Canal Days

Another way of making money is selling crafts at Canal Days in Metamora Indiana.

I went and it was fun. Got to see a lot of people from different places. Friends that I had not seen in a long time were there as well. It has been a really nice weekend too. Lots of sunshine. The first day it was hot. Then the next 2 days were cooler. But all 3 days were sunny and bright. Beautiful day to be outdoors.

Didn’t make many sales but did sell some things. Either they did not want my stuff, or I had it priced too high, or maybe it was the fact that this was my first year selling. I will try again next year. Hopefully, it will be better.

This is basically what it looked like in Metamora this weekend.

Here are some interesting things about Metamora, Indiana for those who know nothing about the place:

This is a postcard that shows different places around Metamora.

This is a place where they sell cookie jars and the best ice cream in town. The lady in the red shirt is named Connie. She is the one that oversees most of the events that are held in Metamora. Starting next weekend is the Haunted village. So just after getting Canal days finished up, she gets the Haunted Village going. She is also one busy lady. She is also the sweetest person that you would ever meet.

This sign tells about the canal. I cannot do any better than that.

Not sure if you can read this, but it tells about the aqueduct. From Wikipedia it says this about the Duck Creek Aqueduct: (Figured I would give you the best description of it from the Wikipedia dictionary.)

Duck Creek Aqueduct, also known as the Metamora Aqueduct and Whitewater Canal Aqueduct, is a historic aqueduct carrying the Whitewater Canal over Duck Creek in Metamora Township, Franklin County, Indiana. It is the only surviving covered wood aqueduct in the United States as such it is a form of covered bridge. It is a single-span Burr through truss aqueduct and measures approximately 90 feet long, 25 feet wide, and 25 feet deep. The original aqueduct was built between 1839 and 1843. The present structure was built in 1846, after the original aqueduct was washed out in a flood. It was strengthened in 1868, and repaired in 1901. After abandonment and deterioration, the Duck Creek Aqueduct was restored to its present appearance in 1946-1949.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.[1] It is located in the Whitewater Canal Historic District and part of the Metamora Historic District,

Here is a picture of the waterfall and Gristmill in Metamora. It is a beautiful waterfall up close. And the Grist mill still works. They grind up corn and other things. They sell them there too. You can actually take a tour and watch it in action. Which is neat to see,by both the kids and adults.

And the boat ride in Metamora. This is no ordinary boat ride though. This boat is pulled by horses. The horse walk down the train tracks when the train is not running or is on the run and will be back before the train gets back. It is a nice relaxing trip.

Shuttle train in Metamora.

Through train in Metamora by Grist mill.

Here is where the train lets you off. This is the train from Connersville.

Most of the pictures above, that are not specifically about canal days, were not during Canal days. During Canal Days this town is covered with vendors and people.

Well, I found out that there is a Rock man who is looking for someone who likes to wire-wrap and do things with rocks and gemstones.That is good. Maybe I will set up next to him next year. That would be neat. Talked to a lady who does little crafts this year. She seemed to be making a lot of money, but she had a lot of little cheap things. That is what was going this year.

A lesson that I learned is not to be discouraged about what sells and don’t have expectations because things will never go as planned. Just keep at it! Don’t give up. That is what to do. Never give up. Look at the positive things that happen. That is the object of the game. Look for what happened the best and learn from that.

I did sell some of the key chains that I made. Pokemon key chains, Spider-man key chains, and Star Wars key chains went pretty well. Some rings and necklaces did also. But not as much as I would have liked.

Next year, I will know what to expect. That was my day in the life of Canal Days. Hope you had a wonderful weekend, too. And hope to see you at Canal Days next year.

Live Write Thrive Blog

student studying clipI found this website. It is a great site about writing. It gives you some good information on writing. If you have a passion for writing, or just want to start that book that you have always wanted to write, and maybe even get some money for writing that book, you may want to consider this site. It is called Live Write Thrive. I am going to try it. I have never written a book before so this would be a good thing to try.

laptop taking notesIf you have written a book or want that book that you have always  wanted to write you may want to try this site out. It has a lot of interesting articles from writers block to how to publish your book. It also has some tips for writing better. Something we can all improve upon. This is another way for you to start making money. So if you enjoy writing, or just want to try something different, you may want to try this site. It is a little different than Wealthy Affiliate in that with Wealthy Affiliate you can make a website. Oh, and you can combine the two. Write your book, publish it, then make your website and sell it on your website. Ever think of that? Well, that is today’s blog. something to think about.

