It seems like today we have two extremely different types of people: you have the people who think they’re better than they are and the people who think they’re not good enough (very common among women especially). I have found that it is rare for someone to feel they’re a happy medium. So, for me to sit here and tell you you’re a pro blogger when you’ve done xyz, is a pretty bold move… but that’s how I like it. Continue Reading
Bloggers aren’t just bloggers anymore, they’re influencers with their own brand identity. Now if you want to stand out you can’t just have pretty pictures, you have to be the jack-of-all-trades. You need to have marketing, sales, customer service, and management skills. This might scare a lot of bloggers but whether you like it or not blogging IS a business now and it’s only going to get more defined. Continue Reading
At some point or another, every successful entrepreneur experiences the negative side effects of the hustle. Every day is not smooth by any stretch of the imagination and usually what you expect to happen does just the opposite. So you have to be a chameleon and change with your environment otherwise you will get chewed up and spit out. Continue Reading
Back in the early 2000s if you had a blog, you were almost guaranteed to stand out. Today, bloggers are a dime a dozen. It’s almost more uncommon to find someone who doesn’t have a blog than someone who has one, which I think is great because it means there’s something for everyone online. However, it also means you have to really be outstanding in order to stand out. Continue Reading
I talk a lot about adding value because it’s the one thing you have complete control over and it will literally make or break your blogging career. What I mean by that is you don’t have control over the changes to social media, you don’t have control over who will consume you content, and you don’t have control over if they will even like it. But you do have control over the content itself and whether or not you’re adding value. And I’ll let you in on a little secret: the bloggers who do add value are the ones who KILL IT. Continue Reading
Every minute of every day is the perfect opportunity for anyone anywhere. Even in the most remote locations with the most remote resources, there is an opportunity to be had and a chance to make your life whatever you want it to be. No matter what hardships you’ve endured or what your current situation is you can always, always change it… especially in America. Continue Reading
A few weeks ago we talked about the importance of having an email list. This week I wanted to talk about how to grow your email list authentically so that it actually benefits you. What’s the point of going through all the trouble of having an email list if no one’s on it, right? Well, that’s just what we’re going to talk about right now! Continue Reading
If there’s one blog goal you should have in 2017 it’s to increase your engagement. Authentic engagement is SUPER hard to come by. But once you have it, it’ll be pretty easy to maintain.
So what’s the big deal? Why is engagement so important? Continue Reading
It’s been a little over a year since I started writing for Zanita and if you read my post about the highs and lows of 2016, you’d know writing for Zanita was definitely a high. Not only did doors of opportunity open for me left and right, but I became a stronger, more confident blogger. Once I became a permanent member of the Zanita Studio team, I was faced with maintaining my brand and someone else’s so I really pushed myself to become an expert in my field. Continue Reading
Not many bloggers talk about the true importance of an email list because it sounds boring, they don’t have one, or they don’t want to give their secrets away. But let me tell you that an email list is far from boring. In fact, it is crucial to turning your blog into a business.
Sending emails to your list is like sending a text message to your friends: it’s personal and direct. There is no clearer form of communication, which is why it amazes me when bloggers look baffled when I ask them if they have an email list. Continue Reading