How I Started Making a Full-Time Blogging Income (Story Time Y’all)

How I started making a full-time income from blogging

An article on how I started making a full-time income blogging

The first time I realized I had the “idea problem” was when I told a friend to email me the link to something he was talking about and he jokingly replied: “To which email account ‘Ms. I Have a Million Businesses Because I Can’t Make Up My Mind’?”

Burn 🔥. You know those people who want to discuss a “problem” they see in your life but they joke about it instead of addressing it? It hurts, because you realize they’re serious, but you look goofy AF defending yourself to a joke.

And believe me, I get the joke.

I’ll quickly lay out the basis of my “problem,” and then I’ll let you know why it’s not really a problem (and how you can avoid a few of my gaffes), then tell you how I finally accepted who I was as an entrepreneur and started making a full-time income through blogging.

See, the thing is . . . I love a lot of stuff. You too, huh? Is your story anything like mine (below)?

  • I started using a computer regularly when I was four. And not a kiddie computer. An adult computer. Nowadays that’s not so strange, but in the 1980s, your parents might have had to save money for a year or more just to buy a computer. Thank you parentals for sacrificing for us. I love y’all.
  • I learned C++, Basic, HTML, and Microsoft Access (strange, right?) before I was 13. I was my parents’ daughter (they were into computers 🤷🏽‍♀️), so there was no escaping my fate.
  • Instead of enjoying my senior year of high school, in which I was done with classes at 11 a.m. and could spend the rest of the day working (at a shoe store in the mall) or goofing off (with friends in the mall), my dad made me take a Dreamweaver class, along with a video editing course, and a Fireworks course. This started my love of design and websites.
  • I love to write. It used to be kiddie mystery stories (I’m pretty sure Nancy Drew was the inspiration at the time) and poetry about butterflies and whatnot.
  • I’m obsessed with business. To quote the epic poet Rob Base, “I get stupid, I mean outrageous” when it comes to business. I studied business in school and managed a few businesses (was general manager for a large shoe company and office manager/trainer for a large car company).
  • Entrepreneurship makes me happy on the inside. I love business ideas and business success stories. Whenever I had a regular job, I wanted to run away screaming from it (Every.Day.), within the first hour of walking through the door.
  • I won’t even get into mentioning my love for books, nutrition, vegan food, sustainable farming practices, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, real estate and house flipping, interior design, etc.

So, yeah, I have a few passions: business, writing, design, teaching, and more. And I went on a very roundabout journey to get to where I am now.

I’m one of those 10-year overnight success stories. There was:

  • My unnamed t-shirt business (2005): I printed designs on iron-on sheets (that I got from Walmart) then applied them to shirts
  • Regina’s Cookie Jar (2007): Yeah, I can bake
  • Cleaning business (2007 – 2008): Whatever, I hate germs, so I thought a cleaning business made sense
  • My (then) unnamed consulting business (circa 2007 – present)
  • Graphic design business #1 (2008 – 2010): I bought a used computer with Photoshop CS3 on it and decided I could start doing graphic design as a business, my best friend joined me
  • Regina as a writer (2009 – present):,, Houston Chronicle Online
  • Graphic design + web design business #2 (2010 – 2011): rename of graphic design business #1
  • A local Austin magazine (2011): Oh, you know, I’m not busy enough, let’s start a magazine
  • Anjou Consulting (2011 – 2014): rename of graphic design business #2 (+ no longer working with a business partner)
  • Regina as an instructor (2012 – present): Started teaching classes for the University of Texas Continuing Education program
  • DaysAway (2013): I wanted to focus more on teaching so I started a site for my online classes
  • byRegina (2014): Yeah, I finally decided to roll my consulting (Anjou Consulting), teaching (DaysAway), writing, and designing together under one brand, one name that made sense

Since making the hop to, I:

The image below to the left was a month or so after I started blogging on—April 2014. That was an all-time high for me, being ranked 461,920 globally and 62,292 in the U.S. 🎉

The picture below on the right is of my stats as of the end of last month—September 2014 💃🏽. You can check your stats for free at

Blog traffic increase

I want to share some tips on how to grow your blog traffic and make more income. And how I would do it if I had to do it over again, but first I want to say: It was not easy. 

There are a few things I did, and thoughts I had, that helped me, and I’ll suggest them to you today (before we get into the other tips):

1. Get rid of stuff you don’t need. 

I sold or gave away all my furniture, moved to a small place in a non-affluent neighborhood (that’s my nice way of putting it 🤷🏽‍♀️), cut cable and entertainment expenses, shopped wisely at the grocery store, and cut all the expenses I could possibly think of. 

My life was not cluttered. I focused.

This may not be practical, or even wise, for you. So obviously, adjust accordingly. But it really helped me to not feel or be cluttered and to have one focus when it came to making my livelihood out of something I enjoyed doing.

2. The past is the past, but it can sure be useful. 

Every single business idea I’ve had and pursued, every single blog or product I’ve dreamt up and planned, every word I’ve written . . . they’ve all led me to my current business. 

In other words: You haven’t wasted your time. You have gained valuable knowledge.

If you need to forgive yourself, then do so, and don’t waste any more headspace on negativity, blame, or the feeling of disappointment in yourself.

Think of how all your experiences combine together.

Recognize that no other person has your exact combination of experiences, skills, and knowledge. Realize that you can therefore build a brand that NO ONE ELSE CAN BUILD.

3. Fortune favors the people who make the most out of what they have. 

What I’m not going to do is insult your unique situation and story by making a blanket statement (that I see everywhere on the web 🙄) about how it’s time to stop making excuses. 

I think that it’s gross, privileged, and ridiculous to assume that everyone who is not exactly like you is just lazy or making excuses.

Some of us have families, grueling jobs, multiple generations of people we’re taking care of, health conditions, mental and emotional situations, and so much more.

So, I’ll just say that for me, things started changing when I did as much as I could imagine with the tools and time I did have.

I wasn’t caught up by thoughts such as “Well, if I had as much time in the day as SoAndSo, then I could get [all this stuff] done.” or “If I just had [some new tool or software better than my janky old tools], I could do [so much more stuff].”

Focusing on any level of lack or negative never helped me move forward.

If all I had was 15 minutes some days, I used the 15 minutes. I learned to focus on the best things for me to focus on (the things I could control and show up for with a good attitude) and let the rest just be what it was.

4. Your readers + customers are just not that into you. Until they are.

Unnnnnfortunately, other people don’t wake up wondering how they can support us today. Desperately seeking every single way to make us happy: commenting on our posts, sharing our stuff, buying from us, spreading the buzz about us.

I don’t know why they don’t wake up with that in the forefront of their minds 🤷🏽‍♀️, but they don’t 🤦🏽‍♀️. However, [think of a real life romantic relationship here] after you spend enough time caring for the needs of the other person (your reader), that person eventually will be “into you” and wonder what they can do to support you.

If you keep creating content that really inspires, entertains, or helps people, they will WANT to share it. It will become an honor and a pleasure to spread your blog around.

5. Make sure you’re building something you’re proud of. Build your “you brand.”

If you find it (1) hard to explain your business idea, (2) embarrassing to present your business card or blog to others, (3) hard to think of content ideas, or (4) difficult to stay focused on your business, then it is very likely you haven’t developed your “you brand” yet.

Your “you brand” makes sense, clicks, works, gets you excited, takes more work than you imagined, is more fun than you imagined, and combines a lot of your interests into one place.

Stop trying to break your passions down into different brands and split your time between the brands when you’re just starting out.

Take the sneaky-smart approach to building your “you brand” instead.

Consider starting with one or two topics/things you do really well and that don’t bore you even after talking about them for hours.

Build up content and products around those initial things while sprinkling in mentions and references to your other interests. If you execute on one thing really well, there will be room to expand into the other things (or start new businesses when the first one is stable).

6. Spend 3 months pretending quality content is your only job. Your only purpose in (business) life.

The lovely Susannah of Feast + West shared with me that she spent 30 – 35 hours over a couple months creating a free eBook for people who sign up for her email list.

I’ll repeat. She spent 35 hours on a free piece of content.

But, it is quite literally one of the most beautiful, and useful documents I’ve ever seen.

Spend time on each piece you create as if it’s the one piece that will create an impression in readers’ minds.

If you spend whatever time you can spare over a 90-day period devoted to content (examples: blog posts, freebies, an eBook you can give away, etc.), and you’re creating the best content you can during that time . . . you will most likely get an amazing return on that investment.

As you release more and more helpful content, and take the time to find and connect with your potential readers online, you’ll find that people are all to happy to share your content for you.

How would you like to struggle just to keep up with all the “thank you” DMs, tweets, and emails? How would you like to have people spread your message for you?

They gladly will when you give them the type of content that spurs them into action. The type of content that likely takes you hours, days, or weeks to put together.

Spend time on your content with the thought: “This is the first piece someone might see of mine. This might be the only piece someone sees from me unless I make it informative/wonderful/entertaining.”

My most pinned + visited pieces are all pieces that took me 10+ hours to create. Your brand may not require posts that are as long, or it may, but the point is really about the value you build in.

Part of “my story” is spending many nights blogging until 5 or 6:30 or 7 a.m., then taking a nap, and getting back up at 8 or 9 to start my day of meeting with clients and creating more content.

Part of my story is finishing a post then spending two hours finding the right image and another 30 minutes creating the graphic for the post. I can’t count the number of evenings over the last six months that I didn’t sleep at all or that I barely slept.

I’m not saying this to scare you (or imply you have to set your schedule up the same way), I’m saying this because it is a part of who I am, a part of my story, a part of my brand, and a part of what I love to do so I can communicate with you.

7. Make an actual plan. The kind that’s written down.

All those other major life things that worked out without a plan. What were those again? Write a blog business plan, or a freelance business plan, or whatever you need to actually direct you and keep you on track.

8. You’ll have to act before you feel ready. And choose the scary stuff.

I’ve launched more products, concepts, ideas, and pitches that I wasn’t sure of than ones I have been.

In fact, I’m pretty much afraid of launching almost everything I’ve launched: Will it be useful? Will people like it? Is it helping? Is it pretty enough? Are people tired of me?

If you wait until you feel “ready” . . . until you’re sure of something, it will never get done.

9. Realize luck is imaginary.

“Luck” is usually the word people use to explain why they’re not getting the opportunities they see come your way. Yup, I’ve assumed that before, and I think it was lazy of me.

It’s more than a bit ridiculous to explain away someone’s hard work + preparation with such a flimsy word. Luck is imaginary. If you ever want to insult an entrepreneur, tell them about how lucky they are to have done what they did.

And now for some steps/concepts to help you grow your business.

Each of these is probably a post of its own, but below are the top 10 things I used to build a brand that makes a full-time blogging income, and they’re what I’d recommend to you.

How to Build a Profitable Blog


  1. Lots of quality free stuff (blog posts, downloads, and resources that truly help or entertain your audience)
  2. Multiple revenue streams (classes, affiliates, downloads, ads, memberships, etc.—here are 17 ideas of how to monetize your blog)
  3. A well maintained email list (not only is it a way to connect more deeply, but it has serious sales potential)
  4. A recognizable + attractive brand identity (I’d say it’s impossible to stand out without this—the marketplace is crowded)
  5. A true understanding of your audience (get to know your readers so you will know what to write for them + how to attract them)
  6. A maintained social media presence (your audience will want to connect in their preferred format, so be available)
  7. A simple services/products page (with an easy-to-use mobile checkout system)
  8. Quality imagery (because not only will you keep people on your blog longer, but Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook will be more effective for your brand with high-quality images)
  9. A tailored tone (that works for your audience, makes them comfortable, and inspires them to action)
  10. Quality responses (to blog comments, on social media platforms, and to any emails or other contact; this is invaluable for gaining clients and increasing social sharing)

Now that you know almost everything there is to know about my business history (sorry not sorry for the long post) and tips for getting started . . . do you have any specific questions?

If you already got started, or have been doing this work for a while now, what would you tell your past self or anyone who hasn’t started yet but wants so?

Photo of me: (c) Drew Elaine Photography

  1. Regina- I think this is my favorite post you’ve ever written! I too have had the problem of turning everything I like into “The New Business”. Everyone who hasn’t seen me for a while has to ask, “So what are you doing now?” because they assume that it’s changed (and they’re usually right).

    When it became a running joke between me and my boyfriend that I collect domain names, I realized I needed to make a change. I’m proud to say that I only have 2 blogs now! (That’s a huge step for me!)

    It’s a relief to hear that you spend so long creating content because it shows. You’ve inspired me to take my time today and write until my fingers hurt!


    1. Margo, thank you so much. That’s such a sweet thing to say, and so encouraging. I’m glad you can relate. P.S. I collect domain names as well. Two blogs is a huge step, and I love your two blogs. I can tell you really think about what you write and that you care about what you write.

      Thank you for reading this (long) post. I appreciate your time and your comment.

  2. I love your honesty , this is my new favorite post ,despite so many useful posts of yours , this article really upped my spirit just boughty my domain name and hosting package , can wait to blog I second with you , That feeling always creeps in me that will people like it , is this idea good , ah people know it already u don’t need to wage ur time and all , but we need to try ,stay positive and don’t wait for what we name it “the right opportunity ”

    Love you Regina
    Btw I am new and I’m already in love with ur blog

    1. Marwa, first, I love your name. It’s awesome. Second, thank you, thank you for your thoughtful, encouraging comment. To hear that it “upped” your spirit is amazing.

      Congrats on getting your domain name and hosting. Please come back and share the link to your blog if you think about it. I’d love to check it out.

      I agree with you exactly Marwa, we can’t wait for “the right” moment. We have to make the right moment. I appreciate that you took time to read this today and to leave some genuine thoughts. Thank you.

      1. Thanks for your concern i will surely share my website in one of your future posts because it is literally empty as i just got it.

        I have read many articles ,but this post is special one and is a “must comment”

        Also i love your about page <3 what an introduction, showed it to my bestie

        Btw I just saw my previous comment and its filled with typos ,sorry for that!!

        Have a good day 🙂

      2. I found your blog on Pinterest and have been coming across your blog more and more. Every time I think, “oh I like that image”, or “oh, that’s a catchy headline” I click and voila–back to you! Thank you for being encouraging, but realistic, and showing both the complex and simplicities of being a blogger. I’m about to embark on quite the journey of devoting my life to my blog for young adults with Arthritis. It’s a small niche, but I’m going to use my graphic design degree to rebrand the outlook on the disease. You sharing your journey gives me a glimpse of what it’s actually going to be like in the beginning and what I need to do to become financially stable. I truly love your brand, blog, and your tone!

        Thank you so much,
        -Jill Tague

  3. Regina, this is an awesome post, like the best motivating speech either ! It is so passionate, so authentic and as usual with you, so full of great tips. I am going to print it, paste it on my home office wall and look at it every time I blog !

    Love your idea about spending 90 days creating the best content. I am certainly going to try to apply this when I’m back from my wedding in November.

    You are doing all the right things and this is why it’s paying off: you are showing who you are, not hiding the tough moments and on top of that giving the right info at the right moment to us.

    many thanks !

    1. Stephanie, yay! You are so sweet. Thank you for your comment. From your blog, I can tell you take your words seriously, so I appreciate what you have to say.

      Oh, and wedding? Congratulations Stephanie! Please email me if you think of something I may be able to do to help with your blog/promotion when you get back.

      Thank you again for your encouraging compliment. Knowing that you can connect with my story makes it worth telling.

      1. Interesting what you say about “taking my words seriously”, I’ll try to learn from you and be more light-hearted 😉

        and of course meant “best motivating speech EVER” !! Sorry for the typo.

  4. This is amazing and do have a question. As I am a newbie, #2 is what I’m weary about. Because I don’t have high traffic yet, how can I start making money? Are ads the best way initially? Then move to affiliate programs? I’ve thought of placing ads on other people’s sites (like yours) to gain readership and test it out. Then I have the numbers to prove to reach to affiliate programs. As I finalize my blog, I feel I still need first steps on how to make money especially when I’m starting out. Any advice is appreciated. LOVE LOVE your site.

    1. Maritza, I truly enjoy hearing from you on the blog and on Twitter. You are such a lovely person. Thank you for taking the time to help + encourage me so well.

      In answer to your question about monetizing your blog: When growing your traffic, I think the best ways to monetize are the ones that don’t depend as much on high traffic numbers. Since (pay per view or pay per click–PPV or PPC) ads really only start to be effective once lots of people are seeing and clicking on them, I don’t recommend them as your first way of monetizing–in fact, I still don’t use ads.

