This is the best way to make your bunting. But....I used hot glue and twine! Don't be intimidated....You can do it! by Shilpa
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Shilpa This is the best way to make your bunting. But....I used hot glue and twine! Don't be intimidated....You can do it!
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Most women aren't excited about cleaning. But it has to be done. So the best strategy is to do it as quickly and efficiently as possible.  If you don’t have a system or if your system isn’t working the way it used to, this post explains in detail three methods for getting the house clean so you can do the things you really enjoy! by delia
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delia Most women aren't excited about cleaning. But it has to be done. So the best strategy is to do it as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you don’t have a system or if your system isn’t working the way it used to, this post explains in detail three methods for getting the house clean so you can do the things you really enjoy!
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The dropped eyeliner trick is where you apply eyeliner to only half of your bottom lid and full line on top, almost as if you’ve dropped the line or your eyeliner half way. You’ll be amazed at the look it creates and how much it can alter your style. Of course, you can try this with any colour you like and the usual black or brown works too but I do suggest you experiment to see what suits you best. by eunice
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eunice The dropped eyeliner trick is where you apply eyeliner to only half of your bottom lid and full line on top, almost as if you’ve dropped the line or your eyeliner half way. You’ll be amazed at the look it creates and how much it can alter your style. Of course, you can try this with any colour you like and the usual black or brown works too but I do suggest you experiment to see what suits you best.
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This month’s Thank You card for anyone that placed an order with me. It is a little more work, but I think well worth it…..how about you? I used the Gold Fancy Foil paper from the Occasions catalog. I embossed the greeting from the stamp set Simply Celebrate and heat embossed in gold glitter. I added some Gold Baker’s Twine bows to some. The greeting is matted in Gold Foil Paper. All these items can be found in the Occasions Catalog! by twila
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twila This month’s Thank You card for anyone that placed an order with me. It is a little more work, but I think well worth it…..how about you? I used the Gold Fancy Foil paper from the Occasions catalog. I embossed the greeting from the stamp set Simply Celebrate and heat embossed in gold glitter. I added some Gold Baker’s Twine bows to some. The greeting is matted in Gold Foil Paper. All these items can be found in the Occasions Catalog!
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The woman who did my hair for prom used this technique so i do to now and it is the only way my straight hair will hold a curl. I swear by this! You don't necessarily have to run your fingers thru it either the curls look great as is. by Wendy63
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Wendy63 The woman who did my hair for prom used this technique so i do to now and it is the only way my straight hair will hold a curl. I swear by this! You don't necessarily have to run your fingers thru it either the curls look great as is.
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A Disney Dining Plan Calculator -  Can you save money eating at Walt Disney World?  ~~ DISCLAIMER:  We do not buy the Disney Dining Plan ... so I really can't say if this will help you make a good decision about it or not.  But I do know it can be very confusing to determine if the dining plan is right for your family ... and which plan to go with.  But use this at your own discretion and risk!  (And be sure to do your research)! by maryanne
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maryanne A Disney Dining Plan Calculator - Can you save money eating at Walt Disney World? ~~ DISCLAIMER: We do not buy the Disney Dining Plan ... so I really can't say if this will help you make a good decision about it or not. But I do know it can be very confusing to determine if the dining plan is right for your family ... and which plan to go with. But use this at your own discretion and risk! (And be sure to do your research)!
visual education
Don't be intimidated to make homemade chicken pot pie. This recipe is super simple and you'll be so proud that you made it from scratch (except for the crust)! by tamera
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tamera Don't be intimidated to make homemade chicken pot pie. This recipe is super simple and you'll be so proud that you made it from scratch (except for the crust)!
Alkaline Foods
Mod Podge. Love the stuff, but after a while it can get quite expensive. So for years now I’ve used Elmer's School Glue. I buy it by the gallon and make up the Mod Podge recipe as I need it in a mason jar. Just add half water, half Elmer's glue, replace the lid, shake it up and you’re ready to go. If you need it thicker, use less water! My preferred rate of dilution is 3/4 Glue, 1/4 water. by virgie
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virgie Mod Podge. Love the stuff, but after a while it can get quite expensive. So for years now I’ve used Elmer's School Glue. I buy it by the gallon and make up the Mod Podge recipe as I need it in a mason jar. Just add half water, half Elmer's glue, replace the lid, shake it up and you’re ready to go. If you need it thicker, use less water! My preferred rate of dilution is 3/4 Glue, 1/4 water.
