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I get asked all the time how to start a blog, how to get published, how to earn money blogging. And my number one piece of advice i give everybody is to write about what you love. Because if you write in order to follow the money or to get a book deal then you'll end up burning out, because it is a lot of work. When I started my blog, I spent probably the first 2 1/2 years not making more than what I called latte money every month, just enough for a few coffee drinks. But I wrote because I loved the craft of writing. and as I did that more and more, the readers naturally came because I was writing about things I cared about. So my best piece of advice for someone who wants to get into that line of work is just to do it because you love it. And then just to do it every day, to build that habit of writing, because it's a lot of work. And you become a better writer as you write. So do it for the love of the work and hopefully the money and the readers will follow.

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Tsh Oxenreider

Author & Blogger, SimpleMom.net

Tsh Oxenreider is the full-time blogger behind Simple Mom and the founder and creative director of Simple Living Media, a blog network dedicated to helping people live intentionally (while throwing perfection out the window). She thinks a library card, a Netflix subscription, and a passport are some of the greatest parenting tools in the universe. She’s a wife to Kyle, mama to Tate, Reed, and Finn, and is the author of Organized Simplicity and One Bite at a Time: 52 Bites for Making Life Simpler. She is currently working on her next book. Tsh and her nomadic family currently live in Bend, Oregon, but several dots around the globe have also been called home (her 7-year-old has been on 60 airplanes and counting). Together, they love to travel, read books, go camping, and make homemade pizza for Friday Family Movie Night.

Tsh writes about living simply and intentionally at Simple Mom, which was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2012. She was also number 2 in the top 50 Twitter Moms of 2011, was named one of the Top 100 Mom Blogs of 2011, her blog was nominated for Best New Blog of 2008, and has been mentioned on Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Food Network, CNBC, CNN, NPR, Parents Magazine, and more. She speaks frequently about blogging, writing, living intentionally, and motherhood in between changing diapers and hitting the 'publish' button. She is also an advocate for Compassion International, serving as one of their bloggers, and is a regular contributor at (in)courage. Tsh also records a podcast with Homefries called The Simple Mom Podcast, which during one week ranked second under NPR’s This American Life in most listened-to podcasts.

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