Spend Less Time Writing This Summer

Spend Less Time Writing This Summer

Now that we are officially knee deep in summer, most bloggers aren’t going to want to be trapped behind their laptops all day long.  You likely have kids home on summer break, or weddings and reunions to attend, or maybe you just want to spend more time in the sunshine than on your couch. Unfortunately, the workload doesn’t disappear when the weather gets nice.  Now is the time to streamline your writing process and become as efficient as you can be.  Slow and steady might win the race, but it also burns daylight.  You can still be a thoughtful writer who produces quality work without … [Read more...]

How to See What is Being Pinned From Your Blog

How to See What is Being Pinned From Your Blog

Hi ladies! Kendra from Key Lime Digital Designs here to share another fun blogging tip with you! Have you ever wondered what people are actually pinning from your blog? Today I'm going to show you how to see what images are being pinned the most from your posts! You can find out whats being pinned plus lots of information about your pins all in one spot! Type the following link into your browser:  http://pinterest.com/source/your-blog-name.com/ and replace the red portion with your own url. For example I would type this in my … [Read more...]

Balancing Personal and Professional on Your Blog

Blogging Tips: Balanding Personal & Professional On Your Blog

I came home from my first SNAP! Conference with so much information to digest and evaluate.  One of the sessions that really hit a chord for me was the storytelling session led by Karianne of Thistlewood Farms, Vanessa of At the Picket Fence, and Vivienne of The V Spot.  The session was a reminder to me that, while I am trying to run my blog as a business, my brand is dependant on sharing myself as well. It is an incredibly tricky line to walk.  How do we as personal bloggers balance the desire to establish ourselves as professional authorities in our field with the need to create a sense … [Read more...]

How to Offer A Free Printable in Blogger

Blogging Tips: How to Offer a Free Printable in Blogger

Hi Blogger users! Today I am going to show you how to offer a free printable with your blog readers. If you are using wordpress you're gonna want to check out this post. Free printables are a great way to give something back to your readers! It can be printable wall art, party decor, gifts, cards or holiday decor! The possibilities are endless really! In Blogger you can not directly host your own files like you can in wordpress. So you will need to use an outside host. Today I am going to suggest 2 different options for places that you can host your files. Honestly there are several … [Read more...]

Weekly Blog Planner Printable

Free Weekly & Monthly Blog Planner

Keeping an up to date blog is a lot of work. It takes a lot of planning. Staying organized is important and can help you reach your monthly blogging goals. I have to admit that blog planning not one of my strong points. I hope that these weekly and monthly blog planner printables will help motivate me to update my blog more consistently. I hope they will help you too. Here's how to use them: 1) First CLICK HERE to download the Monthly & Weekly Blog Planner printables. 2) Use the Monthly Blog Planner to jot down general ideas of what you'd like to blog about each month. 3) Use the … [Read more...]

Get Over Your Fear of Writing About Yourself

Get Over The Feat of Writing About Yourself

A writer for one of my favorite TV shows, Parks and Recreation, coined a new term last year: “humble brag.”  Have you heard it?  A person is humble bragging when he or she tempers an obviously boastful sentiment with false modesty.  Here’s a perfect example from Joe Jonas: “"Totally walked down the wrong escalator at the airport from the flashes of the cameras.” While there are definitely some classic examples of humble brags spoken by women, I’ve found that women tend more often toward “amiable deprecation.”  The term doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily, but it accurately describes what … [Read more...]

My New Favorite Plugin to Increase Pageviews!

New Plugin To Increase Pageviews

Today I am going to show you my new favorite plugin! The plugin is called AddThis Smart Layers and its main job is to help increase your blog pageview and engagement! We like pageviews right? (wink!) The plugin is called AddThis Smart Layers. This plugin has several different options including share buttons, follow buttons, and my favorite the "What's Next" feature. AddThis describes this feature  as, "When a desktop visitor scrolls down your page, a box will slide in at the bottom to promote the next best step (post). To see a live example of the plugin in action you can visit this post … [Read more...]

Make a Light Reflector- A Quick, Free Trick To Brighter Photos!

Brighten photos without editing!

  One of the biggest frustrations bloggers and photographers face is lighting. It can be tricky to get the subject of a photograph to look radiant, have their colors stand out and shine, and illuminate details effortlessly in front of a camera's lens. Luckily, I have a fabulous quick, free trick to brighter photos - all you have to do is build a simple light reflector! I know you're thinking... wait! You said this was free.... but I have to BUILD something? Luckily, about 90% of people will already have all the materials you'll need in your home- as all you really need is foil … [Read more...]

Updated! – How to Embed a Pinterest Board on Your Blog

How to embed a Pinterest board on your blog!

Hi there! Earlier in January I wrote a post How to Embed a Pinterest Board on Your Blog. At the time the post was specifically for Wordpress Users (and Genesis Theme users). But today I am happy to share that the Pinterest Widget Builder page has changed and now ALL Blogger and Wordpress Users can easily (we are talking copy and paste!) embed a Pinterest Board in a blog post or sidebar! All you need to do is head over to the Pinterest Widget Builder Page. 1. Select the kind of widget you would like to build. 2. Paste in the URL for your Pinterest. 3. Chose your size. 4. Click … [Read more...]

How to Have Links Open in A New Window

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Hi there girls! Okay today's tutorial seems a little silly because it is so straightforward but because it is so simple I think it gets overlooked by bloggers. Today we are talking about having text links on your blog open in a new window/tab. When someone is reading your blog and they click on a link they are being taken away from what they are currently reading. We need to be intentional about how they are leaving that page.  Ask yourself if readers will be clicking away from your post to read another post on your blog (internal link) or are they clicking off your post to leave the … [Read more...]