Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bloglovin' - Show Some Love #blogging #networking

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Do you have a lot of Blogs that you follow? Bloglovin' is a cool network that makes it easy to follow your favorite blogs all in one place and even promote your own!

It's easy, its free and its simple to sign up! Click below and be sure to follow me on bloglovin' too! If you follow me, leave a comment and I will follow you too! 

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Working out the Kinks #Blogging

Starting out a website, blog, magazine, whatever it may be, isn't always the easiest of tasks unless your a professional web designer. You can and will spend some time finding everything you need to put together a polished site with original content. Where do you start? Well I'm not a professional but I do have years of website creation experience and I will take you through my journey for my new website you've arrived at here!

Step 1: Choosing a Website domain name. At first I had a hard time thinking up one..your title can reflect your website title or it can simply be your name..Some people are all for MyName.com sites, especially if it's a personal blog, but if I was marketing a business or a brand, I may have went with something to emphasize that. I believe there are many nifty and cliche type website names, make yours stand out! There are many sites that allow you to register your own domain name. I used GoDaddy.com

Step 2: Web Site Host: I am using Google's Blogger. Wordpress & Blogger are free.  Others may choose to use the site they registered their domain with but these can be pricey. It all depends on your budget.

Step 3: Customize  Your Site with Design. Graphics, banners, headers, nifty signature graphics. You can find them for free or pay to have a custom website design that fits your image. I'm using a free one at the moment, that will change as I will go with a custom design to fit my blog. I used Btemplates.com

Step 4: Getting Noticed! Blogger makes it easy to have your blog promoted with high traffic search engines. If you want to add more social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest, etc.. you can sign up for those (most are free) and link them to your blog. I do recommend using these social media add-on's because they do help with recognition and website site traffic, the more your promoting yourself out there, the better your stats!  This article "The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Creating Social Media Buttons" was a lifesaver when starting this site

Step 5: Making Money: There are many ways you can generate money to your blog/website. Many merchants have affiliate programs. Ebay, Amazon Marketplace, the options are endless! You can even add Paypal buttons to your site. This is helpful if your selling goods from your site and Paypal is highly trusted online.

I will work on writing more in-depth blog starting tutorials in the future. This is just a quick run through of the steps I took to start up this site!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Starting off the New Year with a "Blog"! #Blogging

Happy New Year!
Here's to a great and goal filled 2014!

I decided to start a new blog! I used to write a parenting blog, Loving Heart Mommy, but this year I want my writing to have a different edge and I plan on covering many different subjects, topics, and the like. 

Now that the festivities of Thanksgiving and Christmas are behind us, its time for a fun filled year with what I hope for all many goals and accomplishments! I know we all have had our New Years resolutions but many of those thought out goals are never really finished by the beginning of the next year. This year I aim to actually accomplish my goals and to keep moving forward, becoming bolder and brighter each day! Not only do I have goals planned for myself but also for my family. 

I have a lot to plan and prepare for! Just to name a few, my daughter will be starting Kindergarten this Fall, I will be "hopefully" entering into Health Sciences at my local college. My daughter will continue her services for her Autism as will my son. I need to be able to juggle my very busy family life and my career oriented one, as well as keeping the peace and helping my children grow developmentally. 

I have a few normal goals for myself as well. On most of our lists this year is staying fit, getting in shape, staying strong and healthy. Eating better and healthier. I usually stay on top of this for myself due to my Crohn's Disease but with a house full of children we tend to just do what is convenient and what is not always the best solution for a healthy diet. I aim to have healthy meals planned out, I'm not against snacks or all fast type foods but as long as we are incorporating more of a healthy diet in our lives the better we will feel and the healthier we will become. Good nutrition is always best for growing minds. 

I know our Spring breaks and our Summer vacations will be fun filled, most likely trips to the beaches, mountains, water park, skating rink, plenty of outdoor fun! I want the children to become interested in getting out on the lake, fishing, tubing. I loved fishing and tubing as a child, still do! 

I have thought about some extra-curricular activities for the family. For example dance for my children and myself (Swing), cheer, gymnastics, karate (I wouldn't mind doing karate again as well), swimming is a plus as well because my children are still learning to swim. 

Well enough about my goals. What are yours? Do you have any goals you want to achieve for you and your family this year?  I'm off to put up the Christmas decor, because we all know Valentine's Day, while short lived is right around the corner and its always fun to celebrate, regardless if the holiday is small or big, its all about celebrating something fun together!