Trying On My New Blogging Shoes

Hey-o fancy people!

If you got some weird e-mails from RedDebted, reach across the computer and slap me.

We are using tester posts to check if everything is being sent out to subscribers, and it’s probably all clogging up your inbox. My bad.

Working through the kinks of this new-to-me blog reminds me of my early blogging days, back when I created my own headers in Paint and had no idea what wordpress was. (I was on blogspot for 2 years!)

After writing for so many other bloggers, I know that the inside of blogs don’t all look the same, but it still takes some getting used to. It’s kind of like buying a new pair of stilettos. You get all excited about them and take them out the box. They’re wobbly at first but you just can’t wait to take them for a spin. That’s kind of how expanding into other websites is for me. It’s a fun and interesting endeavor, especially when doing business with people as kind and as helpful as Erin, but it’s also a bit slow going at first.

I told you I’d be dishing out about the income generated from this site, but what about the expenses? I’ve had RedDebted for a week and have had some awesome and much needed support.

My go to person for technical support is Grayson from DebtRoundUp. I like to work with Grayson because he is lighting fast in his responses. And, it’s kind of mind boggling how smart he is. I’ll try to fix the smallest thing and will fight for hours to try to figure it out on my own. Eventually I give up and e-mail Grayson and he fixes whatever-it-is in about 2 second flat.

I’m also trying something new where I’m working with a VA/staff writer. I’ve posted on Budget Blonde recently about being overwhelmed, so some people are wondering why in the heck I’ve added another blog (and pssst… there’s a 3rd one coming very, very soon. Shhh.) However, this has all been in the works for a while, and I knew a long time ago that if I was going to expand my online business, I’d need some help.

Kayla from ShoeaholicNoMore will be writing once a week here, and she’s doing a bunch of other awesome things for me to help me grow my biz. She’s already worked close to 20 hours in the last two weeks, and I’m enjoying having the help. So, keep your eyes peeled for her jazzy self later this week.

Okay that’s it for today. Make sure to send in a guest post for consideration. We’re paying $5 for your debt story awesomeness so don’t be shy. :)

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Tracking My Increasing Debt and Sharing My Blog Income

Hi! Cat here. You probably saw on Erin’s post that I purchased this lil’ corner of the Internet from her.

Okay okay it’s a big corner of the Internet. And big shoes to fill. I know that I am only like 1% as funny as Erin, and that’s being generous to myself. She has such a hilarious personality and such an amazing writing style that I won’t even try to replicate what she’s done. Still, we’ll try to keep the spirit of her blog alive and just dive right in, even if we have to use every last animated gif on Earth Erin style…

So, what am I going to do with this site?

It’s a good question, one I’ve been pouring over for a while now. I’ve actually been searching for another website to purchase for several months now, but none of them were quite right. I saw lots of really good sites out there, and I came really, really close to purchasing a men’s fashion blog. Like, I made an offer and then I went into labor with my twins the very next day so it never happened!! Crazy, right?

However, I’m glad because what Erin’s been talking about here is important to me too, and I want to turn this into more of a place where lots of people can share stories. So that brings me to my first order of business:

1. I want to feature stories from YOU

A big goal of mine is to help people get all pumped up and sparkly and motivated about getting out of debt and getting on track. Man, it’s hard to save money, and being in debt sucks! Trust me, I know. As I write this I am over budget for the month of July, and all I want  in the whole wide world is a cookie. A COOKIE! But I’m being good right now.

If you’ve ever felt the same way, I want to hear from you. E-mail me your story, and if we decide to publish it, I’ll be sending ya $5 via paypal that you can either 1) put it towards your pesky debt or 2) buy me a cookie.

2. I’ll be showing you debt as it grows at insane speeds.

I can’t even begin to write about getting out of debt because I’m still going in it! Or rather, my hubs is. In case you don’t know my back story, I’m married to medical school student. Just the other day, with one click of a button, he took out $79,180 in loans just for the next 9 months. Medical school is freaking expensive, and there are all sorts of loan fees and exam fees in there too.

Scary, right? Even more so, healthcare is changing so much. There are far less residency jobs for new doctors, far less job resources for nursing LVN positions, and ever increasing insurance and healthcare costs for all of us. It’ll be interesting to see how we navigate this new world of healthcare and how it affects our ability to pay back our debt and succeed in life in general.

3. Showing Blog Income

I’ve never shared my business income, and I still am not comfortable sharing the entirety of it which spans blogs, writing jobs, affiliate sales, direct advertising, etc. However, I thought it would be fun to share just my RedDebted income. Although Erin had affiliate links throughout the site, those were all hers. Now, the site has been wiped clean in the transfer of ownership and so I will be building an income on here from scratch. I think it will be fun to show the highs and lows of making money with a blog though these income updates. Plus, I know I love reading them from other bloggers so I’m happy to share a slice right here.

Okay that’s enough rambling for now! I hope you’ll stick around and share your debt story with us or at least empathize with mine! See ya around. :)

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