When I first began blogging, it was part of my daily journal process. I read somewhere that, beyond a few dedicated family members, no one was likely to read a new blog by an unknown author. So, I wrote about some truly personal topics. I was maybe 3-6 months in before I even checked the “stats” area of my wordpress blog.
Then I came across Yaro’s site (blogging guru). I dove in and read everything he had on building a successful blog. I also read The Four Hour Work Week and a variety of business guru style books. My blog had already seen a bit of organic growth. I honestly didn’t change much about my blogging process, I just tweaked a few things and was more careful when creating my post titles. At the time, I was a Hypnotherapist and alternative healer. At some point along this journey, my blog and my practice collided.
People began reading my blog and asking me to teach them what I practiced in my everyday life (healthy intimacy practices, spiritual sex, compassionate communication, etc.). Thinking about what I read on Yaro’s site and all of the business books I read…I gave coaching a try.
I was living on Salt Spring Island, BC, which is a small community of 10,000 folks. It felt a little too close for comfort, so I rented a studio in Victoria, BC and launched my coaching practice. One thing that happened, which truly helped me is that Molly Kaye from Focus Magazine (a local alternative health magazine) booked a four hour session with me and wrote about her experience.
Business and my blog began to truly blossom. Here are the stats from my wordress blog, Tantrachick:
September 20, 2014, 8:34 am
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Months and Years
2014 340,509 (So far this year)
The bottom line is that my blog now receives between 260-300 unique visitors daily. Every now and then I get an influx of 400 visitors per hour…honestly not sure why, but it happens :) The extra views in the stats above are from people exploring my blog and reading older posts. When I was providing a combination of in person and phone coaching, sessions I made an income of $4000 my first month and my income fluctuated from $4000 – $7000 per month. I worked 6 days per week, charging $100 per hour and I booked a LOT of sessions.
In 2011, as longtime readers of this blog might remember, I was told that I may have follicular cancer in my thyroid and they thought it might have spread to my lymphatic system and it was likely life threatening. I put off my surgery hoping for some sort of miracle. I got one. When I finally had the surgery, they told me the lump they removed was benign. This was one of the most beautiful gifts I have received in life…
However, as a result of the surgery, I became hormonally imbalanced and I pretty much lost everything…other than my family. I couldn’t be a healer while I was healing and we had put all our eggs in one basket. It took two months to use up our savings…the last few years since the surgery have been up and down. We tried Washington for a bit, then moved to our ranch in Arizona, then went back to Salt Spring Island and finally, we moved near my husband’s home town in rural Iowa (a year ago).
This has been the best move we have made. Four of our 7 children are living with us, two nearby, and one a day drive from our home. We are almost through our immigration process and my husband Mountain starts a fantastic new job next week. Life is good, but here I am, about to get my work authorization in the US and, up until this morning, I was completely lost.
Considering the need for the work I do, I felt like I should stick to what works. Why recreate the wheel? I am fully healed and feeling emotionally strong, but something wasn’t sitting right with me. Yaro recently sent me an email and asked some blunt questions about the direction of my business. Last night I found myself lucid dreaming off and on. I woke up this morning with more clarity than I have had in a few years.
So, this blog will be transforming with me…as will my practice. I have decided to expand my coaching offerings and my writing to include a more balanced approach to life. The topics I am going to cover will evolve as I begin to focus on this new journey to deeper health and wellness in all areas of life. I look forward to sharing my journey with you and hope you come along for the ride! From my heart to yours, Joy