Saturday, July 28

Why Blog? For money????

I'm often asked how I came to Blogging, and for those readers who do not know, I started my first blog when I went to Ireland in 2005, and I kept a travel blog on Typepad.com. It was a site that one paid a monthly fee for, and I subsequently found a more interesting site Blogger which was also FREE, and started a number of other blogs here, and at other places.

People are interested in my house sitting too - so I can combine two of my great interests in the one site. Then people want to know how to create a blog, and then they hear that you can blog for money.

Wow, that's a whole new topic that I won't venture deeply into here, but there are several ways. One is to have advertisements from Google on your blog - which I do, and another is advertising on blogs, using a service such as Smorty. (I love the cute names that folk create too!)

Smorty is a great service connecting advertisers with bloggers. Advertisers will pay bloggers to write opinion posts with links back to the advertisers site. You need to work on your blog for a while - Smorty needs to know that you understand blogging, and have a commitment to regular posts. So you CAN
get paid for blogging

Blogging and writing for Smorty is a great way to get paid to blog, and for folk who are prolific writers, it is a fabulous way to earn extra income. If you are an advertiser, Smorty is a great place to advertise, and if you are a Blogger interested in blogging for money - make your way quickly to Smorty. It is easy to use, and they pay through PayPal.

Saturday, July 21

Calls with requests - but no success

I've had a number of calls and emails about doing house sits, but none with dates that I can comfortably accept. Some sound so wonderful. I still have to determine if I have work - my contract as a trainer/job placement officer is finished on August 3rd - and there's vague talk of me continuing but nothing concrete. I'll put the pressure on for a decision this week.

I still have a bit of study t complete - but that's OK, can do that easily where ever I am, but I'd love the peace and tranquility to complete one of my manuscripts. If only.

It is only about 7 weeks before my next house sit starts, so I'll just wait it out.

In the meantime I'm looking at potential house sits in London and Ireland for 2008. Some are appearing, but I'm not able to make a commitment yet. Still working on it.

Thursday, July 19

Dates don't work for me!

I've just had to turn down another house sit - two in fact. It is about juggling dates. It is amazing how it doesn't always work. But that's the way it is.

The one in the Gold Coast hinterland was for nearly two months. Starting next week! Oh, heck!

In the quiet hills of the hinterland would have been a great place to spend some writing time, but that's the way it is.

The other ws more local, but again the dates didn't work for me. (Or them??)

I really long to get away again, but will just have to bide my time. I have a bit of study to do too, so it is a real juggling act too, and I don't know if I will get what I want with work either.

Sunday, July 15

Nothing happening

I guess that it is not quite true. I've still got my October house sit, and as I am working locally I'm rejecting all offers that don't quite fit into my schedule. I do have one possibility, but suspect that the dates won't suit.

A friend has recommended me for a month or so at Mooloolah in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. 3 cows to look after. I laughed at this. Apparently I just have to keep an eye on them. No milking. Now that would be a challenge for me!!!

Time is flying by - but I'm keen to do a local house sit. Not sure about the Sunshine Coast hinterland - as well I don't know if I have work after August 3rd - so that will play a part in my decision making too.

I met up with someone over the weekend - and they expressed interest in me looking after their house - September 2008! On one of the islands too. Shall just have to wait and see about that one.