- Don’t waste time on “free blogs” – I was one of those who thought “If I could just set up a free blog I will be well on my way to thousands of dollars per month” Um…no. Don’t waste your time blogging on free blogging platforms like blogger and filling it up with adsense…you won’t make any real money from that alone. Blogging is an art that requires more.
- Buy a USB stick! – I am now officially on my 4th USB stick since 2010 and in need of another one. They cost about $7.00 – $20.00 depending on the amount of storage space you need. Buy at least an 8 GB USB to save ebooks and blog posts on. Also, be sure to buy the USB stick that has a cover for the part that plugs into the laptop. My first USB stick didn’t have a “cover” (why they design them like that I don’t know) and it got ruined from some cigarette tobacco after I carried it in the bottom of my purse. My new one looks like this. It comes with a cover attached to it. Now my work is protected. This way I can blog on the go with ease.
- Go to the Library to blog – When I first started blogging I would go to the Library 7 days a week. I was determined to have a large blog site fast. I knew I could only achieve that goal by blogging every day. Going to the library removes distractions and sets your body clock into a work routine. I find when I go to the library, the studiousness of the people around me rubs off on me. I seem to blog more seriously at the library.
- Don’t give up your day job! – I was so determined to make money blogging when I first started that I did give up my day job. Making money from starting a blog takes time. It took me about 3 months before I got my first paycheck and about 1 year before I started receiving payments over $100 dollars. Granted I had very little guidance, and thought that if I read blog posts on blogging that I would know everything about blogging…Don’t give up your day job until you establish yourself as a seasoned blogger, and don’t accept free information about blogging as the holy grail.
- Blog what makes money – Some “learn blogging” businesses are pushing “blog your passion.” Bull sh*t! Passion alone doesn’t make money online. You have to figure out before you start a blog, what products can be offered to blog visitors for you to make some real money. Passion is just one part of the formula of successful blogging. Realistically you have to blog what’s going to make you money. You won’t make a lot of money building an information astrology website, for example, and then putting some Adsense code on it. That is not a business! At least not when your site is new.
- Choose a profitable domain name – Many bloggers choose their domain name without giving it too much for thought. Please allow me to be of some assistance. There are the two questions to consider when choosing a domain name. Do you want your blog to be about one subject? If so that is called a niche blog and many people search for niche blog information online. The second questions are….Do you want to be able to blog on any topic that interests you? If I had to start blogging all over again I would buy a domain name as my name (Empress10.com) and blog whatever I want. Then you can monetize any type of product without confusing your subscribers. Just something to be aware of. Affiliate marketers make a lot of money like this, or you could set up a “review” blog and companies pay you to blog about the products they send you to test out. Pretty cool huh?
- Write your first eBook under a pen name – This is something I would have done if I could do it over again. My first eBook sucked! I should have used a pen name. Now you can learn from my mistake and use a pen name then use your real name when you get better at writing. I am just saying.
Write your first eBook… get it out of the way – your first eBook is probably going to suck! Anytime we do something for the first time, we usually don’t do it perfect. Know your first eBook is going to suck, and just do it and get it out of the way. You will do better the second time around.
- Create a vision for your blog – think about your blog 10 years from now, where do you want it to be? What types of products or services do you want to be offering? How much money do you expect to be making? When we are mindful of our goals, we have a higher probability of achieving them just as we envisioned. Create a vision for your business blog 10 years from now.
- Read and check out other blogs! – Read, Read, Read. I am constantly visiting other blogs, and reading their content, to learn about, their blogging style in an effort to improve mine. I also read other blogs to see if I can get ideas on products or services to offer my site visitors. Again Blogging is an art; there are many different styles of blogging. Incorporate a little of everything and you too will develop your own blogging for money style.
- Don’t pay a lot of money to run your business blog- Don’t pay a lot of money to learn how to blog or to start a blog, or for anything else related. Some businesses online want you to pay out hundreds of dollars to learn how to blog and they still don’t tell you the things that matter. Another thing you shouldn’t pay a lot of money for is hosting. When I first started blogging I joined a hosting company that was charging me a hosting fee for each domain name I had and wanted to host. Back in the day this was the norm. As a new blogger this got to be too much for me. I had to make a switch. My old hosting company was charging me $50.00+/month. Now I pay only $14.00/month and host as many domain names as I want. I literally pay $14.00 to run my blog business online. That’s it!
