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How I Made $10,015 Last Month Blogging

My husband had just abandoned us….again…and I went into selling on eBay full time. It seemed like a natural fit. It’s what I knew, since I had been doing that lightly for a while and I knew I could make good money from it.

Before my blog turned a year old, I was making over $10,000/month. Here's the long anticipated full income report on how I made $10,015 last month blogging.

It turned out to be good income, one that I could provide for my family as a single mom. My income was about $18,000/year at that time and I thought I was rich. No seriously! I lived in THE MOST sought after subdivision in my area, had a 3 bedroom home, fenced yard, 2 car garage. I was living the good life for sure. No debt, just me and my kids.

My friends kept asking me how in the world I was able to live better than they were on an income that was far less, poverty-level, to be exact.

The questions were flooding in and so I decided I would start up a thing called a blog. I figured it would save me time. Rather than telling each one of my friends all the answers, over and over and over, I’d write it down as emails to my friends and share the links whenever I’d get the questions.

Seemed simple enough, right?

I didn’t have to worry about blogging because the “posts” were just emails to my friends in a semi-private place. I didn’t spell check, I didn’t even capitalize the beginning of sentences. There was no structure, no form or correct paragraphs, nothing.

In November or December of that year, I stood before the judge in the divorce hearing. He asked me why I didn’t have a job yet. I told him that I did. He asked what I did. I told him that I was selling on eBay and doing well and that I was starting a blog.

Wrong answer.

I’m not talking a little bit wrong. It was like the sun fell out of the sky, jaws drop, WRONG answer.

To put it mildly, he didn’t like that. Insisted that it was unstable work for my family. Told me point blank that if I didn’t get a job outside the home to provide for my little ones, I could forfeit tens of thousands of dollars in the divorce. He acted like I didn’t love my kids, because I wasn’t willing to put THEM first. Because I wasn’t willing to leave them with a stranger all day long while I went out and worked a job.

I get it. I have plenty of banking experience. In my field, I’m pretty high to the top with a college education to boot. It’s not that I can’t work. It’s not that I can’t make good, stable money working. It’s that I WANT TO BE HOME WITH MY KIDS!

The world doesn’t understand that.

I told the judge that I wasn’t going to leave my kids, my husband already did that, and that I believed in myself enough to know I could make money from home. Enough to squeak by. He asked how much I could make. I told him I thought I could make $1,000/month in profits. In my head, I thought, if I could make $500 from Ebay and $500 from the blog, I’d be okay. I could live on $1,000/month plus a little child support if granted.

He went on to ask me how long it would take to make that and I told him one year.

Give me one year and I will make $1,000/month from home, I said. My lawyers, my Pastor, my friends, family, everyone in my life all told me to get a job. They BEGGED me. But, I knew in my heart, God was convicting me to start a blog and so, on Dec 23, 2013, I turned my blog ON. I clicked the button to go LIVE to the world, no spell check, no sentence structure and all. I figured all I had to do was make $500/month. Easy, right?

Wrong. It was HARD. Although I started getting a ton of traffic right off the bat…more than 10,000 pageviews my first month and on to over 100,000 a few short months later, I wasn’t making as much money as I was putting in. I was losing money. I was spending money in all the wrong places, doing all the wrong things. I wish I could go back and hire me as a coach back then! I would have saved thousands of dollars!

My stats kept doubling and soon I was at nearly a million pageviews and December the next year, my 12th month blogging, I made a hair over TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS income.

When I figured out my income for the month, I cried hysterically. God did it. I did it. They were ALL WRONG!

My life has changed since that day, though I haven’t changed at all. The only thing I’ve done differently this year was move into my dream house. A 5 bedroom, 3 bath, 3 car garage, 2 story, granite kitchen countertops, garden in the backyard dream house. Still a single mom, I still live on little and am currently saving up to buy a house with cash.

I haven’t gone on a clothes shopping spree in who knows how long, I still drive my 2003 car that just hit 137,000 miles. I still have the same life, just a nicer home. I still keep my bills low and live like I did before…frugally!

I’m not going to tell you that it has been an easy road getting to this level of success or that I feel I am anywhere near capping out or done. I know that in a year or two, I’ll triple that amount! I have no doubt.