      Instead, I’d recommend giving your engaged audience (at whatever size) useful tips and tricks in the form of affiliate links (I think you have the right idea there), sponsored posts with brands that match your message, and (my favorite) low-priced products that people can purchase. You have a unique voice + presence in the online community Maritza. As a PR person, I’m sure you also get how inspiring your story can be to other people (people of color and otherwise). Do you have any product ideas related to your content that you could spend a month focusing on? I think that’s a beautiful, simple way to share your expertise, reenforce the idea that you are indeed an expert, and make some initial money.

      If you’ve ever read my post on 10 Non-icky Ways to Make Money Blogging, then I’d recommend 4, 6, 5+3, 10, in that order to you. Please let me know if this answers your question. Thank you, thank you for your comment and your time today Maritza.

    #2 (in my nicest voice possible) Can I please read Fat Man Bob?
    #3 I can relate sooo much to the “problem” pointer-outers. I get the same comments and it almost always makes me feel a bit scattered. Especially when people say you should only do one thing. I hate people putting limits on me, on my dreams. I don’t hate many things but that dang near…nope definitely enrages me.
    #4 Love this Quote “…if it was easy, it would be an insult to your creativity”
    #5 Step #1 …thank you for that reminder
    #6 Entire post…thank you

    What’s been holding me back? I think all you listed in #6. “ Will it be useful?” is a big one for me because that is my main goal – to inspire and help.

    1. Candace, thank you for taking the time to read this. And HA! As soon as I find Fat Man Bob’s 3.5″ diskette, and a computer that can still read diskettes, I will certainly send it to you. I can’t even remember if he was the protagonist or antagonist of the story, but my mom still says it was amazing–thanks Mom!

      #3—Exxxxxactly. But, maybe you’ve noticed this too, the problem pointer outers are usually the people who are not even doing 1 thing, or they are only half-tailing it and wondering why it doesn’t work. Out of their high concern for you (i.e. jealousy), they advise you to go about your life or business in a certain way. Umm, thanks, but shut up. [Sorry, I just feel like certain people do so much more damage than good with their “insight”–I even had a close friend tell me this post was too heavy for people, it made me scared to publish it.] From common sense, and from knowing you, I can confidently say that your dreams are way too important for other people’s limits. I’m glad you choose + fight to create regardless.

      The “Will it be useful?” question is a difficult one to overcome. I think it helps to realize that a lot of times, your past self is your target audience. If your current self dreamt it up and enjoys it, it’s likely that your past self can benefit from it. Anyone who is going through the same struggles as your past self will benefit from it. Also, your creations will naturally find their way to entirely new audiences you might not have even realized need you.

      I hope I’m making sense. Anyhow, I love you. Thank you for the encouragement today.

      1. “I think it helps to realize that a lot of times, your past self is your target audience. If your current self dreamt it up and enjoys it, it’s likely that your past self can benefit from it. Anyone who is going through the same struggles as your past self will benefit from it.”

        Wow. Pertinent and poignant. I think I’ll ‘posterise’ it an put it on the wall by my desk.

        This is a great way for anyone to connect with (or be reminded of) their ‘why’. Thank you Regina!

      2. Regina, I just stumbled upon your site through Pinterest. Very interesting and informatve. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of it. I like the comment about not letting others make our dreams small. I think part of my issue is the whole focus thing. I’m interested in many things and I’m not sure how to make money on my main passion. This reply is already too long so I’ll end here. Thanks for your inspiration! Peace!

  6. Excellent insight Reg. I appreciate posts like this and the quotes you have been posting because they are permission givers. Some of us just need to see someone else do it and you re a great example for that.

  7. Thank you so much Regina! Wonderful blog! I’m not feeling quite as alone in my brand building journey thanks to you & your fantastic blog! Many Many thanks!

    1. Jen, thank you for reading this post and leaving a comment. You are definitely not alone in the journey. I think all of our journeys have their unique strangeness to them as well as the common struggles and I’m glad we can connect.

      Also, you shop is beautiful. I just bought the Pineapple & Papaya Exfoliating Masque. I hope I did that correctly because I accidentally exited after the PayPal confirmation without redirecting to your site. Ha. The Internet still confuses me sometimes.

      1. Thank you so much for the kind words Regina! Your work is a real inspiration:) Thank you for your order, fantastic product & it is on it’s way to you. Enjoy & I look forward to all of your writings! xo

  8. This is by far my favorite post of yours. We have similar backgrounds of starting with computers at a young age. And I have a serious problem with starting a project and never finishing. This post gave me a ton of motivation and ideas.

    Thank you <3 I absolutely adore your blog!

    1. Stephanie, wow, thank you. And ha, computer twins. It certainly shapes your obsession to start so young. P.S. You have one of the funniest sidebar sentences ever, “My goal is to help you in the art of adulting, or at least tricking people into believing you’re an adult.” << I do this all the time. I keep on putting off learning how to be a grownup. I'm such a procrastinator. I appreciate that you took the time to read this post. Glad it made sense. Thank you for the comment.

  9. I love, love, love reading about other peoples journeys, and yours is so inspiring! Did I mention I love hearing other peoples stories?
    Thank you Regina for kicking booty, doing what you love and helping us all out by sharing your wealth of knowledge! Tis a pleasure to know you and be known by you, friend!

    Loved this post and congratulations on #winning so good! Its only gunna keep going up from here!

    1. Jon, your story is great too. I was just sharing a bit in the comments with sweet Kate who is deciding whether or not to go to school or build her design business without formal training.

      Thank you for coming by to read the post today, and being bold enough to be the only gentleman who has commented thus far. You’re the best. I’m glad we’re friends. Friends who need to catch up. Friends who need a Skype sesh.

      1. I do rather feel like a single testosterone cell floating in a sea of estrogen. Its how it happens sometimes. haha!
        Skype sesh soon! Im just gunna block off every day for the next month till you have a sliver of time available 😉

  10. Very valuable information. I am still establishing my brand, and love how you referred that your prior experiences led you to what it is now. Question though, if you are getting traffic on a series of posts you don’t love, do you continue them or let them fade away and hope people stay?

    1. Julie, thank you for checking out this post and for your comment. I think you have a great question. I’d approach it one of the following ways (neither of which involve continuing it):

      (1) Wrap the series up and make a digital product out of it. You could combine the posts into a short eBook (which you could sell or give away or use for signups for your email list–provided the topics are related to your current brand) or a weekly planner/devotional, or a course (depending on the original type of content).

      (2) Morph the series into something more related to your current direction. Let’s say it was a series on healthy foods and you’ve grown tired of writing about that. Perhaps use some of the same wording, but introduce the transition to taking about healthy relationships, and hint at how you’ll talk about a healthy home in the future. Almost as if you always meant for the first series to be a limited-time thing that grows into other things. That’s probably not the best example, but I think you probably get where I’m going.

      The only thing I wouldn’t recommend is continuing. Your passion for something new, something that is a better fit, will show through in your writing and will attract the right audience as you continue to socialize online and help others through your wonderful (hostess) heart. If people don’t stay, their not your ideal audience, however, transitioning the series into something else that you can build of high quality may help those people stick around and get even more invested in your brand.

      I hope this helps and answers your question. Please let me know if not. Thank you again Julie.

  11. Regina, I just have to say that you are wonderful and I’m so happy the universe lead me to your blog. I appreciate you, your content and you’re amazing style. Thanks!

    1. Sara, I’m happy the Interweb universe has led you here too. Thank you for your truly lovely comment. It really has made me smile. I appreciate your time Sara.

  12. Seriously great post! I have a question. I am a teen, and I am obsessed with business. I know that I want to blog and design full time, but I’m not sure if I should go to college and get a degree or just take more coding and design classes and jump right into my own business. Another thing about me is I change my mind often. I’m afraid that I’ll go ahead and start a biz, then get bored, and won’t have a degree to help me get a “real” job. Any advice? Do you think going to college is worth it?

    1. Kate, thank you so much for your comment and your excellent question. I’ve never regretted my time in school even though I don’t ever plan to have a “real job” again, and I was still in school while I worked my other “real jobs” so technically a degree didn’t help me land them. However, I was just drafting a post with the text below. In general, I’ll say, you can always build your business while in school (check out for someone else who did that), and if you end up changing your mind on either one, you’ll have the other to “fall back” to as you readjust your plan.

      Excerpt from a draft post:

      “When you’re building your own thing, your degree usually doesn’t mean much to people. Please don’t get mad at me on this one. I mean, I went the college route too. But I gotta be honest, unless your degree is required for what you’re doing (architects, lawyers, etc.), most people will never even ask if/where you went to college. You get to create your own reputation based on your stunning personality and content. I do not regret my time in school, I’m just pointing out that almost anything can be learned outside of school. Starting your business before school, or during school, or instead of school, or way after school are all viable options my friends.”

      Jon King of is one of my friends who went the school route for design, and he says he loved the structure and the way school actually helped him self-study more. It’s such a toss up though Kate because you can learn everything you need to know on your own. It really is a personal decision, and typically when I can’t decide, I try both at the same time to see what feels right, or maybe they’re both actually right.

      Sorry my response is so scattered, it’s just that I don’t think there is one right answer. Again, I’ve never regretted school and just because you start down a path, doesn’t mean you have to finish it. You have the permission to change your mind!

    2. Oh, and I meant to say I love your blog. It’s beautiful. You are light years ahead of anyone else I know your age. However, another person in a similar field/position/age that you might want to check out is Sierra Elmore of Thanks again for your comment.

      1. Thank you so much, Regina! This really helps. And this post has inspired me to just jump in and start building my design business again. I know that sometimes college is a great fit for some, and not so much for others. I think what I’ll do is take some classes (there’s a design school I’ve been looking into) and then decide from there where I want to go.

        Thank you for taking the time to reply! I really appreciate it. 🙂

    3. Im gunna chime in cuz I was mentioned!
      I loved school and I was blessed to have picked the perfect school and program for me. The cool thing is like regina said you can do both at the same time. Maybe they are both right for you. Or maybe you will realize you don’t really like school (or) you aren’t ready to teach yourself professional level design skills. Either way its not a waste of time. You will learn from both. Its life. And its awesome!

      1. Thank you for your input! I definitely have a few things to think about. In the meantime, I’ll be doing what I can for now – blogging like a crazy person and finally getting my design shop up again. Who knows? Maybe I’ll be a full time blogger/designer before I get to college!

    4. Hi Kate! I noticed Regina mentioned me here, so I just wanted to jump in on this great conversation!

      So, school is obviously not for everyone, but one thing I noticed my peers going through in college was that some of them had picked a major that they ended up changing out of because they realized that they just didn’t enjoy it. I had several friends who started with design, but swapped to a different area because they just didn’t feel like it was them. College is a great place to find out if this is something you’re really passionate about.

      However, as I mentioned, it’s not for everyone. It looks like you’ve got a few more years to think about things, so I’d recommend doing a little work on the side of school if you can to test out the waters. Running your own business is tough, I won’t lie to you. There are days when I want to just keep sleeping instead of tackle my to do list, but doing a little bit here and there will help give you an idea if it’s something you’re ready to take on.

      Also – I would totally recommend that you chat with Sierra (, who Regina also recommended! If I remember correctly, she’s going the college route, so maybe you could chat her up on how she came to that decision even after starting and running her own successful design business.

      Regardless of what you decide, just remember you’re still young and even though I say that, age really doesn’t matter. If you go to college, graduate and decide to start something, wait 30 years to launch your dreams, or get them going while you’re still in high school, all that matters is that you’re going after those things that keep you up at night! 🙂

    1. Kimber, wow. Thank you. Thanks for taking time to read it and to leave such a supportive comment. I appreciate that because I definitely had a close friend do the, “Ooooh, umm, this seems a little deep for the blog, doesn’t it?” thing. It had me holding off on this post. Ahhhh, fear.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Regina, I agree with everyone — this is by far my favorite post of yours. Thank you for sharing (1) how it took you time to zigzag into this but also (2) how many hours building a successful, exceptional brand/business really requires. It’s crazy, as I grow my own business I realize I’m starting to reach that tipping point where it’s clear that late nights and even earlier mornings are necessary to get to the next level. If I’m honest, this scared me at first. I was like “wow, this is going to take so much, can I really do this?!?” But reading your post has really inspired me that yes, not sleeping sucks, but it can be done and most of all, it’s WORTH IT! So thank you again for your transparency, Regina! You definitely deserve your success!

    1. Courtney, thank you so much for saying that. It’s extremely encouraging. I appreciate that you took the time to read this post.

      And yes, you’re right, the hours and the zigzag are real. However, I feel like it all frees us up to be more purposeful, and that our time spent early on keeps benefiting us, so that we’re not always (literally) losing sleep.

      It is scary, though. I think when it becomes normal to us, we’re in the wrong lane or we’re not growing. So pretty much, I expect us to always be a bit frightened on some level. But it’s the kind of fear that says, “I must push forward. I know what’s behind me, and there’s no way that’s all there is.”

      Thank you so much for your feedback. You’ve put it perfectly: It’s worth it!

  14. “You are not a fraud. You are simply fighting for who you know you are.”

    I think this was by far my favorite quote from this post. This is exactly where I am right now. As I start my own business, I have had my fair share of moments feeling like a “fraud” teaching others how to start a business, or how to organize their creative genius while I myself am still trying to organize mine. It can be really scary sometimes. But like you said, “The things that scare you are the things that you’ll build your legacy on.” I still use your mindset from a past post “fighting for your right” almost every day. I pick a specific action to fight for that day and gain confidence with each win. Even the “losses” are a lesson learned.

    Thank you for sharing your personal history. It these posts that I find the most inspiration from. I’m not alone in my pursuit of personal and professional happiness. There have been count less others who have been where I am and have achieved great things. Fortune favors the brave.

    1. Julie, thank you for saying that. Your words mean a lot to me. I’m so glad we get each other. That quote is where I am too, I think we always kind of exist in that space to some degree. Fighting for who you know you are. Fighting for what you know you’re here to do.

      I’m so glad you’ve been able to fight and overcome the fears enough to act. That’s what really counts. Due to your special way with design and words and life and people, there are certain creatives who will only receive their understanding and “permission” to go be great from you. No one needs a perfect example, we all just need a willing example who knows one smidgen more than we do, so we can learn something new.

      “Fortune favors the brave.” I love that Julie. Thank you for taking the time to always support and help me with comments like this, with your shares on social media, and your belief in me that I can literally feel come through your words. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  15. Oh Regina! Thank you so much for this blog post. Lately I’ve been allowing that voice in my head to speak loudly into my heart, telling me I’m a fraud…I’ll never make it….Quit now….Nothing will become of this. Your words were what I needed today. Definitely book marked this page to come back to when I need some encouragement or reminders. You’re awesome!!

    1. Lauren, thank you for your comment and transparency. I know those words and that voice that would have us believe our efforts aren’t worth it. ENEMY TALK.

      There are enough people and forces out there that don’t really want others to live out their purpose. But, I think, there are so many MORE people who need you to live out your purpose. When you think about them, I think it makes it worth it to try.

      Thank you for spending time here reading this post today Lauren. I appreciate your time + your share on Twitter.

  16. Another wonderful and inspiring post from you, and the comments are just as helpful as the post! Thank you for being you, and thank you for rebranding and catching my eye on Pinterest all those months ago.

    1. Cate, thank you so much. I love your genuine comment here and that you took time to read the comments. Everyone here has such valuable insight.

      I appreciate your sweet words. Thank you for spending your time reading + thanks for encouraging me while you’re at it.

  17. Regina,

    You amaze me more everyday. First, you’re just like me. I started using a computer at age 2 and self taught myself ALOT of web design stuff at age 12 and it got me far. Oh and I’ve half started at least a dozen businesses that never took off.

    BUT! You’re the most inspiring person out there. You write great stuff, give great advice, and just seem to have quite the story to tell.

    You’re the one that I just CANNOT wait to read more of! This is lovely and you continue to encourage and inspire my “blogging future”. I redid my business plan recently after my rebrand and I actively follow alot of your advice and I’m continually growing as a blogger.

    One day I’ll be working 100% at home and I’ll be giving you the biggest thanks. You’re a huge part of it.

    Thank you for wonderful pieces as this. 🙂

    1. Yay. I knew more of us existed in the world. And my mom informs me my story was factually incorrect and that I was probably 2 and 3, like you. Now we’re real twins. She says it’s how I learned to read. I don’t remember being 2 for some reason though.

