31 Days / day 2 – money isn’t first

When I first started blogging, it was all about sharing my home renovations. 

I started Our Extreme Home Makeover Experience to document what was transpiring on my home for a great group of folks that helped me for a good year.

After the renos were complete, Funky Junk was created in order to share what strange and wonderful things lived inside my head. Junk was my game because I couldn’t afford anything else. It pretty much had to be free or nothing.

Both blogs proved to be the perfect outlet for a yakker like me. 🙂

But I had no idea about the passion that would ultimately take over. Working with absolutely nothing and making it something turned into the driving force that furnished my home and lit my fire.

Seems I had a ways to go though.  I really had to hone a few blogging skills in order to make it all click. You know what it takes… time, photography, blogging know how, interesting projects.. and time.

How to build a pallet toolbox

But know what? I fell in love with that process too. To the point of obsession. After a lot of hard work, it all started coming together. In a nutshell, I pulled out all the stops and quickly learned how to play with tools, to build, photography, and the blog started to grow.

And here we are. Talking about money.

Most of us need funds so I’m happy to say if you’re in that same boat, there are opportunities to earn income while you happily blog away. But it isn’t as easy as it sounds. And sadly, not everyone will be successful at this. Especially right away.

numbers play a part…

Regardless of which route you choose to fund your blog habit, there’s one thing that’s important in order for most online money making methods to be effective. You need numbers. In other words, you need to take the time to grow your blog and have others find you and fully appreciate what you have to offer.

So many want to make money right away. But if you’re blogging just for the money, you’re going to be very disappointed with the results. Proving what you can do needs to come first.

…but it’s really about passion

In order to make it online or otherwise, you’ll only be happy with your choice if you’re truly passionate about your given niche. And I mean to the point of not even thinking about money while you practice it.


In order to make $, you need customers.

You’ll only get customers if they want what you offer.

And they’ll only want what you offer if you do it to the VERY BEST of your abilities.

And you’ll only pull out your VERY BEST if you’re totally head over heels in love with what you do.

Because in order to pull out the best that you have, you’ll need to push yourself beyond limits and overcome fears you had no idea even existed.

But you won’t mind. Because you’re so passionate about it all, you’d do it for free anyway. 🙂


Love what you do, do it well, be noticed and the rest will come.

I promise.

‘Nuff said. Let’s get to work.

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38 thoughts on “31 Days / day 2 – money isn’t first

  1. SO true! It all starts with the passion for what you love. If you’re not passionate about your creative drive you’ll run out of gas real quick! ;)Alyssa of Boston Bee

  2. GReat topic & post 🙂 I still can’t even believe people make $ blogging! I didn’t even know what a blog was until a couple months ago 🙂 It’s like a “hidden” world out there that many don’t know about 🙂 I’m happy to be a part of it !

  3. I’d love to start a blog because like you I love to talk and post pics of my ideas (FB friends are probably sick of all my project pics)…so where do I begin? Can a person who is not that computer savy do it? Thanks.

  4. Donna, you have no idea how perfect your timing is for me on this series! THANK YOU!!! I just needed that boost of inspiration and know how from someone who has been there done that (and oh yeah, with little or no $.) Carrie

  5. “Do what you love and the money will come.” Though I can’t remember where I heard that quote, I’ve held it in my heart for years. I’ve spent years trying to “make money”. Now, I’m finally doing what I love, for nothing. No money. Zero. Only passion and joy! I am fortunate enough to be able to do that, and I know I am blessed. So maybe, someday, with passion plus experience the money will come. That would just be a bonus to a fearless life lived embracing who God made me to be. Thank you for your insight and inspiration.

  6. I love this idea. I am really new at this blogging stuff, this will be great. I am really looking forward to reading your posts and hopefully using all of your tips to make my blog as successful as it can be. You inspire, that’s for sure! Thanks

  7. I think I found your blog just in time. I can always use advice. My daughter and I have a unique blog which we started in January. Numbers? We are satisfied, but who cares!!! We are having a blast in a way that keeps us connected while she is living in upstate New York and I am here in the south.

  8. Hi Donna!
    I’m so excited about your new posts! I have already put my “real” job on hold as I am determined to live my passion. So, I’m listening!
    Can’t wait to read more!

  9. Donna….you are a hero in the blogging world. And well deserved kudos to you! Your passion is truly evident and obviously sincere…so proud of our own valley girl! As always the best for you, you are an inspiration!..and a ton of fun!

  10. I love this series, Donna. I can’t wait to see what you’re going to talk about tomorrow. I was thinking about you earlier today. I saw on the HGTV website that they are looking for people for the show the All American Handyman…you might not be a handyman, but you sure are one handywoman 🙂

  11. okay, my comment just disappeared on me. It went something along the lines of how I am looking forward to following your journey. And how sorry I was not to have met you at Fieldstone market last week, I was in the raggygirlvintage booth and I think you were one of the nice bloggers who asked to take a photo as I saw my pillows on your market post. Hopefully we’ll meet soon!

  12. I am so glad that you have made this your series. I became ill a few years ago, and had to give up my job. I only recently decided to step out on faith and try to do something that I felt that I could really enjoy and allow me to spend time with my son. So, I am looking forward to reading your posts.

  13. Do it for free?? Heck I’d pay to do it! I love messing with old junk, love the idea of turning nothing into something. I didn’t even know there was money to be made! I just started to connect with others that have the same passion, and to document what I’m doing (in case I forget) Thanks for all your help and inspiration! Love the series!

  14. yup- I feel ya! I was a successful Realtor (in another life- a few years back) until I was called to stay home with my boys- No MO money! But, God is blessing us along the way as we adventure with our family!!!
    love what you’ve done with the place!

  15. Thank you for this. I needed it. Sometimes it’s hard not to want the cart before the horse, but, you’re right. If I love it, which I do, it’s worth it no matter what. 🙂

  16. I am so excited you are doing this! Thank you! This is my creative journal and I never new how much I would love doing this, I picked up my camera on November 30 2009 and took my first full frame shot and I have never looked back! I do it because I love it, and what ever comes, comes! Lulu

  17. Donna,

    I have been lurking at your blog for some time, and I have to say thank you for this wonderful written documentary of your process. I have begun the journey recently myself, and this is just the push I need to just take the complete leap of faith. Keep up your inspirational work!:)


  18. Donna, tahnks so much for writing this series. It is amazing and giving me so much validation. A few people look at me like I’m nuts and think I am crazy for creating “stuff” and blogging about it. They think it is a waste of time and fruitless. But, you have reminded me that doing what makes one happy is never a waste of time, that if I follow my heart, be authentic and original others will aprreciate it, and that even if I am making pennies off of this pasion right now….WHO CARES! If it is meant to be it will happen and if not I am living what I love and expressing myself which is never a bad thing!
    Thanks for your inspiration,

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