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In Writing on
March 9, 2016

50 Blog Post Ideas For When You Have No Idea What to Write

Blogging ideas for when you are stuck!

The past few weeks have been a hectic time and the blog post I was working on (there is a sneak peek on my Facebook!) has required a lot of time and research, so while I work on that on the side I wanted to share with you all a different post that was just as helpful – what to write on your blog when you have no idea what to write about.

I’ve organized each of these 50 ideas into 5 different categories to suit many different kinds of blogs. If you end up using one of these ideas, share the post in the comments so I can read it.


Personal blog post ideas:


 

1. 50 Facts About Me (or 10, 15, 25, etc)

2. My One Dream Is…

3. Something I’ve Never Told You…

4. How I Met My Husband/Boyfriend/Partner

5. My Journal Collection (Or a page in your journal/dream journal)

6. 30 Before 30 (27 before 27 or other birthday lists)

7. My Morning Routine

8. Date Night Inspiration

9. My Vision Board + How to Make One

10. What Love Means to Me

 


Lifestyle related blog posts:


 

11. What’s On My Bedside Table?

12. Home Decor Haul

13. Home Decor Inspiration

14. How to Organize/Decorate Small Spaces

15. Free Desktop Wallpapers

16. 5 Ways to… (Hide a Hickey/Blemish, Pack your Lunch, etc.)

17. Minimal Living Tips

18. How to Budget Your Expenses

19. How to Workout When You Don’t Want to

20. The Healthy Grocery Checklist

 


Blogging related post ideas:


 

21. 50 Blog Post Ideas (0r 100, 10, 25, etc)

22. Why I Started Blogging

23. How I Improved My Blog Traffic

24. Blogging Income Report

25. Free Blog Post Checklist Printable

26. My Early Blogging Mistakes

27. How to Market Your Blog on Social Media

28. Social Media Do’s and Don’ts

29. How to Take Photos For Your Blog

30. What I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Blog

 


Beauty blog post ideas:


 

31. Beauty Rules I Break

32. My Skincare Routine

33. My Makeup Routine

34. My Haircare Routine

35. How to Treat Acne Naturally

36. DIY Beauty Treatments I Adore

37. How to Buy… (Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Gluten Free Makeup, etc.)

38. The One Product I Can’t Live Without

39. Pamper Me Beauty Routine

40. How to Blow Dry Your Hair like a Hairstylist

 


Fashion blog posts:


 

41. Fashion Rules I Break

42. Fashion Trends I Hate

43. How to Dress Like… (Kylie Jenner, other celeb, etc.)

44. How to Dress for… (Business Casual, Spring Weddings, Pregnancy, etc.)

45. How to Hem Pants/Skirts/Dresses

46. How to Make Heels Comfortable

47. What’s In My Purse?

48. What to Wear When You Feel Like Crap

49. How to Turn a Sweater Into a Pillowcase (or other fashion upcycle)

50. How to Love Your Body

 

And now here we are, 50 ideas for how you get unstuck when you want to write but have no idea what to share on your blog. I love being able to help you all, especially when it comes to finding ways to express yourself.

Don’t forget to share any other ideas you have in the comments, and if you used any of these ideas do share those links as well. I’d LOVE to read them.

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In Review, Sponsored on
December 9, 2015

How to Monetize a Small Blog – Book Review | ad

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Hello, Kind Friends! I have a late-night post today on a blogging book that I think my fellow bloggers will all find very interesting.

I’m excited to have been given this sponsored opportunity to review How to Monetize a Small Blog by Luke Weil because I do think it is a great resource for newer and small bloggers that are looking into making money from their blog for the first time.

Luke Weil’s book is aimed to give the basics of different monetization methods so that prospective bloggers can have an idea of what they are getting into and what type of method will suit their content the best. What I enjoyed the most about this book is the matter of fact tone, where Luke describes the topics concisely as well as some practices that he doesn’t recommend. There is also several handy tips included, like a simple guide on how you should decide what to charge for banner ads based on your blog’s monthly traffic.