- Blog 1000 words minimum per blog post – Back in the day there were no word minimums for blogging. Now I am learning that the best amount of words per blog post is between 2000-3000. It used to take me 3 hours to build a blog post, now it takes me 3 days. If you are in a very competitive niche, longer blog posts will give you the edge. If not, then 1000 words per blog post should be just fine.
- Put in the time! – People, who make money online, spend hours on their laptops. I have been known to spend 14 hours in one day on my laptop. That is work! Yes I love blogging, but there are times when my neck and shoulder muscles hurt from being hunched over my laptop all day. If you love to work alone, don’t mind working from home, don’t mind self promotion, and enjoy sharing your passion with others, then maybe blogging for money is perfect for you!
- Create a daily blogging schedule – When I first started blogging for money, I created a blogging work schedule. I would get up in the morning get dressed go the library and blog for a minimum of 3 hours. This schedule worked out well for me. Then when I started writing eBooks…I would come home from the library have something to eat, and then work on writing an eBook for 3 hours while at home. Blogging is work, structure it and you will succeed!
- Take breaks from blogging – Blogging is a job that sucks a lot from your thinking processes, which can drain you if you go over your limit. Take breaks throughout the day. Take breaks while you work. Take some weekend breaks too…Drink lots of fluids while you work. Your brain will need it.
- Eat sleep and breathe your blog! – When you are just starting out it is important to fall in love with your blog. This helps to establish you as a leading authority, and helps to build blog posts and pages, so people know your blog is growing and getting stronger. Eat sleep and breathe your blog means, build it with love. Come up with blog post ideas late at night as you lay in bed. Think of topics related to your blog people may want to read about as an eBook, check out other bloggers in your genre to know what topics they are blogging about to get some ideas. Eat sleep and breath your blog and you will reap the financial rewards in the future.
- Save some of the money from blogging! – When you start blogging and getting paid, it may feel as if you are getting free money, but it’s not free money because you had to earn it. Blogging doesn’t feel like work because you set your own schedule and you don’t have to join a rat race. The truth is Blogging is a job…so put some money away and perhaps later you can invest it in your business and make even more money. Just FYI.
- Brand yourself! – Do post a photo of yourself, choose a professional blog theme, be sure to create a cute little bio of yourself for the back of your books and your blogs “about” page. You are your brand. “Marie Forleo” has some great advice for those just starting out blogging and running a business. Google her. Or visit http://www.marieforleo.com
- Blog first thing in the morning – This is very important. Now that I have been blogging for money over 6 years, I now know the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and waking up fresh and ready to begin blogging and working on my business. I have more energy and am able to express myself creatively, best in the morning. Blog in the morning when your mind is fresh and alert.
- Write and promote your second eBook – Think one eBook is enough? You want to establish yourself as the go to person in your Genre. I now have about 8 books in print on Rastafari and Jamaican culture. The more ebooks you have and promote from your blog, the more people respect your opinion. Write your second ebook, and also get it out of the way.
- Stay in touch with site visitors– Stay in touch with your site visitors. Always have an email sign up form on your blog. This way, site visitors will know you are serious about your blog and that if they sign up they can read more of your work. When site visitors leave comments, be sure to comment back, this shows visitors you appreciate their input, and are an active participant on your own blog.
- Take my blogging for money ecourse – coming soon. August 30 2015
- Jamaican Beef patties
- Jerk Grilled Burgers
- Curried Pumpkin
- Run Down (Breakfast)
- Rice and Peas (make with meat or chicken)
- Rasta Ital Soup (Vegetarian)
- Jamaican Curried tofu
- Curried Goat
- Curried Shrimp
- Jamaican Jerk Barbeque Ribs
Hey, Guys for all of you who want to learn, I have compiled some Jamaican Recipes for you to try at home. I will update more and more. Free book of Jamaican Recipes. The love of Jah flows through me to you.
