How to Start a Blog: Part 2 – Indiegogo Crowdfunding

I should probably explain that you don’t have to go down the crowdfunding route when you start a blog. You could quite easily maintain a free blog or even invest some of your own money into it.

For me though, crowdfunding is the best possible way to create the blog in my vision. I’ll explain why in a little while but first I think I should paint you a picture of what the vision is.

The Future of Smart Dummy for Hire

So what is the big vision for Smart Dummy?

In a nutshell, I want startups, small businesses writers and other bloggers to use Smart Dummy as a valuable resource for their own venture. This should be a one stop shop for experts to share their wisdom and newbies to showcase their talents, all at the same time.

I’d like to get other respected bloggers and influencers to share their stories and ideas here as well as reserving a space for up and coming writers to tell the world what they have to offer.

I want to help people take their ideas and blow them up into something that they can make a living from.

Why do I want to do that? Because I wanted somebody to do that for me. I wanted to be given a chance to prove what I can do. My clients give me that chance every time they hire me and thanks to them, I’ve gained so much experience that I feel like I’m finally able to start giving something back.

Smart Dummy for Hire will bring people of all skill levels together with a common purpose to be seen and heard.

The Indiegogo Campaign

Now you know my vision, I’ll explain why a crowdfunding campaign was the best option for me to achieve this goal.

  • Funding – At the beginning of the five-figure blog challenge, I vowed that I wouldn’t use any of my regular income gained from the clients of ‘original me’. This is partly because it wouldn’t suit the nature of the challenge, and partly because there is never anything left over.
  • Time – Some might argue that I could bide my time and work at slowly increasing my following and of course they’re right. But the whole point of this blog is firstly to complete the five-figure blog challenge which states that I achieve a five-figure blog in just a few months. That means that I have to gather momentum fast which will undoubtedly mean at least some paid advertising. The sooner I get this underway the better.

I’m hoping to work on social media networking over the course of the month and then if my Indiegogo goal is achieved, I will be able to implement paid advertising methods for the beginning of February.

For those who are able to help, I’ve promised to use my writing skills to improve your blogs, websites and businesses.

Let’s Support Each Other 

If you’re reading this and you think you can make a contribution then that’s truly amazing. Just pop along to my Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign page to find out about the rewards I’m offering my investors.

If you can’t contribute money, that’s more than OK. But I’d love it if you could take the ten seconds to share this post, my campaign page or the video interview on YouTube.

Thank you all so much for the support I’ve already received. I already feel so blessed.

Smart Dummy


Productive Social Media Faffing

social-media-faffingI haven’t been on my social media profiles for two days! Am I already slacking?

Well at the start of the week I came out with all guns blazing for the Smart Dummy for Hire blog. I’m getting a few referrals and some lovely organic traffic which is always nice.

Inexplicably, this week seems to have exploded for ‘original me’ too. I’ve had a couple of inquiries and a follow up with a lead from just before New Year. So, just like buses – I’ve had a ton of work all at once after a very peaceful couple of weeks.

Has my social media suffered?

At the moment – no. But that’s because my profiles are still so new and I haven’t built them up yet. Which is why…. I’ve decided to spend this weekend doing some top quality, highly productive social media faffing.

Which means…?

I’ll be concentrating on putting my name out there on the social networks by:

  • Joining groups on Google+ and LinkedIn – These are great places to get advice and talk to people who you have a common interest with.  Because I’m not using any of my contacts from ‘original me’ I think this will be the easiest way for me to introduce myself to people.
  • Commenting on absolutely everything I have an opinion on – This includes blogs, status updates and any other statement that I can find on the internet. This isn’t (just) because I’m an opinionated so and so – it’s so that I can try to engage with people as well as share some of my smarts.
  • Asking questions about things – Remember, you don’t have to be a know it all to succeed. Asking questions gets you just as much  exposure as commenting and sharing advice. But if you ask questions, then it means that you’re probably somewhere that you wouldn’t normally go. That means new contacts, getting your name out there and learning something new. Triple whammy!
  • Get involved with more discussions on Facebook –  I’m having to adjust the way I search for pages on Facebook. I’ve decided to find companies I like on Google and then look for their Facebook page. This is because Google seems to have a better idea of what I’m looking for than Facebook.

Swift Snip

This is just a swift snip of a post today. I’ll be concentrating on the rest of my goals for the week too. I’m already glad I wrote it down!

Have you had a productive week? What happens if you get to the weekend and you need to catch up with things? Are you a list person or do you just go with the flow? Let me know in the comments. Let’s start a conversation!

Be safe and have a very merry Friday night!

Smart Dummy 🙂

What to Do with a Brand New Blog: Part 1


Yay! The five-figure blog challenge is underway and we are hot-to-trot!

So as this is my first post (yay again!) I’ll keep it fairly short and sweet. Later in the week I’ll put several posts up about:

  • How I came to get the idea of starting the challenge from one of my newest and favorite bloggers.
  • Who my favorite writers are and why I think you’ll love them too.
  • Details of how I put together the Smart Dummy for Hire blog.

But for now, I’m going to discuss my goals for the week ahead (or the remainder of it at least).

Why Set Goals?

This whole blog challenge relies on me hitting a target. But to hit that one target of creating a five-figure blog in a few months, I’m going to have to focus on reaching smaller objectives along the way. That means weekly and maybe even daily goals.

This Week’s Goals

For the launch of Smart Dummy for Hire,  my biggest goal was to get the blog live. So last night when I achieved this goal, I did a little happy dance. I also vowed to set up brand new social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Another round of applause please as I’ve done all of that too (I know, we’re all thinking it – this woman is awesome).

For the rest of this week though I would like to:

  • Find and follow 200 people on social media sites to connect with. I’ve already decided to do this manually by typing in keywords such as #smallbiz #entrepreneur #solopreneur and then playing around with the results I get. We’re talking about personally targeted social media.
  • Get at least 20 likes, +1’s and followers for each site. this might seem like a small number but I don’t like failure so I’m going to start small and work my way to the top.
  • Write and post at least another 3 valuable blog entries.


If you read my page about the blog challenge and know a little more about the ‘original me’ then you’ll know that I’m creating and running Smart Dummy for Hire around my time schedule for my clients and family.

Today I have a busy day on with my work so I’ll be visiting the blog again later tonight to tweak it and faff as I always do.

So for now, it’s goodbye. But why not tell me a little bit about how you decide to structure your blogging hours? I’ll look forward to checking the comments later.

Have a good one people, big love from the Smart Dummy.