Blogging Tips

Many people are natural storytellers and like to tell about life experiences or give opinions.    Blogging became popular in the late 1990s and to-date, there are hundreds of millions of blogs.  Tumblr has about 102 million, while WordPress and LiveJournal each have over 60 million blogs (1).  With that much competition, how does one make a blog stand out?  Here are some basic blogging tips to use.

Time of Day to post

Turns out that time of day to post does make a difference.  According to, we are morning readers.  My personal blogging experience agrees and I set most of mine to post between 7 and 8 am CST:

time of day
time of day

Days to Post

We also don’t read much on the weekends, well, not blogs anyway.  In the graph below, there is a big drop off on Saturday and Sunday.  I believe this is quite accurate – homepreneurs has been around for four years, and weekends have always been lighter.  I do not concur that Friday is a high day – it is usually the slower day of the week.

blogging tips

Other Tips

Social media is quite popular, with Facebook leading the group.  My experience as a blogger follows.   I find Google+ is not very relevant, and pinterest only a little bit.  I seldom see hits from Twitter or any other social media platform.

Create a better blog by focusing on the above tips: post in the mornings, during the week, and share your posts with Facebook.

Almost all blogging platforms allow advance scheduling.  Type a blog the night before and schedule it to run in the morning.  Do a week’s worth over the weekend and set each for days during the week.



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Money From Old iPhones and iPads

Do you want the latest iPhone 6s?  The bigger iPad Pro?  Some other iStuff?  The new Apple TV looks nice…  I know, you’re stuck with an iPhone 5 or 4s or an iPad Air.  You can make money from that older iStuff!

Instead of throwing out the iPhone or iPad, what about trading it in or reselling it for money?

The steps you’ll want to take before trade-in of your iStuff are back-up, disable, and delete data and personal information.


This is done through iTunes or iCloud.  Connect the device to another computer and synchronize or transfer data by backup.


Before you erase an iOS device, you must first turn off Find my iPhone. Disable with these steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Navigate to iCloud | Find my iPhone
  3. Turn the Switch for Find my iPhone to the OFF position


Don’t do this until you’ve backed up and disabled.

Follow these steps:


  • Open Settings
  • Navigate to General | Reset
  • Tap Erase All Content and Settings to totally erase your device. You’ll need to confirm this process by entering your passcode, since it will erase all content from the iPhone or iPad.

Trading-in your iPhone or iPad

Most of the major carriers have trade-in programs.  Examples follow:

AT&T (iPhone 5c)   $80-$85

(iPad Air)   $140

Sprint (iPhone 5c)   $120

(iPad Air)     $165

T-Mobile (iPhone 5c)   $70

(iPad Air)    $135


Want more options?

Gazelle (iPhone 5c)   $70

(iPad Air)   $150

Apple (iPhone 5c)   $65

(iPad Air)   $145

Apple pays with Apple gift cards

Also possible are charitable donations and giving devices to military veterans.  Run a quick Google search to find other options.

Work from Home with Udemy

People want to work from home.  This post covers an option for making money from home with Udemy.

Udemy describes itself as an online learning marketplace with over 32,000 courses recorded.  Educational topics range from programming to photography and are recorded by one of 18,000 “expert instructors.” The classes are stored online, available in 80 languages, and can be accessed 24 hours a day.

Udemy claims to have paid out 17 million dollars to its top instructors and has a potential student base of 7 million in 190 countries. Potential instructors begin at udemy’s teaching hub and after recording a class, need to choose a marketing option.  Teachers are free to market their own classes, but novices will need to market and brand on their own.  Udemy will promote, but at a 50% charge against any revenue earned.  In either case, Udemy will handle all customer service, transactions, and hosting,

Udemy suggests some instructors use a pricing model of $10 to $30 per hour of course content.  The secret to success on Udemy is to create a valuable, expert class that is viewed by many.  A $10 course viewed by only 100 people gives the teacher $5000, if Udemy promotes it.  Their revenue sharing model is below:
Udemy Revenue Chart

Are you an expert in a field?  Maybe yoga or investing?  Get paid for what you know by using Udemy.




Will iPad Soon be iHad

Many articles speculate that the iconic tablet, the iPad may soon be the iHad as users depend more on smartphones.

According to an Time tablet sales in Time magazine online, tablet sales are decreasing, year over year.  It isn’t just iPad sales that are declining.  Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet fell 70% in the 4th quarter of 2014.  Apple’s iPads and Samsung tablets both dropped 18% in 4th quarter comparisons to 2013.

There seem to be a few reasons for this drop.  People are holding onto their tablets longer, smartphones are replacing tablets as the hot device, and an article in TechRepublic suggests that regular keyboards are preferred. While some tablets have an external keyboard, it means carrying another device.  With similar prices, why not stick with a laptop?

Are tablets falling out of favor? A survey from ecoATM found nearly one in 10 tablet owners are no longer using their device (PRNewsFoto/ecoATM)
Are tablets falling out of favor? A survey from ecoATM found nearly one in 10 tablet owners are no longer using their device (PRNewsFoto/ecoATM)


An article in TechCrunch last month indicates that tablet sales have plateaued.  The market is fairy saturated it suggests.

There is an upside.  Employees are increasingly using tablets to supplement or in addition to workplace computers.  No article attempted to predict the future of tablet sales, but certainly the luster is lost, barring a radical change.

Creating MSCreations – a Success Story

Homepreneurs has not run a home business success story in a while.  In this post, we cover creating mscreations, a home business success story.

I am very familiar with this story – it is mine.  To summarize, I identified an under-served market and created a plan to fill that niche.  mscreations is an e-commerce website exclusively for artisans that have multiple sclerosis.  It is similar to Etsy or eBay, but considerably smaller and focused on a subset of the population.

mscreations gives artists a chance to display and sell products without getting lost in a huge market like other online sellers.  Further, a portion of every sale is donated to multiple sclerosis research causes.  Win-win for both artist (income) and ms research (donations).

A nice article was written about my endeavors in an online magazine – The Pioneer – for the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.  The website went live on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 and as of today, August 3rd, it already has over 1100 views.

Will this effort be successful in the long-term?  I can’t predict that – too many variable are involved. I can say with confidence that I gave this project my very best effort, both as a project manager and as a founder.

If you are interested in artwork, crafts, jewelry, photography, and other visual arts, take a look at mscreations and benefit a good cause.

The magazine article: