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    Why blogging is hard

    blogging is hard

    Hey guys! I’ve been blogging for about a year and it’s been a great year. I have learned more than I thought I would learn starting this blog. I know so much about blogging, social media, influencers, and etcetera. But with all this wealth of knowledge, it can be easy to know it but hard to actually do it. And with all the crazy things happening in the blogosphere, it can become quite daunting. At some points I know I was confused as to why am I even doing this. But then I would read about someone who inspires or meet a great group of girls and guys. I know so many people want to start blogs but don’t know if they should or what they have to do, to actually start the dang thing. Well, I’m giving my little bit of why I think blogging is hard.

    First, it takes over your thoughts

    Before blogging my life was all about work, my family, my pup, and food. Oh and friends!  Then once I hit submit on my first blog post I was in it. Every free thought was about oh that could be a great blog post, or how do I create an awesome graphic for my blog and etcetera. I promise you the notes section of your phone will be filled with random thoughts that come to you while you’re at work, walking to the store, eating lunch, or using the bathroom.(we all do it). But its wonderful because I felt like I had my thing, I was no longer just the nice bubbly girl who was obsessed with food and work. I was the girl who was obsessed with food and blogging.

    Second, you feel you’re not good enough

    It may just be me and a million other girls. But I was so happy to start my blog. I was already following a few blogs, but I was never jealous of them of felt I was not good enough. Boy did that change. Next thing I knew I was not publishing content afraid my thoughts and opinions were not as good as the girls I found on Instagram.

    Third, your S.O. may not get it

    My fiance doesn’t really read my blog and that’s fine, he’s not my target audience. But he supports it. He always takes my photos for me and supports me when I tell him, I’m, about to meet a group of girls I met online. He gets it because he’s online too. And if your significant other doesn’t get it, keep doing it, eventually, they will catch on.

    Last but not least, It will be like a second job

    You are going to be working on it at least 5 hours a week. You are going to have to spend money on it if you’re serious about it. But mainly you’re going to love it. Making new friends touching lives and finding something that literally brings you joy is the best thing about blogging. No matter how many times you may fall off, if it keeps coming back to you never give up on your passion.

    Thank you so much for reading on why blogging is hard and totally worth it. Id love to hear anyone else reasons on why they blog or have continued to stick with blogging.

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    The 5 Best Podcasts for Women Entrepreneurs

    The past year I got really into listening to podcasts at work. It was mainly because I was becoming bored with listening to music and I felt like I was not getting anything out of it. I am so glad I discovered podcasts.

    I started out with listening to Girl Boss Podcast, unfortunately, she went on a hiatus and I was searching for other podcasts similar to hers. And boy do I have a solid list of podcasts.

    These are all by women business owners. This is not by mistake. I purposely only sought out women podcasters that spoke about any and everything in regards to business. As I became obsessed with entrepreneurship and wanted to learn any and everything about it.

    So Let’s dive into why these are my holy grail of awesome boss women podcasters.

     

    goal digger podcast

    The Goal Digger Podcast

    By Jenna Kutcher

    She is a powerhouse speaker. Jenna was miserable working in corporate America when she bought a camera and decided to be a wedding photographer to escape her corporate life. And she has never looked back. Jenna’s podcast packs a lot of inspiration, self-love and actionable business tips.

     

     

    Strategy hour podcast

    The Strategy Hour Podcast

    By Abigail Pumphrey and Emylee Williams

    This has to be my favorite one. It is hosted by Emylee and Abigail the owners of Think Creative Collective. They have a great dynamic, and I am usually left laughing along with them. If you’re looking for great business advice with amazing strategy behind every tip, listen to the strategy hour podcast.

     

     

    girl boss radio

    Girl Boss Radio

    By Sophia Amoruso

    Sophia has a best selling book by the same name “Girl Boss’’. Her podcast is all about interviewing literal Girl Bosses, who have done extraordinary things. Girl Boss radio is a great inspiring podcast

     

     

    the skinny confidential him and her podcast

    The Skinny Confidential

    By Lauryn and Michael Bosstick

    I love this Podcast. It’s a great dynamic between husband wife. The skinny confidential is all about living your best life. They interview anyone influencers to authors.

     

     

    pursuit with purpose

    Pursuit with Purpose

    By Melissa Griffin

    Melissa is a million dollar business owner. Her podcast is all about slowing down and realizing what makes you happy. She interviews business owners

    I hope you enjoyed this list and found some great podcasts to listen to. Also, let me know your favorite podcasts. I love finding new podcasts to listen to.

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    3 Ways to Grow your Social Media Following x Free Download

    Happy New Year!

    Are you ready to tackle your Social Media Goals for this year?

    If you’re like me you love social media, but maybe you weren’t always staying up to date on posting on your social media sites. Its okay it happens to all of us. Seriously all of us. I’m throwing out 3 actionable tips to help you stay on task and essential grow your accounts.