But in the meantime, I’m here to tell you to go after your dreams. Even if they are silly and stupid to everyone else. YOU go after them. YOU make them happen. If they don’t work out, at least you know you did your best and it’s far better to try and fail, than to not try at all!

If you want to know more about the details of the income, where it comes from, where it goes, etc. keep reading…I’m putting the actual numbers below, for you to see how REAL this is. I’m not saying it will happen for every new blogger, but I AM saying that it IS possible. Even if it takes you 3 years to get to $10,000, getting to $10,000 is still worth it! I eventually stopped selling on eBay, sometimes I will still list a few things here or there, but not like it was.

Also, there are a few things you should read if you don’t have a blog yet. One is How to Start a Money Making Blog. A guide to helping you make all the upfront decisions before starting a blog and How to Start a Blog the Easy Way, where I take you step by step and show you in the video tutorial, how to set up a blog for yourself. You can find those two posts here:

How to Start a Money Making Blog
How to Start a Blog the Easy Way
• How I Made $10,000 My First Year Blogging

I’ve also created a post that goes in depth on How I Made $10,000 My First Year Blogging, which is a guide that I wrote to accompany this income report, to help you get from whatever point you are at in your blogging journey to the next point. You can see that article here.

Now, before I get into any numbers, please know that I only share this to inspire you and to show you what’s possible, not to make anyone feel bad. We ALL grow at different paces and according to our subject matter, previous expertise, and a hundred other variables. I’ve also been working this blog 80-120 hours a week since I started it and have posted almost every day since going LIVE. If you’re putting in 10 hours a week, you can’t expect the same results. But….it’s not all about time either. I was spending a lot of time in the wrong places, so do your due diligence and figuring out where is best to spend your time on your particular blog, will do you well.

In December of 2014, I made $10,015.60.

That came from many different sources and for the companies privacy, I’ll just lump them into categories. This does NOT include any companies that I am in for network marketing, including essential oils (I’ve been using and selling essential oils for about 5 years now), Younique, and Biomat (been with these guys about 3 years). All companies I absolutely love and personally use daily.

Affiliates: $4,919.78

A few of my favorite affiliate companies are:

Having trouble finding affiliate programs to join? I hear ya! You can spend weeks searching for different affiliate products to recommend and make money on OR you can click here to get my free eBook, Huge Affiliate Products Resource List for Lifestyle Bloggers!

Ads: $4,246.85

I use these ad networks:

  • AdThrive – Update: I no longer go through them
  • Google AdSense – Find the two ads that do best on your site and keep them.  Delete the ones that don’t do as well. There’s no point in showing an ad that doesn’t make you GOOD money!
  • Media.net – What I love about Media.net is that you can put the ads where you want them. I like to put them in some of my more popular posts. You can customize the ad colors any way you want and Media.net will automatically A/B split test them to get you maximum results. Here’s an example of the ad that converts the best on my site; making me lots of money.

Products/Coaching (just started coaching): $208.97

VA work (I actually did this just so I could hit the $10k mark): $200.00

Sponsors (I’m not a fan of doing sponsored work, so it’s very rare): $440.00

With running a blog comes expenses…

  • Advertising: $30
  • VA Work (I hire my daughter for a few things as well, as she is fantastic at pictures and business coaching; she’s 9! This blog is definitely a family thing): $758
  • Host/Email/Etc. (I use Madmimi for email and ViralTag for Pinterest): $205
  • Technical Support: $56
  • Photography (supplies, photos – I use BigStockPhoto and PicMonkeyBigStockPhoto does not require attribution, so I still use and love them): $264

There are other things to consider like office supplies (ink, etc.) and training, conferences, etc.

Expenses came to: $1,313 (not including those misc. things).

Profit came to be $8,702.60 that month.

If you’re thinking about blogging, you definitely should start a blog! You never know where it can lead you!!!