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How to make the pastry
You will need…
4 cups of all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup vegetable shortening or lard, at room temperature (look for non-hydrogenated shortening)
How to Make the Filling
You will need…
3 scallions, including green tops
2 scotch bonnet chilies
1 ½ pounds ground beef or chuck
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 ½ cups fine bread crumbs
¾ teaspoon ground thyme
¾ teaspoon ground turmeric
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup water
Make the outer crust
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, turmeric, and salt.
Stir with a whisk to blend.
Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender or 2 dinner knives until the dough has the consistency of cornmeal.
Gradually add just enough cold water to hold the dough together, mixing it in with a fork.
Take care not to overwork your dough; it should just come together.
Form the dough into a disk and wrap it in the plastic wrap.
Refrigerate the dough while you make the filling, or for as long as overnight.
If chilled overnight, remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before rolling out
How to make the filling
Cut up the onions, scallions, and chilies
Add to the beef and mix well.
In a Dutch oven or large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat, then cook the meat mixture, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
Stir in the bread crumbs, seasonings, and water.
Cover and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes, or until thickened; the mixture should be just wet, not runny or dry. Remove from the heat and let cool while you roll out the dough.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Combine the filling and Pastry
Divide the dough into 24 even sized pieces.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of dough to a thickness of about ⅜ of an inch. a little thicker than pie dough
and cut into a round shape using a can, glass, or cup about 4 inches across.
Place the rounds on the ungreased baking sheets Cover the rounds you are not working on with a damp cloth.
Spoon filling onto a round to cover half of the pastry, leaving a ¼ inch border.
Fold the other half over and seal the edges by crimping with a fork,. Bake the patties for 30 – 35 minutes, or until golden. Serve hot!
Enjoy. Jah Bless.
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- Support and Look after his Rastafari Empress
- Support and Mold and guide his Rastafari Children
- Make sure food is on the table
- Fill the home with Love and Teachings of Rastafari
Support and love for Empress
Rastafari is a spirituality that is based on Royalty. It is important that Kingman be a demonstration of what it means to be a King for his Empress. Kingman in Rastafari has the last word and must never be seen losing his cool. Kingman is the backbone to his family and must project calmness and strength at all times. The order of Rastafari is child, woman, man, then Jah.
Mold and Guide his Youth
Rastafari Kingman is the leader in molding and guiding his youth. He is the one to implement discipline when needed, he is the one to make sure his children are walking the straight and narrow path, that leads to righteous holiness and purity in the eyes of Jah. Kingman must teach his children to be loving, to be faithful to Jah, to accept others as they are… but do not accept their ways or their lifestyle. For Rastafari Kingman knows there are many temptations and false truths in Babylon
Food and Love #1 Priority
The role of Kingman is to provide love and food for the family. A Kingman knows this, and does whatever he has to fulfill this role. In Rastafari it is ok for the woman to put food on the table, but it is the main concern of the Kingman to fulfill this position. All Kingman love his Children and Empress and work and provide for the family out of the Rastafari love of his heart, and the blessing, of his children and Empress from Jah the Almighty.
Love and Teachings of Rastafari
- About Leaders and lives of Rastafari (Marcus Garvey, King Selassie I etc.)
- Read the King James version bible to their children
- The truth of Adam and Eve, Jah first created human
- Jah the Almighty creator and what is pleasing and clean in his eyes
Rastafari Men do not….
Every Rastafari man fulfills his duties to his family with love and understanding (overstanding). The Rastafari man is the backbone of the family providing love and support whenever possible, and as needed. Rastafari men, must not drink, smoke cigarettes, use foul language, or belittle his children, or comb the hair of his children. These things are considered sinful in the way of life of Rastafari.
Thank you for reading.
Jah Jah is the truth. Bless.
How to Be a Rastafari King
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- How to Be a Rasta Empress
- How to Be a Rastafari Man
- Rasta beliefs and principles book
- Why Rasta do not eat meat!
- How to be Rasta in 20 Steps
- What foods do Jamaican people eat?
- 10 cool things about Jamaica!
- 8 FYI Before you travel to Jamaica!
- Rasta Way of Life Book!
I have been keeping a big secret from you. I don’t know how much longer I can hold it. I am very excited. I have been trying to finalize some things in my mind and get things lined up…but I think I am going to burst.
