Batch Work vs Daily Tasks

Batch Work vs Daily Tasks

Is it better to batch all of your work or have daily tasks? Personally I believe it depends on the person. Batching work is like doing a months worth of work in one day. For example, some bloggers will write a months worth of blog post all in one day. Then they don’t have to worry about doing one each week. It sounds great in theory but I feel like it depends on who you are and how you work if this method is right for you.

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Batch Work vs Daily Tasks - mom blog from home

Batch Work Pros

Here are the pros of going batch work.

  • It is all done at once and you can checked it off the list for the whole month.
  • It only takes one or two days to complete a months worth of content which is a major time saver.
  • You are able to brain dump and get all of those ideas out and things flow into the next easily.
  • You can get more done in the month if each day you batched everything.

As you can see there are great pros to this method. You are able to check big things off your list. A months work of work can be done in one week. If you batched all of your blog posts one day, your images the next, your social media posts next, your emails the next, and so on!

The first week of each month you could have all your major work done and would still have three more weeks to work on everything else!

However, to me as great as it sounds it also has some cons that come along with it such as these.

Batch Work Cons

  • It can be overwhelming.
  • What if you have a foggy brain day that day.
  • What if something comes up that day and you can’t reschedule so now your behind.
  • If you go too long in between working you may feel disconnected.
  • If you dedicate one whole day to one thing then other things may not get done.

To me the process seems overwhelming. I love the idea of it all getting done in one day and to schedule one day a month to finish a month’s worth of work sounds great! But at the same time there are so many daily tasks that I do each day that it kind of feels overwhelming because I would get backed up on those.

Then if I were to write 4 blog posts in one day and then not write anymore until the next month I worry I would be disconnected and lost. I would have to go back through what I wrote before to get myself back into the flow.

Also, a lot of bloggers are growing their blogs on the side with only 30 mintues a day to spare. They don’t have this option to batch all of their work. Or maybe this method is perfect so they only have to work a few full days out of the whole month.

This is where I again feel like it depends on the person as to which method fits into their lives. Let’s look at the pros of doing daily tasks.

Daily Task Pros

  • You are able to check things off daily.
  • Smaller “bit sized tasks” are less overwhelming.
  • You stay involved daily and fresh in your business.
  • You have the option to move things around or change things.
  • More things get done each day.

I love checking things off of my list and even if I only put three major things on there a day that makes me feel like I made progress. Then if I have to roll something over to the next day I can do that. With batch work I don’t feel like that would work. Then you would have pushed a large project over onto another day full of another large project.

Life is too unpredictible and I feel like with daily tasks I can knock out a few small projects and feel like I have gotten something done.

Also, this helps me be able to choose which small project I can put into each time frame I have blocked off!

Of course there are also cons that come with doing daily tasks.

Daily Task Cons

  • May take up more time than batching per each project.
  • With a bunch of little tasks, you may feel overwhelmed.
  • Things could get lost or forgotten on the to-do list.
  • The list feels like it gets longer and longer everyday.

Daily tasks may feel overwhelming to some. Once more it just depends on the person. Seeing a long list full of little projects may be too much for someone. As another person may see small attainable goals.

It is all about your perspective and how you personally handles projects and to-do lists!

What should you do?

The best way to find out which one is right for you is to give each one of them a try! If you have a Saturday that is free then you could try dedicating that whole day to only batching one month’s worth of work. Then you will see if that worked for you or if it was a struggle.

Go through the list of pros and cons of each and get a feel for what you think you can handle.

Combined them

Then (and this is actually what I think I am going to do) you could even try doing both! Pick the project that seems to be the hardest for you to get done and put that at the top of your list at the beginning of the month.

Batch that work and then you don’t have to procrastinate on getting that project done each week. It will already be done for the whole month!

Now you can focus the rest of the month to getting your daily tasks done!

Which method works best for you?

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

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How to Find Your Niche For Your Blog

How to Find Your Niche For Your Blog

 

Choosing the niche for your blog is a very important first step in blogging. This decision is hard to change later on without starting over. Maybe if your blog name is broad you might be able to. However, most likely you will want your blog name to be what your niche is so again it would be hard to change later on.

For example, my blog name is Mom Blog From Home and it’s about teaching moms how to blog from home. If I wanted to change my niche I could possibly spin it to where I am a mom blogging from home about a certain topic. But I wouldn’t be able to change my niche to teaching people how to care for puppies or something like that.

It just wouldn’t make sense with the name of my blog.

Personally, I have gone through deciding on a niche for my blog many times so I am speaking from experience. I have always wanted to blog but never knew what to blog about. I would change my mind too many times.

Then when I finally decided on a niche, I would buy the domain name and then panic and change my mind again but then it was too late.

I still have some of the domain names I have purchased in the past. It wasn’t until I finally went with my heart and chose to teach about blogging did it all come together.

How to find your niche for your blog and the 9 step course that helps you find your perfect niche!