My top posts for this month were:

What I’ve changed since December:

  • Discovered a huge key to Pinterest and since then, my traffic and followers are blowing up (in a few months, I’ll be writing a book with more findings; I currently get about 6,000 followers a month)
  • Quit promoting several affiliates that wern’t worth my time and focus more on the ones I love and are profitable
  • Hired two assistants that help me a lot
  • Started spending even more time with my kids
  • Working on an eBook that will be releasing on August 29, How to Become Financially Free
  • Stopped selling Younique. I still LOVE and use their products daily, but 3 companies proved too much for me
  • Rebranded from a money saving blog to a mom blog

What I’m still doing since December:

  • Producing quality content
  • I still do VA work on very rare occasions when I’m trying to hit a goal (I am VERY goal oriented)
  • Posting 7 days a week and I still feel this is one of the keys to success
  • Taking one platform or program at a time and learning it fully before moving on (I learned monetization of ads and rocking Pinterest. Now I’m finishing up learning affiliates. After that, I’ll start working on products)
  • Hire out tasks that I hate to do or don’t have time to do
  • Sell essential oils and Biomat

What my goals are for the next year:

  • Currently working on learning more about affiliates until I can completely ROCK that income stream
  • Add more products. I have a complete in-depth plan of bringing 1-2 new products to my readers EVERY MONTH. This is not the way I’ve seen anyone else go and I think it’ll be really profitable
  • Get to the $15,000/month mark by June 2016
  • Keep working on building my newsletter subscriber base. I’m at 16,000 currently and my goal is 30,000 by January 2016
  • Start making more YouTube videos and being more personable to my readers
  • Double my Pinterest followers that I receive each day by next month
  • Post a lot more about blogging and making money from home on the blog, giving my readers a lot more of what they want
  • Be more strategic about what I post about. Instead of just going by what I like or am inspired to write, doing posts that I know my readers will really enjoy and focusing on what they want to learn more. Not that I’m a selfish blogger, but that I don’t put forth a TON of effort into it, and I’ve begun to do that more as I plan my editorial calendar for the remainder of 2015 (if there’s anything you want to learn about specifically, let me know in the comments below)!
  • Conquer my public speaking fears and begin speaking to small groups by 2029. No, just kidding. Soon. 🙂

Have you ever considered how much blogging income you can bring in? Has this post helped show you what’s possible? How does it inspire you in your blogging journey?

If you are interested in creating a blog of your own, I made a step by step video tutorial that will help you start a blog of your own on the cheap, starting at only $3.49/month for hosting (you can only get this lower price through my link). You will receive a free domain name ($15-$200 value) if you purchase at least 12 months of hosting. Of course, you want to be self-hosted, especially if you are wanting to make money blogging and this is the most cost effective way to go. My post here will walk you through everything you’ll need to do to get up and running in less than 5 minutes! 

 

If you’d like to learn more tips about how to make a full time income blogging, see my post, How I Started Making $10,000/month My First Year Blogging. This will help you get a better understanding of how to get to the next level in your blogging journey. If you’d like a complete, step-by-step road map of how to turn your blog into a six-figure money making machine, be sure to check out my new ebook on Amazon here.

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Before my blog turned a year old, I was making over $10,000/month. Here's the long anticipated full income report on how I made $10,015 last month blogging.

Before my blog turned a year old, I was making over $10,000/month. Here's the long anticipated full income report on how I made $10,015 last month blogging.
Before my blog turned a year old, I was making over $10,000/month. Here's the long anticipated full income report on how I made $10,015 last month blogging.


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  1. Wow, Sarah, this is one of the most inspiring blog posts I’ve ever read! It is amazing what God can do if we’re willing to work hard and follow His leading. This is such an inspiration to me as a new blogger and as a woman who has been called to my own home. Thank you for sharing the heart of your struggle and victory with me!!

    • Ah, thank you Alex. Yes, God’s power never ceases to amaze me! It’s incredible what He’s doing in so many others lives. <3 Our blogs have the potential to change the world...for His good, for His glory, to encourage and inspire each other. To build up where others tear down! It's an honor and privilege to be a blogger.

      • Thank you for taking the time to respond! You have a great attitude and are so well-spoken. Thank you for inspiring me this week!

        • Yes, of course Alex. 🙂 Responding to every comment on the blog is important to me, unless it’s mean…then, it’s DELETE! Haha. YOU guys are why the blog exists in the first place!!!!

  2. Love your story and your purpose you are living for Him. I have been thinking this through for awhile. Thank you for being gracious to help others take that next step. Blessings for your continued success!