I love you all for your support and for visiting my blog and leaving comments. Its one of the best things you could do for this blog is leave a comment positive or negative. Anyway…
There is only one more detail to get down…and I should have the surprise all ready to go for you. I am excited. Hint? Its about love….Its about Jamaica…Its about my blog….No I am not getting married….I better get it done….cause I don’t know if I can hold this secret any more….Within 2 weeks the secret will be out, please come back…in 14 days….and find out what it is!
I love you all ….Jah Guidance.
Oh I have a Jamaican recipes cookbook coming out…..that is not the Secret though… Its called Jamaican recipes; 22 Authentic Jamaican Recipes for you to try at home.
Try this “Rasta Ital (Vegetarian) Soup”1 Pound (454) g Yams or about 2 medium sized Yams cut into 2 inch 5 cm pieces
You will need…
½ pound (227 g) sweet potatoes (1 medium, cut into 2 inch (5 cm) pieces
1 can of coconut milk
3 cups (720 ml) vegetable broth
1 pound (454) fresh pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2 inch (5 cm pieces
½ pound (227 g) carrots (3 medium) peeled and sliced
1 Pound (454g) Fresh callaloo, or 1 can (19 ounces (538 g) callaloo, dreained; or ½ pound of spinach and ½ pound (227g) Kale
1 Chayote squash
1 Green pepper
2 mediujm sized tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
3 spring onions or scallions
5 – 6 cups shredded cabbage
1 hot pepepr, minced
freshly ground black pepper and salt
How to Prepare
Place the yams and sweet potatoes in a stockpot with the coconut milk and broth.
Add the pumpkin or squash and carrots.
Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
While the root vegetables simmer, carefully wash the callaloo, trimming away any thick stems. Chop and set aside.
To peel the squash, cut it lengthwise into quarters and remove the heart. Dice the remaining squash, green pepper, tomatoes, garlic, and spring onions, and add with the shredded cabbage and hot pepper to the stockpot.
Simmer for 20 minutes more until the vegetables are tender. Season with plenty of freshly ground black pepper and salt if desired.
For those of you who don’t know Ital means (Vegetarian) or non meat meal. Mostly Rastafari people use the word Ital to describe non meat vegetarian cooking. I thought it would be fun to post a simple recipe for an “Ital” Jamaican meal. You can add meat or fish to it if you like.
How to make Jamaican Style Rice and Peas (the easy way)
- No Jamaican meal is complete without “rice and peas.” When I make rice and peas – I cheat. I don’t like laborious cooking. It wears me out.
- Go to the Caribbean or Asian market and buy (“Mr. Goudas”) Red Kidney beans in the can.
- Go home and cook some white rice, just the way you like it.
- Dump the kidney beans (comes already cooked in the can) into the white rice. Voila! You have Jamaican style Rice and Peas!
Jamaican Style Green Banana
If you want to even pretend to be Jamaican, you have to know how to cook up some Green banana!
- Go to your local market and buy some green bananas.
- Go home and slice the bananas in 2 width wise
- Then make a slit only skin deep length wise on both halves (this will cause the bananas to be able to breathe as you boil them)
- Throw them into some boiling water
- Boil until you can poke your bananas through the skin easily
- I find I boil mine for about 30 minutes for them to get very tender
- when ready take them out, let them cool, mash them up and put some butter on them. (Great for kids, tastes like mashed potatoes)
Jamaican Style Boiled Cabbage
- Finely dice some cabbage,
- boil it just a little about 10 minutes
- Drain off the water
- fry the cabbage in some oil with some salt pepper and some onion and garlic
- Add Carrots or Green peppers if you like, for color and texture.
I highly recommend you try all three together to get the Jamaican food experience. But add some meat or some fish if you prefer. Thanks for reading my beauties. Jah Bless.
I know Rastafari is Forever growing. So I thought I would do a blog post just for the ladies. There are many women from all over the world who desire to embrace the Rastafari faith, but are unsure how to live as an Empress day-to-day.
There are some basic things you will need to know before I get into the specifics.
Rastafari is not a Religion – we do not speak of our faith as a Religion but more as a faith or way of life.
