5 Big Changes I'm Making in 2018 to Improve My Blog

Hey, friends! Happy New Year! (It's okay to say that 19 days late, right? ๐Ÿ™ƒ)

I feel like the whole of January is my "New Years Day." It's the fresh start that most of us are so desperately needing by the time December rolls around. It's the month where we refresh, set goals, and say, "20__ is going to be the best year EVER!"

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The Determined Dreamer's Best of 2017 Review and Link Party

One of my favorite things to do at the beginning of each year is recap. I used to recap in my journal because my journal used to be my place of refuge (aka: my best friend) until I realized that I prefer typing to handwriting and I love sharing my story and my passions with others. 

It can be scary to be transparent, but it's good for me to step out of my comfort zone. So this year I'll be sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly with all of you. I'll be kicking off this recap by really stepping out of my comfort zone with a recap video of the past year.

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8 "No BS" Ways to Start Earning Money From Your Blog

There are a million gazillion trillion articles on Pinterest all stating that they have the one and only way for you to earn money from your blog...and here I am writing yet another one of them! How silly of me (but not really). Because here's the difference between mine and theirs. I'm going to be COMPLETELY honest about what's actually worked for me. I'm not going to share resources with you that I'll earn a commission from or that I'll get $5 from for referring you. I'm just gonna be 100% truthful. Cool? Okay, cool. Then let's get started! 

First, I just want to go over a few ways you can improve your blog in order to be able to earn money from the resources that I'll share with you later in this post. If you want to earn money from your blog, you're going to need to take an honest look at your blog and see what you could improve. 

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Nominations for the Blogger Recognition Award

I'm so honored to have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award! Even if it's not a real "award," I really appreciate the support of my fellow bloggers and want to support them as well! Blogging is often underrated and not thought of as a legitimate career when it actually takes a lot of effort and expertise! Bloggers have to be social media managers, graphic designers, web designers, marketing specialists, and of course, writers! It's a whole lot of work, but it's something I really enjoy doing and feel so lucky to be able to do. 

I just want to thank Lindsay over at Millenial Mindset for nominating me! She's a new blogger, but she's already got a great thing going and I love checking in on her blog for new posts. She's a great writer and has a lot of fantastic advice to offer about eating healthy & life in general!

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8 Ways Creative Introverts Can Earn Money from Home

As mentioned in my last post, 3 Reasons Entrepreneurship is a Great Option for INFJ's, I'm fulfilling my promise to you to share some fantastic ways that creative introverts can earn an income!

As a creative introvert, the words, "work from home," sound like music to me ears! But they also sound like an impossible unachievable goal. I mean, who really gets lucky enough to earn a living from home- especially doing something they actually love doing? Something creative...something they're passionate about. It just doesn't sound realistic, right?

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5 Reasons I Prefer Squarespace Over Other Blogging Platforms

I was so frustrated.

I just wanted a blogging platform that was easy to use and had a clean, streamlined appearance. After spending months of frustration using Blogger, I finally switched to Wordpress, only to become more frustrated. 

Why wasn't Wordpress working for me? It seemed to be the most popular blogging platform according to other bloggers and the majority of blogging pins on Pinterest. Yet, I was often so frustrated that I'd end up in tears watching countless Youtube videos, trying to figure out how to use the dang site! 

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How Taking an Honest Look at Your Blog & Business Can Boost Your Traffic

If you're feeling frustrated with your blogging endeavors, than you're not alone, sis! Blogging for an income can be incredibly frustrating because you put in a whole lot of work and sometimes you simply don't get the results you want.

Blogging is definitely not a pursuit for lazy people. No, no, no. Being an entrepreneur takes determination, patience, and a willingness to learn. We all know that, right? But what people often fail to realize is that being a successful entrepreneur also takes being willing to openly look at yourself and your blog and make the necessary changes that will lead you to success. 

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How I Earned $119.49 My First Month Blogging (& How You Can Too!)

Hey, you shnazzy readers! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm thrilled to have you here!

I decided that I'm going to start doing monthly income reports, not because I want to brag (I mean, seriously, making $119. 49 in one month isn't anything to brag about), but because I want other bloggers to be able to follow along in my blogging journey. Hopefully, my income reports will inspire my fellow bloggers out there to keep going even when the going gets tough.

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5 Simple Things You Can Do to Save & Earn Extra Cash

Hey friends!

I hope you all had a spectacular summer of fun & that you're having a great start to the fall season! Connor and I sure packed a lot into our first summer as a married couple and it looks like fall is going to be just as busy for us. 

All the fun of summer can do at least a little damage to your savings, so I thought I'd round up a list of simple ways that Connor and I save and earn cash. If you follow me on Pinterest, you know that I pin anything that has to do with how to make some extra cash... but the truth is that most of the advice people give isn't very good. It seems like a lot of bloggers throw a list together without actually trying their own offered methods.

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45 Creative & Unique Blog Post Ideas For Lifestyle Bloggers

Even if you're a blogger who most likely enjoys writing, you probably have those moments when you just can't think of anything to write. Maybe your brain has ran its course for the day or you've used all of your favorite ideas up in recent blog posts. If that's the case, you're in luck! I've created a list of 45 creative and unique blog post ideas. I wasn't sure if I should share these ideas of mine because a lot of them are ones I'd like to use on my own blog, but I absolutely love how the blogging community is so willing to help each other and I'd like to contribute! 

First, I'd like to give a little input on what makes me keep going back to blogs time and time again. 

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The Secret To Starting & Maintaining a Successful Blog

There are very few blogs that I read religiously (cause #aintnobodygottimeforthat) but I always stay up to date with Taylor Mobley's fantastic blog, Blonde & Ambitious . First of all, Taylor could not have picked a better name for her blog. She is truly blonde and she is truly ambitious!

I met Taylor during college. I actually thought she was going to be one of my roommates but it turns out she just had the same exact name as the girl I actually ended up rooming with.

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