    • Absolutely Ivonne. I didn’t have anyone there for me when I first started. I didn’t know who to trust. Everyone’s information was so different and nothing worked for me. My goal is to close that gap a little bit. Look for a lot more blogging tricks and tips coming your way. 🙂

      • I feel this way right now. I’ve been a blogger for five years. I just recently decided to give it my all and make it my full time job. I am going through a divorce after 16 years of marriage and two boys ages five and two. The pressure is on for me to get a “real” job. It’s so hard to have no one who really understands my dream. Your story is so much like mine. I am living on $20,000 a month and debt free too. I live pretty well but according to everyone you must have a real job to be happy. I never fit into the mold of having a conventional job. I’ve been a writer since high school. While others joined cheerleading or basketball I was on the yearbook and newspaper staff for fun. So close to giving up on my dreams. I feel like I’m doing everything wrong because I just don’t have the money to get my business really going. Gaining some momentum slowly but it is discouraging. Any encouraging words?

        • If you’re living on $20,000/month, I wouldn’t even consider what they have to say. Obviously you’ve proved them all wrong! 🙂 It definitely can be difficult to get other people’s voices out of our heads though. I struggle with that too, but I just try really hard to keep my focus on Christ. HE’S the one that judges me. HE’S the one that gives me my self worth, not man! <3

  3. Sarah – This is an awesome resource for not only those considering getting into blogging, but newbie bloggers. I tell as many people as I can that focusing on one activity/monetization method/social media channel at once is the way to go. So many people try to be everywhere all at once and it never works. Or even if it does, you basically give up your life to your blog.

    • Very true. I think it’s far better to be successful in one area, than be too spread thin in all areas, which is so easy to do. In your blogging career, what have you focused on and how has it helped your business?

  4. Wow! These are impressive numbers!
    I’m so curious about what the judge said to you. Was your ex not required to pay really good child support after abandoning you guys?? Or alimony?

    Also, in working your blog 80-120 hours per week, how did you handle the children then?

    I know that it’s hard to read tone online, but I don’t mean any of this as criticism, but more in awe of how you achieved it all. Kudos to you for setting and achieving your goals! Will be rooting for you on your newest goals here!

    • It’s starting to be less time working now as I’m zero’ing in on the next level for the blog, where to invest time, where not to (recently got off Facebook except for my group/pages), and I have an assistant now who is amazing. But I’d work 8 hours while the kids were at school, another 6-7 after they went to bed. When they are home, I “steal” time when they are doing homework. On weekends, they will have an activity, maybe play a craft quietly, play outside or something so I get a few hours in during quiet time as well as before they wake up and after they go to bed. We have a really good routine down that works well and still gives us a lot of time to spend as a family.

      I don’t make dinner every night because it’s just the three of us, so like a big pot of soup lasts 2-3 days. When we cook, I try to take pictures for the blog, so it’s still considered “working” and I’m getting a post out of it. My daughter loves to cook and do a lot of the blogging with me.

      One of the biggest things that I could recommend is working ahead in batches. It REALLY helps. So, like 1 week a month, I’m working up all the posts for the whole month. A few days working on just drafts, writing what’s in my head and getting into the zone. Then, as I’m inspired by life, I write. Save those as drafts. I love to write. Then, during that week, work up the post (edit, SEO, pictures, etc.) til everything is scheduled. Therefore, I work super hard that one week, and the rest of the month, it’s more relaxed and I spend more time with the little ones and do other things like books and work on things to get ahead. 🙂

  5. Sarah, your post inspires me so much. I’m preparing to leave my job to stay home with my two year old daughter and I have a new baby on the way in March. I’ve had this plan since last October and started the blog in November so I’m coming upon the one-year mark. I haven’t been posting like I should with still working my 50-60 hour per week job plus all my responsibilities at home, so I think I’ve made like $2.00 in Adsense ads. Haha. But, my husband does not believe that I can make an income with my blog and he found me a part time job (one I think I will like and that I can take the kids to). But, I’m still going to pursue platform. I’m still learning and researching ways that I can make money because I know in my heart it’s possible. I am so thankful God showed me your post. It really opened my eyes. I’ve subscribed to your newsletters and will be exploring more of your posts on this subject. One of the things I’m struggling with is working with an email list. I have one started with MadMimi that has about 50 people but I’ve not sent one email to them yet. I’m hoping you have some information about that topic as it is one I will be focusing on over the next year. I look forward to exploring your site and receiving your content! Thank you!

