reading “Be Proud of Your Kids”