The Struggle Of Balancing Work & Blogging

The Struggle Of Balancing Work & Blogging

 

A few months back, I had trouble juggling working a full time job and blogging. As we all know, blogging in itself is a full time job. Whenever I’m working on a new blog post, it usually takes me 5 or 6 hours to do. Then another 3 or 4 hours marketing and promoting it. In total that’s about 10 hours just for blogging.

Working at my job took 8 hours a day not to mention the 1 hour drive to and from work each day. Between trying to get sleep and doing both “jobs” at the same time was really, really difficult. You might ask, well, why don’t you just stop blogging until you have more time? In my eyes, that’s just not an option. Blogging makes me happy and when I don’t blog I feel like a piece of me is missing. Otherwise, think about it, I wouldn’t spend so many hours working on it.

My blogger friend Farrah from Fairy Burger is a medical student and blogs all AT THE SAME TIME! I don’t know how she does it. How do you do it Farrah!?! Please tell me your secret! Thinking about balancing both really important jobs made me have a lot of anxiety, so I did what any normal person would do and googled managing a full time job and blogging. Here are the results:

Workplace Experiments: A Month To Yourself

How To Balance Blogging And Your Day Job

On Balancing Paid Work And Blogging (And Life)

How To Balance Your Job, Freelancing, And Blogging

How To Make Time For Blogging

Tips For Balancing Blogging And A Day Job

I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while now because I think it will be helpful for some of you and also because when I used to have a full time job, I didn’t feel like I could properly write about it because I was so stressed. But now that I’m actually writing it, I think more than anything, I want to know how YOU balance working a full time job and blogging. Leave me a comment below because I would really like to know!

Question of the day: How do you balance working a full time job and blogging?

 

 

Blogging Resources: Free Stock Photo Sites

Blogging Resources: Free Stock Photo Sites

 

If your new to blogging resources, it’s basically a new series I started where I give you helpful tips and tricks that I’ve picked up along the way while blogging. Part of composing a blog post is using graphics and photos to add that certain visual aspect that each blog post needs. Most of us bloggers know that to there are many factors that go into curating amazing graphics and images.

A lot of you probably shoot your own photos and edit them with a little bit of help from photoshop. Others on a slightly tighter budget will use the amazing free tools that the internet provides us with. The common theme with trying to gain access to these free tools, is knowing where to look for them. That’s what this blog post is about. I will get to that a little bit later, but first let’s talk about one of the most important things associated with stock images.

Legality and Liabilities. Although most of us would like to think the internet is a free space, open to anyone to use it resources, sometimes that’s not the case. Especially when it comes to copyright. Just for argument’s sake, let me state the obvious, you cannot post images to your blog that don’t have a creative commons license or you don’t have expressed written permission from the photo owner.

If your not a lawyer or well versed in copyright jargon, as I’m not, then your best bet is to find creative commons licensed photos. I won’t go into much detail about creative commons because I already talked about it in another post, but you can go read more about it there. I found some of the best stock image sites for which I get most of the images for my blog and I’m going to share them with you below and I will also tell you about which photo editors I use as well.

Free Stock Photos:

Below are the resources I use for finding free non copyright images.

Unsplash

Designer Pics

Gratisography

Stock Up

Skitter Photo

Kaboom Pics

Little Visuals

Pixabay

Life Of Pix

Getty Images

 

What I Use To Edit My Photos:

These are the top photo editors I use

Pic Monkey

Pic Monkey Screenshot

 

Canva

Canva Screenshot

 

Photoshop

Photoshop Screenshot

 

 

These are the resources that I use to find and create images. Just make sure that whenever you use someone else’s image, that your within your legal rights to do so or you use creative commons photos. Make sure to read my post The Ugly Side Of Blogging to get the full breakdown on how creative commons works.

Thanks for reading and come back next Tuesday for another edition of Blogging Resources.

How do you come up with your images? Do you know about creative commons?

Memorial Day Roundup!

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Happy Memorial Day! Aren’t you glad for the long weekend we just had? Normally I’m a winter girl but after the brutal winter we just had, I say bring on the summer weather! As you are reading this, I’m at my dad’s house and we’re grilling out good ole hamburgers and hot dogs, an American classic! The best thing about Memorial Day is being able to spend time with family and friends. It’s important to remember though, Memorial day is about more than just going to the lake and grilling out.

Memorial Day is our day as Americans to pay observance to those in the military who put their lives on the line everyday, so that we can have a safe and free country. The sacrifices made by each of these soldiers each day is great and can’t truly be expressed in words, so it’s great to have a whole day dedicated to them! No matter how you are spending your Memorial Day, I hope you have a good time, but also take the time to thank and pray for all the honorable soldiers out there.

For this post I want to help celebrate these members by doing a Memorial Day Roundup with recipes, videos, etc.

The Main Attraction

I have a few ideas of what I would do if I hosted a BBQ, which is quintessential for American Memorial Day festivities. Here’s what I would do:

Lamb Burgers W/ Goat Cheese & Avocado

Lamb Burger

[Source: Fork Knife Swoon]

BBQ Chicken Kabobs

BBQ Chicken Kebobs

[Source: Fabulessly Frugal]

Hot Dog Topped W/ Asian Slaw

Hot Dog Topped W: Asian Slaw

[Source: Joy Of Kosher]

Sides:

Asian Coleslaw

Asian Cole Slaw

 

[Source: Life Made Delicious]

Mexican Grilled Corn

Mexican Grilled Corn

[Source: The Cookie Rookie]

Desserts:

Firecracker Bundt Cake:

Firecracker Bundt Cake

[Source: Cooking With Sugar]

Rustic Berry Tart

Rustic Berry Tart

[Source: White Lights On Wednesday]

Decorating & Hosting

“Fixins” Table

Fixin's Table

[Source: Deco Art]

Condiment Station

Condiment Station

 

[Source: Somewhat Simple]

DIY Patriotic Outdoor Garland

DIY Patriotic Outdoor Garland

[Source: Fun Home Things]

Last But Not Least

A Memorial Day Video:

 

I hope you enjoyed this fun little Memorial Day Roundup! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for another edition of Blogging Resources. Happy Memorial Day!

What are you doing for Memorial Day? Do you know anyone in the military?

6 Reasons Why The World Isn't Such A Bad Place

6 Reasons The World Isn't Such A Bad Place

 

These days, when you turn on the news, it seems like every story is about something bad happening. When you turn on your computer and login to any of your social media accounts, the likely hood that you will encounter an internet troll is very high. Looking at all these things could make you feel like the world is an awful place to be.

I was inspired to do this post after a very bad week I had recently and after taking a step back and taking a real good look at, not the bad things in the world, but the good, I decided to make a list for me to look back on every time I get down on myself or the world and I want to share them with you.

1. Good People Do Exist

These two football players decided to sit with this guy so that he wouldn’t have to eat alone.

Nice Football Players

And This Guy:

Dan

2. Advances In Medicine

Before 1796, humans had to brave viral diseases without vaccinations. Now we have numerous vaccines which saves countless lives. Before 1846, many people had to go “under the knife” without anesthesia. As we all know, that has drastically changed for the better. New technologies are being developed every year for different types of machinery that will help to diagnose and improve our quality of life. If this isn’t a good indication that the world isn’t such a bad place, then I don’t know what is.

3. Acceptance Is More Prevalent

Many years ago divorce was considered as something that one should be ashamed of and many people suffered marriages in silence just to avoid having to go through the shame associated with divorce. Fast forward to now, people are coming out without fear, more women are identifying as feminists, and we have our first black president. I know we still aren’t where we should be as a society, but you can’t deny that we’ve made great strides in accepting diverse groups of people.

4. Dreams Do Come True

Since more people are exposed to the internet, that means that you have easier access to resources and people who can point you in the right direction to achieving that dream you have. Pretty much the only thing keeping you from living out your dreams is you. If  Tyler Perry can go from being homeless to being a high paid director and actor, then you can do anything!

