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A Brick Home: Blogging schedule when you're a stay at home mom

How to Find Time to Blog when You’re a SAHM

I’m fairly new to this mom thing. Ever since bringing my beauty queen into the world 7 months ago, I have grown to have an entirely new appreciation for mommas. I have always had a deep respect for moms, but after becoming one, that respect skyrocketed to a completely other level. Can we all just quickly give a shout out to all the mommas out there? You rock. Related: -Start a Blog Like a Boss -8 Things NOT to Do when You Start a Blog -The 3 Keys to Blogging Success -Starting a Blog? Do These 5 Things First I absolutely love being a stay-at-home-mom. And as much as I love spending every second with my baby girl and watching her grow, finding time to do anything other than take care of her is quite difficult. Running a blog is a lot of work, especially when you’re taking your first steps doing so. Before starting my blog, I thought “I barely have time to take care of myself outside of caring for my child. How can I possibly find time to run a blog?” It’s a valid question. I have found that the trick to running a blog while being a ...
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A Brick Home: Here's what NOT TO DO when you start a blog

8 Things NOT To Do When You Start a Blog

Starting a blog can be fun, exhilarating, and exciting, but it can also be somewhat intimidating too. You are, after all, putting yourself out there. And not only that, but you’re doing so in what some call a saturated marketplace. I’d like to quickly pause for a second and tell you that I don’t believe in saturated marketplaces. Yes, there are a lot of bloggers out there in the blogosphere, but there’s no reason you can’t stand out from the crowd and make a name for yourself or brand. You are unique and you have a unique perspective and new creative ideas to offer. If everyone thought in a glass-half-empty sort of way, most likely this world would be missing out on a lot of awesome companies. You have something new and different to offer, and you can build a group of followers who adore you. OK – un-pause. I just had to get that out. I want you to remember that there is so much potential for bloggers, even completely new bloggers. Related: -Start a Blog like a Boss (your comprehensive how-to guide) -Starting a Blog? Do These 5 Things First -6 Reasons to Start a Blog -The 3 ...
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A Brick Home: 15 Smart things to do the first month after you start a blog

15 Smart Things To Do the 1st Month After Starting a Blog

If you’re reading this and just started your own blog, congratulations on taking the plunge. If you haven’t yet started a blog and are doing your research in advance, good for you; I’m impressed! Here's a list of things you should do before you start your blog. If you're still on the fence and looking for some encouragement to start a blog, here are several reasons why you should. Blogging is really what you make it. You can blog as little or as much as you want. You can blog specifically to make money or simply for pleasure. You can spend one hour a day or you can spend 40 hours a week. It’s really up to you. The versatility that comes with blogging is why blogging is appealing to so many people. If you want to make money blogging, you should take the below steps within the first month or so after you start your blog. These tasks will help guide your blog for the next year and give your new business a proper foundation. Related Posts: 4 Reasons Bloggers Use Canva How to Add Images to Your Blog's Sidebar The 3 Keys to Blogging Success No-Fail Blog Post Ideas ...
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A Brick Home: 4 Reasons Bloggers Should Use Canva

4 Reasons Bloggers Should Use Canva

If you’re just starting out on your blogging journey, are still thinking about blogging, or are a seasoned blogger, this post is for you. Canva is an amazing tool that can help bloggers create beautiful, professional graphics without having any Photoshop skills. The use of esthetically pleasing images is especially important for a blogger because we rely on visually based social media platforms, like Pinterest and Instagram, to promote our content (to hopefully grow our audience). Related Posts: - 15 Smart Things to Do the First Month After Starting a Blog - How to Add Images to Your Blog's Sidebar - The 3 Keys to Blogging Success - No-Fail Blog Post Ideas - Do These 5 Things Before You Start a Blog If you want to be taken seriously as a blogger and want to monetize your blog, your images should be visually appealing and look professional. That’s why a tool like Canva is so important for a blogger. When I learned about Canva and began playing with the tool, I instantly became obsessed. I use Canva to create all my graphics for social media outlets. I also use it to add branding to my photos. CANVA IS FREE. Not only is it free to create an account ...
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A Brick Home: How to Add Images to Your Blog Using HTML

Tutorial: How to Add Images to Your WordPress Sidebar Using HTML

First and foremost, it’s important to know that you can add images to your sidebar without using HTML coding. There are several plugins you can install to do this. I always opt to do a little coding instead of using plugins because: I have more control. I think it’s faster. I come from the marketing world, so naturally, I think coding is pretty cool. Now, if you’re a newbie to HTML code, I’d suggest you learn a few small codes if you have a blog. It just makes blogging easier, and you can usually achieve the look you want with a few small codes. Related Posts: - 15 Smart Things to Do the First Month After Starting a Blog - 4 Reasons Bloggers Should Use Canva - The 3 Keys to Blogging Success - No-Fail Blog Post Ideas - Do These 5 Things Before You Start a Blog HERE'S HOW TO ADD IMAGES TO YOUR SIDEBAR USING HTML: Upload the images you want displayed in your sidebar to your media library. Click "Add New" and then click "Select Files." If you have already used the image and it lives in your library already, you don’t need to re-upload it. Click into the image and select “Edit more details” You’ll ...
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A Brick Home: The 3 Keys to Blogging Success

