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Dying a Slow Death

Last summer my daughter wanted to plant a box garden so we went out and got some wood along with some soil and seeds. We planted tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots with plans of eating from the bounty during the summer. Well, life got busy and my daughter lost interest so all we managed to get out of that garden was a few sickly tomatoes, some malformed carrots and yellowish ugly cucumbers. Needless to say, failing to tend to the garden, weed it, and water it appropriately led to its demise over time.

A Slow Blog Death

The same holds true for most anything in life including blogs. Recently, I have been witnessing a disturbing trend. Traffic at this blog and at Cash Flow Mantra have been declining (at least last month, Penny Thots seems to have reversed course). You can see it in the numbers below:

Month Cash Flow Mantra

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How to Make $1,000 per Month as a Web Designer

If you are good at coding and have a flair for creating websites, you have a great skill that few Americans possess. With more and more people starting websites and blogs who have little knowledge of designing a website, web designers are in demand. If you can prove yourself to a few customers, you will likely soon have more business than you can handle thanks to word of mouth referrals.

What You Need to Start

There are some basic requirements for a web designer. You should have a working knowledge of HML, CSS and Javascript. Knowing PHP is an extra bonus. You should also be familiar with the platforms you design for. In addition, you should have a graphics program such as Photoshop or Illustrator. Of course, you must also possess basic design concepts like color, texture, space and balance.

Most designers are better at coding or better at the

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It’s Been Hard to Stay Motivated

Life gets busy. And maybe it isn’t that it has been hard to stay motivated, but that other activities have cut into the time that I could otherwise be using for writing and working on my blogs. Softball is just one of those activities. I am playing softball 2 nights per week which occupies at least 3 hours of time each evening by the time I get ready, go to the game, play, then come home and shower. Sometimes it takes more if the game doesn’t start on time. Of course, by the time I get showered and eat something (I don’t eat before playing), it is time to get to sleep.

I could probably get at least 4 blog posts done during those times and keep up with the blogs that are in my reader. I have over 1000 items that I haven’t reviewed. I will likely just have

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First Ebook Progress Report

Last week, I mentioned that I was planning to write an ebook and that I would be making progress reports every 2nd Saturday of the month. Well, it is the second Saturday. My progress on the ebook this past week has been zilch. That being said, I really didn’t have any solid plans. But now that I am working on this report, I will be stating my progress as well as my goals for the next month.

Progress so Far

I did mention that I have a topic which I believe fills a hole in the existing knowledge base. I believe that it will solve a problem as well as address a fear that many investors have. I even have a good title, in my opinion. I have been thinking about the ebook a lot and have been writing notes mentally, but have little put down on the actual word

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Don’t Give Up Your Blog Too Soon

I continually run across individuals who advocate blogging for at least two years in order to realize its greatest potential. I ran into another one this past week. The two year figure is constantly showing up so it must be true and there must be an underlying reason to it, although I am sure that it would be hard to pinpoint.

Unfortunately, blogging is truly a marathon and not a sprint so you must continue to plug away at it while getting seemingly little in return. The only thing that I can offer is to sit down, keep going, and mark your calendars. In the meantime, I will offer encouragement by posting several links that would suggest you need to stick it out for two years.

Bloggers Suggesting Two Years

I have mentioned Len Penzo on this blog before. It took him 31 months to reach one million views, but

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