blog tools: post ideas.

post ideasSo you’ve got pretty pictures. Now the most important part: your content! Coming up with blog posts and ideas is the main part of blogging and is often the reason behind blogger’s block. Here are my tips/resources to come up with blog post ideas.

Don’t wander around the Internet looking for ideas. You’ll be lost there forever, drowning in pins and tweets. While there are tons of great posts out there, the best posts come from a place of interest, something that you really want to talk about. Whether it be an issue you believe in or products/stores that you enjoyed, there should be some passion in it (even if it’s negative) Go outside! Do something!

Answer the questions in Elle & Co’s How to Come Up with 60 Original Blog Post Ideas in 30 Minutes.  (so helpful!)

Create lists. As a list-making fanatic myself, lists are often the easiest way for me to share my ideas and thoughts. And, when you do have blog posts lined up, creating lists of everything can help you stay organized and who know, maybe you’ll find a gem in between those bullet points and strikethroughs.

– Remember, it’s your blog. You can post whatever you want, and posts only have to meet your expectations.

Now go, write some blog posts. The world is already filled so many blogs and bloggers, you are the only thing that makes yours special. Go, go, go!

blogging tools: photos

blogpostphotosPhotos are a huge deal in blog posts. In today’s world, many blogs are excelling beyond magazine-levels of photography and it’s awesome. So, whether you’re just starting out or you need some photos in a pinch, here are my favorite and most used tools for photos.

TAKE THOSE PHOTOS

You hear it a lot in the blog world: shoot in manual. A lot easier said then done, people. A series that I love and have used to figure out photo taking is Photography 101 by Of threes and Hues. Latrina’s blog is one of my favorites and her series is easy to understand and goes into plenty of detail.

BETTER THAN STOCK

Sometimes, other people just do it better. And sometimes, a post just needs a generic backdrop. Unsplash and Death to the Stock Photo share with the world amazing, high quality photos that do the trick. They are stunning, and look hella good. The photo for this post is from Death. My eyes are happy.

ADD SOME WORDS

With Pinterest being a huge influencer on blogs, a good (what I call) title photo is key. That means putting the blog title or topic on the first picture of the post. The easiest way I’ve found to do this is through PicMonkey. Incredibly easy to use and learn. YouTubers use it for their thumbnails, I use it for everything (logo and infographics).

Once you got some nice photos at a title photo, you’re ready to go! Of course, you need to write the blog post too and we’ll cover that next week for part 2 of blogging process/tools/i’ll figure out a name later. 🙂

5 tips for new bloggers

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I love that the post marking my return to (trying to) blog once again is a post for the #BundleMarathon. And, it’s about tips for new bloggers.

1. Consistency (I can hear y’all laughing at the hypocrisy)

Ok, speaking as someone who absolutely failed at this, write consistently and constantly. I think that if you are a blogger, you have to at least like writing, because you will be doing a lot of it. Writing and photos are all you have with your blog so you should write as often as possible.

2. Always include a photo.

Speaking of photographs, a post always looks better with a photo. Always.  Now, the whole blogging experience will make you a better photographer, for sure. But if you’re not too confident in your photos (or just don’t have any photos that fit), use unsplash.com: artsy photos without any copyright issues. I even used it for the photo above and PicMonkey for the words.

3. Make friends. 

As much as the internet is vast and wide, it’s easy to make friends in the blogging world. And friends make everything better. Join twitter chats. Join a Facebook group. Don’t be afraid to tweet someone. That’s one of the greatest parts of blogging; it connects everyone on so many levels.

4. Care about what you want.

I know that when I started, I did care about the stats, even though everyone says not to. I cared because seeing that one person read my post made my day. It really did. So care about what you want to care about. Don’t let any advice post tell you otherwise.

5. Take a break (from advice)

Just looking on Pinterest, there are hundreds of blogger advice posts. At some point, those posts wander away from the helpful zone and enter the do-this-do-that zone. Take a break, and make blogging your own.

 

Finally, a post. 🙂 This season, a new #BundleMarathon post will be up every Monday, and hopefully some more throughout the week. 🙂

100 things to do after you’ve written a blog post

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100 things to do after you’ve written a blog post

