January Light Photo Challenge | Day 7


Accidents, try to change them – it’s impossible. The accidental reveals man. ~J.B. Priestley


Okay, okay…so I probably need to explain this photo. And the quote.

My daughter and I were dining at The Cheesecake Factory in Orlando, FL when I snapped this photo of the menu. I had enjoyed their Veggie Burger on more than one occasion, and wanted a copy of the ingredients (to see if I could recreate it at home.)

You see, I fly home on Jan. 31 and the “party” is officially over. That means the New Year’s resolutions begin, which include a healthier diet. Until then, I’m eating carbs, drinking wine, partaking of dessert, and all the things we enjoy during our holidays together.

I didn’t notice that the string of lights above our table were reflecting on the menu. It was only after glancing through the camera roll the following day that I saw my next entry for #JanuaryLight!

And while the origin is electric light I’m going to improvise a bit and call it…

Reflected-light

Do you enjoy perusing unique & lovely photos? Check out the entries for the Squares #JanuaryLight Photo Challenge here:


How To Blog Your Way To Wealth

Desktop with laptop computer, open journal, pen, iPhone, cup of coffeeThink of something you’re enthusiastic about.

Maybe it’s the environment or animal rights. For some people, it’s a hobby like photography or cooking. 

Now imagine being able to generate real income by doing what makes you happy.

That’s everyone’s dream, right?

I’ve read countless stories about midlife people who changed careers and started their own businesses. They found real success and were able to quit their 9 to 5 jobs. Since I enjoy writing and already have a blog I decided to try to turn my hobby into income. 

Since I enjoy writing and already have a blog I decided to turn my hobby into income. 

However, I had to make some changes to the blog and brush up on certain types of writing. So, I researched and turned up many different websites and resources selling just that type of help.

Aside from offering high-quality training and support, I needed something that wouldn’t break my budget. 

Which is why I subscribed to The Freelance Writer’s Den. 


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One of the first items I utilized in “the Den” was a Boot camp entitled How To Become a Well-Paid Blogger.

Carol Tice, the creator of the Freelance Writers Den, leads these discussions, which often include another industry pro.

The Boot camps are actually webinars that cover a wide variety of topics from How To Create a Writer Website to Self-Publishing 101 (and everything in between!) The video and audio recordings are downloadable and include a Transcript and a Quick Tips. This is incredibly helpful and eliminates the need to take notes. 

This Boot camp was very informative and I learned some beneficial concepts. Carol hosts it with Annabel Candy of Successful Blogging. It’s divided into four one-hour sessions that include the following:

Session One

  • 21 Ways to turn your blog into a great clip for potential employers

Session Two

  • 4 Ways to promote your blog
    • SEO
    • Guest blogging
    • Social Media
    • In-person networking

Session Three

  • What makes a good blogging client
  • How to find good clients
  • How to market yourself
  • What’s your pitch
  • How to negotiate the best rates 

Session Four

  • Blogging as the core component of inbound marketing
  • Where to find story ideas
  • How to use a client’s story ideas
  • Best business blog posts
  • How to write more efficiently
  • Managing business clients

Carol and her co-presenter cover the topics in detail and give helpful examples. At the conclusion of each session, there is a brief Q & A with continuing discussions in the Forum.

This one Boot camp could easily cost several hundred dollars. Instead, I get six months of membership for that price and access to a ton of resources: webinars, podcasts, live training & meetings, and participation in the forum. There’s also a “junk-free” job board. Carol knows from experience that many freelancers work for low wages, so she only accepts clients that pay well.

Regardless of the niche, bloggers are turning their hobby into profits. There’s a formula to reaching success: top notch writing, good quality visuals, and delivering what the consumer needs and wants. 

Anyone willing to follow it and work hard can earn substantial income by doing what makes them happy!


The Den is only open several times a year and they’ll begin accepting new members on March 21st (next week). 

As a monthly subscription, there is no long-term commitment; maybe now is the time to check it out. Just click on the banner below to take a look.

Grow Your Writing Income: Learn How