Review: Career in The Making
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I love learning, and I am continuously learning about blogging. I enjoy how easy it is to connect and relate with other bloggers who share the same interests as you. When I began this blog, I really wasn’t sure what the hell I was getting into. It’s a lot of work, but I find it to be rewarding. I’m constantly finding out what works and doesn’t work for me.
Recently my gal pal, and fellow blogger Krista Aoki launched an ebook ‘Career in the Making’. As soon as she announced it I knew I had to purchase it. When I stumbled upon Krista’s blog I was immediately hooked. Just like myself, she wants a life full of travel and experiences. Her site has great posts that aren’t cookie cutter about ‘How to Start a Blog’ instead she offers insight to her experiences and what has worked for her. Of course she also talks about her personal life, and her future endeavors. Her blog is for “soul searchers who want to be in control of their own lives, finances, and future so they can reroute lifestyle.”
The Book: Career in the Making
The basis of the book is based off of Krista’s experience and her methods she uses for a successful blog. It is just that her: ‘Career in the Making’. She wanted to create an outlet for her creativity, and blogging was the perfect route, but she also needed to make money on the side. Just like myself Krista has student loans, and she needed to pay them off. Blogging was the perfect avenue for expressing her thoughts and addressing the needs for others while, also having the ability to pay of her loans. The book is a total of 13 chapters. THIRTEEN! I have purchased a couple of eBooks in the past, for about the same amount or more with less content. they say sometimes more equals less quality but not in this case. You can tell that she put a lot of work into creating this book, sharing her mistakes and successes.
My Honest Review
“Blogging does have a huge learning curve, but it’s also a learn-as-you-go activity. Once you start putting yourself out there in the blogging world, you start seeing what does and doesn’t work.” A little snippet from the book, you’ll have to purchase the whole thing to read more or find out how to get a free chapter below 🙂
Overall this book has encouraged me to really, kick myself in the ass and get it in gear. To say it nicely. Honestly I keep feeling like I’m on the right route to developing my own online business. The content in this book covers the foundation for developing a lifestyle blog, Krista’s first 6 months of blogging and the income per month, and key features to creating a successful blog in the long run.
I’ve read certain chapters over and over, and made notes that I’ll use while I keep tweaking my blog business plan.
I highly recommend this to newbie bloggers, or someone considering blogging. It will encourage you to take action. What I love most is that it gives your proof that you can live a lifestyle of freedom, if you take action. Which is the whole purpose behind The Daily Pursuit- to live a lifestyle that’s meaningful to you. SO if you’ve been considering taking a different path than what your on currently, consider blogging and then read this book.
The biggest thing I can take away from this book is: Tracking. Tracking your successes and failures so that you can understand what works and doesn’t work for your audience. No one’s single success or methods can help you succeed, but there are tools – that Krista offers that allow you to become successful. I myself have never been a fan of statistics, so this whole analyzing and tracking is a bit hard for me to do. However, I’ve learned the importance of doing this in order to strategize and create successes.
Still not convinced? Read a free chapter!
If you are ready to start blogging and make a profit with me purchase the eBook here.
Q+A with Krista
At what point did you decide ‘I want to start blogging’ and what was your initial step?
So last year I started a personal blog on WordPress.com to cope with the homesickness I felt after making the move from Hawaii to Los Angeles to Colorado.
Sometime after that I was on a casual day hike with a girlfriend when she asked me, “Do you make money from your blog?”
I was kinda like, whoa. Stop right there. You can make money BLOGGING?!?
So my first step was researching that and learning – yes – people make money blogging for an audience.
Soon after KristaAoki.com was born. I decided to start writing about “lifestyle and travel” but eventually narrowed that focus.
What are some ‘regrets’ or things you would do differently when you started out?
A part of me wishes I started blogging with a more focused mission – kind of like how you recently defined your blogging purpose on Bite Sized Foodie to be content created for untraditional young adults.
But at the same time of wishing I started with more focus, I had no idea what I wanted in life. You can easily tell that because on my blog I was a huge advocate of it being okay to change careers in your twenties, and changing up routines when you go through a quarter-life crisis.
