Kathryn is a novelist and blogger at questfor47.com She sends a powerful message, particularly to women, inspiring them to name their bottom line and pursue inspired avenues of financial freedom. In doing so, she encourages her audience to live their very best lives.
“Every single person who follows you or subscribes to your email list, or likes your Facebook post is someone who is there for the content you provide and you have to remember that individual person every time.”-Kathryn
- What is your blog called and how did you decide on that name?
My website is called Quest for $47. I decided on the name because my original inspiration for blogging came from the answer to the question, “How much money do I need to make outside of my 8-5 job salary to cover my rent for an entire year. That answer was $47 a day. Now, it serves as my inspiration to teach women how to generate passive income of any amount so they can have financial freedom and not be dependent on an 8-5 job that may only cover their bare necessities.
- What type of blog do you have? What is your niche?
My niche is making money online, specifically teaching young, single women how they can earn income outside of their traditional salaries to supplement their lives and allow for more freedom. So many big name bloggers are stay- at-home moms or women who have spouses to support them. There is nothing wrong with that, but I also want women who are single to know that it’s possible to find side-hustle success too. Along with covering blogging fundamentals and how-tos, I also cover the motivational and mindset aspect, because that is a critical factor for blogging success at any and all levels.
- What sparked your interest in blogging?
My interest in blogging was sparked in 2016 when I decided to leave my first post-college full-time job. Working in college sports, I’d never had a traditional job before, and didn’t know how to take my skills in ports stats and writing athlete features into any other career. I felt stuck. But then I discovered how transformative having a blog could be. Ever since, I have strived to build something that allows me to follow my passion for teaching others, while allowing me the freedom to live life on my own terms, work when and where I want, and also allow me to follow my personal passions.
- What aspects of blogging are most creatively fulfilling to you?
My favorite part of blogging is the connections I make with my audience. Nothing makes me happier than when someone comes to me and says that they learned something that can help them with their side-hustle and take them one step closer to their dreams. I’ve been getting into a lot of video lately because it’s more up-front and in your face than writing a blog post is, even though I love that too. With video, especially live video, it’s just so much more raw and honest and I really love that, and love that my audience sees exactly who I am, rather than a bunch of pretty pictures taken at a branding shoot (but those are a ton of fun too!)
- What aspects of blogging do you find most difficult?
Growing my audience is probably one of my biggest (and also favorite) challenges. Many beginning side-hustlers and bloggers may get discouraged by the lack of a response to their content. It may feel like they are shouting to the void every time they post or send an email to their small list. Every day, I remind myself that the people who need my story are out there, and I need to keep going and moving forward because if I don’t then those people won’t find me.
- Who inspires you most?
Melyssa Griffin was one of the first bloggers I ever found online, one of the first people who showed me through her content and courses that it’s possible to make a living online. The things I learned from her are the foundations of my blogging knowledge. And my friend and mentor, Leah Gervais (from Urban20Something.com) is one of my biggest inspirations. I don’t even remember how I found her, but she welcomed me not just into the Urban20Something community, but also into a mastermind with a bunch of amazing, driven and passionate women. We are all building businesses and supporting one another in our endeavors, growing and learning from one another. I have no idea where I would be without all of their support. And from a mindset standpoint, I would not be where I am today without the podcast and courses from Kathrin Zenkina of ManifestationBabe.com. Her courses and community have helped me re-frame my mindset and have taught me that I really am capable of accomplishing everything I want.
- Do you have a larger dream connected to your blog? My larger dream connected to Quest For $47 is to create a thriving, 7-figure business, where I teach women how to live abundant lives on their terms through a combination of digital courses and one-on-one coaching. Not only that, but meeting my business goals will allow me to also focus on my personal vision, where I am an internationally-known author of science fictions novels. I have been writing for years around my full-time jobs, and am eager to use the time freed by my business to give me more time to write.
- What has been your proudest blogging moment? What successes have you experienced?
My proudest blogging moment so far was when I not only launched my first digital product, but also made sales from it. It’s so amazing to know that I can create something and earn money from the value that I provide, more than just recommending affiliate products to my audience. I may not have had a large launch this first time, but it proved that it’s possible. When working online, all you have to do is create that digital product once, and then you can sell it again and again and share it far and wide.
