How to Plan Out a Blog in 5 Easy Steps

"Katie, how do I start a blog?" This question has become rather common recently and is one that I find a little tricky to answer in a way that can be most helpful to those asking. I usually respond with "What do you want to blog about?" at which point an awkward pause usually follows. When this happens I know that it would be unhelpful of me to go through the click-by-click specifics of starting a blog. Instead, I take a step back and delve into the essential steps based on the foundation you build before starting a blog. ...more

13 Easy Posts That Will Get You Over Writer's Block

It's happens to all bloggers at some point. Blogger's block. You want to write a post. You feel like you need to write a post. You sit down to write a post. And the mind goes blank. You've got nothing. The harder you try, the more your brain freezes. Sometimes it's an indication that you need a break. Frequently, though, it's a temporary thing and all you need is a little inspiration (or a few tips) to get going again. Here are 13 tips to help you overcome blogger's block. ...more
Thank you for this. I am new to blogging and already feel like I have writers block. I think ...more

How to Get Started With Periscope

Oh look, another social media platform... Just what we need. I'll admit it; I was reluctant to get at first, but I LOVE Periscope! If you haven't heard of it yet, Periscope is a live-streaming app owned by Twitter. The fun part about it is that you have the ability to interact with followers in real time. If you're wondering how to get started with Periscope, here's how. ...more
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6 Lunch Hour Activities for Bloggers in Need of a Creativity Boost

It’s 11AM and your inspiration has run completely dry. You’ve already completed your “mindless” tasks for the day like checking emails and gathering project updates, so what do you do now?...more

The Simple Change I Made That Helps Me Write 1000+ Words a Day

When writers don't feel they are writing enough, they often resort to trying to write a certain numbers of words each day as a challenge. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Setting a goal of writing a certain number of words each day can be motivating and get you to write more than you would have otherwise done. The problem is many writers set a daily goal which is too difficult to achieve which makes them feel as if they failed. The sad part is they may be writing more than they ever were, but still feel as if they failed....more

How to Plan Out a Blog in 5 Easy Steps

"Katie, how do I start a blog?" This question has become rather common recently and is one that I find a little tricky to answer in a way that can be most helpful to those asking. I usually respond with "What do you want to blog about?" at which point an awkward pause usually follows. When this happens I know that it would be unhelpful of me to go through the click-by-click specifics of starting a blog. Instead, I take a step back and delve into the essential steps based on the foundation you build before starting a blog. ...more

5 Things That Inspired Me to Return to Blogging

I enthusiastically started my lifestyle blog January 2015. I researched the blogging process, selected a platform, bought books about blogging as well as a blog planner. I even found online mentors whose step by step advice I could follow. After gathering all these resources, I sat in front my computer and created a few decent blog posts. Three weeks later, my creative well dried up. I didn't know what else to write. I left the blogging world within a matter of weeks. I now realize I made some strategic errors in my first attempt at blogging. After taking a couple months off, I am now prepared to blog consistently. Here are five things that helped me renew my enthusiasm and inspired me to return to blogging. ...more

How Do You Know Where Your Audience is Hanging Out Online?

So, you're blogging but you don't know where your readers are coming from. Maybe you don't even know if you have more readers than your mom. (Hi, mom!) How do you reach your readers if you have no clue where they're hanging out? ...more

13 Easy Posts That Will Get You Over Writer's Block

It's happens to all bloggers at some point. Blogger's block. You want to write a post. You feel like you need to write a post. You sit down to write a post. And the mind goes blank. You've got nothing. The harder you try, the more your brain freezes. Sometimes it's an indication that you need a break. Frequently, though, it's a temporary thing and all you need is a little inspiration (or a few tips) to get going again. Here are 13 tips to help you overcome blogger's block. ...more
Thank you for this. I am new to blogging and already feel like I have writers block. I think ...more

Time to Hit the Beach - My Three Tips

Ah, summer. World's most unanimously waited for and beloved season. Time to pack your bags, drop your troubles and hit the beach! But whoa, slow down there! Leaving the house without thinking might seem like a good idea in the moment, but trust me, it does NOT pan out....more

Periscope For Dummies

Welcome to The Vicki Winters Show!I never get tired of saying that.  Periscope.TV and Meerkat, two recently launched Social Media Marketing apps, make it possible for anyone with a phone or tablet to have their own personal broadcast network....more