It has been extremely rewarding getting feedback both through comments on this blog and on my Facebook page. For many years, I have been talking about writing a book. I read, "No Plot, No Problem," and have researched a fair amount on what it takes to write and publish a book. What I found was that you need to be spending at least an hour each day writing. That's what all of the research boils down to. It also helps to do things like figure out your plot and develop your characters, but none of that matters if you can't sit down and write.
When I moved to Brooklyn and started talking about my experiences, I kept hearing friends and family suggest that I write them down. Every time I sit down to write, I struggle to put on paper the stories that I tell my family and friends. This blog is helping me do that and get better at it. Maybe, I'll turn this into a book or it will inspire me to write a book.
After I set this up, I added advertising to the blog. I figured that it wouldn't hurt to try to make money from my writing. It really was simple. I highly recommend it. I've heard that it can be difficult to be accepted into Adsense. Maybe having my own URL instead of using the blogspot one helps? Before I started, I read a few articles. The one that I found the most helpful was http://www.thesitewizard.com/revenue/google-adsense.shtml
Additionally, I wanted to build a high volume of traffic for a month to find out if that would affect my daily viewers. I paid $5.00 for a search engine optimization (SEO) company to do the work. My views went from 15 a day (mostly family and close friends) to hundreds of views each day. I know that most of them are not clicking on any of my posts, but my post view average is up over 40 a day. I used a company called Fiverr. The good thing about Fiverr is that you only pay $5.00 for a service. You can pay more for more service, but I chose to just pay for one month of $5.00 worth of search engine optimization. I've also used the site to create a new logo for my job and plan on using them for short videos and cartoons. I think that it is my best find for the year. I pay more for that for a Chai Latte at Starbucks.
Today has been a day full of productive work for me. I found a penny on my walk at lunch. I also rode my bike to work for the first time in six weeks. I am still a bit skittish after being hit by a car a few months ago (see earlier blog post).