Don’t you hate those phone messages you get with the plinky plinky music that say you’re on hold but your call is very important and you’ll be connected shortly?
Shortly! What does that mean? Is it even a word?
Sometimes the wait is 10 seconds which is fine. Other times it’s 10 minutes which is not fine and can be infuriating.
Either way sometimes not knowing how long the wait will be is the hardest part.
If you’re expecting something, or want something to happen, human nature wants to know when you can expect it.
But sometimes something you want to happen occurs when you least expect it.
That’s what happened to me last week.
My best friend, Fiona, from England came to Australia and paid me a surprise visit.
We’ve known each other for 23 years, since we were 19, but haven’t seen each other for about 4 years, then suddenly, out of the blue, she was here with me. It was so exciting, unexpected and delightful that I simply didn’t manage to write my post in time.
When life surprises you in the most delightful way like that you need to be flexible and go with the flow.
Sorry Sorry Sorry
So this is my round about way of saying sorry I missed a blog post last week.
Most of you know that I live in Australia with my husband and three kids but I think I forgot to mention that the wee ones are currently on school vacation for six weeks.
Yes, school ended well before Christmas and doesn’t start again until the end of January here. Hence I’m busier than usual and, combined with visits from overseas relatives, I’m struggling to keep up with this blog.
New Blog Schedule
So I’ll be reducing my posts to once a week for the mean time. Tuesdays will be the big day.
Some things about this blog are clear:
I love writing it, sharing ideas with my readers and hearing your thoughts.
I’m committed to writing it and looking forward to achieving my goal of 1000 subscribers soon.
I’m committed to helping my readers and providing weekly inspiration and advice to keep them fired up and striving for a life less ordinary.
But there are a few problems with my blog. In order to keep it going I need to make money out of it.
Will I earn money from this blog this year?
Most of us need money to live on and I’m no different. I need to be compensated for my time, ideas and writing on this blog. I’d do it for the love of it if money was growing on the trees in our garden, but it’s not and my husband feels strongly that I should be making money from blogging or not do it.
But I feel so guilty even thinking about making money from it, let alone telling you this.
In blog speak they call it “monetizing” your blog. It sounds so mercenary and horrid but it needs to be done if Get In the Hot Spot is to survive and my dream of earning a good living from my writing it to succeed.
And if so how?
The trouble is that I’m not sure how I’ll be able to make money from my blog.
The best option seems to be from selling products.
So I need to put on my thinking cap and come up with something that you will want to buy and that will be useful to you. I think it should be inspiring and entertaining too.
The dilemma is that I’m basically not a materialistic person. And I don’t think you are either. Selling people things they don’t need or want is not something I will do but if I can sell you something that you want then we can be mutually satisfied.
Possibilities for things you might like to buy from me are: