• Developing Your Internet Persona

    With the dawn of social media has come more pressure than ever on millennial’s and bloggers to be cool, hip and on trend. The inevitable impact that this can have on mental health is challenging and one that is being combated through education and sensible social media usage. There has to be an acceptance that personas online can be dramatically different to real life individuals. You only have to look at online gaming such as World of Warcraft to see how a thirty-something guy from Minnesota can morph into a magical elfin princess. While you might not to be so blase about your online presence on social media, you do…

  • 3 ways to build up your blog or brand

    The other day I was having a conversation with a friend about my “blogging career”. I wouldn’t exactly say I have a career in this but the little money I do make, I guess you could say it’s a career or I prefer the term “side hustle”. So anyways, she was asking me how I got started and what I do to maintain the blog; which got me thinking, this would make a great blog post.  For most of the blog community we work from home or cafes but if I were doing this 24/7 I might look to renting an office just to get out and see people. To some,…

  • Beating Blogger Burnout {Part 2 Pinterest}

    I have really been anxious to start writing part 2 of my blogger burnout mini-series…I saw how helpful round 1 was and in case you missed it, you can read it here. So anyways, just to recap a bit, I talked about how overwhelming Facebook can be in part 1 and how I was going to start a new schedule, as to not drive myself crazy with all the groups I am in. So far, its actually going very well! So now lets talk about Pinterest. I LOVE using Pinterest to kill time in between work or classes, but until recently I really wasn’t using it in a practical blog…

  • Blogging Challenge Day 4: Being a blogger

    Can you believe it’s already day 4 of this 30 day challenge?! This week has been crazy but to be honest, knowing I have “this” to do, sorta keeps me moving. Today’s topic was originally about religion but I really hate talking about that, so I decided to change it to “my views on being a blogger.” Being a blogger for the past 4 years has been challenging. Now that I have really started to put the time and effort into it, things are moving along nicely. But, boy is it hard work!! No one tells you all the hard work you have to put into this when you start.…

  • 5 Steps to Grow Your Blog

    I’ve had my blog for almost 5 years and I’m embarrassed to say that newer blogs have been doing MUCH better than mine. Why is that? Well for starters I never really networked to my fullest ability to make my blog into something great. I have always had the content but never the following. So there would be times, I wouldn’t write because I was feeling lost and discouraged because there wasn’t much of a following to actually read what I had written. Over the past two months I have decided that if I wanted to really get things going I had to start putting things into action. To grow my…

  • Losing Mojo: Rants from a 30-something year old

    A wise person once said, write what you know. That was a great idea 4 years ago but now most days I don’t even want to look at my blog never mind actually write for it. If it wasn’t for my agreement with Adbeans I would probably stop writing. This is how I feel most days. Most days I’m not even sure why I still have this blog. Lately I have zero motivation to actually write. Let’s face it, I never travel, I’m not made of money so spending money on make up and accessories is far and few between, so what is there to write about? This is a…