I have been blogging here for lots of years, but I’d never tried to use this format to do anything more than just exercise my writing muscles. I’d heard about people who supposedly make money with blogs, but it wasn’t until recently that I actually met the sister of someone who supports her entire family solely through her blog. That pushed me to read How to Blog for Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) by Ruth Soukup, which introduced me a a slew of women, just like me, who are supporting their families exercising those writing muscles.
I had never considered this to be something that might work for our family, until the start of 2014 when we started feeling more and more that God wanted us to devote additional time to feet-on-the-ground service to our ministry in Nicaragua. We’ve never been supported as most missionaries are, so how can we pay the bills if we reduce our consulting workload?
Maybe, just maybe, this might be an possibility for us? Who knows. I figured it was at least worth a shot. I’d rather write and sell ads than pound the pavement asking my friends and family for monthly donations. Maybe that makes me a wimp. Maybe I’m just delaying the inevitable. I don’t know. But any advertising I get through my writing helps support our ministry in Nicaragua, so that’s a good thing.
I am a “creative type” who finds writing truly cathartic. I write about the big stuff in my life—my family, my faith, my work—with some of the slightly smaller stuff thrown in (cooking, music, books, travel, and so on).
the stuff that pays the bills
Over the past two decades, I’ve spent a lot of time in front of a computer (always a Mac, by the way). Although my degree is in illustration, I’ve worked predominately as a graphic designer and art director, technical consultant, editor and writer. My current day job is the Communications Director for a large church in the southeast US. Check out my resume to learn more, or contact me.
the stuff that makes it all worthwhile
In addition, my family and I have spent an increasing amount of time in community service and mission work. Specifically, as a foster family in the U.S., and as independent missionaries in Nicaragua.
In Nicaragua, we primarily serve with these groups/organizations: