5 Best Blogger Investments

I have been blogging for a little over three years now and I have put a little money in behind the scenes. If you are a new blogger, I wouldn’t recommend going out and dropping a lot of money, especially since you don’t know if blogging is something that you are going to continue doing. If you are serious about blogging, then these are a few things that I have found to make blogging easier. Enjoy!
  1. Ring Light- a ring light is perfect for the cute flat lays that you see all over Instagram.
  2. Theme- If you want your blog to have personality, purchase a theme that fits your aesthetic.
  3. Smart Phone- If you don’t already have a phone with a good camera, you need on in your life. 99.99% of the time, I am taking photos, writing blog posts, and taking notes on my iPhone 8 plus. Just saying, these devices are worth it in the blogging world.
  4. Custom Domain- This makes you look professional and makes it easier for your audience to find you!
  5. Grammarly- Although there is a free version, the premium version helps improve your vocabulary.
There you have it! My 5 investments as a blogger. Do you have any favorites? I need to do some more investing. I hope that this helped.
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Bloggers Looking for Collaborations!

As a blogger, I don’t always have the money to fork out to try a new product. I spend my money on bills and other important stuff that I usually forget about in a month. If you are a blogger that is just getting started, or an Instagrammer looking for collaborations, I have discovered a new app that I think you will love.

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I don’t remember where I saw the add for this app, but I am glad that I did. Muses App is a community of bloggers and companies looking for people to collaborate with. Not only can you receive product for posts, but some of the opportunities are paid! You can search through tons of different collaborations and choose the ones that better fit you and your audience.

This app is also great for those that are looking to grow their platform followers. You can connect and meet with other Muses around the world, or right in your very own town. I bet that you are super excited and are going to download it now. Well if you are, I will make it easier for you. Click here to get started collaborating! I think that you are going to love this app just as much as I do. When you download it, make sure that you add me as a favorite!

10 Tips for New Bloggers

The number one question that I get asked is “I am starting a blog, do you have any tips for me?”. The answer is yes I do! I have been blogging for almost four years now and have learned some things along the way.

Continue reading to get my blogging tips! Make sure that you are following my blog for more posts like this!

 

  1. The first tip that I have for anyone, is to make sure that you choose a topic that you love. Blogging takes a lot of time and effort, so you want to make sure that you are enjoying the time that you invest in.
  2. Tip number two is to make blogging friends! Connecting with people can be very helpful, they can share advice and you can share your advice with them! There are so many different opportunities that can come out of just being genuine friends.
  3. Number three, stay consistent. I am sure that this tip doesn’t just apply to blogging. If you are trying to gain your Instagram following, YouTube channel, or anything else, you must stay consistent.
  4. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Blogging has pushed me outside of a box that I didn’t even realize that I was in. Taking photos in public use to terrify me! Now I can give two fucks if people are looking at me weird. They are never going to see me again.
  5. Use the resources that are given. Take advantage of hashtags, tags, and sharing! Try sharing your blog posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
  6. Just like YouTube, titles are important. Make sure that the titles are going to catch your reader’s attention.
  7. Add pretty photos, readers like visuals.
  8. Scheduling blog posts ahead of time is a great way to save time.
  9. Collaborate with other bloggers. This helps to grow your blog following and introduces your blog to a whole new audience.
  10. Remember to have fun! Don’t feel like you have to write posts, it’s going to take the fun out of blogging and you will get burnt out. Blog when you want to and mix it up every now and again.

Q&A: Bakersfield Beauty Blogger

Wednesday means that the week is almost over! A couple of days ago, I hopped onto Instagram and asked my audience if they would love to read a Q & A and most of them said yes! If you would like to be a part of those polls, make sure that you are following me on Instagram. 

Now let’s jump in and get to know the girl in Bakersfield just a little bit more!

What primer do you use for a matte look?

I am in love with the Rimmel Stay Matte primer! It’s the best and super affordable.

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because, I needed some sort of creative outlet that I could be myself and really express my passions.

What was your main inspiration?

My main inspiration was honestly YouTube beauty gurus. I loved watching all of the beauty videos and all of the beautiful women getting to be their selves. I wanted to start a channel of my own, just needed something less intimidating. Then I thought to myself, duh! A blog is less scary, but still gets my message out there!

What advice do you have for a beginner blogger?

My advice to you would be to find your own style and consistency is key. When you are blogging, blog for yourself, cause it won’t be fun if you are doing it for the wrong reasons. Another tip is to use your tags! If you are trying to gain followers, those are how people are really going to find you. I can keep going trust me!

What is your favorite vacation destination?

I love going to the beach! I could live there if it wasn’t so damn expensive!

What is your favorite TV show?

I am so in love with Once Upon a Time! Hook is gorgeous and I love all of the fairytales! I am also loving Riverdale and Fuller House for sure.

So many great questions! Thank you all who asked me and wanted to know a little more about me. If you would like a part two, go ahead and leave some questions in the comment section.

