It’s been right at a year since I released the last episode of The Candid Cashflow Podcast.
The reason the show was on hiatus is because my mom got sick, so I’ll just give you a quick update on that.
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Update on Mom
On October 10, 2018, my mom went into the hospital for a heart valve replacement which was supposed to just be a routine procedure.
The valve would be replaced through her artery instead of cracking her chest, so she was only supposed to be in the hospital for a couple of days.
Unfortunately, she suffered a stroke during the procedure, and that rendered her unable to speak.
It wasn’t a situation where she lost the use of one side or the other, she just can’t speak.
She ended up staying in the hospital for a while and as time went on, it seemed like it was one thing right after the other.
Her heart rate dropped, so the put in a temporary pacemaker and then the placed a permanent pacemaker to correct that situation.
Then they discovered that she had skin cancer and they had to figure out how to treat that.
She ended up being in the hospital from October 10th until November 2nd.
When she came home, it was all about trying to figure out how to attack the whole cancer thing.
She went through radiation and chemotherapy treatments for the duration of the first quarter of last year. On March 21st, she was back in the hospital.
Because of the location of the cancer, they focused the radiation on her lower torso and she ended up with sepsis because it just wreaked havoc on her intestines.
She nearly died as a result. When she came home from the hospital, she went into Hospice care, it was so bad.
My dad, brother, and I ended up all taking care of her at home. My dad bears the brunt of her full-time care, and he will be 80 in October of this year.
I go down for about 4 hours a day during the week, Monday through Friday, and just spend time helping him care for her. She and I watch Netflix and things like that, so she’s doing well.
That whole 20-hour chunk of time right out of my work week has taken some acclimation to adjust to. It’s been a long arduous task, I assure you, but I’m so thankful that my Mom is doing well and it has really been an answer to prayer. I thank God she is still here with us and I pray that she’ll continue to improve.
She walks a little bit each day because she was bedridden when she came home from her last hospital visit. I put her in the chair for a few hours. She still can’t speak, but once in a while, words sneak out here and there.
I’m hopeful that her quality of life at this point is good, so we’ll just run with that!
New Format for the Return of The Candid Cashflow Podcast
I want to mention the new format for The Candid Cashflow Podcast. I’m not using a script anymore.
Before when I did the show I would spend about 10 hours a week writing out a blog post and then basically reading that post to you as the podcast audio itself because I’m not the greatest speaker.
If I don’t kind of script what I’m going to say or outline it in some kind of way, I’ll “um” you to death. I didn’t want that to happen.
I hope with a year under my belt from 2018, that I can control myself a bit more. I want to try this because it’s going to be less of a time suck for me if I can do it this way.
There’s not going to be any ads in the new format. I used to stop after the intro and run an ad for an affiliate product. I won’t be doing that.
Let’s see, what else?
Let me know if you like the new format.
2019 in Review
I thought that I’d go over a quick review of 2019 since I wasn’t here to yammer at you about it.
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I released a couple of courses in 2019. I released a social media course that includes a really cool Pinterest aspect that will make you a little bit of passive income. I released a WordPress 101 course.
I did lots of VA work in 2019 for clients, some new, some old. As time marches on, I’d like to move away from client work and earn more from content creation, so that’s where my focus is for 2020. I’ll talk a little more about that in a minute.
I began pulling in my own VA leads via my website with a couple of optimized pages that I’ll be talking about.
We have an all-new website for The Candid Cashflow Podcast! I bought the domain in 2018 and talked about moving the shot from my VA website, but I wasn’t sure where to even start.
I’ve begun slowly moving old episodes over to the new website, and all-new episodes will obviously live on the new website. So, there’s a slow transition taking place here, but I’m really pleased with how things are shaping up.
The new blog posts are not going to be formatted like a script. I’m upgrading and updating the old content to remove all of that stuff and formatting everything like blog posts since that’s what they are!
Just skip over to CandidCashflow.com and have a look around.
Another project that I’ve been working on started in late 2019 is my email everyday project.
I discovered Ben Settle.
Ben Settle is a copywriter and he also publishes a monthly newsletter called Email Players that costs $97 per month.
I signed up for his regular email list because I was intrigued by the whole copywriting concept. I started getting his emails and whatnot.
He has a lot of interesting ideas. He’s kind of what I like about certain Internet Marketers. He kind of does his own thing. He doesn’t give you this laundry list of I muse here, I must be here, I must have this in order to succeed.
He just does his own thing and people get drawn into that and that’s kind of what I’m trying to do. That’s been my goal from the beginning is to do my own unique thing and drawn that crowd of people who like unique stuff…people who want to be unique themselves.
