Roundup: Faith Without Works Is Dead Even For Bloggers

Blogger: The New Go To Source

Some people still think that bloggers are either indulgent housewives, people puffed up with their own self-importance and craving the spotlight or simply bored introverts.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Blogging is the new medium of information and news on just about every topic you would like to know about and tailored to your specific taste. Just as Facebook, Google+ and Twitter – just to name a few – have completely changed the way we receive, dissect and interact with news of all types and categories, blogging and bloggers have been quietly and not so tepidly doing the same.

We are more like those magazine shows on television many of us grew up watching. One of my favourites of all times is “Sunday Morning on CBS.” Rarely do I watch these days but when I do catch it, my Sunday is that more special after viewing the images, hearing the little known facts and history behind some of the seemingly innocuous happenings around the world – without the hard news anchor pushing what I should believe or think in my face.

It Is Fun But It Is Hard Work

That is exactly my feelings about blogs as well. On any given day, including Sunday, I pour over at least 20 blogs of my colleagues – not to steal ideas but to lend support as they do the same with my blog. We get to see how each blogger treats different subjects.

The world of blogging

Some blogs tend to be more commercialized or monetized as we say in the trade, meaning they earn small to significant income writing reviews, advertising and other methods of promotion for sponsors. Then there are the others who do an easy blend of both, provide quality content while making some money through advertising. Yes, there are blogs that are so garish and plastered with irrelevant to you content that you are so eager to click away.

Here at Claudette P. Esterine dot-com, we are among those who aim to be a voice, a sanctuary and a resource for women and those who love them. We do so by writing on topics that are normally or not necessarily discussed in either mainstream media or that many bloggers either have no interest in or they cannot see how to make enough money to pay their bills.

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Make no mistake, blogging comes with expenses. Some may think that the only price we bloggers pay is our time – but what is more important or costly? At my highest earning a few years ago, an hour of my time at the least rate was C$50.00. That was my salary and my day was eight hours long.

On any given day, again including Sundays (no wonder I am single), I spend at least 10 hours working on this blog – between coordinating and editing articles from my Contributors, to planning, consulting and guiding the work of my design support team, and researching and implementing social media marketing/advertising strategies, such as using social media marketing tools like upleap. A fair amount of my time is also spent networking with other social media influencers through Twitter, Klout, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Using all of these social networks can be confusing for people reading my blog as some much content goes on different websites. Some of my friends have told me about a potential solution for this, services such as, which helps to organize all of your social media profiles into one simple link. This would help my readers be able to track all of my content much more efficiently. Perhaps that might be worth looking at when I next sort out my blog. Anyway, more recently I was invited to host webinars at Learn It Live and yesterday I scheduled my first Blab.

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Most Read of The Week

Top Three Posts This Week

This is a full-time job! The rewards are gratifying – at least to me – when our posts get traction, receive your attention and comments. Take the top three posts in our Roundup this week:

#1. A Peek Into The Daily Lives Of 3 Pakistani Women – by Neelma Tashfeen was our most read post. The comments were amazing and a couple that told me that our mission was accomplished are:

Thank you so much for sharing these ladies stories. I think it’s important to have a worldview perspective, and to truly try to understand what others are experiencing to the best of our ability. – Rebekah

Women go through a whole deal in different parts of the world. You can really feel the unequal treatment in most countries. I feel for these women. I hope one day we are finally free from discrimination. – Elizabeth O

Add some colour

#2. 9 Things Every Woman Should Do This Fall – by Katelyn Roth was a more lighthearted piece but also drew some very interesting comments that said to me, again, that we are on the right track:


“These are wonderful suggestions. I would love to try my hands at making a wreath. I’m sure this is a fun project.”

Liz Mays:

“You made me laugh about the boots. It’s true though; a good pair of boots is worth its weight in gold.”