Why Choosing Your Niche Is Important

  • Can’t change it later on

As I said it is not something you can easily change 6 months down the road if you change your mind. It is worth taking the time to really evaluate and find the perfect niche for your blog.

  • Needs to be something you are passionate about

One thing you will hear from other bloggers and you are going to hear it from me as well is that you need to be passionate about your niche. If you are knowledgeable about a subject but you aren’t passionate about it then that is probably not the one to go with.

Let me give you two personal examples.
  • First, I feel like I am pretty knowledgeable about children. My mother ran an in-home daycare for 20 years so I grew up in that daycare for 15+ years. Once out of college I had my daughter and I opened up my own daycare that I ran for two years. Since then I have worked on and off with the 1-3-year-olds at a private school in town for a total working time of a year.

I have taken many safety courses and training classes plus obviously years of hands-on work. However, though I love them all dearly, I don’t believe that is my calling and it is not my passion.

Maybe it is a skill I have to handle little children when many others can not but again it is not a passion. I had thought about all the different niches I could use that involved children that I would be able to blog about for a long time. But those times when you have had a long day and you just don’t feel like working on your blog, it will be way too easy to give into. If you are passionate about your niche then you will look forward to working on it. It won’t feel like work at all!. Also, then you will strive to learn more and grow in your niche market!

  • Second, I have some knowledge about health and weight loss. I have my own weight loss success story after finding these awesome products that I have been taking since 2012.

I started them after a friend had lost 30 pounds and looked amazing and was full of energy. I got on the products and the program and I ended up losing 20 pounds and I still am at that 125-pound mark I ended at years ago.

I learned so much along that journey that I would love to share with everyone. However, I quickly learned that people want to have their cake and eat it too….literally!

When it comes to weight loss no one wants to actually put in the work and most are quick to shut anything you say down (even if you have all kinds of proof). It is something I am passionate about for myself but I am not passionate about trying to convince people that it works. I know it does and so for me, that’s all that matters!

  • You will be blogging about that topic for years (hopefully right?)

If your blog goes well then you should be blogging for years, right? If you grow your blog and you are bringing in an income then that will be your source of income for….well ever! Make sure your niche in something you can stand to blog about forever. Of course, you can also start another blog later on once this one is successful. Although you wouldn’t want to close the first one either way so again back to being able to blog about that niche for a long time.

  • Investment

There is some investment in starting a blog so you once more want to make sure you know for sure what your niche for your blog is going to be before you make any purchases. The main one that you can’t take back is your domain name. Luckily, domain names are fairly inexpensive so you won’t be out much money if you do change your mind. Read more about how to choose your domain name here.

And as they say, time is money so if you get too deep into creating your blog around your niche and writing blog posts then you will have done that all for nothing.


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How to Brainstorm Niche Ideas

  • Start big and work down

  • Write everything down that comes to your mind

    • What are you:
      • knowledgeable about
      • passionate about
    • What is something you know that others don’t
    • What do you:
      • do for a living
      • like to read about
      • like to watch
      • do in your spare time
    • What are your interests
    • What can you teach someone

Niche Ideas

  • Here are some ideas

    • Health/Fitness
    • Dog Training
    • Homeschooling
    • Photography
    • Makeup
    • Pregnancy
    • Lawn Care
    • Gardening
    • Mechanic
    • Computers
    • Home Décor
    • Sports
    • Video Games
    • Recipes
    • Funny Videos
    • Cleaning
    • Finances
    • Fashion
    • Make Furniture

Narrow down your choices

  • Now take every topic you came up with and start narrowing it down. Here are some examples.

    • Health/Fitness
      • Exercises
      • Healthy Recipes
      • Supplements
      • Clothing
    • Pregnancy
      • Health
      • Clothes
      • Exercises
      • Baby room décor
      • Nursing

Narrow down your niche even more

So that you stand out even further you can narrow your niche down once more! The pool of people that will be searching for Health and Fitness is really large.

That is great but there is also a large number of people providing that information. If you narrow it down to just exercises then yes that narrows down the people looking but it also narrows down the number of people providing that information or your competition.

Then if you narrow it down once more and be very specific then odds are you will have even less competition. Yes, you will have fewer people searching but that is okay because you will have a very targeting audience. You are more likely to get a better turn out with a more targeted audience than to be lost in the crowd of every other website out there on the broader niche.

For example Mom Blog From Home: It is about teaching moms how to blog and how to use that money to pay off debt. I narrowed it down from not just about blogging but to teaching moms to blog, then to narrow it down once more to teach them how to use their blog to pay off debt.

Look for keywords

Keywords are another major part of picking out your niche. If there are keywords in your niche that you could use then that will help drive traffic to your blog. Keywords are words that are popular or searched for often. You can go to kwfinder.com to search for long-tailed keywords and see how popular they are.

If you can use a long-tailed keyword in your domain name then when people search that term you are more likely to pop up.

