Blogging Journey Entry #1 - Bloggin' Ain't Easy

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A year ago I decided to become a blogger.  I didn't even really know what that meant at the time, I just knew that blogging seemed like an awesome way to start my own business. 

I lost my job on February 14th, 2017 - yep, that's right, happy Valentine's Day to me!

I won't go into all the details of what led up to that loss (maybe I'll save that for another post), but I will say that after the initial shock wore off, I quickly realized that it was the best things that could have happened.

Have you ever had this feeling that you were meant to do something different with your life? Like there is something more you are meant to do with your talents, but you are just not sure what?

That's how I felt. I loved my job (up until the last few months), but I also knew that I had a lot of creativity that I wanted to use to create some type of online business.

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How to connect your domain name to your website

How to connect your domain name to your website

If you purchased your domain name from one company and then decided you wanted to host your website with another company, then at some point, you will need to connect the two.

The process of connecting your domain name to your web host is fairly simple; you just need to know where to go and what information to look for.

In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to make the connection. I use GoDaddy to buy domains because they have some great deals on domain names.

I'm currently using SiteGround to host my website, and so far, they are a great host. You can learn more about how to set up a new website using Siteground in this article.

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How Web Design Therapy can help you with your blog or web design

how to create a website with web design therapy sessions

Raise your hand if you have a blog or a website that causes you frustration when things aren't working as they should. And how about that template you purchased, does it look the way you thought it would or do you find yourself wondering "how can I make this site look better?"

Honestly, my hand is in the air right along with yours. Over the years I've built websites for a wide range of companies and individuals and no matter what type of site it is, there is always a level of frustration in creating it.

I've often found that when I can work with someone on a project, well, two heads are often better than one.

I know you could search online for tutorials on anything and everything website related, but I have a feeling that you may not have time for that.

 

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2 Part Video Series: How to Optimize Images for Your Website or Blog

How to optimize images for the web or for blogs

If you didn't catch video one in this 2 part video series, you can watch it here. I'm giving you a look at how to reduce the size of images for the web using Photoshop.

It's an important, yet often overlooked step before adding photos to a website or blog.

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2 Part Video Series: How to Optimize Images for Your Website or Blog

how to optimize images for web

Do you optimize your images before you load them to your blog or website? This very important step often gets overlooked and can lead to your website loading very slowly.

I totally get it, it's just one more to do in a long list of things you have to do to get a blog post up or a new page created. And if you have several images to load, you just want to get them up as quickly as possible.

But you may not realize what happens to your site when you load lots of images that bigger than you really need - your site slows down to a crawl. When your site is not loading as quickly as it should, this can result in loss of traffic.

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The Ultimate Website Content Planning Guide

The ultimate website content plan template

Throw a hand in the air if you've ever felt completely frustrated when trying to build your own website. The challenges can seem endless and the never-ending list of to-dos can make you crazy.

And let's not forget about the content. That's the most important part of your website, right?

If your content is no good, then who will visit your site?

If you feel like you are struggling with the same website design issues then this website content planning guide may be for you. I'll walk you through the steps of how to plan content for a website or blog using my website content planning templates.

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10 Things I'm afraid to tell you as a new blogger

10 Things I'm afraid to tell you as a new blogger

I have to be honest, I didn't come up with this topic on my own, but when I heard another blogger talking about writing a post like this, I couldn't help but borrow the topic. Fear is a huge part of most of our lives and learning how to overcome it can be oh so difficult at times.

Earlier this year I decided to start my own business. I knew for a long time that I had really wanted to start some type of creative design business, but I wasn't sure what or when or how.

Things had changed with the contract work I'd been doing for a long time and I realized that this was my opportunity to try something new.

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Branding and Web Design Inspiration: Jessica Jeremiah Photography

Branding and Web Design: Jessica Jeremiah Photography

Can I just tell you how much I loved working on this project for Jessica Jeremiah Photography?  And when you get to work with such a sweet friend . . . BONUS!

I met Jessica Jeremiah about a year ago at where else . . .  girls bunco night! That's right, I said bunco. What could be more fun than sitting around with a bunch of fun ladies throwing dice? Not much I tell ya!

Jessica and I discovered that we had a lot in common and quickly became friends. She approached me about helping her build a website for her growing photography business and I was excited about the opportunity.  

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5 Ultimate Podcasts you need to hear by Women Rocking in Business

5 Ultimate Podcasts you need to hear by Women Rocking in Business

Starting a new blog or business can be totally overwhelming. There are so many things to learn and an endless list of to-dos. And don't even get me started about all that crushing fear and anxiety.

So how do you keep from throwing in the towel when things get tough? Just keep learning, just keep learning (sing it like Dory would).

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Everything you need to know about MailerLite for Email Marketing

Everything you need to know about mailerlite for email marketing

You have quite a few choices when it comes to selecting an email marketing tool. I've had the opportunity to work with several programs, most of which I really liked, but also quickly became expensive.

And let's talk about the learning curve. Some of the programs I've tried can be a bit challenging to learn. Who has time to spend countless hours trying to use a complicated email program? I don't, and I'm sure you don't either.

