New Design: The Great Canadian Housewife & Birthday Party

I am so busy with school and blogging, which I am trying to make into a part-time job while in school that I just don’t have the time to make a theme for The Great Canadian Housewife that I really like, so I did something I have not ever done before. I purchased a theme from Etsy. And honestly, I have to say I could not have bought a theme that fits the blog better! I probably could not have made one. And on top of that, I got Genesis Framework with it! Which is perfect because I want to learn more about creating child themes. I need to do a bit of research on it. Licensing and creating a child theme, among other things. I know the basics of creating a child theme but have never worked with Genesis for WordPress before and have to say I absolutely love it! I really want to learn more about it.

Other than that we had a pool party today for Eddie and I as well as my cousin Mackenzie as my birthday is tomorrow, Kenzie’s is the Wednesday and Eddie’s is Saturday. So we had 9 of us, we can only have 10 at once, so it worked out perfectly. We are allowed to visit for the time being. We just have to be careful. It was great. The only issue was the weather which has been really hot and humid for over 3 weeks now decided to cool off today and get foggy. So it was cool, but the pool water was 76F so it was really nice in the pool! We had a homemade ice cream cake after that mom and I made yesterday, ordered pizza, had punch (non-alcoholic as there were 2 kids and everyone was driving), and snacks.

Mom made Eddie and me a gift. I knew she was making it, I even arranged the names, which are the 5 of us and the 4 pets (including pumpkin who we lost 2 weeks ago, so it’s super special) and the shells. She had told me she was making it for herself, but it was actually for us. She actually also tried to get us a puppy as we want a golden retriever (or Goldendoodle or golden retriever/lab mix like Karli) but it fell through and ended up being a scam. There are so many of them! Scams that is. Golden Retrievers are hard to come by apparently.

This week I have to really concentrate on school and finish catching up. I am okay on two of three courses but I need to catch up in the third. I may also have to do some transcribing or captioning to make a few extra bucks. Spent a bit too much on Amazon over the last month or so. My own fault. I need to be more careful. I just find such neat things!

Blogging & Monetization

I have been struggling a little bit with The Great Canadian Housewife. Not so much with content, well maybe a little, but more with just knowing where to start. I have exactly 20 posts since my first one in February this year. Most of those in April, May, and June I think, which is when I really started to get serious about it. As I said I am not really struggling so much with content, at least not yet, but I am sure that will come soon enough.

Right now my biggest struggles with it are driving traffic to it. Which I am doing somewhat okay at, but honestly I have nothing to compare it too as this one I never cared a whole lot or paid attention. It was more for me than for anyone else. Maybe that’s a bit selfish to say but it is a personal blog after all (this one).

I don’t care so much about SEO and that with this as I mostly just seek out other bloggers that I enjoy reading and comment on their blogs and probably 8 or 9 times out of ten they then come comment on mine. Which is sort of what I am doing with the other one, but I am not sure if that is the right way to go about it. It seems to be working okay but I am just not really sure.

I am struggling a lot with monetizing it and also with social media. Starting with social media I made a Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram account for the blog. Facebook was not too hard and I already have about 40 people following it but I am more active on Facebook than anywhere and most of those are my personal friends, a few bloggers, and some former work acquaintances. Not all of which are the right audience for the blog I don’t think,

I am unsure if I should narrow down my “niche” for it a bit more. It started as a place for me to share my “learn to be a housewife” kinda lifestyle I am sort of now living. But let’s face it, I suck as a housewife lol. I still love the name though and it still sort of fits so now I am trying to make it a product review (household products, beauty products, cleaning products, etc), book review, crafts, recipes, DIY, etc type of blog which I guess could fall more under “lifestyle” maybe?

