Make a book for the older sibling(s) before the new baby is born. Tells their birth story and prepares them to be a big brother/sister. by Selkie~gal
Selkie~gal
Selkie~gal Make a book for the older sibling(s) before the new baby is born. Tells their birth story and prepares them to be a big brother/sister.
Affection & Touch
Make a "big sister" (or brother) kit to make new baby's birth-day exciting for the older ones, too. by staci
staci
staci Make a "big sister" (or brother) kit to make new baby's birth-day exciting for the older ones, too.
baby fever
Great gift for the older sibling of a new baby -- "Happy Big Sister Day!" by MizzNita
MizzNita
MizzNita Great gift for the older sibling of a new baby -- "Happy Big Sister Day!"
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the super incredible big brother + sister book: Welcoming a new baby into the family is a special time for everybody, especially the big brother or big sister. In fact, there's no more important role. Help your big brother or big sister feel special and included with a book that rewards them for being a "super star." The book includes their name as well as the new baby sibling. They even get an award they can wear. $34.95 by RedEnvelope
RedEnvelope
RedEnvelope the super incredible big brother + sister book: Welcoming a new baby into the family is a special time for everybody, especially the big brother or big sister. In fact, there's no more important role. Help your big brother or big sister feel special and included with a book that rewards them for being a "super star." The book includes their name as well as the new baby sibling. They even get an award they can wear. $34.95
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Mamas Like Me chimes in with a few things that you can do to get your older children ready for their new sibling. One idea is to make a Big Sibling Gift...like our 'The Super Incredible Big Brother/Sister book!' OR try adding a personalized placemat or coloring book to a big sister/brother kit. Great ideas! Thanks, Mamas Like Me! by kathy
kathy
kathy Mamas Like Me chimes in with a few things that you can do to get your older children ready for their new sibling. One idea is to make a Big Sibling Gift...like our 'The Super Incredible Big Brother/Sister book!' OR try adding a personalized placemat or coloring book to a big sister/brother kit. Great ideas! Thanks, Mamas Like Me!
Words to remember
No New Baby: For Siblings Who Have a Brother or Sister Die Before Birth by elena
elena
elena No New Baby: For Siblings Who Have a Brother or Sister Die Before Birth
Fabulous
Big sister or brother gifts for when new baby is born. It's important to make the siblings feel special on that special day as well! by elena
elena
elena Big sister or brother gifts for when new baby is born. It's important to make the siblings feel special on that special day as well!
Fabulous
Little gift for older sibling when baby arrives--I like the idea of giving big brother or sister a camera to take pictures! by Maiden11976
Maiden11976
Maiden11976 Little gift for older sibling when baby arrives--I like the idea of giving big brother or sister a camera to take pictures!
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LOVE THIS.  When a new baby comes, a Big Brother/Sister Kit is one of the many things you can do to help an older child adjust. [A Wide Line: The Super Awesome Big Brother Kit] by MnbvC
MnbvC
MnbvC LOVE THIS. When a new baby comes, a Big Brother/Sister Kit is one of the many things you can do to help an older child adjust. [A Wide Line: The Super Awesome Big Brother Kit]
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Chicago Newborn Photography sibling newborn photography session big sister baby brother photo session by Donilia lemos
Donilia lemos
Donilia lemos Chicago Newborn Photography sibling newborn photography session big sister baby brother photo session
perfeito
big brother/big sister printable gift tags to use for baby gifts for the older siblings. by jana
jana
jana big brother/big sister printable gift tags to use for baby gifts for the older siblings.
