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Blogging Tips that Helped Me (& Can Hopefully Help You Too)

By no means do I consider myself a professional in any capacity when it comes to writing, however, I have done (at least one) lap around the block, as they say. 

This past month marked my 4-year blogging anniversary, which made me feel a lot of feels and sent me on one of those oh, how far I’ve come type mind rants. And while I’ll spare you the details of that I thought it might be nice to give a list of different tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.

The way I see it, this is an ever evolving medium that will always have new things to learn, and it can never hurt to share!

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1) Beyond Your Blog

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If you’re a writer looking for places to submit your work this is essentially the MECCA of opportunities. I owe almost every publishing credit I have to this website, so I could never recommend it enough. Unfortunately, I think it is closing down soon, but before it does, do yourself a favor and take some notes!

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2) Submittable Newsletter

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When sending work to different publications, I often come into contact with Submittable as the platform used for submissions. And while I’m not sure when exactly I found out/signed up for their newsletter, I’m glad I did. Once a week the Submishmash Newsletter sends me two emails, the first of which gives a list of a bunch of publications and competitions that are open to submissions and the second gives you a list of top stories you can read for inspiration! It’s a win win!

You can sign up for the newsletter here.

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3) Unsplash

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This is my go-to place for all things pictures! When I’m writing a new blog I often try to find a nice/appropriate picture to go along with it and this website is stocked with absolutely GORGEOUS, free photos. You heard me right: FREE! Just type in a couple keywords and browse around the incredible gallery and voila your blog is looking professional.

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4) #MondayBlogs

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On the average week, I try to post two blogs, one on Mondays and one on Thursdays. (HEYOO, she’s on it this week!) In keeping to this schedule, I eventually came across #MondayBlogs on Twitter, which is a tag tracked by the account @MondayBlogs. They go through and retweet a ton of blogs posted on Mondays, which is great because it can both give your blog more publicity and give you access to a bunch of new reading material!

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5) Daily Post/Community Pool

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If you’re a WordPress blogger, you gotta jump on these trains!

The Daily Post publishes a prompt every single day to both give you inspiration and provide you a place to share your work! I love going through and reading the posts and have made more than a few blogging friends doing so.

The Community Pool is another place you can share your work with the WordPress community. It’s give you the opportunity to post a link to either a recent post or your blog as a whole and ask for feedback from your fellow bloggers!

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6) The Paper Kites

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Feel free to disagree with me on this one, but I have yet to find an artist that gets my creative juices flowing like The Paper Kites. I don’t know what it is, they just get me in the zone, you know? I’ve probably listened to their album twelvefour over one hundred times, so if you’re looking for some high quality writing music, I recommend it!

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That’s all I have for now, I hope that any/all of these can be of some assistance!

Have any tips/tricks/go-to writing music of your own you are willing to share? Please do!

Versatile Blogger Award

I was very excited and honored to receive a nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award this past weekend from Anne Leueen, a.k.a Horse Addict. It’s my first ever nomination for anything! Well, except, “Most Likely to Become a Team Mom” from my softball team in 10th grade, when I was 15 going on 35. And while I know it’s tradition for a first-time nominee to make that long walk up to the stage and then get lost and then almost fall on the stairs and then stand up there and pant graciousness until the band starts blaring over them and then start crying as they hug the presenter and then get lost again, I’m going to try and keep it brief. First off, thank you Anne Leueen! You are lovely.

 

Second, I’ve been informed I’m supposed to list 7 Random Facts About Me, so let’s dive on in!

  • I have a pink birth mark on the middle finger of my left hand that everyone mistakes for a burn.
  • I always, ALWAYS return the shopping cart to the designated shopping cart area.
  • I still tie my shoes using the “bunny ears” method because I was never able to graduate to the loop, swoop and pull.
  • I collect post cards, sand, and old cameras.
  • It’s on my bucket list to visit all 50 states. (20 down, 30 to go!)
  • I love just about every sport there is.
  • I constantly fall behind on television shows and then get annoyed when people want to discuss them around me. (You know, because I suck.)

 

Third, here are 15 bloggers that I love and you should too:

 

Finally, it is my job to pass the baton (a.k.a the rules).

“To all those nominated, (if you choose to accept this great power and great responsibility), please thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog, give seven random facts about yourself, nominate 15 other bloggers whose work you enjoy and link to them to notify them and allow others to find them.”

Thanks again to Anna Leueen! Happy Monday to all and to all a quick work week!