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Do remember getting to know yourself in the mirror when you were a kid? I do, standing on the livingroom sofa, just like this little girl.  I loved looking at myself.  No  selfies in those days!  But the truth is it is wholesome and normal to want to spend time looking at ourselves!  So don't be surprised to find your little one looking in a mirror! Don't make fun of her, rather compliiment her and walk away.  This is her personal time! by Catherine1
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Catherine1 Do remember getting to know yourself in the mirror when you were a kid? I do, standing on the livingroom sofa, just like this little girl. I loved looking at myself. No selfies in those days! But the truth is it is wholesome and normal to want to spend time looking at ourselves! So don't be surprised to find your little one looking in a mirror! Don't make fun of her, rather compliiment her and walk away. This is her personal time!
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I wish more people would realize this. You need to care 1st before you can make your mark on the world. And tearing someone down is NOT the way to do it!!!! And that is the truth!! by Gabby63
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Gabby63 I wish more people would realize this. You need to care 1st before you can make your mark on the world. And tearing someone down is NOT the way to do it!!!! And that is the truth!!
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Blogger\Photographer says:   I don’t know about you, but if I could only use one tool in photoshop for the rest of my life, it would be Curves. It can do so much! Not only can it lighten up your images, but it can make your colors and contrast pop by making an S curve. To do that, just add a second point in the curves window, and drag it down a bit. This is pictured here. by rachelle
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rachelle Blogger\Photographer says: I don’t know about you, but if I could only use one tool in photoshop for the rest of my life, it would be Curves. It can do so much! Not only can it lighten up your images, but it can make your colors and contrast pop by making an S curve. To do that, just add a second point in the curves window, and drag it down a bit. This is pictured here.
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Blogger\Photographer says:   I don’t know about you, but if I could only use one tool in photoshop for the rest of my life, it would be Curves. It can do so much! Not only can it lighten up your images, but it can make your colors and contrast pop by making an S curve. To do that, just add a second point in the curves window, and drag it down a bit. This is pictured here. by rachelle
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rachelle Blogger\Photographer says: I don’t know about you, but if I could only use one tool in photoshop for the rest of my life, it would be Curves. It can do so much! Not only can it lighten up your images, but it can make your colors and contrast pop by making an S curve. To do that, just add a second point in the curves window, and drag it down a bit. This is pictured here.
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The best part of this invitation card is it can be further used as a photo frame which will also make your invitation to last long by Myshadi Cards
Myshadi Cards
Myshadi Cards The best part of this invitation card is it can be further used as a photo frame which will also make your invitation to last long
Luxurious Wedding Invitations
This is the BEST child reward system I have ever used! You can customize it to your family by making your own chart or there is one for you to download! DO IT! You won't regret it! by britney
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britney This is the BEST child reward system I have ever used! You can customize it to your family by making your own chart or there is one for you to download! DO IT! You won't regret it!
For the Kids
My mom told me this YEARS ago; This is the BEST advice anyone can give. People say they are just venting, but others don't forgive and forget the things you say about your husband because they don't love him like you do. Sometimes the only way people know your husband is through you. Build him up. Always. by LiveLoveLaughMyLife
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LiveLoveLaughMyLife My mom told me this YEARS ago; This is the BEST advice anyone can give. People say they are just venting, but others don't forgive and forget the things you say about your husband because they don't love him like you do. Sometimes the only way people know your husband is through you. Build him up. Always.
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Easy Homemade Shower Cleaner: Dish scrubber  you can fill with cleaner, Vinegar, Dish soap (I just used the cheap kind and it worked fine, but I’ve had feedback that Blue Dawn dish soap is amazing for this.) Fill scrubber with 1:1 ratio of vinegar & soap,  allowing the vinegar to work it’s magic and the sudsy soap to do it’s best as well. by shawn
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shawn Easy Homemade Shower Cleaner: Dish scrubber you can fill with cleaner, Vinegar, Dish soap (I just used the cheap kind and it worked fine, but I’ve had feedback that Blue Dawn dish soap is amazing for this.) Fill scrubber with 1:1 ratio of vinegar & soap, allowing the vinegar to work it’s magic and the sudsy soap to do it’s best as well.
Decorating and Organizing
Before you start stringing, you’ll need to attach 3 beads together for the cross part. This is where those glue dots come in handy! You can use regular glue to attach the beads, but I would suggest doing it ahead of time so it’s already dry before you begin. However, if you use glue dots, the kids can do this all by themselves, and the beads attach instantly! by rae
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rae Before you start stringing, you’ll need to attach 3 beads together for the cross part. This is where those glue dots come in handy! You can use regular glue to attach the beads, but I would suggest doing it ahead of time so it’s already dry before you begin. However, if you use glue dots, the kids can do this all by themselves, and the beads attach instantly!
