11 Questions For Part Time Blogging Expert Jane Sheeba

Jane Sheeba part time blogging

As a Part Time Blogging expert, Jane Sheeba is one of my heroes.  Not only does she write for 4 amazing blogs (difficult for anyone), but she does so while working a full time job.

Now that’s amazing!

I “met” Jane several months ago in a Blog Commenting Group.  I could immediately sense that Jane was well respected within the group and I soon understood why.  Jane is incredibly knowledgable in many diverse areas and her writing style makes it easy for all to learn from her, regardless of their level or circumstances.

In other words, Jane is a person you can go to for ANSWERS [the name of Jane’s first blog was appropriately called “Find All Answers.”]  :-)

Jane graciously agreed to answer my (and your) most pressing questions about her part time blogging success.

I am so pleased that you get the chance to learn about Jane and what she does.  She is truly inspirational.

Without further adieu, I give you…

11 Questions For Part Time Blogging Expert Jane Sheeba

The questions that I asked Jane are a combination of questions that I’ve always wanted to ask her together with questions that you, our readers suggested.

Enjoy!

1.  Tell us a little about Jane Sheeba the person and part-time blogger

Sure Bob. I’m a full time Scientist working in the field of Medical Physics. I’m a bit of an introvert and camera shy (that’s why not making much videos LOL)!

I love to spend time with my family, although I’m not currently doing it as much as I want to. But I do hope to get into full-time blogging quite soon :)

I love my hubby and my little son (currently 1+ year old). They are my motivators :)

I am good at doing things in an organized and systematic manner. But I easily get tensed when I have to face an unexpected situation, even though I have a plan B!

As to blogging, it is my passion. And my passion is what helps me to keep blogging until now. I see blogging as my business and hence I’m committed to it.

2.  As a part time blogging expert, how do you best organize your time to get the most done?

I spend about 2 hours in the morning before work and 4 hours in the evening after work, on blogging.

I spread the time between all my blogging activities including writing blog posts, leaving comments on other blogs, networking, dealing with freelance writing gigs, and the services I offer at my blog.

I don’t follow a strict regular pattern, but I always start a day with a to-do list written on the previous night. So when I sit at my table in the morning I know what I have to accomplish on that day.

Having a 1+year old around is quite distracting. Yet I manage to concentrate on my blogging activities somehow. However I make sure that I don’t leave my son un-attended, so I take little 10 minute breaks in between to stretch and at that time, play little games with him.

My hubby supports me a lot! I wouldn’t be able to accomplish so much without his support.

 

3.  Do you have a system in place that helps you best prioritize your time and accomplish your goals?

I use Google’s products a lot to manage my activities. Google docs, in the first place. I manage just about everything over there, especially for my guest posting.

I manage all drafts of my submitted posts and posts to submit. I also maintain a list of guest post titles with the names of the blogs they’re submitted to. This helps me to easily follow up on those posts that are not published for quite a while.

I also manage a spreadsheet for ideas that pop in all the time :)

Apart from that, I use Google calendar to organize my day job and blogging activities.

 

4.  What has been the biggest setback in your business so far, and how did you rebound from it?

What has been the biggest setback in your business so far, and how did you rebound from it?

I’ve had a couple of setbacks while I was severely ill once and another when I had to be in the hospital for delivering my son.

The latter was the time when it took quite a while to get back on my foot with business because of the time and energy it takes until up to 4/5 months with the just born.

But I wouldn’t complain since the experience was great and I could easily bring it all up with the support from my family and online buddies :)

 

5.   As a successful part-time blogger, you are a role model for many of our readers.  For those that are not yet successful, can you tell them the 1 or 2 most important things you did on a daily basis that helped you achieve success?

Passion: Blogging is not easy peasy and it can make you feel frustrated quite easily. Passion is the only thing that can help you going. I knew this right from the start and I know that I am only doing what I am passionate about. So, I am not doing blogging as a “job”, there is no pressure or compulsion. Even if I stopped blogging now, my life will go on smoothly. But I am still doing it among all the hurdles and time factors just because I am passionate about it.

Commitment: At the same time, I give myself no excuses. I do what I am supposed and committed to do. Even though, it is not a job and no one is there to question me, I don’t take advantage of that. I take my commitment seriously. This “commitment” factor could bring in some contradictions to what I said earlier on passion that I work without pressure.

I don’t let either passion or commitment to take over completely.

Sometimes too much passion could be a lame excuse for not making money while spending extra hours on a computer. Too much commitment could make you feel that a day job could be a lot better. So you need to find the margin!

 

6.  Do you have mentors who have helped you along the way?  If so, where did you find them?

Well, I did not have any “official” mentor. I did not pay anyone to be my mentor. But I did follow the advice of some of the awesome bloggers around. They’ve been so helpful to me since my earlier days.

