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Growing a thick skin as a blogger

Being a blogger opens you up to all sorts. You get the admirers and the trolls. The great comments, the shades and the in your face insults. The job comes with both as we expose our creation (whatever it may be) to the whole world. So if there is one thing you need to have or work on asap as a blogger, is to grow a thick skin. Blogging is not only about writing. You have to spent a good amount of time promoting your blog and social media platforms, especially in the early days.

 

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Putting your blog out there is essential in order to make a name for yourself. These actions usually attracts more eyeballs to your blog, which is a good thing. But then the trolls find you, and if you are not strong enough, the rude comments may stop you blogging altogether.

 

Growing a thick skin as a blogger

So how do you grow a thick skin as a blogger. I have been blogging for almost 6 years now and I have had a few rude comments but not as many as I thought I would if I am being completely honest. Which is a good thing I guess. I had most of the trolls in the first year of my blog, which I found surprising. I guess their aim was to kill the little confidence I had in my blog back then. I also have a feeling some of the trolls knew me in real life, which I find really sad for them.

 

Here are three ways you could grow a thick as a blogger.

 

Carry on anyway

I know how hard it can be. But the key to growing a thick skin as a blogger is to ignore the negative comments and carry on anyway. Delete any rude comment and block any troll on your social media platform. There is no need trying to have a conversation with them. The only aim of the troll is to make you feel bad about yourself and what you do. And that is because they feel bad about themselves. Don’t let them project their negative thoughts on you. Ignore them, use the delete.block option and carry on anyway.

 

Work on your self-confidence

In order to be a successful blogger you have to work on your self-confidence. This bit is very important. If you have no self-confidence, you wouldn’t be able to carry on anyway when the negative comments start rolling in. Once you have self-confidence and believe in your work, no one can get to you as much as they would if you don’t have any. You have the key to your self-confidence, use it.

 

Don’t take things personally

It is incredibly hard to not take things personal when people are nasty towards you, but you must learn not to. Nasty people live nasty lives which is why that is all they can give. Do not let them project their frustrations and bitterness on to you. Instead see right through them and keep it moving. Do not entertain or engage their negative energy.

 

What are your thoughts on growing a thick skin?

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How to make money as a writer

Statistics show that writers and authors can make over $50,000 a year. This is approximately over £38,000 annually. But with a lot of hard work and well-structured systems, I believe freelance writers can make so much more than that.

Writers are always in demand for so many different projects like writing whitepapers, blog posts, copy or even to ghostwrite a book. You can increase your earning potential by combing different kinds of writing in your portfolio. This makes you more likely to be hired as companies would rather hire someone who is able to handle different kinds of writing to meet their needs.

 

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Although there are so many ways writers can make money, I narrowed them down to these 3 that you can use to start earning money right away.

 

  1. Start a blog

Blogging is one of the most popular ways of making money as a writer. It’s not surprising as many people spend time reading blogs for a variety of reasons. Many read blogs to get personal advice, read product reviews, or learn about what’s trending in the industry.

There are many ways you can earn money as a blogger. One of those ways is to have Google AdSense set up on your blog. This is the easiest way to make money from your blog. You get paid based on the number of impressions your ad gets. So the more visitors who come to your blog, the more money you make.

However, you can earn more money from ads when you collaborate with a company and offer to put up their ads on your blog for a fee.

Another way to make money from your blog is through affiliate links. You may write about products or service that you like and get paid every time your readers click on the affiliate link.

If you’re not a fan of having ads on your blog, you can create a membership platform where subscribers can have access to your exclusive content for a fee. You may also create and sell a digital product like an e-course, ebook or online workshop that people can pay you for.

 

  1. Dive into copywriting

If you’re great at writing persuasive content that motivates people to buy things, then copywriting is just for you. Copywriters create marketing content for ad campaigns, websites and social media. Copywriters are always in demand. Their job is to write content that sells.

As a copywriter, you may decide to work for yourself as a freelance copywriter. Or you can work as an in-house copywriter for a company or ad agency. In such a case you are stuck to a fixed salary, unlike a freelance copywriter who can determine their own income.

 

  1. Write for publications that pay

Believe it or not, there are so many publications out there that pay writers for their articles. Magazines, newspapers, journals and online publications are constantly looking for original content that will peak the interest of their readers. The rates for such publications vary between £50 to as high as £500 per article.

Most times such publications require that you pitch your article ideas to them. If they like it, they’ll give you the go-ahead to write the article. Some allow you to write a draft of the article.

 

Do you make money as a writer? Please sound off in the comments section below.

 

How to Survive Soft Play with Kids

A few days ago, we took the Kiddies to a Soft Play Centre not to far away from where we stay in Cheshire to burn off some energy. They have been quite restless these last few days thanks to the summer holidays. So having an afternoon of play and fun was planned to let off some steam. It was good old fun. The kiddies had a great time as always. They love soft play so I knew this was a going to be a hit.

The only issue we had at the Soft Play Centre in Cheshire was how dead warm the centre was. Installing some aircon would be a great idea. It was boiling at a point and we found it pretty uncomfortable but the kids didn’t mind much. They were there for the fun. Do you kids like Soft Play Centres?

 

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To be honest, I am not a huge fan of Soft Play Centres. I find it hard to manoeuvre the tight spots and my kids always need me for one thing or the other. So I am not one of those mum that can have a cup of coffee in peace while the kids play. It is usually a lot fo work for me because I have to get involved in one way or the other, and there are usually a lot of kids. But thankfully, on this day, there were not many kids. I guess everyone was busy enjoying the sunshine outside except us. We couldn’t brave playing outdoors on that day. It was a lot hotter outside. How have you all been coping with the dead warm weather here in the UK?

Here are some tips you may need to survive your next soft play day out –

 

Pack the socks

Your kids need socks to play and so do you. You may need to get involved in a way so best to go prepared with a pair of socks in your bag for when it is needed.

 

Go after a meal

We like to go to the Soft Play Centre just after lunch and get back just before dinner. This way the kids are well fed and in the mood to play. Getting back just before dinner is also smart as the kids have usually worn themselves out and are ready for bed.

 

 

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Keep an eye out on the kids

Parents should watch their kids while they play. The signs and reminders are usually all over the wall for those parents that forget or get carried away but many parents do not keep an eye on their kids when they play. I find that they are usually carried away with the conversations they are having and expect their kids to come find them when they need them.

 

Teach the kids to play nice

I always remind my kids to be nice and kind to everyone they come across. It makes the world a better place and I think it is our responsibility as parents to teach our kids manners especially in public places like a Soft Play setting.

 

 

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We have survived the first week of the summer holidays and we are looking forward to the remaining 5 weeks. We have various days out and activities planned for the next couple of weeks. What plans do you have for the summer holidays?

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