#3. Blessing And Benediction In A Liquidation Store was the third most read and was written by me. This was a more spiritual piece, sharing a moment in my day that blessed me and it seems many of our readers thought it was indeed a special moment

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  4. What a great roundup. A lot of people can’t understand how much time and work we put into this. Many friends have asked me about this, but they give up as soon as they realize that it’s too much work.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am not surprised. So of mine think I am wasting my time, have nothing better to do or they just do not support my effort. That is their issue. We just have to keep doing on thing. Have a great Sunday. 🙂

  5. CourtneyLynne

    Hehehe I was just having this convo last night! One of my best friends just started blogging and last night was like I can’t believe how much work it takes lol… Know one believes it until they try and see for themselves lol

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are so right. Bloggers who do this for more than a hobby, live and breath the work – and work it is. Have an awesome Sunday! 🙂

  6. eliz frank

    It’s definitely hard work but, with that comes the reward of completion and comments from other bloggers and fans. It also has its ups and downs … just like life. 🙂

    1. eliz frank

      Typo Alert: Kindly delete the second “with” TY! 🙂

      1. Ms Claudette

        Done! 🙂

    2. Ms Claudette

      Alert noted and done! Thanks for your reward of a comment! Namaste 🙂

  7. I can honestly say that I didn’t realize how much work went into a blog until I started my own. It’s more than just writing. It’s researching, being a photographer, a promoter, and really connecting with your audience. You do all these things well Claudette, and I enjoy reading and supporting your blog.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Awww….you made me cry with that Shann!!! Thank you so much! Thanks for the love. Namaste. 🙂

  8. I love to find blogs that inspire me. There are a few that are good and write well enough to have me read each word they wrote.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, it is really great when you come across those! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  9. Victoria

    blogging is a full time time job, but for me blogging was hard to me and it takes too much time because i have an 9months old baby.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, I can understand the insufficient time you would have for blogging. Hope all is well with you and the baby?

  10. I liked reading this week’s post. I really liked the one about Pakistani women too. I agree, blogging is a lot more work than most people really fathom. Keep up the great content!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you so much Jonathan! Your visit and comment is much appreciated! 🙂

  11. I really enjoyed reading this week’s posts, especially the one about the Pakistani women and how life is treating them. Thanks for another awesome week!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Elizabeth, your visit is much appreciated!!! Namaste! 🙂

  12. I love reading round up, I like the most ia the number three.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Awwww….thank you so much and thank you for visiting! 🙂

  13. I just started my blog about a month ago and spend SO much time on it but I love it so much!

    1. Ms Claudette

      It is time consuming but because you love it, the time seem to fly by without you noticing! Have a nice weekend! 🙂

  14. Writing is definitely time consuming and comes at a cost, but as with any passion the rewards outweigh everything else.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, I agree! The rewards are great because it is our passion. 🙂

  15. AMEN!!! I love blogging but it is HARD WORK – I refer to it to my family as the deep dark rabbit hole lol which makes it sound horrible but there are so many elements to running a great blog! I am still working my way there haha.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I hear you! The time and the money we spend to just set it up a lot of people do not get! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  16. I love the post about what women should do in the fall! And you are so right – this blogging is not easy at all!

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am so glad you liked it! I know you know blogging is not something we do with our eyes closed! LOL

  17. Blogging is such hard work and people who don’t blog just have no idea LOL thanks for a great post.

    1. Ms Claudette

      No they don’t. They think it is a hobby that we can just easily put down and do whatever they tell us to! LOL

  18. Blogging is work and you spoke this well. Now to get the brands to understand as they think we need things to write about for free.

    1. Ms Claudette

      See, that is why I am yet to do anything like that – tried doing some reviews but no pay just for products that were completely aligned with my philosophy and that is where it ends.

  19. sicorra

    Blogging is definitely a full-time job (time wise), no doubt about it.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Oh yes it is!!! 🙂

  20. You know what, just the other day one of my dear friends was talking about my blog in a social situation. I was right there next to her, and my friend was describing an interview I had done to a person we had both just met. She stopped and explained to the new person, “Oh, Kristen has the most amazing blog, that’s why she was on TV!” I kind of laughed it off, and the new person turned and looked at me and said, in a VERY derogatory manner, “Oh. You’re one of THOSE.” I responded with a cautious, “Those…? A blogger?” “Yeah, one of THOSE. I don’t have the time to read blogs anymore, there are just far too many of them.” She dismissed the entire conversation with a wave of her hand. She obviously thought I sat on my booty all day long. Made me so angry LOL But I just had to tell myself that she really has no idea, and move on! I feel ya!!!

    1. Ms Claudette

      See, that is what I was talking about, they think we are time wasters, indulgent, self centered….all those things but you know what I say? You don’t have to read it if you don’t want to!!! Oprah has this quote that if you can’t ride with me on the bus, then don’t think you will be in the limo! Ignore them and write on!!! 🙂

  21. It is definitely a full time job. I wish more people understood what was involved.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yup, they think we are slackers! LOL! Little do they know the amount of work involved in setting up and building a blog presence. All the best to you with your blog! 🙂

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