August 12

Just For Fun, and To Introduce A Few Friends…

 

I was asked to participate in a blog hop a couple of weeks ago, and sadly I have only just gotten around to actually participating. My friend Victoria Virgo, fellow writer and London gal, introduced me over on her blog My Daily Cuppa, so I’d like to return the favor. Here are three of my favorite bloggers who both have very different types of websites, but who I know you’ll find absolutely wonderful!

Victoria Virgo- My Daily Cuppa
Victoria is a London gal whose parents hail from Jamaica, making her a ‘proud Black British gal who enjoys a full English’ as well as her family’s saltfish and plantain. She’s got a couple of blogs, both of which I’ve listed here, and she’s into everything from writing books to teaching English to foreign language speakers online. Plus, she has her own PLR boutique and is a great affiliate marketerI’m not sure when she finds time to sleep!

Find out more about Victoria at:
My Daily Cuppa
Victoria Virgo

Lisa- United Cakedom

Lisa is an American living in Englandand one hell of a baker! Her blog United Cakedom literally makes me drool every time I look at it. She moved to the UK to be with her Brit husband (sound familiar, anyone?) and spends her time baking and blogging. She never ceases to amaze me with her collection of recipes, but she does have a self-confessed ‘out-of-control cookbook habit’, for which we should all be grateful!

Take a look at Lisa’s blog at:
United Cakedom

 

Danielle McGaw

I’ve been following Danielle for a couple of years through various sites that we just keep bumping into each other on. She’s a writer, blogger, social media junkie, and really talented lady.

She lives in Canada, and thoroughly loves her online career. She has started her own writing sites that you can sign up for and write about anything you like, plus you’ll get paid for it. She knows a heck of a lot about social media, residual income and earning money online in general, so definitely check her out!

Meet Danielle at:

Daniellemcgaw.com

As for the questions, here goes:

Question 1 – What am I Working On / Writing?

I am working on content for clients, mostly. I also have a short story brewing that I may publish to Amazon, if it turns out the way I want it to.

I spend most days working on content for others, which is fun, and I also try to find time to add to my blog and Christmas site, MyBritishChristmas.com.

I’m hoping to continue the Potty Potatoes series of children’s books, when my illustrator can find time to work with me. I also want to find time to finish my next non-fiction ebook, to follow up on Cut The Cord. It will be a short ebook on how to turn your hobby into a flourishing work at home career.

I guess this pertains to fiction, mostly, but in general my writing tends to be a bit tongue in cheek. I like to write with personality whenever possible, even my nonfiction, because an engaged reader is an informed reader!

Question 3 – Why do I Write What I do?

Hmmm, it depends on what I’m working on. Most things I write because I need to pay my bills, but I chose to earn a living as a writer because words have always been my friends, and every single time I sit down to write anything, it’s like having a conversation with an invisible, friendly audience.

I write my fiction (when I have time) because I feel compelled to tell stories. I want to understand emotion and behavior, and I think by exploring characters, I can do just that. I want other people to read my work and experience the joy of reading that I have known all my life.

Question 4 – How Does My Writing Process Work?

My daily writing schedule varies, mostly due to family commitments, but I write for several hours a day, picking up work here and there as well as completing projects for my clients. I work on my fiction when I need a break from ‘bread and butter’ writing, or when the stories just won’t be quiet in my head.

I hope you enjoyed this postI know it’s not the usual type of post you’d expect to find on my site, but I know if you’ll check out the blogs above, you’ll find some great information from some great ladies!

Do you blog? Feel free to leave a link to your own blog in the comments section below!

Hmmm, it depends on what I’m working on. Most things I write because I need to pay my bills, but I chose to earn a living as a writer because words have always been my friends, and every single time I sit down to write anything, it’s like having a conversation with an invisible, friendly audience.

I write my fiction (when I have time) because I feel compelled to tell stories. I want to understand emotion and behavior, and I think by exploring characters, I can do just that. I want other people to read my work and experience the joy of reading that I have known all my life.

Question 4 – How Does My Writing Process Work?

My daily writing schedule varies, mostly due to family commitments, but I write for several hours a day, picking up work here and there as well as completing projects for my clients. I work on my fiction when I need a break from ‘bread and butter’ writing, or when the stories just won’t be quiet in my head.

I hope you enjoyed this postI know it’s not the usual type of post you’d expect to find on my site, but I know if you’ll check out the blogs above, you’ll find some great information from some great ladies!

Do you blog? Feel free to leave a link to your own blog in the comments section below!

August 7

Five Ways To Earn Real Money Online Fast

e commerce

If you think you can’t earn money online, think again. I used to think that you had to struggle and spend every hour of the day piddling around online just to see any real money, but I was wrong. It is definitely possible to earn real money online fast, in as little as a few days in some cases. Here are five tried and true ways that anyone with a little extra time, skill and determination can easily earn a great side income or even earn a full time income online.