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All you need is a metallic paint pen and a creative hand to beautify basic kraft paper. Don't be intimidated when creating shapes—you can draw something as simple as repeating lines or a cluster of asterisks. Feeling less-than-confident? This blogger suggests sketching your shape in pencil first before tracing over it with the paint pen. by bertie
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bertie All you need is a metallic paint pen and a creative hand to beautify basic kraft paper. Don't be intimidated when creating shapes—you can draw something as simple as repeating lines or a cluster of asterisks. Feeling less-than-confident? This blogger suggests sketching your shape in pencil first before tracing over it with the paint pen.
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Anyone can do it. Earning a legitimate income from home while sharing what you are passionate about is just about the best way to make money that I can think of. This is for real. You can do this! This mom makes a great income helping others save money and she gets to stay home with her kids while she does it! by Maiden11976
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Maiden11976 Anyone can do it. Earning a legitimate income from home while sharing what you are passionate about is just about the best way to make money that I can think of. This is for real. You can do this! This mom makes a great income helping others save money and she gets to stay home with her kids while she does it!
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AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME Can I not do miracles? What you are going through is nothing for Me to handle. Can I not heal you of that ailment? Can I not make a way when there seems to be no way? You know that I can. Never doubt My ability to do what must be done in your life, at just the right time. You must learn to have faith in Me and give thanks in all things, even when you can’t see how I am going to do it. Have faith and know that it will be done at the right time. by tania
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tania AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME Can I not do miracles? What you are going through is nothing for Me to handle. Can I not heal you of that ailment? Can I not make a way when there seems to be no way? You know that I can. Never doubt My ability to do what must be done in your life, at just the right time. You must learn to have faith in Me and give thanks in all things, even when you can’t see how I am going to do it. Have faith and know that it will be done at the right time.
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Thanksgiving is a wonderful day to spend with your family, but it's not fun it you're stuck in the kitchen all day preparing the Thanksgiving dinner. But the good news is that you don't have to be! Thanks to these make ahead Thanksgiving menu ideas you can prepare most of the food the day before so all you have to do is cook your Thanksgiving turkey and pop the sides in the oven. by isabelle
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isabelle Thanksgiving is a wonderful day to spend with your family, but it's not fun it you're stuck in the kitchen all day preparing the Thanksgiving dinner. But the good news is that you don't have to be! Thanks to these make ahead Thanksgiving menu ideas you can prepare most of the food the day before so all you have to do is cook your Thanksgiving turkey and pop the sides in the oven.
Food For Thought
DIY Coasters! These are super easy to make and are great gifts. If you don’t have old tiles laying around, never fear; I got each of these for twelve cents. Add some felt padding to the bottom (I recommend a hot-glue gun, but I used super-glue because I don’t have one. It tends to bleed through the felt, but once it dries it’s fine) and do two layers of Mod-Podge to the top when adding your top graphic. I repurposed an outdated encyclopedia. by adriana
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adriana DIY Coasters! These are super easy to make and are great gifts. If you don’t have old tiles laying around, never fear; I got each of these for twelve cents. Add some felt padding to the bottom (I recommend a hot-glue gun, but I used super-glue because I don’t have one. It tends to bleed through the felt, but once it dries it’s fine) and do two layers of Mod-Podge to the top when adding your top graphic. I repurposed an outdated encyclopedia.
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Proverbs 31 - I used to be so intimidated by this passage - "never meeting up".   Now my husband reads this passage over me each Shabbat, and I am - instead of intimidated - inspired and gifted by it.  It's all in the interpretation. by lakisha
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lakisha Proverbs 31 - I used to be so intimidated by this passage - "never meeting up". Now my husband reads this passage over me each Shabbat, and I am - instead of intimidated - inspired and gifted by it. It's all in the interpretation.
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OK - I have now found my favorite "modern" car. This thing rocks.... I want one of these sooooooooo bad.... But I don't even want to guess how much it costs. I do have to say the best thing about the new camaro's is that you can have them turned into Trans AMs that are to die for........ by aileen
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aileen OK - I have now found my favorite "modern" car. This thing rocks.... I want one of these sooooooooo bad.... But I don't even want to guess how much it costs. I do have to say the best thing about the new camaro's is that you can have them turned into Trans AMs that are to die for........
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This is the REAL way to do pine cone wreaths. My grandmother did it this way, and this is the best way to make them. - A Tutorial by valeria
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valeria This is the REAL way to do pine cone wreaths. My grandmother did it this way, and this is the best way to make them. - A Tutorial
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Is this the right time? Yes but don't worry about it. It's a process. You will do your best. Be proud of yourself. Be patient with yourself. Forgive yourself, and begin again. Trust the process. by leticia
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leticia Is this the right time? Yes but don't worry about it. It's a process. You will do your best. Be proud of yourself. Be patient with yourself. Forgive yourself, and begin again. Trust the process.
