When ice cream is the catalyst for change

Last Update: May 16, 2018

Hiya WA-ers,

I've been doing some serious thinking about the past 14 months with WA, and where I am going, and have been in a very difficult place with this. The amount of knowledge I have under my belt is amazing -- even to me -- yet I have so much more to go. I am enjoying the whole process of the training and learning all the "under the hood" stuff, so that's not the issue.

The issue, and what sparked this "crisis" is that I had ice cream for dinner. A simple act, and rather innocuous, but it got me thinking about my blog, natureshealingstrategies.com. I write about living a plant-strong life, eating mostly plants, fruits, legumes, beans, and eliminating the consumption of animal products, including dairy. That is the way I choose to live my life, most of the time, sometimes better than others, and today was not a plant-strong day for me.

So I started thinking about the past year, and how I have only made $3.00 on Amazon, and I know the audience is out there, but I cannot find it, and they cannot find me. What is the end point? How far do I go before I have to let this go and head in a different direction?

"When the winds change, I have to adjust my sails" -- or something like that.

Maybe blogging about living a plant-strong life is just not going to be lucrative for me, and maybe I need to come to terms with that. I had talked many months ago about leveraging my graphic design and marketing background, and building a site here which would talk about the importance of web design and marketing, graphic design, and thinking that perhaps I could build revenue 3 ways: 1) through the affiliate links, 2) perhaps people would come to me and need a website designed, and 3) through promotion of WA.

Since I work full time, this effort would require me to step back from my first love, Nature's Healing Strategies, which would break my heart, as I have become emotionally involved in the process. I just don't have the time to do both, while continuing to learn from this platform and all there is to learn here.

I have been feeling very overwhelmed, and while my traffic has gone up lately, it is no where near where it needs to be, and still floundering at 100 visitors per week. Pretty pathetic! So do I wait, and for how long, to see if I can turn this around? OR do I admit that it's time to go in a different direction? I've lost a year, albeit in training and building the site, but it's gone, and am I willing to wait another year? Do I set a goal for myself? Can I start making serious money with this site?

I see that a lot of folks here are at this full time, which is great, but for me, if I spend my evening focusing on, for example, Pinterest marketing, then my evening is over, and I have to get to sleep to get up for work. That's just my reality. I have to consider what is the most expeditious thing for me to do, and in doing so, remain focused and determined.

I'm just not sure about Nature's Healing Strategies, and the thought of letting it go makes me feel very sad, but I have to choose the more lucrative direction. I know this was a long post, but if you've gotten this far, I thank you, and I look forward to your comments.

As always,


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AffFranE82 Premium
My advice is do what you feel in your heart you need to do. Do some soul searching and be honest with yourself. Maybe you don't need to quit the whole business maybe you should just do it when you get the chance. What ever you decide best wishes!

amyr2017 Premium
Thank you!
jlclayton1 Premium
I absolutely love your site and hate to see you start all over with something you are not passionate about.

How much are you promoting your site on social media? I am just starting with social media myself--Pinterest, Facebook, and Google+. There are so many articles on your site that would be a good fit for creating pins on Pinterest I think. If you look for other social media groups within your niche and engage with them, that may help find your audience as well.

Another thought is to look at other top sites in your niche and see what they offer that gets them ranked well. That's something that I have done in order to see how my site compares with the highly ranked ones. I definitely learned a few things about how to make my site better, like adding a table of contents for example.

My site is only 3 1/2 months old, so I'm working through a lot of these things myself still. Although my traffic is only averaging 30 to 40 visitors a day, that's still about double what it was last month, and I think it's because I started utilizing social media.

Whatever you decide, good luck! After seeing your site and the quality of your content, I know you can make a success with an online business!

amyr2017 Premium
Thanks, Janelle -- yes I am engaged with social media as much as possible, and thanks to some great training by #lynnehuy, I am now promoting my posts on Pinterest -- Good suggestions to compare my site to others in my niche, which I have done. My heroes in this industry are "brands" in an of themselves, and have published books and cookbooks, all of which I can't do, due to time constraints. Lots to think about, and thank you...!
TeamIceCream Premium
Hi Amy

Well, I have to admit - having ice cream in your title immediately got my attention! ;-) LOL!

Seeing that this is your passion... here are my 2c...

