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hollywood housewife
los angeles
from a one-stoplight town to a hollywood housewife
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I've just returned from a trip to Haiti with Help One Now. Read about why I'm here and how to help. I’m home from Haiti, but just barely. I took a long shower, shaved my legs, breathed in my kids, and made a bacon sandwich. My house is nicer than I remembered, my car more smooth. But all day, I was only half here. I keep flashing back to the little faces running across the dirt. I keep cringing every time I think of the trash and rubble that fills the city streets, and the desolation of the mud huts... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at hollywood housewife
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I'm in Haiti this week with Help One Now. Read about why I'm here and how to help. When we pulled up to Drouin, it was after a long ride in the car. Hours on the bumpy and winding dirt roads. Through tiny villages and weaving around trucks spilling out Haitians. We drove until we came to what felt like the end of the earth. It wasn’t the end of the earth, but it was Drouin, where mud huts meant you were doing better than most of the community. Drouin is an area of rice farmers far from any cities.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at hollywood housewife
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I'm in Haiti this week with Help One Now. Read more about what I'm doing there by clicking here. We landed in Haiti late Saturday afternoon and the ride from the aiport to the hotel about an hour away was more intense than I was even expecting. The roads are non-existent or completely shot, so our two-car caravan made its way through tents and rubble, passing rows of people sitting on the destroyed concrete, just a few feet from the tires of our SUVs. There were chickens in the road, and roosters chained to rocks. There were signs and grafitti... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at hollywood housewife
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Just to be clear, I dont think the 100,000 is necessary for everyone, its just a metric Ive heard as the difference between making a little bit of money (or being paid in product, as you mentioned), and making REAL money.
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Fun! Welcome to the blog world, its fun over here. :)
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I mentioned it just super briefly under selling something. Yes, a lot of bloggers are doing e-products, which I think is a fantastic way to earn some money and provide your readers with something tangible. I buy all kinds of ebooks and have taken several ecourses. Some done well, some not as much. This side of the industry is booming.
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I've been blogging about blogging all week because Blogging Is My Favorite. Read about Blogging Boundaries, When and How Much I Blog, Blogging and Social Media, also Blogging Tools and Resources and How Bloggers Make Money. Now that you’ve listened to me ramble all week about my passion for blogging, I’m going to lay out a few of my personal blogging truths. I still feel like blogging is part of the wild west, there are no set rules and everyone approaches it differently. But after a few years at this game, I’ve found a rhythm that works for me. Be... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at hollywood housewife
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Lots of bloggers do work with a team. I could do a whole post on this topic itself, but bloggers hire all kinds of people to make their blogs better. Virtual personal assistants, photographers, graphic designers, etc. Its a full blown business.
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I've been blogging about blogging all week because Blogging Is My Favorite. Read about Blogging Boundaries, When and How Much I Blog, Blogging and Social Media, and Blogging Tools and Resources. The money question. This is what everyone wants to know. Are bloggers making money? How much? How? The short answer is yes, bloggers with a decent-sized platform are making money. Some bloggers - and not always the ones that you’d suspect - are making LOTS of money. Now, if you’re attending blogging conferences or reading “How To Start A Blog” type books or posts, they’re going to preach at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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Im so glad you found me! I should have made an Instagram exception for #OneDayHH. Thats a crazy day and many do find me through it. But what you said is key - you had to track it down. Instagram doesnt make it easy, and most people arent going to put much work into it.
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I'm talking about blogging all week. See all the posts in this series here. Now that I’ve laid out how much time it takes, I want to be clear that we’re not exactly spinning yarn here. There are a plethora of tools and resources to help you grow, manage, and maintain your blog. I’ve tried a lot and have settled on a few. Here are my must-have blogging tools: Typepad. I built my blog on the Typepad platform and couldn’t be happier about it. I go into all the reasons why I love and stay with Typepad here. It drives... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at hollywood housewife
I do not find it courageous in any way, but it can be overwhelming. You do get used to it, mostly, and youll find your footing. Although, I recently found out that other moms from my daughters preschool had read the blog and I felt really embarrassed, since its something I dont speak about casually. You just never know whos reading.