So, I started following Ben, and one thing that Ben does is he emails his list every day.
To sign up for a list where I’m going to receive an email every day is a bit much. I’m a hard sell. I don’t just jump on any email list, and most of the time when I do, I jump right back off in short order because the emailer is annoying me by trying to sell me too many things or writing me too much about nothing. I was kind of hesitant.
Apparently, Ben Settle is the best when it comes to copy, so the only way to get your eyeballs on his copy for free is to subscribe to his emails.
I started emailing my list every day on November 11th, 2019 and let me tell you, that has been a positive experience all the way around. I’ve gotten replies, I’ve got an engaged audience.
I started with like 259 subscribers that I had on this tiny cobbled together list. I ended up purging the inactive subs doing what they call “list hygiene”. I did it a few times since then just to reduce the number of people that weren’t opening my emails and improve my metrics.
Only about 50 people were opening my emails, so I removed the ones that were bouncing and those who hadn’t opened like the last 10 campaigns. Then again at 20 campaigns a bit late.
All of that coupled with the 15 or so unsubscribes I’ve gotten, and I have a list of readers who engage with my emails and I’ve gotten replies from people I didn’t even know were there! Some of them found me through The Candid Cashflow Podcast, s it’s just been an amazing experience.
I’m definitely going to be talking about that in upcoming episodes and blog posts.
Another project I put together was a news site that just syndicates content from around the web. It’s essentially an autoblog. I won’t write articles or anything, it just pulls in content just like other news sites get from various sources like Reuters and the Associated Press.
It’s made about $4 or so in ad revenue the last time I checked, so it’s nothing earth-shattering. It’s just something I was trying out. I’ve written a couple of articles for the site just to see what it can do. I’m sure if I put a little more work into it, it would probably do better, but as I said, it’s just an experience.
In late 2019, I started the Liberated Lit project which is actually publishing public domain works and bringing them into their next iteration.
What we currently have for the public domain are a bunch of scanned books ranging from the Voynich manuscript to books from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries that have fallen into the public domain.
They’ve been scanned from the print book, so the format is atrocious. I’m not the only one who’s done this type of work. Amazon grabbed a ton of these books and published them for Kindle when they first launched the e-reader.
The problem is that they just published those scanned print versions with things that you don’t really need to be included like page numbers. They just end up not being the best reading experience.
Liberated Lit is a legacy project for me as a 40-something woman who doesn’t have any children. Words and literature-related projects like LiberatedLit.com are that for me.
I pull books from the public domain and format them really nicely for Kindle. I release them on Amazon so what you get is a pretty cheap, nicely formatted book instead of those scans that don’t read well.
I’m also restoring the artwork inside the books since I’m starting mostly with children’s books. I’m also generating some extra content from those books in the form of coloring books, etc. It’s REALLY great stuff for parents who want their kids consuming quality literature or who have homeschoolers.
I also plan on making all of my documents open-source for future generations. The book scans are essentially images files saved in PDF, so you can’t edit them directly or do any formatting with the books in that format.
So, the goal is to offer an editable format for those who want to work with these works in the future.
I’m really excited about 2020 because there are a lot of things that are going to be happening this year and I just have this feeling that it’s going to my year!
What’s Coming to The Candid Cashflow Podcast in 2020
First of all, there are a ton of new topics. I just sat here and wrote 2 pages worth of topics that I pulled from my emails that I’ve been writing every day. That’s one of the benefits of that whole project. I’m generating tons of ideas and content and ideas for content!
I’ll be sharing the details from projects that I’ve worked on in the past year since I was really here to talk about those. If any of the things that I covered in my review of 2019, stick around and subscribe in your favorite listening app.
I’ll be revealing my income streams because you already know the key to online success is multiple streams of income!
As always, you’ll get all the links and bonuses!
That’s a Wrap
I’m going to wrap things up here, but don’t forget to sign up for my emails by visiting this link, so you can see what’s coming out there.
When you visit that link, you’ll end up on the landing page where you can see what others are saying about my emails and you can get the details on what kind of content I’m sending out. Then at the bottom, you can sign up with your first name and email address to join the Cashflow Nation!
As a token of thanks, you’ll receive my folder of useful PDFs via Google Drive. I’ve dropped all of my Candid Cashflow Podcast show notes in there from my previous shows, so episodes 1-55 will be there.
I’ll include the compilation ebooks I put together with 10 shows at a time which include all of the links and bonuses I shared with each episode!
If you’ve been listening to The Candid Cashflow Podcast for any length of time, then you know that I am the bonus queen and I love to give out extra stuff, so be sure to check that out and grab those.
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