I want to do some sponsored posts, mostly about makeup, haircare, skincare, bath & body, and those kinds of products as well as cleaning and household supplies, gardening, etc. So yeah, basically “housewife” type stuff. As well as some book reviews. I found a good site for that where I can get free books (popular newer ones at that) in exchange for reviews. I don’t get paid but I spend a lot on books so it seems a fair trade-off.  I am struggling though on how to start out with getting my first few sponsored posts. I joined some influence/sponsored post networks but they either have nothing, or it’s crap for lack of a better term, or I don’t qualify.

I did get one person email me and ask me to collaborate with her brand (hair wigs) in which she wants me to do 2 posts, shared to social media and a banner for 3 months on my page all for $12 US. I’m not a genius but even I know that’s too low. I am not afraid to reply back and say that but I am unsure even remotely on what to ask for for that. Not to mention I have never worn a wig in my life and will not lie so I am wondering what exactly the post entails. She has not mentioned trying a wig or anything like that and her wigs are expensive so I can understand.

I am okay with doing a post where I do some research maybe and write a post about it and link to her site but I won’t be saying I have tried one of the wigs when I haven’t. She’s not offering up a lot of info and I am not sure where to start to ask. I would love to collaborate but I am just unsure where myself and my blog would fit in in that scenario and don’t honestly really know how to ask.

I know my lack of knowledge and inexperience could become an issue when trying to get a sponsored post but you have to start somewhere right? And I am good at researching and have been trying to gather as much info about monetization and sponsored posts as I can. If anyone has any knowledge I would be more then thankful if anyone wants to share. I need a mentor lol.

I keep getting directed to these online courses that sound too good to be true in the groups and things I am in and I refuse to pay $300 for something that could literally be a flop or “scam”, not to mention I am broke as hell again and we are living off of Eddie’s part-time job and my student loan so I couldn’t afford it if I wanted too.

One last thing I am struggling with is affiliate links/banners. I did not want to go with Google Adsense for one because I want control over the ads I put on my site and only companies I either have dealt with or research and two because I can’t seem to get approved by them for some reason anyways even though I keep following all instructions. So I joined Rakuten Affiliates, CJ Affiliates, and Amazon Affiliates and figured out how to use it as far as banner ads on my site or pointing to specific things with their link codes but I am not getting any clicks, not one single click. Some impressions but no clicks. Not sure what I am doing wrong there either.

Sorry, this post got long, so I am going to end it here. Hopefully, I can figure this all out. And juggle school at as well. I so badly want to make this work in the long run for some additional income, not expecting miracles or anything but just a little extra every few months would be nice.

Crafting

This past week was my last week before school officially starts. I am not sure if I’ve mentioned this or not but Edward and I made the decision that since my student loan is enough to cover most of our costs after the tuition is taken out and he is working pretty much full-time at the moment and we are ahead, that for a while at least I am not going to work at all. I am just going to concentrate 100% in the beginning and not work part-time or full-time at all.

I’ve been working on getting The Great Candian Housewife blog and also my mom and I are starting a crafting business, so between all of that I don’t have much spare time or time to take on a job on top of everything else and we want me to be concentrating and doing well in school. It still feels weird saying “school”, that I am in school and am almost 40 (a little over a month), but I am.

My mom and I have been mainly just crafting and starting on reading some of the course outlines and into materials and getting familiar with things. We’ve done a lot with the Cricut and mom’s done some other crafts as well. The image at the top is some of the things we’ve made. I have a domain name for it already and we have an Etsy site and now a Facebook page. We plan to sell both locally and within the province as well as ship anywhere.

I absolutely love doing the glass stuff like the mugs, candle holders, even candles, wine glasses, etc. I want to eventually make some of my own designs instead of just finding and downloading ones. We’ve bought some and found some that are free for commercial use. I also need to work a bit on my photography skills when it comes to taking pictures of the things that we are making. I have been working on a logo for the company but I’m not really happy with it yet.

Overall it’s been a great week. Lots of time spent with mom and dad and my brother while Eddie was at work and some when he wasn’t. Things are coming together nicely.