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While there's no right or wrong way to blog, great content is the key to  blogging success. But share-worthy content isn't always easy to come up  with or create, is it? Today I'm coming to the rescue with 50 blog post  ideas that you can use to provide your readers with quality content and  keep them coming back for more.     1. Share a behind-the-scenes look of your blog or business. Everyone       loves getting sneak peeks of what your office looks like, photos of       things "in the works," and looks at rough drafts. Michaela Noelle did       this on her blog last week and it was a great success! It also adds a       little personality to your blog and allows your readers to connect       with you.    2. Write a blog series on your process. I did this with my creative       process last month and it was a huge hit. Readers love to find out       how you do what you do, so highlight each step of a project in a blog       series and walk them through your process. This is helpful for       readers who are in a similar field and for potential clients and       customers.     3. Roundup helpful posts and link to other bloggers. Readers also like       finding out which blogs you follow along with and what posts you find       interesting, so link to other bloggers and share articles and posts       that might be helpful for your audience. (This is also a great way to       connect and network with other bloggers. I can see which bloggers       refer to me in my analytics and I almost always reach out to them!)        Jenny Purr does a great job with link-ups.    4. Write a post on how you got started. We all love a good success       story. Share your experience and tell your readers how you got here.       Plus, it's fun to document your journey and remember where you       started. And on that note...    5. Share tips on how to become successful in your industry. Which       resources and advice have helped you get to where you are? Don't keep       all of those tips to yourself - share the love with your readers!    6. Feature a professional in your field. This could take the form of       reaching out to someone for a Q&A on your blog (like this Coffee Date       with Molly Jaques) or just highlighting someone in your industry that       you admire. This is also a great networking opportunity.    7. Host a giveaway. Readers love getting free things, whether it's       content, entertainment, or goodies. Create excitement around your       blog and reward your readers for following along with you by hosting       a giveaway! Giveaways are also great marketing tools for your blog.     8. Write a polarizing post about something you may not agree with in       your field. While it's easy for all of us to go along with the crowd       and do what's popular, there may be some things in your industry that       you want to do differently. Write about it! (Please note that I'm not       promoting negativity, complaining, ranting, or bashing - there's a       way to go about this tastefully and respectfully.) Here are some       great polarizing posts: Time for Change, 3 things I'm no longer doing       for my website, One Word That May Be Hindering Your Business    9. Make a list of things you wish you had known when ... Hindsight is       20/20 and we all have the opportunity to learn from others' mistakes.       Share a handful of things you wish you had known when you first       started blogging, writing, designing, doing calligraphy,       photographing weddings, etc. Need an example? Read this post.    10. Share a day-in-the-life post. We all like to see how successful       people go about their day. Write down your day (without going into       too much detail) and give your readers an insider look! Breanna Rose       does this in her Creative Diaries series, and they are some of my       favorite posts.   11. Ask someone to guest post about something specific in your industry.        We never have all the answers and it's fun to get advice from other       people that are doing great things in your field. It's also fun to       highlight talented people and bring attention to their business. You       could even look at it as a networking and marketing opportunity and       do a trade - ask someone to guest post on your blog in return for       guest posting on theirs.    12. Write an informational post about your blogging platform. Readers       love learning about how you do what you do. Write a review of your       blogging platform, the things you like and don't like, and whether or       not you would recommend it. This post about Squarespace has been one       of my most popular posts and I continue to get emails and feedback       about it!   13. Roundup and highlight the tools you use in your trade. I said it in       #12 but it's worth repeating: readers love learning how you do what       you do. Make a list of things you use everyday and share it on the       blog! Here's my example.   14. Teach your readers about something you're an expert in. We all love       to learn from the pros and get insider information. Content like this       will be shared over and over again and gain a lot of feedback.   15. Share some takeaways from a recent experience, workshop, or event.        Have you attended an event related to your field in the last few       months? Share it on the blog and highlight your favorite moments!       Your readers will love reading about your experience and the       workshop/conference may even share your post, too.   16. Make a list of things people should avoid in your industry.        Sometimes it's even more helpful to learn about what not to do.       Share some common mistakes that people make and how to avoid them. I       was a little leery of sharing my Top 10 Design Mistakes to Avoid, but       I was pleasantly surprised by the feedback!   