How to Pitch Back So It’s Worth It

Do you know how to pitch back? When I first started blogging, I got so excited when I received an email offering me something. It was almost like Christmas every day. Now that I've been blogging for nine years, pitches and emails can become overwhelming very quickly. I certainly don't want to miss out on a good opportunity that fits my site, but I need to be efficient and effective with how I answer my emails. This post contains affiliate links, … [Read more...]

4 Expert Tips for Using a DSLR

I'm sharing a few expert tips for using a DSLR camera. Several years ago, I invested in a Canon Rebel T2i to improve my photography. At the time, I thought that having a better camera was all I really needed to improve my photos. Of course, I learned that there are a lot of other variables involved in the quality of your photos. Here are just a few. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after … [Read more...]

How to Improve Your Day With Lighting

Have you ever wondered what makes you have a bad day at work or how to improve your day? There are lots of things that affect how you feel about work. Maybe it’s as simple as someone bringing in donuts as a special treat one day. Or having the chance to enjoy lunch with a co-worker. That can turn a bad day into a good one quickly. But, there are other factors that might be affecting your workday world that are more subtle but impact you every … [Read more...]

What You Need to Recycle in Your Home Office

Do you know what you can and can't recycle in your home office? When I worked outside of the home, there were recycle buckets everywhere telling us what we should recycle. Now that I work at home, it's not quite that simple any longer. Of course, I know that junk mail and other paper products need to be recycling. But, what else should I recycle besides traditional household products? This post contains affiliate links. Recycle in Your Home … [Read more...]

Points, Referrals and Affiliate Links

My favorite type of payment for a blog post is cold, hard cash. It pays the bills. But, that's not the only way that you can earn money with your blog. I regularly use points, referrals and affiliate links to bring in extra money and perks. Depending on your blog, your size, your readership, etc. you may want to consider incorporating a few of these into your blog or social media schedule at least occasionally. This post contains affiliate links, … [Read more...]

How to Tell if Guest Posting is Worth It

How can you tell if guest posting is worth it? There isn't a day that goes by that I don't get an email from someone asking me for a guest post. While I would love to say yes, there just aren't enough hours in the day to write that many guest posts. I want to be able to say yes to the ones that are worth it, but it can be a challenge to figure out when I should say yes and when I should pass. Here are a few criteria I have been using when … [Read more...]

How to Share Blog Posts to Facebook Easily

Do you know how to share blog posts to Facebook easily? Without manually copying and pasting or using your share button? I have been trying to automate as many blogging tasks as possible, so I spend less time working. The way I look at it is that if it saves me time without sacrificing quality, it's a good thing. Since I have a number of different blogs, I use a few different methods to share blog posts to Facebook. There are both free and paid … [Read more...]

How to Get a Four Hour Work Week and Be Free

Have you ever heard of the four hour work week? Years ago, I read a book written by Tim Ferris called The 4 Hour Work Week. It's a great book, and I highly recommend you read it. Basically, the author shows you how you can leave your 40+ hour a week job that you hate and work 4 hours a week and live quite well. He enjoys spending his time on the beach in exotic locations. But he feels the principles can be applied no matter who you are and what … [Read more...]

How a Professional Blogging Service Can Help

I've been blogging for about eight years, and in the beginning, I had no idea that a professional blogging service even existed. I used Blogger, and if I wanted something done on my site, I tried to figure out how to do it myself, or it didn't get done. I'm sure you've seen me mention several times that I am NOT technical. While I can do the basics and follow general directions, I do not play with CSS or edit the core functions of my blog. With … [Read more...]

Can I Earn Money Blogging and be Authentic?

Can I earn money blogging and be authentic? Do I need to sacrifice what I believe in to compete with others? You may have asked yourself these questions or ones like it several times. I know that I have. Many bloggers do what they do to be paid, and there is nothing wrong with that. Blogging is a lot of work, and it's not without expenses. Blogging allows many people the freedom to work from home while being there for their families. Earning … [Read more...]