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Oh Man, 400 Posts!

I had a totally different post in mind, but when I logged onto WordPress to upload the post, I saw that it would have been my 400th post.  Wow, 400 posts!  I had to acknowledge the occasion. So, instead of my originally scheduled post, you have this one.

Don’t Expect Anything Profound

Back on March 8th, 2008 when I wrote my first post, I didn’t know what to expect. Well, it really wasn’t a post when I wrote it. As some of you may know, No Job for Mom was originally a hand-coded website and I later converted it to a WordPress blog , but I digress…

This blog came about because I started learning about earning money online as a writer and because I have memory issues.  Rather than try to remember everything, I thought it would be better if I wrote it down so that I could always refer to it later when I needed it.

What I Expected from NJFM

I really didn’t expect anything more than a repository of things I learned along the way. I used to write such information and save it to my computer, only to find out later that I couldn’t remember where I saved the file.  I thought it would be safer if I saved the info somewhere where I could always find it.

Apparently, I wasn’t the only person who wanted to know this info. It seems that quite a few of you have the same dreams as I have.  NJFM has Photo by: Luis Valdez, http://www.sxc.hu/photo/778041  since grown into a community of like-minded folks who want to find legitimate ways to earn money online as writers and who don’t mind sharing what they’ve learned (I’ve learned a lot from you guys).  Posting here on NJFM is like having an early morning coffee chat at the kitchen table with a bunch of friends.

Where is NJFM Going?

Who knows? The one thing I do know for sure is that I’ve got to remain true to what I believe and what interests me (sorry if this sounds selfish). NJFM has taught me that you have to find validation from within.  I see too many instances where people change and lose their authenticity in an attempt to please the masses (just watch the politicians).  They sell out, face public shame and then come to the realization that they should have followed their gut in the first place.

On the Agenda

There are only two things on my plate right now when it comes to NJFM:

  1. A new WordPress theme
  2. Make the Textbroker post manageable

After those two burning issues, the rest is business as usual; irregular posts, sharing new writing sites, motivation and a relaxing place to land.

NJFM wouldn’t be what it is without you guys.  I just wanted to acknowledge 400 posts and take the time to thank you all for reading and contributing to this community.  If I were Oprah, I’d give you a car or a trip to Australia or something extravagant, but I guess you’ll have to settle for a heart-felt thanks instead. 🙂

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  • Will November 4, 2010, 9:01 am

    Congratulations on your 400th post! NJFM is one of the best blogs written by one person that I’ve ever seen. You do more than rehash the same ol’ advice about freelance writing and making money online. Your willingness to share your revenue and your explorations of different writing opportunities is invaluable.

  • Crystal November 4, 2010, 10:18 am

    I agree wholeheartedly with Will – and I’ll even go a little further and proclaim NJFM the absolute best blog of its kind. Congrats on 400 posts – wow! I am so happy to have been a part of NJFM for the past 15 months or so. Although I did the work, you get the credit for my increased knowledge and financial security beings I knew nothing about making money online when I accidentally found you through a totally unrelated search that led me to S101. What a lucky day that was for me!

  • Deanna November 4, 2010, 12:53 pm

    Congrats on your 400th post. You’ve been an inspiration to me and I’ve learned a lot of valuable information from this blog. I really never would have considered residual income as a serious form or income if it hadn’t been for you. I also love your sense of humor – so few people seem to have that these days! Here’s to the next 400 posts! 🙂

    • Felicia November 4, 2010, 5:54 pm

      Thanks guys! You’re making me blush.

      Time to get started on the next 400. 🙂

  • Master Dayton November 5, 2010, 2:31 am

    Congrats! 400 posts is extremely impressive, no matter how you look at it. I’m looking forward to many more to come!

  • Alicia November 5, 2010, 1:17 pm

    Congrats! That is a lot of posts. I really enjoy your blog. Keep ’em coming.

  • Oceanside Blogs November 6, 2010, 11:06 am


    You are a true inspiration! Thank you for being so forthcoming with your knowledge. I look to your blog on a consistent basis for your expertise. Congratulations!

  • Reena November 6, 2010, 3:30 pm

    I was all over the place looking for good freelancing advice when I stumbled on your blog. Although I have subscribed to many blogs, NJFM remains an absolute favorite. There something so genuine that makes me come back again… Congrats, Felicia. And here’s to many more…

  • Julie @ Inspired to Write November 6, 2010, 9:59 pm

    Felicia – Congrats! What a milestone – keep up the good work and inspiration! I remain a loyal reader who keeps coming back!

  • Wahine November 8, 2010, 3:44 pm

    “I really didn’t expect anything more than a repository of things I learned along the way. I used to write such information and save it to my computer, only to find out later that I couldn’t remember where I saved the file. I thought it would be safer if I saved the info somewhere where I could always find it.”

    And that’s exactly why this site is so valuable, and why I enjoy it so much.

    I have subscribed to so many things supposedly dedicated to sharing useful information, but they always seem to hold out on the good stuff. This blog provides so much value per post. It’s unbelievable.

  • Grandma November 8, 2010, 3:52 pm

    Ditto all the above comments! Plus you have gained some great Internet friends and we all have a little freelance writer circle of friends here also. I visit several times a day and would really miss this blog and all the tons of information you have compiled.

    Many thanks for a great job and also for your assistance with my ebook and sales thereof. Most fun I have had in a long time!

  • Christina Crowe November 14, 2010, 5:41 pm

    Hey Felicia,

    I’d settle for your heart-felt thanks any day. But wow – 400 posts! You go, girl! I’m not even at 100 yet (though close to it – 76).

    Can’t wait to see what the next 100 posts will bring!


  • Carrie Lynn November 16, 2010, 2:32 pm

    Thanks to this blog and your Suite articles, I’ve become a paid writer! You have inspired me so much. Sorry so sappy, but by following your advice I was able to get my little girl just what she wanted for her birthday today, so felt obliged to thank you:)

    • Felicia November 16, 2010, 2:49 pm

      Awesome, Carrie Lynn. I’m so glad things are working out for you. I’m especially glad that you were able to buy your daughter the gift she wanted. I don’t know how old she is, but let her know that the folks at NJFM are wishing her a Happy Birthday! 🙂

  • Carrie Lynn November 16, 2010, 9:20 pm

    She is 9 today. She says “thank you internet people!”

    • Felicia November 17, 2010, 6:52 am

      LOL “internet people.” That’s priceless.

  • Prerna November 22, 2010, 8:42 pm

    Congrats on the 400th post, Felicia.. I know you already know this.. but I wouldn’t have been a S101 writer if it hadn’t been for NJFM.. Also, I wouldn’t have learnt so much about writing online and the great people you can connect with despite never meeting IRL. So, celebrating with you always!

  • Melissa November 25, 2010, 7:05 pm

    Congrats Felicia on your 400th post. I love your blog…it’s value for freelance writers is unmeasurable. I recently started my own blog but it isn’t much right now. My goal is to have a place for all three of my passions: mothering, writing and crafting! We shall see…

    Just wanted to say thanks for such a great source of information (and place to chat with other freelance writers)! I have linked your site from my blog a few times because I feel you really explain things is a professional, yet simple to understand way. Congrats again!

  • Minister Marlene December 9, 2010, 3:14 pm

    Congrats on your 400th blog post, a truly amazing feat. Felicia, I love your blog and pray I will be just as prolific as you have been, helping others in the process. As Will said, I’ve never seen so much info put together by one person. So much info in one place. Your blog is the “one stop” blog for success in writing online.

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