17. Highlight milestones, launches, and important events. It's always       good to have a reason for people to get excited about your       blog/business. Make a big deal out of changes and events by featuring       them on the blog!   18. Explain the meaning behind your blog/business name. Some names are       straightforward, but some have a fun story behind them. Turn it into       a blog post and share the story behind your blog/business name. (The       meaning of the Elle & Company is mentioned in this post.)   19. Feature the people you work with. It's rare that we run a blog or       business completely on our own; there are usually people who work for       us or with us to help us keep things running, even if it's just by       their encouragement. Use your blog to highlight them, promote them,       and feature their work. I featured my biggest fan and business       partner a few months ago, and it's one of my favorite posts to-date.   20. Make a list of things people may not know about your trade. There's       always information out there that people are surprised to hear. For       example, non-designers may not know that using Comic Sans is one of       the biggest no-no's in this industry. Create a list of "did you know"       items and share it with your readers. I guarantee it will be a hit.   21. Write a review of a product you use often. If you're a photographer,       write about your favorite lenses. If you're a designer, share about       your favorite software. If you're an entrepreneur, share the programs       you use for project management and accounting. People are always on       the lookout for helpful products and tools - share your feedback with       them.    22. Repurpose old blog posts with a roundup. Chances are that you've       spent hours on blog posts that are now buried in your archives. Share       them again by doing a roundup! A Beautiful Mess does this at the end       of every month to highlight their posts and I did this recently with       my Weekly Truth backgrounds. Don't let those great posts go to       waste.    23. Repurpose an old blog post with a follow-up. Can you add onto       something you've already done? Write a sequel or a "part 2" to an old       blog post and make use out of that content again.   24. Repurpose an old blog post with a revision. Do you have a post that       you wrote a couple years ago that could be revamped or reused? Make       some revisions and post it again!   25. Share about how you use a certain social media outlet for your       blog/business. There are so many social media outlets out there and       everyone uses them a little differently. Share about one of your       favorites and give your readers tips on how you use it for your       blog/business. Here are some examples of posts I've done on        Instagram and Pinterest.   26. Turn an FAQ or inquiry into a blog post. Is there a common question       that readers ask you by email or in your post comments? Turn it into       a blog post! An email from an Elle & Company reader regarding content       actually inspired this blog post. If it's something that multiple       readers have asked you about, chances are their are more people who       would love to know more about it, too.   27. Tell an interesting story. We all love a good tale and we all enjoy       being entertained. Do you have a "you're not going to believe this"       story? Share it on your blog!   28. Write an informative post on how people can work best with you. Are       you a calligrapher, photographer, or wedding planner? Share some tips       for brides on how to make the process as simple as possible. Are you       an interior designer? Share some insights on how clients and       designers can maintain a great working relationship. This is helpful       for current and future clients and it's also helpful for those in       your field who are just getting started.   29. Create and share a free resource. We all love free things. That's why       we follow along with blogs in the first place! Find creative ways to       share free resources with your audience. I do this with my Weekly       Truth series and it's been a hit (especially on Pinterest!)    30. Find a creative way to link up with other bloggers/business owners.        There are several ways you can go about this one. You could create a       writing challenge like Bailey did with her Blogtember series, start a       fun linkup like What I Wore Wednesday, or partner with another blog       friend like Michaela and I did for the Home Suite Home project. The       possibilities are endless, so get creative and come up with something       distinctly you!   31. Create a blog series on a project. People love following along with       step-by-step transformations (that's why Young House Love was my       favorite blog for so many years!). Are you working on a project for a       client, remodeling your home, or training for a marathon? Share about       it on the blog and show sneak peeks of the transformation as you go.   32. Highlight one of your products or services. This is your blog; use it       to your advantage! Come up with creative ways to highlight your       business and your products. This could take the shape of a "how-to"       post or you could pose them as a solution to a particular problem.   33. Create an infographic. Not only are graphics and photos more       interesting and entertaining, they're sharable. Even if you aren't       able to draw one yourself, compile information on a topic in your       field and come up with a creative way to display it. I did this with       the feedback I received from a reader survey this past summer and        the infographic was a hit! Which perfectly transitions into my next       idea...   34. Take a reader survey and come up with a unique way to share the       results. Not only is this feedback helpful for you, but readers like       to see who else is following along with you. A Beautiful Mess and        Young House Love always do this well.    35. Share your mission statement and blog/business strategy. Write a post       on what's at the heart of your blog or business. Why do you do what       you do? What motivates you?   36. Define or share your take on your industry. For example, many people       use the term "branding" but designers approach that subject       differently depending on who you talk to. I wrote a post on branding        after I officially launched my design services this past summer       to approach the subject in my own terms. Do you have your own take on       your field? Share it on your blog!   37. Find a creative way to share tidbits of your life lately. There are a       million and ten ways you could approach this, so come up with       something original! Some of my favorite examples include Awkward and       Awesome and Clara Conversations.   