Competition

Of course, everyone wants to find a niche that has no competition but I once read that having competition isn’t necessarily a bad thing. That means that the niche is in high demand. It must be popular to have others in that same niche. That’s again where setting yourself apart from your competitors comes in by narrowing down your niche to be more specific for a more targeted audience.

Profitability

There needs to be a way to profit from your niche. Unless you are purely blogging for fun. If you are like me, you are looking to make an income and so you need to not only find something that you can make a profit from but something people are actually willing to purchase too.

For example, just because recipes are a popular niche doesn’t mean someone will buy your liver and onions recipes. Sorry for those that like liver and onions I was trying to think of something I wouldn’t (or most people wouldn’t) eat. So make sure that your niche isn’t all about something that no one wants.

To avoid that, a great suggestion is to do some market research yourself and see if there are others out there. Odds are if you can’t find any other sites that are like your targeted niche, then it probably isn’t a good one to go with. It is nearly impossible to be the first one in that niche. Search on Google, Pinterest, and even Etsy if it is a homemade product, to see if it is profitable.

Affiliate Marketing

If your niche is not a product you have made but rather someone else’s product(s) then you are probably looking to become an affiliate for that said product or service to receive a commission off of the sale.

You can be an affiliate for several products or services. Let’s go back to the recipe niche example, you could be an affiliate for a cookbook, cooking utensils, the ingredients, the paid cooking course someone offers, etc.

To become an affiliate either go to the website of the person or company you are interested in and scroll to the very bottom and most of the time there is a link to their affiliate program. Otherwise, you can Google search the product or service and add “+affiliate” to the end to get search results of companies that have affiliate programs within your niche.

Affiliate Network Companies

You can also look through the affiliate network companies like Commission Junction, Share a Sale, Rakuten or even Amazon!

Either way, it is a fairly simple and easy process! If you do not see a link on a certain website that you really want to become an affiliate for then find a way to contact them and just ask!

Many bloggers make all their money solely on affiliate marketing! Once you are an affiliate for someone you will receive a special link that you will add when appropriate into your blog posts and when someone clicks on that link and makes a purchase you will receive a commission! Easy peasy!

Sum It All Up

Choose something you are passionate about, something you can write about for a long time, and something that is profitable!

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

 

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How to Handle Mean Comments

How to Handle Mean Comments

It is bound to happen, nowhere on the internet is safe from receiving mean comments from someone about something. For some people that is literally all they know how to do is to speak hate. And some say you have finally “made it” when you start getting haters.

First off, that is extremely sad. The fact that we have to just accept the mean comments and use them as a milestone of “making it”.

I usually receive nice comments or a lot of spam comments but I also haven’t been out in the spotlight much. I am the more laid back, stand in the back of the room kind of person. Which is hard to be and try and have a blog that brings in a lot of traffic.

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How to handle mean comments - mom blog from home

Thousands of Page Views

Well, recently I had a pin go viral and it shot up to over 24k impressions in one day. I started to receive around 2,000 more page views a day from that one pin. Once I saw the spike in traffic I, of course, made a few more pins and two out of those three are taking off as well.

This showed me that it was the content of the blog post, not just the image that was driving them to my blog.

At first, it was just one big spike and then it started to trickle but then it picked back up again, thanks to Tailwind, and it has maintained for the last 5 days.

Random Blog Post

Sometimes we plan every detail of a blog post out and other times we just write something up quickly. I like to write as if I am talking to my audience. That can be good and bad.

I tend to ramble even though I feel like it is all relevant.

This blog post that took off was one of those that I just rambled on talking about a fun fact I had found.

Cue the Mean Comments

I didn’t realize it at first until I just happen to see on my pin that there were three comments. I read the comments and two of them were brutally honest about my blog post and how it was too long.

That hurt to read.

The third comment was someone saying “thanks now I don’t have to read this”. So based off of the two comments left that third person decided to not even read my post.

If they didn’t then I’m sure others weren’t either based on the opinion of two people that left a comment.

Take the High Road and Learn From Them

It took me a few minutes do decide not to delete the comments but to learn from them. I had just quickly put the post together. I had already planned on making changes so I went in and cut the fluffy, added a more relevant freebie, and moved around some other things.

I then went back to the pin and commented back thanking them for the constructive criticism (taking the high road). Hoping that would help show that I can handle things with my head held high.

I also hoped that would show anyone else that read the means comments and my reply, that it would still be worth reading to see how I fixed it. So far I have not received any more comments on that particular pin. And as of today, it has over 201k impressions for the month it has been up.

Just Hurtful

On my second popular pin for this blog post, I found three comments on it too. One was cutting to the chase on what my post was about. Another was just stating her opinion about something in my blog post. But the third was just mean.

She called my freebie ugly and that the blog post was a waste of time.

This isn’t something you can hold your head up high and learn from. I could learn from the first two comments on the other pin saying my post was too long.