    Everyone scream Yay!

    Find your Brand.

    A quick way to explain your brand is, remember back in middle school there was always the one kid who was the class clown. Everyone always knew that person would make a joke at the most inappropriate times and always cracking the whole the class. Therefore they were branded as the class clown. Now hold up, I’m not telling you to be a clown online unless you want to, that’s up to you. I’m saying essentially find your voice. Make it easy for people to pick you out of a lineup. Also don’t feel like once you’ve found your brand you have to stick with it forever. Life is all about reinventing yourself.  Here are a couple easy tips to make yourself stand out

    • Add a fun signature to every post, such as a quote or link to your favorite youtube video of the day.
    • start or end each post out with a question

     

    Apps, Apps, and more Apps

    When they say they have an app for everything, they pretty much do. Apps can help you plan your content, schedule your content, and enhance your content. I mainly use apps for Instagram so here are 4 apps you need now on your phone.

    UNUM is great for seeing what your feed will look like before you post a photo on Instagram

    Reports+ is great especially if you haven’t updated your profile to business on Instagram because you can see how many people have followed you that month and who has unfollowed you. You can also catch those Instagrammers who follow and unfollow people.

    VSCO is a great editing app, edit all your photos on that app, and once you find an editing style you like you could edit all your photos the same.

    Spark Post is great for making your posts interactive. I like to use them in Insta Stories as a Call to Action to go check out my feed or my link in my bio

    Plan your posts

    Planning your posts ahead of time will save you the headache of scrambling on trying to scrape something up last minute. Trust me it ain’t pretty. There are a number of tools you can use to plan out your social media content. The best way to start out small is to plan out weekly or monthly. But usually either on Friday or Sunday, the week before is a good idea to plan out okay what will post out on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter for the week. I would advise you to use a google spreadsheet with tabs for each platform and in each sheet have a column for the date, post copy, image/video, any links you will use( especially if you’re linking back to your website), and lastly a notes column or hashtag column for Instagram.

    I also like to plan out how many times I will post to each social media site for that week, so I’ll usually write Post to facebook 3x today, post to Instagram 2x today and add any other notes. In my planner, I use it as an outline for the week.  And then afterward I will go back to my spreadsheet and schedule out what I want for each post. I actually created an easy social media planner that you can get here.

     

    I hope these tips help you up your social media game this year! Let me know if you need help with your social media presence I am offering those services to businesses, click here for more information.

    Don’t Forget to Grab your FREE Social Media Planner HERE

     

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    How to start a lifestyle blog.

    how to start a blog

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    It is unbelievable the number of people blogging these days! Especially regular people like me, lol! I have read that its never too late to start a blog even a successful blog, as long as you have a passion and ambition to get it starting. But l bet you have no idea how to start your blog.

    Whether you want to blog for a hobby or to blog to full-time income. I’m here to show you exactly I how I created my blog in less than ten minutes in 7 easy steps.

    Step 1. Sign up for Bluehostbluehost

    Why Bluehost, because out of all the research I did, it seemed liked the most successful bloggers recommend Bluehost the most. And you also might be saying can’t I just sign up for a free website, and yes you most definitely can. But if you want your blog to make any income you should self-host on a platform like Bluehost. Hosting means you in a sense own the content that you push out and it is much easier to make money hosting, versus using a free platform where the site owns your content.

    There are 3 plans to choose from I chose the basic plan mainly because I’m just starting out.

    Step 2. Choose a Free domain name

    Bluehost gives you the option to choose a Free domain name, or use and existing one. If by chance you are struggling with coming up with a name, a pop-up should appear where you can choose a domain name later, they will give you a credit.

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    Step 3. Fill Out Account/Package Information

    This step is pretty self-explanatory. If you have questions feel free to contact me.

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    Step 4. Install WordPress

    You will create a password and then be able to login to your new Bluehost account. Then after you log in you will be on the homepage where you will finally download WordPress.

    You will clink on the orange icon labeled “Install WordPress”, located under website. Then on the next screen, you will need to click start.

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    Step 5. Finishing Touches

    Next, it will have you fill out your domain name and site information, then you will have an admin URL and username and password and will be able to log into it.

    The admin login page will look like this

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    Step 6. Pick a theme

    You can choose from the numerous free and paid themes on the marketplace, or you can use the theme I am currently using. And the best part is it is only $22 bucks.

    Step 7. Catch Emails  

    Why not kill two birds with one stone. Get an email list. I use MailChimp because it’s free. Once my blog grows more I will upgrade maybe to Convertkit I hear way too many good things about it. But for now, Mailchimp will suffice if you are on a budget.

    *I would be glad to answer any questions if you get stumped during the process. Happy blog making.

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