38. Create a "through the years" or flashback post. Is there a tradition       or event that you participate in year after year? Your readers would       probably love to see it on your blog. An example?  This post by       Justin and Mary on their past Halloween costumes.    39. Give away some secrets of your trade. Many people shy away from       sharing the information that has made them successful for fear that       it could create competition, but it's had the opposite effect in my       experience. Share what you know! If you do what you do well, you'll       have nothing to worry about. Readers will love gaining your great       insight and information.    40. Teach people how to make something unique. We all have a DIY board on       Pinterest, don't we? There's something in each one of us that loves       learning how to make something that we wouldn't have thought to make       before.    41. Write about some common misconceptions in your industry. Are there       things that people assume about your business or trade that aren't       accurate? Address them in a blog post!   42. Ask your readers for feedback. Do you have a question or dilemma? Let       your readers participate by sharing it on the blog. Michaela did this       with her readers in our Home Suite Home project when she asked them       to vote on which design concepts they liked best.   43. Share your sources of inspiration. We see this all over the place on       blogs, but think of your own creative way to make an inspiration post       distinctly your own. I do this on my blog a couple time each month       in Today's Top 3.    44. Solve a problem. Is there a particular issue that keeps coming up in       your industry time and again? Provide a solution to it! Some       examples? Braid Creative wrote a post on organizational tools for       creative entrepreneurs and Ashley wrote a post for photographers on       organizing their email inbox.   45. Write a post on the best (or worst!) advice you've ever received.        This could be both helpful and hilarious for your audience.    46. Highlight the best (or worst!) moments since starting your       blog/business. Again, this could be both helpful and hilarious for       your audience.   47. Share your recent projects. Blogging is a great marketing tool. Use       it to your advantage and highlight your latest work! Not only is it       fun for your readers to follow along with, but you never know if       potential customers are following along with you. Think of it as free       advertising for your portfolio.    48. Share a testimonial or success story. It could be about your       experience with another professional or a clients' experience with       you. Word of mouth is the best advertisement.   49. Surprise your readers with something unexpected. Do you have a hidden       talent or trait that your readers might not know about? Find a way to       highlight it on your blog! I did this in my "That's a Rap" post and       although it was totally random, it gave my readers a glimpse of my       personality outside of blogging and designing.   50. Create a long list of something specific to your       trade/blog/industry/field. Case in point.   That's a wrap! Which ideas are you most excited to try? Do you have any  suggestions for no-fluff, content-rich blog posts that I may not have  mentioned? by Joao.Almeida.d.Eca
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Joao.Almeida.d.Eca While there's no right or wrong way to blog, great content is the key to blogging success. But share-worthy content isn't always easy to come up with or create, is it? Today I'm coming to the rescue with 50 blog post ideas that you can use to provide your readers with quality content and keep them coming back for more. 1. Share a behind-the-scenes look of your blog or business. Everyone loves getting sneak peeks of what your office looks like, photos of things "in the works," and looks at rough drafts. Michaela Noelle did this on her blog last week and it was a great success! It also adds a little personality to your blog and allows your readers to connect with you. 2. Write a blog series on your process. I did this with my creative process last month and it was a huge hit. Readers love to find out how you do what you do, so highlight each step of a project in a blog series and walk them through your process. This is helpful for readers who are in a similar field and for potential clients and customers.  3. Roundup helpful posts and link to other bloggers. Readers also like finding out which blogs you follow along with and what posts you find interesting, so link to other bloggers and share articles and posts that might be helpful for your audience. (This is also a great way to connect and network with other bloggers. I can see which bloggers refer to me in my analytics and I almost always reach out to them!) Jenny Purr does a great job with link-ups. 4. Write a post on how you got started. We all love a good success story. Share your experience and tell your readers how you got here. Plus, it's fun to document your journey and remember where you started. And on that note... 5. Share tips on how to become successful in your industry. Which resources and advice have helped you get to where you are? Don't keep all of those tips to yourself - share the love with your readers! 6. Feature a professional in your field. This could take the form of reaching out to someone for a Q&A on your blog (like this Coffee Date with Molly Jaques) or just highlighting someone in your industry that you admire. This is also a great networking opportunity. 