Growing My Blog From Good To Great #LiveYourPassion - PegCityLovely

Wow, the last few months have been a whirlwind of  events, interviews, giveaways and just overall fun! Before I even start this post, a huge thank you is in order to each and every one of you who read my blog and continue to come back for more....more

The Most Treasured Thing I Learned

NaBloPoMo – BlogHer – March 2014Monday, March 31, 2014 Tell us one thing you learned about yourself this month.~~~~~~~~As NaBoPoMo’s March challenge comes to a close, I can say that I learned a lot about myself. I found that I work better alone, but I do not like to travel alone. My grandchildren keep my self-confidence boosted and my husband is my best friend....more

Black People Blogging

Black People Blogging is no longer just a Personal Dating Blog! Black People Blogging is now a Personal Blogging Platform for Artists, Entrepreneurs, Small Businesses and anyone who wants to learn how to blog!With virtually free hosting, free blog training and internet marketing business opportunities, Black People Blogging is certain to reach our initial goal of 1000 Members! Become a Lifetime Member...more

Blog Hopping

Here is the second way I use to get traffic to my sites. It's called Blog Hopping. The first thing you want to do is look for other blogs you can post to. Google your "keyword+blog" and you should find tons of blogs in your niche. Secondly, bookmark ever blog you wish to contribute to. Subscribe to each blog's RSS feed so you will be alerted when new content is added to each blog. Thirdly, post replies that offer real value to keep the conversation going. Avoid "me too" posts, as they do not add value and sound like you really don't care....more

Join me for Cake & Wine (Whine)

A PLEASANT HOUSE'S 2ND ANNIVERSARY!  Happy Anniversary to my little Blog! It was 2 years ago that I found out what a blog was. Up until that point I thought it was just that sooty perspiration left under arms in LA. I was reading Martha Stewart Living and they featured several gardening bloggers in an article.  I sti...more

Thoughtfulness Thursday: 100 Posts!

I know for a lot of bloggers 100 posts isn't a big deal, but I'm pretty proud I've made it 100 posts in. I never really thought I'd blog or have people reading my blog. I've made lots of wonderful friends so far and it's only been a few months. I continue to enjoy blogging and hearing what my readers find most interesting. I enjoy the connections I've made and the products that I've gotten to try/wear. I am grateful that I have been welcomed into the blogging community with open arms....more

Back To Basics Blogging

My name is Nichelle Stephens. When I first started blogging ten years ago, I was "Nichelle Newsletter".  Some people even thought that  "Newsletter" was my real last name.  My blog was personal. It was about the things I did, the things I like and the occasional rant.  Then I December of 2004, I started another blog about cupcakes and then in summer of 2005 I went to the first ever BlogHer conference....more
I don't know why I hadn't tried blogging before now because I love to write. Writing has been my ...more

Stop Misusing Social Media by Following These Easy Steps

Do you ever feel like you're spinning your wheels on social media? You publish a post and then think that it's time to get to work sharing it all over Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +? We hope that the traffic comes in and our numbers go up and our audience is engaged.  But we also feel tired and more often than not as if we're talking to a wall. It's time to rethink social media. ...more
I was moving on from this article to do just the things you pointed out were wrong, and why they ...more

Smile! You Aren't Breaking Copyright - Getty Images Now Free to Embed

The news of Getty Images is awesome for us bloggers. What news is that, you ask? They’re making a selection from their huge image bank available for free embedding.  Why is that a good thing? Because it’s legit.  ...more