“But the Lord says, “Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago. Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already—you can see it now! I will make a road through the wilderness and give you streams of water there.” by Shelly Raquel
Shelly Raquel
Shelly Raquel “But the Lord says, “Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago. Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already—you can see it now! I will make a road through the wilderness and give you streams of water there.”
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The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17How do we live by faith? Faith doesn’t follow one’s feelings. Real faith takes God at His word. Faith is the reality of things not seen. Faith makes it possible to see what you otherwise can’t see. People of faith are prepared to live like no one else can. Jesus is amazed when He sees real faith in people. (Luke 7:9)Paul says it this way: “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (Galatians 5:6) And how does the Bible define faith? It says that Faith is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.” (Hebrews 11:1) My prayer for you today is that you may always have this kind of faith, and that you may receive all that God has in store for you!Prayer: Lord, grant me the kind of great faith that pleases and “amazes” You. Give me a growing passion for Your Word and Your presence. Cause my faith to be genuine so that it may be expressed through love and produce good deeds. Thank You for helping me to receive all that You have for me! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen by Diane A. Smith
Diane A. Smith
Diane A. Smith The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17How do we live by faith? Faith doesn’t follow one’s feelings. Real faith takes God at His word. Faith is the reality of things not seen. Faith makes it possible to see what you otherwise can’t see. People of faith are prepared to live like no one else can. Jesus is amazed when He sees real faith in people. (Luke 7:9)Paul says it this way: “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (Galatians 5:6) And how does the Bible define faith? It says that Faith is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.” (Hebrews 11:1) My prayer for you today is that you may always have this kind of faith, and that you may receive all that God has in store for you!Prayer: Lord, grant me the kind of great faith that pleases and “amazes” You. Give me a growing passion for Your Word and Your presence. Cause my faith to be genuine so that it may be expressed through love and produce good deeds. Thank You for helping me to receive all that You have for me! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen
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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 Janet Doty
Janet Doty
Janet Doty 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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God, it isn't always easy to believe You're in heaven, hearing my prayers. Sometimes it sounds too good to be true. But Your Word says, You will never leave me or forsake me. You're sticking with me. And I want to stick with You. Lord, help me to use the faith You've already given me to stand in faith for [say what's on your heart]. I know that whatever Your will for my life will come to pass if I keep going forward and trusting You to do what I can't do. Nothing is impossible for You, Lord. by Caroline C. ❦
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Caroline C. ❦ God, it isn't always easy to believe You're in heaven, hearing my prayers. Sometimes it sounds too good to be true. But Your Word says, You will never leave me or forsake me. You're sticking with me. And I want to stick with You. Lord, help me to use the faith You've already given me to stand in faith for [say what's on your heart]. I know that whatever Your will for my life will come to pass if I keep going forward and trusting You to do what I can't do. Nothing is impossible for You, Lord.
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If you are going through a dry time with the Lord right now, I want to encourage you to hold on. God is with you and He is at work, even when we don’t feel it. Let’s take a look at what you can do as you wait for that renewing of your relationship with the Lord. #devotional #faith #encouragement by lea
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lea If you are going through a dry time with the Lord right now, I want to encourage you to hold on. God is with you and He is at work, even when we don’t feel it. Let’s take a look at what you can do as you wait for that renewing of your relationship with the Lord. #devotional #faith #encouragement
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When it happened I literally said, "WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO MG BABY?" Im currently and always be going through 1-4. by lori
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lori When it happened I literally said, "WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO MG BABY?" Im currently and always be going through 1-4.
craftiness at its best
A belieber just tweeted this and this is the most disrespectful thing ever. Harry is not perfect. He is human. But he is amazing just the way he is. What would Harry think if he saw this? He already went through that once and I would literally break if he had to go through it again. Who ever tweeted this probably didn't give it a second thought whereas I'll be thinking of it all night. Just because Justin didn't win the award, doesn't give you the right to do this. Some people need to grow up. by allisonn
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allisonn A belieber just tweeted this and this is the most disrespectful thing ever. Harry is not perfect. He is human. But he is amazing just the way he is. What would Harry think if he saw this? He already went through that once and I would literally break if he had to go through it again. Who ever tweeted this probably didn't give it a second thought whereas I'll be thinking of it all night. Just because Justin didn't win the award, doesn't give you the right to do this. Some people need to grow up.
