15 more blog post ideas

Blog Post Ideas

If you’re in a creative rut, here are 15 more blog post ideas you can use for your website. Enjoy! 1. Love Story. I realized yesterday that I’ve never even written about how I met my husband. I mean, it was at a bar and we were both tipsy, but still. I’m sure people would want to hear about my lame story, right? ;) 2. Travel Plans. Do you have a vacation planned? A list of places you want to visit this year? Let us hear about them! 3. A Year of Firsts. As I was brainstorming post ideas today, I came up with something I think is super duper cute. Your blog is the place where you document your life, so let’s talk about things you tried this year. You could even use this idea for your children. Now how sweet would that be? 4. Favorite Instagram Photos. Instagram […]

       
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competitiveness in the blogging world

Competitiveness in the blogging world. Does it drive you nuts or push you harder to succeed? You can’t deny that this competitive nature is in the back of almost every blogger’s mind, so it’s a topic worth discussing. Although healthy competition is expected and perfectly fine, comparing yourself to other bloggers and getting too caught up in the numbers will result in a short blog lifespan. Believe me. It’s something I have to consider every time I publish a post and wait for those views to pour (or trickle) in. Obsessing leads to feeling burnt out and it just isn’t worth it.

       
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sometimes i blog for money

Sometimes I blog for money. I feel like a prostitute writing that out. Oh my! And now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, here’s the deal… I’ve seen a few posts addressing the issue of authenticity and accepting sponsored posts and figured I’d touch on the subject. I entered blog land so I could keep my friends and family up-to-date while living abroad, but always had the intention of attempting to do this full-time. Who doesn’t want to make money by rambling all over the Internet, and when you’re offered $60-$200 to publish a single post on your website, who in their right mind would turn that down?! Well, maybe someone with more self-control than me, but I’m not working right now and I’d like to contribute in some way. My badass husband can’t make all of the monies in this household; therefore, I have decided to blog for money. Now […]

       
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photography books | spark your creativity

Photography books to spark your creativity: After completing a few photography classes and really getting to know my DSLR, I began looking for photography inspiration in different places. I spent a lot of time researching websites and books and came to the conclusion that I no longer needed instructions and a ton of boring text because I had already mastered shooting in manual — woo hoo! No more snooze-fests for me! Needless to say, I wanted something more visually pleasing. I found that Pinterest was a great resource for posing subjects, photography props, and even photoshoot outfit ideas, but I also wanted something that would inspire me to try new things for my blog because I love looking at other bloggers’ lifestyle photos and home photography projects. Here are the five books I’ve really enjoyed these past couple of months. 1. A Beautiful Mess | 2. Creative Photography | 3. 50 Photo Projects 4. Photojojo! […]

       
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6 tips to start sponsorship on your blog

6 Tips To Start Sponsorship On Your Blog

Sometimes growing your readership requires a monetary investment so one way to break even is to offer sidebar ads on your website. The concept of blog sponsorship seems easy enough; however, it can be a tricky thing to grasp. If you’re doing it right, it’s time-consuming. You need to give every single one of your sponsors the attention he/she paid for and this means scheduling social media shout-outs, sponsor spotlights, individual guest posts, and monthly giveaways. Some months your giveaways might get more entries than others, and this also goes for readers clicking on sidebar ads. It can be frustrating when some weeks are more successful than others, but it’s important to not get discouraged and to keep giving your sponsors attention. It’s not your fault your readers are more “click happy” on certain days of the week, and you cannot do anything to control this. If you’re considering sponsorship […]

       
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blogging and social media | a guide for beginners

Blogging And Social Media

I’ve been on a blogging tutorial kick lately, so why not talk about social media? Here are some important tips I think every blogger should keep in mind: 1. Use your blog name and make sure your handles match. If your blog name is “Puppies and Kittens” (hehe) but your social media handle is “ChristineM123” how will people find you? Make it easier on your readers by using your blog name and ensuring that all handles match or are as similar as possible. Since my blog name is “Postcards from Rachel”, my Twitter handle is @PostcardsRachel, my Pinterest account is @PostcardsRachel, and my Instagram handle is @PostcardsfromRachel. You get the idea! 2. Promote other bloggers’ content and they’ll return the favor. We’re all trying to grow our presence on the Interwebz, so why not help each other out? Tweet and Facebook some of your favorite bloggers’ links and I’m sure they’ll […]

       
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15 blog post ideas | get over writer’s block fast

15 Blog Post Ideas

I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired lately so I took a look around my WordPress drafts and blogging notebook and realized that if I would just finish all of these posts, I’d be set for months! Even though I have plenty of blog post ideas right now, writer’s block is inevitable. For those of you who are dealing with writer’s block right now, here are 15 blog post ideas to help you out. Sometimes a post prompt is all we need! 1. Home Tour. This is the first thing that came to mind since we just purchased our own place and I’m excited to decorate. Even if you live in an apartment, show us some of your favorite areas! I know I’ve instagrammed our apartment kitchen “drink station” a few times and I love to see other bloggers’ spaces since I’m snoopy. ;) 2. Your Jewelry Box. I’ve been meaning […]

       
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blogger to wordpress transfer | my experience

In September of this year, I decided to transfer from Blogger to WordPress. Even though I’m enjoying this platform because of the plug-ins and customization, I can honestly say that this switch was the worst experience of my blogging career. My theme was completely botched and was causing loading errors for readers, my links weren’t working (Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and Facebook were completely useless to me), and all of that SEO juice I had built up over a little over a year? Gone. I still can’t believe I paid that much money for someone to completely screw me over and not even blink. When you invest hours upon hours of work into your website and an “expert” ruins all of that, you want to scream and give up on blogging all together. It gets better. The paperwork I filled out in the beginning of this whole process specifically stated that I needed to […]

       
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how to grow your blog… and love it, too

How To Grow Your Blog

In the past couple of months I’ve received quite a few emails with blogging questions so I figured a blogging advice post was in order. I hope to answer your questions and get you excited to grow your blog. 1. Don’t just hit publish — network. When people email me with questions on how to grow their blog, this is the first piece of advice I usually give. I truly believe that networking via Twitter has made all the difference when it comes to my blog readership numbers. Because my blog is focused on life as an expat and our travels, I follow bloggers who have the same interests as me, then I build relationships with them. If you do this, not only will you gain a new reader, but you’ll also gain a partner in crime when it comes to blog projects and collaborative posts. Plus, it’s always nice […]

       
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blogging advice? yes!

Blogging Advice

Recently I’ve been getting emails asking for different tidbits of blogging advice so I couldn’t be more excited for this giveaway! I still plan on doing a blogging advice vlog to answer some of your specific questions (even though I’m not an expert), but in the meantime you can enter to win a blogging eBook from Alycia Crowley of the Crowley Party. I had a chance to review “Blogging At The Next Level” and this eBook is packed with valuable information. The eBook is only $5.00 and even includes a free copy of any addition materials Alycia writes. Yay! What you can expect to find in this eBook: TABLE OF CONTENTS DEFINE YOUR SUCCESS………………………………………….. 1 What, Why and “IT”! LOOKS MATTER..………………………………………………….. 6 What makes a good blog design? QUALITY IMAGES………………………………………………… 10 Quick tips for great photography TREAT IT LIKE A BUISNESS……………………………………. 13 Want to make money off of your blog? GETTING […]

       
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