Specific topics covered in this book:

  1. Direct Advertising
  2. Sponsored Content
  3. Display Advertising
  4. Advertising Networks
  5. Affiliate Marketing
  6. Branded Sponsored Campaigns
  7. Building a Mailing List

I was the most excited to read the chapter on mailing list subscriptions, which is something I’ve been wanting to build for awhile, but I felt like the information provided wasn’t enough for me. For example, what kinds of content does better over email? What software is the best to use? So while this book does give a good amount of general info, it isn’t a book that will answer all of your questions once you’ve already started blogging. More research is needed to really start the monetization process.

While How to Monetize a Small Blog is budget priced at only $0.99 on Kindle and $4.99 for paperback, the content it covers isn’t too hard to find on the internet with some targeted Google searching, so I would have hoped for more personal anecdotes or information on the history of Luke’s blog and how these tips would have helped him from the beginning. Basically, something more exclusive to entice me to buy the book.

My recommendations for bloggers interested in this book is to buy the Kindle version, because while $4.99 is inexpensive, the book is only a little over 30 pages – so I don’t think it’s worth getting a physical copy. The Kindle version, however, would be a nice convenient place to start for those new to the blogging scene.

Have you read any blogging books recently? Did you find them helpful?

Tell me in the comments: What is the best bit of blogging advice you’ve received?

In Tips on
April 2, 2015

How to Schedule Posts on Instagram From Your Computer

How to upload and pre-schedule Instagram posts from your computer

Hi Kind Friends! Today I am sharing with you a new trick I learned: How to schedule Instagram posts from your computer.

Crazy right? As a blogger I like to have posts on my Instagram to promote new content every once in awhile but it is can be inconvenient to do since I’m not always able to be on my phone or I’ll have a high-res blog image on my computer but not on my phone. Here is how I resolved the problem using the website Latergram.me. If you have a business or blog and want to promote on Instagram while you are off the clock, this post is for you.

Latergram is an amazing website where you can upload photos and schedule them to your Instagram account. It is an easy process where you upload the photo and your captain, pick a time, and then when it’s ready to post the Latergram phone app sends you a notification. You open up the notification and click post, then you are done.

How to pre-schedule Instagram posts

How to schedule posts on Instagram:

  1. Create an account on Latergram. It’s an easy social sign on using your Instagram account.
  2. Upload an image. If you want the perfect square image, edit your photo to 640 x 640 pixels before adding it to the website. You can crop to square in Latergram but it isn’t a perfect system so I like to do it manually.
  3. Set your text, hashtags, and posting time and then click Create Post. Use getemoji.com if you want to copy and paste an emoji into your Instagram post.
  4. Download the Latergram iPhone app.
  5. Then click post when the app reminds you that a photo is scheduled.

Latergram.me is free to use but if you have multiple Instagram accounts you can get a paid account and manage multiple accounts at once. This is the perfect feature for social media management firms.

The only bummer about this method is that you have to have your phone with you during the scheduled post period so that you can click the button to add it to your Instagram. This is a required feature from Instagram’s terms and conditions. But either way, you can prepare and upload your photo post from a computer – which is a huge time saver and great marketing tool for those that keep an editorial calendar and want to promote content on Instagram.

The only feature I wish Latergram had was an in-house photo editing tool. That would make Latergram all I’d ever need.

Have you found any other methods for pre-scheduling on Instagram? What are your favorite Instagram techniques? Let me know in the comments.

In Happiness on
March 25, 2015

Blogger Positivity – #BloggersCelebrate

Celebrate blogging  happiness with #BloggersCelebrate

Hi Kind Friends! Today I am very happy to present to you a post I’ve been meaning to write forever. A few weeks ago… Whoa. It was actually in January. How did that happen? Anyway, in January I was attending the #USBloggersChat (every Thursday from 8-9 PM EST, hosted by @ChowDownUSA and @NatalesM) and the topic of blogger positivity and community came up.

When talking with these girls, Manpreet suggested we come up with a hashtag to use whenever us bloggers have something to be happy about. In response to that idea I came up with the name #BloggersCelebrate.

Blogging is a very saturated market, there is a blog for literally every niche you can imagine. Because of the stress to shine in such a big world, blogging can sometimes bring you down. It’s easy to compare yourself to others, to feel down about the numbers, to get discouraged, etc. Despite how you can feel down at times, blogging is a beautiful world. It’s a place where everyone and anyone can express themselves. I don’t know where I’d be without it.

