• Best Practices,  Design & Tech

    How a Blog Log Solves Your Blogging Struggles

    Have you ever felt panic rise up in your chest as you type in your blog URL only to see nonsensical lines and lines of letters, numbers and punctuation marks covering the screen? Where did your content go? Where did your pretty theme go that it took you AGES to set up just the way you wanted it? Oh no, you think, as your blog’s whole life flashes before your eyes. Where is your blog?! It must be a plugin, you think – a lot of people say that plugins can cause huge problems and glitches. So, you type in your admin log-in panel URL. You blink. Then double-blink. It’s…

  • What people don't know about logo development is that having a single logo isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. You need multiple versions of your blog's logo for different parts of your blogging experience.
    Best Practices,  Design & Tech

    The Five Logos You Need For Your Blog

    On top of being a blogger since 2007, I’ve also been a graphic and web designer since 2005. I’ve designed logos for many different organizations. What people don’t know about blog logo development is that having a single logo isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. You need multiple versions of your blog logo for different parts of your blogging experience. I’m going to break down how many logos you need for your blog and why you need them. How Many Logos Do You Need for Your Blog? Main Blog Logo with Tagline Obviously, you need the main logo. The main logo goes on the blog homepage, usually in the left corner or center…

  • I’m a homeschooling mom of seven children. I’ve been married since late 2003 and have been a work-at-home-mom (WAHM) since 2007. I work as a blogger/vlogger, web/graphic designer, and author of 3 non-fiction books, 1 novel and four homeschooling resource books. Working at home with all the other chores moms are responsible for is sheer insanity.
    Best Practices,  Struggles

    How to Work at Home When You Have a Family

    I’m a homeschooling mom of seven children. I’ve been married since late 2003 and have been a work-at-home-mom (WAHM) since 2007. I work as a blogger/vlogger, web/graphic designer, and author of 3 non-fiction books, 1 novel and four homeschooling resource books. Working at home with all the other chores moms are responsible for is sheer insanity. My WAHM life is not pretty. It’s not perfect. And some days I wonder if it’s even worth it. My Schedule: 10am-11am: Wakeup, eat, coffee, Bible(ish) time, feeding people 11am-12pm: Who knows? 12pm-4pm: Start homeschooling 4 of the 6 kids 4pm-5pm: Avoiding the kids at all cost, showering, brushing teeth (I’m not even kidding) 5pm-6pm: Dinner as kids binge watch…

  • You can't run a blog without content and you can't create fresh content if you are always chasing the neverending "blog to do list" that overfocuses on all the technical and social aspects of blogging.
    Best Practices

    Tips on How to Break Bad Blogging Habits

    Bad Blogging Habits & How to Break Them Facebook posts. Scheduling stuff. Standing on the table while your children homeschool to get the perfect Instagram-worthy photo… These are all good blogging things. All good things that put off actually writing that blog post. We’ve all been there. But creating content is vital to having a relevant and successful blog. You can’t run a blog without content and you can’t create fresh content if you are always chasing the neverending “blog to do list” that overfocuses on all the technical and social aspects of blogging. Today’s freebie is called Bad Blogging Habits & How to Break Them from Ruth Soukup Productivity…

  • As a blogger/writer, we need to use transition words to tell the reader where we are headed - like directional signs down the road of your story/blog.
    Best Practices

    The Ultimate Transition Word List for Readability

    As a blogger/writer, we need to use transition words to tell the reader where we are headed. Think of them as directional signs down the road of your story/blog. I’ve complied the most extensive alphabetical transition words list for your use. If you find it helpful, please share with your blogger/writer friends. Transition Word List (and) still (and) yet (or) at least (or) rather (to) put (it) another way … then about above above all accordingly across actually additionally adjacent to admittedly after after (this)then after all afterward afterwards again albeit all in all all of a sudden all the same all things considered alongside also alternatively although although this…

  • What is the WORST blogger mistake a Christian blogger can make? Well...let me tell you, because I made it! And I want to help you avoid it!
    Best Practices,  Struggles

    My Big Jesus Blogger Mistake

    What is the WORST blogger mistake a Christian blogger can make? Well…let me tell you, because I made it! And I want to help you avoid it! This is a super short post I’m writing as a warning to all #JesusBloggers out there!  (Like less than 200 words short.) Recently, I sold shirts on my website. I used a local printer and friend (whom I adore and does great work). But I had THAT feeling. You know, the gut feeling that I was making the wrong decision by entering into this business relationship. Within two sales, I knew I had not followed that Holy Spirit. Disobeying the leading of the…

  • I can't even navigate your blog because of the constant jumping of the screen and loading of ads. Promote stuff, sure. But your blog has too many ads.
    Best Practices,  Money & Income,  Struggles

    Is there such thing as too many ads on a blog?

    It has come to my attention that blogging can make money for the blogger…like a lot of money. Seriously. Okay. I knew this already. But lately it has REALLY come to my attention. Why? The ads. They. Are. Everywhere. Ads for Ford. Ads for Best Buy. Ads for Home Depot (does anyone actually buy stuff from Home Depot online because when my toilet breaks I drive my butt down the street to get what I need PRONTO!). Ads for brands that I’m sure no one in the free world has heard about and doubt you actually use. I can’t even navigate some blogs because of the constant jumping of the…

  • Bloggers want to make money on their blogs. That's great! Here are five great tips to keep your blog reader-focused even if you do sponsored posts!
    Best Practices,  Struggles

    Blog Like This Instead of Like That

    I once wore the name ‘blogger’ like a badge of honor…until recently. Do you feel like the lines between ‘blogger’ and ‘advertiser’ have been blurred? Are the sponsored posts killing your creativity? Are your emails filled with coupon codes when you ARE NOT a coupon blogger? Are you writing about the latest trending event to get more hits instead of more hearts? And it’s not just blogging. It’s even affecting my favorite YouTube channels. I will get halfway through a cute skit and realize it’s got product placement. I can’t tell if a vlogger really likes the product or is just getting paid! Can we Escape the Commercialization of Blogging? Even Facebook is noticing…