I am a lifelong reader, writer, self-educator and eternal optimist.
The first 20 years of my life were spent being a people pleaser.
The second 20 were spent trying to determine what kind of life would please me.
For these next twenty years, I’d love to share my knowledge and experiences with whoever may be willing to listen.
So what’s in a name?
My home page gets into detail on Side Jams, and what that means. Making extra income, side hustles, side gigs, etc. —
And then of course there’s the Side Jams logo and photos of actual jars of jam — a quirky play on words (I hope?).
But how about this author’s name? What’s up with Diana Hall?
Okay, so if you read this, then you know Diana Hall is not my actual name. There are a few reasons behind this. And maybe I’ll do a “reveal” some time in the future, or maybe I won’t.
But starting out as a newbie blogger, this seemed the right way to go. Because when you’re talking about money, especially debt, there’s a stigma that goes along with it.
The motivation for Diana Hall actually came from one of my “guilty pleasures” of TV-watching. A show I grew up with, and still tune in to today.
The ultimate depiction of confidence, intelligence, independence and professionalism.
Soap opera diva Deidre Hall, who plays Dr. Marlena Evans on Days of our Lives.
(“Like sands through the hourglass …” Yes — that one!)
I figured if I needed to create an online persona for blogging anonymously, I might as well go for the gold.
And that’s how “D Hall” was ultimately born.
Which later became Diana Hall (because, c’mon — no one can ever compare to the iconic & utterly fabulous Deidre Hall …)
So now you know. I’m a Days junkie … and I’m not afraid to admit it.
Just keeping it real. #transparency
But make no mistake — just because I’m blogging anonymously (with a semi-related name to a totally-unrelated soap opera diva), it doesn’t mean I am any less genuine in my writing.
What I Can Offer You
Okay, now that you know more about me, let’s get down to what I can offer to you:
- Honesty – I promise to never sugar coat anything, I will tell you like it is. If I’m endorsing a product, it’s because I’ve used it (and found it useful). If I’m reviewing a website, it’s because I have experience with it. If I’m recommending it, that’s because I’ve found a benefit.
I will not tell you how to become a millionaire or retire by age 27.
I won’t tell you how to make money blogging to pay off all your debt within 3 short months.
There’s no way I would ever tell you to scrap your bills, ignore your financial obligations, or scam people into buying things that they don’t need.
Yes, I’m an optimist, but I’m no fool — and neither are you.
- Learning – Whatever I discover, I will pass along to you. Good, bad or indifferent — what’s the point in having a blog, if you’re not going to share valuable information with your readers?
I’ll do my best to communicate everything I’ve figured out, what my questions still are and what I’m just unsure of. And I will follow up if I find out more info, or change my mind about something.
- Collaboration – Do you have questions on anything that I’ve reviewed or written? Is there anything I could possibly help you figure out?
I’m always willing to help a peer — poking at different ways to handle situations or testing different strategies. I’ll be the first to tell you I’m by no means an expert. But I have an open mind and inquisitive nature.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any comments or feedback — on Side Jams, blogging or any topic that I write about!
- Community – Blogging can be an isolated profession, but collaborating with others is key. It’s a great way to network, develop working relationships and also build long-lasting friendships.
Working independently is something I’ve always been drawn to doing. It’s part of my introverted nature. Pushing past the isolation is sometimes difficult — and maybe it is for you too.
Or maybe you’re extroverted, and might not be a huge fan of working from home in solitude. Guess what? We can help and support each other. Because no matter our physical location — even if we’re halfway across the world from each other — we’re just a mouse-click away 🙂
I believe I just sounded like either a Hallmark card or Charlie Puth song … I apologize in retrospect for that.
Alright, well that’s my whole spiel. Who I am, what I’m about, and what I can offer to/for you.
Thanks for hanging in — and please do reach out with any questions, comments or feedback.
Diana : )