Today I’d like to welcome and introduce you to Alecia from www.Savingsand Stewardship.com. Alecia has been blogging since 2009 and has agreed to let us pick her brain.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a stay at home mom to 2 lovely little girls and wife to an amazing husband. We are avid followers of Jesus and revel in His mercies. Those are definitely the top 3 things to know about me :). Besides that, I love to cook, dabble in painting, and would love to be a full-time writer someday!
When did you start blogging? How did you get into blogging and why?
July 2009. I kept emailing friends & family about sales & coupons that I would find. A friend suggested that I should start a blog instead of littering everyone’s inbox … so, I did. I’ve continued with it because I found it a great way to stay in contact with the “adult world”. Being a stay at home mom can be lonely at first, and this has helped me find an outlet for my creative talents as well as stay in touch with people over 2′ tall.
What is your blog about and why should people read it?
I blog about “Financial Stewardship.” As Christians, we are commanded to be good stewards of the things that the Lord has given us. These blessings are not ours to keep, but rather to watch over for a short time. We believe that you should not only practice good stewardship in your monetary finances by spending less, but by spending your money appropriately. We blog about coupons, deals, sales, financial tips, money saving practices, recipes, family activities, and so much more. I think people should read it to learn how the modern family can survive and thrive in today’s world!
What would you say inspires the content of your posts?
Frugality and Stewardship are the two things that inspire my posts most. I try to use my blog as a small ministry, allowing the Lord to further His Kingdom through me, if He so chooses. I chose this niche because it is something that I’m passionate about. It was never “cool” to be frugal growing up (my family did not much money), but I have always enjoyed it. Now, I can help others learn that saving money can be rewarding, worthwhile, and FUN!
A lot of people are interested in blogging for money, what are some tips for people who would like to make money from blogging? What are some realistic expectations?
I did not start blogging in order to make money. In fact, I had no idea what an “affiliate” was when I got started. It has sort of been the cherry on top. Personally, I think that if you’re looking to make a bit of on the side, you would be able to do that faster and easier by getting a part time job at a local store. That being said, there is a small (very, very small at first) amount of money that can be made by blogging. I would encourage you to just be honest on your blog, never try to manipulate your readers or try to make a “quick buck” off of them (they’ll see through that). Your reputation can be one of your best selling points – don’t trade that in for a few dollars. Keep your expectations small and you won’t be disappointed.
Everyone has a favorite/least favorite post. Name yours and why?
One of my favorite posts is our “Ministry Money” post because it shows something that I’m most passionate about – stewarding our money so we can give to those in need – not just in the abstract, but in the personal sense! I would have to say that my least favorite posts are the “print here for $1 off” ones :). I know they save everyone money, but they’re kind of boring to write up!
Thanks so much Alecia for letting us get to know you.
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