I get a lot of emails about blogging stuff so I thought I would share a little more about it all and how I like to blog. You can also check out this post about blogging if you want—> How I started The Hungry Runner Girl and tips to start your own blog.
So here are some answers to some common questions that I get!
-What’s your blogging schedule like?
Currently, I write 11 posts a week. Usually I do 2 posts per day on Mon-Thurs and 1 post per day on Fri-Sun. Over time I have tried a bunch of different combos (I even did THREE POSTS PER DAY, EVERY DAY for a year… a little too much) and this is what I have found to work the best for me.
Because blogging is my income—> I also have to treat it like a job and set hours each day. When I first wake up in the morning, I check comments, emails and reply to some emails. Throughout the day I think about content and take pictures of whatever we are doing and then sit down and write a post, work on emails and side projects from 1-4 p.m. (Brooke’s nap). My afternoon post usually goes up at 3 p.m. (Utah time). Once Brooke wakes up we go go go and then I write my second post once she goes to bed at night and schedule it to go up at 6 a.m. the next day. Usually from about 9-11 p.m. I write a post and work on my Women’s Running weekly article or other random things. If I decide to go out at night or have people come over after Brooke goes to bed then I am usually writing my post at midnight (hence even more grammatical errors than normal on those posts:)
-What are your costs?
I spend $500ish per month for hosting fees and for when I need my tech guy to fix things. I am currently working on a redesign (yeah, I haven’t changed it once in over four years) and so if I ever finish that up it should be fun.
-What do you do about the negativity?
I just don’t read it. I know who I really am and the truth of my life so why would I care what a random internet person thinks they know about me? If I get negative comments on my blog, I just delete them. My blog is my space and I try to keep it a happy and a positive filled website and part of keeping it that way is by monitoring the comments section. There are plenty of other places for people to go if they want to write something negative and my blog is not one of those places. Constructive criticism= I keep up (thank goodness for the people that told me to not use a different color for every single sentence like I used to do in the old days:)
-What apps/blogging stuff do you use?
To make movies—> iMovie on my MacBook
To blog—> MarsEdit (super easy to use).
Web hosting—> HostGator
How in the world do you make $ doing a blog?
-I had no idea going into blogging that there was a possibility to make money. I am beyond grateful that I have been able to turn what I love to do into a job. So, how do I make money from blogging—> Those fun little ads placed on the sides (I use Glam Media and Google Adsense), sponsored posts, sponsors that will pay for races or to wear their brand etc, affiliate links (mainly through Amazon) and freelance writing work.
Let me know if you have any other questions about blogging. I would love to answer them!
Toby is the best. She just ran her first 50k and she is so incredibly nice. She invited me and Brooke for dinner last night!
From the first time I met her… In 2012 at the Dogtown 1/2 Marathon.
Salad bars. Doesn’t get any better.
And a pie that you simply must try asap!
Chocolate Cream Pie
1 small instant pudding
1 cup milk
1 8oz cream cheese
1 pint whip cream (NO cool whip)
Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips
1 cooked pie crust
Mix pudding and milk together
In separate bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
In separate bowl, whip cream until soft peaks are formed.
Stir cream cheese and pudding together. Fold in whip cream. Fold in chocolate chips. Put mixture into cooked pie crust. Let chill 1 hour before serving.
To finish things off—> a picture of Brooke and her obsession with mailbox flags.
Bloggers reading- how often do you post? Do you have a schedule for your blogging?
Favorite pie in honor of Thanksgiving in two days!
-Chocolate, banana or coconut cream.
What app on your phone do you use the most?!
Are you running inside or outside today?