So let’s celebrate. Whenever you experience a success, reach a milestone, write a blog post that really means a lot to you, get a new blog design, or just feel really good for a productive writing day – share it with other bloggers on Twitter and Instagram with #BloggersCelebrate. Lets all support each other by searching the hashtag frequently and sending encouraging message to each other.

Manpreet on her blog Simply-M also wrote about #BloggersCelebrate if you’d like to give it a read. Some other posts that I think you all would love if you appreciate the idea of #BloggersCelebrate is I’m Still Here (why the numbers don’t matter) and 5 Blogging Lessons I’ve Had to Learn.

Are you a blogger? Tell me your blog in the comments! Lets celebrate together.

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In My Journal on
October 28, 2014

I’m Still Here

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I debated writing this article for less than two minutes. I had to share this, not just for me – but for everyone.

As my regular readers know, I’ve been doing “this blogging thing” for four years now. It started with my YouTube channel and grew into the site you see today. It isn’t big but I wouldn’t say it’s small. I’m not famous but I wouldn’t say I’m irrelevant. I’m not a visionary but I wouldn’t say I’m not inspirational.

I’m just me…And I think that’s why this is important to say.

I started vlogging and blogging because I didn’t have many people to talk to. Sure, I had friends but they didn’t have the same interests as me. Like so many other bloggers out there, I started blogging so that I could have a place to call my own. A digital home to express myself.

I realize that now, but when I started my channel that was a different story. I acted like a typical beauty guru, even though that wasn’t who I was. Quickly my subscriber numbers climbed and I was getting 1,000-3,000 views per video with my most viewed video having over 300,000 views. Not an astronomical number but considering how crowded the beauty community is…This was and is still a big deal for me. All signs were pointed to me becoming “a thing.”

Shortly after joining the YouTube Partner Program (at the time there was an application process), I became a StyleHaul partner. StyleHaul is a multi-platform network that works to help partners become more profitable and grow faster. I was ecstatic to join the team and triple the amount of money I was making with this new partnership.

Contractually I am not allowed to say my pay at StyleHaul but the gist of it is that you get a CPM rate, meaning you get a certain amount of money per thousand views. This really appealed to me because it felt more stable than just getting a random percentage of ads sold on my channel month to month from YouTube and Google Adsense. I was locked into this rate for two years and then after those two years, the rate would increase if I stayed with the company. This works for StyleHaul because they take a gamble on what channels they think will eventually be worth more than the rate paid. Assuming I understand the process, they believed I had something worth backing.

As time went on, I realized that I wasn’t being true to myself. I was buying into the beauty guru community and was molding myself to fit in. I’d also like to add here that I love the beauty community and have no problems with it. 85% of the channels I subscribe to are beauty gurus. It just isn’t me. It never was.

So, I stopped fitting the mold and started to add more lifestyle content. My YouTube channel and blog became who I really was and what I really needed, a place to express myself.

And then the views started going down. People stopped subscribing. I was no longer on the fast track.

You know what? That’s okay. I grew to be okay with my new position. The viewers that were sticking around cared about me for who I truly was, not who I was pretending to be. It was worth it.

But then last month I got an email from StyleHaul. Even though I stayed with them after my two year contract and my rate had increased, I was being “demoted” (my words, not theirs) to a percentage based pay instead of a fixed rate.

The money I was receiving before was not substantial. Like I said, my views were down. But that money paid for one of my grocery bills every month and I was immensely proud that doing what I loved was helping me feed my little family. This new percentage based pay? It yielded me less than half of one of my grocery bills.

I’m not upset at StyleHaul. I appreciate what they have done for me over the years and I can see why this move made sense, business wise. My channel didn’t pay off and they had a right to cut their investment. I still get the benefit of being part of their network and get more of a cut on the money I generate from ads than I would have without them but it still stung. Numbers wise, I was no longer a winning horse.

But what big companies don’t see, is my heart. It’s in the right place. I am me, finally. I’m still here. That is worth celebrating.

