I'm Back! (Almost!!)

Today is the last final of my first semester in college.  I don't think I've ever been so happy to see a day arrive since I was pregnant!!I've been absent from this blog for quite a while...college took up all my time!  But I'm back and for the next three weeks I'll be here every day.Summer semester begins on May 28th.  I think I'll have a better handle on the next semester so hopefully I will be able to post a bit more.I can't wait to get back in to the swing of things...I've missed all of you!!...more

Tap tap tap... is this thing on?

After ongoing nagging spasms of guilt over NOT writing, characterized by agonies over what on earth I should DO (beyond "just write!") to get back in the groove of creativity, and culminating in an inspiration-seeking Facebook post reaching out to my fellow writers for solutions and input, I am tentatively dipping a toe back into the long-neglected ocean of blogging. I'm still not sure exactly how I'm going to do it, or what I'm going to say, but I'm here! ...more
@Denise Thank you, Denise! I am a little in love with them all. :)more

How to Keep Up Your Blog in the Summertime

With only a handful of days left to go until May arrives, plenty of small business owners are focusing on how to drive in a bigger customer base and work around employee vacation scheduling. As far as maintaining a blog, whether it’s professional or even personal, that often finds itself falling to the wayside on the priority list and resurfacing back to life come September. Avoid letting the dust collect on your blog or posting semi-involved “filler posts” this summer with my tips!When in doubt, Instagram it out...more

The Haps on SNAP 2013

Last week I got the pleasure of attending SNAP 2013 just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Hundreds of creative bloggers from all over the country (and Canada!) flocked to a beautiful little place called Thanksgiving point to participate in this event. If you follow any creative bloggers on Instagram, your feed was probably blowing up with dozens of pictures of the same centerpiece, speaker, or event. It was really funny for me to sign onto my Instagram, only to see many other bloggers I've followed for so long posting pictures of the same thing I was looking at in person. ...more

Six Steps to Starting a Social Media Business

In college (twenty years ago) I took a course called "Better Business Practices," where having a plan was lesson number one.At the time of this course, however, I had my eyes on New York (a different plan) and didn't pay enough attention to the good advice of Mr. Knowledgable Teacher.These days, floating in between two worlds; the married stay-at-home-mom world and the your-own-your-own-babe world; I realized I'd better get serious about what it is I'm choosing to do with my time....more

Weekly Marketing Skinny: April 21, 2013

Weekly Marketing Skinny: April 21, 2013 http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com/weekly-marketing-skinny-april-2-2013/ In the spotlight this week:...more

Scared to Submit Your Work for VOTY? Don't Be!

I know when you’re a small fry in the blog/writing arena, it’s easy to get intimidated and feel left out because those with bigger platforms are being nominated, called out, read, and recognized -- and recognizing their own peers. But hear me: SMALL DOES NOT EQUAL INSIGNIFICANT and is in no way an indication of the value and worth of your work and your story....more
@lindalainey YOU ROCK.more

The Lifecycle of a Blogger

1. Why not become a blogger, right? Why not?! I have stories to tell. I have opinions. I have important things to tell the world. I know I’m not going to become the next Dooce or anything (but maybe I’ll be the next Amalah?). This is going to be good. I’ll start with a 2500-word introduction to my life story, just the self-involved parts. ...more
nerdgirlmom Thanks!more

WAHM: Getting Back on a Regular Writing Schedule

I realized the other day that I really haven’t been as proactiveabout writing as I need to be lately. I’ve been telling myself that it is due to a smattering of things – like work, a six month old, helping my hubby with his company…lots of things. And then I read a previous post of my own about blogging. And it said that if you want to have a successful blog, you need to write at least five times a week. And you know what? I was completely right when I wrote that. All of these excuses are just that: excuses....more