Often times we see with very successful business people that they just change what they were doing (that weren't working so great) a little bit and then they have a winner on their hands.

So maybe it is not that your niche is not a good niche, I think it is, since there are others who are making money in it... and you are passionate about it... so maybe you just need to do what you do, a little bit different? ;-)

I for one, is extremely interested in what you are talking about - and (except for the ice cream) ;-) LOL! - we try to eat plant based. BUT, I have never been introduced to legumes in my life - it is a totally new field to me. And so is eating only plant based too. So my concerns are that we don't get all the nutrients that we need.

How about giving more guidance to newbies who wants to start out on a plant based only diet (except for the ice cream of course)? ;-)

Also, how does others in this niche make their money? Amazon? Own courses? Own recipe books? I don't know, but you will probably know. What is there that you can do that is similar to what they do, but different? How can you do what they do, but in a different way? How can you take what they do, and make it newbie-friendly? How can you make plant based eating easy for the busy working woman?

Hope this can help a little bit! But my best advise would be to go grab another scoop of ice cream while contemplating this! ;-) LOL!

Wishing you all of the very best Amy!
Sharlee (Chocolate IceCream)
amyr2017 Premium
Hi Sharlee -- now that I feel like having ice cream for breakfast!!!
Thank you for some great ideas -- I love your idea about making plant-based eating easy for the working woman (or man) -- I see that maybe just switching things up a bit could make the difference. I appreciate your comments, and thank you!
Also -- I would like to let you know when I do have something that could be helpful for you. I will send you a PM at that point. Thanks again.
hugh9905 Premium
Hi Amy,

I've been here for over 9 months, and in all honesty, I'm still working on my 1st site. Yep, you are right. My site is NOT even up and running yet.

Having a full time job and being a father taking care of 2 little kids outside of work, I absolute feel you pain in terms of being overwhelmed. From time to time I feel so stressed and disappointed when I'm not making the progress that I want. There have been many times when I felt so stretched and fatigued that I sat in front of my computer physically but didn't want to do anything at all. On some bad days, my 2-year-old girl wakes me up a couple times at night due to teething, cutting my 4~5 hours sleep time into pieces; I walk like a zombie during the day and I can easily fall asleep if I use computers for over 30 minutes.

But, I'm glad that I am not giving up, not yet. I try my best to pull myself together every time I'm hitting the wall. I have to tell the little devil in my mind that I'm not giving up, and kick his butt if I have to. :)

For your question about sticking with your site or shifting to another niche, I don't really have any advice, nor I have any experience to help. Maybe you can ask your inner self, do you have passion and faith on your current site and niche? If you do, maybe you should stick with it and try to make it work. On the other hand, if making $$ is a priority for you, you can definitely try another niche.

Best wishes,

amyr2017 Premium
Hi Hugh and thanks for your candid view of life -- I can, obviously, relate, and I know the feeling of that overwhelm where it is just easier to put on a Netflix movie rather than push through this stuff. Taking care of toddlers can't be easy either -- my son is graduating college tomorrow, so for me, he does sleep through the night -- LOL -- but my time is taken up in other ways.

I think that the bottom line is if we are serious about this, which we are, then we have no choice but to keep it going. That's the only way, and if you need to vent, please feel free to send me a PM.

Hi there!

First of all I think it is great to see how passionate you are about living a plant strong life. Sorry to hear it is not doing so well, but don’t let it get you down. Making 3 dollars seems like nothing, but it is a start and you should feel good about that. It is a small achievement but an achievement none the less.

I personally am just getting started here and have a lot of research ahead of me as well as some important decisions to make. I can relate in some ways as I’m not sure what to do either.

If you decide to go in another direction it doesn’t mean you have to give up your passion. If you enjoy blogging about living a plant strong life then you should keep doing what makes you happy, even if you decide to focus on another direction for your income. I realize time is an issue and the main reason we are here is to build up to a steady income for ourselves, but those 100 people a week visiting your site are there for a reason and you are sharing your passion and knowledge with them which would be a great feeling.

Whatever you decide, I wish you all the best and hope everything works out for you!
amyr2017 Premium
Thank you, and I appreciate your comments! You're right that I don't have to give this up if I go in another direction, but there are only so many hours in a day...! I get what you are saying, though, and you raise some good points. Thank you for that!