    • Mindy, sounds like you definitely have your plate full. While it’s great to want to grow an aspect of your blog, I would encourage you to think of it like this…instead of focusing on how to get a list bigger, rather, focus on how to serve the people who come to your blog what they want in a way that lines up with who you are and what you enjoy doing. When you focus on the latter rather than the first, your list will grow by leaps and bounds without effort. This can relate to any audience size. For example, if you feel like you’re talking to only one person, then talk to that one person and give them everything they need/want, because you will automatically attract more who need that same information. Don’t get tripped up with numbers and stats, just focus on serving those who come to your blog, whether a little or a lot of people. 🙂

      • I love this advice to focus on speaking to/helping one person-seems a lot more personal and less intimidating and overwhelming when starting out a blog <3

      • Sarah! What you wrote above is probably THE absolute BEST piece of blogging advice ever! I’ve been soaking up as much information on earning an income blogging as possible, and this is GOLD!
        I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a little girl, and I have finally gotten serious about it! I am launching my blog with the intent of earning an income while helping other women and moms. Definitely my happy place!
        Thank you again. I’ll keep your words of wisdom in mind throughout my blogging career.

  6. Love your story, great inspiration and really enjoyed reading it. I have been blogging for 3 years (on my current blog) and haven’t hardly made any income. While I do not have small kids at home, I am not able to work due to my back issue and am trying really hard to get my income up. I have lacked with making goals and guess I should start there.

  7. It’s almost more inspiring to read bloggers stories than it is to read their income reports. Having been a single mum for the last 13 years I can empathise with your situation.

    I started my blog earlier this year and I’m in the process of taking it to the next level. Hopefully I can hit $10k per month by the end of the next 12 months. You have to aim for the stars! Right?!

    One thing I’m curious about(if it’s not too impertinent to ask): why re-brand from ‘money saving’ to a ‘mom blog’?

    • However you are encouraged, that’s all that matters. 😀 For rebranding, I wanted to reach a bigger audience and not be pigeon-holed. My belief system has always been quality over cost. I have become pretty good at getting quality items for the same price as the lower cost items. That belief doesn’t always come across when you’re a blog centered around saving money. Sometimes people automatically think coupons (which I rarely use) or being cheap. Being frugal and being cheap; there’s a huge difference. Also, I’m moving on to talk more about making money from home. I think as we grow, our blogs change and grow with us. 🙂

  8. I have had a personal/mom blog up for a few years. I have a handful of followers. Or at least those who just forgot to delete me lol! I recently saw a post from someone else on how to start a blog in 10 minutes or something like that, and followed their advice, for the most part. I have yet to write the first REAL post. I just don’t know exactly where to start. If I should scrap that one and start yet another one (it’s on wordpress). I am in a tight spot financially. REALLY tight spot. My husband started his own company last year, so things are hand mouth. What would be your advice?

    • There’s no better time than the present. 🙂 It can definitely be overwhelming, but we ALL start at the same spot, Day 1. You gotta jump in and go for it or you’ll put it off forever and always wonder…I had absolutely no clue I’d do this well when I first started, but now that I see it, I know that I can make even $60k/month a few years down the line. Why? Because I am determined to go where God leads me. I’m determined that whatever I do, I’m going to do it 500%. You could be making $1,000/month right now and not struggling so much financially if you started when you started the blog. Don’t let that be the same story 2 years from now! I encourage you to go for it! No one will go after your dreams for you and the world will never be changed now, by the things you do later. <3

      • I have been reading your blog for….months….I think you are INCREDIBLE! I found you originally on pinterest while browsing. I subscribed to your newsletter not long after…but the last line in your above comment about the world not being changed now, by what we do later…BLEW ME AWAY.

        I am in the same kind of situation as a lot of folks that comment here. I have a new blog, and I get about 3 views a day. I’ll get there, just pushing through until that happens. Thanks for being there for us all. You honestly give me motivation when I thought I had none left.

  9. Hi Sarah! I love to hear from strong, successful women. Could you prepare a few posts about essential oils? I’d like to learn about different uses including diffusing, cleaning & pet care.

    • The FDA really limits blogs as to what we can say about essential oils. Even with regards to cleaning and pet care. I’ve had to go through and delete hundreds of posts already and walk on tip-toes for the rest. 🙁

  10. Very encouraging post! I just started my blog a month ago and I feel so defeated. I didn’t realize how tough it was going to be. I seriously just cried reading your post. lol. I feel like making $10,000 a month is way out of the ball park for me. Gosh, I just feel so overwhelmed and have no clue where to even begin.

