I'm Terrified of Public Speaking: Here's How I Cope

by Bruno Bornsztein

public speaking tips for nervous people

Here's the first thing I want to know: how am I going to keep my teeth from chattering once I get up on stage? Later this month, Alicia and I will be flying to sunny Palm Springs, California, for Altitude Summit (a conference for lifestyle and design bloggers). And on the morning of the first day I'll be giving a talk about how Curbly runs a blogging business.

The question I get most often about my job is, "Yeah, but how do...

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What It's Like to Earn Your Income Through Blogging

by Bruno Bornsztein

That's us at Curbly, pretending to work

Type 'how to make money blogging' into Google and you'll choke on a pile of spammy-sounding search results telling you how, if you'd only give up your e-mail address or credit card number, you'd learn the secret to living like a billionaire on your pajama-based blogging income.

I've been making a living publishing a blog (my full-time income, supporting a family of four) since 2008, and as a supplemental income since 2006, and blogging as a hobby since 2003, so I guess I'm as qualified to speak on the subject as anyone else. Plus, I don't want your credit card number.

The bottom line: there's no secret to making money on a blog. It's the same as making money from anything. It's mostly perseverance, hustle, and the willingness to keep trying.

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What's Happening at the Curbly Studio (Besides Cozy Slippers)

by Bruno Bornsztein
Yup: we have slippers for guests to use if they want to ... I bet you want those leopard prints, don't you?

Woah! I can't believe it's already been six months since we moved into the new Curbly studio space! I wanted to check in and give you an update on how things are going so far. Moving into this space was one of the biggest changes that has happened at Curbly in the last five years, it was the first time we've had a real, legitimate office space for the business.

Taking on this added expense was a little anxiety-provoking, to be sure. Not to mention all the little responsibilities that come along with having a 1,500 square foot office to furnish and maintain. Guess who mops the floors, takes out the trash, and waters the plants? 

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You Should Really Buy Some Houseplants (and a House, Too)

by Bruno Bornsztein
The Curbly House (2012)

If you currently don't have houseplants, then maybe you should think about buying a house (remember, last week I talked about why you shouldn't). Then you'll be able to buy some plants for it! But let me back up and explain what I'm getting at:

A houseplant is a pain in the ass. It's something that requires near-constant attention, and rewards that attention with nothing more than the...

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Why You Should Not Buy A House

by Bruno Bornsztein
The Curbly House sunroom
Above: Our sunroom, the day we closed on the house. Notice the crumbling ceiling.

If you live in the United States, there's a lot of cultural pressure to become a homeowner. It's an official part of the American Dream™, and most people consider it a natural progression in the steps to growing up and becoming a real 'adult'.

But the question is worth considering: Do you really want to be a homeowner?

For a lot of people, buying a house is a mistake. If your timing is wrong, owning a house can tie you down financially and physically in ways that might prevent you from fully exploring and shaping a career or life path.

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On Mowing the Lawn

by Bruno Bornsztein

The blades of the push mower go shlick-shlack-shlick-shlack through the three-weeks-since-its-last-mowing grass as cuttings stick to my legs in the humid evening air when suddenly a dark blob goes flying away from me and oh it's a frog! and it lands perfectly in the middle of the sidewalk and does not move and then begins to seep, seep bright glossy red slowly from its underside as though he was an ink pen staining a sheet so I approach slowly...

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The One Crazy Thing My Wife Did That Makes Me Want to Get Into Risky Business

by Bruno Bornsztein

Niche Boutique - Minnesota fashion and lifestyle pop up shop

Don't worry, this post is rated G (sorry if you were hoping otherwise). But although there's nothing racy that follows, there is a pretty inspiring story. As I mentioned last week, one of my big goals for the coming year is to push myself to do things that feel completely, totally crazy and out of my comfort zone. 

This is not my natural tendency, at all. I always like to say I'm a small thinker, and maintainer, a...

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This All Changes Today

by Bruno Bornsztein
The Hennepin County Library - my 'office' for the first few months of Curbly's life.
Free WiFi and a coffee shop on the first floor.

I'm just going to admit it. I'm not really a blogger. I launched Curbly ten years ago, and somehow, amazingly, it has developed into a successful blog (and business). But in that time I've written maybe a handful of things that would even qualify as blog posts.

Why?!

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