Why

Questions


question markHave you ever just sat down and thought about why you are doing what you are doing? Have you ever contemplated on the why you do things? Interesting question, isn’t it? Are you doing it for self-satisfaction? Are you doing what you are doing for someone else? Are you doing it for the Lord God? Or are you doing it to show others that you can do it? Are you doing it for the money? Are you really loving what you are doing? Are you doing it to achieve success? Are you doing it to pay bills? Are you doing it just to keep food on your plate? Are you doing it to help others? Are you doing it for the betterment of your family? Are you doing it because you want to succeed in college? Why are you going to college? Why are you studying? Why do you want to achieve success at college? Is it for you? Is it for someone else?

who what where when why questions

Well, these are the questions of the day. Why? Why are you doing what you are doing? Why are you setting out the time to do what you are doing? Why? What is your why? Why are you sitting there reading this? Why are you doing what you are doing?

why is motivation circleI have listened to many teachings, read many a book, and listened to some different sermons and a simple thing came to me. Why? The three letter word. Why? Why are we doing what we are doing? What is your why for your business? What is the why in your goals? What is your why in your achievements?

Sometimes you have to prioritize your why. Sit down and take some time to figure out your why in life. Figure out your why in business, your family, your bills, your whole being.5 root causes of analysis

A simple little word which can make you or break you. A complicated little word. Why? It is okay to do things, but why are you doing them?

These are questions only you can answer. These things can change your life. So why are you doing things? These don’t have to be told to anyone. But you have to sit down and write out your why. Figure out what is important and why you are doing it.

simon golden circleSo I leave you with this today, why? Once you can give an answer to that you will succeed. And it is not as simple as it sounds. Good luck and happiness to you all!

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How to Make Money Blogging

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What is a blog?


Before knowing how to make money with a blog, I think we need to know what a blog is first of all.confusing blog


So here is the definition, according to Wikipedia, of what a blog is:

“A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog)[1] is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries (“posts”) typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009, blogs were usually the work of a single individual[citation needed], occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject. More recently, “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups, and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams. A blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.”

And according to Dictionary.com a blog is:ideas blog

“a noun 1. a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites. 2. a single entry or post on such a website: She regularly contributes a blog to the magazine’s website.”

Okay, now that tells you what it is. Now, what do you do with a blog?


Logo blog with arrowsSo essentially a blog is a website. Okay, now I did not realize that. Did you? Okay. So I would guess that this website is a blog. Interesting isn’t it? Now that we know that a website is a blog and a blog is a website then we can go ahead and fill in the rest of the gap. Okay, now you are thinking that this old lady is learning something that you already knew, right? So, sometimes it takes me a while to figure someth

ing out.

Next step. Now we need to know how to make money with our blog. Are you ready for that? I know I am.money bundle


When looking up how to make money blogging on the website, you will find that there are many different ways, companies, and sites that give you step by step ways of making money blogging, or making a website. (Wow, I did not realize there were so many different sites, did you?) Anyway, there are sites that teach you how to do it, some that have a 30-day challenge, some that show you what to do, and others that just tell you about it.

Okay, where is the money? I would like to know that myself. So here goes. But first, let’s talk basics.


Seems like you have several things you need to making a good blog. Some of the first steps you probably already know. But I will put them here anyway because there may be someone out there that does not know them. I, being somewhat of a fussy person, likes to know that I have covered all the basis.

First – You need a computer or something to make the blog on and the internet.laptop taking notes

You cannot make a blog or money without a computer or something that will connect to the Internet. But then again, you already know this, am I right? And without the internet, you will not get very far. So this is really a beginner item. You, being in college, probably already know this.