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5 Handwriting Fonts that will Look Great on Your Blog

5 Handwriting Fonts that will Look Great on Your Blog

When it comes to creating a beautiful website, choosing the right fonts can make all the difference to your design. They add character and personality to your content.

There is something to be said about a well-paired set of fonts that are just oh so lovely to look at.

But choosing a great font is not always that easy. Why is that? Because there are so many beautiful fonts to choose from. The endless amount of choices can be overwhelming.

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CreativBlooms Design Library: Free Website Graphics and Printable Art

CreativBlooms Design Library: Free Website Graphics and Printable Art

I'm so excited to share the new CreativBlooms Design Library with you. I created this library as a place where I could share:

  • Styled desktop graphics you can use to create beautiful blog post graphics or social media graphics.
  • Mini website graphic kits which include lots of fun, ready-to-use graphics you can use on your blog or website.
  • Motivational and inspirational printable art which you can download, print and frame because everyone needs something pretty to inspire you while you work.
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7 Powerful Books That Will Positively Change Your Life

7 Powerful Books That Will Positively Change Your Life

I have to admit, I'm a bit of a junkie for a good book about positive thinking. I'm fascinated with how the subconscious mind plays such a huge role in creating our paths in life.

I'm also fascinated with the Law of Attraction and how when used correctly, it can absolutely change your life.

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Learn how to quickly create beautiful blog and social media graphics

Learn how to quickly create beautiful blog and social media graphics

Do you design your own blog and social media graphics? Do you feel like your current process takes up way too much of your time? Are you looking for a quick and easy way to create graphics to post to all platforms, all while keeping a beautifully cohesive look?

Then please allow me to introduce you to one of the coolest tools I have found for quickly and easily creating graphics for blog and social media posts.

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4 simple tips to help you handle stress when starting a new business

4 great tips to help you handle stress when starting a new business

Do you ever look at someone that's out in the world, making a living doing what they love and think "if they can be successful living out their dreams, why can't I do it too"? And once you get up the courage to go out and actually start something creating that dream, you realize just how much work there is and how stressful it can be.

I've been absolutely blessed to be able to do what I love for the last 17 years of my life, but there has always been something missing. A feeling that I was meant to do more, be more. A desire to build my very own creative business.

But I can't do that, I'm just me. Who am I to think that I can create an amazing business like moms and women all over the world are doing. I'm too old, not enough skills, I've never done this before, blah … blah … blah.

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5 Easy Ways to Make Your Blog Design Look Great

5 Easy Ways to Make Your Blog Design Look Great

They say you only get one chance to make a first impression, or something along those lines. Do you feel like your blog design or website layout is making a great first impression? 

I’ve always felt a beautiful and well-designed site speaks to the credibility of a company or individual. Having great content on your site is critical, but how you package it up and deliver it is also tremendously important.

It’s easy to make a few adjustments to your site in order to make a big impact.

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The secret to better focus and motivation

The secret to better focus and motivation

Raise your hand if you struggle with staying focused and motivated!

Did you raise your hand? I know I did.

Do you feel like your brain is always packed so full of a million ideas and another million things you need to accomplish each day?

There never seems to be enough time to do it all, but when you do have the time, you want to make sure you're as focused as possible so you can get the most important things accomplished.

If you're anything like me, having so much to do leads straight to a lack of focus and motivation. There is nothing worse than when you know you have a massive to-do list can't seem to get moving in the right direction.

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How to set up a new website featuring SiteGround, It's easy!

How to set up a new website featuring SiteGround

So you want to set up a new website or blog, and you're not sure of the steps you need to take to accomplish this task. I totally understand!

The setup process can be a little overwhelming if you've never done it before. Which host do you choose? How do you connect your domain name to your new web host? How do you install your site? Set up email? Do you need an FTP account?

Fortunately, it's not too complicated, and I'd like to walk you through the process I use to get a new website set up.

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My favorite planner and accessories to stay organized and on track

Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner

Planner addiction is a real thing, people!

I've always been a sucker for planners.  Just throw a notebook or a planner in front of me with a pretty cover and crisp, clean pages, and I have to have it.  The problem is, I love to buy and collect them, but never can seem to use them consistently.

It's so easy to get excited about a gorgeous new planner and think about all the ways you are going to organize your life, then you get it home and well, it just sites there.

That is until I purchased my first Erin Condren LifePlanner.  I ordered the 18-month version with an adorable paisley cover, and I absolutely love it! I can honestly say I use it weekly and it has really helped me to stay organized and keep my life in order.

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How to Design a Cute Logo for Your Blog in 5 Easy Steps

How to Design a Cute Logo for Your Blog in 5 Easy Steps

How adorable is this logo? Pretty cute, right?

Would you believe it only took me about 10 minutes to put together? I know what you are thinking, “but I’m not a graphic designer, I can't do that.” Well, I'm here to tell you, you absolutely can!

It's not as hard as you may think to come up with a really great logo you can use for your blog or website.

I'll walk you through 5 steps I use when creating a custom logo and show you how simple it was to design this Cute Bird logo.

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