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$5.00 Bible Verse Print - When I am afraid I put my trust in you Psalm 56:3 When we’re afraid it can literally consume us by the thought of the worst thing happening. However, when we put our trust in the Lord, He gives us the peace and comfort that we need to keep to get rid of that fear and accomplish the things we are called to do. - Different size options available. #bibleverse #bibleverseprint #christianart #iputmytrustinyou #psalm56 #christiandecor #christianprints by lottie
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lottie $5.00 Bible Verse Print - When I am afraid I put my trust in you Psalm 56:3 When we’re afraid it can literally consume us by the thought of the worst thing happening. However, when we put our trust in the Lord, He gives us the peace and comfort that we need to keep to get rid of that fear and accomplish the things we are called to do. - Different size options available. #bibleverse #bibleverseprint #christianart #iputmytrustinyou #psalm56 #christiandecor #christianprints
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This past weekend I needed a quick and fun project to do. Camille's Mini Dwell houses were fun to make and I just dug through the scrap boxes to find fabrics. Some of them used the tiniest pieces!I ha by malinda
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malinda This past weekend I needed a quick and fun project to do. Camille's Mini Dwell houses were fun to make and I just dug through the scrap boxes to find fabrics. Some of them used the tiniest pieces!I ha
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In this prayer it says hat "I may not understand how everything will work out, but I trust you." This is an everyday struggle for me. I want to trust the Lord but because of my human nature it is easy to want to do everything on my own. I know no matter what God has a plan for my life and is opening and closing doors through everything I go through. by Diane A. Smith
Diane A. Smith
Diane A. Smith In this prayer it says hat "I may not understand how everything will work out, but I trust you." This is an everyday struggle for me. I want to trust the Lord but because of my human nature it is easy to want to do everything on my own. I know no matter what God has a plan for my life and is opening and closing doors through everything I go through.
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"Kids, you can't cling to the past, because no matter how tightly you hold on, it's already gone." - Ted Mosby, How I Met your Mother #TV #quotes by joy
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joy "Kids, you can't cling to the past, because no matter how tightly you hold on, it's already gone." - Ted Mosby, How I Met your Mother #TV #quotes
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It only takes time. I know I know, "it takes time just wait", everyone says this right? but at the end of the day there is not one other thing that will work to mend your brokenness other then time itself with the help of a few other components.. after so long you will be whole again with only emotional scars which are a reminder of all you have overcome to be the person you have become! :) never give up by marcia
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marcia It only takes time. I know I know, "it takes time just wait", everyone says this right? but at the end of the day there is not one other thing that will work to mend your brokenness other then time itself with the help of a few other components.. after so long you will be whole again with only emotional scars which are a reminder of all you have overcome to be the person you have become! :) never give up
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the only thing left to do was walk forward... this is a sentence that runs through all the books of cheryl strayed after the most frustrating things happen she says it and you always know she's right by janelle
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janelle the only thing left to do was walk forward... this is a sentence that runs through all the books of cheryl strayed after the most frustrating things happen she says it and you always know she's right
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Isaiah 41:13 - For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. by jana
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jana Isaiah 41:13 - For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
White Christmas
Einstein's Riddle...seriously going to do this. I already made the grid for it ;). by kari
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kari Einstein's Riddle...seriously going to do this. I already made the grid for it ;).
beautiful projects and ideas
God says "The reason why some people have turned against you and walked away from you without reason.. has nothing to do with you. it is because I have removed them from your life because they cannot go where I am taking you next. They would only hinder you at the next level because they have already served their purpose in your life. let them go and keep moving. greater is coming your way, says the Lord ~ God is Heart by LizzieIris
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LizzieIris God says "The reason why some people have turned against you and walked away from you without reason.. has nothing to do with you. it is because I have removed them from your life because they cannot go where I am taking you next. They would only hinder you at the next level because they have already served their purpose in your life. let them go and keep moving. greater is coming your way, says the Lord ~ God is Heart
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I would do that. - Ha. (+ in response to phone situation) Of course, love. I'm so sorry. I completely understand. You do not need to explain what happened. So.. Do you have it back now...? Or...? Now what's going on...? by shmessa
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shmessa I would do that. - Ha. (+ in response to phone situation) Of course, love. I'm so sorry. I completely understand. You do not need to explain what happened. So.. Do you have it back now...? Or...? Now what's going on...?
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First set of 2013: I made it through the Wilderness! by polyvored2
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polyvored2 First set of 2013: I made it through the Wilderness!
