About

The short version:

I’m Maliha (she/her/they)—a blogger, writer, and Canva-verified expert + creator. With this blog and supporting online courses and workshops, I help fledgling creators earn a living by doing what I do—blogging, writing, and selling Canva templates 🙂

P.S. Not that it matters (too much), but I do enjoy writing my own words without the help of an artificially intelligent program (AI). As such, human errors are to be expected 😉

Read on for a longer version below…

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The long version:

Back in 2017, I realized that nothing in life was guaranteed. Not a well-paying full-time job, no guarantee of a 100K per year salary, regardless of your qualifications. I won’t go into details, but let’s just say that I had a wake-up call.

I decided that it was time to build something of my own, something that will be mine no matter what.

And so, in June 2018, The Side Blogger was born.

This blog has come a long way since I started this journey. In the beginning, I was writing about my blogging experiences — things I was learning, things that were working, and things that were not working. Then I set up a shop and started selling Canva templates for bloggers and creators, and then I started teaching everything I was learning about making this work — the blog, the Canva template business, all of it.

Looking back now, this whole thing feels surreal. I started making a living from these side hustles just after two years into this journey. Crazy, right? I mean, had you told me back in June of 2018 that just two years later I’d be making well over 5K per month from this side-business, I would have laughed at you.

And yet, here we are.

Anyhow, if you’re ready to start your own blogging journey or a Canva template business, or both, you’re in the right place! I have blog posts, free resources, paid online courses, and much more. Welcome aboard!

If you wish to get in touch, head over to the contact page.


Identity/Values

We live in crazy times. For that, even though personal information isn’t necessary for me to share, I feel the need to make clear a few details about who I am:

  • I’m Muslim, a person of color, and an immigrant.
  • I’m forever respectful and never judgmental of your religion (or the lack of it), your gender, pronoun, sexual orientation—and whatever else you identify with.
  • I’m respectful to you no matter what on the condition that your actions do not cause me or another harm.
  • I have strong feelings about what’s happening in Palestine. I’ve made a vow to stand with the oppressed, and therefore I, unapologetically, and fiercely, stand with the Palestinian people during their crisis, to the best of my ability.
  • Finally, everything I said above is either a fact or a quality I aspire to. But, provided that “to err is human,” I often fall short. When I do, I hope you can be forgiving.

Website Info

The Side Blogger is managed with the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) and is hosted with the awesome hosting company SiteGround. I strongly recommend the WordPress + SiteGround combination to all bloggers setting up their website. The website was designed by yours truly, and built with a modified version of the Astra theme and Elementor Pro WordPress page builder plugin.

I rely on several plugins to help me run this website and provide a smooth experience to my readers, including, but not limited to, WP Rocket for caching and enhancing performance, WooCommerce for selling my Canva templates, etc.

I use ConvertKit for email marketing and email list building. Canva Pro is used for designing and creating most of the graphics and other digital collaterals. CoSchedule Marketing Calendar keeps my life organized. And Grammarly is life!

You can find a list of tools I use and/or recommend for a more efficient and productive blogging experience on my Resources Page.


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