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Finish-It-Yourself Tiny House Shell

Finish-It-Yourself Tiny House Shell

This Tiny House Shell just showed up in my Facebook Marketplace feed. It is in Candler, NC 8’x20′ Tiny House (inside needs to finished) $27,000 The Tiny Project tiny house is ideal for a single person or couple who work from home, or simply want […]

Step-by-Step Container Home Conversion by Casa Cubed

Step-by-Step Container Home Conversion by Casa Cubed

Casa Cubed builds container houses in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They post photos on their Facebook page as they build. Building a Container Home Outside They start by cutting the openings for french doors and windows. The exterior walls are clad in cedar. Cedar is […]

Casa Cubed Shipping Container Homes

Casa Cubed Shipping Container Homes

A new Container house showed up in my Facebook feed this morning. They are made by Casa Cubed. I looked them up. This is their website: casacubed.com This is their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CasaCubedLLC They are a family owned and operated company. Andres and Maria Guillama, […]

Packet from FEMA about Flood Insurance

Packet from FEMA about Flood Insurance

A packet came from FEMA today. They want to make very sure that we have flood insurance and that we get it that insurance for the building only covers the contents if we buy insurance coverage for the contents. You might be interested, if you […]

2017 Tiny Towable on Facebook Marketplace

2017 Tiny Towable on Facebook Marketplace

I found this Tiny House on Facebook Marketplace. The listing says it was built in 2017, but it doesn’t look two or three years old. It doesn’t look abused at all. You can see the wheels, so it is a Tiny Towable.  It is 40 […]

Sam’s Club sells Freestanding Deep Soaking Bathtubs

Sam’s Club sells Freestanding Deep Soaking Bathtubs

As I was leaving Sam’s Club yesterday, I saw a huge box with a tub in it. I already picked out my tub, which I absolutely love. But now my daughter is remodeling her bath, so I did some research for her. OVE Decors 980208275 […]

Adding a Sprayer to our Delta Kitchen Faucet

Adding a Sprayer to our Delta Kitchen Faucet

We added a sprayer to the kitchen faucet that came standard with our Schumacher Home. Schumacher offers a lot of options, but we decided to stick with the kitchen faucet that was included. Included Linden kitchen faucet (chrome) Single handle kitchen faucet. Spout swivels 120 […]

Sentricon Subterranean Termite Pest System

Sentricon Subterranean Termite Pest System

Last year when they were building we saw these green plugs in the ground that looked like maybe a pop-up sprinkler system. They are labeled Sentricon, so I googled it. Sentricon is a subterranean termite pest system made by Dow. These green things are in-ground […]

Replacing the Gutter Drain Pipes – Using our Schumacher Warranty

Replacing the Gutter Drain Pipes – Using our Schumacher Warranty

Schumacher has a warranty on the house. If you find anything at all for the first year, they come fix it. (They also come back once to touch up paint. You decide when and schedule it.) There is a 2 year warranty on all mechanicals […]

Kakelugn – Swedish Tiled Stoves

Kakelugn – Swedish Tiled Stoves

We still haven’t put the fireplaces into the new house. I looked to see whether it would be possible to have a kakelugn.  Can I get a Swedish tiled stove here in the United States? How much do Kakelugn cost? I found prices on three. […]


Small House - Big Life

Want to be a Blogger?

Want to be a Blogger?

I am frequently asked how to be a blogger. The answer really depends on what you want out of it.

I’ve been writing for years. I’ve only monetized blogging about a year ago and I am surprised how much money my blogs are generating.

Why do you want to blog?

There are a lot of reasons to blog. I enjoy writing. You can blog to share your writing and to demonstrate your skill if you want to get copy writing or ghost writing jobs.

A blog attracts traffic to an existing website.

Most people tell me their first reason is to make money. Yes, you can make money blogging.

Express Yourself

Blogging can be a great creative outlet. Blog to share your photos or writing while maintaining some control over everything else that shows on the page.

Showcase Your Writing

If you would like to be a professional writer, a blog showcases your abilities. You can create articles and posts demonstrating the different styles and “voices” you can write in.

If professional writing is your goal, you need to carefully proofread everything you write before you publish.

Learn WordPress

I first started blogging to learn WordPress. I had been a web designer for years, but could see that WordPress could be a good fit for some clients. WordPress wasn’t as easy to use as it is now, so I need to know how to provide a lot of help. I also wanted to be able to show examples of simple sites clients could do themselves.

I took a few things I had written back in school and turned them into small blogs. Each small blog demonstrated a different theme and different plugins.

My first small blogs: Hilton Head Island, Ireland: a Different Visit, Caving

Earn Income

Yes, you can make money blogging.

If this is your goal, think about who might want to advertise on your blog. Look at other blogs that talk about the same topics you are thinking about blogging about. Who advertises on their sites? Start a list. See what they are selling. Who would buy those products?

Once you have a good guess of your potential advertisers target audience, write for them. The audience your site attracts makes a big difference in how much money your site earns. A click on my site about Caving earns a few pennies. A click on My design42: Lighting and Design or Project Small House earns much more. These sites are reaching the site visitors advertisers will pay more for.

Attract More Traffic to an Existing Web Site or Store

Add a blog to any site to increase traffic.
If this is your goal, stay on target. You don’t just want to attract traffic. You want to attract customers.

Blog about the products you sell. Add photos and details that aren’t available anywhere else.

Choose a product for each post. Think of everything someone might want to know about it. Perhaps show how it goes with another product.

Think like a customer. What would you search for? What would you want to know. Write the posts your customers wants to find.

How Do I Start?

Start writing.  If you are already writing, look at everything you’ve written. Would any of it work as a blog?

If you don’t already write, start creating a few posts and articles in Word. This will give you an idea whether blogging is going to be something you enjoy and will give you the posts and pages you need to start your blog.

How Much Does It Cost?

It doesn’t have to cost much at all to get started as a Blogger. You can have a Blog on DreamHost for as little as $2.59 a month. They install WordPress for you and even register your Domain Name for free!

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How Long Does It Take?

Writing each Post doesn’t have to take long at all. WordPress has an app that works on your phone. You can take a photo and create a post out of it really quickly. I save them as Drafts, then take some more time with them later.

You can write a bunch of Posts, then schedule when you want them to publish.

How Long Does It Take To Make Money?

I don’t know. Some of my Blogs make money right away. Others sit around, then take off. One Blog only had 4 pages. I wasn’t all that interested in the subject after my initial enthusiasm. Then someone Pinned a photo from it on Pinterest. The pin was re-pinned and re-pinned and the little 4-page site has earned a little over $6.00 a month for the last few months. No, that’s not much. But, it’s four pages that I wrote over two years ago. It adds up.

Blogging isn’t free money. It takes time to write something that is worth reading. It takes time for Google to find you. But a good Post or Page continues to get traffic. Little by little it adds up.

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