    • We all start in the same place. Don’t get overwhelmed. Just focus on ONE thing at a time, one step at a time. Pretty soon, you’ll look back and not be able to even see where you started. All the best in your new venture! 🙂

  11. Wow can I just say that this is an inspiring post. I found you from Pinterest and even though I didn’t find the original article I was looking for I am glad that I found this one. There are just so many links to click and read. I have like a gazillion tabs open on my computer. I will be book marking them just in case I can’t get to them today. Thanks for sharing.

    • Haha. Definitely save them because I’ve been going through posts and deleting this week! 🙂 You’re right, there’s too much there and I think sometimes, it can be overwhelming. Always want you guys to have the best experience possible. <3

  12. Wow, the changes I could make for myself at half that! I learn something new with every click on your site. I hope I can be as encouraging as you are with your readers.

    Paige

  13. Sarah, I love reading your blog and sometimes I think thats what I want to do but right now I’m trying to become a copywriter, I have a paleo lifestyle blog (page) but what I think I want is a website so I will have a place to put all my articles, stories, and such so that future clients can find me. I tried to turn my wordpress blog into a website, but its so hard and confusing that I quit in frustration (for now). There are also portfolio website things out there and I tried that also, but it was difficult to manage as well. I know I can write, thats what I want to do, so can you at least point me in the right direction? Thanks and I will understand if you dont have the time.

    • For copywriting, I’d say you definitely want a website to showcase your talents with posts so they can see what they are getting. Then, it would be mostly about marketing blog posts to draw in bloggers and making connections with other bloggers in Facebook groups, etc. to find clients.

  14. I just stumbled on your blog through a Pinterest post and I am in love with it! 🙂 I have been thinking of starting a blog for a long time and you have helped me make a decision to do it. I am really where you were when you started…looking to make at least around $500/month from blogging. If I could make that, I’d be set. 🙂 I am also very goal-oriented so hopefully following your blog will help me get going with mine! Thanks so much for posting!

    • Absolutely Jennifer. 🙂 If you can hold off until tomorrow (Cyber Monday) and use my link then, you’ll be able to get the starter package for $2.95/month for 36 months! You have to pay the 36 months upfront, but I literally pay more than that for ONE month hosting now and you get 3 years. It’ll be at it’s lowest point ever tomorrow!

  15. Hi Sarah! I found you through Pintrest. I absolutely love this post! I’m a new blogger; the Lord has pressed it on my heart to start one. I would like to eventually make money through my blog. So, right now I’m just seeking ways of how to get my name out there. So far I just use facebook and now diving into pintrest more. Maybe in a half year or so I will pursue affiliates. But now that I know you are here, I will be checking your blog often. Thanks for being real and sharing the numbers. This post definitely inspired me. 🙂

    • That is how my blog started. Get ready for a wild ride. 🙂 I would encourage you to look at your niche and start guest posting on sites within that niche that are accepting them. This is THE best way to get your name out there. 1-2 a month is a goal I’ve used for a long time, still do. 🙂

  16. This is SO inspiring. THANK YOU. I am a single mom as well and your situation sounds like mine. I have set a goal of $5,000 a month, and because of this post I really believe God can help me get there!

  17. Nice post.
    Knowing that God is leading you the way you should be is the best feeling ever. Don’t listen to other people misleading you, maybe they know a good plan for you but God’s plan is the best.
    God Bless you Sarah, continue serving God as well as working at home with your kids..
    😀

  18. I work from home 15 hours a week (as a lawyer), so I’ll never spend that much time on my blog. But I still make some money and that makes me happy. 🙂

    I admire your organizing posts the most. That’s probably because it’s my niche. But I still get a thrill at taking a peek at how you are making money and surviving on that amount.

  19. I am always reluctant to try anything like this because it sounds too good to be true. I’m going to do it though. I’m going to do exactly as you say. I have a daughter that has medical problems and I need the extra income and time with her, so I’m going for the gusto! Thank you for the detailed information.

