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Got a Blog Routine? A Blog Tip

Establishing and keeping blogging routines can make the “passive income” flow more freely if you do it for a living and the quality writing for friends and family come easier as well if you don’t.

My first tip in this series is based on something we all get stronger by doing:


After I share my thoughts on blog routines, I hope you will join this conversation and share your tips and comments.

Establishing routines for your blog is the best way to generate “passive” traffic and income. While your blog should never become “botlike,” you can establish routines to make your blogging experience, or job if you do it for money, much more gratifying and successful. Routines can be like buying wholesale products over retail … it simply equals more value. A few posting routines I have integrated through the years have been:

  • Speedlinking
  • Monthly Blog Stats results
  • Blog Tip of the day (or week, month etc.)
  • Photo of the day
  • Series posts on various topics
  • Weekly podcast or videoblog

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To close, establishing and keeping blogging routines can make the “passive income” flow more freely if you do it for a living and the quality writing for friends and family as well. There are times when blog routines are good to share with your readers because they may lure them to subscribe and return. Other times you keep them to yourself and they simply help you stay faithful at posting. Do you have a blog routine?

3rd Grade Writing Contest Winner, Yours Truly

Article from when I won the third grade short story competition at the Orange County Fair.

First place winners in the Orange County Fair’s writer-illustrator competition for two or more persons aged eight and nine are Damien Riley, right, and Michael Pierce, both of Mission Viejo. Damien Penned the story while Michael supplied the illustrations for Swimmy the Turtle. Both youths share other interests, Damien in the third grade string class of the 1978 honors orchestra playing his violin and Michael playing baseball hitting for the highest average on his team, the Mesa Verde Giants.

What I Learned at my Accidental Garage Sale

Have you learned/observed anything funny or productive out there from a garage sale?

Though I wasn’t planning to, I received an impromptu lesson in garage sale vernacular a few weeks ago: people showed up as I was cleaning my garage and tried to buy my things I was arranging.

As the people rummaged through my garage, I didn’t have the heart to tell them I wasn’t having a sale. At the same time, I was curious. I didn’t care about most of it and we were saving up to rent a couple of dumpsters. It was kind of a rush. I wondered what my junk could go for? In the hours that followed I fancied myself quite the garage salesman, but after several only marginally profitable sales, I realized I had a lot to learn about this odd breed of people.

In the negotiations that followed, I learned that terms like “really good condition” are not the best when trying to get the highest price. One has to somehow let the buyer know that the item is of good quality without bragging. The reason is that if one brags too much, the buyer will feel the need to find fault in it and haggle a lower price. I even had one buyer completely drop an item and leave when I extolled the virtues of a never before used water foot spa, he probably wanted it for a quarter though, so no real loss there.

One guy who bought about $40 worth of my stuff seemed like a pro. He had gloves in his back pocket and a tape measure he pulled out more than once. I’ve often wondered since that day if he was an eBay enthusiast. If he was, he probably made quite a profit off some of my things. I admire that guy for knowing his craft. I’ve already bought my gardening gloves and I’m ready to be on his side some Saturday when I can convince my wife it’s worth my time!

Hindsight is 20/20. I learned that one avoids the pitfalls of low selling prices by stating a price one wants up front and using dispassionate, minimal language like,

“Yes . . . that’s for sale . . . it works. . . . it’s 15 dollars . . .etc.”

In doing this the buyer doesn’t have to wring his/her hands and tell you dramatically about how it is missing this or that or show you the holes in it to get you to lower the price. In short: Play your language down and hold on a price. This is the best way to get the most money for your stuff.

It was a key strategy I learned over the course of my 4 hour accidental garage sale. If I had known it at the start, I would have gotten a lot more money for my things. I made the mistake of thinking that retail sales strategies are the same as garage sale ones: they are not. At Best Buy, for example, a salesman would extol the virtues of a plasma TV to get the $3000 from the buyer . . . that would make sense. At a garage sale, extolling the virtues of wares can backfire when the buyer senses they have no chance to talk the seller down. This can be a real problem especially since traffic at garage sales is not guaranteed throughout the day as it is at Best Buy.

At any rate, I did okay that day and we took the kids to John’s Incredible Pizza (Kind of like a Chuck E Cheese of the High Desert) with the proceeds that night. I’m looking forward to putting my lesson it into practice first thing the next time I have a garage sale. The only trouble is that it may have to wait a while . . . I’ve already sold all my junk. Maybe in 10 years . . . this approach is probably timeless so I hope I’m in luck. I know for sure I’ll have a chance soon to be the buyer, so watch for that post. Since this experience I have learned that garage sales can be the BEST places to get things.

Have you learned/observed anything funny or productive out there from a garage sale?