      You’re amazing for teaching yourself web design at 12. That is way more epic than anything I’ve heard, but I feel you on the dozen businesses. It’s so funny how other people (who most of the time mean no harm) can have heavy words that weigh on us for a long time. I don’t know if it happened to you ever, but sometimes people can make us feel like something we’re doing is wrong. It’s not wrong, we’re just compiling our experiences and knowledge.

      I digress. I’m really excited about your rebrand. I’m glad you went out and did something that I’m guessing feels more like you. Love the fact that you did a new business plan as well. Do you feel like the time you spend planning is worth it? What is something you’ve done that you would now recommend to any blogger in your past position? Sorry for all the questions. I’m a super curious person, which you probably knew, because we’re a lot alike.

      I love the fact that you’ll be working from home 100% in the future. Thank you for sharing your actions + vision.

      1. I don’t actually remember it, I just know it’s what my mom told me. Haha. I’m someone who likes to study and learn on my own as opposed to ask questions and I just kinda “discovered” it one day. It was a process that took a very long time but the internet is a great place. Oh and I learned I’m not too bad at it, either!

        Oh I feel it! Some people can be so mean! Nobody took me seriously for a really long time because of all these different ideas I had. But all those taught me things. So it’s not all bad. Each failure will one day lead to a success anyway, right?

        Oh yes, this is way more me. By far. I’m loving it. I’m glad to hear I’m not just excited for myself though!

        Oh yes, keeping that business plan is well worth the time and effort I put into it! Even as I was writing it, I remember looking to my boyfriend and telling him that I was going to be redoing the social media section again in a couple months but it’s good to think. There was so much that was outdated as I’ve learned and some got me to rethink certain areas I hadn’t really touched on. Having an up to date business plan is really important, I think.

        Oh jeez, that’s a tough question. I guess I would say plan from the get go and don’t keep working your butt off. I have an entire binder for my blogging to keep me organized and since making that it has REALLY helped. I’m constantly implementing new income streams, new “big” ideas, etc. But it would be messy and all over the place if I wasn’t neatly planning it. Oh and never stop learning! Invest in your business. I’m already seeing some progress with the hard work, and while it’s VERY minimal, it’s encouraging to know this is not only what I want, but it’s working as well.

        I don’t mind the questions at all, I like sharing! 🙂

        It’s been my goal since I was like 8 years old, no lie. My grandfather owned his own business so I kinda just knew I wanted to work for myself. It took me a while to find out exactly what kind of business I wanted, but I’m getting there. And as I already said, I love sharing. The harder you work, the farther you get!

        Thank YOU for being my inspiration in all of this.

        1. I think you advice is perfect: “plan from the get go.” Planning builds excitement but also helps people take a realistic look at how much needs to be done. The only threat planning presents is the tendency to over-plan (me <<< I do this) and forget to just stop + create sometimes. Ha. Thank you again for your response and wise words.

  18. Great post, Regina! Loved your story on how you arrived where you are and particularly loved the breakdown of how taking time to write quality posts is a worthwhile investment. Really cool to see your Alexa rankings jump like crazy. Keep it rolling!

    1. Wes, thank you so much. There was a whole lot of zig zagging, but I have enjoyed it. As you practice with your videos and other creative work, time with the details really pays off.

      Thank you for taking time out to read this, and thanks for the encouragement, sir. I appreciate you.

  19. This is just the thing I needed to read. Lately I’ve been taking small steps towards doing “scary things” when it comes to my blog. It took me literally forever to start putting ads on the sidebar cause I thought it would be complicated or make my blog look cheap, etc. I finally did it and realized it was a lot easier than I was expecting and that 2 ads don’t take over the blog (20 would be a different matter all together). I need the reminder to get out of my comfort zone and do those scary things.

    1. Fiona, yay for scary things. Seriously. Doesn’t it just feel so much better once they’re done? Your sidebar is not at all overwhelming and it has some great stuff in it. I love the Instagram widget and the big, beautiful recent pins.

      So glad you’re stepping out of your comfort zone. Thank you for your comment. And I’m so happy I found your review of that “core” yoga DVD. I think I want to try it. I’ve been wanting more stuff I can do from home. I hope that’s an Amazon affiliate link you have in there because I’m seriously about to buy that DVD.

  20. This is such a lovely post, Regina. Sound advice written with such poise. I too have lots of interests and am working on building my own career, not just accepting a cookie-cutter career. It’s sure inspiring to hear how other people (like yourself!) have designed their own jobs around their talents and interests. It sure is scary, but the payoff is way better. There’s a quote in one of my favorite TEDtalks that says: “To accomplish great things, you need 1) a plan and 2) not quite enough time.” I need to get started right now if I’m going to make it through all your great advice in this post. Thanks for sharing something so personal. We all have so much to learn from each other. (And thank you, too, for sharing my cocktail guide!)

    1. Aww, Susannah, you really know how to use words well. I always love hearing from you (on Twitter and otherwise).

      And I’m really digging that quote you shared. #2 is the truth. Do you happen to remember what talk that is from? I’d love to check it out.

      Lastly, agreed. We all have so much to learn from each other. Your beautiful cocktail guide makes me want to create documents just as pretty + useful. Thanks for taking the bar that high. (See what I did there with the use of the word bar? Get it? It was an accident but I’m going with it.)

      Thank you for your comment.

      1. Sure! The quote comes from Meg Jay’s TEDtalk, “Why 20 is not the new 30.” There’s a lot of greatness in there, no matter your age. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do! (I listen to it often.)

        Let the record show that all of your documents are just as pretty and useful. Maybe we should combine our efforts sometime. Toasting to you from afar!

  21. Regina! Thank you so much for writing this. I’ve been battling with myself a lot lately and your post definitely was a kick in my backside and encouraging! My hubby was telling me to go to sleep last night and I was like “I can’t!” I’ve definitely come to terms with the fact that everything has prepared me for this although there is still a lot to learn, my experiences have helped shape me.

    Thank you for sharing the steps you’ve taken to get where you are AND for offering guidance and your time to answer questions.

    The thing that I’m battling with the most right now is when I do launch the consulting portion of my site, (and I’ve moved my time table up because it was fear that had it scheduled further out into the future), will people receive it the way I hope they will? I know that I’ve found my sweet spot because I love working on these services and I haven’t fluttered over to a new idea -everything is very cohesive now, I’m just afraid of failing I guess.

    Thank you again for the post! As always, love everything you’re doing!

    1. Keizra, thank you for taking the time to read this post. And thanks so much for your helpful comment about email list signups. I love that we can all help each other.

      I’m glad to hear you moved your time table up on launch. I completely get that fear and it’s excellent that you overcame it. It helps to be in tune with your reasons/thoughts. As soon as you identify something as fear, you have more power to make clear decisions.

      I feel the care you’ve put into your brand, newsletter, posts, and social media presence will definitely cause people to receive your services well. For you to be so clear on them definitely speaks to their “correctness” for your brand and audience. I literally can not wait to see them. Send me a link when they’re up, eh?

  22. I cannot begin to tell you how on-time this post was for me! As a blogger who started out on fire, I’ve been distracted and discouraged lately. This post is exactly what I needed to get back on track and feel EMPOWERED. Thank you so much for being so transparent!

    1. Deidre, thank you for your comment. It’s so meaningful to me. You are a friend and someone who has majorly inspired me and helped me with my blog. You shared my links before anyone had heard of me, you believed in me before I really believed in myself enough . . . thank you!

      I’m so happy you’re going to be producing even more content for your blog, which I love. Your audience is going to go crazy. Your words mean so much to a ton of women.

      You are very welcome for the transparency. I learned that one from you. Love you.

  23. This post is so helpful and inspirational! I love getting advice from bloggers who have “made it”, but I love even more that you told your story, and not just a list of tips! I do have a question, if you don’t mind – what are your suggestions for starting an email list? I read all the time that it’s important to have one, and it’s something I’ve been putting off because I worry that people just delete emails and I don’t know what to SAY in one anyway…do you have any tips on that?

    1. I have a list that’s beginning to grow. Your list is very much like blogging in the sense that it can take time and effort. I’ll share with you the the reasons why I think my list is beginning to grow now vs before when it sucked…it really did, I’ll just be real about it.

      So first, I rebranded my newsletter + made a really cool sign up page on my site that tells what my newsletter is and I recently added a sneak peak of what you would see inside the newsletter.

      I created an opt-in as a thank you for signing up to my newsletter.

      I created an editorial calendar of exclusive content.

      I made a schedule and I stick to it. I share something twice a month with my TDC crew.

      I include sign up forms at the end of some of my blog posts.

      I share newsletters every now + then on social, I ask people to subscribe.

      Very much like what you would do for your blog. And now I’ve set a goal to spend the rest of 2014 growing my list. Just create a calendar of exclusive content that you will share with only your email subscribers and get started! People will sign up + your list will grow. The people who do subscribe care about what you have to say, so they’ll be reading your emails.Then also think about what type of opt-in you can create. Like Susannah just created that home bar guide. I signed up for her list.

      1. Kiersten, I totally agree with Keizra. I once thought I didn’t have anything for an opt-in, so how would I grow my list? I created my Bar Guide after a friend suggested sharing a recipe book. I share a cocktail recipe on my blog every week, so the Bar Guide seemed like a natural progression for my brand. Go ahead an add your email sign-up page to your site, so you don’t miss out on any subscribers. Meanwhile, work on a relevant opt-in for your readers. Write a plan, make it and launch it! My opt-in has been live for less than a week, but I’m already seeing results. I used Regina’s 3-Day Create to help me with my guide, so maybe you should start there! Let me know how I can help. (And Keizra, thank you for your kind words!)

    2. Kiersten, I second both of these lovely ladies, so technically I guess I third them, but whatever. Thank you for your kind words; I was a bit nervous about this post but I’m glad it’s something common that we can all identify with to some level.

      About starting an email list:

      –As to not knowing what to say >> I think the tips and stories you share on your blog are exactly what people would want to hear more of in your emails. Maybe you could try one of two methods for a while:

      (1) Follow up on one of your more popular posts with a second part via email. If you find that a particular post was simple to write, hard to keep short, and was received well, then create 3 more tips, or tell a few more thoughts/moments of the story via email. It will still add value for your readers even if they’ve already read your post, but if they haven’t, it will cause them to be curious and click to read the original piece. Option 1 allows you to expand your writing and go more personal.

      (2) Create an entire extra blog post each month/week and instead of posting it, send it out as your email. This means that there are exclusive pieces of fun/thoughtful/useful content that people can only get if they opt to receive emails from you.

      My options above don’t include an opt-in freebie, but that is certainly an amazing option. I don’t use one on my blog because I find that the majority of the ones I’ve signed up for in life weren’t that great. I want people to really want to receive emails from me and to perhaps even be excited when they see the email because they know it will have something useful for them. I give a freebie or three in my first email to people, but I don’t advertise it. I’m sure 98% of marketers think I’m crazy, but it’s just my style for now. Feel free to explore what’s most comfortable to you. Susannah’s beautiful guide ( has definitely restored my faith in opt-in content. It is literally so impressive.

      General tips:
      –Start an editorial calendar for your emails if you decide to get serious about it. I think it really can help bring consistency to what you write, but it can also help you plan as much care into your emails as you do into your posts. [I completely agree with Keizra on this one.]

      –I don’t know if Disqus has a similar feature, but I use a plugin that makes it an option to sign up for my emails every time you leave a comment on my blog. This is where the majority of my signups come from. Generally, if someone is engaged enough to comment, they would at least consider your email list.

      –Treat your emails like posts, in that you design custom images for them, title them well, and speak in that great tone you have on your blog.

      –Write the emails regularly. I’m getting better at this. And I realized, sometimes you have to just force it << as you wisely say on your blog. The words your audience wants to hear will come as you create your emails consistently. Honestly, I think if you start with option 1 or 2 above, and just make the sign up obvious and available (and maybe even write an introductory post as to what people can expect through your emails), you will start to get your first signups and see how they respond to your emails and what extra value they perceive from them. And of course, to drive more signups, you can consider creating a valuable opt-in. Thank you for your great question. You're already such a comfortable and established presence, it's an honor that you left a question on this post.

  24. Man, there are always those people aren’t there? They think just because what you do hasn’t been done, that means it’s not a thing.

    It is a thing, just give me a second to get it all down on paper.

    Then once you’re successful they wonder how you got the ball rolling. Well, I got the ball rolling by pushing it up that massive hill, while you were pointing fingers.

    Geez, some people.

    Thanks for the post!

    1. Haha. First off, your nerd moment in this post is hilarious. Thank you for being awesome. And to keep in line with that post, I think a lot of what holds us back is letting other people’s words and opinions add to our storm. The whole “that’s not a real business” line of thinking can really mess creatives and dreamers up sometimes.

      And you’re right, once our harebrained (had to look it up to make sure I spelled it correctly) schemes actually work out, people want to know how to do it themselves. Ahh, humans.

      Thank you so much Adrienne for taking the time to read this rather lengthy post. I appreciate it. And thank you for your comment.

  25. This was totes amazing!! As a dreamer who is a creative and a lawyer (left and right brain are constantly warring), this spoke to me. I think what’s been holding me back is my inability to focus on anything for long enough to produce a product. I constantly have ideas and I like all of them and I want to do all of them at once. I remember most of your businesses from the list (shout out to Regina’s Cookie Company) and I always admired you for that; you would just go for it. I worry about focusing on the wrong idea and wasting years on something that I wasn’t supposed to do while another idea might have worked. I’ve sat with people who have told me I just have too many passions and not enough focus, which makes me second guess myself even more. So, this post really really helped me a lot. Any ideas on how to tackle the “focus” issue?

    1. Meagz, haha, so true you are all left + right brain all day. You are so amazing with that ability, but I bet it’s a lot for your brain.

      And yes, it’s funny. You were around in my life for probably all of those businesses. You obviously even helped me with design on some of them. Your creativity was very inspiring and it still is today. I think your ability to be both expressive and creatively passionate, but also rational, helpful, and logical is what will inspire and make a difference for a lot of people. I guess that’s why I feel so strongly about you getting your stuff out there.

      I don’t really think there is a way to focus on the wrong idea for too long. And even if you do spend time on your non-eventual idea, it truly is going to be something you can roll into your new thing in some way. I think the easiest ways that I’ve found to tackle the focus issue are in my recent email on procrastination and idea-switching and a post I wrote on creative flex. In general, my advice is to pick one of the things in your mind, perhaps the one that allows you to combine the most passions in one place, and run hard with that. If it doesn’t fit, it will become clear and you’ll be able to morph it, or just use it as a stepping stone.

      I really admire you and feel like your talents are such that it’s almost a responsibility to share them. And if it is indeed a duty, you’ll be able to tell if something is the right fit for you early on in the planning and execution. Of course, these are just my opinions from knowing you and being a lot like you in many ways, but you’re obviously way more qualified to speak on what’s right. I hope those articles help.

      Thank you for spending time reading + encouraging me.

  26. Oh. My. Gosh. Regina — I came to your site tonight because I was showing my friend an example of “imagery done right,” and quickly got sucked into this amazing post. So many takeaways, and so many nods of agreement as I consider the things that went through my head over this past year of solopreneurship (my first). I still wonder if I’m headed in the right direction on so many things — my blog, my services, my email list. Props to you for sharing your story, and for realizing the value of hard work. It’s people like you that make me so proud to be in this space!

    1. Sara, wow, I’m so happy you come to my site at all, but I really am honored that you were using it as an example. Thank you.

      Thank you also for reading this (kinda lengthy) post. I appreciate it. I love that you’re already a one-year veteran at this solopreneurship life. Awesome. I’m assuming you loved it because your site and services are fabulous. I bet sessions with you are fun + inspiring. Have you found that you want to switch up some of your packages after having offered them for a while?

      If you don’t mind another question, is there anything you’d definitely do differently if you had to start another business from zero tomorrow?

      And your compliment is so sweet and also makes perfect sense when applied to you. I’m so happy to share this space with people who put the type of care into their brand (and I’m sure work) as you do. Thank you for making us all look better Sara.

  27. YES to everything in this post! I’m a serial entrepreneur, too, and started 2 businesses before launching my current one (and one was a magazine. And there may or may not be another one on the way.). I love how even though it took you a while to find a combo that worked for you, when it hit you you RAN with it like an Olympic long-distance runner. Great post and tips, Regina.

    1. Sierra, you always amaze me. You have done so much (hey, twins on the magazine thing), and I have no doubt that you have more businesses and ideas to come. It’s so valuable that you’ve built a beautiful brand and online persona already. You’ll be able to use that for your future stuff.