  20. You are so inspirational…I love your enthusiasm it shows through your blog posts. I have been a sahm for 2 years and want to work from home I really want to blog but I have no idea how to start. Do you rough draft all your topics before making it a blog…I am just confused on how to make a website. Thanks

  21. I have been doing some serious planning to start blogging as a living. I love your post, it has given me such inspiration. I have a question about social media. Do you use your personal sites as your business sites too? For example, do you have a personal and a business Pinterst site or only one site that acts as both? Same question for Twitter and Facebook.

    • For Pinterest, I have my personal account that is also my business account. For Facebook, I have two pages, a secret group, and my personal account. 🙂 Twitter…meh, I don’t really do a lot with them, so just the one account, which is business.

  22. My twin sister and I have been thinking and dreaming of starting a blog for a while now. We are both mothers that are passionate about staying home and inspiring others to be creative while saving money and making memories with our families. Your post about your journey into the blogging world and your faith in God and yourself is truly inspirational! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us and I hope and pray our blog is just as amazingly inspiring and profitable as yours!
    God Bless!

  23. Hey Sarah, I’ve been really interested in starting a blog on the side of my full time work. I’ve really enjoyed your posts and encouragement. Thank you for being such an inspiration. I hope I can face my fears and move forward with this in 2016. Keep up the great work and thanks again. May God continue to bless you!

  24. Wow. I also just “stumbled” upon one of your posts tonight (I just opened a bunch of tabs to read your articles, and can’t remember where I even saw the first one). I also am a new blogger (started at the beginning of this year), and would love to make it my job someday. For now I’m trying to keep the priority of writing great posts and fine-tuning my niche. I love your advice to serve the people who read your posts. That’s what I want to do.
    I am “between jobs” right now and looking for PT work, but meanwhile working on learning as much about blogging as I can, while I have more time at home.
    I love that you’re giving credit to God, as I also believe he led me to start my blog, as well. Several friends and family members kept telling me to do it.
    I’ve been in transition with jobs for the past two years (after being “not needed” as an aide at a Christian school I worked at for ten years), so it’s been an interesting journey.
    I will subscribe to you blog and read your material, as I’d love to grow. Trusting God will continue to lead me.
    Thanks so much for sharing and your willingness to help others.

  25. This is so amazing! I came across your blog on Pintrest, as I have been interested in starting a blog. I’ve only been researching and thinking about it for a couple months. So far, I feel there are a ton of information to learn! Ahh kinda scary! Haha but just know that through God all thing are possible! I’ll keep researching and visiting your site oftern! Thanks for the inspiration! <3

  26. Question!!! and I’m hoping you get back to this soon i know you’re SUPER busy! but when you click your link and it takes you to Bluehost.com, do you select the basic, plus, or pro plan? I’m literally starting from scratch. I’ve been doing as much research as I can on blogs and if it’s for me, but I think i may be ready to take to plunge finally!

  27. What an inspiring story! I am just starting my blog and I really need to get to a place where I can post content daily. I love that you hit your goal and look forward to the June 2016 update!

  28. Your site is going to my favorites list. It’s filled with useful information and honesty, which I admire. I am so interested in reading more because I love to write and have considered a blog more times than I can count. I’ve prayed about direction and my purpose. As a military spouse and stay at home mom, I want to contribute to our finances in some way, especially as my husband retires from the military. I know times are going to be tough with no income. I honestly appreciate all I have read through your site and continue to hope, pray and seek some divine intervention whether it’s a blog or freelance or a work from home opportunity. May God continue to bless you AND your children’s road ahead.

  29. I’m so happy to find your site on pinterest!! I too want to bring glory to God in all I do. I am looking at retirement in 18 months and I want to have an income that will at least cover my health care. My husband and I want to be able to travel in our retirement. We are not looking to just sit in rocking chairs but to have the freedom to help others and store up our treasures in heaven. I would love to keep in touch with you so I can continue to get tips on blogging. I am not a “writer” but I feel I have information that I can share with others. Thanks again for your encouragement.

  30. I want to travel with my family. My last job let me go because I got hurt. My husband is the best HVAC tech in North Carolina but his body is hurting from crawling under houses and climbing in attics for 25 years. I am looking for a way we can travel and still make money. We are hard workers and not scared of hard work, physically speaking we can’t do what we did in our 20s anymore. Please send me ideas, he is an awesome heating and air service tech, I love to cook, my daughter rocks at make up. Not sure how to start one blog or even 3 for all of us.
    Thank you for your time and story.
    Michelle Stack