In particular, I’d like to mention

I wish I could mention all my dear buddies, but Bob, you’ll have a space issue here.

 

7.   We teach our readers to focus their limited time on things that will matter most to their business.  What do you feel are the most important skills to master to become a successful blogger?

Bob, that’s a great question. In my opinion, how much time a person has is not proportional to his/her success in a business (although, the amount of time available is a crucial factor, it need not directly affect business success). Everyone has 24 hours and yet some could achieve a lot more than the others.

I insist on practicing and mastering the necessary skills needed for any type of business. For instance, a freelance writer should practice quick typing, ability to pitch convincing emails to get potential gigs (that’s a skill), good command of language, getting familiar with rare vocabulary etc. These are all the skills needed to “speed up” their regular writing job.

A writer who doesn’t have these skills will also write and earn, but he won’t be making as much money as another skilled writer who has the same amount of time to work.

The skill itself differs from the type of business every blogger is associated with. So mastering on the “essential” skills will help a blogger to achieve more in less time – that’s optimal usage of time.

 

8.  You have a new product!  Tell us about it!

Problogging Action Plan is my first premium project, an ebook, which is focused on sharing actionable strategies for new, aspiring and even  established bloggers to achieve a professional blogging success. The book is special because it has stuff I found out from my personal experience – not theories, not researched stuff from the internet. Everything I share in the book are strategies that worked for me.

I initially aimed the book for newbies (when I started out the first draft), then I also found that even some established bloggers are struggling quite a bit with blogging success, and the whole concept of “blogging without a clear goal” is so popular.

So this book will tell people how to identify their blogging goal and then provide them with an action plan to achieve that goal.

The only thing that I’m not very happy with is that I launched the book and then I changed the domain of my blog. In all the chaos and business I couldn’t promote the book so well; even though the book is doing good in sales, it is not quite popular as I expected, since not many know about it.

I plan to do some extra promotion of the book in the following months and I’m also going to launch a Kindle version of the book quite soon.

 [Bob’s Note:  I purchased Jane’s  Problogging Action Plan and it is the real deal — hugely valuable for all levels of bloggers at an incredibly low cost.  It would be a really good idea to pick it up!]

9.  You recently changed the name and URL of your blog. Why was this important to you?

The name change and splitting of the blog was very important to me since I see my blog as a place to promote my business.

Find All Answers was doing great, being a multi-niche blog. The visitors loved it that way as well. But I had really a hard time with coping things up on one blog with a variety. The biggest problem was the niches were really totally different, so that I couldn’t pull in any sort of “order” in the blog. I’m a person who likes things to be neat and systematic.

Plus I found that it was really hard for me to rank for the kind of keywords I wanted to rank for. And I was ranking for keywords which I did not intend to rank for. So I had to make the decision. I’m so glad I did it.

Now Find All Answers is Problogging Success and the relationships posts are on a new blog Merry Relationships. I also run a tech blog, Tech Buzz Online and have started setting up my personal blog, Jane Sheeba.

Now I see that each of my blogs have a clear niche.

 

10.   Having multiple streams of income is important for any blogger or marketer.  What are the income streams for your business, and which income stream has been most profitable for you?

Multiple streams of income is indeed a “must”. Not just with blogging but with any other business, it is not wise to rely only on one source. If that particular source fails for a short while, we will be in trouble.

Plus having multiple sources is a nice thing to test the waters. If only one source helps us to make money, we won’t be bold enough to try out new things on that; the new thing might either help us make even more money or collapse the system altogether, but that needs to be found out.

When there are multiple sources, we can put anyone on test at a time.

As to my income streams, freelance writing occupies the major portion of the pie. The other streams are my services (consulting, blog maintenance, thesis customization etc), my product, affiliate promotions and a very very little contribution from Adsense (I’m testing the waters here).

 

11.  As a Part Time Blogging expert, do you have any parting advice for those struggling to make any money in their online business?

“Make money blogging” is not only a popular search term but it is also one of the most obsessed and most misunderstood terms. Most people start blogging thinking that they can write a few blog posts, put up a few (or a lot of) adsense units and then start receiving cheques every month.

Blogging is very far from that myth. You have to earn every penny by putting in a lot of hard and solid work, consistently. In addition, the blogosphere is over crowded now, and getting noticed is much harder now than it used to be 10 years ago. So it indeed is HARD work.

Two things I want to mention –

  1. There is no push button to get rich with blogging, quickly.
  2. Consistency is the key.

I thank Bob very much for giving me this opportunity to speak out. Bob has a wonderful blog here. He is accomplishing a lot being a part time blogger and I really admire him for his networking trait. I’m proud to be able to voice out my thoughts at his blog.

Thank you SO much, Jane.  I know our readers have learned a great deal from your insights today! 