      Thank you, thank you for your Olympic long-distance runner compliment. That’s the best ever, because in real life, I’m done after 4 miles. Ha.

      Thanks for the comment Sierra and for taking time to really read the post.

      1. Aww, thanks Regina! (Magazine buddies – to be honest, I kind of want to start another one for freelancers…). And running 4 miles? That’s an achievement in my book. I can only run for 30 seconds before getting tired 😉

  28. Awesome post! So not only have you kicked me in the butt (again) to keep going (and put in more hours… into the night) but you’ve also motivated me to hit the gym. That photo of you is HOT! I just thought I should point that out.

    1. Colleen, for some reason I find myself referring to you in my videos and interviews all the time. Today (I’ll send you the link when it’s available), I talked about your tweet on “writing like the voice inside your head.” You have so much wisdom and personality. I love that you are for some reason sweet enough and crazy enough to be nice to me . . .

      And hahaha on the photo. Thank you. I’m just trying to get healthy like some of these 70- or 80-year old people walking around Austin with abs like what and legs like SERIOUSLY? It baffles my mind.

  29. This post makes me so happy inside. I feel like, in a fun and very wonderful way, we are soul sisters. 🙂 I had such a similar background — and wrote so many “books” that to this day I have a weird callous on my finger from the pencil!

    I also can’t stand “regular jobs.” I remember one particular job where my employers were practically falling all over themselves when they hired me, were thrilled to give me immediate vacay time, and were always looking for ways to promote me/give me raises…and I STILL dreaded it so deeply that to this day I continue to have nightmares about working there. It was as “dream job” as you can get out there in corporate life and yet something inside me screams that I must. be. independent.

    I can’t imagine going back to that…”space.” So I keep on keepin’ on with what I’m doing. Yeah, it’s brutal some days. (Most days.) But the alternative? No way, not going there.

    Thank you, Regina. Not just for this post, but for everything you do: for me, for this community, for the “internet marketing” name. It’s a joy to know you and learn from you.

    1. Erika, ha, and your comment makes me happy inside. Thank you. I’m quite sure we are soul sisters. >> Which is why I won’t rest until we work on a super sweet project together.

      That’s so crazy about dreading even the most “dream job.” It really does speak to the fact (IMO) that some people are just built for this creative entrepreneur life.

      I’m so glad we are together in this. You class up Interweb marketing + socializing. I appreciate your lovely compliment and I’m happy to learn from you too.

    1. Suné, thank you for taking the time to read this. I appreciate your comment + that you like that quote. I believe it so hard!

      P.S. Your header/tagline makes me happy: “Add some butter: because sometimes less is not more.” Ha. On Monday I’m adding a post for which I took a picture in front of Austin’s famed “You’re my butter half” wall, so I’ve been editing the pics a ton today . . . and ALL I want is butter. I have a feeling I will enjoy the recipes on your site. Fettuccine and brussels sprouts? Genius.

  30. Oh how I wish there was a video response section to this blog post to capture my ecstatic facial expression! This blog post is by far the best post I’ve read all year. Your honesty, transparency, and attention to detail is what makes your brand AMAZING!
    You have inspired me more this week than I’ve been inspired all month. Thanks for helping me to get out of my rut and stop being such a chicken when rolling out new ideas!

    1. Eve, okay this is so random, but your recent Instagram image has me laughing so hard. I was a bit slow with the joke, which made it even funnier when I finally caught up. Moving on:

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I’ll will look into instituting a video response section just for you, because I want to see the expression. You’re really so kind with your lovely words. I’m glad this post helped inspire you.

      I can’t wait to see these new ideas you roll out. Thank you for taking the time to comment Eve.

    1. Haha. Because I did write it just for you . . . you have one of my favorite, super purty blogs after all.

      Thank you for taking some time to check it out and to encourage me with a sweet comment. I appreciate you Michaela.

  31. Thanks for a terrific post, Regina – so much great motivation and food for thought. And some great reassurance that I’m not the only one that feels like I’m faking it! (I know this isn’t a unique feeling, but still, it’s great to hear someone like you voice that).

    Step 3 really really REALLY hits home to me right now and as why I’m tripped up and feeling really stuck and immobile. I can’t seem to visualize how all the different parts of me can be unified into a BUSINESS brand (key word business of course!).

    I’m taking your course now and really enjoying it – you’ve done an amazing job with the content. I just wish I had a better idea of my brand so I could apply it more in the course. But the fact remains that your course is fabulous.

    Keep up the great work!

    1. Oooh, Susan, I love the addition of your Ten Creative Ways to Connect as a Family (PDF Guide) in your sidebar. I hadn’t seen that yet (sorry if I’m super late to the party).

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, but also for making time to comment and motivate me. Haha. You are definitely not the only one who feels a little “fake it ’til you make it.”

      What are the different components that you’re trying to combine or make sense of for your BUSINESS?

      Also, thank you, thank you for your sweet comment about the social media eKit. I want to hear more about your brand so that you can get the ultimate value out of your time in the course. Did you get the new Twitter lesson?

      Thanks again for coming by Susan. I really appreciate it.

  32. I really can’t even begin to say thank you enough for this post, nor can I sing you enough praise Reg for just being here in the cyber realms. Fighting for what we know we are worth…I mean, THAT’S it! That’s what drives me everyday, to the point of obsession, and I know that’s what keeps us all going. It IS a fight. It’s almost a fight for our lives, maybe not only physical ( although that is a huge element of course) but on every level. Telling people how we can be of service to the world, how we are relevant and have purpose.

    I am sooo grateful for Naomi sharing your blog with me ( what seems like months ago) and am deeply happy to see you kicking arse with your blog based biz. Like TMNT rerun, playing Secret of Mana all day long kindof happy.

    Thank you, thank you

    1. First, on a completely business note, I bought some TMNT gummy snacks at the store today and thought of you. Specifically, that you would, as an adult, eat some with me and drink a few beers, unashamed. Moving along:

      Thank you so much for taking time to say such lovely things. I’m incredibly encouraged and inspired by you regularly, but you still made time to comment on this post. That means a lot to me.

      I’m super grateful to Naomi as well. I can’t imagine not knowing you now. You’re great; and I agree with your feeling of being driven almost to the point of obsession. If we lived in the same town, we would have such epic and crazy projects that we created together. We definitely have to work together on something in the future, yes?

    1. Laina, I think we just might have been separated at birth because your sidebar picture? Pure awesome. P.S. Lana Turner is one of my favorite actresses (hello Postman Always Rings Twice), so Laina Turner makes sense as one of my favorite bloggers . . . nice to meet you.

      Thank you for taking time to read this post and to leave a comment. It makes it possible for me to Twitter stalk now, one of my favorite pastimes.

  33. Regina, this is such a great post! I am currently at the place where I am defining who I am as a blogger and really honing in on what my blog is, who my reader is, and what I want people to think when they hear Style Honestly. (We’ve emailed about this before) Focusing has been difficult for me. Branding myself has been (and is) difficult for me. Grrr… One step at a time.

    I cannot tell you how much your blog posts has helped/inspired/focused me. Now I’m just being patient as I continue to work on my identity.

    1. Tiffany, I love the new sidebar picture and main home page images. Your visuals are soooo great. All the work you’re doing on defining, honing, planning your brand, and being awesome . . . totally working. You’re right that it is a step-by-step thing. It felt VERY FREAKING frustrating for me as well, but I like that you’re just sticking with it and being faithful with all the steps it takes.

      Thank you for your encouragement. I’m so honored to know that some of my posts have helped with focus/inspiration.

  34. Regina, I just want to thank you for this particular post and for all your work in general. I’m a full time blogger and blogging teacher/consultant, too, so I’ve come to many of these conclusions on my own, but some things should be constantly repeated till they reach your brain 🙂

    I deeply respect your approach to your me brand, I admire how persistent you are and how high you hold the bar and how you never go below it. And not being too serious about yourself and too perfect, and above your audience is like a cherry on top of your pie.

    Since I started blogging, I try to really say what I feel to other bloggers, as I know, how much it means and how unfairly rare it happens, so I should totally comment you more often 🙂

    1. Marina, I soooooo wish I could read your blog. Your pictures are amazing, you’re beautiful, and you’re one of those amazing people who speaks more than one language. I think I love your life. Though I can’t read your writings, I can follow along with your image life on Instagram, yay. Everything you do has such quality to it.

      Thank you for taking time to read + to comment. As a full-time blogger, I’m assuming your pretty busy, so it’s an honor you spent some of your time here. It really does mean a lot.

    1. Haha, you had to know we were gonna have more than a few things in common, right? And yes, thank you, I want to blog a bit more often now that the eKit is out. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. That was a sweet thing to say. Thank you for taking time to comment Erika.

  35. You break it down so well! I’m just like you — I have so many passions and so many things that I love, but they are all so different that I don’t see how I can bring them together. So I usually have way too many projects going on at once and they all suffer. I’m glad you figured out how to put them all together and make it YOU!

    1. Tanea, #1: your blog is beautiful (which makes sense being that you’re a designer and all, but still!). Second, thank you for taking time to read this and to comment. You’re also so lovely to link to this post from your recent post. I appreciate that.

      What other passions are you considering combining in right now? I love hearing about the things that interest + drive creatives like us.

      Thank you again for your comment.

      1. Thanks so much 🙂

        My biggest passion is entertainment — music, movies, celebrities, books and tv shows. But I also really love design, blogging, business and some other stuff. As you can see, it can be difficult because those are two different crowds that usually don’t relate at all.

    1. Vee, I love your personality-full sidebar photo on your blog. I feel like we would totally get along. Plus, you know Courtney ( and I simply love everything about that woman.

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving an encouraging comment. Also, question, is your first name Vashti and nickname Vee?

      1. Hey Regina,
        Thank you so much. Yes, Vashti is my first name. Vee is easier for most people because they have a hard time pronouncing Vashti 🙂
        Yes, I love Courtney too. So excited to be part of her upcoming event.

  36. Thanks so much for writing this. We are in the process of monetizing our five year old blog and you hit the nail on the head We always felt so goofy trying to explain to other people what we ‘do’ and it’s been a major struggle for us. I think we’ve just gotten over the hump and ironed it out. (We have two different business parts, one commercial photography and the second creating content and editing our blog.) We were living in two different worlds and finally found a way to combine them. Anyway, thanks for the great post!

    1. Susan, first off, anyone who has their own burger (named after the family: The Brinson Burger) is seriously epic in my book. Y’all have a truly beautiful blog and ridiculous portfolio. Forewarning: I will be stalking following closely along with your online lives now. Moving on:

      Yay for ironing out that hump. It can be quite frustrating, but I’m so glad y’all stuck with it because your work is stellar. Thank you so much for not only taking the time to read, but taking the time to comment + compliment. I appreciate you Susan.

  37. Ugh. You’re just so amazing. THANK YOU for serving your readers the way you do. I don’t even remember how I found you but I love you. Too much? Sorry. But you are inspiring me with all these words you’re writing and I’m so excited. No more excuses!!

    1. Joy, wow, you’ve really made me feel so appreciated + honored with your comment about “serving” the people who read this blog. Thank you.

      I’m glad you’re inspired and I’m glad the Interweb led you here.

      Ha, and no, that’s not too much >> I’m loving me some you as well; your about page is such a sweet, real look at you. Awesome.

  38. I need focus.

    I often start a ton of projects and only finish a few. There are so many new things that interest me on top of my wealth of unfinished projects. I think I need to rebrand [again] and focus. I have to commit to making it my own without jumping on trends.

    1. Reginia, I feel you. I promise. I was reading your recent post and how you feel about your current name. I don’t know the perfect answer, but I do know that when I changed my brand name I felt SO much better about creating content, and creating it more regularly.

      Do you have a weekend you could perhaps staycation and knock out a quick business plan? I love your writing voice and really hope you decide on a brand that works well for you + gets you excited.

  39. Oh my sweet goodness…I’m in heaven right now. Your posts are beyond inspirational, and so incredibly helpful! Keep on keepin’ on girl. I’m def subscribing to this pool of cool.

    1. Tabitha, haha, thank you. I love your sweet comment. I also love your mock tuna salad recipe. I don’t eat any mayonnaise, which is what everyone puts in their tuna salad, so I’d been looking for alternatives. I made some with hummus not too long ago, but I love your completely vegan option with the fried chick peas. WILL be trying this.

      But back to how great you are: thank you for stopping by and taking time to comment.

  40. I just wanted to say thanks for writing this post! I am VERY new to the blogging world and I’m trying to soak up as much information as I can. So this article is now pinned and I will be reading through more of your posts. Please continue to share all the information you have!!

    Thanks so much!!


    1. Jo, thank you for reading this post and for taking the time to comment. Welcome to the blogosphere. Glad you’re here . . . I was reading your “How I Went Paleo” post and I think that’s such a smart approach. There are definitely times when I need to not “cold turkey” things. If I try that at the wrong time, I’ll end up getting frustrated and binging on whatever I cut out. This usually happens in the form of work vs. taking time off to watch Netflix, but it also happens with desserts and things like that. I need to ease myself in and do things in moderation. Moving on . . .

      I appreciate that you came by. Thank you again for your comment Jo.

  41. I love reading about how bloggers got to where they are. I always feel like I’m an idea person and start to implement a couple things, but feel like they won’t pan out. It is encouraging to see your process. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

    1. Haley, thank you for taking time to read this story and for your comment. I’m convinced we would get along in real life because I’m an idea person, just like you, and because your about page + blog show you as a lovely person. Also, I’m obsessed with gold.

      Thanks again for stopping by. I appreciate your comment.

  42. Regina, THANK YOU for this post!! I have to agree with everyone this post is by far my absolute favorite post on your site. I am an entrepreneur & blogger and sometimes the journey gets overwhelming because it seems like there is SO much to do. Thank you for sharing your story, it’s just what I needed. I love when bloggers/business owners share their journey with their wins and challenges. It helps me connect with them and inspire me to keep pushing.

    1. Siobhan, you are so great for your lovely comment. Thank you. And I completely agree, “overwhelming” is the right word for how it gets. There really is so much to do. And I think the only way to make sense of it all and grow your brand is to do what you’re doing, a bit more each day. You’re blogging regularly and just knocking things out.

      I think the problem comes in when we look at all there is to do (which will always be there) and get discouraged then decide to do nothing. Sometimes we don’t even realize that we’re “deciding to do nothing” because we just slowly shut off and become ineffective. I’m glad to connect with people like you on the Interweb who choose action. It’s like you said in your Getting out of my comfort zone post, there is a vision and purpose bigger than us.

      Thank you again for your comment.

    1. Renee, you are too good to me, for real. Thank you for reading this story, and happy mini Blogiversary. That IS a cause for celebration.

      I appreciate that you took some time out of your day to comment.

  43. Regina! I am pretty sure you wrote #3 just for me. I’m stuck in figuring out “what specific thing I have to offer” that will see blog success – aka breaking down my passions into brands vs. creating a ‘me’ brand. Epic post girl, keep ’em coming! (PS I just moved to San Antonio, we are practically neighbours now!)

    1. Leah, ha, first off, I have to say that I clicked on your name to visit your website and was confused when my browser was all “Umm, TBD doesn’t exist.” I was sloooooow to pick up on it. P.S. You’re funny for that.

      We are basically neighbors and I go there a lot to Riverwalk it and to get away and have workcations. Do you come up to Austin ever? We should grab a bevie of your choice and talk about these passions and branding. I’d enjoy hearing more about what you’re thinking. Just let me know if you’re open to that—Twitter is super if you’re on there.

  44. Thanks for this post!! This was very helpful and will be very usefull! I realize I didn’t quite plan enough before I started blogging, and your information is so helpful along the way. I disconnected for the day ( stopped all my social media, oh my!), and I am only creating content and reading byregina!

    I was looking at some of the things you offer, and I was interested in the bespoke blog planning or the blog lab. I can’t make any of your upcoming blog lab dates, but I’m wondering the real difference between the two. I assume the blog lab is more in-depth, but I’m not sure what product be useful for my blog, if I were to utilize them. Could you give a little more detail on the blogger that should use the bespoke planning versus the blog lab.

    Thanks so much! You’re awesome!

