My All-Time Favorite Blogging Tips and Resources (Coffee Sips and Lovely Links)

Friday, March 24, 2017 22 comments

Happy Friyay! Despite the fact that I had a short week, I am so stinkin' exhausted. Has anyone else been feeling that way lately? Burning the candle at both ends even though it doesn't seem like there's a reason for it?

I don't know why I have been so drained lately, but I do know that sometimes it's really hard to balance a day-job, VA work, driving to SC to see my family, blogging, and trying to grow my knowledge about the blogging world.

I know when I started blogging, there was a huge learning curve for me because I didn't understand any of the back-end/technologocal side of blogging. I was also 100% unfamiliar with any rules, tips, or tricks for blogging. What kept me from going completely insane was being able to find awesome bloggers who had been there before me and could help me out both through asking them direct questions, and through reading posts they had already written on the subject.

I don't know that I would have kept at it if it weren't for them. Life is crazy enough without having to learn everything from scratch on your own.

So today on Coffee Sips and Lovely Links, I've gotten together a few of my all-time favorite blogging resources and tips for you awesome peeps! Hopefully it will help you avoid pulling your hair out as you navigate the blogging world.

My all-time favorite blogging tips and resources to help you stay sane as you navigate the world of blogging information.

  • Erica Gwyn of Coming Up Roses has an excellent post about crafting a killer "about me" section on your blog. Sooooo good!

  • I discovered Allison of Wonderlass through The Genius Blogger's Toolkit that I purchased back in the Fall. I have been taking her branding course, Rave, and loving it. She's quirky, fun, and very knowledgeable in her expertise. I thought this video, Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset was good. Nothing fancy, but encouraging.

  • How to Fill Up Your Content Calendar in an Hour by Summer of Coffee with Summer was really good too. I always try to follow a content calendar, and I technically write one out, but I never end up following it all the way. I'll change my idea, switch dates around, or just get completely stuck. I read this post by Summer a few days ago and I think her tips will be helpful to you as well.

  • Most people have heard all about Mailchimp and Convertkit for email marketing. But Rachel of The Confused Millennial recently published a post about The Best Email Marketing Provider and I absolutely agree with her and have for months now! Check it out and you may end up wanting to make the switch!

  • One thing that I hate is when Bloggers play the Follow/Unfollow Game. I'm over here working my butt off, trying to get genuine followers on my blog and social media, but a lot of bloggers play the game and I just don't like it. Want to know more? Summer had a great post about the issue. I was a contributor along with a couple other ladies. If you are interested in being a truly authentic blogger, read this post.

Blogging tips and resources to help you on your blogging journey

Peculiar friends, there are so many resources out there on the world wide interwebz. No, not all of them are trust-worthy, and some will be contradictory, but there are also some really amazing posts at your fingertips to help you navigate the blog world. Utilize them so you won't go completely nutsy!

I'd love to know which of these links was most helpful to you! Or, do you have another resource that you find particularly helpful? Happy weekending!

Why We Should Be Content with Our Now

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 40 comments

For the last week or so, I've been struggling through a tough decision. It's not anything huge, but a decision that's hard to make nonetheless.

I hate making decisions at all. If you ask me what I want for dessert, I've been known to take way too long to decide and then wonder if I would have enjoyed the other dessert better. So when making decisions about things that are more important than brownies and donuts, sometimes I find it difficult to move forward. Plus, is anything more important than donuts and brownies, really? 😝

One unfortunate thing I've noticed about decision-making though, is that it leaves me feeling discontent and unable to enjoy where I am at this very moment. It keeps me so focused on what's to come that I forget that I still need to be living in my current moment.

Rock Your Weird: 3 Reasons to Be Yourself (Mug-Spiration Monday)

Monday, March 20, 2017 20 comments

Well hello there, you peculiar treasures!

It's Monday again already and it's time to embrace early mornings, fresh coffee, and a little bit of Mug-spiration!

If you haven't noticed yet, I love showing my own weirdness. I love creating my own words, embracing my own humor, and being okay with my own peculiarities.

How the Beauty of Spring Shows the Renewal of the Gospel

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10 comments

Around this cute little space of the interwebz, I love to talk about fresh starts. I love the fresh start of the new year, the fresh start of Mondays, and the fresh start of each new day! But you know what else I love? The fresh start that comes with Spring.

Spring is a time of blooming flowers, new vegetable gardens, fresh grass, and little baby leaves on trees. It's a time of pristine, mild, and crisp air. It's a time of allergies, which only means that flowers are being pollinated so that more beauty will come.

But you want to know one of the most beautiful things about Spring? It is a vivid testament to what God has done and is doing in the hearts, minds, and lives of His followers!

Coffee Sips and Lovely Links: Saint Patrick's Day

Friday, March 10, 2017 5 comments

Happy Friday, peculiar ones! Did you know that next Friday (March 17th) is St. Patrick's Day? If it weren't for all the Pinterest crafts floating on to my feed, I probably wouldn't.

I've never really celebrated St. Patrick's Day much- probably because all I knew about it for years was that I better wear green or I'd get pinched... but two years ago I really learned more about St. Patrick and what he did for the Christian faith, and that allowed me to appreciate the holiday more.

I still don't go all-out, but I know a lot of people do. So I figured this would be the best time to share some facts, crafts, and food for your St. Patrick's Day festivities!

How to Organize Your Mind (For the Mentally Disorganized)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 20 comments

When you think of organization, what comes to mind? Is it Tupperware containers, The Happy Planner, your laundry basket, or maybe an accordion-style folder? Maybe you think of your OCD mom, your perfectly put-together 3rd grade teacher, or your grandmother's china cabinet.

We probably all have a pretty good idea of what it looks like to be organized when it comes to physical items and tasks, but I think that we often forget about organizing our minds. And really, that makes sense. Plenty of people say they need to organize their closets or bookshelves, but very few people say, "today I need to organize my mind".

The truth is, though, if we are disorganized in our minds, our success, productivity, and ability to live in freedom will be hindered indefinitely.

But how exactly do we do that? What does it mean to organize our minds? Keep reading to learn more!

Mug-Spiration Monday: 5 Things You Should Reset Each Monday

Monday, March 6, 2017 18 comments

You know what I love about Monday mornings? I love the newness and the prospect of good things for the coming week. I love the early morning coffee and that I can set myself up for success just by choosing to be productive. And while I really believe that any moment can be a fresh start, there's something about Mondays that just seem renewed.

It's not like they are always fun. Sometimes weekends aren't restful, which makes for some super-sleepy Mondays. Sometimes your alarm doesn't go off, you realize you forgot to put your clothes in the dryer, or you spill your coffee before you get your first sip! *GASPPPPP*

But those things are just little nuisances. And even when the hiccups come, Mondays have the potential to be a grand, fresh start. So, with that being said, there are a few things we need to put on reset each Monday.