What I’m doing to improve my blog


Making time to write or work on the blog each day

This year I made my blog a priority again, and committed to working on the blog everyday. And working on the blog isn’t just writing, it includes many of the things listed below, as well as blog maintenance. If you want to see your blog grow and improve, you have to be willing to put in the time and effort. It’s worth it.

Adding pictures to each post and making those pictures pinnable

I told myself to work on this a long time ago, and finally I’m following my own advice. Now I always make sure that I add a picture to each post. It takes a little more time, but it’s worth it because it will make the blog more appealing to readers. I also make sure to give that picture the same title as the post it goes with which is good for SEO.

I’m also working on adding text to each picture to make it more Pinnable. I still need improvement and consistency in this area, but I’m getting there. And I know I need to use vertical images instead. It’s a work in progress, people!

Working on SEO

I downloaded the Yoast SEO plugin, which makes it easy to optimize each post. But I’m not just using it on new posts, I’m going back and updating my old posts as well. This is a long process, but one that I know will be worth it. I’m already seeing my visitor count go up!

Making an effort to connect with other bloggers

This is the hardest part of blogging for me. I read a lot of blogs, but I wasn’t taking the time to connect with the person who wrote that blog. Now I am. I’m commenting on posts, Tweeting them, and Pinning them.

I’m also making an effort to follow more people on social media, but I don’t follow just to get a follow back. I hate when people do that. If I follow someone it’s because I enjoy their work.

Added a search bar

This was a tip by Alyssa from her post on how to make your site more user friendly. I use the search bar myself when I want to look up old posts to link to.

Keeping the Best of page updated

My Best of page was anything but my best work. It was so outdated. I’ve since updated it, and I will continue to add to it.

Changed my layout

I’ve always coded my own layout. Always. But I wanted a responsive layout. That means that my blog will adjust to whatever size screen a viewer is using, including smart phones and tablets. My skills just weren’t up to that task, so I’m using Twenty Fifteen from WordPress. I love it! I also made the choice to give up my pink background for a white one. It was hard, people! But I believe that this change made my blog easier to read.

So, what are you doing to improve your blog? Do you have any tips for me? Let me know in the comments!

Write those end of the year posts now


One of my November Commitments is to start writing my end of the year posts now. December will be a hectic month for everyone with getting ready for Christmas and New Year’s. Work will also be exhausting for me since I work in retail and December is our busiest month.

With all that will be going on, I don’t want my blog to suffer. And I’m sure that you don’t either. So here some ideas to get you started writing for your end of the year round up.

Let’s make a list

What kind posts do you want to write for the end of the year? Best of? Reflection posts? Once you know what kind of posts you want to write, make a list of the different post titles. This is just your starting point, so you can change your titles later.

Below I’m going to give you some potential titles for your end of the year round up. Some of these are super simple, which is just what you need at this time of year. Quick posts that will still provide value, as they are like a highlight reel for your blog.

Ideas for “Best of” Posts

There so many post ideas here! Here are just a few ideas if you want to keep your posts blog and social media related:

  • Most Popular Posts of the Year
  • Best of Instagram
  • Best of Twitter
  • Most Liked Facebook Posts
  • Most Pinned Pins
  • Best Blogs You started reading in 2015

You can also go with some “Best of” posts for offline life.

  • Best Movies of 2015
  • Best Books of 2015
  • Best TV Shows of 2015

Ideas for Reflection Posts

If you want to keep them blogging and social media related:

  • Blogging Lessons learned in 2015
  • Blogging Goals for 2016

Here are ideas if you want to focus on your real life:

  • Ten things you learned in 2015
  • Ten New Things you tried in 2015
  • Milestones reached in 2015
  • Goals for 2016

Now that you have your list, start writing! That’s what I’m going to do! :)

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15 Post Ideas for Your Blog


Sometimes we all get a little stuck for ideas. It’s just part of being a writer and blogger, that dreaded writer’s block. So, here are a few topics that you can use when you’re at a loss for what to write about. A few of these I’ve wrote about here, and some are sitting in my drafts folder waiting to be completed. I hope that they give you some inspiration.

1. A List of Goals – Personal, Spiritual, Health, Education, Style etc

Write in depth about why you set these particular goals and how you plan on achieving them, picking a different list for each day.

2. Your to be read list.

Write a review of each book after you have read it. If you’re like me, you probably have a huge TBR list so there will endless post ideas here.

3. A DVD review of your favorite show.

Dedicate a week or longer to reviewing it. Write reviews of favorite episodes, the characters, the extras, the theme of that particular season (if there is one), and write about why the show is your favorite.

4. You life now vs. your childhood dreams

Write about how different your life is from what you pictured as a kid or teenager. Is it better than what you pictured? How so? Focus on the positive.

5. Your favorite singer/band.

Dedicate a week or longer to them. Review each of their albums. Review favorite songs and tell about why those particular songs mean so much to you. Tell about why they are your favorite artist.

6. Plan out your dream vacation.

Write about why you picked this destination and plan your itinerary.

7. Trademarks of your favorite author.

Write about some of the things that you have come to expect from every book they write. What do you love about those trademarks? What can you do without?

8. Your blogging milestones.

No doubt that it was hard getting there, so celebrate when you reach your 100th, 200th 500th, etc post.

9. Blogging Advice

Write about the best advice you have received or found since you started blogging.

10. What you would like to see in the upcoming season of your favorite show.

Did the show end on a cliffhanger? How would you like to see it resolved? In what direction would you like to see the writer’s take your favorite characters?

11. Why one of your favorite shows isn’t quite as good as it use to be.

What do you miss about it’s glory days? In what ways can the show improve?

12. Favorite posts from some of your favorite bloggers.

You can make this a weekly series, like I do with Saturday Sharing. Or you can do a round up of links around one of your favorite topics like blogging tips, style help, writing tips, etc.

13. Something new that you recently tried.

Did you try something new recently? A new craft or recipe? Did you cross an item off your bucket list? Write a post about it!

14. Your bucket list

All those things you dream of doing someday, write about it!

15. A “best of” list.

Share your best blog posts, most liked pictures on Instagram, most liked Facebook posts, or Tweets. These will be fun, but simple and quick posts.

If these inspire you to write a post, be sure to let me know so I can come by and read it.

Have you ever had writer’s block? What to you do when you’re stuck for ideas? Let me know in the comments!