I can’t, however, change my freebie because one lady thinks it’s ugly. Her comment was only left to be hurtful. There was no other goal behind it, she was just trying to hurt me.

So how do you handle comments like this?

Delete Mean Comments and Move On

I posted in two different blogging Facebook Groups seeking the advice of other bloggers and I received at least 60 total comments and they all said to delete it and move on.

Almost all of them had been in a similar situation and most congratulated me on “making it” by receiving haters and hateful comments.

It is very sad but it is the reality of life.

People are mean and I’m not sure exactly why but you can’t let them get to you. Which is much easier said than done.

Look at The Facts

I had to stop and look at the facts and remind myself this was one person and one comment on how she didn’t like my freebie. On the other hand, I had over 300 people sign up for that “ugly” freebie. So the numbers show that they all liked it!

I haven’t received any mean comments on the blog post or any emails back after getting the freebie. No one who actually went in, read the post, and downloaded the freebie complained. It was only that one person commenting on how she didn’t like my freebie on one of the pins that had over 100k impressions on it.

I had four pins go viral in one month from this blog post with a total of over 490k impressions combined. So the facts were showing that A LOT of people saw this pin and A LOT of people read the post and over 300 people signed up for the freebie.

I couldn’t let one person’s opinion get to me. (again much easier said than done)

There is a time to learn and take the mean comments as constructive criticism, and then there are times to look at the facts and delete those mean comments and move on.

Don’t Let Mean Comments Stop You

I love blogging. I know that I am not perfect. No one is perfect. But I still love to blog and share my tips and tricks I learn with others looking to start a blog too.

I have got frustrated and wanted to quit so many times but I keep coming back because it is something that I love to do. Whether I am making a bunch of money or no money I will always blog.

However, those mean comments really shook me. I hadn’t had mean comments and to receive those it did make me feel like I should throw in the towel.

Then I took time and really thought it over and I can’t believe I let them get to me like that. This is something I truly enjoy doing and it is my outlet.

No haters are going to stop that.

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

 

 

5 Reasons I Had 4 Viral Pins on Pinterest in One Month

5 Reasons I Had 4 Viral Pins on Pinterest in One Month

After 4 of my pins went viral in one month, I took a step back to analyze why and I came up with 5 reasons I had 4 viral pins on Pinterest. In this post, I go into detail with each pin and explain why I feel each pin did so well. I also share a few pins that didn’t do so well and why.

As you continue to grow your blog and share your blog posts you will find that certain topics do better than others. That doesn’t mean that you have to only write about those topics but you can count on them bringing in new traffic.

For example, I share blogging tips for new bloggers and when I write about making money or getting traffic to my blog those topics do better than others.

I still share other tips because you never know who is in need of that specific tip. Once I wrote a blog post on how to set up your sidebar. It received a very kind comment from a reader stating how thankful she was for that post because it helped her.

I love those comments! Even though it isn’t a super popular topic it still helped someone!

By always writing about all the tips I can share and not just sticking to the popular topics it helps me find new popular topics. That is what happened when I wrote a blog post on something I found that I thought was better than the bullet journal.

5 reasons I had 4 viral pins in one month

New Topic

This was a new topic for me. I haven’t written any blog posts on note taking but it is a popular topic because everyone is always looking for better ways to organize their lives. So I wrote this blog post one day just sharing how I found something that (in my opinion) is better than the bullet journal.

First, in case you don’t know what a bullet journal is, it is a journal full of empty pages and each page has dots for guides on it.


There are a million different things you can use a bullet journal for. If you check out my bullet journal board on Pinterest you will see some amazing ideas and ways to use one.

I had first heard of them through another blogger. She shared some of the ways she uses hers to organize her days and keep on task with her blog.

I ended up getting one to try for myself. There were some flaws for someone like myself. Such as I have horrible handwriting and I am not the most artistic person. Yet I am a perfectionist so each page I felt like I was constantly trying to fix it.

If you look at some of the amazing ways bullet journals can be used you can see the appeal but that only works if you have a steady hand. For me, it was more work than fun and I didn’t end up using it.

Another reason is I would always forget it or decide not to bring it because it didn’t fit in my purse and I didn’t want to carry around 50 different colored pens.

If you check out my post I share that I had just recently purchased an iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil and used the free notes app to create my own bullet journal. This improved the handwriting issue because I could easily erase any mistakes. I go more into detail about why I like it better in that blog post so I will skip all of that for now.

Hot Topic

Little did I know while writing that post that it would end up being a very hot topic. I shared the post on Pinterest and with the help of Tailwind the pin took off!

I had over 24k impressions on that pin in 24 hours. Today after being pinned a little over 30 days ago it has over 201k impressions. My blog traffic for the month of June 2019 was over 20k page views. Which let’s just say that is MUCH higher than normal.

I had no idea that it was going to be such a hot topic.

How I got so many page views

As I said it was definitely thanks to Tailwind and Pinterest for sending all of that traffic to my blog. I usually create several images for each blog post and pin them to Pinterest at different times.

