What’s Next For My Blog?

November 28, 2017 Posted by Tyler Cruz

So my 30 posts have all been completed and I haven’t posted in 2 weeks.

“Ah shit, not again. Is he going to abandon us for another 1.5 years again?”

Well, I thought about it, and despite my blog not resurrecting like I had hoped it would, it did show some growth, and so I decided to do exactly what I did before and write another 30 drafts and then schedule them all.

I recorded a very short video to talk about this, and also reveal an interesting piece of news. You’ll have to watch the video to find out what this is:

(Note: You may need to visit the post directly at TylerCruz.com if you’re reading this via e-mail or RSS in order to see the video.)

Posted: November 28th, 2017 under Blog Related 6 Comments

Reflections on My 30 Post Challenge

November 10, 2017 Posted by Tyler Cruz

On February 13th, 2016,  I published a blog post only to suddenly disappear from my blog without warning for 1.5 years. I already discussed why this was the case numerous times, but basically it was due to a combination of health issues and simply being tired of blogging for over a decade.

I returned on July 23rd, 2017, with an announcement that I was back. And in order to prove my return I wanted to guarantee regular and consistent blog posts by pre-writing 30 blog posts, with the intention of publishing 1 of those blog posts every 3 days. This would give me exactly 3 months of consistent content and give readers a reason to go back to reading my blog.

It took me just under 3 weeks to write those 30 blog posts, averaging just under 1.5 posts a day, which I was very happy with, especially since the blog posts were quite long and not easy to write. The first post was published on August 7th 2017 and 3 months later, here I am writing post #30. In fact, I was able to publish a new post every 3 days like clockwork execpt for this one which will be about a week late, since I had to save pre-writing this one as I couldn’t start writing it until all the other 29 had been published (not just written).

So here then is my post reflecting on pre-writing 30 blog posts and then publishing them once every 3 days for 3 months.

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Posted: November 10th, 2017 under Blog Related 12 Comments

9 Tips to Buying Services on Fiverr

November 2, 2017 Posted by Tyler Cruz

I have made a number of recent posts about Fiverr lately, but they have all been about being a Seller on Fiverr.

I am also a Buyer on Fiverr, and actually highly recommend it.

When I first heard of Fiverr, I used to scoff at the idea of hiring somebody there. After all, what type of quality could you really get for only $5? At the time, I was used to hiring top-notch talent that cost a pretty penny, so I was also a bit biased.

But now I turn to Fiverr for a lot of work. First off, most services don’t actually cost $5. They may advertise as low as $5, but then that is just the base rate; depending on your needs you could be quoted $20 all the way up to $1,500+. Secondly, it’s amazing what you can get on Fiverr for $10-$20. I use it whenever I need help with server administration or broken code, and have used it for design work as well. In fact, I got one design done for $80 that would have easily cost me $1,000+ if I had got it done elsewhere, like from my old designer.

But you can also easily get screwed on Fiverr and have to tread carefully. So here are 9 tips to buying services on Fiverr:

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Posted: November 2nd, 2017 under Miscellaneous 4 Comments

What My Current Day Looks Like

October 30, 2017 Posted by Tyler Cruz

Now that I’ve shared what I’ve been up to the past 1.5 years, what does my average day look like now? After all, I’ve tried a lot of things to try to make money including dog-sitting, taking care of international students, running an Airbnb, and becoming a freelancer on Fiverr to name a few.

Well, my “average” day has changed a lot over the past 18 months, so it could easily change a lot even by the time this post gets published, but yesterday was an overall average day for me so let me share what happened yesterday.

Keep in mind that this post was written as #29 of my 30 blog post challenge, so it was written on August 9th, 2017, meaning that you will likely read this around the middle of November.

My Average Day (Yesterday)

7:15am

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Posted: October 30th, 2017 under Miscellaneous 12 Comments