Make A Side Hustle Blogging

Make A Side Hustle Blogging

While there are lots of side hustle options, (many of which I’ve dabbled in) I would highly recommend at least considering blogging as an option to making some side income.

(P.S. There’s no doubt in my mind that I’m a bit biased being a full time blogger, but stick with me!)

So, before I get into the benefits of making a side hustle blogging, let me start by asking you a few questions to determine if blogging is really for you.  

Is Blogging For You?

First, let me explain what it takes to be a blogger.  There are a lot of misconceptions about blogging. Blogging is a fairly sedentary, sometimes lonely activity.  It takes time, patience and a lot of effort.  Often when you first start (especially with no experience) you’ll watch a billion tutorials on WordPress, pay for a domain, take time to make the design perfect, publish your first post and … crickets. This is not an unusual occurrence. It’s COMMON. You have to continually put effort in to get effort out.

So, with that being said-If you’re only interested in the money connected to blogging, or if you hate the internet/social media, aren’t good at balancing your own time and social activity, and are impatient/have unrealistic goals to #getrichquick then blogging is probably not the best side hustle option for you.

 

The Benefits Of Blogging

Who Blogging Is For:

If you are willing to learn the process of blogging (and stick to it long term), like the idea of creating content (whether that be writing, videos, pictures, memes, quizzes etc.), enjoy interacting with people digitally, are self-motivated and are interested in residual and passive income than blogging might be a perfect side hustle.

Personally, my favorite part of blogging as a side hustle is that it allows you to get in touch with your creative side. If you’re in college for a boring creative-free degree, blogging is an opportunity to be creative and make some money doing it. The same applies if you have a boring desk job. You can write, edit photos, and create video content, or even memes or quizzes for your audience. This gives you lots of opportunities to find a style of communication that fits you and your audience.

Besides being creative, blogging allows you to reach people in a variety of ways. First, you can reach them via search engines like Google, Pinterest or Youtube (bet you didn’t know all three of those were search engines).

Second, you can create a following on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

You can also have a list of followers that you email occasionally.

This means that while the first few views are difficult to get, the more the post the more likely it is that people will find you through search, or will follow your efforts on social platforms. A few months (or a year in) and you’ll have more authority with Google and a list of people who will devotedly read you.  Two years in and those first pieces that didn’t see much action can be redistributed to your readers and start making money/save you time. So, it’s really a time and patience game.

But 6 months in and you should be able to start seeing monetary success at a far greater amount than per hour pay checks you can get doing other side hustles like babysitting.

Beyond the obvious, blogging also opens up opportunities to work with brands, meet new people and visit new parts of the world. Just in the last month I partnered with two different amazing companies that I believe in and got paid for doing it. If those types of ideas excite you, than I would definitely consider starting a blog.

If you want I have a guide to getting started which you can check out here!

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Minky Weighted Blanket

Minky Weighted Blanket

Weighted Blankets, like any other blanket, can be made from different types of fabric. While cotton is the most popular type of fabric for weighted blankets, there’s also been an uprising in demand for minky blankets, and for good reason.

Minky fabrics are made from 100% polyester and are thicker and softer than fleece. For comparison, this is the type of fabric you’d expect to find when feeling all the baby blankets in the store (you know you do that). These soft blankets are perfect for people with sensitive skin because they are silkier than a traditional fleece and thus less irritating.

Minky Weighted Blankets are especially well suited for cold weather, but not so great for the heat (cotton weighted blankets are a better bet there). The texture of the minky fabric is well designed to keep in warmth and the poly pellets inside the blanket provide extra comfort on cold nights. Also, in case you’re worried, minky fabrics are easy to wash and are often machine washable. My favorite place to buy weighted blankets is Mosaic Blankets and they have tons of blankets made of minky fabrics.  Check them out here!

