Thursday, June 7

Armchair BEA ~ Beyond the Blog



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Today’s Topic:

“Today we'd love you to share your top tips for getting beyond your blog! Have you done any freelance writing? Are you monetizing your blog and how so? How do you make connections outside the book blog community on the internet? If none of these apply we'd love for you to share a fun aspect about your blog or life that may be completely separate from books!”

I would love to be able to make money from my blog but at the same time I just have not felt that I have the stats to justify it. For now, I am happy just doing it for fun. I do have affiliate links with Amazon but I will be honest and tell you that in the year or so that I have had those links I have made a total of $10.20! Still, I like having the links to amazon because I want people to be able to research a book more even if they don’t buy.  I link all my reviews to GoodReads too though. 

Now that I feel like a part of the bookish community, I do have thoughts of trying to write books myself. I started NaNoWriMo last year and did great for about a week. Then I found out I was pregnant and got really sick for about 2 months! I did not feel much like writing after that. I often think about going back to that story I started and picking up where I left off but I just haven't yet.

I am hoping that by the time this November rolls around, I will be ready to give it another shot. I might try and rework that story I already started or I might come up with another idea all together.

Outside of the blog I think most of you already know.  I am a military wife and I am lucky enough to be able to stay home with my children and homeschool them.  We don’t live in the best school district in SC so homeschooling works well for our family.

Our days look something like this:


Once school is done you can usually find me reading or cooking, or BOTH!  I might not seem like much but we are generally a pretty happy family.  I love the time I get to spend with my kids. I think they mostly like it too!


  1. I did NaNoWriMo. I need to finish the book I was writing. I just haven't had the peace and quiet necessary.

    Here is mine

  2. Confession: I clicked your link because we share the same first name. Then I found out we also are both military wives, mothers, and we've both dabbled writing. :) Hello! *waves* I too have the start to a novel that I really like, but I haven't sat down with it in months. It's hard to find time to work on it with the kiddos and the husband and finding time for me. Someday though. :) Gotta enjoy those kids while they're still in the house. :)

  3. Pregnancy really can throw things into chaos. Good luck this November.

  4. I hope that you are able to get back to your book, or start a new one. Your kids are adorable. They are so intent on their studies.

  5. I think it's such a good thing you home school your kids! God knows the US education system is trash... You're kids are also adorable! I agree I don't think I have the stats to make money either and even though it would be cool to make money, I don't want to deal with it. Blogging so far has been fun and easy (easily haha)

    Racquel @ The Book Barbies♥

  6. Well, you're busy enough. I think for writing you need some quiet me-time. I did manage NaNo last November but my story wasn't up to much - it helps when you start off with a good idea.

    I hope next November you'll manage to write a whole book!

  7. My blog is for fun too!

    Thanks for participating!

    Here's my beyond my blog post


  8. Aw they're so cute! I feel you, it's either cleaning, cooking or both! And then blogging and everything else! I agree, don't make money off my blog either, and ha had one person ask if they could make substantial money off of amazon affiliate links and responded with an emphatic, NO. People are silly sometimes, but the links can be cool right?

  9. I didn't know you were a homeschooler! I think that's so cool. When (if) my husband and I ever do have kids, I'm hoping to homeschool them too, up to a certain point I think. Then I might let them go to a public school. It all depends what we're able to do at the time. I give you a lot of credit for doing it!

    Good luck with NaNoWriMo as well, by the way. I've been wanting to do it for a couple years now but could never think of a storyline.


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