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Journal in a Box I created this fun "Journal in a Box" two years ago.  It has been a lot of fun now that we are through multiple years.  The idea is simple.  We keep it by the dining room table, so at dinner we can add to it.  There is no pressure to journal every day.  The idea is that it is a perpetual journal with an index card for every day of the year.  You might write just a sentence about something that happened on September 10, 2011. by katee
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katee Journal in a Box I created this fun "Journal in a Box" two years ago. It has been a lot of fun now that we are through multiple years. The idea is simple. We keep it by the dining room table, so at dinner we can add to it. There is no pressure to journal every day. The idea is that it is a perpetual journal with an index card for every day of the year. You might write just a sentence about something that happened on September 10, 2011.
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I hate liars!!!!  Liars are cowards,, Cowards are scared of the truth.  Afraid! Yes, you think you move past it through divorce and time, but that same evil person is still there. Waiting to take advantage all over again. by Raelynn8
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Raelynn8 I hate liars!!!! Liars are cowards,, Cowards are scared of the truth. Afraid! Yes, you think you move past it through divorce and time, but that same evil person is still there. Waiting to take advantage all over again.
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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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When I tell you I love you I don't say it out of habit or to make conversation. I say it to remind you that you are the best thing that ever happened to me by Makia55
Makia55
Makia55 When I tell you I love you I don't say it out of habit or to make conversation. I say it to remind you that you are the best thing that ever happened to me
Beautiful
When I tell you I love you, I don't say it out of habit or to make conversation. I say it to remind you that you're the best thing that ever happened to me. by cara
cara
cara When I tell you I love you, I don't say it out of habit or to make conversation. I say it to remind you that you're the best thing that ever happened to me.
My Staples
When I tell you I love you, I don't say it out of habit, or to make conversation. I say it to remind you that you're the best thing that ever happened to me. <3 by Tinemor
Tinemor
Tinemor When I tell you I love you, I don't say it out of habit, or to make conversation. I say it to remind you that you're the best thing that ever happened to me. <3
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john
john "My life is basically just a constant cycle of finally getting past the thing I was stressing out about and then immediately finding something else to stress me out even if it isn't happening for another 4 months"
Sale
The Lord says ~ GIVE ME WHAT'S BROKEN -  Let go of everything that is producing stress in your life.  Dont hang onto it any longer. You keep saying to yourself, Its not that bad, and I can fix it,' but you have yet to realize that you cannot fix everything. No, Im not saying to give up and throw it away; I'm asking you to let go of it and give it to Me.  I am the One, who can fix it.  I am the One, who can put the broken pieces back together again, and cause you to see them in a new way. by Dakota Smith
Dakota Smith
Dakota Smith The Lord says ~ GIVE ME WHAT'S BROKEN - Let go of everything that is producing stress in your life. Dont hang onto it any longer. You keep saying to yourself, Its not that bad, and I can fix it,' but you have yet to realize that you cannot fix everything. No, Im not saying to give up and throw it away; I'm asking you to let go of it and give it to Me. I am the One, who can fix it. I am the One, who can put the broken pieces back together again, and cause you to see them in a new way.
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thelma
thelma I need to start a pickling food truck. I’m going to call it the Pickle Wagon. Ok, maybe not, but the point is there is a lot of pickling happening in our kitchen, in fact, it’s hard to find a recipe where we don’t have a pickling element. Pickling is such a simple, yet underused technique, that can take any normal dish and make it spectacular. It’s always the first thing people compliment and the last thing they remember.
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I do the right thing, not because you deserve it. But because who I AM GOING TO BE.. is completely different that what you are by jami
jami
jami I do the right thing, not because you deserve it. But because who I AM GOING TO BE.. is completely different that what you are
sewing
This is how I felt during the marathon. 26.2 is going to hurt, there is no way it won't. But you have to accept the pain, move past it, and enjoy the race entirely because there is NO greater feeling than crossing the finish line after all that work. One of the best moments of my life. by hemerald
hemerald
hemerald This is how I felt during the marathon. 26.2 is going to hurt, there is no way it won't. But you have to accept the pain, move past it, and enjoy the race entirely because there is NO greater feeling than crossing the finish line after all that work. One of the best moments of my life.
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Emy Laiahe
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I was so sick of sticky cupcake liners ruining my cupcakes, I figured out how to prevent it AND what to do if it's already happened! by concepcion
concepcion
concepcion I was so sick of sticky cupcake liners ruining my cupcakes, I figured out how to prevent it AND what to do if it's already happened!
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