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May 2016

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Guest Post: How to Avoid Blogger Burnout

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If you’ve been blogging for any amount of time, you’ve probably felt it. Sometimes it comes in the form of frustration or stress or writers block. But it all stems from the same feeling of burnout. I’ve been blogging for about 6 years now and I’ve definitely had some ups and downs. I’ve had days when I just want to throw in the towel. Days when I can’t figure out why a plugin isn’t working or I lose a draft blog post that I just spent hours writing. Sometimes it feels like I just can’t possibly think of another thing to write about.

But over the years, I’ve learned a few different ways to handle when I’m feeling that familiar sense of burn out so I wanted to share it!

Can't find your blogging mojo? Ready to give up on that marathon goal? Here are a few tips for avoid burn out in whatever passion you're pursuing!

Head over to I Heart Vegetables to learn my tricks for avoiding blogger burnout.

 

Friday

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May 2016

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Friday Favorites- 5/20

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Before we kick things off with the Friday Favorites link up, I just have to say, we had an amazing time at the blogger meet up in Virginia Beach last weekend!

 

tupelo honey cafe meet up

From left, Kimberlee, Lani, Brandy, Alexa, Liz, Kim, and Jonna. HUGE Thank you to Tupelo Honey Cafe for the amazing food, drinks, and service! Literally everything we tried was delicious, and we tried quite a few things! I’d highly recommend the banana pudding 😉

Biscuits are served! We're brunching at @tupelohoneycafe in Virginia Beach! #vais4bloggers #brunch #meetup #bloggers

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If you ever find yourself in Virginia Beach, you must give them a try! We’re also working on getting more blogger meet ups on the books so if you want to have one in YOUR area, just comment on this post and let me know where and when you want to do it!

Ok, let’s recap some of the great posts you all shared last week:

Now it’s your turn to share!

 

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Share your post on Friday Favorites:

  • If you are a Virginia Bloggers MEMBER, you do not need to worry about adding a button or link to your post, as long as you have the membership button on your blog!
  • If you are not a member and do not have the member badge, then please add a link back to this page so other local bloggers can join the fun!
  • You can add one post per week! It does not need to be about a specific theme or topic, but you do have to be a blogger in the state of Virginia.
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Wednesday

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May 2016

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3 Things to Do Before You Start Blogging

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When someone tells me they want to start a blog, the first thing I say is “YES! DO IT.” Honestly, the hardest part for most people is just getting started. That said, there are a few things I would recommend doing before you push publish on that first post. These three things will help you think through the long term vision of your blog and help you grow it from the ground up.

Starting a blog? Here are 3 things you should do before you publish your first post!

  1. Read similar blogs in your niche.

    Starting a food blog? Think about which food blogs you read to get a sense of what you like or don’t like about those. Do you want to do restaurant reviews or your own recipes? What do you find useful about the blogs you read? Are there things you could do on your site that would be similar or different to those? What are the things you look for you’re checking out a new site? What are the terms you search to get to those blogs?

  2. Create at least 5 blog posts before you launch.

    When you first start your blog, it helps to have a few posts already published so when you share it with friends and family, they can get an idea of what you’ll be posting about. I’m more likely to subscribe to a new blog if I feel like I know what to expect. I would also try to think through if there are certain reoccurring themes you could potentially create. Having some sort of “series” (even if it’s just one type of post a week) can make it easier to continue thinking of content to post.

  3. Help people subscribe to your site!

    Make sure you have multiple ways that people can subscribe. Some people want to subscribe via email, some people want to use a blog reader like Bloglovin. If you let people subscribe in the way they prefer, it’ll be easier to get new followers. Even if your blog is new, it’s never too early to start growing your subscriber base!

 

If you’ve already started your blog, what would you add to this list?

Friday

13

May 2016

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Friday Favorites – 5/13

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First things first, don’t forget that the Virginia Beach Meet Up is tomorrow at Tupelo Honey Cafe at 10:30!

Join us for a blogger brunch (4)

Secondly, did you catch this post yesterday about 5 must-have blogger tools? I’m telling you, they’ll make your life easier.

Now let’s go to some of the great posts you all shared last week:

Since it’s basically been raining since forever, you should check out this rainy day outfit inspiration from Sweet Sauce.

Trying to save a few bucks? Here’s how to start couponing from Frugal in Virginia.

When you think about spring cleaning, you probably think about organizing your closet. But The Health Minded shares tips on cleaning the air, inside and out.

Ok, now it’s your turn to share!

 

Friday Favorites Link Up Image

Share your post on Friday Favorites:

  • If you are a Virginia Bloggers MEMBER, you do not need to worry about adding a button or link to your post, as long as you have the membership button on your blog!
  • If you are not a member and do not have the member badge, then please add a link back to this page so other local bloggers can join the fun!
  • You can add one post per week! It does not need to be about a specific theme or topic, but you do have to be a blogger in the state of Virginia.
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Thursday

12

May 2016

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5 Must Have Blogger Tools (Apps, Plugins, and More!)

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When I first started blogging, I had no idea what a plugin was. I didn’t have any apps on my Chrome toolbar and my phone only had one photo-related app. Luckily, I’ve learned a lot along the way and I’ve found some amazing free and “fremium” apps, plugins, and tools that are definitely worth downloading.

These 5 tools will make your blogging life easier! Apps, plugins, and tools to help you blog more efficiently.

These are a few of the tools that have made my blogging life easier:

  1. Askimet– If you have a WordPress site, download this immediately! It’s basically the best spam protection ever and most of the features are free. It means you won’t get a million spam comments and spam trackbacks. You can pretty much just download it and enjoy the hands-off protection.
  2. Canva– I’m not a designer but Canva makes me feel like one. They have tons of text and layout options so it makes it easy to design a flyer, cover photo, or banner. They also have a huge library of stock photos for $1 each. I almost don’t want to tell people about it because then they’ll know my secret but luckily I love you all, so I’m sharing.
  3. Grammarly– I recently downloaded this Chrome extension and I love it. It’s like spell-check on steroids. It highlights words or phrases that might be spelled wrong or have a grammatical error and steer you in the right direction. It sounds simple, but as someone that tends to go comma-crazy, it’s been super useful!
  4. MailMunch– I recently started using MailChimp for emails (are you on our list yet??) and MailMunch makes things easy. When someone adds their email address to our subscription box, the list automatically updates in Mailchimp. I used to have to download a CSV file of email addresses and upload them to MailChimp, but now it’s super simple!
  5. Google Analytics– I can’t not mention Google analytics. There are so many reasons you should have it! The reporting is so useful to see where people are going on your site, where they’re dropping off, what channels they’re coming from, etc. It’s also just a great tool to know how to use so if you want to work in a marketing or digital job, you can get familiar with the lingo!

These are just a few of my favorites, but I’ll share more if these are helpful!

What are your favorite blog tools?

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