With this particular blog post I originally only created one pin and that is the pin that took off. To test it out and see if it was the content (topic) of the pin or the visual look of the pin that made it go viral, I created others to put to the test.

What I found out is there are 5 main reasons this pin took off compared to my other test run pins.

  1. Hot topic
  2. Visually appealing pin
  3. Enticing Title
  4. Keywords in the pin description
  5. Scheduled to pin to all group and personal boards and Tailwind Tribes

While I was creating the test pins I also scheduled out the first pin to all of my group boards, personal boards and added it to all my Tailwind Tribes. I knew that I needed to get this pin out there since it was doing so well from just one pin to one of my personal boards.

Then I created several other pins for my test run. A few did very well and a couple did not. I noticed there was a trend on the ones that did well and the ones that didn’t.

Test Run Results

The main difference was the enticing title. Take a look at these results to see for yourself.

Enticing Title – Pin 1

Bye Bye Bullet Journal, I found something better! - momblogfromhomeThis pin has a very enticing headline. It creates curiosity and I feel like that was why this pin had the best click-through rate compared to the others.

Visually it is a pretty pin so it was easy to save but I believe the curiosity is what made this pin do so well. It had the most impressions and saves of them all. It was also the first one I pinned so that could be why because the next one did very well too.

This is the stats after a little over 30 days of being pinned.

 


Enticing Title – Pin 2

These two pins I did the same enticing title because my test on these was to see if it was the pin image or the content that made the first pin so popular.

This one did fairly well. It didn’t receive as many impressions or saves but it came very close and still did very well. What is interesting is this pin had fewer impressions and saves but yet had more link clicks than the first pin.

I’m not quite sure why on that. They were both pinned to all the same boards and all within the same time frame.

Here are the stats after a little over 30 days for this pin.

 


Enticing Title – Pin 3

However, this one didn’t do well at all. I am not sure why this one didn’t do as well as the first two because it has the same catchy title with similar colors and fonts but for some reason, this one was not a winner.

Looking back I think I forgot to schedule this pin out to all the group boards like the other two did. I just looked back through my pins and I don’t see it mixed in like the other two are. I only pinned it once and must not have scheduled it out. It will be interesting to see what happens after I add it to the schedule!

 

 


Freebie – Pin 1

These next two were to test and see if the freebie inside the blog post was popular. Once readers click through and read the blog post many of them signed up for the freebie I put into it after it started taking off.

Originally, I had the normal freebie that I always offer in the post and it always does well because it teaches readers how to start a blog. That freebie always gets sign ups but none of these readers were signing up.

This told me that the people reading were bullet journal folks and not blogger folks. I created a freebie from my other blog that I am starting up because I felt like it fit with that niche better. My other blog is going to be about planning and productivity tips. I created a freebie that was a digital bullet journal which ties into that.

Around 30-50 people a day were signing up for that freebie after I added it. Once I realized the amount of traffic going to the post and yet no email subscribers were coming out of it I knew I needed to switch freebies and it worked.

Like I said I could tell the readers were not interested in my other freebie about blogging. So, I was happy to see they wanted the free digital bullet journal. I did learn though with these two pins that it still was the curiosity the first pins had that was bringing readers in.

These pins did not do well, however, once in the blog post they did sign up for the freebie. But the freebie alone was not bringing in readers.


Freebie – Pin 2

 The first freebie pin looks like the second popular pin. I made another that looked similar to the first popular pin to again see if it was the look of the pins that made them do so well.

Neither of these pins did that great. So this told me it was bullet journal folks curious about what I had found that was better than the bullet journal. Not people excited about a freebie and not people that only saved the pins based on their looks.

 

 

 

 


Safe Title – Pin 1

 The other clue was the backlash I received on the two popular pins. I received about 6 comments and most of them were mean.

They were from personal accounts of people who clearly were die-hard bullet journal lovers. They did not like my opinion of the notes app as being a solution that could be better than the bullet journal.

They also did not like my idea of a digital bullet journal also being a solution. Apparently, the curiosity pins made it sound like there was some new amazing thing that was better than the bullet journal that they did not find after reading the post. I personally love the idea of going digital. It works so much better for me. I have found so many amazing fun resources too that solve all of my personal issues with a physical journal.

These were just folks that mean and grumpy and taught me a valuable lesson on how to handle mean comments. One told me my freebie was ugly. There is no reason other than being mean for that to be commented. I had to remind myself that over 300 people had signed up for that ugly freebie so one person’s opinion shouldn’t matter.

However, to make the pin less “deceiving” because I was also told I was fake advertising pretty much. I made this pin to explain a little bit more without giving away all of the info or I wouldn’t get click-throughs.

It seemed to have worked. I stopped receiving very mean and hurtful comments and still was able to have a pin that had good numbers. This is about 30 days of the pin being up. I don’t have as many click-throughs (because of the less enticing title I’m sure) but I still reached a good amount of impressions off of this pin.


