Archive for Where it all began

Why I am So Enthusiastic About Blog Monetizing

This post begins the transition from telling you how I started blogging to getting into what Paladin is all about.  Paladin is all about helping you embrace the American Dream of earning a living while doing something you are passionate about.  In my case, that means sharing my experiences that have brought about great success.  By helping people through this and other media, I will soon be able to realize blog monetizing.

Blog Monetizing

Five sources of income from Blog Monetizing

The dream of most bloggers and anyone who creates material for the web is to develop an income from what they post.  There are many ways to develop this income.  The concept of developing income from an online venture whether it is a food blog, YouTube channel or podcast is called monetizing.  Blogging was one of many ventures that I contemplated as a project to pursue after completing my Master’s Degree program.  I had also considered writing a book or creating a course.  The research showed me that by creating a blog and developing a relationship with those that read the blog, I could amass material that would form the foundation for one of the other projects.  Courses and books are good sources of income that can come out of this blogging project. Read More →

How to Create a Practical Blog Project Planner

A Blog Project Planner will help you shape the vision of what your blog can become.  Once the completion of my Master’s Degree Plan was in sight, it was time to start making the plan for my next project.  All my life, I have been big on making and following through on plans.  My youngest daughter really takes after her father in that arena!  This blog project began with a search for opportunities to learn something new, gain a new certification or generate income through on-line ventures.  Having settled on creating a blog, I grabbed a pen and paper and started drafting a Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M) that would lead to me  becoming a successful blogger.  One of my favorite Habits from Stephen Covey’s book and course, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is to “begin with the end in mind”.

“Begin with the End in mind” -Stephen Covey

Before beginning this endeavor, I wanted to have an idea of what it would take to become a blogger, and what it would be like to have accomplished the goal.  Following solid project management principles enables the achievement of all of the project objectives, goals and key tasks while acknowledging  constraints, or costs.  It quickly became clear that the steps and tasks were numerous and cumbersome enough to group into phases.  My little POA&M had grown into a multi phase Blog Project Planner.

Blog Project Planner

Six Phase Blog Project Planner

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How I Found an Excellent Blog Name Before Launching

A good name is more desirable than great riches (Prov 22:1 NIV).  This is the process that I went through to come up with a blog name while researching how to start a blog …

Cognomen: any name, especially a nickname.

When I started thinking about starting a blog, one of the first tasks that I needed to tackle was to come up with a name.  One of the resources that I found to help with the task was How To Brainstorm Blog Name Ideas You’ll Love by Hatch & Scribe.  In that post, Jacob walks through steps to guide you through a process to come up with and validate name ideas.

Brainstorming Ideas To Make Up An Excellent Blog Name

Write out as many ideas as you can, and don’t try to make a decision from the first round of ideas

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Niche Marketing is a Mainstay for a Successful Blog

While researching how to create a successful Blog, I came across some compelling information on Niche Marketing from a PDF Report, How To Choose A Topic by Yaro Starak. The section on “How To Research The Internet To Find Money Topics” is key to working niche marketing into blogging.

Section One: Initial thoughts on Niche Marketing

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6 Section Strategy To Launch My Blog

In my first blog entry (Preliminary Strategy for My First Blog Effort), I outlined a framework for a Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M).  In this post, I will begin to flesh out my plan to launch my blog and give it some structure.

Study and Adopt Techniques from those that have gone beforeSection One: Study and adopt techniques to launch my blog from those that have gone this way before.

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Why Didn’t Education Get Me Where I Wanted to Go?

We are bombarded with messages that getting an Education imperative to be successful.

In my first blog post, I mentioned that I was getting close to completing my Master’s Degree.  In fact, at the time of this writing, I was one course away from completing a Master’s of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management (MSEDM) with a concentration in Homeland Security from Trident University International in Cypress, CA.  Now I have completed that degree plan!!! Read More →

Preliminary Strategy for My First Blog Effort

People start new blogs every day.  Why not me?  I am an above average writer with some really good thoughts about plenty of topics. Right?  All bloggers had a first blog. Now it is time for me to learn how to create a blog!

Today, I will start blogging…

Section One: Plan your Work and work your Plan

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Strategy 1 for my first Blog: Plan Your Work

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