Thoughts: Ideas

October 5, 2016

These past two days have been pretty awesome! My book blogging journey is about to start moving forward, simply because I’ve started getting ideas of where I want to go with this book blog, new additions that I’d like to do, and what I want the final website to look like.

I’ve kept notes on my phone about the things that I want to do. Whether they’re going to actually work or not, only time will tell once the website is up. It feels like I’m finally starting to make progress, move forward, and have found a breakthrough…one that I’m hoping will work.

But even though all these ideas are flying through my head, I am still trying to be realistic and I know that these things will take time, and that results won’t happen overnight.

A lot of the additions will only take place once I’m close to becoming self-employed, simply because these will be things that are going to be time consuming, and I know that once I’m self-employed, I’ll have a lot more time to blog and to be active on social media.

The link to my current book blog is here

Feel free to check it out, I post at least once a week.

Until next time.

Carmen

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Thoughts: Time, where does it go?

October 2, 2016

This is another blogging urge that I’ve given into, and with a topic that has plagued me every now and then. One thing that I’ve noticed is that time is, unfortunately, very fleeting.

One thing I regret is not using my time better when I still had it, i.e. when I still worked part-time. I’ve only been making up for that in the last month or so, but, if I’d had used my time better, maybe I’d be pretty close to becoming self-employed, though it’s no use going over what-if’s, I can only do the best I can right now.

Something that I’ve come to love lately is the mornings. I find that I function quite well during those hours. But then I think of weekdays where I’m at work and I can’t utilize that and am not able to be in my creative head-space that has become an essential part of me.

Another thing that I would love to have the time to do, is be on and involved in social media more. But with time restraints, I have to make do with what I can. Weekends (and days off) is where I do most of my stuff, and where I actually have the time to stretch things out and not cram into a very short period of time.

I also realize that if I do end up blogging full time, not everyday is going to be sunshine and roses. There will be days where I don’t feel like blogging, and that there will be days where blogging is more a chore than it is a creative fun thing to do. And there are days where I get impatient to get going, but I also know that all good things come to those who wait.

Until next time,

Carmen.

Reading: How my day went yesterday

October 1, 2016

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One thing I haven’t ever done is spent so much on a whole hoard of books (that I’m not sure where I’m going to put yet, since I don’t have the space), in one go. And honestly, I shouldn’t have spent so much…

As you can see from the picture above, these are the books that I got yesterday. Oh – and another thing: I’m not sure when I’m going to get around to these ones either, since my review schedule is a little full.

Out of all these books that I got, I’ve previously read books by 3 of these authors that you see here: Ann Rice; Jane Austen and J Randy Taraborrelli. I’ve read two of Jane Austen’s books (and have absolutely loved them!), I’ve only read one of J Randy Taraborrelli (which I enjoyed), and I’ve read two of Ann Rice’s books (love her writing style!).

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One thing I’ve got to say about this book that I got of Ann Rice, ‘Price Lestat’, is that I think the cover is gorgeous! This was the only book of hers that was cheap at my local bookstore, so I decided to get it.

Basically all these books that I got were cheap, but it still added up when I paid for them, though I don’t regret getting any of them. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them.

I’m still on my journey of slowly creating my path to becoming a book blogger full time!

Until next time,

Carmen.

Faith: Leaving things behind

September 28, 2016

Who of you have gotten to a point where you need to leave things behind to move forward or to make a new start? Who of you have needed to make a change for yourself?

I’ve come to a point where the corporate job industry doesn’t work for me anymore. And I came to this point when I decided I wanted to try and pursue book blogging full time. Now everyone knows how safe the corporate job industry is; simply because you get a stable income.

The point that I’ve come to has probably been coming for quite a while. I’ve been in the corporate industry for about nine years now. Now most of you would probably think that that isn’t a long time. But it’s long enough for me; actually, more than long enough. It’s been coming since about a year after a started working.

Now, since most (if not all) of you don’t know me, I’m going to tell you this:

I thrive in a creative space. I’ve got my own structure, but that structure that I like working with definitely won’t be tolerated in the corporate job market. For me to thrive (I’ll go into more depth about ‘thriving’ in a later post), I’m going to need to leave the corporate job industry. But also, the change I need to make is for myself (this will also be explained along with ‘thriving’).

I once read that the corporate job industry is toxic; and this definitely rings true for me. I know that most people won’t ever come to the point that I have, and that they either like the corporate world (and thrive in it), or they have no choice but to be there. I most certainly take off my hat to people that can cope in the corporate job market.

Until next time,

Carmen.

Faith: Planning…with a lot of patience

September 26, 2016

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. To be able to get all my thoughts down in one post is not going to happen, so I’m going to have to do this little by little.

I’ve recently had a go at doing book blogging, and as the months have gone along, I’ve considered leaping in the world of blogging full time…but those that have been into book blogging for awhile know that  going into a blogging career doesn’t happen overnight, as well as the fact that it doesn’t give a person financial stability unlike a normal 9 – 5 job.

The research that I’ve done so far, I’ve come up with the following options to consider that will bring me a little bit closer to becoming a blogger full time:

  • Affiliate Marketing (books related)
  • Sponsored or paid adverts

Now I know that just these two options only bring a very small amount of income, so I would have to consider adding other ideas that could bring a more stabilized income (something that I’d be able to do from home). Since I currently have a full time job, the only time that I get to work on trying to get closer to going into blogging full time is when I get home, and those that have a full time job know that when you get home, you’re tired. Which results in only getting things going in bits and pieces, and doing this can drag things out for months on end if not years.

I also know that the options above require a person to have quite a good blog going along with a very good social media presence, and doing these two things also take time as well, which at the end of the day requires a lot of patience, persistence and perseverance.

This is only one part of the blogging journey that I’m on, there’s still quite a bit more that has led me to making this decision to start the self-employment (blogging) process and wanting to go this particular route. I’ll be going into more detail as I put more posts up.

 Until next time,

Carmen.