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    December 15, 2014
    Blog Post Inspiration- Great List of Prompts

    I wrote last week a bit about “blogger burnout”. You get in a rut, have writer’s block, procrastinate, and just can’t think of new ideas. I’m no stranger to writer’s block- I blog, and I also run a creative writing workshop. Every meeting, we do a new writing exercise or story prompt to keep the creative juices flowing and fresh! So, why didn’t it ever occur to me that you use prompts for blogging? Because you totally can! And blog post prompts work just as well as story prompts. Check out this extensive list of blog post titles at Brenda’s Blog Tips that will get you pumped to write! Bonus- you can make them work for a blog about practically anything. Here are some of my favorites:

    -(#) Rules For ____

    -(#) Habits of ______

    -(#) Super Tips For _____

    -Beginners Guide: ________

    -How ____ Can Inspire Your _____

    -What No One Tells You About ______

    Photo Credit: Jacob Botter 

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    December 11, 2014
    Beating the Blogging Blahs

    We all get writer’s block. It’s totally natural: you can only post so much, and come up with only so many new ideas before you just get burnt out. Especially if you work from home- sometimes, all you want to do is just curl up and sleep all day. It’s really hard in the winter- the weather is gloomy and cold and completely uninspiring. It’s easy to put off work and procrastinate when you have access to your bed, pajamas, and Netflix. But, you have to make yourself push through it! If you’re going through a slump right now, this post by Melyssa at The Nectar Collective should motivate you! (some NSFW language in link)-

    -Figure out what you’re afraid of- Will something take a long time? Do you think your results won’t be spectacular enough? Figure out your fears, then tackle it from there.

    -Cut yourself off from social media- Turn off notifications on your phone. Set specific times that you’re allowed to check social media sites (and ONLY check at these times).

    -Create rewards for yourself for completing projects/ posts.

    -Organize! Having a put together workspace will help motivate you.

    -Know when to give up, and don’t beat yourself up. Some days you’re just not going to feel it and pushing yourself to work when you absolutely CAN’T will probably only result in mediocre results and even more overwhelm. Play hooky for the day or a few hours. Relax. Take a freakin’ break.

    Photo Credit: William Brawley 

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    December 10, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Super Cute Pallet Desk

    Photo from Pernons  le temps

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    December 4, 2014
    Responding To Blog Comments

    I know, on this site, the comments are disabled. This is because we’ve had spam problems in the past, and find it easier than sorting through page after page of spam to find genuine comments and questions. However, if you have your own blog, I strongly recommend that you respond to as many relevant readers’ comments as you can- especially if you are first starting out! (I know, do as I say, not as I do). No, you don’t have to type 100 individual “Thank you, glad you liked it”-s to all the people who comment: “Awesome idea!”. But, you should still read all of them, and respond to any questions (especially if you run a recipe or craft blog!). It really helps you connect with your readers! For more reasons why you should respond, check out this post by Marc Guberti:

    What most bloggers forget is that they can build conversations by simply responding to other people’s comments. Responding to someone else’s comment counts as a comment in the grand total. If you respond to 25 comments, people will see that your blog post has received 50 comments. That shows bustling activity and popularity: the two things that people look for in a blog.

    Photo Credit: D Kalo 

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    December 3, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Small, Creative Workspace

    Photo from Apartment Therapy

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    November 28, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Unexpected Flash Drive Uses

    I absolutely love the idea of using your flash drive as a key! Any small business owner with sensitive documents on their computer will feel the same way. What a great idea!

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    November 20, 2014
    Cover Letter Must Haves

    Whether you’re applying for a company that lets you work from home, or one that makes you commute, you still have to get hired! Before an interviewer ever sees you, you’re going to need to make a good first impression with your resume and cover letter. However, it can be challenging to craft the perfect one- especially if you’re just starting out. For some awesome tips that will get you hired, read this post by Emily Co at Popsugar:

    -Change it for every company. Generic letters are obvious

    -Make a case and sell yourself

    -Be different- don’t be repetitive, show your personality

    -Focus on the company, not yourself

    -Edit, edit, edit!

    Photo Credit: Nguyen Hung Vu 

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    November 19, 2014
    Wordless Wednesday: Inspirational Work Space

    Photo from Peone Tumblr

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    November 14, 2014
    Friday Fun Video: Photo Ideas for IPhone

    Great, cheap ways to make your iPhone photos look gorgeous! Perfect for bloggers uploading pictures.

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    November 10, 2014
    Apps For Entrepreneurs

    If you’re a real estate agent, an entrepreneur, a freelancer, or other work-from-homer, you depend on your technology. Without my laptop and my smartphone, there’s no way I could get anything done. I write on my phone and my computer, post my articles, look for blogging images, upload my own photos, email- the list is endless. I use the WordPress app, Plaintext (a phone word processor), and Aviary, Flickr, and Instagram for photos. I don’t know where I would be without my phone. If you have your own business, or are a blogger, there are plenty of (free!) apps out there to help you. Check out this post by Scott Gerber at Mashable for a good list:

    -Lift- to develop good habits

    -Winstreak- This app helps you focus on what’s important and the steps you need to accomplish to move toward your goals.

    -CloudMagic- a powerful but simple search tool

    -Fleksy- lets you type without looking at your computer

    Photo Credit: Robert Scoble 

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