Stay tuned, folks because this is just the first of many planned interviews with top flight part time blogging and business experts from around the blogosphere.

Have more questions for Jane, or just want to say thanks? 

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41 Responses to “11 Questions For Part Time Blogging Expert Jane Sheeba”

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  1. Samsun Nahar says:

    I am a part time blogger since 2007. Blogging gives me a huge collection of knowledge. But I saw some people hate blogging & some people make spam on many blog. I don’t know why they hate and why they spamming? Blogging is the best way to become a celebrity in online. And many people earn extra money from blogging. I have a blog with google adsense. So it’s the extra income way for me.

  2. Rafiul Islam says:

    I\’ve been a part time blogger since 2009. Blogging gives me relax. I don\’t know why, some people hate blogging. Blogging is the best way to be online celebrity :D and earn some extra money. I know somebody who are full time blogger and making a lot of money through their blogs and this is their main business. BTW, thanks dear Bob Clarke for sharing this informative article with us.

  3. jake Muller says:

    Congrats! on your success Jane, you have been much more influential in the past year in the blogosphere. Your advice is valuable. I just started my blog / site http://www.part-time-work.com

  4. Cheryl says:

    Great post! I learned a lot and I appreciate the info as a new blogger myself.
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  5. Mary Stewart says:

    I learned a lot from this. It’s so great to get some insights and know how she’s so productive and efficient at her work. Very inspiring, as so do i remembered a friend who is into blogging and look at her now she’s somehow successful at her young age. She’s indeed a very good example of pro-active. We’re so happy for you.

    All the best.
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  6. Jayme says:

    Admiring the time and energy you put into your website and detailed information you offer. It’s nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed material. Fantastic read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  7. KateW81 says:

    The interview is amazing, I learned a lot for someone who is an blog expert. and a wonderful mom. Thanks for the motivation.
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  8. Timo Kiander says:

    Bob,

    Great interview!

    It is always interesting to peek inside the routines and habits of a successful blogger!

    Cheers,
    Timo
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  9. I am now a full time blogger too. I love the fact that you interviewed someone with great experience on blogging. I have learned from the past that just posting once a week is really not effective. So when she said consistency I totally agree. You have to be consistent if you want to see results. We blog once a day and are very consistent and the results show. Thanks so much for sharing.
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  10. Maja says:

    Jane Sheeba is one of the best guest writer and blogger. She always write on positive motives and their effects in life. I visit one of her blog.
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  11. Ken Pickard says:

    Dr. Bob,

    Really great interview and questions. It would be great to see this interaction on video as well. I will definitely be visiting Jane’s blog…er I should say blogs.

    There was a couple of great tips around being organized and how using the free tools that Google offers is a good way to go. the more we learn about marketing and ourselves we find that taking on more projects just happens. Staying organized and trying to keep things simple is a must.

    Thank you for sharing your interview.

    Ken Pickard
    The Network Dad

  12. Maverick says:

    This is a very informative post… Thank you for sharing the answers for these common questions. I’ve learned a lot from reading..
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  13. Dr. Bob,

    Great post here. This lady definitely has her act together. It’s good for all of us to hear (from a pro) abou the time and patience required to build a winning blog. It’ simple to do, but not easy.

    Once again, great article!

    Chuck

  14. Faith from Diamond For Sale says:

    I have been into Jane’s blog for a couple of times and read a bit about her, all I can say is she is so dedicated to her family aside from sharing stuff to everyone. She is really an inspiration to us women :)
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  15. Hey Bob,
    That was really a very inspirational and educational interview with Jane,I am her follower at “Tech Buzz Online”,i really admire her profound and well fabricated experience as a part time blogger.Mostly of us were unknown before with this face of Jane,thank you Bob for introducing the reality of this great and passionate blogger.I am very much impressed with her strategies and i am willing to purchase her book also called “Problogging Action Plan”,because i am very much sure that there is some biggest treasure hidden in that book.I am extremely shocked to know how she is managing her blogging along with her full time Job,with a kid and husband.Great Jane!!

    Thank you once again Bob for sharing such a quality content with us.That was really appreciable.

    Good Luck and God Bless!!
    With Regards!
    Samuel Joshua
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    • Bob says:

      Hi Joshua, Yes, Jane is truly inspiring… glad you enjoyed the interview.

      And having purchased her ebook myself, I can tell you that it is a goldmine of ideas that will help bloggers at all levels of experience. Definitely pick it up!

      Thanks for the comment, Joshua.

  16. Oh my first comment vanished!

    To sum up, thanks so much for sharing this Bob and Rosemary. Great to get some insights into Jane’s personal life and how she’s so productive at work.

