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June 2016

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Friday Favorites- 6/17

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Happy Friday! Before we jump into sharing, did you catch this post about CoSchedule? I’m seriously obsessed with how awesome this tool is. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by scheduling social media posts or creating a content calendar, definitely check it out! It’s saving me SO much time!

I also want to give a shout out to Kristel and the team at Antler & Fin! Thanks for hosting our blogger happy hour on Tuesday!

Thank you for hosting our blogger happy hour, @antlerandfin!! Cheers! #rva #rvadine #bloggers #vais4bloggers

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Lastly, if you’re looking for something fun to do tonight, Trapezium brewery in Petersburg, VA is doing a soft opening, and all bloggers are welcome to come check it out!

It's a beautiful day to make beer. #twoweekstolaunch #TPZM

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I’ll be there around 7, so let me know if you’re planning to stop by! I’d love to see you!

Alright, let’s do a quick recap of some of the great posts you all shared last week.

Doesn’t it seem like summer goes by way too fast? Here are 5 tips for preserving those summer memories!

Easily frustrated? Often Angry? Here’s what happens in your brain and how to tame the anger.

If you’re into the food scene, I compiled a list of the best food documentaries on Netflix. Because let’s be honest, we should all know where our food comes from.

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  • 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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June 2016

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How to Save Time Using CoSchedule

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How to Save Time Using CoSchedule

Raise your hand if you often feel completely overwhelmed by social media.

Yeah, me too.

I love blogging and I love writing posts and I love engaging with others on social media. But scheduling social media posts? Not my favorite thing in the world. And I’ve heard it before: you should spend more time sharing the posts you’ve already created rather than constantly trying to create new posts. It’s true. That’s a very efficient way to grow your blog! The problem? Scheduling is tedious and time consuming.

But I recently started using CoSchedule and it’s a game changer. I’ve tried Buffer. I’ve tried Hootsuite. I’ve tried Edgar. They’re all great, but CoSchedule seriously takes it to another level. Here’s why I love it:

  1. It integrates right into WordPress.
  2. It works with blog posts and social media.
  3. The template functionality is like nothing I’ve ever seen.

This is an example of the calendar functionality that lives inside WordPress. You can click on a blog post and then schedule social posts with that blog post across all of your channels. It even works with Pinterest and Google+!

Coschedule Screen shot

My favorite functionality is the ability to make a template. For example, you can create a template that will share the post across Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and 5 of your favorite Pinterest boards, pulling in the title, the image, and the post link. Then you can use that template over and over again on each blog post. It saves SO much time. It’s also super easy to drag and drop posts to different days, which makes rescheduling so simple.

How to save time using coschedule

It auto imports all your old blog posts and you can schedule times to share the post across all your channels, right in the calendar.

CoSchedule also has tons of helpful resources and training videos on their site, so it’s easy to learn how the tool works. I’ve already watched a couple of the training videos and downloaded some of their ebooks. All of them have been hugely helpful!

You can watch a full overview here:

If you want to try CoSchedule, you can get a free 14-day trial to see how you like it. That’s what I did, and after 3 days I was hooked.

Note: if you sign up using my affiliate link, I get a discount on the service. Obviously, I’d never promote a product I didn’t truly believe in, or wouldn’t use myself!

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Friday

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June 2016

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Friday Favorites- 6/10

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Happy Friday! If you’re in Richmond, mark your calendar for Tuesday 6/14. We’re doing a happy hour at Antler & Fin from 5-7pm. Hope to see you there!

Let’s dive into some of the great posts you all shared last week:

Alanna put together a great round up of her favorite WordPress plugins!

Angela shared some great tips for how to create a social media content calendar.

Kim shared a recap of our blogger meet up at Tupelo Honey Cafe! (I’m still dreaming about this biscuits!)

 

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Friday

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June 2016

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Friday Favorites- 6/3

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Happy Friday! I hope you’re all ready for the weekend! Fingers crossed it doesn’t rain the whole time.

Have you seen all the great Instagrams from Alexa this week? I’m loving the Instagram takeovers!

Let’s do a quick recap of some of the great posts you shared last week:

Alright, now it’s your turn to share!

 

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  • 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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Friday

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May 2016

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Friday Favorites 5/27

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Before we jump into link sharing, I want to say THANK YOU to our friends at Citizen Burger Bar in Carytown for hosting our blogger meet up on Tuesday!

We had so much fun and I really enjoyed getting to meet so many of you in person! Of course, I was so busy snapping photos of the food, the photos above are the only ones I have of actual people. But with food like this, can you blame me?

Earlier in the week I wrote about blogger burnoutt and meet ups are definitely a great way to reenergize yourself into blogging! Thank you to everyone that came out! If you have an idea for our next meet up, leave us a comment.

Alright, let’s some of the great blog posts you all shared last week:

So before you head out to enjoy a long weekend, share one of your blog posts from the week and see what other bloggers have been up to!

 

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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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