  45. Hey Regina! Thank you so much for writing such an inspiring and informative post. When I read your words, “You haven’t wasted your time. You have gained valuable knowledge.”, I took a sigh of relief! I’ve been slooowwly writing blog posts (mostly because I feared that no one would like my writing style.). But I’m throwing fear to the curb, and am ready to step up my pace with sharing more of my knowledge and expertise in this big blogosphere. Thanks for the motivation and encouragement! – Trisha

  46. Wow! I came here through a link in Pinterest, and found this post – amazing information! I have a couple of personal blogs which were set up really just for our friends eg. travel blog and the new home/property. Neither of them are active at the moment but I have been thinking about what I could do with them to earn an income. I have suffered from depression for many years (it is managed by medication and sheer hard work!) and I have discovered that I can no longer work in paid employment outside the home.

    A friend and I have started an online craft supplies business which I am LOVING and really enjoying. It’s wonderful to be awake at 2am and do some work then have a nap in the afternoon! I am also responsible for the business blog.

    The tips in this post have been fantastic and I plan to spend some of my ‘training time’ trawling through your blog for more gems.

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey and ideas.

  47. Hi Regina!

    I just wanted to thank you for this post. It’s amazing. I am building my own business and it’s hard work that is not yet paying off so I could really use the peptalk!

    I am Dutch so my website is in Dutch which makes it a bit harder because the audience is more limited but with social media, google, great and lots a free quality content, affiliates, my ebook, my services as a lifecoach and google adsense, it is going to be a succes I know it because it is my pasion! Love how you share your passion!

    Did you read the book ‘a four hour workweek’ from Timothy Ferris? I am reading it now and love it. I think you will love it too!

    Okay I don’t want to smother you with compliments 😉 but number 7 talking about the word ‘luck’ you touched my soul. People just throw around that word like I don’t work and get everything. Uhm excuse me that is not how owning a business works.

    Like you and your blog thank you!

    best regards,

  48. I recently came across your blog, and I seriously LOVE every post I’ve read so far. I plan to sit down and go through a bunch of them when I have time. 🙂

  49. Regina,

    I have just set up my own fully fledged blog, after years of playing around, deleting blogs and making new identity’s, I have finally settled down with one blog. I have just come across your site and I am in love! I feel like you really gave me the kick in the butt I needed, as I was a bit scared and anxious before, but now I am ready to tackle it head on! Just wanted to say thank you and show you some appreciation that you deserve!

    Much love,

  50. I identify so much with all of this. Thank you for the vulnerability and useful content. The line “You are not a fraud. You are simply fighting for who you know you are. ” was especially encouraging to me. Thank you.

  51. Thank you Regina,

    I’m slowly clicking through all your links and it’s all so helpful. As Im really wanting to pursue my blog as my career path as it’s something I look forward to doing every hour of the day as it’s my voice and the true me.

    Im also like you a little always have a billion ideas going through my head Ohh I could do this or start this or what if I made this.

    Thank you for sharing your tips and tricks you have learnt along the way


  52. Regina, wow you took the words right out of my mouth! I sometimes feel like I’m swimming in a sea of ideas so this post really resonated with me. I am also amazed (and not the slightest bit surprised given how passionate and dedicated you are) with how quickly you’ve been able to build your traffic base and build a huge community behind your”brand”. Stop trying to break your passions down into different businesses. Amen sister! This advice was very timely and am going to start to bookmark this page on how to implement some of your steps on how to build a profitable blog. Love it, thank you so much for sharing for your honesty and transparency, so proud of a fellow Longhorn!

  53. Hi Regina!
    I found you through your Daily and Weekly Business Tasks post (on Pinterest, so that shows it really does help!) and I’ve been scrolling through your blog whenever I get the chance.
    Thanks so much for making this information available. I run my own little paper goods business and spend a lot of time blogging/using social media, and your tips and tricks are helping me hone my brand.
    You’re lovely for doing this for other small business owners/bloggers, so thank you!

  54. Hi Regina,

    This post really resonates with me because, like so many others I want to do it all and want to make money doing it all. My business name is long because I wanted to incorporate everything into it and many times I feel like I should break the companies into two, but now I realize thats not the important part. I am looking a quarter century in the face and felt the need to focus on building my brand. I spend a lot of time building the brands of others, that mine is nonexistent. I have just moved back home with my parents and I am sitting in bed until my birthday and creating my brand identity and nothing else.

    Thanks for the motivation!

  55. Hello Regina,
    I came across your blog through a pin on Pinterest just about yesterday. And i’m so glad that I found this website. I haven’t gone through many of the posts but I’ve read few of them including this one & really they are so helpful especially this one. I am a newbie beauty and Fashion blogger but sadly didn’t got into many interactions yet so a proper guide is what I need. Your Blog is definitely my no. 1 inspiration from now on. I’ad really appreciate if you visit my blog & maybe just highlight any particular suggestion for me?
    Have a great day! :)xx

  56. “You are not a fraud. You are simply fighting for who you know you are.”

    Oh Regina, YES! Your writing is always so inspirational and helpful and every post is like a pep talk. I think fear and feeling like a fraud are what I struggle with most when blogging. Recently I’ve started to push myself out of my comfort zone but I second guess myself a lot. I will keep fighting though and push through. Thanks!

  57. It’s so encouraging to know there are people “like me” — I’m not alone and I can turn all the things I love into my “you brand”! I’m in love with this post and will tuck it away somewhere so I can read it again when I’m feeling discouraged or need to refocus. A million thanks!

  58. ThankYouThankYouThankYou! For your candor and honesty about your path…I haven’t read a true tale from someone that looks like me (young, well I am sure I am older than you, a woman, and dare I say it, of color) that went into the depths of sharing that they found themselves so multi-passionate as an entrepreneur that they, went in circles for a bit.

    I too have endured the same trials and tribulations. I know that my secret sauce is being a storyteller. But I’ve been billing myself as a Copywriter, and hating that (its like being a producer on a movie but getting no credit when the credits roll) sooooo, I have also tried my hand at being blogger for hire, proposal writer, resume writer, and even obituary writer (weird I know) but those too were like being a ghost.

    Therefore, for the past five years that I’ve been a freelance “writer for hire” insert = whatever someone will pay me to write, has left me depleted and underwhelmed BUT I have such a passion for story telling that I refuse to give up writing for a living…

    This monster post of yours has delivered some clarity for me. I had already been leaning towards just putting out a shingle that says “storyteller” and saying I only work for creative brands or brands that want to be creative with words…

    But I had been scared. Scared that I would not get the clients or projects because for once, I would have to start charging what I can deliver (chops and creativity) but I am tired of trying to be all things to all people.

    I so appreciate you being awesome blossom and sharing with us girl bosses what we can really empower ourselves to do when we focus, be on purpose, and get serious as HELLLLLLL….

  59. Regina,
    Thanks for teaching the “How to Start a Small Business in Texas” class today through the UT Informal Classes program. The content was great, but I think the best part was the discussion after class. Finding others who understand and relate to the passion of following one’s dreams was both enlightening and inspiring! The quote below from this blog is a perfect example of what I’m talking about…

    When I was finishing my first book (on how to start a business), I was sleeping on an air mattress with a slow leak. I’d start off the evening all comfy, and I’d end up the next morning sleeping on the floor. Also, my business income was at an all-time low with all the changes I was making. And I almost never slept.

    Thanks again for writing this inspiring blog (and the book!). The next time I fall asleep on the workshop floor too tired to go to bed, and wake up an hour later to work some more, I’ll remember your story!


  60. This was extremely helpful and motivating! I am also a person with so many interests and in August decided to refocus my blog and brand myself. I was hoping in using me and my name as my brand I could allow myself more opportunities to expand in different ways if I chose to.


  61. Thank you for your thorough posts! I can’t tell you how on-time this information is for me. I too am guilty of starting many things and sometimes all at once. I finally, with the help of a friend, decided that my blog and creating multiple sources of income from it are what I need to focus on. At first, I didn’t have a target audience but always felt I needed to find my niche. I already have two books in mind and they both are geared toward my now target audience so I said that’s it! Why keep fighting myself about that when it’s right. I guess at first I didn’t want to take up that audience even though I’m a part of it myself. Maybe deep down, some of it is shame. Anyway, don’t want to write a book here but do want to say thanks again! I can’t read your posts fast enough as I’ve just found you on Pinterest a few hours ago. I believe this is my time to really dive in creating content and finding you and a couple of other helpful entrepreneurs in a short amount of time varifies that for me. Oh, my now target audience is single parents. At first, I was trying to speak to mainly women but men too in general. Ready to put your tips into action! Very excited!

  62. Thank you so much for this post! Great quality info and inspiration. I forget that I am not alone in my creative ADD and working to reel it all in. That the reason I feel the need to really simplify makes sense and I am not on some random idea of the moment. Just thinking about it all makes my head hurt but I am so excited to finally be blogging and realize I can make an income from it. That I do not have to be perfect to get going and it does not make me less legit, it is a works in progress and that is okay. I am now really focusing on my business this year to make it happen!
    I needed this post today!

  63. OMG. REGINA. I have missed you sooooooooo much while I was traveling last month. It was an unexpected adventure, and one that had to happen – but now? I’m glad to be home and digging in to all of my Regina-ness goodies. OMG. OMG.

    I needed this post today. More than you know, I needed this post. I’m setting my 90 day timer. It is GO TIME.

  64. I’ve just revisited this post because I read it last night & it was the push I needed to finally launch a Kickstarter campaign I’ve wanted to do for ages. I love the idea of all my little interests (vlogging, books, education) coming together as a ‘me’ brand! I am desperately trying to up my readership & I now have a sticky note on my laptop reminding me that this may be the first post a potential new reader may see – I hope it helps! My blog seems to be a bit of everything, craft, opinions, lifestyle etc and so I don’t know what I could possibly write an ebook about or do workshops on – it’s making me worry that perhaps I can’t make a table career out of this 🙁

    Thank you for inspiring me every day!

  65. I’m so glad I came across your blog courtesy of The Style Medic on twitter. I’m not new to blogging but after taking on my first full time position in over 3 years after having my son, i knew I wanted to do this full time. I hate what I do but love the opportunity to share information whenever I can. And like you, my loves are all over the place but that’s what make me me. And you saying that it is all part of your brand just made me happy dance on the inside. I am thankful for bloggers like you who show us the way in being better. Thank you!!

  66. Hi Regina! I discovered you about a half hour ago on Pinterest, and I’m still hanging around on your blog:). Your writing style is super relatable and easy to follow- so thank you!
    Question for you- what program do you offer that you would say is the best place to start? By that I mean, I’m a girl who desperately wants out of retail management (that’s where we first connected) in order to start a for-profit blog, coaching program, ebooks, etc… By the way- big shout outs for the post I read about you sleeping on an air mattress while writing your “How To Start A Business” program. It rocked me and motivated me more than you will ever know!!
    Back to the question- I know NOTHING about any of this! I just know that I want to know and I want to do it, but where to start?! I’ve only ever used FB to post my personal thoughts and pictures. I’ve used Pinterest to pin recipes I might want to make and DIY projects I might try, but nothing I’m hoping to create traffic with. I don’t have a blog or a website (yet). When I read things about creating content and using graphics, I’m completely lost! Where do I start? Do you have a program for someone like me who knows absolutely nothing- the newest of newbies. I’m looking for a program that breaks everything down and assumes I know nothing!! What do you have available? Thanks so much!

  67. Thank You, Regina!

    I decided this morning, that this week, I will figure out how to monetize my blog….you know, the one that gets very few visits. The one I have spent over a year writing content. The one that I feel just as lost on, as day one.

    I opened your post today feeling defeated. I wonder if anyone gives a rip… Am I wasting my time and how is it others can succeed and not me. And what is this blank brain I seem to be having???? Am I burned out already?
    I pinned this post a few weeks ago and it was the first one I opened to read this morning. I ALMOST skipped it, thinking I had already read it!!!!

    I will check out the links in this post and see if I can find the direction I need. Thank you for your honesty and your example of perseverance. You’ve given me hope.


  68. This is the first time I have stumbled across your blog, and OH MY GOODNESS! Out of almost all of the other blogs I have looked at, I can completely relate to this one. I am trying to find “my brand” and start a blog of my own but I can’t seem to narrow it down enough. You made it seem like it’s okay to want to talk about beauty, food & beverage, and random interests/motivational posts under one name.
    Bottom line, I absolutely love this post (and the fact that you’re a ninja!). Thank you for this, it helped more than you know.

  69. Let me just say this, I love you. Really. You are so inspiring! Everytime I feel like giving up on blogging, on my wish to write about what matters to me without worrying about traffic and stuff. I have three blogs and it gets chaotic and there are times when I want to leave everything. But then I read one blog post by you, and I suddenly know what to do.
    You keep me motivated, give me directions. Thank you, so, so much. Truly. Please keep doing this, and my best wishes are always with you. If and when I start earning, I will find a way to pay you back for this. Bless you!

  70. This was such an amazing post to read!

    I am a blogger as well (my blog just turned 1 years old 2 weeks ago) and I really related to this. As creatives, we often are bubbling with 800 ideas or none at all! The magic of being a creative is that you can find a way to create your own brand.

    Your tips were so helpful to me as a “new” blogger and I hope to grow like you did! Thanks for sharing your expertise. If you’re ever in LA, I would love to profile you for the site.
    xo Nic

  71. What a great article. I have had a very similar experience with life. Including design and Dreamweaver. I am torn between design work, back end development, leathercrafting, photography, etc. I have too many interests and a wife and daughter to devote my time too as well. Oh yeah, that pesky full time job and hour commute every day is there as well.

    You are an inspiration. Thank you.

    Brad Harris

  72. Thank you so much for this post. I feel like I just got a huge pep talk 🙂 I’ve been working a lot more on my blog and now with the Christmas break I’m going to dish out some more posts. I love creating things and I feel a real connection with you. I also like to bake and create and I know C++ and am slowly getting back into graphic design. Your “you brand”, you know, I feel like I’ve finally hit it with Tiny Ray of Sunshine. I’ve been working on it more than any other blog I’ve ever tried and I just get so happy when I think of the name. Thanks again Regina, I hope to become friends! 😀

  73. Regina
    This post was amazing. So useful, so important,so brilliantly timed. I actually freaked out when you mentioned in one of the comments above that you almost didn’t post this due to someone else’s opinion! That would have been a travesty and no one else has a right to decide what is right to post except you. Look at all the people you have helped, and have connected with your words in this post. Phew! (not that we would have known if you had decided not to post!) ;0)
    You are swiftly becoming my go to resource, the blogging standard that I want to meet, the business focus and drive that I want to get back, and the knowledge that is massively useful! Your brand is the perfect example of how it should be done and your posts are instantly recognisable when they appear on feeds and I am gathering them all up and stashing them away like a squirrel for winter! I am a little bit in love with you already and found myself fan-girling as I read this great post. The fact that you still have doubts after all you have achieved and the amount of people that you have helped is jaw dropping. Thanks. Really thanks for taking the time and having the energy and give a damn attitude to do this. It really is appreciated, and I am one of those who gladly share your content when possible! Andrea

  74. Hi Regina! Just came across your blog via Pinterest somehow, and I have to say, this article speaks to me. I just got fired a couple days ago from my “day job” and although I am nervous, I feel this is finally the opportunity to blog full time that I’ve been waiting for! I make some with my blog now, but not as much as I was pulling in with my FT position. My husband and I may not be on the same page about how to proceed (he wants me to get another 9-to-5 and I want to try my hand at FT blogging/entrepreneurship). Your article gave me some ideas on what to focus on these next few months to really push my blog past its 100K pageview to hopefully 200K by the end of 2015: CONTENT.

    Thanks for the push!

    Serena @ Thrift Diving

  75. Hey Regina,

    You are simple awesome! Your sincerity is visible through the point you are trying to make and that’s the most important point I believe. Nothing Fake or a diluted!

    I have just started with blogging and I believe I should have done it a long time ago but I was afraid about failing. Good to see you at the top!

    Pranay P

  76. Regina-
    I have to say that this is THE best blog post about blogging and business that I’ve read, and I’ve read a lot! I was struggling with trying to do ALL of the things that I was interested in, taking the time to flesh it all out and then in the end, realize that it was just “one more” thing that I couldn’t fully realize for one reason or another. Thank you for helping me not to feel like I was wasting time. Now, after reading this, I can move forward with something solid. I’ve read quite a few of your posts, and can very much identify with nearly all of them! I appreciate what you do and thank you for being here!

  77. Must confess this post is really interesting. It was like I was sitting down and you were right here in my room lecturing me. I mean, it all got to me.

    I’m gonna start taking time to write contents now.
    Cos if people out there are making it, then success is me doing what needs to be done right.