Safe Title – Pin 2

I created this pin with the same theory in mind. Again, I just wanted to test out the different titles and see what was working and what wasn’t. This pin is still going so I don’t have a full 30 day stat on it but so far it is doing okay but not a crazy good as some of the others.

It doesn’t have as catchy of a title but I feel like it is less likely to make any readers feel tricked as well.

Here are the stats so far on this pin. I know that is says published May 31, 2019, but this pin was definitely not. The first pin I created (which would have the same URL) was. This one has only been on maybe 2 weeks.

 


What this has done for me

By continuing to write blog posts on other topics other than just my main popular ones, I have come across a great topic that ties right into my new blog that I just started. I was nervous about branching out but this helped show me there is an audience out there for my new blog.

I have heard other bloggers say this but I didn’t understand until now but they say you never know what blog post is going to just take off! That is so true! I had no idea when I first wrote it that it would bring all of this. This is what this one blog post has done for me.

  • Gained 378 email subscribers in 30 days thanks to this hot topic and my viral pins.
  • Made 6 Amazon affiliate sales and my Amazon affiliate account was officially approved! (most of my affiliate links in my blog posts are for blogging resources so I don’t have many with Amazon affiliate links so I always had to reapply since it wasn’t my target products. Thanks to the bullet journal Amazon affiliate links in this blog post I was finally approved!)
  • Made $30.13 with Google Adsense which is the most I have made in one month from ads.
  • Broke two records of blog traffic to my blog. Not only did I hit 10k page views for the first time but I broke through and had over 20k pageviews!
  • I was only 7,000 sessions away from being able to apply for Mediavine!
  • Gained over 100 Pinterest followers.
  • My monthly views on my Pinterest account went up from around 75k to over 400k!
  • I had not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 viral pins in one month!

It was definitely a crazy and amazing month for my blog and all because of one post on a completely different topic than I normally write about!

Happy blogging!

Vanessa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Bullet Journal for Bloggers

The Perfect Bullet Journal for Bloggers

Have you heard of the bullet journal? I thought surely everyone had but I met someone the other day that had no idea what a bullet journal was. Maybe it is just popular for us mom bloggers and the crafty Pinterest moms? Isn’t it funny how something you see all the time seems like everyone else does too?

I recently wrote a blog post about an alternative to the bullet journal. It was one of those posts that I just decided to write because I had learned something new and I wanted to share it!

Well, I pinned my post on Pinterest and it took off! Traffic started rolling in!

It was wonderful, however, it was not my target audience. I am used to my audience being mom bloggers. I knew it wasn’t mom bloggers though because no one was signing up for my freebie that always gets sign-ups. That freebie is geared toward moms looking to start a blog.

So, I created another freebie and tailored it to bullet journal lovers and it was a hit! I was receiving 30-50 new signs ups a day with that freebie!

However, I was also receiving some comments on my pin (again from loyal bullet journal folk) that nothing is better than the original bullet journal.

The Perfect Bullet Journal for Bloggers

My Audience

Again, I am used to talking to bloggers. And I, a blogger, love my new alternative to the bullet journal! But I can see why maybe the loyal fans would not.

So I decided to write a different blog post (this one) that is tailored to my peeps specifically – Bloggers!

The Alternative

I will cut right to the chase. The new alternative bullet journal that is perfect for bloggers that I am talking about is a digital version. Now before you get all worked up, let me explain my reasoning.

Digital Bullet Journal Benefits:

1. Easy to erase and edit

I am a perfectionist when it comes to writing things out. I end up erasing and rewriting 100 times because I hate my handwriting. Yes, I know I could use a pencil but it still shows. Yes, there are erasable pens but they show too. Digital is 100% erasable, clean, and it is much faster too.

One of my favorite options with a digital version is that I can move my text around easily. The apps I use let’s you circle your text you just wrote or typed and then drag and drop it somewhere else.

This is perfect for a to-do list! If something needs to be moved to the next day I just circle it and move it over!

2.) You only need one pencil (or finger)

The point of the bullet journal is to create your own pages and customize every detail. Therefore you have to have a bunch of different colored pens, markers, pencils, and tapes. So that means you have to store all those and lug them around when you go anywhere.

It’s summer right now and we go to the pool, the park, or the library and I like to take my work with me. Well, I have to carry that all around with me to still be able to use my bullet journal. With the digital version, you can do all of that and more with just your iPhone or iPad.

And let’s face it you aren’t going to forget your phone so it is always accessible!

Note: You do not need to have Apple products to utilize a digital bullet journal. I am an Apple user so that is just what I refer to.

3.) No need to replace supplies

With the physical bullet journal, you are going to run out of pages and you will have to buy another bullet journal. Your pens and tape are going to run out and you will have to buy more of those as well. Our puppy chewed up half of my supplies that I never even got to use! With the digital version, you will never have to buy more supplies. You can purchase designs already made for you but you can also create your own for free.