- What has been your biggest set back and what lessons did you learn? My biggest setback was getting disorganized early on with my blog content. I had a bunch of half-written blog posts to choose from, but no clear editorial calendar, and it took a lot of my time that I didn’t have to figure out what I was going to post from week to week. Not only that, but I totally missed out on some quality holiday-themed posts that I could have come up with had I planned a little better. The lesson learned was that I figured out the best way to not just plan content for the near future, but have made myself a framework that allows me to plan a whole year of blog content in just one day. I then turned that into a free email course called Content Explosion (https://pages.convertkit.com/5a156228aa/f82ffa3e1f), because it taught me that I can’t be the only one who has been challenged to think of what should come up next.
- What does your blogging schedule look like?
While I was still working my 9-5 job, I would wake up every morning at 5 a.m. and work from about 5:30 a.m. to 6:45 a.m., before I had to get ready for work. I would then take my 12-1 lunch break to get some more work done (which was often interrupted) and then when I got home I would work from about 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., usually on blog content. Now that I work from home, I have a ton more freedom to work on a schedule that fits with when I am most inspired. I can get a ton of work done in the mornings, so I start my “workday” at around 8:30 a.m. I work until noon (taking breaks about every hour or so), and then after I finish I go for a walk around the park near my home, as part of my commitment to get outside at least once a day. I tend to be very unfocused in the early afternoons, and save that time for things that don’t take a lot of brainpower. After dinner, I get a second wind and tend to work from about 7-10 p.m., usually on content creation. Then it’s my evening routine and sleep.
- Are you able to bring in any income and if so, through what means? I bring in a little bit of income every month through the sale of digital products and affiliate marketing of products that I love and am eager for others to try. I have a series that runs every month or so called Required Reading, where I feature books that I feel bloggers and side hustlers should read. The most important part about the income I earn is that I know that I can, and that I also know that I can scale it. My income reports are also some of my favorite things to feature on my website.
- What do you think makes a blogger successful?
What makes a blogger successful is their commitment, their dedication to their audience and the value that they provide. Blogging is NOT get rich quick. It’s a long game, and many people drop out when they feel that they don’t get that instant gratification from it. Like I mentioned earlier about feeling like you’re shouting to the void sometimes, it happens. Everyone starts at zero, and it’s not easy to build a giant community, but it’s so worth it. Every single person who follows you or subscribes to your email list, or likes your Facebook post is someone who is there for the content you provide and you have to remember that individual person every time.
- If you could guest post for any major influencer/blogger who would it be? I think I would love to be able to guest post for Michelle Schroeder-Gardner at Making Sense of Cents. That was another website I found early on in my blogging journey. I have learned a LOT from her.
- What is your best advice for new or aspiring bloggers?
My best advice for new or aspiring bloggers is to keep going. Blogging is a long game, and it takes time and effort to build something amazing. Every day, you should think about all the things that will take your side-hustle to the next level. If that task doesn’t fit that criteria, then don’t do it and focus on the tasks that do. Everything else will work itself out.
- What is your blog/social media?
I can be found at Questfor47.com, also on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. Every day during the week (and sometimes on weekends too) I go live on Facebook and Instagram in a series I call 10 Minutes Before Dinner, where I pick a topic related to either blogging or the side hustle mindset and talk about it, while my dinner cooks.
I really appreciate your no-nonsense approach to the business of blogging and side-hustles, especially for young, single women. One of the most important things my parents taught me was independence and curating life in such a way that I could stand on my own two feet. I think its an incredibly important message that you’re sending to women everywhere that they are capable of making ends meet and then some, in order to live their most fulfilled life. Your quest for $47/day stands as such a staple piece of inspiration for people feeling stuck in their 9-5 looking for a change. You’ve also managed to create a comprehensive, motivational and straightforward portfolio of information for anyone looking for a way out of the rat race. I love your point of view and wish you nothing but good things in the future! Thank you so much for taking the time to participate in my interview and good luck to you, Kathryn!