Writing Wrap Up & Around Grenada in 5 Days

Hi Blog Peeps! Welcome to another writing round up. I hope you enjoy the pictures of Grenada below.

Grenada/Life Update

I mentioned last week that I was working on a new project during the month of June at my day job. This project involves going all around the island, so I’ve seen some really cool stuff this week. It’s been really fun (and pretty exhausting!) but I’m glad to have the opportunity. You can follow me on Instagram if you want to see more pics this month as the days go on.

Early this week, I met Kirani James‘ mom, so that was fun. Kirani James is Grenada’s first Olympic gold medalist. They renamed just about every street after him. :)

Grenada, West Indies

It was early, but it’s hard to be sleepy when you can look at such a pretty view. :)

Grenada West Indies

A quick afternoon trip the beach.

Grenada West Indies

I have to say, yesterday afternoon’s schedule was pretty rough at work. See the evidence below.

Grenada, West Indies

I also visited the nutmeg factory in Grenada this week. I wish this picture was scratch n’ sniff, because the smell was absolutely amazing. Also, I wish I could show you how fast these women were working. Seriously hustling. They get paid a wage of $14US per day (and the men get around $16 per day – go figure) Seeing as I spend that going to buy two smoothies, it was quite a humbling experience and a reminder of how lucky we truly are.

Grenada nutmeg factory

Popular Posts That I Wrote For Others

A big thanks to those who hire me as a staff writer or welcome me as a guest poster! {virtual hug}

Savings Strategies for Everyone – There are a ton of different ways to save money. Here are 3 that might work for you.

How To Stay Motivated With Your Side Hustle – Side Hustling is just that – a hustle! If you are getting burned out, here are some ways to combat it.

The Cost of Moving to a Tropical Island – If you’ve always wanted to move to a tropical island, here’s how much it cost us to move to Grenada.

Posts I Enjoyed By Other Bloggers

Andrew had a great post this week about how failure makes you stronger.

I love Jen’s blog, so I’m sending her lots of love as she deals with a really rough past few weeks!

Harry wants to know if there’s such a thing as responsible gambling. I sure hope so, because I’m waiting for my Bond girl moment.

Sicorra wrote an informative post about coconut oil, which Grenadians say is the key to staying healthy and looking young!

Pauline reminds us that it’s not about how much you spend, it’s about the returns.

Jake is killing it in terms of milking his credit card reward points. This time he went to Disney!

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6 Simple Steps to Start a Successful Website

BloggingBlogging and having your own successful website are great ways to make some extra money or start a whole new business. It’s also a great hobby if you are looking to showcase some of your knowledge and interact with a great group of people who are interested in the same things you are.

Owning your own website definitely takes some time and energy, but it’s so worth it when you receive your very first comment or sale.

There are so many things I’ve learned about blogging in the past three years, things I always tell others whenever they start a website. First of all, blogging doesn’t have to be expensive at all (you can actually get a free website at 1&1 and several other sites.) Also, it just takes a few simple steps to really make it successful. Check them out below.

1. Determine why you are blogging.

This is a big step for when you create a website. Are you blogging to tell your family and friends about your life? Do you want to share your financial knowledge and add your name to the awesome community of personal finance bloggers? Or, do you want to start a lifestyle blog and keep it as a sort of journal? Regardless of your reason, it’s good to know why you are doing it so you can remind yourself when you hit a rough patch or find it hard to get motivated.

2. Determine your niche.

You don’t need to stay within one topic forever, but in order to be relevant and not confuse readers, picking a general niche is a good idea. I actually bounced back and forth between personal finance and DIY design during my first two years of blogging, and now that I’m solidly in the PF space, my website is much stronger.

3. Write high-quality posts.

There’s no question that content is king. Your posts on your site are what will engage your readers, and this will help bring your readers back. Try to make them over 500 words with great advice that will help others.

4. Network within your niche community.

It’s hard for a blogger to get anywhere without networking within the online community. Other bloggers can help  get your articles out there to possible future readers, and they can help you improve your website as well. Networking is also important because you can make new contacts, expand, and have others recommend your services.

5. Interact with readers.

Readers are a big part of whether or not your website will be successful. They are also the best part! Engaging with readers can be fun and also lead to new ideas for future articles. And you never know, you might even make a friend! As a website owner, there are many things that you can do to interact further with readers. You can allow them to email you with questions. You can also enable commenting and reply back to the comments that they leave on your website. Hearing from my readers absolutely makes my day, and once your website grows, I promise you that you’ll love hearing from yours too!

6. Promote via social media.

I personally love social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google + – I’ve got it all. It’s a great way to interact with your readers and promote your business. It’s also a lot of fun!

So, there you go: 6 tips to start a website! Go ahead – what are you waiting for? :)

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