Again, with the app that I use, there is an option to add more pages and to bookmark pages. This means I can add more pages to my bullet journal and bookmark where I have important pages to not get overwhelmed.

(The app I use is Goodnotes)

4.) Efficiency

We are bloggers. We like digital things. Turning anything digital is much more efficient so making your bullet journal digital makes it more efficient too!

You could track all of your blog posts, images, social media posts, pins and more! That is why I feel like it is the perfect bullet journal for bloggers.

5.) Endless customization

There are many different options. A physical bullet journal has endless options as well but with a digital bullet journal you can get free fonts, borders, premade layouts, stickers, designs, and images!

Adding images is perfect for tracking your blog posts, ebook progress, pins, and so much more!

You could even turn one section (or the whole journal) into a baby book or scrapbook and upload pictures and memories!

Grab a free digital bullet journal by Consistently Procrastinating and give it a try for yourself!

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Perfect Bullet Journal for Bloggers

If digital bullet journals are not your thing and you would rather have a physical version I completely understand! I myself have a physical version but it wasn’t working for me.

After I did some research and came across digital planning that’s when I realized the possibilities of a digital version of the bullet journal!

I would much rather have all of my work and notes be digital. It just makes more sense for me. Now again, I had some backlash from loyal bullet journal fans who did not like this option.

That is fine too! No big deal!

However, if you are like me then you may find this to be a wonderful idea! I hope you try out the free digital bullet journal and see how it works for you!

Here is a glimpse at how you can use this digital bullet journal for blogging!

Sorry about my horrible handwriting!

Yours will be much prettier I am sure! But as you can see you can still customize each page with the added benefits I talked about above.

This would be a great way to look back through your daily/weekly schedule and quickly at a glance see what posts you published, what images you created, which freebies you created, and what you posted to social media.

It would also be a great way to track your pins visually!

This is why I feel like the digital bullet journal is the perfect bullet journal for bloggers!

How will you use your digital bullet journal?

I would love to see how you could use this digital bullet journal for your blogging business! Send me a screenshot of your layouts on how you use it to track the process of your blogging business!

I can’t wait to see them!

Vanessa

 


Bye Bye Bullet Journal, I Found Something Better!

Bye Bye Bullet Journal, I Found Something Better!

I love journals, planners, pens, pencils, stickers, anything office supply related. And I know I am not alone! There is a whole community out there of people who are obsessed with office supplies too! I don’t even know why I want all these things but I do! One year for Valentine’s Day my husband got me office supplies and I was so excited! That’s why I can’t wait to share with you what I found that is even better than the bullet journal! Bye Bye Bullet Journal, I found something better! - momblogfromhome

The bullet journal has taken over by storm. Every blogger I see is talking about this bullet journal and how awesome it is. I finally decided to get one for myself after seeing all the fun everyone was having with them! I mean just look at how fun that looks!

This isn’t the exact one I got, I ended up getting this journal, this washi tape bundle, and these pens. But this bundle right here comes with that and much more so looking back I should have just got this bundle instead.

My sister told me about these gel pens that erase so I got those too and they are much more my style because I like to erase (I’m a perfectionist some times).

The big craze with the bullet journal is that each page is customizable. Every page just has dots to use as a guide to be able to create all kinds of beautiful pages. One page could be your grocery list, another your calendar, and the next your cleaning schedule. There is no limit to what you can do with each page and I do really enjoy that flexibility.

I just had one issue, I would always forget it. I don’t think to always have my journal with me. So even though I like to write things out and use the fun pretty colors and all that, I would never bring it with me. It was just one more thing I had to remember to lug around. (However, if you do love to carry that thing around and you are looking for more ideas on how to use your bullet journal, Suzi has an amazing post that you can check out!)

Digital Planners

I tried to use apps and a Google Calendar instead to make it more digital and less inconvenient but it didn’t work. I like the fun bright colors and I did find one app that worked well enough to keep me on schedule however, I didn’t have the flexibility of each page being something different.

So I needed something that was a digital version of the bullet journal. The only thing I could find was the Notes app on my iPhone. I use it quite often to keep all of my important information all in one spot. I started that about a year or so again and that has been great! There is an option where you can write things out with my finger but then you couldn’t read any of it. So I was missing the fun artistic appeal the bullet journal has.

That is until I got my new iPad! I have been wanting to get a new iPad to be able to make my business more mobile. School is out and I don’t want to lose work time and I don’t want to lose precious time with my daughter either. I thought if I could be more mobile then I could work on things while we are at the pool or the park. That’s when I decided to invest and get the new iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil and keyboard.

Here is a digital bullet journal that you can download for free!

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Or here is why I love the Notes App on my iPhone and how it can be used to replace your bullet journal!

