I read the trilogy out of morbid curiosity (and from the perspective of an online dating/relationships w>Have you ever read the book, 50 Shades of Grey? Are you going to see the movie?
riter), and thought it very interesting that (if true), someone could write a fan fiction story, based on the Twilight series and have it become an internationally best seller. I thought their marketing and PR people were very clever.
And here’s another very clever lady, blogging owner and creator of www.50ShadesofAge.com – Kathy Marris.
What is 50 Shades of Age All About and How Did It Begin?
Kathy began blogging in November 2012, basically out of boredom, and could see an opening for a blog for her age group. So she began 50 Shades of Age. 50 Shades of Age is a lifestyle and travel blog aimed at the 50 somethings.
It took Kathy nearly 2 years before she started getting good traffic and a regular following to her blog.
She advises, “Don’t expect overnight success! You need to persevere and be patient. It took me at least 18 months before I started getting good traffic and a regular following to my blog. So don’t give up your day job just yet!”
It can be a little disheartening at times when you write a great post and no one reads it (or you think no one reads it). However, as Kathy advocates, just be patient. Your time will come.
Patience Pays Off in Blogging
Last year, Kathy got offered a job writing for a hotel/resort website marketing and management company, blogging and doing social media for various hotels. The director of this company had noticed one of her travel blogs on Facebook and approached her.
She also wrote a few sponsored posts and got paid reviews for various companies in the latter part of 2014, which has started giving her a small income for all her hard work.
Kathy says that she hopes to continue in the same vein this year and start earning a reasonable income from her writing.
As I’ve stated before in previous blog posts about having your goals on track, it’s really important to set yourself blogging goals. And Kathy agrees.
Kathy’s Blogging Goals for 2015
When I asked Kathy what her goals for 2015 were for herself and her blog, she replied that she “…would like to bring more traffic to my blog in 2015 as it has been largely neglected during 2014 while I spent six months travelling in a caravan around Australia. I hope to blog more about my travels and accompany it with some fantastic photos. Attracting some paid advertisements to my blog page is also a goal...”
It’s important to know what you want, as opposed to what you don’t want when setting goals.
Every blogger faces challenges and Kathy was no exception when she began 50 Shades of Age.
When I asked Kathy what her biggest challenges she herself faced, she told me that “initially it was all the technical stuff and then finding subjects to blog about. During 2013 I actually lost friendships because of my blog. A couple of my friends were extremely unsupportive and felt that I was wasting my time and putting myself out there on the net. After a lot of heartache, I had to eventually let go of these friendships as they were holding me back. Now I wonder why I didn’t do this sooner.”
Kathy is a focused lady who didn’t let those around her squash her dream. What an inspiration! All of us have felt unsupported at some point in our lives and I for one am very glad that Kathy ignored those that made her feel that way. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have such a great blog out there in cyber world.
As Kathy says, people are always looking for inspiration and one of her most popular posts happens to be Inspirational Quotes for the Over 50’s.
Kathy believes it’s because it was a popular search item on Google, and people are always looking for inspiration. Personally, I believe it’s because she is an inspiration to so many of the over 50’s out there.
If you would like to learn more about Kathy and her blog, 50 Shades of Age, take a look and let her know I sent you. I’m sure she’d love to say G’day!