Organic Weighted Blanket

Organic Weighted Blanket

Have you ever been curious if it’s possible to find Organic weighted blankets? We were too, so we did some research to try and see if we could find weighted blankets made of organic fabrics. Here’s what we found:

While many companies are moving towards the green movement and encouraging individuals in their pursuit to return to all-natural products, weighted blanket companies, for the most part, haven’t embraced this trend. Organic Weighted Blankets should be made from all natural fibers preferably responsibly sourced and glass beads should be used in place of poly pellets. This is a great option for people with allergies or those looking to avoid excess exposure to plastics and other man-made chemicals.  Unfortunately, organic weighted blankets are a rarity in the pre-made weighted blanket world. One company you can try is https://www.sensorygoods.com.  I don’t know too much about this company, but it does look like they have good reviews on their organic blankets.  If you would rather, Etsy also has sellers who will make a custom organic weighted blanket for you.  Using Etsy is a great opportunity to be super specific about your needs. However, you’ll typically have to wait awhile for custom made products.

Weighted Blanket PTSD

Weighted Blanket PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be exhausting and even debilitating. While there are treatments for PTSD that can come in the form of therapy and medications, the treatment paths for PTSD are long and varied. What works well for one, might not work at all for another. However, when looking at treatment options you might want to consider weighted blankets as a healthy non-medical they are known to treat both anxiety and sleeping disorders commonly associated with PTSD.

Weighted blankets provide Deep Pressure Touch Stimulation (DPTS) that imitate the sensation felt when being hugged or cuddled. It also encourages the production of serotonin which helps to improve mood and can help encourage sleep.

Note that there are a lot of different symptoms for PTSD and weighted blankets have different effects on different people. To one person a weighted blanket might be a trigger, so if you think that’s a possibility, it’s probably not a good option to start with. With that being said, here’s how weighted blankets ease some of the symptoms of PTSD:

 

They Ease Anxiety

People with PTSD usually feel anxious especially when reminded by the traumatic event that they experienced. The overwhelming anxiety sometimes causes them to be easily startled and hyperaware of their surroundings. A weight blankets encourages deep pressure touch stimulation that helps them feel safe and secure. It relaxes tensed muscles and keeps their mind at ease.

Promotes Deep Restful Sleep

As mentioned earlier, deep pressure touch stimulation in weighted blankets produces serotonin. The serotonin produced by the body is processed in the pineal gland and later on becomes melatonin, which is the hormone responsible for deep sleep.

People with PTSD usually struggle with flashbacks and insomnia. These symptoms keep them from getting enough sleep which allows their body to recharge. Weighted blankets can help people with PTSD by making them feel safe and secure so they can get deep, restful sleep.

Comforting Tool after Flashbacks

Many with PTSD experience flashbacks, even with medication and therapy. These flashbacks feel as if they are experiencing the event again. Weighted blankets have been found to be comforting for some after flashbacks. Some even say that the blanket makes them feel more secure and get a grip with reality faster.

Weighted blankets do not fully treat PTSD. Constant guidance, therapy, and in some cases prescribed medicines, from a psychologist are extremely important for anyone with this disorder. However, having something that can help them ease the symptoms of the illness can be extremely helpful. With the amount of comfort and security a person with PTSD can get from them, a weight blanket is definitely worth every penny.

My favorite weighted blankets are through Mosaic Blankets. You can check them out here.

Cotton Weighted Blanket

Cotton Weighted Blanket

Weighted Blankets are made from different fabrics, mainly cotton and polyester. The more common and widely used of the two is cotton. Cotton Weighted blankets are softer and more breathable compared to the other one, most companies use 100% cotton when making their weighted blankets, this is because cotton is strong, durable and versatile. Plus, Cotton doesn’t retain odor and is easy to wash.

Cotton Weighted Blankets are filled with poly pellets, which cools down with the temperature in the room. It is perfect for warm weather and hot summer days. Also, Cotton Blankets are a good choice for children with Sensory Processing Disorder(SPD).

My favorite weighted blanket company is Mosaic Blankets, and you can click here to see their cotton options.

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