5. Life’s Simplest Feelings Are The Best

Whenever you have a moment where you start to feel sorry for yourself or need a simple reminder that there are things out there that, while the may be simple, are some of the best feelings in the world. Like These:

  • That moment when your hot and sweaty and walk into an air conditioned room.
  • Also, jumping in a hot bubble bath after a long day.
  • Going to the bathroom after holding it in for a long time – haha no, I’m serious
  • That first bite of dessert
  • Hugging a cuddly little fur baby (in my case, my dog)
  • Jumping into a cold swimming pool during a hot day
  • Also, eating ice cream on a hot day
  • Laying down in freshly washed sheets
  • Waking up Christmas morning
  • Learning a new skill and slaying it

6. Take A Look At Your Surroundings

Nothing makes me feel better than seeing the beautiful landscapes the world has to offer. Whether it be summer, spring, fall or winter, each season has it’s own distinct and beautiful atmosphere. Just LOOK:

Mountain 1

 

Mountain 3

 

 

It can be so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that every where you turn bad things are happening, so then you think the world is bad. Yes, bad things do happen but it’s important to remember that they aren’t the majority of the world. I know sometimes you have a really bad day or bad week and it’s really hard to be optimistic, but try to remember this:

  • You are never as awkward as you think you are
  • You are never as annoying as you think you are
  • You’re never as boring as you think you are
  • You are way more wanted than you give yourself credit for

Chin Up Dude!

I hope you enjoyed this post, now go out there and have a great day!!

How are you feeling today? What’s one thing you want to improve on?

Blogging Resources: Using Facebook As A Promotional Tool

Blogging Resources: Using Facebook as a tool

 

How do you spend your time on Facebook? Do you scroll through your timeline and like statuses and pictures and spy on other people? What if I told you that instead of doing that you could be using it as a tool to promote your blog? There are many types of social media outlets you can use and they’re invaluable tools for promoting your blog, but today we’re going to focus on utilizing Facebook.

On average, we spend at least 40 minutes a day using Facebook. That’s a huge amount of time, which calculates to a higher percentage of anything you post being seen by other people. Every time you post something to Facebook, that percentage gets higher and higher, giving a huge amount of exposure to your blog. Did you know that Facebook attracts roughly seven times the engagement that Twitter does, and that’s looking at both PC, tablet and phone usage!

Also, think about the fact that if someone likes your post, they might even share it which means double the exposure for your blog. With today’s Blogging Resources post, I’m going to give my step by step rundown of how I use Facebook to promote my blog in such a way, that it’s often one of the number one referrers to my site!

Step #1

Set up your Facebook page.

If you look here you’ll see that I have a page set up with the name of my blog and a clear representation of my blog as my header image. This way when someone see’s my page, they know immediately whose it is.

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You don’t want to make people guess whose page it is because you have random pictures and no clear branding. It needs to look like your blog.

Step #2

Integrating Facebook into your blog

What I mean by this, is you need to have a Facebook widget or box in your sidebar that way people can easily like your page without ever having to leave your blog. People love when we make things easy for them! Here is the widget I have on my blog, if you look to the right of my post in the sidebar, you’ll see my FB widget:

FB widget

 

Step # 3

Join a Facebook blogging group.

These are more important than you might think. If you’ve been having trouble getting people to interact with the posts you’re trying to promote, these blogging groups will fix that. Most blogging groups are here to support one another and learn things from each other. Some of the groups that I’m a member of have daily threads where you can actually post links every day. Here are some of my favorites:

Blog Collage

 

Step #4

Strategize the time and frequency of each post

When thinking about how much exposure you want for each blog post, it’s important to look at statistics for increasing your numbers. I came across an article from Infographic which stated that during a typical week, you should be posting 2x per day or 5 to 10 times per week (the level before likes and comments begin to drop off dramatically).

Facebook Statistic

 

Step #5

Be, well, social…….

Even if you do all the steps before this, it won’t matter if you’re not interacting with other bloggers and readers. The internet is a vast, giant void and sometimes shouting isn’t always the best tactic. Visit other bloggers pages, like and comment on posts, and don’t be greedy, share the posts that you like!

 

Ok, so now that you’ve gotten the step by step guide to using Facebook as a promotional tool, let’s summarize the main points.

