The Best Email Marketing Providers for Newbie Bloggers

The Best Email Marketing Providers for Newbie Bloggers

Note: this was originally published in July 2014 and has been updated as best practices change, software companies adjust, and I gain new firsthand experience. 🙂 It also contains affiliate links. RSS and Bloglovin’ are great. They’ll always be some people’s preferred method of reading content. It also makes a lot […]

Trick Yourself into Saving More Money With Automation

Trick Yourself into Saving More Money With Automation

For the past year, my monthly expenses have been inconsistent, precarious, terrifying. The cost of diagnosing a chronic illness (that did not want to be diagnosed), managing the flare-ups with medications not covered by insurance, and maintaining ongoing treatment? Not a cheap process, as it turns out. And did I […]

How to Grow Your Email List with 2-Step Opt-ins

How to Grow Your Email List with 2-Step Opt-ins

Move over, confirmation emails. People care more about a different type of 2-step opt-in now. (By the way, who else finds this homonym unnecessarily confusing?) More bloggers are getting smart to the fact that growing your email list is the best thing you can do for your blog. And since […]

7 Steps I Took to Make a Blog Post “Go Viral”

7 Steps I Took to Make a Blog Post “Go Viral”

I felt famous. And I’m not gonna lie, it felt fucking fantastic. My post – my nerdy little ode to planners and notebooks – had gone viral. (I know…I hate that word. It sounds like your blog post needs an antibiotic or something. But stay with me here.) Over 1,000 […]

2015 by the Numbers

2015 by the Numbers

I’ve been trying to come up with a thoughtful, well-written way to talk about the past year. Even though around this time last year, I was writing my #GetGutsy essay about learning to accept that I wasn’t a person who went out and did things, I did a lot of […]

4 Cheap & Easy Ways to Deliver Content Upgrades

4 Cheap & Easy Ways to Deliver Content Upgrades

I see it all the time. Someone posts in Slack. In a Facebook group. On Twitter. “I want to start growing my email list with content upgrades. How do I deliver them?” one blogger asks. And every other blogger currently online shouts, “LeadPages!” But why? I mean, yeah. LeadPages can deliver […]

Bloggers: Why You Should Assume Tech Problems Are Your Fault

Bloggers: Why You Should Assume Tech Problems Are Your Fault

The last time one of your biz or blog tools wasn’t working, what was your first thought? A: Why the freak can’t I figure this out? B: Why the fraggle isn’t this working? Silly curses aside, the answers seem similar. But they can tell you a lot about yourself. And being aware of […]

How to Create Super Stealthy Pinterest Images for Your Blog

How to Create Super Stealthy Pinterest Images for Your Blog

To paraphrase Mugatu, “Pinterest for business. So hot right now.” (That’s right, Hansel’s been bumped out of the spotlight!) As I’m becoming more involved in the whole creative business niche, I’ve seen a passion for Pinterest that I hadn’t felt or seen in years. It inspired me, and I logged back […]

On 25 and a Blog Identity Crisis

On 25 and a Blog Identity Crisis

On October 10, I did two things: I turned 25, and I bingewatched I Love Lucy while redesigning this website. Now, around 25, most people would be talking about a quarter-life crisis. And don’t get me wrong, I am. But I’m more concerned about a blog identity crisis. Take a look […]

Why “MIT” To-Do Lists Don’t Work For Me

Why “MIT” To-Do Lists Don’t Work For Me

I like to conduct little experiments with my workflows, tools, and productivity tips. I decided I was being selfish to keep the results to myself, so I’m sharing some with you! Any productivity enthusiast knows that there’s a lot of bad advice out there. Not because anyone’s trying to dupe […]