    Thanks, Regina

  78. Hi,
    Just wanted to thank you for the inspiration. It can be hard and overwhelming sometimes, but I keep feeling that blogging is what I was supposed to do. But then I blog and it feels like no one is reading my blogs, or pinning my pins or tweeting my tweets and I start doubting myself again.

    I’m going to spend February writing my fingers off and giving it a big push. Your post inspired me to do so. So thanks!

  79. Gina! Never knew the full story around your road to the here and now! Very interesting read. I admire the courage you had to step out and make it happen for yourself and life. Dope!

  80. I found you from pinterest! I read one article, and somehow just kept reading almost everything on here and wow! Girl you’re amazing! I really love all your energy, your honesty, everything you wrote on this just made me feel like ‘what am I waiting for’.

    To be honest, I’ve been really wanting to start my own blog, and I have one already but just like you said, I’m not proud of it, part of it is the lack of computer knowledge I have, the other part is I have a new born and a toddler at home- always in my face LOL But I have to stop making excuses and I need to just take the plunge because if I wait like you said to be ready, I’m going to never going to get it done.

    I really want to, I have loads of things for mommies I want to share, and things I want to warn them about, things I want to celebrate with them; and sitting here hoping for the ideal time when the kids are older is just going to lead to regret.

    You are such an inspiration, and I’m so happy that I found you! Thank you Regina, you got me off my downward self pity spiral and out into a new Lazina- who isn’t going to just waste time making excuses, who’s going to go after making that darn blog and putting all my love into it! I don’t care if I make money from it at this point, but what I do want is for other moms who have been through difficult pregnancies and after birth to feel like they haven’t lost themselves after going through hardships. 😀

    And double thanks for reminding me that it being hard isn’t a good excuse either. If I want it and I have passion for it, I should go after it even if it’s hard, and even if it fails!


  81. Hello Regina!

    LOOOVE this post! My goodness it’s so inspiring and courageous to put everything out there of what you’ve gone through to get to this point. I love blogging and boy I did not even think it would be hard work. I totally feel you on the sleepless nights. I’ll have an idea and I MUST write. I truly appreciate the effort you put into your blog posts. I’m learning so much from you!

    BTW – I’m not internationally known but I’m known to rock the microphone… I’ve got this song in my head now girl! haha

    Thanks for sharing,

  82. O.M.G. I cannot even describe how much I needed to read this RIGHT NOW. As in…right this minute. I seriously felt like you were talking directly to me, about me. For the entire (long) post. I had to put down my phone (which is where I read this) and turn my mom’s old, slow laptop back on just so that I could comment on this.

    I have felt like a fraud. I have felt like “no one is going to want to pay ME that much money for my work” (even though I knew that I produce quality work). I have felt like my blog stats weren’t big enough. That my content wasn’t valuable enough. That maybe I should give up and do what everyone keeps telling me to do, which is to use at least one of my 3 degrees to get a “real job” even though I know from experience that I HATE working for someone else.

    I have compared my journey to other people’s, gotten depressed, and slacked off because I felt like I would never get where I wanted to be. Gone to sleep when I knew I should stay up and work because…what’s the point. In fact, I was about to cuddle up next to my son when my friend set me this post. Now I feel like blasting some music to keep me awake and working tirelessly through the night to create content, because damn it, I not only NEED this to work – I DESERVE for it to work. More importantly, I CAN make it work. I WILL make it work.

    Ugh! Why are you so good?! I should have known this was going to be major when the person that shared it in our blogger group prefaced it with #ILoveRegina.

    I just…I just…I just…THANK YOU!!!!!!

    1. Tiffany, wow, your comment is so meaningful to me. Thank you. This really inspires me:

      “I not only NEED this to work – I DESERVE for it to work. More importantly, I CAN make it work. I WILL make it work.”

      I love it. What are you working on now? Would love to hear about it.

  83. Hi Regina! This post was full of so much helpful information and I can definitely relate to you. I have so many different interests and ideas. I’m always jumping from one thing to the next when I get a new idea or find a new interest. I really need to find a way to pull it all together and create a “me brand.” I like your idea of taking time to just solely focus on writing and creating great content because great content is really the most important thing. Once I get that steady then I can move on to focus on other things likes marketing, using social media platforms successfully, etc. I’ll be checking on your blog periodically now for more great content and blogger tips! Thanks a lot!

  84. WOW,WOW WOW!!!!! If that wasn’t inspirational, I don’t know what is. I feel like you just came into my room and gave me a slap in the face – and right at the moment where I needed it the most.

    I just spent the last hour going through your entire site and reading most of your stuff. You, my dear, are truly a guru and I am so happy that I happened to stumble upon you (THANK YOU PINTEREST!)

    So here is my story. I have been fiddling with the idea of starting my own blog for a while now. I recently left my job to become a stay at home mom and because honestly, I was D – O – N – E with working for other people. (My last job was as an industrial designer, but I recently earned my Bachelors in Interior Design while I was on mat leave and at home with my son) For the moment, I am not able to really start my business the way I would like to physically (its a long story) but in the mean time I have been OBSESSING about perhaps starting up a blog.

    I usually spend quite bit, if not all, of my free time researching the internet, Instagram and Pinterest like a crack addict for photos and just about anything that inspires me, which I then re-share either on my own Instagram or Facebook page for any and all who would care to read (sadly most of my friends aren’t as like minded as I am, so usually, I don’t get much of a response (Except maybe on my IG…which is still limited because I have private account.)

    So ANYHOOOOOO…as I was saying. I have been fiddling with the idea of “how can I really make this work for me?” and naturally I came up with the idea of maybe starting up a blog. My general interests are Interior design, Fashion and Event Planning (In other words, anything pretty.) So, recently, to test the waters, I created a new Instagram page (which I set as public) and started posting things I would probably consider adding to my eventual blog content and I am happy to report that I have been getting a great response so far. (This was very motivating, indeed.) I also decided to narrow down my interest and persue a more focused subject matter – Weddings.

    So here now is my dilemma,…my main issue is, honestly, the only experience i have had in the area of wedding planning is from planning a few family members weddings (all for free) recently – but I remember the joy I had doing it and the positive comments that i received about my work from everyone. I KNOW that I have good taste and that I am a highly creative individual…but how do I convince my audience of that without feeling like a fraud…also…for some reason I have an honest fear of the ACTUAL professionals coming out and calling me out on my “fraud-ity} (Yup, I just made that one up!)

    Honestly, this has been the main think holding me back. (Heck I already redesigned my entire office area – to promote maximum creative juice “flow-age” – printed out and outlined my Blog Business plan and got me a nifty new “Blog” Planner Binder ready — Please HELP!!! I need that one last kick in the kiwi’s and if it comes from you, it would be awesome. (Or you can just tell, me I am nuts and I can move on.)


  85. This has to be one of the best articles I’ve read since I’ve started blogging. Thank you so much for putting the honest truth in this post. I can relate and will be doing what I need to do in order to get focused and simplify. Bless you!

  86. “Stop trying to break your passions down into different brands. Build your “you brand” instead.”

    I know I am late to be commenting on this but seriously how did you sum up months or years of my thoughts with one simple sentence. That is epic.

    I am tired of hearing find your niche, focus on one thing, I am my thing and I know there are people out there who are like me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  87. This is a really interesting post. I have been an SEO consultant, a sales person, I have had an ironing business, a VA business, I built a wedding website that I subsequently sold, and I now run a small business still in the wedding industry. I have 2 blogs, one around my wedding business & one that is just a fortysomething year old woman chatting to the world! I know deep down I need to focus. My offline business is doing well & growing so I feel this is probably where I should be focusing, I guess as Steve Jobs said, it’s about joining the dots. But my blog needs a LOT of work! Thank you Regina – I will be following your blog with great interest x

    Your Wedding Style Blog
    View From The Middle

  88. Regina,
    You’ve hit the nail right in the motherblogging head! As I start on this blogging journey, I do kinda feel fraud-ish, my blog is about personal growth, positivity and art, and sometimes I feel I’m not qualified to talk about those things. I have a degree in psychology and a passion for art, though I’m no Picasso. I have to constantly remind myself that what I know is worth something and might help someone smile/believe in themselves or inspire him/her to create something. I’m growing and learning more and more as I go, and though I spend a lot of time second-guessing myself and tweaking my posts and trying to be perfect, I need to remind myself that my blog and my life isn’t about being perfect, it’s about being happy, being me.
    I live in Venezuela, and my country is at an all-time low at the moment, and in all the crisis, chaos and commotion I found this thing that makes my soul happy, and so a baby blog was conceived. Because what do you do when you’re happy? You share it with the world and hope to God it’s contagious!
    You’re such a sweet soul, you pour your heart and soul into every post (that I’ve read so far), you’re a HUGE inspiration (both as a blogger and a human) to me and you best believe that I’ll be supporting you errrrrryday!

    PS: I saw someone post a comment with #ILoveRegina and I’m sitting here wondering why this hashtag hasn’t gone viral!

    PPS: #ILoveRegina

  89. Okay, I was in tears reading this. This was one of the most encouraging and inspiring articles I have read in a long ass time. Thank you for saying “You are not a fraud.” I needed to hear this so badly. Thank you so much for sharing all that you’ve gone through to make it to where you are. People really don’t realize the kind of determination and intention that goes on behind the scenes of a dream. You are amazing!! I am all kinds of inspired after reading this!

  90. I click around on so much stuff on Pinterest and this post actually brought tears to my eyes. It’s the first time ive read something that sounded like ME. I have a ton of talents and I have jumped around alot which in the end makes me sort of ashamed.
    THANK you for tackling this. It was right up my alley and although Ive never seen your blog until now. It sang to me and gave me a feeling of being understood. I’m going to read it a few more times just for that reason. lol
    I am a new fan. Thank you for this

  91. Regina,
    This is great information. I really know what you mean about different businesses. I have had my share also. I am excited and scared about blogging, but that has never stopped me before.

  92. Regina, this is the first time I’ve visited your site. LOVE! Your timeline cracked me up. 😀

    I have a question for you that I’ve been pondering lately. What is the secret for finding high quality photos, using them, and not getting sued. 😉 I mean, the creative commons photos on Flickr aren’t always the most profesh.

    For example, the photo you used for How to Create a Style Guide for Your Blog — How and where do we find photos of that caliber that we are legally allowed to use?

    Thank you!

    1. Michelle,

      Thank you for your comment on the post. In answer, I buy the majority of my photos from,, and I also take a lot of my own photos now. I hope that helps.

  93. Wow. This post was exactly what I needed to read today. I have had my site for almost three years now at the same domain. I’ve shifted the direction three or four times and never really focused creating great content. I think, in the back of my head, I always sort of knew that my lack of focus was the issue. However, now I am a senior in college. I am graduating in five weeks and getting married in 12 weeks. My “multitasking” skills are virtually nonexistent but my work ethic is incredible. That is, I can work 16+ hour days but struggle to shift my focus from writing to promoting to attending class to coordinating wedding to dos to managing my finances to having some sort of a life (mostly just because I don’t want my friends to bug me about NOT having a life…and because I don’t have a team yet. I am extremely extroverted and need to connect with people regularly to be happy). How the heck do I juggle this while earning money and staying authentic in my content? Btw … I ADORE your brand. Your voice rocks and your style is impressive. You’re my go-to for great blog/business advice. Now, I’ve just got to make a plan and implement this stuff.

  94. Regina, thank you for this post. It is some of the most solid advice I’ve received since I started blogging. I see myself in the post at one time the jack of all trades yet master of none. I think I’ve finally defined my brand and am ready to take it to the next level.This was an inspiring post that reassured me I am on the right track. Thanks again!

  95. I’m so incredibly happy that I stumbled across your blog. It’s exactly what I needed to read to get my blog going. I’ve had one for about three years and am doing a complete overhaul. Still going to use blogger for a bit, but am looking at a custom template to make it look less like a blog and more streamlined. Thank you for combining all of your talents into one space!! That’s part of my problem, too many interests! “Lifestyle” seems a bit random sometimes, but I’m thinking I know where I want my focus to be. 🙂 I’ll be pouring over your posts over the next week or so. Thank you again! I can’t wait to see where I’ll be in the next six months…

  96. Regina: Some of the best advice I’ve read to date. Like you, I love a lot of stuff and have learned I need to work more on branding and let everything fall under one category. I love the Blog Business Plan. Thanks for an insightful and helpful post. Tahnks to pinterest, I have found you and I’m hooked! ~Mysi~

  97. Okay, so, I am Lyve, obviously late because I am just now seeing the post and so I figured last but not least eh? 🙂 umm I wrote a whole story just a minute ago and the accidentally erased it all so this is my second go around, late or not I still wanted to let you know that seeing your post did multiple things for me, It one showed me exactly how God works in mysterious ways. It showed me that there are still truly loving people out there not wanting anything in return but to feel love by giving love, I just had a thought the other day, saying to myself Kia this world will not give you a handout you gotta go get it yourself and I feel like God used your post even though I am late to show me, “Hey where is your faith in me?” as I was losing hope for myself. through him all things are possible and you wouldn’t think I believed that the way I easily gave up on myself. Or not gave up but how negative I was with my thoughts toward him. I am a story tellerrrrrrrrr and I can go on all night but I just wanted to let you know that you are love and you inspired and motivated me. You have touched me in a way I can not forget. just knowing what you are doing for someone makes me happy, I strive to be successful and when I do succeed I want to use your story as a piece of mine and keep that chain going for people that are like you were and me. I believe God placed it on your heart not just for me to see him but also to for someone else that needs uplifting, and I also wanted to tell you that we are much alike in the “I can’t make up my mind ” field I am creative in many ways and I get stuck on my choices and how to go about them even at 20, then tonight I read about your post and it just truly motivated me on how I want to design my blog now 🙂 I am sure the winner will be very pleased and thank you for the love you are spreading to people. We need it! -L.Y.V.E

  98. Hi Regina,

    I’ve loved your site for ages – and am slowly reading my way through all your posts – which are just fantastic! I had to comment on this post though – your history mirrors mine so much!! I started learning to spell on the computer at the age of 5 in the mid-80’s, and the sheer number of entrepreneurial ideas I’ve gone through is mind boggling – my first was at about 7 lol!

    Thankyou so much for your story – you’re absolutely right in that every single thing tried and ‘failed’ has been a learning exercise and makes life so much easier now! And the sacrifices – the hours and hours spent creating quality content, the lack of sleep, and spending every waking moment thinking about your idea (and half the time dreaming about it too lol!)

    And lastly, your point about being a fighter… I may have actually shed a tear at that point xx

    Thankyou, you’ve made my day.


    If one day my

  99. Just the most meaningful (to me) post I’ve ever written.Thanks for the thoughtful blog. you’re absolutely right in that every single thing tried and ‘failed’ has been a learning exercise and makes life so much easier now! Thanks again.make money

  100. This is a really interesting post.This has to be one of the best articles I’ve read since I’ve started blogging. Regina: Some of the best advice I’ve read to date.I have a question for you that I’ve been pondering lately. What is the secret for finding high quality photos, using them, and not getting sued?make money

  101. Regina.

    Hi, I have been wanting to do a Blog for a looong time but I don’t know how to put it together, not the content but the techy stuff, like the side bar advert and the affliate links. Is there something that you offer or that you know of, that walks you step by step to do that? Thanks. 🙂

  102. This might be the best blog post I’ve read anywhere. Ever. You are speaking to me directly. I am overwhelmed with excuses and being “busy” and clutter but in the last few months I’ve finally seen these things as the hurdles they are and the excuses I cannot allow them to be any longer – so that’s not exactly where you helped me. The most helpful and groundbreaking (in my world) part is that you, too, found your way bouncing around so many ideas and starting businesses that changed so often.i have always been the same and my mind continues to race from one thing to the other. Equally excited about them all. My biggest challenge now is that I see more clearly than ever HOW to get things going, de clutter, build an online business and connect with others doing the same but now I’ve lost my message? Like all of them. All of those brilliant ideas I had before I had the time to blog are MIA. Now I’ve carved out time and space to get on this thing and it’s like radio static between my ears. I do NOT know exactly how to get it back but you’re story is inspiring and you’re #1 gave me the encouragement I needed to keep truckin and your list at the end is absolutely gonna help kill it when my amazing original thoughts return from their sabbatical. So, thank you.

  103. I found your website in a forum (the members love your site!). I super love this post! I’m still in the process of discovering my brand. I have over 30 domains for 30 different interests/passion and yes, it’s crazy!

