We all have our secrets, especially when it comes to blogging. It's not necessarily a bad thing; if you've found a little hack that helps give your blog an extra edge or makes taking flat lays for Instagram less frustrating, go you!
I'm a big fan of Helene Sula. I think she's awesome, and I love that she makes it clear that there's room for everyone at the top. While I am definitely not at the top, I do want to share a few of the little "blogging hacks" I've found with you in hopes that it will make your life a little easier! (And if you want to send any my way, I'm all ears - email@example.com!)
SECRET ONE: How I get free Kendra Scott goodies!
(I have only purchased one pair of Kendra Scott jewelry. I got the rest of it free, and you can too!)
I love Rocksbox. My mom doesn't really believe in costume jewelry, and I didn't purchase any until high school (much to her dismay.) So Rocksbox has been huge with helping me build up my jewelry inventory, especially when it comes to KS. (I love to wear my hair in a side braid, and I feel like doing so with the Danielle earrings takes it from casual to office.) Anyone who is subscribed to Rocksbox is part of the referral program! You can gift three "one month free" subscriptions each month, which can add up to $75 a month in referrals PLUS the monthly $10 spend you automatically get. Think of all of the Kendra you could be collecting right now!
If you're not subscribed yet and are interested, use "seersuckersassxoxo" for your first month free! (Full disclosure - this hooks both of us up. You get your first month free, and I get a $25 credit for goodies. My first Rocksbox didn't come with Kendra, but I updated my wishlist and requested it for my second box, and I've been getting Kendra each box since!)
SECRET TWO: How I make my blog collages
I was talking with my blogger besties Jenny & Annaliese about blog collages one day, and they encouraged me to write a blog post about it... so I did! You can read all about it HERE!
SECRET THREE: How I boost community on my blog
I started blogging to connect with people. I was lonely, in a long distance relationship, and I was just beginning to establish myself professionally. I love when blogs have a sense of community - new readers turn into friends, and you no longer feel like you're reading a blog, but that you're catching up on your friend's life. I'm really thankful to have found that in the Millennial Blogger Network! If you are interested in joining, apply here then apply to join the Facebook group here. (Be sure to do it in that order - it doesn't help to do one without the other!) If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email!
SECRET FOUR: How I use Pinterest to boost traffic
It's no secret that Pinterest boosts blog traffic if utilized correctly. However, I definitely wasn't utilizing Pinterest the way that I should have been. I thought that because I had analytics installed, I was on top of my game... wrong! I was accepted into Ahalogy a couple of months ago, and I'm addicted. Ahalogy differs from other pin schedulers I've used before; it's free, it's a network along with being a scheduling tool, and it has without a doubt shown me the most results. My Pinterest is now flooded with notifications, and I have been getting around 100 new followers a month! (PS - You can check out my Pinterest here.)
SECRET FIVE: I don't do this alone.
I'm not a one woman show. There are lots of bloggers who are, and kudos to them! I'm really blessed, because my boyfriend is super creative and has an art background. He knows how to use a camera, he styles flat lays 900 times better than I will ever be able to, and he gives me solid post and strategy ideas. I won't post his photo on here because of personal preference, but I do want to publicly thank him for being such a big part of the less than glamorous, behind the scenes part of this blog that sometimes involves tears and cuss words.
If you find these posts helpful and would like to suggest future topics, or just have any questions for me to be answered on the blog, submit them at this form. You can leave your information to be linked to or you can do it totally anonymously. (PS - This was also my boyfriend's idea. #lovehim)
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, and that you all get to enjoy Christmas Eve Eve!