Second – A blog.

successful blog

Yes, you need a blog to make money blogging. (Okay, now I bet you are thinking that this lady has gone nuts. Everyone knows that you need a blog to make money blogging. But there may be someone out there that does not know this.)

Third – Time.

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You need time set aside to write your blog. (Again, you are probably thinking Duh! Everyone knows that!)

Fourth – A subject or Niche.  identify your niche

Yes, you need something to talk about. (Okay, now you may be a little frustrated at me for going into the basics like this, but you know some people think that you can fix a computer with a sledgehammer and a screwdriver too!)

Now to the nitty Gritty of making money blogging.

There are several things to make money blogging they include:

  • Creating content
  • Building your brand
  • Promoting your brand
  • Choosing and implementing streams of income (Hey, that’s money!)

Creating content:


Okay this sounds simple, right? Well, let’s see how simple it really is. We need to find something that someone is interested in. So how do you find out what someone is interested in? You ask. Okay. That done. Oh, so you don’t know what to ask? Need some help? Okay. We can do that.target customers

What I do is sit down with a pencil or pen and a piece of paper and laptop taking noteswrite down what I am interested in. Then go to google, bing, or any of the search engines and put each of your interests into the search engine and see if anyone likes them. Or when you are going to that party ask people what they like. Bet you will get a lot of answers there.(I would ask for 2 or 3 from people at a party. Because they may go on and on. And unless you don’t want to get up the next morning, I would limit it to the top 2 or 3 that they have.) You also may want to limit them to things that are not going to get your site banned from the internet too. There is a way that you can go to Facebook and look up interests and see if anyone on Facebook who has your same interests.

Or when you are going to that party ask people what they like. Bet you will get a lot of answers there.(I would ask for 2 or 3 from people at a party. Because they may go on and on. And unless you don’t want to get up the next morning, I would limit it to the top 2 or 3 that they have.) You also may want to limit them to things that are not going to get your site banned from the internet too. There is a way that you can go to Facebook and look up interests and see if anyone on Facebook who has your same interests.

You also may want to limit them to things that are not going to get your site banned from the internet too. There is a way that you can go to Facebook and look up interests and see if anyone on Facebook who has your same interests.

There is a way that you can go to Facebook and look up interests and see if anyone on Facebook who has your same interests.

Pick 4 or 5 of your interests. Sit down and write something about each of them. (I know you have some time in between homework, class, and the party to do this.) Just write a few sentences about each. Nothing dramatic. You can do this, right?

Building and promoting your brand.

These two go together. You have to build rapport with people on the internet. (Yes, there are people out there in the internet land.) They are not all at school. There are other people you know and there are people you don’t know. (Remember when your mom told you not to talk to strangers? Well, forget that now. You are a grown person. You are after all in college.) But do be careful who you talk to.

You cannot sell things to someone if you don’t know people. You cannot get anyone to visit your site if you don’t know people. So we want to know people who know people. Does that make sense?

Choosing and implementing streams of income


You will want to develop a stream of income. Don’t get caught up in trying to do only this, because without the others you really cannot get this. So don’t miss a step.

To be successful you need to consistently find new ways to make money. There are a lot of ways to make money. The different ways can be combined to make each one linked to another. Let me explain.

Display Ads


You can use display ads to promote a hosting site, like this:

This is a banner ad used to promote Wealthy Affiliate. You can use these ads inside your content, on the side of your content, or in the header or footer of your blog.

Private Ads


There are things called Private ads. These I do not recommend. They are getting ads from someone and posting them to your site. It is similar to an ad you take out in a newspaper or something like that. (I really don’t know much about these ads, but what I have read about them, they may give you more money but it may not be worth the time. Something you can look into and let me know your opinion on.)

Sponsored Posts

This is where you work with a company and write something up about their business or a product they have. It could be something as simple as doing an article about hamburgers for a small mom and pop restaurant in your neighborhood, or as large as a network marketing that you thought would be nice to join. You may want to limit these types of things because you don’t want your audience to be bored. (Am I boring you? Did I see you yawn?) Okay, we are almost done with this.