City Living
Big Brother Little Brother Little Sister Big Sister sibling shirts onesies set gift baby shower photo prop Patches and Puppies on Etsy, $46.95 by rosalyn
rosalyn
rosalyn Big Brother Little Brother Little Sister Big Sister sibling shirts onesies set gift baby shower photo prop Patches and Puppies on Etsy, $46.95
Stumbling II
lifestyle newborn photos, newborn with sibling, big brother, baby sister, siblings, sibling posing, baby and toddler, St. Louis Lifestyle Photographer — Charis Rowland Photography by LA CHINIS
LA CHINIS
LA CHINIS lifestyle newborn photos, newborn with sibling, big brother, baby sister, siblings, sibling posing, baby and toddler, St. Louis Lifestyle Photographer — Charis Rowland Photography
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TODDLER SWEATSHIRT : WHITE - 3T - Im Going to Be a Big Sister - Sibling New Baby by Best Sellers
Best Sellers
Best Sellers TODDLER SWEATSHIRT : WHITE - 3T - Im Going to Be a Big Sister - Sibling New Baby
Apparel
Bigger Brother Shirt OR Middle Brother,  Applique Tee, For the new Big Sister, Great for bringing baby home, Fun for big and little siblings by Jack Bob
Jack Bob
Jack Bob Bigger Brother Shirt OR Middle Brother, Applique Tee, For the new Big Sister, Great for bringing baby home, Fun for big and little siblings
Birthday Cupcake Shirt
how to prepare your toddler to be a big sibling (before baby is born).  This is from the same blog, but talks about what she did to prepare BEFORE baby was born. I love these tips! by teri-71
teri-71
teri-71 how to prepare your toddler to be a big sibling (before baby is born). This is from the same blog, but talks about what she did to prepare BEFORE baby was born. I love these tips!
Books Worth Reading
The magic happens through the glass big sister and her new baby brother, Newborn pictures by catenna stark
catenna stark
catenna stark The magic happens through the glass big sister and her new baby brother, Newborn pictures
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big brother kit -- I love this idea for the new "big siblings" in a family when a new baby comes!  I'm going to need 2 big brother kits and a big sister kit. by ksrose
ksrose
ksrose big brother kit -- I love this idea for the new "big siblings" in a family when a new baby comes! I'm going to need 2 big brother kits and a big sister kit.
Ideas for Riley
The ORIGINAL Big Sis / Bro Shirt of its kind on Etsy, Hand Applique Tee, For the new Big Sister / Brother, Great for bringing baby home by Jack Bob
Jack Bob
Jack Bob The ORIGINAL Big Sis / Bro Shirt of its kind on Etsy, Hand Applique Tee, For the new Big Sister / Brother, Great for bringing baby home
The ORIGINAL
Big Sister Shirt (or Brother) the ORIGINAL on Etsy, Hand Applique Tee, For the new Big Sis or Bro, Great for bringing baby home by Jack Bob
Jack Bob
Jack Bob Big Sister Shirt (or Brother) the ORIGINAL on Etsy, Hand Applique Tee, For the new Big Sis or Bro, Great for bringing baby home
T-shirts
Nina received this as a gift from her Spanish class when her baby brother was born (Big Sister gift). It was the sweetest idea and perfect bonding activity for us to do together. I'd like to give this as gift to a big brother or big sister someday. by kathy
kathy
kathy Nina received this as a gift from her Spanish class when her baby brother was born (Big Sister gift). It was the sweetest idea and perfect bonding activity for us to do together. I'd like to give this as gift to a big brother or big sister someday.
Words to remember
The Day You Were Born Box ~ sort your memorabilia -- and memories -- into a collection of themed boxes: the birth story, the pregnancy, the news of the day, and so on. You can make it as big or as small as you like, depending on how many themes you want to include, then decorate... think of it as a sort of interactive baby album by gwendolyn
gwendolyn
gwendolyn The Day You Were Born Box ~ sort your memorabilia -- and memories -- into a collection of themed boxes: the birth story, the pregnancy, the news of the day, and so on. You can make it as big or as small as you like, depending on how many themes you want to include, then decorate... think of it as a sort of interactive baby album
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Attach something to the stroller for your older child to hold onto, so that he feels included and so that you know exactly where he is, without rolling over his little feet. Make a Big Brother/Sister Handle out of something you’ve already got in the house. Some ideas are listed... by martha
martha
martha Attach something to the stroller for your older child to hold onto, so that he feels included and so that you know exactly where he is, without rolling over his little feet. Make a Big Brother/Sister Handle out of something you’ve already got in the house. Some ideas are listed...
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5 Ways to Prepare your Toddler to be an Older Sibling @Christina Childress Childress Childress shippy! I wish I had bought R a doll at ikea now! Great idea!  Also, R LOVES having his own photo of "baby brother or sister" he is having trouble remembering that we know what ours is. by claudine
claudine
claudine 5 Ways to Prepare your Toddler to be an Older Sibling @Christina Childress Childress Childress shippy! I wish I had bought R a doll at ikea now! Great idea! Also, R LOVES having his own photo of "baby brother or sister" he is having trouble remembering that we know what ours is.
