To Blog or Not To Blog?


  For many people, that is indeed the question.  When I first started blogging back in early 2011, things were just really starting to get busy in the blogosphere.  Bloggers were starting to build large, solid followings, and companies were starting to realize they could make use of that by partnering with us for win-win situations.  What happened next is what you'd expect, everyone and their sister and cousin and neighbor and neighbor's daughter decided to start a blog.  For decades, wom … [Read more...]

Blogging Tips: What I Wish I Would’ve Known When I Started Blogging


Two years ago I was asked by my blogging friend Tara to write some blogging tips on "What I Wish I Would Have Known When I Started Blogging". Since that time, my blog has grown by leaps and bounds and I get asked by friends and family all the time for advice on starting their own blog. The truth is, there is SO much I would do differently if I were to start over! I started a family blog in 2006 and after spending over an hour on a simple post, I vowed to never post again because I just “didn’t g … [Read more...]

Growing Your Blog: The One Game You Can’t Play


Friends, today we're getting personal.   Recently, I had a conversation with a group of bloggers, some of whom have been at it for years and others who have only been blogging for a few months.  But they all had the same complaint.  They were all disappointed by what they perceived as their lack of success compared with others in the business.  Maybe you've been in the same place.  Maybe you're there right now.  Honestly?  It breaks my heart to see some of you getting discouraged. We're all about … [Read more...]

Grow Your Blog: Getting Noticed by Brands


Once you make the decision that you want your blog to become a business and not just a fun hobby, it's essential to figure out how to make connections with brands.  Of course it's important to grow and engage your reader base, but it's equally important to work on making your blog stand out from the rest so that companies you want to work with will take notice of you.  After all, while you're ultimately blogging for your readers, it's the brands who will pay your bills.  Today, I want to share wi … [Read more...]

Keeping it Legal: Disclosures

Keeping it Legal

Hi, friends!  This month, I want to talk about some important legal issues regarding your blog.  As your blog grows, you will get lots of opportunities for sponsored posts and advertisements, and it's important to make sure you're following FTC guidelines and the law if and when you accept those opportunities. Disclaimer: Before we dive in, let me just say once and for all that I am not a lawyer.  I'm a blogger, a dancer, a teacher, a mama, an artist...but I'm no lawyer, so this is not me … [Read more...]