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    August 25, 2015
    No More Blogger’s Block

    If you’re a blogger, it can be incredibly demanding to constantly be thinking of ideas for new content. You have to post a few times a week, and you want to keep readers interested and your posts fresh and compelling. For a list of blog post ideas to jog your brain, check out this article by Iida at Iida Emilia:

    -DIY Project or Tutorial

    -Tips and Tricks

    -Glimpse of your personal life

    -Lists

    -A Beginner’s Guide

    -FAQs, Q&As.

    -Hot topics of your industry, current events

    -Your blogging process

    -Host a giveaway

    Photo Credit: Jonathan Stonehouse 


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    August 19, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Murphy Table Office

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    August 18, 2015
    What Should You Use To Make Money For Your Blog?

    So, you’ve finally done it. You’ve started your own blog, and are pouring you passion into words online. You’ve even started to get somewhat of a following- subscribers, repins, and Facebook shares. Congrats! Now it’s time to kick it up a notch and get paid for what you’re doing. A common question of many beginning bloggers is: how? Well, there are different avenues you can take when monetizing your blog. To find out what’s best for you, read this post by Mike Allton at the Site Sell blog for ideas:

    -Sell adspace, make money by putting up ads.

    -Get sponsors, write sponsored posts

    -Make affiliate recommendations

    -Sell your own products and services (perfect for Realtors or artists).

    -Mixing too many monetization methods will confuse and distract your audience.

    -You can try a few and see which methods, not just work better in terms of revenue, but which ones suit you.

    Photo Credit: John Lambert Pearson 


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    August 14, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Resume Tips!
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    Check out this video on how to write your own personal mission statement!


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    August 12, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Extra Tiny Workspace

    Photo from Flex Inredning


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    August 10, 2015
    What To Do Before You Post

    Whether you run a blog for profit, personal reasons, or both, you want to post quality content. After all, what you write reflects on you! If you are writing about your recent vacation, a recipe, or are writing a sponsored product post, it’s important to dot your i’s and cross your t’s before you hit that “Publish” button. For what to check each time before you post, read this article by Madison at Wetherills Say I Do:

    -Proofread- check for spelling, grammar, and sentence flow. Also, preview your post and make sure that your formatting looks good!

    -Categorize and add tags

    -Create a branded Pinterest image- yes, for each post. Vertical, with text.

    -Schedule social media promotions

    -Link older posts, be sure any other links work.

    Photo Credit: Eneas De Troya 


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    August 4, 2015
    Where To Write

    I am the worst procrastinator in the world (or best, I suppose). If there is a distraction around when I try to write, you can bet I’ll be distracted..probably for a few hours, until it becomes time to freak out because my work isn’t done. I used to write in my bed, but of course there is my phone, a book, and the TV, not to mention the internet…or, you know, pillows and naps. Then, I wrote at the desk space in my room. Less distraction, but I still had access to procrastination enablers like my phone- plus I could still watch TV. Finally, I decided that the only way to actually get anything done at home was to get out of my room (and leave my phone there!). Now, I either write at the kitchen table, or outside on my porch. I have to have a completely distraction-free space. It also helps if I’m out in the fresh air (and if I put a temporary site blocker on my browser for Facebook and Pinterest). For tips on creating your perfect writing space, check out this post by Christy at Avoiding Atrophy:

    -Pick an area that you actually want to be in your home.

    -If you can, write by a window. Watching people, plants, and animals do their thing can be inspiring.

    -Remove all unnecessary distractions and keep the area clean.

    -Keep only things that inspire you to write- favorite pens, notebooks, stationary. Be picky and claim ownership!

    Photo Credit: Buwaneka Saranga 


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    July 28, 2015
    Best Apps For Bloggers

    As a writer and a blogger, apps are absolute godsends. I can write anywhere, save it, and have it uploaded either to my Dropbox or blog instantly. Some apps are great for writing prompts, some for productivity, some for organization, and others for plain old word processing. For the best ipad apps that make life easier for bloggers, check out this post by Nicole Etolen at Pretty Opionated:

    BlogPad Pro- for those who publish their blogs on WordPress

    WordSwag- photo editing app that creates pinnable images with text on them

    Pinterest app- to get your posts out there + Tailwind to schedule pins

    Filebrowser- can grab photos from your PC instantly

    Photo Credit: Incase 


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    July 24, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Marketing Ideas
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    Great tips for online marketing!

     


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    July 22, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Office With Chalkboard Wall

    Photo from A Casa Que a Minah Vo Queria 


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