    Well done Jane on all your hard work. I’m happy to help you any time:)
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  17. Hi Bob and Rosemart,

    Thanks so much for sharing this interview with Jane, it’s great to get to know a bit more about her personal live and her blogging productivity methods. I’m even more impressed than ever now:)

    Jane, there are no silly questions! You showed how smart you are just asking questions instead of blindly rushing in. It’s my pleasure to help you and I do appreciate you mentioning me here too.

    Four blogs is a lot, it will be interesting to see how you manage them all but what you’re doing is the right thing. By organizing your writing into clear niches on separate blogs you can see what you and your readers like best.

    I look forward to watching you and your blogs grow and evolve:)

  18. reese says:

    Honestly, I have never heard of Jane before. But your post about her has greatly moved me. I am a single mother of two and I have a full time job working the third shift and I do some part-time work at home as well. I have no plans to venture out into blogging but how Jane is managing is motivating me. If she can do it, so can I. I think what Jane has that most lack is discipline and determination. I will definitely work on disciplining myself.
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  19. Adrienne says:

    Hi Bob and Jane,

    Great interview and Jane I learned some new things about you. I also had met Jane in a blogging community and immediately got the impression that this lady knows her stuff. That’s always so exciting for the newbies, they definitely can learn a lot from Jane.

    So glad you interviewed Jane for us Bob and she definitely had some very helpful answers to some of those questions. She seems about as organized as I am so I loved hearing that.

    Great post and thanks again.

    ~Adrienne

  20. Sonia says:

    I have seen her picture and comments on many blogs. She always leaves comments of value and she is very well respected. What I liked most about this interview was how organized and focused she is. That’s my goal and she is very inspiring. Thanks for the tips girl!

    Thank you for this interview and I found her to be very honest and helpful. I will have to grab her eBook now.

    Thanks Bob and Jane!
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  21. Vallerie says:

    Jane is a very impressive woman, she really knows how to juggle her time with family and being a blogger. She’s really fantastic.
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  22. Tracyann0312 says:

    Nice Interview from her. It is really difficult to interview an expert especially if they are busy. I think the reason the she became successful is her determination that she can finish her work at the time given to her.Also, she finds the interests of the people.
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  23. Anna says:

    I think that Jane is amazing. I truly envy women who are successful both in business and family life. I don”t know how she manages to find time for herself. I wanna be like her, not constantly my 3 kids to suffer the lack of time I have…
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  24. Ana from Increase Web Traffic says:

    Great interview, Dr. Bob. You are right, Jane is an inspiration!

    Thanks for the kind mention, Jane.

    Passion and consistency go such a long way towards achieving anything in life.
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  25. Satrap says:

    I have been following Jane for a while (since I found her blog through famousbloggers) and all I have to say is that she truly does know what she is talking about.

    In reading her blog posts, I have learned so many things that I have never seen them elsewhere. And this interview is no exception. Lots of good stuff to take in. Great choice of interview Bob.
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  26. Herbert from Locally Made says:

    All I can say about Ms Jane is, she is a total package.. Being a mom is not an easy job but still she manage to give equal time to her family , blogging and her day job. Very impressive. :)

  27. Nicky says:

    What a great post and I look forward to more of your inteveiews Bob. What an incredible disciplined woman Jane is with having not just a full time job, but a very demanding one too.

    The key to success is definitely persistence and consistency of daily action and not being afraid to step out of that comfort zone!

  28. Jane says:

    Hey Bob,

    Thanks for the wonderful interview here. I loved to answer the interview questionnaire and it was fun and some “look back” moments with my blogging career. I’m so happy to be featured to your audience!

    Cheers,
    Jane.
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  29. Anna says:

    Excellent interview! “There is no push button to get rich with blogging, quickly.” – I liked that. :D Jane is way too cool, thanks for letting me to know her better.
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  30. Congrats on your success Jane, you have been much more influential in the last 12 months in the blogosphere and I enjoy reading your articles posted to BlogEngage and connecting when we can.
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  31. What a great interview you have done with Jane. She is organized and stays on her path. From reading this, it only goes to show you how ANYONE can create multiple streams of income. This is an impressive story people should read. After all you know the ratio that 97% of people give up and the 3% win. She is a winner.
    It is a great reminder for all of us on line to stick with it and never give up. You cannot expect things to just happen, you need to work on it every day even if it is part time.
    Thanks for posting this,
    Donna
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  32. Justin from Mazzastick says:

    Great interview with Jane, Dr Bob. I didn’t know that Jane had a full-time Job as a Scientist, I might add, as well as being a Mother and a Wife. What kind of vitamins are you taking Jane? Wowzers!

    I have to agree totally about being committed and consistent when it comes to blogging success. You have to “stick with it ” or blogging will just become another passive hobby.
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  33. Radu says:

    Hello Bob,
    I find Jane Sheeba amazing. Is highly appreciable how she manages to remain focused and also be active in family life. It takes a lot effort and if you’re not supported by your family is very hard.
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