1. Set up your Facebook page in such a way, that it fits along with your brand.

2. Integrate Facebook into your blog so that your page is more accessible to your readers.

3. Join a Facebook group dedicated to bloggers which give your more chances of interaction on your posts.

4. Plan and schedule each post to maximize your blog posts’ chance of being seen.

5. It isn’t called social media for nothing! Interact with other people on Facebook and they will return the favor.

Facebook was started as a way to connect with friends, so to not use that as a tool to connect you with readers, is just crazy. It’s just one of the many social media outlets that can be used as a tool to expose your blog to potential readers. Next Tuesday I will be discussing some others. Don’t forget to subscribe so you can get first-hand access to each Blogging Resources post that will be coming out each Tuesday!

Have you created a Facebook page? Leave a link to your page below!

Street Vegan + Minestrone Soup Recipe (A Cookbook Review)

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If you’ve been following along with my posts, then you’ve probably noticed that I’m a little obsessed with cookbooks. Ok, maybe more than a little. I can’t help it, I just enjoy cooking so much. I would cook and bake 24/7 if I could. I also just love the feeling of rubbing my hands across a shiny and beautiful new cookbook. It’s a little weird, I know.

Street Vegan

My new cookbook is completely vegan and it’s called Street Vegan . It’s by Adam Sobel, the man behind The Cinnamon Snail which is a food truck that sells all vegan food. The pictures alone are drool worthy and you don’t have to feel guilty when treating yourself to some of these insanely delicious recipes!

I chose to make the minestrone soup, which was so, so delicious by the way and I’ve also compiled a list of my favorite recipes from this book and I’m going to share them with you!

Fried Dandelion Greens W/ Lemon Garlic Potatoes

Fried Dandelion Greens

 

Dandelions might not seem like something that would go in a dish, but if seasoned and cooked the right way, they can bring a nice and unique flavor to any dish.

Cashew Oat Waffles W/ Caramelized Apples

Cashew Oats Waffles

New England Style Chickpea “Crab” Cakes W/ Lemon Dijon Tartar Sauce

New England Style Chickpea Crab Cakes

Thai Barbecue Seitan Ribs

Thai Barbecue Seitan Ribs

 

Bangin Bao

Bangin Bao

Bao is short for baozi which are stuffed and steamed Chinese buns. You can add any type of filling you want for this dish. Yum!

Pop Tarts N’ Hearts

Pop Tarts N Hearts

 

I can’t wait to try these!

Desserts: Donuts, Cookies, Brownies, Pop Tarts & More!

Donuts

 

I couldn’t do a cookbook review without showing off the dessert section! Sweets are my vice.

Raw Brownies

Raw Brownies

 

There’s also a variation recipe in case you want to try a spicier brownie (with Jalapenos).

Cinnamon Snails

Cinnamon Snails

 

These are the famous cinnamon snails recipe from the Cinnamon Snail food truck!

Red Wine Minestrone W/ Swiss Chard & Pearl Onions

Red Wine Minestrone

 

This is the recipe I made myself and I kid you not, It was freakin delicious! Here it is:

Minestrone Soup

This soup was so hearty, flavorful and delicious and that’s what I love about these recipes, they don’t taste like a lot of food you buy that’s supposed to be vegan or vegetarian, which usually tastes like cardboard.

If you had told me a few years ago that I would like vegan food, I would say that you were crazy. I have to admit though, I’m still a meat eater but with this cookbook I feel like I could be converted to vegan only with a little more testing out of these recipes.

This cookbook covers every category of recipes from breakfast, beverages, appetizers, soups, sandwiches, to cinnamains, veggies & sides, desserts, donuts, and a separate section for sauces and condiments. I do have to say the one downside to this cookbook is that a lot of recipes have ingredients that can only be found at specialty stores.

I will leave the recipe for Red Wine Minestrone below in case you want to try it yourself. I hope you enjoyed my review, and don’t forget to pick up your copy of Street Vegan!

Which recipe would you like to try? Are you a vegan or Vegetarian? Let me know in the comments below!