So even though I wish I started with a mission, it’s okay if you use blogging as an avenue for soul searching. Because you’ll find what you’re passionate about along the way.
Another thing I wish I did differently was take more time to connect with my readers from the beginning. I honestly approached blogging as a solo-thing, like “this is my blog.” But, actually, no. This is a blog for others.
And holy crap – it’s been incredible getting to know everyone who reads my blog because we end up liking similar things and friendships form. By neglecting to connect with my readers, I lost good opportunities for friendship and community along the way.
And if you’re a blogger overwhelmed by all the other tasks that come with blogging, connection can be something simple. It can be replying to someone’s comments on your blogs. Or their comments on your latest Insta post. Even replying to their tweets. And friendships will form naturally from there.
You recently created a new direction from kristaaoki.com to reroutelifestyle.com- how did you decide on this new direction and what was the hardest part?
So earlier this year I decided to separate my “lifestyle” blog from my “helping others blog” blog.
I want to write about location independent lifestyle, and being able to do it while still managing your finances and saving for the future. But I also want to write about my journey blogging.
I love writing about both of those things. And while I could easily keep them all under one umbrella… blogging about anything and everything makes it harder for me to create products for a specific audience.
So I decided to separate:
- KristaAoki.com, a lifestyle blog helping soul searchers manage thier finances and reroute their lifestyle, and
- RerouteLifestyle.com, a blog that helps aspiring blogpreneurs create blogs that draw crowds, and make money while doing it.
So KristaAoki.com talks about my lifestyle while RerouteLifestyle.com talks about the technical side of blogging.
The hardest part about this is managing two content schedules. I have to manage two mailing lists, two post schedules, and two social media accounts (luckily my boyfriend Mike helps with both websites).
But in the long run, it will help me create better content, send more focused emails, and create products each audience wants.
For people wanting to quit a 9-5 lifestyle to blog, what advice would you give them?
Find a subject you’re passionate about. Then find a way to address a need surrounding that subject. Because that’s what business is: addressing people’s needs.
I see people say, “oh, I want to make money blogging just writing about my life.”
But, you can’t JUST do that.
Think about how you can provide value first. Then add elements of your life around that.
Why should people read your posts, follow you on social media, or buy what you recommend? Decide something special about YOU that will keep people coming back.
How did you decide to create an eBook, and what was the hardest part? Any fears in creating or selling the book?
I’ve known I wanted to write an eBook for a while. And so I wrote a ton of drafts and draft chapters over the months.
The idea for this particular eBook came when I asked my mailing list for feedback on what they wanted to see in an email course.
SO many people asked me in-depth questions about how I accomplished my traffic numbers, or how I accomplished my income numbers. Because there was such a huge need asking about my specific marketing and monetization strategy, and they were topics that couldn’t be covered in a quick email course, I decided to put all that information in a helpful eBook.
As for my biggest fear – it would definitely be hearing crickets after launch. Like, what if I spent all this time on a book and no one wanted to read it? I really have to thank my community (including Nichole, she’s flipping INCREDIBLE) for helping me promote and get the word out about my ebook. Even if someone didn’t buy the book, the fact that they interacted with my posts on social medias, or told their followers about it, still meant the world to me.
Any advice or tips you would like to offer to new bloggers?
When you’re feeling lost or overwhelmed, turn to the blogging community because there’s someone out there feeling the way you do.
Also – don’t give up. Feeling lost or confused is totally natural. You’re going to make mistakes. Trust me, I did (and still do). NO ONE is perfect, not even the bloggers who seem like they have it all together.
But what separates a successful blogger from a blogger who gives up is just that… an unsuccessful blogger gives up.
Instead of looking at their blog, their content strategy, their marketing strategy, and what they can change in order to turn things around…an unsuccessful blogger gives up.
Don’t be that blogger, babe! Keep trying out ways to stand out and shine.
Not sure if blogging is for you? Feel free to chat with me via email, or social media and I’d love to hear your thoughts. I always recommend doing a little research before starting. Coming soon I will be posting about how I started blogging, and the mistakes I’ve made.
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