Can your blog make you rich?

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One of my favorite books is a collection of articles by Amy Dacyczyn (pronounced Decision) called The Tightwad Gazette. Amy was a pioneer. She started back in the early ‘90s writing articles on ways to live within or below your means back when living on credit cards way above your means was the norm. Amy took a subject that she was passionate about, realized there were others who were equally passionate, and began writing a newsletter to connect with those people.

That was her goal, to connect with like-minded individuals. Word spread like wildfire about this guru of savings and within a few short years, Amy was able to retire. She simply took her newsletter that she had been sending out and compiled her articles into 3 books (she later compiled the 3 books into one called The Complete Tightwad Gazette). At this writing, she spends life with her 6 teenagers living on a farm in Maine.

Blogs are popping up all over the internet. From what I hear, it's like 1 per minute. That's a lot of blogs. I'm sure that means there are a lot of good writing out there, as well as a lot of crap being written. I would like to stay on the side of good writing. Amy obviously did things right. Here are some of the reasons I think she succeeded:

1. Amy didn't have the internet "experts" to distract her from her vision. She only had what was around her and her passion. She wrote about what she knew, which is what made her the expert.     

a. As a blogger, are you writing about your passions or are you writing what the experts are telling you that you should be writing about?

2. Amy didn't write to get rich. She got rich, but that was secondary. Amy wrote because she wanted to meet others that shared her passion. She regularly included letters from her readers in her newsletters.

a. As a blogger, are you writing to share your passion, or are you writing to make money?

3. Amy stuck to one subject in her articles. She didn't pretend to be an expert on everything. She showed the steps that brought her to the conclusions she made so others could follow the steps and come to their own conclusions. She wasn't a "know it all".

a. Is your blog all over the map as far as subjects go, or are you steady on one course?

4. Amy was human. Once someone questioned her because she took a muffin away from a free buffet to eat later. This made her honestly question herself whether she was ethical by taking it rather than eating it there. She asked other's opinions. In the end, she regretted her decision to take the muffin.

a. We all make mistakes. You don't want to look incompetent in your blog, but you do want to be approachable.

5. Amy was the first.

a. With so many blogs out there, it's hard to be the first, or even original. That means you absolutely have to be the best. There's no room for mediocrity.


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David Soto - Illinois Home Loans & Mortgages
Illinois Home Loans & Mortgage Refinance - Chicago, IL

thanks for the post it is very insightful

Feb 26, 2008 04:14 PM #1
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate
Hi Crystal:  Amy sounds wonderful.  So do her books and articles.  Do you know if her books are still available, or if they are perhaps now available either in blog form, or does she have a website.  I would be quite interested in seeing some of her work.  Thanks so much for sharing.
Feb 26, 2008 04:15 PM #2
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
Crystal, Very nice post. I would like to know more about Amy. Can you send me some links to her story? You also have my permission to send me info on your services and prices, thanks. Katerina
Feb 26, 2008 04:15 PM #3
Cedric (Ced) Reynolds
Covina, CA
(909) 263-4569
Crystal,  strong stuff.  I love it.  Looks like you're aiming to be the best blogger you can be.  Best of success.
Feb 26, 2008 04:16 PM #4
Lance Winslow
Excellent Points, absolutely spot on! its amazing sometimes that folks do not use common sense when blogging, Crystal, you figured it out. Lance
Feb 26, 2008 04:20 PM #5
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes
Interesting post. Good goal is to be the best blogger one can be in the time that one has.
Feb 26, 2008 04:21 PM #6
Vickie Nagy
Palm Springs, CA
Thanks for reminding us to stay on target. I think I probably write about too many different subjects.
Feb 26, 2008 04:39 PM #7
Crystal Pina
774.289.5521 - Worcester, MA
Remax Professional Associates

Amy is not on the internet anymore. Her goal was financial freedom. She attained it. Now she's done. Her book is The Tightwad Gazette.

You know, I've been guilty of putting up a mediocre post or two because I haven't put one up in a while and I didn't want to be forgotten. I think the rule of thumb is, if you post a post for selfish reasons (ie to be noticed, to gain points, etc), that's when you run the risk of a boring post.

Feb 26, 2008 04:52 PM #8
Patty Keller
AnotherME, LLC - Atlanta, GA
AnotherMe - 770-414-9393 - RE Virtual Assistant

I remember 'The Tightwad Gazette' - the newsletter!  However, I didn't know that it's now in a book!  This gal ended up on all the talk shows, the morning shows, etc.  People were fascinated by her total commitment to being a tightwad!  She saved or re-used everything! (she could have been the mother of the re-cycle movement!)

Great analogy, Crystal.  Thanks for sharing -  you always have something worth reading!

Patty Keller, AnotherME

Mar 03, 2008 06:52 AM #9
Crystal Pina
Ware, MA
Keller Williams Realty

:) Thank you, Patty. I'm glad you enjoy what I have to say.


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