Red Wine Minestrone
Recipe Type: Vegan
Author: Adam Sobel
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 16 small pearl onions, peeled
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups red wine
  • one 28 oz can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 cup pasta (ditalini, or small elbows, or shells)
  • 1 cup cooked and drained pinto beans
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1 bunch Swiss Chard, stems removed, chopped
  • Sea Salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium- high heat.
  2. Add the pearl onions and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, until the outsides are lightly browned.
  3. Add the diced onions, celery, garlic, and carrot and continue to saute for 4 to 5 minutes to sweat the vegetables.
  4. Add the broth, red wine, and diced tomatoes to the pot and raise the heat to high.
  5. Once the mixture comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook for about 4 minutes, so that the pasta is still not yet fully cooked.
  6. Stir in the beans, red pepper flakes, thyme, oregano, basil, and Swiss chard and continue to cook for about 2 minutes, until the pasta is cooked al dente.
  7. Salt to taste.

** This is a sponsored post. I received this book from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

10 Blogging Myths Debunked

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Since starting my blog I’ve noticed there are certain situations or assumptions out there as to all the different things associated with blogging. A good bit of them happen to be true, however that’s not always the case. In this blog post I’m going to talk about the many different myths out there regarding blogging and why they are so, so , wrong!

Myth #1: Blogging is easy

This is such a silly assumption but it’s a common one because, surprise, surprise, people who don’t blog or have just started blogging for the first time don’t see how much work, planning and strategizing goes into it.

To have a successful blog (that you want others to read), you have to put in countless hours of creating awesome content along with promoting/marketing it and working on the technical side of it.

Here’s how much time I spend doing things for my blog: 10% – writing , 20% – managing my blog,  20% – managing ads/sponsorships and 40% – promoting on social media.

Myth #2: You can make a passive income

If only! I will admit that when I first started blogging and even when I found out that you could make money with a blog, I was operating under the assumption that all bloggers had to do was place ads on their blog and watch the money roll in.

How naive I was…… anyone out there who makes a profit from their blog does so through sponsorships, affiliate programs, and selling their own products ( I’ll talk more about this in an upcoming edition of Blogging Resources so be on the lookout for that).

Myth #3: You have to post something everyday

While posting everyday is ideal and something we would all like to do, it’s just not practical. No one has a million blog post ideas running through their head all day everyday, so if you do try to post everyday, you’re basically going to be posting a bunch of nonsense.

If you really want to engage your readers try the method called slow blogging where not only your readers but also you benefit from it. I learned this through Mariah Coz at Femtrepreneur, who’x an insanely smart business woman, and it’s premise is quality over quantity (this will also be talked about more in depth in a future edition of Blogging Resources).

Myth #4: Social media isn’t important

Sure it’s not, if you don’t want anyone to ever read your blog then by all means don’t promote your blog on social media. I’ve seen numerous “new” blogs out there who have really awesome, great stuff, but they obviously don’t promote to social media because they don’t have sharing buttons or there aren’t any comments on their post. That doesn’t mean what they have to say isn’t important, it’s just that they’re not utilizing the free marketing resources out there aka social media.

Myth #5: You have to be an experienced writer to blog

That was my initial hesitation with starting a blog. I just didn’t think I would be able to “properly” put my thoughts down in writing. The good thing with blogging though is most people aren’t experienced writers and that doesn’t matter. What matters is writing in such a way that people can understand you and get excited about what your writing about.

Myth #6: Short blog posts are better

Nope, they’re not. Unless you can write an astounding piece of work in 500 words or less, you definitely don’t need to write a short post. Short blog posts seem like minimal effort was put into them, (which lets be honest it probably was) and the reader will write you off before even getting to know what other awesome stuff you have in store for the future!

If you feel like you can’t come up with something in more than 500 words, then step away from your computer until you can come up with something better. That’s why slow blogging is the newest and greatest way to blog!

Myth #7: High traffic volumes are the only way to be successful

As I said in my post Blogging With A New Purpose, I did a total one eighty when I heard the podcast with Jen Carrington and Mariah Coz on other ways of making money with your blog without relying on traffic. It’s more about creating products and useful information your readers want and building a killer email list that will truly make your blog a success.