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Oh, I think this is totally true. The Gorilla is a natural painter (his work is amazing), but he cant paint when hes, say, making a movie. Even though he loves painting. He just cant. One thing at a time for you artists.
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Ive wanted to do this series for a long time, but I put it off because I was worried that all the non-bloggers (which is the majority of my readers) wouldnt be interested at all. But Im glad youve found a few things that youve liked this week. Its been fun for me to talk about this stuff here.
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I'm doing a series this week called Blogging Is My Favorite. I've talked about boundaries and how much time blogging actually takes. You can read all my posts about blogging here. When I started seriously blogging in 2010, twitter was the big thing. Bloggers were using facebook to promote their blogs, but pages hadn’t rolled out yet. Instagram and Pinterest weren’t even around yet. So even though in some ways I was late to the major blogging game, I feel like I’ve been a part of the social media explosion. From the beginning, I’ve made a practice of using each... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at hollywood housewife
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That description is hilarious! But so true. I think most bloggers are doing what you are - early mornings or late nights. And its very difficult to sustain that over the long term, and blogging is a (really) long term game.
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I hear what youre saying, but the thing is sponsored posts are one of the few ways that bloggers can make real money. And, since Ive now outlined how much freakin time blogging takes, Im all about bloggers getting paid for their efforts. I do think there is a tipping point - where a bloggers voice becomes untrustworthy - but Ive seen plenty of people do it well. Maybe they do a sponsored post by a company that theyve already freely mentioned they love. Or maybe they do 5 beauty posts with no compensation, then 1 where they received some. Im okay with that. In fact, I support that.
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Oh, how I get it. Because I havent taken the major monetization route with my blog (though I could have), even people within the blog community raise their eyebrows at how Im choosing to do this. Its almost as if even the BLOGGERS have the attitude of just a blogger and what that means.
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Wonderful! Welcome to the blog world (soon). Make sure you send me a link when its live.
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Youre not alone. I am SO MANY blog friends who tell me they dont read blogs. :) The feedly app on my phone has made it about a billion times easier. I try to scroll through that instead of FB now if I have a few minutes in a line or something. Youre clearly way better at email than I am. As readers and friends will tell you, Im often woefully behind. Between creating content and the rest of life, email usually gets pushed to a back burner. I know many bloggers have used a virtual assistant for help with their email, but thats an area I would have a hard time handing over. Have you thought about that?
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People tell Shauna and I that we look like sisters all the time. I take it as the highest compliment.
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I have thoughts on this. I didnt think to make it into a post, but maybe I should. I have experienced what Kate is saying, that friends dont always read or if they do, they dont bring it up. I dont think theyre being cruel or insensitive to what is going on with you, I think that real life friends feel very awkward about following someone online, like theyre peeking into their closet or something. I also think that sometimes real life friends are hurt when bloggers share something online before they share it with them.
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No, but that sounds interesting. Could you tell me more what you mean? Like your online friends have been more supportive about blogging? Or just about life in general? Im very curious about this.
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Its true, I dont watch much tv. Sometimes I think Im missing out (like right now, when Im binge watching Scandal on airplanes), but I love to read and feel like a crazy person when I dont make time for it. This post on when people read was on of my favorites:http://www.hollywoodhousewife.com/2013/02/moms-answer-when-do-you-read.html
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I was a little worried that this post would put off those who just want to blog casually, but I did want to share the true time of it. I do think that someone with a day job could still blog well, but theyd have to set their expectations realistically. Maybe only post once a week? And even then theyd need a dedicated time to craft that post, like on the weekend or something. I encourage people to start a blog - I LOVE blogging. But building a real platform is a totally different thing that doing it as a hobby or to keep in touch with family (which is also great).
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