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Ongoing education is important as is learning from different sources. I was fortunate to find the AWAI program Money-Making Websites at the beginning of 2015 and launched Crochet Getaway in April of that year as part of the class assignment.
Prior to that blog, I posted some stories on TravelBlog.org and we had a blog about our journey to becoming debt-free (aka financial hell and back). Those blog postings and the community on TravelBlog.org inspired me to invest in the AWAI class, which includes an ongoing forum group for questions and answers as well as access to the class materials.
I invested about 24 months into how to navigate WordPress comfortably. I started having growing pains and ready to move to the next level. I wanted to repeat the AWAI class but missed the deadline. While I was whining about that, I found a few Facebook groups to use as resources.
One of those groups was Women Winning Online, with Jen Snyder. The group was welcoming, encouraging, and relevant to me. I subscribed to Jen’s newsletter. At the time there was a promotion all over the internet for a very popular blogging program. I paced the floor for days wondering if I should invest in the program. The cost at the time was about $1,000.
I prayed. I listened for guidance. I kept reading my Money-Making Website notes, the hardcover books that I had purchased, and Facebook groups, trying to piece things together and grow my blog.
I resigned myself to the fact that the expensive class was not going to work out for me. Within a day or so, I received a newsletter from Women Winning Online and an introduction to an alternative.
Jen recommended Suzi Whitford’s Blog by Number eBook and video course priced at $47.
I did some research on the course and decided $47 was manageable. Then, I did a quick de-stash of some yarn, patterns, and fabric. The money was right there in my crafts closet. Surprise!
The class was exactly what I needed. The videos made perfect sense and Suzi’s teaching style is 100% relatable.
I have purchased Blog by Number, Theme by Number, List by Number, and eBook by Number. I’m working on an eBook specific to crochet blogging and channeling creativity into a profitable business. I’m working on a section now about how to structure your business, keep records, and resources creating a “back office” model. The next section will be about promoting and marking your brand. I’m tapping into my degrees in accounting and marketing, along with 30+ years of corporate finance work and showing you exactly how I apply these skills to a tiny one-person biz, operating at home.
The eBook progressing well and I plan to release it (on this website) in June 2018. Subscribe to my newsletter to receive first notice when it’s available. There will be deep discounts for newsletter subscribers.
My blog journey has been amazing and such a blessing in my life. I’m eager to see what’s around the next corner.
I love affirmations. Here are a few that I use when I start my blogging days (usually on Saturdays when I not working my corporate finance job).