  104. You wrote this post about me, right? It doesn’t matter what you say, I know you did! It is the story of my life (except the computer part when I was young), My late husband used to tell me, “I’ve never seen anyone work so hard for no money.” Yeah he was kind of joking but it was 100% true. I never could land anywhere. I’m still not sure if I”ve landed at my place. I’m going to college for Creative Writing and Graphic Design. I’m 56 yrs old, I love to start and ‘decorate’ blogs. But then they kind of blow away. I’ve never been able to build up a large following. I love to do everything – sewing, knitting, reading, graphic design, writing, designing. I want to learn how to do everything – drawing, watercolor painting, write better, design better …. ack, this list continues. The most successful blogs I’ve seen have been focused on one thing – embroidery, quilting, (those go on my love to do list too, but I never have time to do them) I’m trying to appreciate the beauty of these things, without actually having to make them. Not sure how it’s working out. My current love is hand dyeing yarn. I have it in an Etsy shop, and a widget on my blog, going to a craft show this weekend to sell it. I figure in this economy, people can’t justify buying little cute doo-dahs, but they can justify buying supplies – thus the yarn to make things themselves.
    Enough rambling, thank you for your post – I learned a lot! Karen

  105. I just found this post on Pinterest…..straight to the point, honest, refreshing! LOVE IT! Thank you!

  106. Hiya Regina!

    When you said make every post as if it’s the first one someone will read, you really meant it. This is the first post I’ve read of your blog and I’m totally hooked.

    After a failed moving to London experiment, my husband and I decided to stop working on something that made us want to cry and instead came bak home and started following our dreams (mine would be writing).

    Thanks for this post. It is the first “full time blogging” post I’ve read and I feel a bit less scared and a bit more confident that with hard work and a plan I’ll make it.

    Best wishes from Chile!

  107. Great post Regina! I especially liked Step 7. I just finished writing a blog post about that very subject. Luck is the intersection of preparation and opportunity. Most people don’t invest in the preparation part.

    Best of Success,

  108. Wow, this is really inspiring. Thank you. Luck is imaginary – that is something, I need to remember. There is really nothing like luck when it comes to being an entrepreneur.

  109. Regina,
    I started out this evening reading one of your posts I found on Pinterest. I was trying to figure out what I should write in our About Us page (yes,…THAT’s how new I am at this!) That was,…um,….DAMN! THREE hours ago! I have been reading your posts! Thank you SO much for all the information!
    On this post, I like what you said about the past. I have been ALL over the board, and anyone who knows me knows that I have yet to decide what to do with my life! I have a constant need, a hunger, to learn, anything and everything. A perfect example is my better half’s business website. I decided that I needed to try to learn HTML/CSS instead of having our friend (who IS a web designer) build the site. I am ‘familiar’ with the language, but am NOT good enough to build a good website. I learn enough to get by, but not enough to be productive with whatever it is I’m learning.
    I am starting a blog about our journey from fixing our house to traveling the world in our sailboat. I have a little content, mainly, just back story.A little about why we are doing what we are doing. Maybe I’m going about this wrong, but I figure I’ll use that to get used to putting myself online. But I’m in this for the long haul and I think that once people start actually seeing my stuff I’ll be a little more comfortable.
    Sorry for detour,…Thank you again for all the fantastic information and I hope some day to have blog that gives people as much info as you’ve given me.

  110. Thank you so much for this post. It is exactly what I needed to read at this moment in my life, as I try to start my own business. I am so grateful.


  111. gosh, thank you for this.
    Some days you just feel like there is no point to come into a market where there are so many successful people. However this blogpost kicked that in the butt. So excited to launch my new website and hopefully be awesome too!

  112. Thank you so much for this!
    I’m currently living and working in Japan. I like my job, but I don’t really love it, and the more I think about it, the more I want to write. I’m really bad with procrastination and having no self confidence, so posts like this always help me focus and remind me how much I love writing!

  113. Uber helpful! Makes me take a good hard look at my brand and biz + work on improving. I’m sitting down later with a pen and notebook and making some decisions. Thanks for the informative post, so many questions answered!

  114. I have two major question which might have been answered in previous comment.
    1- For someone with limited computer knowledge, where do you suggest they go in order to find out how to merge their WordPress blog and their website?
    2- Where do you suggest someone go in order to gain website building skills? Or other computer skills such as graphic design, photo editing, improving my website and proper terms for different computer things (the last part is more so I know how to ask for what I’m looking for)?
    Thanks in advance and I’m loving your blog!

  115. Regina,

    I love your site, and your posts. You have a really insightful and encouraging outlook. I have recently started a blog, as well as a freelance business doing social media marketing. Any advice or feedback you have would be greatly appreciated. My end goal is to create a brand around me, as you mentioned above. I write a lifestyle blog about being a creative in Sonoma County, Wine country living and more.

  116. Ahhhh. This was so refreshing to read. I have been frustrated with my own lack of ability to stay focused on one idea, and I’ve been kind of afraid I’ll never stick to something long enough to make it successful. It’s hard to keep putting yourself out there with new things! Like one of the above comments said, I’m starting to collect domain names. Lol. I’ve struggled to develop a brand because I, too, have far too many interests. Art, yoga, culture, spirituality, travel… I have really struggled to narrow it. But your post just made me feel like maybe I am a normal entrpreneur/creative, and that I will be okay. Lol. Thanks for your honesty and advice, I will be putting it to use!

  117. Thank you, Regina, for this post. I appreciate you sharing your journey, and the ups and downs of this type of business. Like you, I love entrepreneurship. I am fascinated with it, and love to sit down with people to hear their stories, or read their stories, as in this case. I am finding myself going through a similar process, and as I was reading your post, the part about the past being the past and not giving any more head space to negativity really resonated with me and, to tell the truth, boosted my spirits. I needed to read that today because blogging isn’t easy. Especially, with a full-time job, though doable. I just find it difficult to get all of the things I want to do with my blog done with the limited time I have left in the day. Thank you for your tips on building a profitable blog, as well. I can already see so much value in your blog, and can’t wait to check out some of the other post titles I have seen in the sidebar, because I have faith that they will help me to create a product of value for my current and future readers. I am now a fan and the newest member to your email list. Keep it up, you rock.

  118. Regina,

    I have learned so much from reading your blog. After reading this post, I know I have to keep pushing forward and that I can get it done. I just purchased your Epic Blog Planner to help me focus and develop a blog that authors, readers and publishers can benefit from. Thank you for being honest and open to share all the good and bad that is Regina.

    You are a Rock Star!

  119. Hi Regina thank you for this incredibly helpful post. I started my blog just over a year ago, as I’d been harassing various companies to let me leave recipes on their sites. In the end I took the plunge and started my own blog because I was so passionate about the produce and what I created, I just couldn’t not write it down!! A year later, a website crash and many binned posts I’m still going. I have sooo much more to learn, but I enjoy the learning process – mostly ?. What you’ve shared will help me take my little blog to the next level. Thank you. I really appreciate you sharing your experience and wisdom. You epitomise all that is good in the blogosphere. Sammie

  120. LOVED this list! The rawness and the real details and tips set it apart from so many posts from people who are just looking to get clicks on their website. Because of you, my mind is already getting ahead of itself with ideas and motivation. Thank you!

  121. Regina! This post just made me even more motivated to get put all my extra energy into my new blog. As a brand new member of the blog world, I was concerned I needed to start promoting, monitizing, doing all these things I haven’t learned yet right from the get-go! But your message about content being king for the first 90 days put me at ease. I’m building an editorial calendar to keep the content fresh and the posts coming for the first few months. Any tips for getting the most out of guest posting? I’ve linked up with a few similar (yet different enough) blogs to guest post to get my name out there.
    Thank you for being YOU!

  122. Hi Regina,

    I had to take the time to thank you for this insightful piece of writing. I came here (from Pinterest) because I want to start a blog. That bit about understanding you’re not a fraud was especially moving, as I struggle with that constantly. “Imposter Syndrome” I’ve heard it called. And I found the bit about not separating your interests into their own businesses really interesting, but I don’t know how to do it! Mine are many! Could you elaborate on that or link me to where you do?

    I have:
    – two solo music projects (two sub genres of metal) that I’m starting
    – I’ve written a ton of poems and short stories
    – I’m wrapping up a novel that took me 10 years to write
    – I’m a web developer/designer at my full time job
    – I own an Etsy shop where I sell stuff I sew or make
    – I have some app ideas I’d really like to see through but I have to learn app development
    – I have a bunch of web comic ideas
    – I’m working on a graphic novel with my fiancé
    – I’m getting married next year and planning a wedding O.o
    – I tried freelancing but dealing with clients directly is too stressful for me (anxiety, depression, ptsd woooop)
    – I want to write for a living
    – I want to make music for a living
    – my head is going to explode

  123. Hi Regina,

    Thanks so much for this! I’m so glad to have discovered your site this week. I’m new to blogging, and I don’t know if I can ever make money at it necessarily, but even if it just remains a fun hobby, I really want it to be the best that it can possibly be.

    As a blogger with no background in business or marketing or even much knowledge of social media, it’s easy for me to feel a bit unqualified to do what I’m doing, so I really really appreciate your fraud/fighter pep-talk! You’re right: I do really, really believe in the topic I’m blogging about, and the fact that my blog is largely unknown doesn’t make my message less important. I will keep fighting. 🙂

    Thanks again,

  124. Hello Regina : )
    I enjoyed this read! I still researching the blogging industry. I haven’t decided whether I’ll engage in it quite yet. But I’m about 70% sure I want to for the well being of my two sons and my life as a military Wife. The other 30% are my nerves as well as the financial start up! But I’m sure I’ll come around. thanks for the info and tips.
    You’re amazingly awesome!


  125. Fantastic post. Thank you. It was a wonderful introduction to your site.

    I just read a thought you shared in one of the comments that I think is SO TRUE (and just occurred to me last night!) And that is that your current audience might be your past self. Until now, I had thought that everything I had to share was probably already obvious to everyone else. I’ve started to realize that may not be the case. I need to give my own learning and personal evolution a little more credit and assume that I’ve picked up some valuable info along the way.

    Anyhow, thank you for the story of your inspiring success. I’ll def be back to learn more!

  126. Hi,
    I found you on Pinterest and totally intrigued by your website. I recently just started blogging and I find learning and information can be so overwhelming with so much out there. You make it look so easy and fun, I love that about your style and vibe. Great job, keep up the good work

  127. Whoah boy. This really puts into perspective that I’m not the only one who’s scared out of her mind of actually stepping out there and doing something. It’s kind of terrifying, and as I’m working on my blog business plan (thanks to you!), I’m beginning to realize that this might actually be something that I can do. I have NO cash to start with, so this is going to be quite a tremendous challenge, but the admonition to work on quality content first is a good one. Once the content is out there, I can always share it and spread it later, once I’ve upgraded to my own domain and so on.

    Thanks for this!

  128. Hi Regina,

    Thank you so much for your helpful articles!
    I really enjoy reading them and they are very inspiring.

    I’ve recently got the AHA moment.. For all my life I’ve had so many interests and I couldn’t see myself having just one job.
    A couple of weeks ago it hit me, a blog would really be perfect for me. I’m a photographer and I love creating images, love to write, love be creative and work different projects in the same time; just want to keep moving. I think it would really make me happy! My style of photography is quite different, but I’m always getting lots of compliments and admiration. I’m feeling confident about this idea.
    So I started researching about blogging and that’s how I found you 🙂

    I’m finding it so hard to begin my plan, since I’m really a noob in this area..
    I don’t know much about blogging, sales, advertising..
    Your articles help me a lot, but still I’m having troubles with it..
    I’m feeling so sure about this idea, but I just don’t know how to simply start.
    It’s just so much new information.

    Could you give me some advice? 🙂
    Thank you!

  129. Just had to say that this entire post speaks my love language! It is great to know that someone who has so many interests (like me) can turn that into success. You’ve earned yourself a new reader!

  130. Great post. This post gives good insight on what we can gain from blogging. As a new blogger, we want to read positive things like this to keep us motivated.

    Thanks for the ultimate guide on blogging !!

  131. Hi Regina, thank you so much for the great story you share here. It very inspiring, especially in the section “Realize you are not a fraud. You are a fighter!”

  132. Hey Regina,

    Thank you so much for writing this post. This post speaks volumes to me. It’s very honest and raw. I really do appreciate that. Many of those points spoke to me, as I need a push to keep on going. Some times taking a different route from a regular 9 to 5, leads to self-doubt and takes a toll on creating my blog or website. I’m determined to push through and build my own legacy. Thanks a lot for sharing your story.

  133. Hi! I just found your site and this post … This post is just what I needed. I feel like you’re my long lost twin in entrepreneur land. I can sooo relate to having started and ventured so many things I’ve lost count. (I’m too creative for my own good 😉 You’ve inspired me to pick up my brand, grab hold of its ears and steer this thing like a boss. Thank you for this post!

  134. Hi Regina,

    Thanks for that awesome post! Do you have any suggestions to developing a tone of voice for your brand and how to keep it consistent?

    All the best,

  135. Hey Regina! I’m an avid reader of your blog and have been grabbing up all the info I can find. Thank you so much for this post. It gives me hope that I will make money doing what I love. You’re very down to Earth and relatable, so it doesn’t seem like doing this is a crazy venture that only one in a million people can actually make it.

    Just launched my site and I’m wondering if you have anything about acquiring affiliates? I don’t want a crazy amount of ads all over, but I’d like to make some passive income that way and I have no clue where to start. Can you point me in the right direction?

    I’m thinking about taking course, but I’m still hesitant about spending that much (tight budget!).

    Thanks for all the help!

  136. Hi Regina,

    This is such an awesome post. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your site through Pinterest. Normally I skim through and don’t read everything but this one…love the content. Very informative. I just started my own blog and this really motivated me to continue to work hard to get to where I want to be. Thank you for this!

  137. I am in the middle of relaunching my blog (it just didn’t take off the way I hoped the first time) and I love everything you write about. It has completely inspired me to get to work and achieve what I believe I am capable of.
    Thanks for the awesome tips 🙂

  138. I just came across this post and I must say, it was very inspiring. It was like reading a good book that you can’t put down . I can very much relate to a lot of this because I just rebranded last summer, got my blog just the way I want it. I just recently figured out my ideal reader and now I am working on creating a product for my site but it’s nerve racking as to what and how to get started. I am sure I will figure it out soon . Thank you for this wonderful post, it has got my mind swimming with ideas.

  139. Hello Regina,

    I love your post! I am a new follower and just spending time learning as much as possible as I prepare to launch into the deep. I have hours worth of questions but I will start with 2: #1 I want to write a stage play and blog about it as I go, sharing the characters, sharing the conflicts, etc and then encouraging my audience to come out and see the production live or to order the DVD….only problem is, not sure this is safe to do as readers could steal idea and beat me to the finish line….help???.

    Question #2 Is that I also want to write about inspirational topics and share my family’s story and advice on being a Pastor’s wife, being a preacher’s kid, raising the preacher’s kids, etc…I feel like we have so much to offer…like a reality show but via a blog….problem is, all these ideas, not sure where to start…should this be two different site or do I inspire one day and talk bout my characters and play on the other? HELP!

  140. The fear that hold me in the past was of not being read. I started a blog anyway, but… I wrote for myself. I didn’t get many readers, of course. It was like that for 7 years, maybe?
    This year I started writing for an audience, I read a lot about blogging and marketing and planning. That made a huge difference and I had more visitors in one month than the previous year. Commitment payed off.
    Your story is very inspiring. I won’t quit. My time will come.

  141. Just starting out… I really enjoyed this post especially points 4 and on wards…. that’s where I am up to…. need to pump out 3 months worth of content…. then go for it with a plan to keep me focused…

    I am scared cuz I need money to start AND keep my blog going (shamefully that’s how poor I am right now)… and that’s why I haven’t started yet… but thats okay it’ll give me time to backlog some content while I look for some casual work to keep me going financially to support my blog…

    need money for quality stock photos (and peace of mind from copywrite infringement), for some graphic designer to make a proper logo and branding kit for my brand, for on going costs of other programs and plugins etc…. and for some advertising money…. and books and stuff so I can keep learning while I keep teaching…

    anyway now im just rambling, you understand, I think… haha!!

    anyway love you man, cya Regina.

    From a fellow creative mind.

