Grow your blog, work smarter & make more money

In blogging years, I feel rather ancient. I started my first blog when our oldest was just a baby 12 years ago, and I created my first "professional" (ahem!) blog 8 years ago. Over the course of the last decade, blogging has changed drastically, from a small group of bloggers who were well known across…

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Easy editorial calendar planning for bloggers

I don't talk a lot about blogging, but I do share a few tips here and there, so if you're not a blogger, this is one of those posts you may want to skip! For those of you who do blog, this one tip has made the biggest difference in my life and my blog…

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Life Your Way’s Looking for an Intern {And What’s In It for You!}

As the summer days tick by, I'm in full project mode on the blog! For our family, the fall season and the holidays are our magic-packed seasons, so I work hard during the summer to make plenty of time for family activities during the last few months of the year. One of my goals this…

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Is This the Best Blogging Tool Since WordPress Itself?

If you're not a blogger, you're probably going to want to skip right past this post (and I don't blame you one bit!), but this was too good not to share with my fellow bloggers! Have you seen the buzz about CoSchedule, the integrated editorial and social media calendar for your blog? A friend mentioned…

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My Secret Blogging Weapon: The Blog Break

Burnout is a slow process. It doesn't happen overnight; it happens one blog post, one stressful day, one hurtful comment, one moment at a time. It happens to writers and creatives and entrepreneurs. And it can kill a blog, a business, even a family. Honestly, the formula for avoiding burnout is simple, but that doesn't…

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Social media should feed your soul

All kinds of things can be said about social media—good, bad and in-between. It's true that social media has enabled affairs that might not have otherwise happened, has made cyber bullying a very real concern for children in the new millennium, and has caused people to compare their lives to others and embrace discontent...not to mention…

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From Idea to eBook: An Online Course Help You Make It Happen

Five years ago I co-authored my first ebook, General Transcription 101, with Tara and Shaina. Although that ebook was not wildly successful, it served as a gateway into this whole "making money online" thing, and I learned a lot through the process. Several years later, I launched How to Have Your Cake and Eat It,…

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How *I* Blog {My Interview at HowTheyBlog.com}

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A few months ago, Kat emailed me to see if I'd be willing to submit an interview for her brand new site, HowTheyBlog.com, a behind the scenes look at the lives of popular bloggers. I'm not quite sure how I made it onto her list with people like Tsh Oxenreider and Emily Freeman, but it…

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Get a Bundle of 5 Blogging eBooks for $7.40! {BundleoftheWeek.com}

Learn the secrets of successful bloggers and take your blog to the next level with this week's ebook collection. From balancing your blog and family and setting boundaries for your online presence to monetizing your blog, writing an ebook of your own and using Pinterest to grow your brand, this bundle is packed full of resources…

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Getting Ready to Launch {Blogging Basics for Beginners}

Blogging Basics for Beginners: A 12-Week Series to Walk You Through Setting Up a Wordpress.org Blog will run every Thursday from August 30th through November 15th. Click here for all of the posts in the series. If you've followed this series from the beginning, you should have a basic blog set up and ready to…

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