The future is not guaranteed so if one of your sponsorship or affiliate programs closes down or goes under and they’re your main source of income, then your screwed. That’s why having an email list and awesome blog content will help ensure that your blogs’ income future is in your hands.

Myth #8 – You have to shell out a lot of money to start

I created my blog through WordPress with Godaddy as a host and paid about $40 total for one year. I love it and I would suggest using a self hosted site, but if you can’t afford the extra $40 or so dollars there are free resources for bloggers such as the non hosted wordpress.com or the most popular one, Blogger.

There are also numerous free photo stock websites which I’ll be talking about in an upcoming edition of Blogging Resources so lookout for that!

Myth #9: Blogging is a fad

Every time I’ve ever tried to explain my blog or blogging to an acquaintance, family member, or friend who doesn’t blog, I get this look of bewilderment like, “what’s she been drinking,” like blogging is some mythical creature.

When I finally go into detail of explaining how it works and what I do, I get an “ohhhhhh, ok now I know what you mean,” followed by “It won’t last long, it will be out of fashion a few years from now.” Best not argue with the ignorant, but all of us bloggers know that it’s been around for a very long time and it’s not going any where!

Myth #10: Your email list doesn’t matter

So many awesome bloggers out there aren’t using the great tool that is an email list. I don’t understand that because how do you expect people to come back and read more if they aren’t subscribed to your mailing list? I can promise you one thing, 9 times out of 10 they won’t remember you.

I would even go as far as to say email subscribers are more important than creating new blog posts. That’s how important they are!

 

What I hope you can take away from this is useful information, a little laughter, and at the very least an eye roll. If your interested in what else I have to share with you in regards to blogging or tips on making your blog better, then make sure you subscribe so you won’t miss out on any of my valuable tips that will be free to you, all you have to do is subscribe. Easy right?

What myths would you like to debunk? Leave them in the comments below!

 

Blogging Resources: Monetization Edition

Blogging Resources: Monetization Edition

 

When I first started my blog I didn’t know much at all about making money with blogging except for Goggle Adsense. I was under the assumption that I had to put all of my eggs into one basket with Adsense. Well, as any blogger knows, that’s not a good idea because you don’t start making real money through Adsense until your numbers are in the 10,000 range. It wasn’t until I started reading other blogs that I finally found out about affiliate programs, sponsorships and selling products.

I need to preface this by saying that I’m not a “blog expert” and Blogging Resources is just going to be a bit of information I can share with you, that I’ve learned along the way because I know how hard it can be to try to find these out on your own. For this addition, I’m going to mostly talk about monetization opportunities, which will be a mixture of affiliate programs and sponsorship opportunities.

Be aware that some of the programs will require a certain number of unique visitors and page views in order for you to qualify for their membership.

Sponsored Programs:

Brandbacker

When you sign up for Brandbacker you have the opportunity to work with different companies by receiving discounts on products, free samples, paid posts and hosting a giveaway all in the hopes that the post on your blog gives these companies more exposure. Most reviews have to be honest and you don’t have to work with a company if you know you don’t like their products or you don’t feel like they fit your brand.

Massive Sway

Massive Sway is kind of similar to BrandBacker but most opportunities are paid sponsorship opportunities. Keep in mind that unlike Brandbacker you can’t change the campaign date for these.

Blog Her

Blog Her is another sponsorship opportunity but they’re extremely selective about who they let in. It depends upon how many visitors you get to your blog and how many blog’s they already sponsor as to whether or not they let you in.

Influenster

Similar to Brandbacker but with the exception of a more personalized account setup. Through questionnaires, Influenster can appropriately match you with the right campaign.

 

Affiliate Programs:

If you don’t know what affiliate programs are, they’re ads or links placed on a website, that, when clicked on and a sale is made, the blogger referring the customer gets a percentage of commission on sales from that product. Here’s some good ones:

LinkShare

Commission Junction

ShareASale

LinkVehicle

Amazon

ClixGalore

PeerFly

Click Bank

Max Bounty

Never Blue

Affiliate Bot

Avant Link

 

These are just some of the ones I know about, but I’m sure there are many more. Don’t forget to come back next Tuesday for another edition of Blogger Resources. Thanks for reading!