  142. I discovered your blog via Pinterest and love it! I love your candid writing style..and love this post. I like your breakdown regarding feeling like a fraud. And yes, building anything is not luck but utter hard work- Thanks for your content


  143. Hi Regina. I found your blog while I was killing time on Pinterest. And when I say “killing time”, I really mean avoiding starting my blog. We have recently moved to a new town and I know no one. I just graduated with my Bachelor’s in HR at the ripe old age of 38. I owned my own spa business for 10 years but sold it this past year. The thought of going to work for someone else makes me want to hide under the bed. My passion is business and diy. I have been debating doing 2 separate blogs and really have just been putting it off due to fear. This article made it clear to me that I can do this, I just need to get off my booty and do it. Thanks so much for this article. It really resonated with me. I am excited to start my journey!

  144. Hi! I found your blog on Pinterest, and I really like your stuff. I too have many interests but I’m also looking for something I can build into a full time income so I can stay at home with the kids, and continue even after they move out which isn’t too far away! 🙁 The idea for a certain blog hit me the other day and it covers several interests I have. still looking into the idea and how it could happen since im starting with nothing and working full time, but I feel like this could be the thing for me! Thanks for sharing!

  145. Reminds me of myself with multiple business ideas etc and splitting myself between them, I’ve now sold of certain bits so I can commit properly to the one thing I love writing about. I’m looking forward to my first 12 months doing this full time and only this.

    Thanks for the tips

  146. This is suchhhhhh a helpful post to read. I’m just starting out blogging & I feel like I’ve really found something I am so excited doing. I have only got a few posts up atm due to fear of people not wanting to read it! But I have plenty lined up & it’s just motivated me so much more reading this! Thanks for all the tips. I’m going to put them to use right away & hopefully overcome my fear.

  147. Regina,
    I stumbled across one of your blog posts a few months ago via pinterest, I instantly found it to be relatible, helpful and also motivating.
    Thank you for creating content that can help others make their dreams a reality!

  148. Hey Regina! Thanks for being so cool. You know how to give the goods without the fluff and I always catch myself reading every word. This post was great and It truly resonates when you say being an entrepreneur just makes you so happy on the inside. I’m right there with you! Get it girl xox

  149. this post was so good ! precise, entertaining and helpful. despite reading such great content I am still unable to focus on developing my blog. searching for more helpful posts on your site 🙂

  150. Hi Regina, I’ve been a big fan for some time .. this post though was by far and above exactly what I needed to read today. I’ve been fighting myself for about a year, letting my fears get the better of me while trying to hush the voice inside me saying “people need to hear you – you’ve so got this!!”. Six months ago I left a business partnership (of five years) because it wasn’t fulfilling or challenging me and wasn’t my true voice. I literally quit 50% of my income and began to freelance for some businesses and people I believe in. Better but not perfectly me yet. I’ve already planned and started content creation to launch my brand but found myself chipping away at the time I carved out, because I let my fear and the fear of people around me infect my motivation, my enthusiasm, and my belief in myself. Somehow this post drowned out those voices and I’m remembering the ones with words of encouragement, the ones of support, the ones of belief and trust, the ones of the people in whose company I feel most alive and myself. I can literally feel my stomach clenching in determination now. I’ve got this! Thank you – a massive thank you.

  151. Hi Regina,

    First let me say you are ahhmazing! I have fallen in love with your brand.

    I too can relate to collecting domains. My friends who aren’t entrepreneurs think I’m scattered brain. Ugh! The just don get it.

    I figured out I love making bath and body stuff and designing brands. I also love to write right now I’ve narrowed down my three interest Ayurvedic aromatherapy skin care, my bath tea house and a brand styling blog. The bath teahouse was officially launched may 28th. The other two are just in IG for now. You’ve given me plenty of info to work on in all three. Any other suggestions would be awesome!

  152. This is just what I needed today. Some inspiration and a plan of action. I got both from this post, so thank you! I am forever slacking with building the email list. I know it is important but have no idea why I am not planning to start. I really need to get on with it. Thanks Regina!

  153. Regina,
    Thank you so much for writing this! Your post really pushed me to brand myself and get the ball rolling on my blog, and ditch my excuses (I have two small children who refuse to nap at the same time, I want to do this but its such a saturated market, what would my ROI realistically be blah blah blah).
    Thank you for putting together how to be successful too! It really provided direction for how to be profitable and have a well done blog! (So far, I have one post…got to start somewhere 🙂 and sometime which was last week that I finally launched my site) It helped me when I developed my business plan too. I really appreciate it!

    I have about 7 million things and ideas going on in my head too. I don’t think I could just one either 🙂 I’m glad I’m not the only one!

    It looks like you live in Austin TX yes? Or used to? That’s my home town, one of my sisters is going to school at UT right now. Thank you again for your inspiration! This post was really great! I really needed a push in the right direction 🙂

  154. Regina,

    I’ve come back to this post many times and continually feel a sense of……..panic. I believe in you, wholeheartedly- everything I’ve seen from you across the web, your clear success, but your even clearer hard work put into all this. I think I feel panic because I, too, am abnormally ambitious, and while your site and words are inspiring and motivating, they are painfully realistic. You are the success story I look up to! It’s incredible and seems almost unfair at times that you post all of your inner workings for the world to see, and I think- why is she giving all of this information away for free and does it hurt her business that she’s not exclusive and charging what she probably should be for this ridiculously helpful information? I see the analysis you put into all of this (and would slap those people that called you lucky, I HATE THAT) – and I’m motivated to continue my own “business” because of it, because hesitant because I clearly see how much work it will take.

    Now that I’ve rambled for a bit about how awesome you are, let me explain my situation in hopes that you can help. Is it possible to have this kind of following and financial success if I had a different profession, than your self-help business blog (in the most simplest of terms- haha)? What I mean is this: I am a fine artist, a hand-letterer to be exact. I want to sell my design work (prints and oil paintings, mostly), yes. But I also want to write (conceptual blogs as well as short horror stories) and have like….. a successful lifestyle blog.

    But all of these things are selfish. None of these things offer any sort of benefit, like your posts, your pins, your whole site! Am I looking in the wrong place? Am I able to still pin down a specific target audience, like you have? Is there a way to combine my passions into something……. beneficial to someone else?

    I guess my best analogy for this is: I want to sell my apples, NOT sell my knowledge on how to sell apples.

    Thanks for your time put into all this.
    I’m it, you know. I’m your ideal target audience to a T…… How do you know me so well, girl? 😉

  155. Awesome content, I haven’t start my blog yet, but it’s very motivating listening to your story. I am a junior in college trying to pursue my marketing degree. I always wanted to have my consulting firm in marketing where I can motivate others to find their niche and help them start their businesses, but just like you I had so many ideas because I am a jack of all trades. My mind is full of ideas as I would say a mastermind. I take my challenges and try to create a better idea so the challenge wouldn’t affect others.

  156. Oh my Regina….I was googling yesterday to see if I had some kind of disorder! Lol yet seriously!
    I have bought so many domain names and created so many (high end, profit making) businesses all the way down to the branding and the website and right before launch I delete…….I go full throttle creating and learning about whatever topic I am passionate about at the time and I guess I burn myself out, I don’t know? I always laughed at myself and told people I could of made millions selling business ideas, ha! (It helped ease the guilt I guess to laugh at myself)
    I have so many people say that I am so talented, ugh. I have always admired those people that had one talent and did it all their life and did it well and made a career of it.
    I sooo feel like a Jill of all trades and a master of nothing….? Such a curse…
    I guess I must say the one thing that I have mastered is creating businesses. So I guess I am not a total loser and I have and had this desire to teach others how to do so, especially targeting women. But….I’m afraid.
    So yesterday I put a call out on some local Facebook business groups to see if there would be any interest in a physical GYBO (get your business online) workshop and so far oabout 10 women have replied. But…..I’m afraid….I’m afraid of quitting. I’m afraid of putting my self out there again in front of my family and friends and making a fool of myself for the umpteenth time.
    (“Ya, it’s a great idea if you ever finish it.”) I have so many ideas swirling based on this GYBO that could produce pleasurable work as well as good income…..But….I’m afraid! I am afraid of not being enough, a fear of ‘what am I getting myself into’ and ‘do I have the knowledge for that’….But I keep telling myself that this so called loser work I have been doing has led up to this point. It may have seemed all for nought but now I have the knowledge I wouldn’t have had and I have always had a desire to see people succeed in their small business and I do believe that this line of work would have a market…but I’m also afraid of losing the desire, of getting bored and quitting. How do I stay connected to my work and stick with it?
    I would love your feedback and inspiration!
    PS…sorry for any typos, I’m writing from my phone;)

  157. Hi Regina, I love this post! I’m struggling as a new blogger to find out how to monetize my blog without actually having a product. I don’t know what that entails exactly. Where would I get products for people to purchase? Is that with the affiliate links? I am really hoping to do well with this but am just beginning to do the hard research. I also don’t feel qualified to write and eBook…wouldn’t know what to write about. What else can I do do start making money? Thanks! Meredith

  158. “You are not a fraud. You are simply fighting for who you know you are. You are fighting for what you’re worth. You are fighting to make a difference in the world while other people are sitting around laughing. They wish they could have your courage. And maybe one day you will help them get it, but for now, YOU MUST FIGHT. Please, you must continue to fight.”

    You have NO idea how much I needed to hear that right now. After just putting something out there that I have worked hard at for a long time and really care about have nothing but crickets in response so far has been getting me down. I need to remember to not give up the fight, and keep moving forward.

    I love all your work, but thank you especially for this. Deep bow x

  159. Regina,

    Thank you for this post; you’re adorable. I do have a specific question for which I’ve combed the internet looking for an answer. What is your opinion? I have my email newsletter set to send blog broadcasts out every time I post. Essentially, I was not being very consistent anyway with newsletters and having a hard time coming up with what to send out for those.

    Plus, I know how hard it is to stay in front of your readers in this internet-distracted game. So since I only post less than once a week now, I just send those posts straight to the subscriber’s inbox. Do you think this is preferable or not? And if so (or not), why? Thank you!

  160. Regina,

    I have this idea of a blog and keep coming back to your website for insightful ideas and the do’s and don’ts of the business. I mainly want to use it to help, but also as an outlet to let my creativity grow. I have to thank you for your page, and who you are as well. This is so much help for someone starting out. I can’t even tell you the amount of checklists and worksheets I’ve printed off your website *hides face*.

    Thank you so much again!

  161. Hi Regina,

    I am so glad I have come across this post! Branding, rebranding, merging, deleting, cancelling, stopping, starting, creating… The past few years have been hectic for me in trying to figure out how to merge, change, upgrade and adjust my brand to match all my talents, expertise, knowledge, hobbies and skills.

    This post has been a breath of fresh air, and I feel like I am on the right track again. As I have recently created new social media accounts to reflect my personal brand better and working on better branding some of the other brands I have in mind.

    You have yourself a new reader, I look forward to more of your wisdom. Thank you for sharing your experiences!

  162. Regina,
    This post was very upbringing but I have to ask, as this was not mentioned, do you deal with any type of negativity from your readers/customers?
    If so, how do you deal with that?

  163. Hi Regina,
    I felt like I was reading about me in this post. I’m starting a homemaking website after years of floundering and coming up with a gazillion ideas. This post seriously pumped me up to work hard. Thank you!

  164. Hi Regina,

    I only recently discovered your blog and as someone just starting out in the blogging world, I’ve found your writing really helpful! Thanks for taking the time to share how hard/time consuming this job can be, and for encouraging your readers to lay off the excuses 😉

    There’s so much to focus on in the beginning, but I am trying to keep “quality content” in the front of my mind. It’s easy to get sidetracked with learning all the technical and social media sides of blogging and forget that one must actually write good stuff for anything else to matter 😉

    I’m also trying to think of what services or products I can offer to my readers (you know, when I have readers). Thanks for the tip about having a good page on the blog for the business side of things. Maybe one day…

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment, Meredith! I’m wishing you success with your online platform. You’re right about the hard work thing, and that quality content is the foundation of it all. I could not agree more.

      I plan to focus all of my time and content in the future on helping people go through the process you are in the middle of now: figuring out your passion topic, then understanding the people who have need/interest in it, figuring out wha your products or monetization will be, then building a platform and promotion strategy for it all.

      I want to make the path very clear through some upcoming free and affordable programs!

      1. Wow…that would be super helpful. I’m excited to see what great resources you come up with! It’s encouraging to have you looking out for those of us in our beginning 🙂

  165. I love that you share your real story of how you started making a full time income, it’s not easy, the struggle is real but it’s worth it to be doing something you love. I have been blogging for a few years but now starting to try and make a full time income from it. I read lots of tips and posts like these but I like that you emphasize staying true to who you are as a brand. There are some revenue streams that I feel are unauthentic so I won’t do them. Though I could be making more, I would rather earn my income with products I truly believe in. Thanks for sharing your insights.

  166. Regina,
    I read EVERY word of this post! And that’s really saying something coming from this busy queen of skimming! 😬 Lol
    I’ve read many, many posts on starting your own business/blog (I’ve written one myself 😊) but this one didn’t just appeal to my business “mind” but my business “heart” as well. Your story and honesty has made an impact on me. I personally know the bravery it requires to share your truth. I’m sure you can tell by all the comments, you know this is true. I’m a hustler momma who’s new to blogging and this just injected me with some serious juice to keep me running my race! Thank you for sharing and I’m totally adding you to my list of favorite influencers.

  167. In the past, I’ve failed because I was busy trying to follow what made other bloggers successful.

    While even now I incorporate some of their practices, I started blogging again, this time keeping in mind that I am my blog, not the other way around.

    While limiting to one topic may work for some, I have found it doesn’t work for me as a blogger.

    It took some time for me to realize I don’t have to be like everyone else to succeed.

  168. I feel like you just wrote my last 20 years, I have done pretty much everything you have done with exception of teaching. I have tons of ideas and feel like no one wants to listen. I don’t have a degree and have tried to go back to school several times but it’s more like a job now. I’m kind of in a funk now, which direction do I go, get a job, start another business, continue my website, start a blog so many choices. I’m at the bottom of my fund bucket so I feel pressured to make money so I’ve been researching and came across your post. I have been saying to myself all along that I need to brand and your post just inspired me to action and today I’m going to start that plan and get moving to my new “you brand.” Thank you for the inspirational jump start.

  169. You are me, I are you. We’ve even started many of the same businesses. I took Dreamweaver and Fireworks classes around the same age. Hung out in Yahoo’s “Web Design” chatrooms at 16 instead of having a life. I’ve since realized I don’t have an eye for design (I truly suck at it – don’t laugh) but I learned what I need to learn to manage blogs, content marketing, and run my business from anywhere. For now I do that and teach people how to do it themselves, while I travel around with the fam in my RV. Who knows what I’ll be doing next year (hopefully still this – I do rather like it!)

    You keep doing you and overdelivering on the epic freebies, Regina. You. Are. Awesome.

  170. This blog post was super inspiring. I’m determined to get serious about my blog and business ideas and take it to the next level. You remind me of myself, having soooo many ideas and so much creativity that I just want to do everything. However, I am learning how to create a brand for everything. Thanks for sharing this post and being genuine and honest throughout it. You’ve made some very good and useful points. Have a blessed day 🙂

  171. o.k I love this post! I just happened to stumble upon it…and the fact that my name is also Regina and I live in Texas (in fact I think I live in the same city as you if I’m guessing right at what little things you said) makes me think this was no coincidence!

    You really inspired me with this post. I just started my blog 1 year ago and just started a 2nd one a month ago. The one from a year ago is about natural health and wellness. I still am trying to figure out how to get more traffic and what not and almost felt like giving up but I just can’t knowing how passionate I am about natural health and how sick I see people, etc. however I work a full-time job in addition to my 2 websites and I also practice real estate on the side…so I got a lot going on so when I read the part about how you sold all your furniture and moved so you could focus it was like an aha moment because I’ve been thinking about the same..not moving but really getting rid of as much clutter as I can so that I can focus. Become a minimalist if you will…anyway I’m starting to ramble so I will just say I’m digging what you got going on here. Awesome Sauce! I’ll be back to visit 🙂

  172. This was such a great post! I’ve been a reader of yours for a long time but for some reason only now just seen this post. I especially loved the line where you talk about not being a fraud and that we are just fighting for who we know we are. I needed that! Thank you! I have two blogs, one about personal Development, which is where my passion for blogging came from. I then took that passion and started a second blog to help new bloggers get started with their own blogging journey.
    My personal Growth blog is my more successful one, but my second blog is the one I’m more passionate about. I love all of your advice in this post, and I’m definitely planning to take that 90 day period and really bang out some great content and valuable resources!
    My goal is to turn the “side income” I’m currently making into more of a full time income, and start thinking of my blogs as my businesses instead! Your story has definitely inspired me to put in the hard work and focus and get to the next level!

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