When the farmer broke up with her, she collected money for a deposit on an apartment of her own by appealing to her connections on Facebook. On moving into a studio, she learned it was infected by black mold. Clients who had found fault with other employees did not complain about her. Nerve damage prevented her from gripping with her dominant right hand, so she was forced to use her left. She got in a car accident and lost her car. She was ashamed to be on public assistance.
With nobody around to give her the comfort or reassurance she needed, she tried giving it to herself. All her hopes seemed implausible.
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The strain of caring for a child in insecure circumstances shadowed the pleasures of motherhood. The paperwork she was forced to complete in order to qualify for help was interminable: applications with questions about her plans for the years to come, detailed proof of income that included documentation of her schedule and letters from clients verifying that she did indeed work for them, and continual updates to account for any change in status. When, at one point, she submitted a handwritten pay stub, an official from the Department of Health and Human Services threatened to rescind her child care grant.
To be eligible for a program that subsidized her rent, Land was required to attend a class about how to approach landlords, because they tend to resist renting to those on public assistance. When Land is faced with any kind of irregular expense, she must check the budget pinned to her wall, next to her notes about when each bill will be withdrawn and for how much. Calculated and recalculated as if the sums will improve with repetition, the figures overwhelm the mind. Land finds the intimate knowledge she acquires of her mostly absent clients to be similarly evocative.
She glimpses receipts for rugs that cost as much as her car, a dry-cleaning bill so large she could replace half her wardrobe with the same amount of money. SiteGround is reputable and great for bloggers! Hi Elna, I am so enthused by everything that I am learning so far. I must admit that I am a total newbie at blogging but have always been interested in it. My question is this. Can I be successful at blogging while living in the Caribbean?
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I just keep second guessing myself and wondering whether or not this can work. I believe it will.
I guess I am just hunting for reassurance. I am a primary school teacher and mother of a six soon to be seven year old and an eighteen month old. Both of whom are very hyperactive. I also have a brother who is autistic and being the eldest of three, I help to care for him. How do I harness this into a blog from my island home and make it work? Or should I blog about my island home as a great vacation destination. I want this to be fun, easy to read and easy to follow but bottom line: You have a lot of rich experience to start a blog. You can also blog about travel and cater to those interested in travel varied demographic niche.
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I have been wanting to start a blog for a long time now but I think I have too many topics! I am a holistic nutritionist, crossfitter, trainer, soon to be mom 2 weeks left , home remedy queen and love to bake and cook. Would you suggest narrowing down topics or are they similar enough to fall under one blog?
Well that is a lot of interests! You can do a demographic niche if you want?
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That means picking one type of demographic readers like young moms, moms with school-aged kids or toddlers or newborns etc…. I blog for mom bloggers that want to move to being a mompreneur. I loved reading this as I have been thinking about starting a blog. I want it to be a niche, though, so I can write about it! I have 2 biological boys, one on the autism spectrum, 1 was born with albinism albino.
Then that led us to go adopt 2 girls diff times from China with albinism. I feel that with all of our issues I could surely help someone? I would appreciate your thoughts on this.
Hi Carolyn, I think you have the perfect story to share with the world. Just remember, though, that if you want to eventually monetize your blog, you should be helping your readers cope and be educated in those topics. So, if you do open up your story on your blog, instead of making it a diary, make it helpful. For example, you have a child with autism, you can create posts Melt-down activities to combat tantrums, or how to use social stories to facilitate self-help skills and things like that. You can, of course, create posts that are more inspirational. I do that with my twins posts.
Great post, thank you! What do you think is the best way to narrow down what to blog about? I also want to dabble in the art community with freelance writing. There is so much I want to do. Is there a way to mix these things together?
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As for narrowing down your niche, you could open up a service-based website and talk about the behind the scenes of that and incorporate your topics? We run an adventure travel blog and I think the most important thing we tell people is to travel with a purpose, Do not just wander around the world aimlessly. Like ours is to experience and document the Top Travel Adventures So many travel blogs do not really have a purpose or a niche. Niche is key and many miss out on that because they want to cover and do it all. Do not just start a blog because you think you will get rich quick and be able to travel the world.
It takes a lot of work and lots of time. I get so overwhelmed with all of the aspects of growing the blog affiliate marketing, pins, traffic…. I will begin to take it one day at a time. I wanted to know which theme are you using? My website is kindridwestsuccess. Thank you for the advise. It happens to all of us eh?go
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Life gets in the way or you move on. I think I am going to go ahead and take the leap with beginning a 2nd blog and have it be a little bit about everything that I do. Thanks so much for your previous advice. I love your blog and I have to say I got a lot of my ideas from reading some of your blog. I know a lot of bloggers are doing that. My blog has now been up and running for a couple of weeks — yay! I simply love your blogs. I, too, wanna start blogging and I will, sooner or later.
I am in the learning phase and your blogs are just giving me all the information needed. I really want to start a blog. I want a blog that will make me money. My biggest hesitation is being able to get the traffic to my blog. Getting traffic to any business or blog is the biggest challenge.
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Do you have any words of wisdom or help that you can give me. That sounds good to start blog. I am starting a product to help with traffic, so keep on the lookout for that by joining my newsletter! My blog is in its infancy and I want to get it right. I started it with the idea I would give advice to new twin moms so my website is twoplustwins. I love how you incorporate cute twin posts into your blog but its not the actual focus of your blog.
Should I start over with a new domain name that is related to weight loss? Are affiliate links only for established blogs? Do you think a blog about plus size twin moms is too limiting? I would appreciate any advice you have! Thank you for your comment! I LOVE learning about new blogs and people. Yes…I fear going out alone with them. They are four and I am more confident now.
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As you can tell, I took a looky-loo at your blog and I like the content. One quick pro tip: Also, play around with subheadings as this breaks up your post even more, making it easier to read!
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