Started this Blog because…..

The two things I hear most frequently from readers are are some variation of: 1) “How do you travel so much with a toddler?”, and 2) “Thank you, I really enjoy your blog. Why do you do it when you have so much going on? “

The first question is tough to explain, but the second question is an easy one. This site is the confluence of three of my passions. Writing, investing and traveling. This site is one of the few places they all fit neatly together. When someone asks why I bother to write a blog, I think WHY NOT?! Through this blog I hold myself accountable for investment decisions, met dozens of smart investors, and made thousands of dollars in extra income. Frankly, what’s not to love!

Accountability is very important, and the best way I’ve found to hold myself accountable is to write down the reasoning behind our biggest decisions. Our memory is malleable and can change over time, but if we write down the reasoning behind those decisions…..we always know the true reasoning behind the decisions we made. That documentation is critically important when we look back at which decisions worked and which didn’t. This methodology is the best way I’ve found to learn from our mistakes, and therefore not repeat them.

The people are by far the most important of these three factors. Before starting this blog I simply didn’t interact with very many other investors In my daily life. I am an engineer by training and the vast majority of the professionals I interacted with were engineers, attorneys, or developers. Many of those people are smart professionals, but almost none understood my passion for investing. Over the past two and a half years I have met MANY other folks that are passionate about investing. Many of us email, or text, each other weekly now. We also get together when we are in the same area. In this group we swap investment ideas, discuss which assets we are currently looking at, and look for holes in each other’s ideas. This network is a wonderful symbiotic relationship, and we are all better investors as a result.

No conversation about blogging would be complete without discussing the potential to make money. Several bloggers I know have turned their blogs into full time businesses, and make $10k-$25k per month off those blogs. Two of the most accomplished are Pat Flynn and Michele Schroeder, each of who makes many hundreds of thousands of dollars annually off their respective blogs. Many others, including some of my close friends, have net profits of $1,000+ per month from their blogs. We aren’t to that level yet, but my writing usually provides a few thousand dollar of extra income per year.

There you have the three reasons why I write this blog and will continue to do so for years in the future. Feel free to email me at 1incomesurfer (at symbol), if you have any questions about our experiences blogging. If I can’t answer them, I’m sure one of our blogging friends can. If you decide to start a blog of your own, please consider using the Blue Host affiliate link below.  Below are our notes on how to set up a website with Blue Host. We have used Blue Host (for our hosting and domain registration) for the past 2 years, and have no complaints. Blue Host staff is also great at walking you through the process of getting all signed/set up. Go ahead and give them a try!

How To Start A New Blog With Blue Host

You’ve decided to start blogging…..great! We love it and hope you will also. So how do you go about setting up your new blog?! Well, first you need to decide who to use for your domain and hosting. For the past two years we’ve been using Blue Host, and are happy with their service and support. I hear some of you saying….wait, that costs money…..why not go with a free service like Blogger. You could go with blogger, but I wouldn’t recommended it if you want to monetize your site or create original content. If you pay for a service like Blue Host you have much more control over your site, including both it’s appearance/formatting and the revenue streams you can cultivate. Plus, if you decide to go with a paid service now… avoid the hassle of transferring your content somewhere else in the future. Trust me, no one wants the hassle of transferring old content and links…..twice!

If you decide to go with Blue Host like we did, check out the steps below. If you go with Blue Host, please consider using the affiliate banner on our website. Doing so will save you some money, and earn us a few dollars. Clicking on the banner, you will be taken to a page that looks like this.

BlueHost Landing Page

Once you click the “Get Started Now” tab, you will be taken to a page that looks like this.

BlueHost Options

The basic package is a great place to start, and has served us well for the past 2 years. If your site becomes so popular that you need to upgrade, you can easily do so at a later time. Once you decide on the package you want, select the appropriate package. Next you need to decide on your site’s domain (web address). It is easier and less complicated to buy your domain and hosting package through the same provider, but it is certainly not required. The domain name you want to use is probably the biggest decision of this whole process, so think it over before making your selection. If you want to monetize your site (and hey who doesn’t like free money for something you’re doing anyway) it’s helpful to select a domain that contains a key word or two covering what your site is about. We have Income in our domain, because income is central to what we discuss. For us, Cash Flow and Investing were also considerations. It’s also useful if the domain name is catchy and memorable. Once you’ve decided on a domain name, enter it in the appropriate box (as shown below) and click next.

Domain Name

Next up, fill out the account information…… package duration…..and billing information. Select the duration that best fits your commitment to your new site, while also recognizing the savings associated with longer commitments. These steps are straight forward and self explanatory.

Duration and Billing

Once those steps are completed, it’s time to Install WordPress. WordPress is a great, and extremely versatile platform, which you can use to handle your site’s back end. We do, and have found it easy to modify and trouble shoot when needed. Completing the steps above will take you to the Mojo Marketplace, which is where you’ll install WordPress. “One Click Install” buttons make this step a snap. Which will bring you to the screen below. Select the one that indicates a new install, unless you are importing existing files.

install window

Next you will be prompted where you want to install WordPress. You can chose any domain, folder, or subdomain on your account. Next click the button that says, “check domain”. This will be sure that the domain is active and connected to your account. *Blue Host warns that you may get a warning about overwriting existing files, but to proceed with this step if you have not already built a website on this domain* We did not have this issue, so we can’t speak to this issue.

Then you will be prompted to “show advanced options”, at which time you can set your name and password. Be sure the “create new database” box is checked, and then proceed. You will be given a copy of the “terms and conditions”. Be sure to read them and proceed. The install will progress, and once complete you will be emailed a copy of all your account information, sans your password. Be sure to save that email. Now it’s time to select a theme and style your site to match your personality. Enjoy!

Please note that if you don’t want to do the install and setup yourself, you can pay Blue Host to do it for you. It’s up to you. I hope you enjoy blogging as much as we do, and be sure to contact tech support if you have any hiccups along the way. They are friendly and there to help you!