Back in the Saddle

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It is October 2022 and I am back. Hope you all had a great summer. I was busy attempting to garner work and also every now and then having a nice day or night out. At least that was what it was supposed to be. I actually was not very happy throughout it due to various things inside and outside of my control. It pays to not be nervous folks. Just remember that.

I may be hopefully making a good amount of money per month come next year. I am hopeful. I am paranoid. I have my fingers crossed. When I am done with this assignment I have several others to do. My book reviews all are coming due at the end of this year. Plus my Audible has to be uploaded and sent in for consideration.

Not to jinx me but being a freelancer is a lot of sending out resumes and getting rejected until you make it. And even then you are only as good as your assignment- current assignment. But you know that don’t you?

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It is almost the end of the year and taxes are coming due. I have made some money but not enough. My hope is that I don’t owe any taxes from this job. Because I will have to pay for it. But I haven’t made that much. Except I believe I will owe taxes because nothing comes out of my check. So how does it work I actually, finally wonder? I do have some write-offs. But less this year than last year. I get mailed a lot of books plus I pay for my books for reviews. Shall see huh this year for real.

Another question, since all of my payments are actually online via electronic payment how does that work for submitting for tax consideration? I know this lady is definitely getting a visit this year. Because this year I have to actually file taxes.

Well if you want to read more about this, stay tuned for the next post about it. But not right away.

Problems of a Book Reviewer by Nicole Harmon

Hey from Nikki’s Book Reviews. That’s the name of my book review blog. I am grateful for those that follow me. But lately I have been having problems. Yes, I have a lot of books. As long as my eyesight is good and I am coherent, can write and type, I can review. 

I have equipment which currently still doesn’t work right. Currently, my Kindle won’t stay open. I am resetting my clock a lot. Soon to be fixed by the arrival of my monitor. Currently, I have a lot of book reviews due. Two are due now. Two more due. Two overdue. Three to do. I can do it. If only my equipment didn’t give me fits. Problems is a book reviews.

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What Am I Doing and How Am I Doing It?

Oh my god, I have good news and better news. Following that I have housekeeping.

Good News!  I have been searching for ways to make money even from passive income means. I lucked out. You are reading from the new representative for Era Athletica. It is a website that sells women’s athletic wear (exercise clothes). Look them up on the internet at http://www.era-athletica.com. Then, I lucked up and got the brand ambassador for Pureauty Naturals. Stroke of luck. Hoping these two events will drive more business my way for book reviews and content writing.


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I also got some more work. I am writing book reviews on Amazon.com, and recently joined a group. Since then I am so full of books to read. Not only that I just got a new position as a writer a Thought Nova. It looks to be a pretty heavy research. Hoping for some money coming from it. But I need to finally use a content calendar. Written down in here are my book assignments from June through August. On top I have to add my freelance content writing assignments, as well as Netgalley. I’m busy right? Girls, I wish it was ALL PAID work!πŸ’„

I got an email from signing up to use HOOTSUITE. The website administrator sent me an email all about content planning. I found it to be a good read and informative. I also found another article online that has a very good conversation about content planning. Specifically it talks about content marketing through the understanding of the concepts of content strategy and content planning1.

Most of the rest of this entry will discuss content planning. But before that what is content strategy? To understand this, first look at your blog or any blogs. Most blogs have a theme. Included in that theme is an article or series of articles. Those articles are connected together or  separate. Here you have content strategy and content planning.

Content strategy is the β€œplan[ning] for [her] creation, publication, and governance of useful, usable content. Specifically it is composed of key themes and messages, recommended topics, content purpose (i.e., how content will bridge the space between audience needs and business requirements.), content gap analysis, metadata frameworks and related content attributes, search engine optimization (SEO), and implications of strategic recommendations on content creation, publication, and governance.” All this to create an atmosphere that is interactive with the user to create a good experience in communication based on what the user sees, reads, does and plays1.

Now content planning is when you determine what you will write about, post and when you publish the post. Content planning has to deal with your topic. Under that topic is subtopics. Included in that subtopic could be exercises, games, purchase opportunities, collaborative engagements, even vlog (video blog posts.) Once you have decided that half your job is over. The other half is following which ones are read and keeping  them up to date. Revamping the ones not read or changing your angle.  Also if possible taking the most read posts, publishing a book and selling it. At this point I think you are almost done.

You know why it is never completely done? Two reasons:

  1. You are done the paper planning. Now you write, and arrange, and
  2. Always follow trends, new ideas and incorporate it into your new and old posts.

You blog and website are business. Treat it as such, but  ENJOY it!

See part two next post.

Footnotes

  1. Lyons, Yvonne. β€œWhy You Need a Content Strategy and a Contest Plan.” (2018) (RightSource Marketing)