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Best. Play. Ever.

A week ago, I had the great pleasure of seeing the hit Broadway show, “Hamilton”.  Now unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably heard of this play.  It’s about one America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. I had high expectations coming into the show.  I mean, the hype behind this play is unbelieveable. But as expected, the music, acting and costumes were amazing.  I hope to see it again one day with my daughters. My oldest daughter loves the soundtrack and plays it endlessly. But she needs to be a little older before she can see it.  

Alexander Hamilton

The ten-dollar Founding Father without a father
Got a lot farther by workin’ a lot harder
By bein’ a lot smarter
By bein’ a self-starter

For days after I saw the show, I kept thinking about Hamilton’s story. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that Hamilton could teach me a lot about blogging.  I would even go as far to say that if Alexander Hamilton was alive today, he would be a blogger. The play highlighted the fact that Hamilton was a prolific writer and a self-starter.  Much to the dismay of others, he was always writing and producing content for the government. He was all for freedom, independence and the uplifting of the American people. If he were alive today, I’m sure he would have used a blog to publish his thoughts and ideas for the world to read.  Yes, he would still be in politics and he would definitely be blogging about it.

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I was also very inspired by the sayings and slogans that were repeated throughout the performance.  They were so inspirational and thought provoking mottos spoken over and over again.  Those words stayed with me and I realized that they applied to my life and everything I was trying to do and be as a blogger.  So here are the 4 things that the show “Hamilton” taught me about blogging.

“Write like you’re running out of time”

These lyrics come from the song “Non-Stop” and it talks about how Hamilton was constantly writing.   A blogger needs to write constantly.  I have been blogging for a few years and the more I blog, the more I realize that I need to blog more.  It is vitally important that bloggers publish content on a consistent basis. Not just for your readers to consume but also so that Google can send more traffic your way.  Cuz Google is funny like that. The more you publish fresh, new content to your blog, the more readers it will send your way. The more traffic that Google sends to your blog, the more email subscribers you can get and sales you can make.  So you’ve got 3 really, really good reasons to blog your heart out… traffic, email subscribers and sales. So what are you waiting for? Act like Alexander Hamilton and start writing like you’re running out of time.

Now, I understand the some of y’all reading this might want to blog but don’t like writing that much or don’t have time to produce tons of content.  Well, if you can afford it, hire someone to write for you. Otherwise, man up or woman up and start writing!

“My Shot”

I am not throwing away my shot
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot
It’s time to take a shot

Every single day, I get emails from moms who want to start a blog, work from home and earn extra income online.  Yet most moms I talk to doubt themselves and feel as though they can’t do it. Here are some of the most common reasons I hear:

“It’s too techy and complicated to set up a blog.“

“I can’t run a blog and a family at the same time.”

“I don’t think blogging works for my niche.”

“I don’t have a product or service to sell.”

“I don’t have an email list.”

“Honestly, I am just scared and intimidated about the whole thing.”  

“I think it will take a lot of time to learn how to set up a blog.  I love Instagram so I’m just going to focus on getting more followers there.”

In my blog post, “Help! I’m Too Scared to Start a Blog”, I talk about how blogs are so powerful and  show you that if you’re not blogging, you are already losing money, wasting your time, and trying to make money the hard way.  There are so many mommy bloggers out there getting serious results in the form of more business, exposure and huge financial gains.  Everyone is blogging and now is the perfect time for YOU to start your blog.

Yes, I know it can be intimidating to start a blog.  You may think that there are already so many other blogs out there and you’ll never be as successful as some of those other famous bloggers.  But you really don’t know what will happen once you commit and take action. So if you have been thinking about starting a blog for awhile now, give yourself permission to do it.  My Dad always says people never regret the things they do, just the things they don’t do. You’ve got nothing to lose and all the stats are in your favor. I am here to help you. Check out my tutorial where I show you how to start a blog in 6 super, simple steps.

It’s okay to be scared but don’t let the fear of starting a blog stop you from  actually doing it. Do it scared. Do it anyway. Take a shot. I’m not gonna miss my shot.  What about you?

The Schuyler Sisters

Look around, look around at how
Lucky we are to be alive right now
Work, work…

In Hamilton, this song was sung by the Schuyler Sisters.  They were young, rich, beautiful. They were the social elite living in New York City.  Every man wanted to marry them and all the other ladies wanted to be associated with them.  The world was their oyster. Eliza, Peggy and Angelica were excited to live during the revolution and the birth of America.

But I can’t help but think how lucky we are to be alive right now.  We live in the Information Age (also known as the Computer Age or the Digital Age), a historic period where the economy is based on information technology.  Now, the definition of an economy is “the wealth and resources of a county or region, especially in terms of production and consumption of goods and services”.  So what that means to me is that if you have a computer and know how to produce information, goods and services that other people want to consume online then you can create your own wealth and resources (real estate, etc.).  

Don’t believe this to be true?  Of course we know that technology has created a class of the super rich. Tech giants like Mark Zuckerburg of Facebook and Jeff Bezos of Amazon are worth hundreds of billions of dollars. But did you know that there are many successful bloggers that are making more than the average CEO?

That’s right!  The average CEO makes approximately $250,000 a year but bloggers like my friend Michelle makes over $100,000 every month in affiliate sales.  Or how about Alex and Lauren who also make over $100,00 every, single month teaching bloggers how to use Pinterest. So if you work hard at it, you can make more than the average CEO right at home on your computer.  

And look, you don’t have to make hundreds of thousands of dollars each month to consider yourself a successful blogger.  Maybe you just need a few thousand a month to pay for your child’s tuition. Or a few extra hundred each month to help with the household budget.  Whatever your goals and dreams are, if you have a computer, internet access and drive, you can turn your dream of a successful blog and business into a reality.  At no other time in history could we do that.

Today we are living in a golden age where blogging can change your life.  You can make it happen – online. So what are waiting for? As the Schulyer sisters sang, “Work, Work!”

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?

And when my time is up, have I done enough?
Will they tell our story?
Well they tell your story?

As I said earlier, Alexander Hamilton was always writing.  Now, I don’t want to spoil it for those who don’t know his story or haven’t seen the show.  But Alexander’s prolific writing was the reason for his meteoric rise in the government. And some may say it was also the death knell to his career.  Well, with blogging, you have the chance to tell your story in your own words. Whether the story you want to write is about healthy eating or how to create a beautiful home, it’s all up to you.  Blogging gives you the chance to control your own narrative in your own words. Blogging gives you the chance to create income, help other people’s lives and change yours. We don’t have any control over who lives or who dies but right now, you can tell your own story with your blog.  

Who is going to tell your story?

I loved the show, “Hamilton” and if you can get your hands on some tickets, I recommend that you see it too.  Hamilton’s life was inspirational and taught me so many truths about blogging. Yes, we are running out of time.  No one lives forever and as a blogger I need to write like I’m running out of time. I need to take advantage of this amazing time that we live in and take my shot to see how far I can go with this blog thing.  I want to leave you with one thing to think about..  Who is going to tell your story?  As for me?

My name is Dr. Marcella Wilson
And there’s a million things I haven’t done
But just you wait, just you wait…

Toodles,

Dr. Marcella Wilson

BTW don’t forget to leave me a comment and let me know if you have seen the Broadway show, “Hamilton”.  If you did, what is your favorite song?  I like “Satisfied” and of course, “Alexander Hamilton”.

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