Books; self-help; personal development; sisterhood; 2016 best pick

March Musing: Women month and an ode to the multi-passionate woman

March Musing. Photo by Nathan Guzman on Unsplash

Hey queens!

It feels like I had just blinked since my last 2 posts, and it’s already the end of March! Where is the pause button y’all?! I need time to slow down. Anyway (sigh)…

I’m always hyped up in March because it’s “Women’s Month” (8 March = UN International Women Rights Day). It’s always funny to me how a lot of people think it is a celebration, like Mother’s Day, meanwhile it’s a day to reflect on the status of women in society and how much we still have to go, to achieve male-female equality.

(more…)

5 ways you can make money from blogging

Make money blogging

A couple of days ago, I was having a chat with my very good friend, beauty entrepreneur and founder of the eponymous cosmetic brand, Fina Linga.  As we were catching up, I was telling her about my decision to commit myself more seriously to my blog . She then asked me “Is there money in blogging though?”. After a little pause , I replied  “Yes, I believe there is money in blogging. Of course, it won’t happen overnight, and you won’t necessarily make money directly from the blog.”

Before, when I was researching the topic, everything I found was about  monetizing the blog, getting direct advertisers, google ad sense, affiliated links etc. I believe these methods work for blogs with a huge readership and can take time to bring in real money.

But as I read more about blogging and bloggers’ success stories, I find out that YES you can make money…… (indirectly though).

get your billion back make it rain GIF by Billion Back Records

So here are 5 ways bloggers can make money:

  • By creating a strong personal brand

Nowadays, a recognizable personal brand is very important. Whether you are a young graduate, a seasoned professional working in a multinational firm or a budding entrepreneur, having a strong personal brand will make you stand out from the crowd. In the long term, a blogger with a strong personal brand will attract business opportunities.

  • By building a tribe

A strong personal brand will attract a loyal group of fans/followers, a “tribe” as a lot of marketers like to call them. Let’s say that you’re a beauty blogger who has managed to create a tribe after a few years of blogging. Cosmetics brands will then be interested in taping into your audience and collaborate with you. These collaborations can take many forms:  sponsored content, brand endorsement, brand ambassador opportunities, master-classes, etc. A lot of successful bloggers worldwide (they are called influencers or micro-influencers) are now featured in prominent ad campaigns.

  • By creating offline events

A tribe is not a bunch of inactive followers on your social network platforms that barely like your posts. A tribe consists of an active audience, with a high level of engagement. A group of people who will be happy to pay to attend your events and interact with your brand. Doing offline events will also help strengthen your relationship with your audience because today people crave well curated experiences. Few ideas of events can be: a beauty master-class for beauty bloggers, sponsored by a cosmetic brand; or a “budget 101 class” by a financial blogger. Money can be made by selling tickets, products and sponsorships.

  • By selling digital and physical products

A blogger with a niche can tap into a variety of products to cater to her audience: e-books, t-shirts, mugs, stationeries, cosmetics products and so much more. But of course, like any other business venture, research is key. You are more likely to make money from a product that is in demand by your audience.

  • By marketing your existing business

These methods apply not only to full/part-time bloggers but also to entrepreneurs, business owners, small and medium enterprises and even larger companies . A blog can be used to promote your existing business and drive sales. For instance, as a cosmetic brand founder you can have a blog where you talk about how your source your ingredients, offer tutorials, skin care advice, and cover many other topics related to your industry. It can help you create a more authentic voice and connect with your customers. Business storytelling is a very important component of marketing today. Every entrepreneur should invest time and resources in creating a good brand story.

Et voilaaaaa, here are 5 methods that are helping bloggers and influencers make money today. Have you started making money with your blog yet? If yes, I’d love to hear from you, so comment below,  share tips and let’s start making money!

pay me bitch better have my money GIF

Let’s get social, let’s connect!

Website:    http://houseofnzinga.com/

Facebook page : https://web.facebook.com/houseofnzinga/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/fabulous_trysh/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/house_of_Nzinga/  (official blog page)

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/houseofnzinga

Portfolio : linktr.ee/PatriciaYumbaM

 

Straight outta Compton : The NWA biopic

 

Straight outta compton's movie poster across all theatres
Straight outta Compton’s movie poster across all theaters

I know I am very late to the party but I have just watched the NWA’s biopic, Straight Outta Compton! only now! Gosh, I feel like I have been living under a rock sometimes, sigh..I understand why it created all the buzz  last year. It is a great movie. For those who havent seen it, It takes us into the making of one of the most influential Rap groups of our times and in the making of some of rap’s iconic hits. NWA members, Dr Dre, Ice Cube and the late Easy-E, are the precursors of Gangsta Rap and their influence on this musical style is huge. Also, It was interesting to see that the same issue of police brutality faced by the young African-Americans then is more relevant that ever today.

I have really enjoyed finally watching this movie. Have you watched it? Which movies did you enjoy watching this year?

Let’s get social, let’s connect!

Website:    http://houseofnzinga.com/

Facebook page : https://web.facebook.com/houseofnzinga/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/fabulous_trysh/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/house_of_Nzinga/  (official blog page)

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/houseofnzinga

Portfolio : linktr.ee/PatriciaYumba

 

The Woman code-20 powerful keys to unlock your Life by Sophia A. Nelson

the-woman-code-book

One book that I have really enjoyed reading this year was ‘The Woman Code by Sophia A. Nelson. one of my resolutions of 2016 was to read a lot more and although I failed miserably at this resolution, I have managed to read a couple of good books. This one is definitely my best pick of 2016. The woman code is a self-help book that offers 20 keys or principles to live your best life.

These principles are dividing into 5 categories: The personal codes; The emotional codes, the spiritual codes, the professional codes and the relational codes.

It is a very easy read yet full of truth and gems. The authors teaches us how to know our values; how to live authentically; how to be brave , resilient and how to have courageous conversations and to know our front row.

To a certain extend we all know these principles but it is the way she has organised them and the way she illustrates them with examples every woman can relate to, that make it a very good and enjoyable book with ‘ah-ha moments’.

Tell me what was your favorite read of 2016 so I can put it on my 2017 read-list?

Let’s get social, let’s connect!

Website:    http://houseofnzinga.com/

Facebook page : https://web.facebook.com/houseofnzinga/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/fabulous_trysh/

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/house_of_Nzinga/  (official blog page)

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/houseofnzinga

Portfolio : linktr.ee/PatriciaYumba