Meet Hilary:

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.

Also, do what works for you.  I’ve had SO many people tell me I HAVE to get a VA, but it just freaks me out.  I’ve finally decided I don’t need one.  I’m happy with my income as it is.  I’m happy with the business.  Just because everyone says you need a VA — you don’t.  And if that gives you to much indigestion don’t use one.