Blogging: Then and Now

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I began my blogging journey a long time ago, back when I was so stressed out at work I didn’t know any other way to get it all out of my system. I discovered building sites and transforming it into a digital journal. I enjoyed that so much that I began exploring blogging more.

Then, I discovered Blogger.com where I realized blogging is a passion of mine. I began taking it seriously, cultivating a reputation for being one of the bloggers to beat that time. I cultivated friendships all over the world. Blogging became an outlet for all the frustrations, stress and disappointments in my life. It also became the platform where I celebrated all my successes and achievements. Blogging became a lifestyle for me.

I’ve blogged regularly, almost daily, for nine years straight. I begun as a regular blogger who just wanted to engage her audience on the daily happenings in my life and theirs, too. I would write an entry, engage my blogger-friends who would leave comments, and would hop onto their blogs to leave my two cents on whatever was the drama in their lives then. And then I met a blogger who introduced me to pro-blogging.

From a regular blogger, I became a pro-blogger. Not in the leagues of those big ones but just a small pro-blogger who wanted to make a buck off what I am enjoying doing. I blog and earn at the same time. That’s a good thing! Right? Not everyone think so. I remember losing so many of my blogger-friends. They were disappointed that I joined the bandwagon. But I couldn’t care less. I am earning money from something I enjoy the most! Eventually, those who turned their backs on me approached me to ask how to monetized their own blogs. I taught some and became friends with them again.

Blogging has evolved. That much I can say. I don’t know if I still like the old way of blogging versus the style right now. What I can definitely tell you is that blogging will continue to become a lifestyle to me.

Now and forever.

The year that was…

2016 was a mix of ups and downs for me. The year started out tough. Really tough, in fact. I had very little income coming in from blogging. No other source of income but that. I struggled and I became so frustrated I ended up taking it all out on other people. I stopped speaking to some people I was close to. I resented the fact that they were earning more than I do when I was the one who introduced them to this lifestyle. I resented the fact that I couldn’t do what they were doing, couldn’t give my 100% because my mind was all over the place. I was thinking of so many things and my emotions went haywire. It was one of the toughest periods of my life.

But through perseverance, hard work, lots of support from my immediate family, and faith in the Lord, I was able to bounce back by middle of the year.

First off, I swallowed my pride and went back to the corporate world. I left it 9 years ago to become a full-time blogger and I told myself that I wouldn’t go back anymore. The stress was just not worth it, I said to myself. But here I am now, back in the rat race, back in the world I thought I left behind. No worries, though, as I am enjoying every bit of my “comeback”. I am lucky enough to find a company that gave me the salary I was asked for. Plus, I was blessed enough to find a job where the workload is tolerable unlike the previous ones I handled.

Since I am busy with work, I stopped with blogging for a while. I continued with the blogs I have left but was not able to get back all those I lost when I didn’t have the money to renew the domains. It’s okay because I know I really can’t focus on blogging the way I used to. I have a couple of blogs left but Sasha-says.com is still, and will always be, my baby.

I am grateful that there are still companies who trust my blog and are putting their business here. Thank you! I will try and post regularly. I will make sure that this blog of mine and all the others I have left will improve come 2017.

I am just glad that the year is about to end and on a good note at that (fingers crossed).

Goodbye 2016! Thank you!

2017, please be a great, great year for me!

Cost of domain renewal.

I am shaking my head while writing this blog post. You know why? I can’t believe just how expensive domain renewal is nowadays! I am trying to renew a domain about to expire and I realized that my estimate was wrong. I allotted a much lower amount compared to what I am supposed to pay for. Tsk.

I ended up not renewing the domain. I don’t think it’s worth it anymore. It’s just too much. I checked how much I needed to shell out for my .NET domain and I am appalled by the cost! My goodness. I know prices of commodities shoot up due to so many factors but should domain registry prices shoot up this much?

I am going to give up more domains about to expire this year. I do believe I can’t keep up with the costs anymore.

Sigh.

Wake-up call

I lost my passwords :(

I clean up every time I log out of my browser. I delete the cookies and everything except the saved passwords. My sister used the computer to update her blog and what do you know! She deleted all saved passwords! Good thing I listed some passwords down but only the newer sites I’ve been accessing. The rest I let the password manager remember for me.

Oh well, it’s a wake up call for me to start listing down ALL web sites, usernames, passwords and what-have-yous so I have a back-up.

Happy mid-week everyone!

5 Core Topics

Computer and Internet

I have decided that moving forward, there will be 5 Core Topics here in Sasha-says.com:

Business

This core topic will include articles on jobs, career, and work. There will be personal input on working at home and being a freelance accountant from time to time. I will also publish stuff related to real estate, small businesses, franchising, the economy, and any business-related news that I feel will have a huge impact on blogging and being self-employed.

Money and Finance

Since I am a licensed accountant, this core topic will include articles on accounting, taxation, financing, mortgages and loans, credit reports and debts, banking, foreign exchange and currency, insurance, investments, and any finance-related news.
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Core Topics

life-in-general

I am in the middle of discerning what four or five core topics that I will focus on in this blog of mine. I have been writing on everything that comes to mind in relation to current events, working at home, and a sprinkling of reviews on products and services.

One thing I am sure of for now, I won’t stop writing about current events. So, that’s one core topic you will read about here. Of course, blogging will still be a core topic here, too. Those are two topics already. I believe I will also write about technology here. Not really detailed reviews of products or whatever but issues related to web hosting, the internet, WordPress, web development, a sprinkle of gadgets and services that I find will interest my readers.

I will think about this more because I need to be sure that I am capable of writing about the core topics of this blog. I will write about the final core topics in another entry.

Reliable web hosting

Before anything else, let me tell you right away that I am not being paid to write this post. The following is my experience with my new web host…

I was with another web host when I started with this blog. But since I experienced several inexplicable and unreasonable downtimes with that web host, I started looking for a new one. I was afraid to transfer at first because I have several worries then:

Downtime – I am monetizing most of my blogs. I was afraid that it might take me 24 hours before I can transfer all my domains. THE TRUTH IS, it took me a couple of hours, if I remember it right, 5 hours to transfer the main domains. I did it on a weekend so there was little interruption.
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Is Feedburner acting up?

I don’t know why all of a sudden my feed count is down to the 70+. I used to have close to 200 feed subscribers/readers and I know when one unsubscribes because Feedburner sends information to me. I think Feedburner is not registering the right numbers anymore? Is that it? Because I haven’t received any email indicating someone unsubscribed to my blog. In fact, I know a couple of people who subscribed!

Are you having the same ‘problem’? If you do, how did you address it? I haven’t seen any news about it from friends so I’m thinking is this an isolated case?

I will go check some more and when I have an update about this ‘problem’ of mine, I will write about it here.

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