1) Can you please share how you started earning income from your blog?
I started my blog as a place to share my creative projects. I really didn't realize there was potential to earn money for quite a while. After about a year and a half of blogging, I was getting emails from people asking if they could sponsor my blog. So I put a section on my sidebar for advertisers.
2) Can you give advice on how bloggers can attract advertisers without turning
off readers at the same time?
I think putting a section on your sidebar for sponsors is a great idea. Also put some information on one of your tabs with how much traffic you get or some reasons that advertisers would want to sponsor your blog. It's not all about numbers, small blogs can have really connected readers or have a very specific niche that's more attractive to a certain advertiser than numbers alone.
3) Can you tip bloggers on how to balance family life and blogging?
I am trying to find balance here. It seems like there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. I finally had to think of blogging as a job. I put certain times in the day that I work on blog things and then certain times in the day when I don't do anything with my blog and I just focus on my family. Also, I have found that having an editorial calendar is a great idea. I use Google Calendar and I schedule what I am doing all month. That way when I look at the calendar I can see what I have to do this week to get ready for next week. And any ideas for projects I schedule on there so I can remember them and know when I need to have that project completed. I also found that scheduling different tasks for different times of the day is helpful for me. I answer email in the morning, work on projects during the day and then write up blog posts after my kids go to sleep at night. Find what works for you and what can save you time. Another idea is I look at my calendar and see what projects are coming up and then I can go get the supplies for all of those projects at once and that saves me time instead of doing that several times.
I hope this was helpful. Thanks for letting me participate.
You're very much welcome, Jen! We truly appreciate the great tips you shared to us.
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