I am so excited to introduce to you Jolyn of Bargains to Bounty. We’ve been helping Jolyn with her blog for years and have seen it go through some highs and lows, and through it all Jolyn has been consistent and hard working. I know you’ll be inspired by her words!
1. Do you call yourself a ‘blogger’ or ??
Sometimes I call myself a professional blogger – or a frugal blogger, but very few people actually understand what I do and it’s sometimes awkward trying to explain it. Sometimes I just say that I own or run a website. Most people struggle with the idea of earning money by blogging. I served jury duty this summer and had to explain it to the judge, who was thoroughly confused and remarked, “I’ve heard that such a thing existed, but I have never actually met a professional blogger before.” He had plenty of questions for me!
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2. How did you get started? Tell us your story!
I was an elementary teacher, but made the huge move to stay home full time after my oldest son was born. This left a gaping hole in our budget, so I stepped up our coupon use and cut as many corners as I could. My friend soon came to me in need of assistance – she was working part time, her husband was laid off and they were trying to feed 4 teenagers. She begged me for shopping secrets – and when I couldn’t find a local resource to point her to, I created a blog as a last resort. I never thought it would become an income source – I was just trying to help her. My husband said it was fine as long as I only posted 2-3 times a week. 🙂 I now post anywhere from 2-10 times a day and work 40-70 hours a week.
3. Do you have advice for those looking to get started?
Think through everything before you begin. How much time do you plan to spend? What information or insights can you provide that are truly unique? What are you passionate about – and how long can you possibly write about it? Blogging is far more difficult than it seems on the surface – and many people don’t last past a year or two.
4. How do you define success and do you consider yourself successful?
I’ve created a full-time income from my website, and I do consider that a success. I’m able to be available for my children – for field trips and sick days – and create a flexible schedule that actually pays. My family doesn’t always enjoy the time I have to dedicate to it (nor do I), though they do appreciate perks like comp tickets and getaways.
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There is always something new to learn, something I haven’t implemented well, and my to-do list is never-ending. I try to remember that I’m still a small fish in a big pond and there are plenty of people garnering more attention than I am. However, if I’ve helped a few families save money and made a difference in their lives, I think it’s worth it.
5. How did you grow your blog?
I shared it with the 20 Facebook friends I had at the time – and my mom! I’m not even sure how it grew from there, because I never expected that many people to read it – and being hyper-local, I knew that my audience would be somewhat limited. If nothing else, I’ve worked to be consistent. My readers know when to expect my posts each week and I share a lot on social media to drive traffic – but even that isn’t an exact science.
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6. How do you manage your family, blog and everything else?
I have never figured out the secret to juggling everything well. I often feel like I’ve dropped a couple balls along the way! My family comes first, my blog takes second – and my housework a sad third. I’m usually quite a few loads behind on laundry. 😉 On hectic days, I set a timer and close all social media windows – then spend 30 minutes on the computer, 30 minutes on housework and other obligations. After over 7 years of blogging, this is my first year with all of my kids in school, so I’m still trying to sort out an efficient work schedule.
I have loved loved loved working with you Jolyn, and your consistency has paid off! This year of kids-in-school will be great!! 🙂