Lesson learned: if it doesn’t go as planned, it doesn’t mean it is a failure

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Photo by Anete Lūsiņa on Unsplash

Around September 2019, I started my first blog in Italian. I bought a custom domain and chose a hosting platform I was familiar with to start with less than 20€.

The blog was about traveling, tips for travelers, food, and traditions around the world. My target audience was made of Italian travelers, people curious to find new destinations for their holidays and learn how to organize the trip with my advice.

My blog had just a few visitors a month. While I was trying to grow it using the best tools I could afford (at the beginning of 2020, I changed the hosting platform, switching to SiteGround, and bought the Elegant Theme yearly plan), the pandemic hit Italy. …

Watch out for them if you are trying to introduce new habits in your life!

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People have just begun to understand how even the tiniest habit can influence their path to success or failure.

There are so many tasks you do or fail to do each day that shape the quality of your life. You might not even realize you have been doing the same practice every day for ages until someone points it out.

In that moment, you recognize that habit as the reason you are experiencing particular events in your life.

Whether it’s flossing your teeth, pitching potential clients, going to the gym, or saving money, it might not matter today or even a year from now. …

Writing your first draft can be super-fast

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Picture by TaniaRose — Pixabay

Writing a 1,000+ word blog post is a real nightmare for some writers.

They don’t have enough time to write such a long article down all at once because they have another job to attend or are struggling with boring and endless research to support their statement. Not to mention how hard it is to find a subject with enough material for a long piece.

Are you familiar with these situations? I feel your struggles.

I used to see other writers creating super-long blog posts seemingly with no effort, and I wondered, “How can they do that?”

Then, one night, I was heading to bed when an idea for an article popped into my mind. Instead of going to sleep, I went to my home office, started the computer, and sat down to write a draft before the thought was gone. …

What you should know before collaborating with these websites

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In 2018, while I was living in the U.K., thanks to a Workaway experience, I had a lot of free time and started wondering how to make some money online with no previous experience or investment.

Somehow I ended up discovering the chance to earn from my writings through content marketplaces.

At that time, I was writing only in Italian and found a couple of websites where I had between 6 to 48 hours to write a piece of content and get paid almost instantly.

If you don’t know what content marketplaces are, let me give you a quick overview.

Content Marketplaces are websites where customers can post one or more job offers for writers who want to create articles for their website — some kind of ghostwriting job for bloggers. …

Tips to help you manage and reduce stress

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This article is for informational purposes only. It doesn’t provide medical advice; always consult a qualified healthcare provider regarding a medical condition or treatment.

“Hi, auntie! How are you?” I asked my aunt the last time I went to visit her.
“I’m so stressed!” She replied, sinking into a fluffy armchair.

Have you ever had the feeling that stress never ends? That’s what my aunt was experiencing. Every new problem, even the smallest one, seemed to freak her out and torment her for days.

After weeks from the solution to one issue, she was still complaining about it instead of moving on. …

A poem in English — Una poesia in italiano

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Photo by Daniela Turcanu on Unsplash

2020 is gone.

It feels like when you finish reading a book,
it feels like another door closed forever.

This year changed me,
it changed all of us at the same time.

We got mad at it
when it took away people we loved.

We cried of joy
when new lives joined us.

At midnight on December 31st,
while the fireworks were covering all other noises,
for a moment, I thought
“Now what?”

Now we live,
we share stories
and emotions.

We help each other,
more than ever before.

Now we know we are all the same,
with dreams and hopes. …

Comparing the performances of one of my stories on both platforms

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I’ve been recently approved for the News Break Creator Program, and on Monday 21st of December, I’ve started uploading my content.

The first article I’ve posted on the platform is a 1-month old piece I wrote for Medium.

The one thing I noticed after only a few hours is the HUGE difference in the numbers of viewers of the article.

Personal reflections about the pandemic and the lockdown during the Christmas holidays

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Photo by Mark Luis on Unsplash

“Merry Christmas, and don’t eat too much during the holiday’s family meals!” I said joking with a friend at the office before leaving him for the Christmas holiday break.
“That’s all we have left…eat.” He replied.

I felt sad. I love eating, but that sentence cracked my heart.
While going home, I kept thinking about what he said.

All we have left is work and food, and we are lucky to have both.

Around 70,000 people died to date due to Coronavirus in Italy.
I feel blessed to be healthy and safe at home with my parents. …

10 ideas for a side income that can help you diversify your income

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My friend Sara came by the other day; I haven’t seen her since the first lockdown in March. We talked a little, and she confessed she’s not working at the moment. You might think this is something that happens; people lose their jobs every day.

But Sara didn’t lose the job; she’s a freelancer working for retirement homes doing mani-pedi and other aesthetic treatments for the senior citizens. Since the Covid-19 hit, the situation in nursing homes all across Italy fell apart. …

6 traits you should look for and implement yourself

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I recently shared the story of my friend Clara and her relationship with an emotionally immature partner. Her experience made me dig more into the subject of emotional maturity.
I’ve decided to dedicate some time to learn the characteristics that distinguish emotionally mature people so everyone can immediately spot them and improve those traits.

This article is for informational purposes only. It doesn’t provide medical advice; always consult a qualified healthcare provider regarding a medical condition or treatment.

Who are the emotionally mature people?

As Healthline’s article stated, emotionally mature people are capable of controlling their emotions no matter the circumstances. …


Alice Toneatto

🇮🇹 bookkeeper & content creator, blogger & PoD seller. Curious, food addict, animal lover & solo traveler. I write about money, food, travel & human behaviors

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