Posting on medium and testing to see if it’s a good blogging platform

Recently, I have been spending a lot of time working on creating my blog for medium.com.

If you haven’t heard of medium before, it’s a blogging platform that allows you to be paid for your writing through reading time. I like this more than WordPress because it doesn’t depend on your ad on your blog. Don’t mistaken my words, I love WordPress. Being on WordPress has changed my life and made blogging great, but the payout from ads is minuscule.

I wanted to try medium to see if it works for creating more revenue. Everyone would like to be paid for their writing and it definitely helps us writers to be compensated for our time.

I haven’t been on medium for very long though. Actually, I’ve only just made my account a day and a half ago. The progress has been insurmountable.

In my observations, I realized that medium is very much like a long form of social media. There are ways to give praise for each other’s work. You can give something called claps. I like that we can give more than one clap. It helps other writers to be found in the platform if they have more claps. There is also an option to follow other writers. I have been working on gaining my first 100 followers on the medium. In order to be eligible for earning money with your writing, you need at least 100 followers.

I honestly can’t wait to keep everyone updated on my progress with medium. So far, I think that’s it’s a great platform for new writers. Existing bloggers will find it even more rewarding because you’re able to use the platform to advertise your personal blog. And you can also repost your previous WordPress blog posts on to medium.

If you’re interested in medium, I would really appreciate a follow on my blog page. I will follow everyone back also! My link is Medium.com/@liachenhwang

Happy blogging!


The realities of being a blogger

Being a blogger is great. We can write anywhere that we want and work whenever we want. I have written blog posts when I was in the gym or when I was in line at the coffee shop. There have been days that I haven’t posted on here. And there have been days when i’ve posted blogs every day. Each day is different and these are just the realities of being a blogger.

I’ve seen online about how many people are making money from blogging just from a couple of weeks starting their blog. It definitely is possible, but the reality is many bloggers spend years blogging before they begin making money from it.

I’ve learned that blogging is sometimes a path that you have to walk through by yourself. I remember when I started blogging with my friend. She was the one that convinced me to start blogging. I was hesitant, but I created my blog that day. It was exciting. I couldn’t wait to begin this journey with my friend. She posted about five blog posts and never posted again. I wish she was still blogging with me to this day. And I really wanted a friend to go through this journey with me. However, this isn’t the reality of what happened. Many bloggers quit in their first year of blogging. If you are just beginning your journey, make sure that you have an ample amount of patience. You aren’t going to see results immediately. It took me three years to gain the number of followers that I have now. I am so grateful for my followers, but the results weren’t instant. I had to write many blog posts and engage in the community for things to happen. To this day, I have written 277+ blog posts. I probably have more on my other blogs. Although blogging can be discouraging at times, I still enjoy doing it. And I will never stop blogging.

Another reality of blogging is that you are going to spend much of your time writing. I have spend many hours writing on my phone and computer. Writing has become second nature for me. If you feel like writing is daunting, I think that the more you write, the easier it will be.

On another note, I am also writing on medium.com. I am enjoying blogging on the platform also. If you are also writing on medium, please follow me at @liachenhwang. I will make sure to follow you back! Let’s support each other and help each other in our blogging journey.

How much do piano lessons cost?

For years, I have been teaching piano lessons and the number one thing that has been long debated has been the cost of lessons. Exactly, how much does piano lessons actually cost?

When I first began teaching piano, I remember charging $10/1 hour of lessons. It was definitely not priced at the normal rate. I was just beginning to teach piano and I didn’t have any experience. It made sense at the time to charge a lower rate because I was lacking in experience. However, when I look back at that time, I think that I didn’t price myself correctly. I should have charged more and there are a few reasons why.

The main reason why I should have charged more was because I already had 14+ years of experience playing the piano. I didn’t consider the fact that I did have experience. If I were to go back in time, I would have charged $20/30 minutes of lessons and $35/1 hour of lessons.

The real question is how much do piano lessons cost when you’re looking for a teacher. The answer varies widely. I currently charge $35/30 minutes of lessons, $45/45 minutes of lessons, and $50/1 hour of lessons. For some background information about myself, I have been teaching for 7+ years and experience playing the piano for 21+ years now. When you are looking for a piano teacher, I would look at how many years of experience they have playing the piano and how many years they have been teaching. These two factors are good reasons as to how teachers price their lessons.

Lastly, make sure that you can afford the lessons that you are paying for. It doesn’t hurt to look around for other teachers and to compare prices. You have to make sure that you feel comfortable paying at the price point that the teacher is offering. Piano lessons are valuable and don’t be afraid to take some time to evaluate what is best for you.


My struggle with standing up for myself

For awhile, I have been feeling like I let people walk over me. There are times when I don’t realize it before it’s too late. I try to avoid conflict. Most of the time, I just don’t say anything back. I think about this all the time though. And I keep my hurt inside. I don’t mention it to the person that hurt me. Most of the pain resonates with my actions towards them afterwards. I shy away from talking to them and I avoid interacting with them as much as possible. These are all of the struggles that I’ve been feeling lately. And it’s crushing. I can’t sleep sometimes. My mind is always racing. I wish I wouldn’t hold on to the pain that was caused, but I can’t forget.

Standing up for myself has been something that I’ve been trying. When the other person is trying to hurt my feelings or take advantage of my kindness, I try to say something back. If that doesn’t work, I simply walk away from the conversation. I don’t allow them to say mean things anymore. I know that if I was to allow them to continue, then I would only be hurting myself more.

It’s better to have solitude and peace. There are days when I wish I could have those people back in my life. I have to remind myself to keep looking forward. If I am strong enough to be on my own, then I know that I will be okay. I can’t let the fear of walking by myself scare me.


Choosing to spend time by myself

I’ve realized that spending time by myself is not something to be ashamed of. Many people have to spend time on their own and it’s okay. I haven’t properly spent time by myself for awhile. Most of my time is spent with other people.

When I was younger, I spent a lot of time by myself. I was okay with it. I never felt lonely. It was calming to know that I am okay with just being by myself. I spent my days doing things that I liked to do and going to places that I enjoyed.

Most recently, it’s been difficult to find some time by myself. There are always people around me and I can’t help but think about the times when I was younger. I’m not sure what happened. Solitude is a rare occurrence for me now. I miss the past and I am happy to spend today all by myself.

I apologize for not posting in awhile. I haven’t really felt like myself. I was writing a blog post about what happened with me recently, but I e been hesitant to post it. Even though I think that I’m a strong person, I don’t stand up for myself. Therefore, when I do stand up for myself, other people think that I am being rude. I want things to change. On one hand, I’m afraid of being on my own. On the other hand, I am glad to finally have peace.

For most days, I have been spending time building my side businesses. More specifically, I have been working on building an Etsy shop. It has always been my passion to create something more for myself. I enjoy doing it and I think that it would be great for me to have something to do in addition to teaching piano.

Thank you everyone so much for reading my blog posts. Blogging has been my lifeline and I love blogging. I hope everyone is having a great day! I’ll see you in the next blog post.