Rastafari is a spirituality of Royalty – We must carry our selves as Empress at all times. This means being a role model to our community and the younger ones around us at all times.
Rastafari is an awarenesss – If you are seeking a set of rituals to embrace, Rastafari is not for you. Rastafari is of the heart, an energy that is loving free-flowing, and values freedom, nature at all times.
How to be a Rastafari Empress
- Respect for your Kingman
- Clothing and Attire
- Respect for our temple
- Natural vs an Unnatural Appearance
- Embrace African Culture and Literature
- Adherence to the Principles and Beliefs of the Rastafari Livity
Dreadlocks are a symbol of Rastafari culture and adherence to the Rastafari livity. Rastafari women take special care to cover their locks when out in public. However we make the exception for Rastafari African or Caribbean events if we feel comfortable with out hair showing. To be a Rastafari Empress the dreadlocks are a must. This is how we set our selves apart from the people of Babylon, and represent Jah the creator the Most High who lives in all things, and knows all things. Dreadlocks as Rastafari Empress are a symbol of Love, creation, the First man and woman, Ethiopia and much more.
More Rasta Blog Posts
- Why do Rasta cover dreadlocks?
- Rasta Beliefs on marriage
- How to be a true Rastafari
- 6 Rules to cook Ital food
- 7 Reasons why people become Rastafari
- How to Create your Rasta Name
- How do Rasta lock their hair?
- 7 Ital Food Recipes
- 67 spiritual uses for Incense
- The Bible: How to be Humble
- Jah Rastafari Prayers eBook on amazon.com
- Life as a Rastafari Woman
- Red Yellow and Green Flag: Lion of Judah
- Rastafari Beliefs eBook
- Rasta Way of life Rasta Book
Respect for your Kingman
As a Rastafari Empress Respect for your Rastaman is of the utmost importance. This means no yelling at your Kingman, or not letting him speak and say his peace. Also when in public a true Rastafari Empress will not disagree with her Kingman but only support him to show others that you are a loving and united front. Can you imagine Empress Menen disagreeing with King Selassie I in public. I think not. Treat your Kingman in the same manner. Always show your Kingman you will do whatever he asks of you because you love him in the same light that Jah loves him.
Clothing and Attire
A Rastafari Empress is always mindful of how she is dressing. She avoids clothing that is revealing, or too tight to the body. We are sure to cover our buttocks area, and not to wear shirts or dresses which accentuate the bust line. As spiritual Role Models of Royalty, a Rastafari Empress must dress modest yet Feminine at all times. Comfort is also a big priority for Empress, Rastafari Empress wear flat shoes, long skirts, and clothing that is versatile for both in and outdoor activities and includes the Rastafari colors of Red Yellow and Green.
Natural vs. Unnatural Appearance
Most Rastafari Empress choose not to wear makeup. If you are an Empress who chooses to wear makeup, be sure to choose colors that are natural and down to earth. This means no red lipstick, no eye shadow, and maybe eyeliner on very special occasions only. Rastafari Empress who are embracing the faith deep do not wear any Jewelry. However many Rastafari Empress do wear Jewelry but only of Natural fibres such as wood, or shell, we call this “Rasta jewelry.” As Empress we embrace a natural appearance to Salute the Most High and let our natural beauty shine out to the world.
Embrace African Culture
As a Rastafari Empress, one of your jobs is to Embrace African Culture, and to teach the Rastafari Livity to your children. We understand Rastafari is an awareness. We want our children to have the same wisdom and understanding as well. Things such as…
- Respect for other nations and cultures
- Keeping the commandments of Jah
- Clean and Righteous thinking
- That Jah the creator resides in all living things
- This is how a Rasta woman embraces the Rasta Way of Life
Keep the Principles of the Rastafari Livity
A Rastafari woman lives by all the principles of the Rastafari livity. There is no acceptation. Things like Avoiding Satan’s temptations, eating natural unprocessed foods, and putting Jah first in all things that we do. The Rastafari Livity is about living modest, Humble and loving. However there are times when an Empress must stand firm. We try our best to use love to make our point as much as possible.
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Check out my blog post entitled: Rastafari rules for women