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February 2017 Travel Blog Income Report – All I Do Is Win

My wife and I are huge Miami Hurricanes fans. While we no longer live in Miami, we’re fortunate enough to live smack dab in the middle of ACC country here in Charlotte. Over the years, we’ve traveled to watch our beloved Canes play at UVA, Va Tech, Wake Forest, Duke, Chapel Hill, Clemson, and Georgia Tech. Before each game, the home team rocks their sound system with DJ Khaled’s All I Do…

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Blogging, Income Report

January 2017 Travel Blog Income Report – A Fresh Look on a New Year

For almost three-years, I’ve been bumping along at this fulltime writing “career” making anything but a fulltime living. As 2017 approached, I was ready to throw in the towel. I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. It wasn’t for a lack of effort. I’m working harder now than I ever have, but my income remains stagnant, averaging around a thousand dollars a month. I could make more money slinging beers…

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Blogging, Income Report

December 2016 Travel Blog Income Report – Exactly What I was Expecting

Before we get started and you begin to panic at my results, please note that my December Travel Blog Income Report is exactly what I was expecting. As I explained last month, I had just come off a couple of months that can best be described as a rough patch, and some residual affects did bleed into December. Oh, and my neighborhood was hit by a minor tornado. As a member of…

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Blogging

2016 Year in Travel (and Blog) Review!!!

Are you like me and tend to only remember the bad things that happened over the past year? Summarizing the year with thoughts of 2016 was a year, 2017 has to be better, or I’m glad 2016 is behind me. I think it’s a natural tendency as we head into the New Year with new beginnings and new resolutions to want to make a clean break from the past. In order to…

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Blogging, Income Report

November 2016 Travel Blog Income Report

Regulars readers of The Wandering Gourmand may have noticed close to a month rut in new posts and a three-month rut in income reports. So, where the heck have I been during that time and what have I been doing? Let me explain. From a travel perspective, I’ve been to a lot places. At the beginning of September, we traveled out to Phoenix because I wanted Deacon to meet his great-grandmother before…

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Blogging, Income Report

August 2016 Travel Blog Income Report + Special Announcement

I’m going to begin August’s travel blog income report a little differently with a huge announcement. Those of you who follow me on SnapChat already know what I’m about to announce as I leaked it during my trip to Phoenix earlier this month.     Regular readers of this blog may have noticed some of the family travel posts that have been creeping in since Deacon’s birth. I know that really doesn’t…

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Blogging, Income Report

July 2016 Travel Blog Income Report (And Traffic, Too)

July is the month where I should give up… Back in January, I set specific goals for the year. By July, I wanted to hit 10k a month in traffic. By October, I wanted to cover the mortgage plus fulltime childcare with income from my blog and writing. My first goal has reached its deadline, and I failed. I’m off by over 2k hits. To add insult to injury, I also had…

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Blogging, Income Report

June 2016 Travel Blog Income Report (And Traffic, Too)

A freelance writing and blogging career is a lot like a sales career. Some months are amazing. You demolish your numbers, hit the big bonus, and treat yourself to an item from your wish list (fellow Financial Peace Graduates will understand that last one). Then, the next month is an absolute disaster. Your commission is half of what it was last month. Dinners out change from Ruth Chris to Ryan’s Buffet –…

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Blogging, Blogging Tips

Lessons Learned From My Son

Last Saturday should have been beautiful. It was the first summer weekend in Charlotte when I wasn’t out of town or it wasn’t raining. The skies were bright and the temperatures were in the mid-90s. It was the perfect day for soaking in a watering hole as so many Charlotteans do on hot summer afternoons.     Friends invited us out on their boat for an afternoon of swimming and cooking out….

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May 2016 Travel Blog Income Report (And Traffic, Too)

Maybe April showers really do bring spring flowers! Last month, I looked at my travel blog income report with panic as both income and traffic slipped backwards in April. I wasn’t sure if “April fools” or “April showers bring May flowers” properly described the results.     I tried to remain optimistic as I knew April was an abnormal month since I: Went on two press trips (I normally only do one)…

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