1. Drink something. Seriously, stay hydrated people.
2. Publish it, or schedule it if you’ve got an editorial calendar or something
3. Tweet about it.
4. Post it on your other social media.
5. Go through your social media feed.
6. Answer a question someone asked (doesn’t have to be about you or your blog)
7. Learn something new.
8. Make a list of things you want to do today.
9. Check one thing off that list.
10. Do another thing on your list.
11. Go outside.
12. Come back inside.
13. Drink some more,
14. Look at your stats.
15. Start using Google Analytics.
16. Go on Pinterest.
17. Feel inspired.
18. Go do something that would make a good blog post.
19. Take a break.
20. Eat something.
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21. Drink more stuff.
22. If you’re not feeling too tired, write that blog post.
23. Schedule it!
24. Schedule some tweets to go with that.
25. Find out what your audience is really loving recently.
26. Go try it out yourself.
27. Like it? Write a blog post.
28. Don’t like it? Write a blog post.
29. Go on twitter( read: any social media) and wish someone a happy birthday
30. Find a book you want to read.
31. Read it.
32. Or just plan on reading it, someday.
33. Do the laundry or anything like it.
34. Drink and eat.
35. Talk to someone.
36. Go to a blog post of yours.
37. Read it.
38. Sound like you?
39. It should.
40. Do another thing on your to-do list.
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41. Cross or check it off.
42. If anyone has tweeted you or commented with a question, reply.
43. Thank anyone who has retweeted of shared your blog post.
44. Take a power nap.
45. Get up and drink something!
46. Update your profiles.
47. Update anything that needs to be updated.
48. Write a review of something.
49. Write a review on something you like.
50. If possible, give one away to your readers.
51. Listen to some music.
52. Make sure your readers have a way of keeping up with you blog.
53. Use feedly, blog lovin’, or another system like it.
54. Go Google your blog.
55. Near the top?
56. Cool. Read an article on SEO
57. Do one thing on your blog SEO related.
58. Drink some water.
59. Fix a problem that has been sitting around.
60. Make a list of the most important things you want to do in the next few years.

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61. Look at yourself. Is what you are doing right now going to take you a tiny step closer to any of those things?
62. Change something.
63. Get a small notebook.
64. Get a pen you like writing with.
65. Start carrying those two things around with you wherever you go.
66. Go get the mail.
67. Read through the mail.
68. Tweet about the newest blog post again.
69. Water some plants.
70. Do another thing on your to-do list.
71. Find a blogger who writes about similar things as you.
72. Compare it to yours. Lightly.
73. Find a blogger who writes about things totally unrelated to your blog.
74. Read their blog.
75. Make an account with MailChimp or other newsletter company.
76. Add a Sign up button to your blog.
77. Tweet that you now have newsletters.
78. Create some exclusive content that only newsletter members will have access to.
79. When you have members, send the content out!
80. Exercise.
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81. Drink some water.
82. Figure out what the purpose of your blog is.
83. Figure out what needs to be on your blog in order to fulfill the purpose of it.
84. Make sure those things are on your blog.
85. Learn some more about who your readers are.
86. Go through some of your recent posts.
87. Make sure their is no spelling or big grammar issues.
88. Go to a place you’ve never been before.
89. Try drawing a map of it.
90. Get inspired by the new place.
91. Write down some blog post ideas in the notebook you always carry with you
92. Come home and start working on one of the blog post ideas.
93. Go out and eat something someone else made for you.
94. Start reading a book.
95. Make yourself a drink.
96.Sit down at a computer.
97.Feel awesome you have a blog.
98.Write a list with a hundred things on it.
99.Share it with the Internet.
100. Drink something.

more blogging tips

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Realize if you’re putting it off, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it. Procrastination is a problem, yes. For now, imagine you don’t procrastinate ( I know, it’s really hard). But if it’s just not something you feel like doing then don’t do it. There’s a reason why you’re putting it off and it just might be that it isn’t for you.

Facebook groups. Surprisingly, there’s still a use for Facebook. I’m in the Grow Your Blog group with has these “link ups” that start everyday. You basically comment a link you’d like to receive comments on. You have to return the favor of course be commenting on everyone else’s posts. Just by doing this once, my running story post got over 18 comments (not including my own)! That’s 18 more than usual, haha.

Blogging tips

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A blog in this world is a blog in an amazing, supportive v if bloggers. If you’ve ever talked (or tweeted) with another blogger, you know we’re all here to push each other on. Since they’re so supportive, you should be supportive too and the easiest way to do that is to comment! I know I love getting comments on my blog-they make my day! I’m sure other bloggers would too.

No Stats
When I started blogging I looked at my stats all day ery day. Someone on twitter said that you shouldn’t check your stats and focus on the content. The stats will surprise you. Last month, I gave the silent treatment to my stats and at the end of the month, my stats almost doubled (thanks guys)!!

Pinterest
Bloggers have told me that pinning your best, most useful posts on Pinterest brings an explosion of people over to your blog. And you can even pin others posts and support your community at the same time.

Those are some of my blogging tips! Hope you’ll try one of them and tell me how it goes! And if you have any tips yourself, share them in the comments!

resource: studio 404’s blogging 101

January Blogging Tips

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You guys, I think I might of found the blogging tips gold mine.  The lovely blog Studio 404 has a fantastic series called Blogging 101

I love it because:

  • Angel ( the blogger) rounds up possibly the best blogging-tips posts out there, every month. 
  • Of the posts she rounds up, I know I will want to read at least one of the posts.
  • And there are a variety of tips and projects for your blog that range from a quick thought to a entire month project. 

Check it out, but only when you have a lot of time on your hands ’cause you’re gonna be there a while. 🙂