Remember to stay confident!

 

7 Tips for Growing a Business While Working a Full-Time Job

Having a full-time job and running a few businesses on the side can be quite a challenge. I have; a 9-5 job, I run this blog, I am growing my Instagram account, I run a Poshmark closet, and I own an event and wedding planning business. All while being a wife to my husband and being a mom to my Rottweiler baby and my siamese cat. For today’s Work it Wednesday, I am going to be sharing a few tips with you that can help you work while you work.

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Tip 1. Wake up early

Waking up an hour earlier each day can give you the extra time that is needed to finish that blog post or post inventory that you didn’t have time to do the night before.

Tip 2. Have a daily routine

Having a daily routine will help to stay organized and make time after work for your business that you are hoping to leave your 9-5 for.

Tip 3. Set Goals

I know that I am repetitive with this tip, but I am going to share it again. Set goals for yourself.  Setting goals will keep you on track, with a full-time job, getting side tracked is a very easy thing to do.

Tip 4. Make time for your future business

Utilize every break that you have. Instead of playing Uno after lunch, pull out your laptop and get those e-mails out. Post to your business Facebook or Instagram. If you are a PoshBabe, share those clothes on Poshmark and figure out a way to make that sale. If you are trying to break 1 million Instagram followers, make sure that you use your 15-minute break to reply to every single comment.  whatever you can to make that extra dollar while you are not getting paid for that one-hour lunch break.

Tip 5. Set timers

Setting timers will also help to manage your time correctly. Give your self only so much time in the morning to do your makeup. Have a timer set for cleaning the house, that way you don’t stay up all night cleaning and getting carried away. Set a timer for daily meditation and affirmations. Saving time will help you succeed, remember, you have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce.

Tip 6. Keep a journal

Having a journal with you at your 9-5 is perfect for jotting down all of your business ideas. This tip is perfect for those that have the best ideas during very random times throughout the day.

Tip 7. Take a day off

Allow yourself a day off, if not, you will get burnt out fast.

Well, there you have it! 7 of my biggest tips for running a business while you have a full-time job. It can get hard at times, but just keep chugging along. You didn’t get this far, only to get this far. 

How to Start a Blog 

Hello you creative little blogger! If you have stumbled upon this post, it is probably because you are new to blogging and need some tips, or you haven’t started your blog yet but you want to. Before we get started, I would just like to say, that in no way am I saying that I am a professional blogger; I have only been blogging for a little over a year. These are just some of the tips which have helped me along the way. I have written down the things I wish I had known when I first started blogging. Alright, now that we have got that out of the way, let’s jump into the fun stuff!

• The first thing that you need to do in order to start a blog, is to get inspired. Think of the reason that made you want to start blogging in the first place. Hold on to that. Whatever the reason may be, choose a topic that you love. I love beauty, fashion, and life-hacks, so guess what I write about?!

• The next step is to choose a website that you want to run your blog through. There are a lot of sites out there; WordPress, BlogLovin, and Godaddy are just a few. Do your research and choose one that works best for you. I chose WordPress because it is free and you have quite a bit of control over your blog. I would not recommend purchasing the site, unless you know that you are going to be blogging for a while. Purchasing is a big commitment.

• This next step may take some time, or it may not. Finding that perfect domain name took me two tries….. TWO! Don’t be like me, take your time and think of the long run. This is the name that people are going to see the most.

• After you have it set up, it is time to add some personality to your blog. Some of the things that you can add to spice up your blog include: an amazing About Me page, a theme that fits you and your fantastic personality, and don’t forget to upload a profile picture!

• Once you have added all of the glitz and glam, now it is time to write your first post! Find topic that you love, don’t waste your time writing about something you are not passionate about. People can sense when you don’t care as much plus it totally takes the fun out of blogging!! If you like food and creating recipes, blog about food and creating recipes. If you like cars and motorcycles, blog about cars and motorcycles. You are not going to be the only one who cares about the topics that you love, I promise. Make your blog stand out!


• When you create your post, make sure to tag keywords and categorize about the topic.

Example: If I am writing about my current makeup routine, I would use the Category-Makeup, and use tags like; beauty, lipsticks, foundation, mascara. When you use these tags, they help get your post out there and let other people with the same interest, see your post. That way you are not the only one reading it.

•Share your post. This may be a big step for some people, I know that it is hard putting yourself out there, but this boosts your views and will most likely boost your followers.

• Adding pictures to your blog post is important, especially if your blog post is going to be really wordy, people need to have something to look at.

• If you take anything away from this post, I would like you to remember not to get discouraged. 40,000 followers do not grow overnight. Good things take time.

• My last and quite possibly most important tip, is to remember to have fun.

 These are just a couple of the many things that come along with blogging. I hope that this post helps you in some way. Post great content and enjoy yourself. Don’t forget to let your personality shine through!

P.S. You are beautiful!