The 3 Keys to Blogging Success

Despite this blog post name, there are clearly more than three keys to blogging success. I’m limiting the number to three in this post because I’d argue these are the Most Valuable Players when it comes to blogging success. Without having the below three ideals implemented in your blogging strategy, you probably won’t see your blog blossom into the thriving flower it could be. Related Posts: - 15 Smart Things to Do the First Month After Starting a Blog - 4 Reasons Bloggers Should Use Canva - No-Fail Blog Post Ideas - Do These 5 Things Before You Start a Blog HERE ARE THE 3 KEYS TO BLOGGING SUCCESS: CONSISTENCY. Think about blogging like anything else you do well in life. If you’re into fitness, how often do you work out? It must be fairly often if you want to stay in shape. How about playing an instrument? Don’t you get better with practice? Blogging is similar in that if you want to be seen as a top blogger, you have to blog consistently. I don’t mean you need to blog everyday to be successful (you’ll see why when you read number 3 below). What I do mean is don’t start a blog, write three posts and then ...
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A Brick Home: 6 Reasons You Should Start a Blog

6 Reasons You Should Start a Blog

I’m sure there are several reasons that have led you to consider starting a blog. You may know a blogger or perhaps you spend a lot of time on Pinterest, and think, “hey! I can do that.”  And while you may have all these wonderful thoughts about blogging, there must be something holding you back if you’re reading this post. Fear not. While blogging does come with a learning curve, there are so many reasons why starting a blog is awesome. Related Posts: - 15 Smart Things to Do the First Month After Starting a Blog - 4 Reasons Bloggers Should Use Canva - The 3 Keys to Blogging Success -Start a Blog like a Boss - No-Fail Blog Post Ideas - Do These 5 Things Before You Start a Blog HERE ARE 6 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD START A  BLOG: EMPOWERMENT. Blogging makes you feel empowered. You are your own boss. No one telling you to make edits to your post, no one dictating you on what you should write about. You answer to you. And because you answer to only yourself (pending you aren’t part of a partnership blog), you learn at your own pace and you work hard to create quality content. There’s just something wonderful about ...
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A Brick home: No Fail Blog Post Ideas

No-Fail Blog Post Ideas

What was that brilliant blog post idea I had yesterday that I didn’t write down?  Yep, I’ve been there. We’ve all been there. Where did all those thoughts go, and why can’t we remember any of those topic ideas? I don’t know. But, what I do know, is that when you have these million dollar blog ideas, write them down!  Because, guess what, you’ll forget. Which brings me to the reason for this post. For the times when you don’t have a pen and paper handy or, err, I mean computer nearby and your brain is spilling out the most awesome, unforgettable ideas, you can click over to this post for some new ones. Related Posts: - Start a Blog Like a Boss - 15 Smart Things to Do the First Month After Starting a Blog - 4 Reasons Bloggers Should Use Canva - The 3 Keys to Blogging Success - Do These 5 Things Before You Start a Blog HERE ARE NO FAIL BLOG POST IDEAS:  SPIN-OFF POSTS. Pay attention to what you’re searching for on Pinterest or on the Internet. Then, spin that topic to something you could write about. Let me give you some examples. If you have a home living blog like me, and your ...
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A Brick Home: Starting a blog? Do these 5 things first

Starting a Blog? Do These 5 Things First

So you’ve decided you want to start a blog...congrats! You’re probably feeling a mix of emotions: excited, unsure, confused, liberated, uneasy, but oh so excited. Now comes the fun part – actually starting the blog. But don’t jump in just yet. I can’t stress enough that it’s probably not the best idea to buy a domain name or URL on a whim. Of course, you absolutely can do that, but I wouldn’t advise it until you have a well thought out plan. Related Posts: -Start a Blog like a Boss: A Comprehensive How-To Guide - 15 Smart Things to Do the First Month After Starting a Blog - 4 Reasons Bloggers Should Use Canva - The 3 Keys to Blogging Success - No-Fail Blog Post Ideas Chance are you want to make money with your blog. If you’re doing it to fun – that’s great too, but why not try to make some money doing the work you’re already planning to do? HERE ARE 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE YOU START A BLOG:  RESEARCH. If you want to make money with your blog, do yourself a favor and see how others are making money with their blogs. My best advice is to read several income reports. That’s ...
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