Become a Content Provider

On the Internet, content is King. Every website you visit probably has loads of information on them. Someone needs to write that information, and it could very well be you. Don’t expect to just approach any popular blog and become a staff writer overnight. Unless you’re a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, you’ll need to earn your writing stripes.

Ghostwriters write content for everyone from blog owners to business, and plenty in-between. You won’t have your name attached to these ghostwritten articles, but you will earn good money for your efforts. Take a look at sites like oDesk and Freelancer to find freelance ghostwriting jobs, or Google ‘content mills’ for places you can write one or two articles at a time for quick money.

Sell Your Stuff

Ebay, Craigslist and other online classified sites have made it possible to run your own retail business without leaving your house. Take a look around your home and find the things you don’t want or need anymore, and sell them online. You can also look for great items in the clearance section of stores, and resell them for a fair price. Remember to account for shipping costs when pricing your items to avoid cutting into your profits.

Turn Your Crafting Hobby Into Cash

Sites like Etsy have made it easy to get your crafty creations out into the world and make a few extra dollars from your hobbies. The best way to make the most money is to create something unique and interesting, and make sure you put plenty of photos of your item online.

If your business really booms, you can consider moving away from Etsy and selling through your own website for even more profit.

Sell Your Photos

If you’re like me, you probably have a few thousand photos on your hard drive, but only a handful that are actually really good. Why not take those and sell them online to stock photography sites such as iStockphoto? You don’t have to be a professional photographer; you just have to have photos that are good enough for others to want to use on their websites, book covers, or other projects.

If you get really good, you may be able to set up your own online portfolio and begin taking photos for other people. I personally know a few moms who turned their love of photography into full time jobs, working at home for themselves and loving it!

Do Something For $5

Ever heard of Fiverr? It’s a site that people hire themselves out for odd jobs at five dollars a time. The site itself keeps a dollar, so you only earn $4 for each job, but after a few successful ‘gigs’ you can increase your price by adding extra services. Popular ‘gigs’ on Fiverr include things like writing short articles, writing reviews, computer stuff (editing photos, making book covers, etc.), and basically anything you could think of.

The best way to earn on Fiverr is to offer a unique service that doesn’t take long to do, and provide great service so you’ll get good reviews. Once you get a good reputation, you’ll be turning away business!

If you need extra money to supplement your income, or if you want to try your hand at earning online so you can leave your day job, give one or more of these great methods a try, and let me know what your results are in the comments section below!

August 4

Do You VUDU?

vudu movie screen

When my family decided to cut the cord, cancelling our cable tv services once and for all, we knew we wanted to be able to watch certain things that weren’t going to be on Netflix or Amazon Prime for a while. We happened to be flipping through the channels on our Roku box, and discovered an app called VUDU. We noticed that they were offering a free rental credit for signing up and activating the account on the Roku, so we gave it a shot.

We have never looked back.

VUDU is a platform that allows you to rent or buy movies and purchase television shows if you don’t want to pay for cable or satellite to watch them. For example, we ditched our cable, but I absolutely had to see the season finale of Doctor Who. Yes, I am a shameless Whovianbut that’s a matter for another post!

We started off with a few movies on VUDU, then added more when some of the DVDs we bought in stores came with digital codes to redeem a copy on VUDU. At first we were like, what’s the point? I mean, we already had the DVD. But, have you ever been faced with a whiny toddler who wants to watch Frozen for the millionth time, and couldn’t find the disc? It’s not pretty.

cranky toddler

If you have a copy on VUDU, you don’t have to find the disc, put it in, etc. You just select the movie you want to watch from a list of movies you own, and nobody gets hurt.

VUDU is available on loads of platforms, from your computer to your smart tv and even your iPhone. We have it on game consoles, Roku, an iPad and a Bluray player. So, availability is not a problem for us, but if you don’t have quite as many gadgets (my husband suffers from Shiny New Object Syndrome, lol!), you may be able to pick up a set top box from Amazon.

One of the neater services that VUDU offers is something called Disc to Digital. You pay a couple of bucks to have your DVDs put onto your digital account, making the disc totally unnecessary. This has made a huge difference in the way we watch movies, particularly kids’ movies. No more digging through dozens of DVD boxes just to find something to watch! Even better, they GIVE you free movies to start your collection. Gotta love FREE!

I also discovered a great benefit when we went to my Mom’s house recently. It’s a four hour drive to get there, but we downloaded a couple of our VUDU movies onto my tablet computer and the kids stayed quiet for ages. Bliss!

If you’ve seen the VUDU logo on your mobile device, Bluray player or internet-connected television, but didn’t have a clue about it, now you know. It’s easy to use, super convenient, and can save you money, especially if you catch movies on special offers. Check it out for yourself, and let me know how you like to VUDU in the comments section below!