Notes App Features

  1. It’s FREE
  2. You can add tabs and organize thoughts
  3. There are options to Bold or Underline Text
  4. You can have clickable links in it
  5. It automatically saves new changes on any device
  6. You can scan documents
  7. Take Photo or Video
  8. Add Sketch
  9. Photo Library
  10. Mark Checklists that actually checkmark off for you

I like the option to add documents or photos to the note. I have actually taken pictures of notes and stored it in a note in the app instead of retyping it all in there just so I could throw the paper note away! Notes App Image for Bye Bye Bullet Journal As you can see I really do use this app a lot. All along the side are major categories in life and then there are folders under them to organize further down.

Then lastly within each of those is the second column of notes you see. This helps me break things down and everything is easy to find! Now with the new iPad Pro, I can use my Apple Pencil and write on the screen just like you see (sorry I have horrible handwriting).

I can change the color, the style of pen or pencil, and even the thickness of the stroke I am using. With a bullet journal, you can’t break down into categories and sections as easily as you can with this notes app. You would have to bookmark every new section in a bullet journal.

But wait it gets better!

bye bye bullet journal You can add lines and grids to your note! Just like the bullet journal you now have guides to help you design your page. Also, you only need one pencil and you can change it to any color!

Before if I would remember my bullet journal I would want to bring all the pens so I had all the colors I wanted to use for each page! This way you only need one pencil and one device.

Now you don’t have to take your iPad with you everywhere you go (but let’s face it there is a better chance you bring that than your journal). Because if you need to refer to that note you created such as this one below… bye bye bullet journal 3 Then you can still do that from your iPhone and no one’s going to forget their phone! You can make all these changes from your iPhone too it just isn’t as easy using your finger but you can still access the same note.

So if you are at the grocery store you can still cross off your list as you get each item. The Add Sketch feature is pretty cool because it gives you a ruler to use as a guide that you can move around! bye bye bullet journal 4

All This For Free

A lot of people are Apple users so if that is you then you have all this for free! If you have been on the fence about switching to Apple then here is a little insight into some of the features! I’m sure there is something similar on the Andriod phones too though.

It is just nice to know some of the ways you can utilize what you already have access too. If you have an iPhone then odds are you have an iPad and might have been in the market to upgrade to the new iPad Pro. So far it is amazing!

Not just because of this example but so many other reasons! But if you are like me and you want to be able to have all the fun colors and designs but are not good at using a bullet journal then I hope you learned something fun and new with this post! I know I was so excited when I realized it!

Happy blogging

Vanessa


Here is more information on the iPad and Accessories that I bought.

iPad Pro

This is the exact iPad that I bought. I did go with the lower storage because I need to get a hard drive anyways so this way I can just get one of those and save money on buying the extra storage.

We looked into purchasing the iPad through our phone carrier to add data to it but that costs more also. Plus we found out that our T.V. provider has hotspots I can use when I am away from home. Just some things to think about!

I wanted the bigger screen so that was my main priority. I wasn’t as worried about storage because I have a bigger icloud storage plan and then again I plan to get an external hard drive to save all pictures and important documents on it.

Now I don’t pretend to be all tech savvy, I know just enough to get by. I know that I am a busy mom and this all makes my life easier and more portable. I do want to say that it comes with a completely new charger.

Supposedly it is to be able to connect to your computer better or other techy stuff I don’t understand but my point is no more USB on one end and no more of the other normal end that all apple products have.

The cord has the same end on each end. So either way, it connects to your converter to plug into the wall and then into the iPad to charge. Just a heads up.

Keyboard

Then since I got the bigger screen I had to get this keyboard that fits it. They are both 12.9 inches so that gives plenty of room for using your screen and typing on a good-sized keyboard, not a tiny one.

The iPad connects magnetically to the keyboard and there are three dots on the back of the iPad that connects it to the keyboard.

Then you can have it in different positions to adjust it to your liking while typing. Then when you aren’t using the keyboard you can fold it over to close and you will hear the iPad lock. Also, you can flip it around and under the iPad to quickly use the iPad only.

Apple Pencil

Then, of course, I got the Apple Pencil 2nd Generation that is compatible with the iPad Pro. It is very sleek and easy to use.

There are no buttons, it looks and feels just like a regular pencil. It doesn’t erase like one although I think it should. I keep wanting to flip it around and erase with the pencil eraser like you normally would.

But just a heads up it doesn’t work like that. Another fun feature of the Apple pencil is that it connects to the side of your iPad magnetically to charge.

This is great to keep track of the pencil and know that it is always charged up. No plugging it in or cords involved! Once you connect it to the iPad it will tell you what charge the pencil is at as well.

Accessories

Because I will be on the go I did get myself a case and as I said I also have the keyboard too. I have seen some creators have these cool pencil gripper sleeves.

I don’t know if I will do that or not because with the new pencil it senses when you double tap to erase when using the Notes App. Also, I don’t know how the gripper affects it charging magnetically or staying safely on the side of the iPad. I worry that it might come off and I would lose it.

 


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