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Huntsville, TX big brother and 8 day old little sister, taken by Kara Powell Photography. Huntsville, TX 8 day old basking in the sun with her great grandmother's quilt, taken by Kara Powell Photography. baby photography, newborn photography, baby photo ideas, at home family, outdoor newborn session with sibling, family poses, Kara Powell Photography by annette
annette
annette Huntsville, TX big brother and 8 day old little sister, taken by Kara Powell Photography. Huntsville, TX 8 day old basking in the sun with her great grandmother's quilt, taken by Kara Powell Photography. baby photography, newborn photography, baby photo ideas, at home family, outdoor newborn session with sibling, family poses, Kara Powell Photography
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Lalaloopsy Mini Littles Doll, Peanut Big Top/Squirt Lil Top by Lalaloopsy. $9.62. Doll has movable arms, legs and head. Collect them all. Includes Mini Lalaloopsy doll, her pet and her Little?s sibling. From the Manufacturer                Hold the cuteness of Lalaloopsy Littles in the palm of your hand. Mini Lalaloopsy Littles each come with their older sibling and an adorable pet.                                    Product Description by antonia
antonia
antonia Lalaloopsy Mini Littles Doll, Peanut Big Top/Squirt Lil Top by Lalaloopsy. $9.62. Doll has movable arms, legs and head. Collect them all. Includes Mini Lalaloopsy doll, her pet and her Little?s sibling. From the Manufacturer Hold the cuteness of Lalaloopsy Littles in the palm of your hand. Mini Lalaloopsy Littles each come with their older sibling and an adorable pet. Product Description
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IDEA!  Create an advice wall/book/collection.  Ask lots of older married couples for tips and thoughts helpful throughout marriage.  Record them all - even the ones that don't make sense yet.  Every anniversary, read through them and see the new purposes and relevance they hold in your marriage. by mia
mia
mia IDEA! Create an advice wall/book/collection. Ask lots of older married couples for tips and thoughts helpful throughout marriage. Record them all - even the ones that don't make sense yet. Every anniversary, read through them and see the new purposes and relevance they hold in your marriage.
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Give someone the gift of choice with an M&S gift card. The credit card sized gift cards are handy and much more convenient than gift vouchers and can be spent in any UK M&S store or online. Celebrate the birth of a new baby with this brightly coloured gift card with coordinating greetings card. It's a great way to send a special gift to the new parents and lets them choose an item that Baby really needs. £10.00 by Marks and Spencers
Marks and Spencers
Marks and Spencers Give someone the gift of choice with an M&S gift card. The credit card sized gift cards are handy and much more convenient than gift vouchers and can be spent in any UK M&S store or online. Celebrate the birth of a new baby with this brightly coloured gift card with coordinating greetings card. It's a great way to send a special gift to the new parents and lets them choose an item that Baby really needs. £10.00
Gift Cards
Purchase a new Bible a year before your childs eventperhaps their 16th birthday or high school graduation. Then, take a year to read through it with a Bible reading plan making notations in the margin written specifically to your child. Make comments about the verses special significance. Mention how youve seen a truth of scripture lived out in their life. Warn them of pitfalls. Encourage them with favorite verses underlined. Then, on their big by dixie
dixie
dixie Purchase a new Bible a year before your childs eventperhaps their 16th birthday or high school graduation. Then, take a year to read through it with a Bible reading plan making notations in the margin written specifically to your child. Make comments about the verses special significance. Mention how youve seen a truth of scripture lived out in their life. Warn them of pitfalls. Encourage them with favorite verses underlined. Then, on their big
ideas for later
PRE-FALL 2013  Emilio Pucci /   The sixties have been a big story for pre-fall so far. Dundas put his stamp on the decade via gravity-defying hems and a graphic palette of black and white. He's never been shy about showing a little (make that a lot of) leg, but the A-line shape of his shifts gave them an innocence that felt new for him. Still, for all of the insouciance on display, there was sophistication as well. by graciela
graciela
graciela PRE-FALL 2013 Emilio Pucci / The sixties have been a big story for pre-fall so far. Dundas put his stamp on the decade via gravity-defying hems and a graphic palette of black and white. He's never been shy about showing a little (make that a lot of) leg, but the A-line shape of his shifts gave them an innocence that felt new for him. Still, for all of the insouciance on display, there was sophistication as well.
Spend
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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