7. Host a giveaway. Readers love getting free things, whether it's content, entertainment, or goodies. Create excitement around your blog and reward your readers for following along with you by hosting a giveaway! Giveaways are also great marketing tools for your blog.  8. Write a polarizing post about something you may not agree with in your field. While it's easy for all of us to go along with the crowd and do what's popular, there may be some things in your industry that you want to do differently. Write about it! (Please note that I'm not promoting negativity, complaining, ranting, or bashing - there's a way to go about this tastefully and respectfully.) Here are some great polarizing posts: Time for Change, 3 things I'm no longer doing for my website, One Word That May Be Hindering Your Business 9. Make a list of things you wish you had known when ... Hindsight is 20/20 and we all have the opportunity to learn from others' mistakes. Share a handful of things you wish you had known when you first started blogging, writing, designing, doing calligraphy, photographing weddings, etc. Need an example? Read this post.  10. Share a day-in-the-life post. We all like to see how successful people go about their day. Write down your day (without going into too much detail) and give your readers an insider look! Breanna Rose does this in her Creative Diaries series, and they are some of my favorite posts. 11. Ask someone to guest post about something specific in your industry.  We never have all the answers and it's fun to get advice from other people that are doing great things in your field. It's also fun to highlight talented people and bring attention to their business. You could even look at it as a networking and marketing opportunity and do a trade - ask someone to guest post on your blog in return for guest posting on theirs.  12. Write an informational post about your blogging platform. Readers love learning about how you do what you do. Write a review of your blogging platform, the things you like and don't like, and whether or not you would recommend it. This post about Squarespace has been one of my most popular posts and I continue to get emails and feedback about it! 13. Roundup and highlight the tools you use in your trade. I said it in #12 but it's worth repeating: readers love learning how you do what you do. Make a list of things you use everyday and share it on the blog! Here's my example. 14. Teach your readers about something you're an expert in. We all love to learn from the pros and get insider information. Content like this will be shared over and over again and gain a lot of feedback. 15. Share some takeaways from a recent experience, workshop, or event.  Have you attended an event related to your field in the last few months? Share it on the blog and highlight your favorite moments! Your readers will love reading about your experience and the workshop/conference may even share your post, too. 16. Make a list of things people should avoid in your industry.  Sometimes it's even more helpful to learn about what not to do. Share some common mistakes that people make and how to avoid them. I was a little leery of sharing my Top 10 Design Mistakes to Avoid, but I was pleasantly surprised by the feedback! 17. Highlight milestones, launches, and important events. It's always good to have a reason for people to get excited about your blog/business. Make a big deal out of changes and events by featuring them on the blog! 18. Explain the meaning behind your blog/business name. Some names are straightforward, but some have a fun story behind them. Turn it into a blog post and share the story behind your blog/business name. (The meaning of the Elle & Company is mentioned in this post.) 19. Feature the people you work with. It's rare that we run a blog or business completely on our own; there are usually people who work for us or with us to help us keep things running, even if it's just by their encouragement. Use your blog to highlight them, promote them, and feature their work. I featured my biggest fan and business partner a few months ago, and it's one of my favorite posts to-date. 20. Make a list of things people may not know about your trade. There's always information out there that people are surprised to hear. For example, non-designers may not know that using Comic Sans is one of the biggest no-no's in this industry. Create a list of "did you know" items and share it with your readers. I guarantee it will be a hit. 21. Write a review of a product you use often. If you're a photographer, write about your favorite lenses. If you're a designer, share about your favorite software. If you're an entrepreneur, share the programs you use for project management and accounting. People are always on the lookout for helpful products and tools - share your feedback with them.  22. Repurpose old blog posts with a roundup. Chances are that you've spent hours on blog posts that are now buried in your archives. Share them again by doing a roundup! A Beautiful Mess does this at the end of every month to highlight their posts and I did this recently with my Weekly Truth backgrounds. Don't let those great posts go to waste.  23. Repurpose an old blog post with a follow-up. Can you add onto something you've already done? Write a sequel or a "part 2" to an old blog post and make use out of that content again. 24. Repurpose an old blog post with a revision. Do you have a post that you wrote a couple years ago that could be revamped or reused? Make some revisions and post it again! 25. Share about how you use a certain social media outlet for your blog/business. There are so many social media outlets out there and everyone uses them a little differently. Share about one of your favorites and give your readers tips on how you use it for your blog/business. Here are some examples of posts I've done on Instagram and Pinterest. 26. Turn an FAQ or inquiry into a blog post. Is there a common question that readers ask you by email or in your post comments? Turn it into a blog post! An email from an Elle & Company reader regarding content actually inspired this blog post. If it's something that multiple readers have asked you about, chances are their are more people who would love to know more about it, too. 27. Tell an interesting story. We all love a good tale and we all enjoy being entertained. Do you have a "you're not going to believe this" story? Share it on your blog! 28. Write an informative post on how people can work best with you. Are you a calligrapher, photographer, or wedding planner? Share some tips for brides on how to make the process as simple as possible. Are you an interior designer? Share some insights on how clients and designers can maintain a great working relationship. This is helpful for current and future clients and it's also helpful for those in your field who are just getting started. 