7 Blog Mistakes You're Probably Making

7 Blog Mistakes You're Probably Making

Whether you just started your blog yesterday or are a seasoned blogger through and through, you may be making these mistakes right now. If you're ready to take your blog to the next level, then make sure you aren't making these 7 blogging mistakes. These uh-ohs can take your blog readers from "give me more" to "I'm out of here" real quick.

Facebook Ads: a brief overview

Facebook Ads: a brief overview

It seems that Facebook has made it nearly impossible for a page to get noticed without purchasing ads. You basically have to have thousands of likes to receive any sort of return on your Facebook posts, and even then, it seems impossibly hard. So, you might be considering Facebook ads--well here's the run down!

23 Reasons Everyone Should Start a Blog

23 Reasons Everyone Should Start a Blog

Recently, you've been hearing me preach over and over again about how blogging changed my life. But this is something that is so important to me, so I feel like I need to constantly bring it up. And the best part is--that I think a blog could really impact your life, too! I could spend endless hours trying to convince you that you need to start a blog. Here's a few of my favorite reasons:

Organizing Your Social Media for the New Year

There are so many social networks out there--Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram--and the list goes on and on. In this online world we are constantly trying to market ourselves, reach a larger audience, and take on what's trendy and new. These social networks can be great, but as more pile up it appears that our attention is spread thinly to all of these new platforms. The New Year is a perfect time for a social media clean out.

It's time to dust out your accounts, sweep up your old tweets, and reclaim your three month old profile pictures. As the New Year approaches a lot of us are making new resolutions and hoping to create new habits. One habit that I'm hoping to achieve this coming year is the ability to fine tune and focus on a particular set of social media accounts.

Say goodbye to all of those networks that you signed up for and never used. By forcing yourself to spread your attention thin across all of these platforms, you are not living up to the possible potential you could have on one particular network.

It's not as easy as it sounds though. For me, social media seems like my life--and in a sense, it is. I've created this business for myself where I attempt to master all platforms and teach others how to do the same. But mastering a platform and deciding if its the right one for you are two different things. Just because you understand how a social media platform works, doesn't mean that you should market through it.

Think about it: is this social media network where my audience is? Are the people that I want to reach out to using this network? If you answered no to those questions, then maybe its time to shut down that social media account.

Now that you've whittled down the amount of networks you are using, the next step is to clean out your content. Here are a few tips for taking control and organizing your social networks for this New Year.

Change up your profile pictures.

Profile pictures become very static for a lot of businesses. Maybe its time to change it up. By giving yourself a fresh face for this New Year you will allow your social media to look clean and new again. 

Update your bio.

This is another one of those things that becomes very static. A lot of times we haven't even changed our biographies on our social media sites since the first day that we made the account. Take this time to review what your bio is saying about you or your brand. Is it still relevant? Do you have something fresh and new to say?

Study your analytics.

This is my favorite part of the New Year. I review all of the posts that I had previously put on my social networks and figure out what worked and what didn't. This is an excellent thing to do all through out the year, but by paying close attention to what worked particularly in 2015, you can make 2016 shine even more!

Start scheduling.

If you don't use a scheduling tool for your social networks then I would suggest making the New Year your time to experiment with some. There are amazing free scheduling tools available that can alleviate so much of your stress. I love using Hootsuite to plan ahead and make sure that I can keep a consistent presence on all social network sites. The sooner you start scheduling your posts, the easier the New Year will seem.

Are you planning on doing a New Year's cleanse on your social media sites? Let me know how you declutter your social media networks in the comment section below!


5 Reasons You Should Be Prepping Your Blog Post Ahead of Time

I'm sitting here, a week before I plan to have this post go live, drafting out my notes, editing the pictures that I want to use, and making sure that all of my social network posts are ready to go. I like working ahead of time because it saves time in the long run, reduces my stress levels, keeps me on a schedule, boosts my productivity, and gives me plenty of time for all of the other necessary blog tasks that I'm doing on the daily.

And I'm not the only one. Bloggers all around will tell you that finding a method that works for you is the difference between a successful blogging business and a personal past time. While prepping ahead of time might not exactly be what works for you, it is what works for me. And I want to share with you my reasons why you should at least give this method a try.

1. It saves time.

Sundays. That's when I attempt to finish up all my blog posts for the upcoming week and make sure that everything is ready to go. Doing this on a weekend as I sit on the couch and binge watch "Once Upon a Time" on Netflix saves me time during the week. I don't have to worry about scheduling time in between classes on a busy Tuesday to make sure that my Newsletter is ready to go, or spend hours on Thursday rummaging through emails looking for all of the correspondence with my upcoming Blogger Series posts.

Working ahead, and having at least a plan and a draft ready to go before the actual date of publish, saves me so much time in the long run. I can feel confident that I won't have to rush in the future, stress about getting my posts done and up, or missing the publish date that I had planned for.

2. Reduces your stress.

So now that I've got all of my posts drafted for the upcoming week, I can literally take a sigh of relief. It reduces so much stress off of me to know that this blog that I love to write for is still pushing out tons of wonderful content without me having to constantly be on it or checking up on everything. When you schedule your posts ahead of time, have a plan, and create templates and drafts, you will have time to do other things, focus on stuff that you love, and not freak out about creating blog content.

All of these tips that I am sharing might make it seem like I don't enjoy writing this content; but, yet I truly do. I, like most of you, live busy lives that include jobs and families and other things besides blogging. So, reducing my stress about curating content can allow me to stress about other things--like making sure your dogs don't tear up the Christmas tree (aka what they're doing right now!!).

3. Keeps you on a schedule.

I create a blogging schedule a month in advance. Creating that schedule/editorial calendar is the first step in making sure that I am organized and stress free. But once I have that schedule, I need to make sure to act on it and stay consistent. If I miss a post because I don't make time to write it, then my entire plan for the month could be jeopardized--or even worse, I won't have time to write that post and fit it in at all.

Writing my posts in advanced and having things queued up and ready to go helps me keep to my schedule. Having a routine is good for your blog and for your readers. If your readers can know when to expect new content, they will be more likely to keep an eye out for your posts, look forward to reading your blog, and feel like they are part of a consistent community.

4. Boosts your productivity.

The reason that I like to do everything ahead of time on a Sunday is because that is the beginning of the week. This is the time for me to start fresh, get ahead, and build momentum. Having already started a week on a positive and productive note, I am more likely to continue the trend and push myself to achieve more and more.

Having that boost of productivity can simply come from taking some time to think ahead, curate some amazing content, and draft out what I plan to do for the rest of the week. Not only am I achieving the goals that I have outlined for myself, I am also making sure to tick off all of the other tasks that I need to make sure to get done on a weekly basis as well.

5. Gives you time for other tasks.

The single most important reason for me to prepare my posts in advance is that prepping ahead of time gives me time for other things. I feel like I can spend Mondays and Tuesdays and every other day of the week working on social media or house cleaning tasks that would otherwise be occupied by my need to blog. I feel as though I can come home knowing that content is already being pushed out onto my blog without me having to do anything that day. This gives me time to accomplish other necessary things and work my way towards achieving more than I ever thought I could have.

Working ahead can be a bit of a challenge for some people. And trust me, I totally understand. The first week or so is usually the worst because you feel as though you have to do double the work just to get everything ready to go. But once you make this a routine you will be able to accomplish so much more. Something as simple as prepping your blog posts ahead of time can be that one thing that pushes your online business to the next level.

Do you plan ahead and schedule things out in advance? Let me know in the comment section below. I would love to hear about all of your blog schedules and online tools that you use to stay on top of your tasks and productive.