Affiliate Marketing


Then there are things called affiliate marketing. This is fun. In my opinion, you can go almost anywhere, promote a product, and get paid for it. (You are now a middle man/lady.) This is exciting! Do you have a favorite shop? Check them out online, go to the bottom of their page and see if they have something called affiliate. If they do, click on it. Sign up. Most of the time it does not cost anything to sign up. You should already have your blog up and running when you do this. And have an idea of what your site is about. Don’t be like me and start up your site and then have to go back to the affiliates to tell them what your site is about. When I first started this, I wanted to make money so bad that I forgot why I wanted to do my site. Not a good thing. I found out that you have to have a reason or description of your site to sign up to be an affiliate.

Okay. Now with all that said, let’s begin a blog. Okay? There are classes you can take, I know school again. But you can start for nothing, does that help? Go to Wealthy Affiliate, right now. Sign up. Go to the “get started” course, if you already know how to do most of this stuff and you have all your ducks in a row.

ducks in a row and one looking out

(Not literally! I am not giving you ducks.)

And start your blog! If you don’t really understand or you don’t have a niche yet, go to Wealthy Affiliate and start the Bootcamp. This will help you.

Any Questions?

 

Failing!

Have you failed?


 

One of the worst things I find is that people, especially college students, feel like they fail a lot. Some people think that they should not do things because they fail. But success is a bunch of failures that are put together to make something work for you. This is my idea anyway. failure is the key to success

In an article from “Faculty Focus”, there is an article about Failure is an Option.

In this article, it explains that failure is the best teacher. In that article, it talks about how the person failed at doing home maintenance. Now can you imagine that? Let us see, what did he do wrong. Here is my version of failing at home intense.

Fixing pipes: Okay there is a pipe with a hole in it. Let's repair it. Okay, what to do. Go to YouTube and look up pipe repair. He falls asleep during the video because it is boring. He tries to watch it again. He misses a step. His wife comes over and says "Honey, did you figure out how to fix the pipe?" In which he replies, "Oh, yea. Simple. I can have it done in a matter of minutes." He gets his supplies and goes down to fix the pipe. He forgets to bring the glue down to put the pipe together. He figures that is not important. So he goes and replaces the pipe. He gets done and looks at his handiwork. Turns on the water and what happens? The basement is flooded! Something wrong. Okay, failure. Go back to the drawing board!

Okay, so that is a simple little funny failure. But we are faced with failure all the time. The problem is that when we fail in school we are reprimanded. Teachers say we should not fail. We should pay attention and follow directions to pass the course.

those who try and failOkay, but the way to learn something is to fail at it. Teachers in school, College as well as the lower levels of school, teach students that failure is a bad thing. So students have  a hard time in school. Failing in school is just one of the things that really is not supposed to be reprimanded.

Everyone is not good at everything. Everyone who tries and fails is not bad. So if you are in school or anywhere else, and you fail at something, congratulations! You are among many famous people.

Einstein, the Wright Brothers, Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Gates, and even some of our US Presidents were failures. So you are in good company. Difficult roads

So what do you do when you are failing? Learn from it first of all. Then realize that you are not perfect. No one is. There was only one perfect person on Earth and he was killed for that. Jesus Christ was the only perfect person. So if you are here on Earth, you will make mistakes, you will fail! This is the truth.

Now that does not mean to go out and intentionally fail. You must do your best at what you are doing. Put your best foot forward, fall down a lot, but get yourself up and get back on that horse! Try, try, and try again. This is how you succeed.

So, you want to learn more about failures and failing? Or should I say taking Challenges? There are several books on that topic. Some of them include:

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T Kiyosaki
  • Entre Leadership by Dave Ramsey
  • Good to Great by Jim Collins

These are just  a few books on how to overcome failures and make money too. Or should I say that you could make money, but they teach you about how they failed. And how they overcame things. And you can too! Okay, now for a break. These are some funnies that I found and thought you would enjoy.

Break time!

 


So here is some humor for you.

Now for some college humor.


 

Are you having trouble with people following you?


Here is a video on why people don’t follow you.

Are you failing?


 

Fun is what you need in life. Work for a living at what you like! No matter what you do, do something that you are interested in. Now that you have seen my site, well, I hope you learned something and had fun.

One last thing….
Any lasting comments?