29. Create and share a free resource. We all love free things. That's why we follow along with blogs in the first place! Find creative ways to share free resources with your audience. I do this with my Weekly Truth series and it's been a hit (especially on Pinterest!)  30. Find a creative way to link up with other bloggers/business owners.  There are several ways you can go about this one. You could create a writing challenge like Bailey did with her Blogtember series, start a fun linkup like What I Wore Wednesday, or partner with another blog friend like Michaela and I did for the Home Suite Home project. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and come up with something distinctly you! 31. Create a blog series on a project. People love following along with step-by-step transformations (that's why Young House Love was my favorite blog for so many years!). Are you working on a project for a client, remodeling your home, or training for a marathon? Share about it on the blog and show sneak peeks of the transformation as you go. 32. Highlight one of your products or services. This is your blog; use it to your advantage! Come up with creative ways to highlight your business and your products. This could take the shape of a "how-to" post or you could pose them as a solution to a particular problem. 33. Create an infographic. Not only are graphics and photos more interesting and entertaining, they're sharable. Even if you aren't able to draw one yourself, compile information on a topic in your field and come up with a creative way to display it. I did this with the feedback I received from a reader survey this past summer and the infographic was a hit! Which perfectly transitions into my next idea... 34. Take a reader survey and come up with a unique way to share the results. Not only is this feedback helpful for you, but readers like to see who else is following along with you. A Beautiful Mess and Young House Love always do this well.  35. Share your mission statement and blog/business strategy. Write a post on what's at the heart of your blog or business. Why do you do what you do? What motivates you? 36. Define or share your take on your industry. For example, many people use the term "branding" but designers approach that subject differently depending on who you talk to. I wrote a post on branding after I officially launched my design services this past summer to approach the subject in my own terms. Do you have your own take on your field? Share it on your blog! 37. Find a creative way to share tidbits of your life lately. There are a million and ten ways you could approach this, so come up with something original! Some of my favorite examples include Awkward and Awesome and Clara Conversations. 38. Create a "through the years" or flashback post. Is there a tradition or event that you participate in year after year? Your readers would probably love to see it on your blog. An example?  This post by Justin and Mary on their past Halloween costumes.  39. Give away some secrets of your trade. Many people shy away from sharing the information that has made them successful for fear that it could create competition, but it's had the opposite effect in my experience. Share what you know! If you do what you do well, you'll have nothing to worry about. Readers will love gaining your great insight and information.  40. Teach people how to make something unique. We all have a DIY board on Pinterest, don't we? There's something in each one of us that loves learning how to make something that we wouldn't have thought to make before.  41. Write about some common misconceptions in your industry. Are there things that people assume about your business or trade that aren't accurate? Address them in a blog post! 42. Ask your readers for feedback. Do you have a question or dilemma? Let your readers participate by sharing it on the blog. Michaela did this with her readers in our Home Suite Home project when she asked them to vote on which design concepts they liked best. 43. Share your sources of inspiration. We see this all over the place on blogs, but think of your own creative way to make an inspiration post distinctly your own. I do this on my blog a couple time each month in Today's Top 3.  44. Solve a problem. Is there a particular issue that keeps coming up in your industry time and again? Provide a solution to it! Some examples? Braid Creative wrote a post on organizational tools for creative entrepreneurs and Ashley wrote a post for photographers on organizing their email inbox. 45. Write a post on the best (or worst!) advice you've ever received. This could be both helpful and hilarious for your audience.  46. Highlight the best (or worst!) moments since starting your blog/business. Again, this could be both helpful and hilarious for your audience. 47. Share your recent projects. Blogging is a great marketing tool. Use it to your advantage and highlight your latest work! Not only is it fun for your readers to follow along with, but you never know if potential customers are following along with you. Think of it as free advertising for your portfolio.  48. Share a testimonial or success story. It could be about your experience with another professional or a clients' experience with you. Word of mouth is the best advertisement. 49. Surprise your readers with something unexpected. Do you have a hidden talent or trait that your readers might not know about? Find a way to highlight it on your blog! I did this in my "That's a Rap" post and although it was totally random, it gave my readers a glimpse of my personality outside of blogging and designing. 50. Create a long list of something specific to your trade/blog/industry/field. Case in point. That's a wrap! Which ideas are you most excited to try? Do you have any suggestions for no-fluff, content-rich blog posts that I may not have mentioned?
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