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Avery Cabin Co Log Cabin Tiny Houses and Floor Plans

Avery Cabin Co Log Cabin Tiny Houses and Floor Plans

A Log Cabin Kit for $11,900 showed up in my Facebook Marketplace feed. I looked up the company where they come from and found some of their floor plans and options. The listing is from Doug Avery in Knoxville, TN, but the kit is made […]

11’ x 36’ DIY Park Model Log Cabin Kit for $11,900

11’ x 36’ DIY Park Model Log Cabin Kit for $11,900

This 11’ x 36’ DIY Park Model Log Cabin Kit showed up in my Facebook Marketplace feed. It comes with all the logs and everything else you need to build this log cabin. It is currently on Facebook Marketplace: www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/413448752862347/ Logs screws log gaskets 2×4 […]

Comparing Tuff Shed Barns

Comparing Tuff Shed Barns

Tuff Shed has four barns in the brochure and five different barns on the website. The barns are harder to figure out than the Sundance Series TR-1600 Recreational Building, the one that looks like a two-story farmhouse. That one I just multiplied out the footprint […]

Tuff Shed Upgrades and Options

Tuff Shed Upgrades and Options

It depends on what shed you get, but you don’t get much before the options. Basically, you get a box with one door to get into it. No windows. There is no real option available to finish it inside. You can have them add shelves, […]

Home Depot Sundance TR-1600 2-Story Farmhouse – The New Classic Manor New Day Cabin

Home Depot Sundance TR-1600 2-Story Farmhouse – The New Classic Manor New Day Cabin

We bought the Classic Manor New Day Cabin and finished it inside to make an office and workshop. We love it and we wanted the same thing at our new house, but we couldn’t find it.  We were just at Home Depot again and picked […]

Tiny A-Frame in the Mountains

Tiny A-Frame in the Mountains

Isn’t this tiny A-frame house adorable? It is 540 square feet inside with hardwood floors and ceilings. Downstairs is a living room and a kitchen with an adorable tiny pot-belly wood stove. The bathroom has a claw-foot tub. The living room, upstairs loft bedroom, and […]

Changing the Shower Trim Tub Handle to Control Volume and Temperature Separately

Changing the Shower Trim Tub Handle to Control Volume and Temperature Separately

We’ve been really happy with nearly everything about our new house. But I hated the shower control. You couldn’t control the temperature and the amount of water separately. When I am taking a hot bath, I want to be able to let just a little […]

Adorable Affordable Low Maintenance Tiny House

Adorable Affordable Low Maintenance Tiny House

This super affordable and super adorable Tiny House just showed up on Facebook Marketplace. The owner and her husband bought it to live in while they restored an old farmhouse. Now they are moving in and passing the Tiny House on. The house is 336 […]

Inspiration: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob

Inspiration: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob

Kentuck Knob, or the Hagan House is a National Historic Landmark. It was designed by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It is at 723 Kentuck Road, Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania, about four miles south of Fallingwater, probably Wright’s most famous house. My cousin just visited Kentuck […]

Our Walk-in Closet

Our Walk-in Closet

We adjusted the house plan to give us a huge walk-in closet. I’ve had bedrooms smaller. The builder included this ClosetMaid TotalSlide closet system. It is a shelf with a bar below to hang clothes on. It pretty much follows the plans. It looks pretty […]


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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