parenting blogger, 13 years in, making 6 figures per year
Q: First, tell us a little about you and your blog income journey –
when did you start, what do you blog about, how much time do you put into it etc. I understand that you’re not blogging about blogging, so talking about your income in specific numbers is something you might not do – but IF you’re willing to share how much you earn on average in a month, we’d LOVE to know.
A: I’m Hilary from Pulling Curls. I’ve been blogging since 2005 about parenting. It was a total hobby until about 2014 when I kicked it up a notch. I now work at it 30’ish hours/week, plus still doing a 12 hour shift as a nurse. I earn a low 6 figure income (but still 6 figures) from it at this point — which is way more than I’d ever earn as a nurse.
Q: Why do you think your blog is able to make money when so many others aren’t? What have you done differently?
A: I think my blog is unique and I have a unique perspective as a nurse. I’ve also been willing to pivot and create courses that help our income. I also really enjoy almost all aspects of blogging. AND, if I’m not enjoying it (like hand-scheduling Facebook) I just drop it. I love writing and I love pin design. So, that really helps. 🙂
Q: What was your biggest hurdle to earning an income with your blog… and how did you overcome it?
A: Just thinking that I had nothing to say. That my posts were dumb, I still think my courses are nothing special but when I get surveys back, people LOVE them. The thing is, it is normal stuff to me (which is why I can write with authority), but other people LOVE the honest expert in me. Using surveys has helped me a lot.
Q: Can you share you best advice for how to make money with a blog?
A: My best advice is to do more of what you love. If you’re hating something, I think it comes through. I also recommend sticking with a schedule and REALLY doing it like a job. I find the people who aren’t making cash are just not sticking with it — day in and day out. It will be a slow build, but so worth it.
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