I am writing this not to bring attention to my situation but to tell all of you that no matter what other people see in you, only you know your true potential. You are important. You are worth it. Being yourself is worth more in the end.

I believe in you.

2015 update:

My four year contract has expired and I told StyleHaul that I would not like to renew. In these email correspondences they told me that all channels are being shifted to a percentage of ad revenue rather than a CPM. I don’t know if that is true or if larger channels still have a CPM but I thought for the sake of disclosure I should mention it in my follow up.

But regardless, I wasn’t interacting with the network often so I thought I’d give it a go on my own.

To my happy surprise, I’m making a little more on my own than with StyleHaul. Still no where near my peak a few years ago but regardless, it helped ease a bit of my nerves after leaving the company.

So, I’m still here. I’m still writing. I’m who I was meant to be, finally.

In Beauty, My Journal, Tips on
June 20, 2014

Updated Morning Routine – Working From Home

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A lot has changed the past year of my life. Working full time, moving, planning our wedding, getting a dog, now getting a cat. I have so many more responsibilities. Here I am today to show you what a productive morning routine looks like for me.

It all starts at 7 AM when I wake up to see my dog staring at me. I get up, chug some water, and get slightly more presentable before I head out the door with Mustache for our morning walk. When I’m not productive I’ll just take Mustache for a shorter walk and get back into bed to read. Currently I’m reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (for the first time since middle school) or some fanfiction. If I’m too tired for even that I’ll just close my eyes a little longer and listen to Audible (currently loving Game of Thrones).

After returning and turning off the Lorna Jane and Charity Miles (video on how Charity Miles works) apps I change my clothes. Today I’m working out so I just put on general workout clothes.

Then comes skincare and general hygiene. Currently I’m oil pulling (thanks for the tip on this Shannon Sullivan) to whiten my teethe and prevent cavities. While I swished the oil around my mouth I washed my face with a Bare Minerals cleanser, then applied Citrus Clear Moisturizer (c/o) mixed with a bit of Turmeric to help fight acne and inflammation. For my neck and chest I applied a Antipodes serum (c/o). Check out my last skincare routine featuring Antipodes if you are interested.

Then, I tamed my hair. Since I was just working out today and not going anywhere special, I braided my hair.

I normally only wear makeup one – three times a week. Usually when I’m going to wedding appointments, seeing family, or filming a video. For day-to-day life and quick errands I’m always makeup free.

Now onto some cleaning. Cleaning really helps pass the time and it soothes me nerves. The 20 minutes of oil pulling is finally up so I head downstairs and have breakfast. I love eating pancakes in the morning (especially Blogilates two ingredient pancakes) but today it’s just some cereal while I write in my planner.

To keep me entertained I’ll usually put on Spotify (especially the Coffee House playlist embedded below) or I’ll listen to Audible while I do some more housework.

Last, on a productive day I’ll work out. I always feel better about myself when I’ve done some sort of exercises. Today I focused mostly on stretching and strength training.

It’s 9:30 AM by the time I’ve finished all of these tasks. My morning is officially over and it’s off to work. I’ll change into “normal” clothes and get working on blogging, emails, and then work for omghow.com.

What does a normal morning look like for you?

In My Journal on
January 22, 2014

Celebrating Love – My New Website

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On Monday I revealed on my social media a very special project that I’ve been working on for almost two months, a new blog. It isn’t going to replace this one, not at all. But it’s a new adventure I’m really excited to be working on.

My new website: ElephantsRememberLove.com

Without question the most important part of my life is Chris, my family, and my friends. Yet, I don’t treat them as nicely as I should. I’m not always the best sister, friend, or fiance. It’s something I want to make a priority from now on.

I always do best when I know others are watching. Am I the only one? So to help myself, and hopefully others, express love more often I created this website. It is going to have tips for leading a happy relationship with the people they love, DIY gifts, date ideas, and more. 

The best part, it isn’t written only by me. ERL is going to be a contribution website. I couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with others. Love is so diverse, I want to make sure I represent that. 

I’m so excited for what I hope to be a new and amazing part of my life, one full of love. 

Also, it works with a few of my resolutions. I’m celebrating love and taking creative risks!