What ways do you monetize your blog? What would you add to this list?

 

 

 

How To Avoid Blogger Burnout

How To Avoid Blogger Burnout

 

You’ve been doing this blogging thing for a lot of months or years I assume. If so, you’ve probably had a case of blogger burnout. You know what I’m talking about…that certain point in time where you’ve had writer’s block or you just plain old feel uninspired. It happens to the best of us especially when you’ve been at it for a while.

I myself have suffered from it a few times in the past month, and it was a small portion of the reasons why I chose to blog with a new purpose. Blogging should be something that makes you feel inspired, energized and happy. If you feel like you’re forced to do it, then you probably are burned out and need to take a break.

As I stated in my Blogging With A New Purpose post, I heard a really amazing podcast by Jen Carrington talking about how to make money with your blog without relying on traffic and it really hit home with me. The key is, your blog should be something that is creative without bogging yourself down. Below are some of my tips for avoiding blogger burnout.

1. Take A Break!

Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t suggest taking a break from your blog, but blogger burnout is different. If you’re churning out content without a purpose or intent then your wasting other peoples’ (and your) time. One sure sign that you have blogger burnout, is if you feel like you HAVE to produce content. You should feel like you WANT to not HAVE to.

2. Connect!

Get together with some of your fellow bloggers and bounce ideas off of each other. Sometimes it takes an outside perspective to reinvigorate you. I love bouncing ideas off of my brother because he’s a web designer and doesn’t blog, so he has a fresh and new take on things.

3. Use A Guest Poster!

If your afraid of not publishing consistent content, then a guest poster is great because you’ll still receive a steady stream of content, but also get a break so that you can refocus on new ideas. There are plenty of resources to find a guest poster. You could make a post on Facebook or Twitter asking someone if they would like to guest post or you could try Elance.

These are the few tips that I’ve found to be helpful when I want to avoid blogger burnout. There are other resources that I’ll leave below if you want to check them out! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to enter my giveaway by 1:30 p.m. est today to win a free copy of Living With Intent by Mallika Chopra.

For More Tips On Avoiding Blogger Burnout…….

15 Ways To Avoid Blogger Burnout

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Blogging with a New Purpose

 

If you are feeling run down or unmotivated with your blog, you have to, HAVE TO, listen to this podcast by Jen Carrington.  Jennypurr is one of my absolute favorite blogs out there. She truly embodies the word inspiration! Ok so, she did a post a few weeks back talking about removing all her advertisements from her blog. Crazy right? How does she expect to make money? Well, that’s where you have change your way of thinking and that’s what Jen talks about in her post.

It’s not about removing advertisements because you don’t want to make money, it’s more about guiding the purpose of your blog to something more, well, purposeful. While I may not be removing advertisements from my blog just yet, I do want my blog do be a place where I feel a creative hunger and focus more on bringing greater content.

Whenever I read her blog posts or listen to her podcasts I always leave feeling like there was something super useful that I gained from her. But what really lit a fire under me, was a combination of her podcast “Making Money With Your Blog Without Relying On Traffic” and an encounter I had with another blogger that left a bad taste in my mouth. 

For a while now, I’ve been in the mindset of relying on other people to like my blog, thinking that it’s the only way to success. That’s a trap that a lot of us fall into because of course we all want our blogs to be read and liked by other people, but that’s not the same thing as success. Success should be based on what you think success is. Whether that is reaching a lot of people, providing quality content, or making a lot of money.

Over the next couple of months, I intend to re-direct my meaning of success as providing quality content. I never want to feel stifled or stagnant, however what I want more than anything is to turn my blog into a place where my readers come and feel some sense of inspiration and leave feeling more knowledgable about whatever topic I’m discussing.

I think blogging is more or less about testing and trying things out to find out what works for you. Like Jen says in her podcast, sometimes with any business or creative venture, you have to take a risk. Risks can make or break a company but they can also lead to bigger and better things.

Are you feeding your creative hunger? How do you blog purposefully?