Today I’m bringing you an oldie but a goodie in the blogosphere. I’m sure you’ll recognize these. I used to write them monthly on my last blog if you followed me there. Sometimes it’s nice to check in mid-month and see how everyone is doing. It’s just a post that floats around as an ongoing linkup to a bunch of random questions and sees what we are all into currently. I hope you’ll join up with me and share what your current favorites are.
Eating: All the Hot Pockets. Not healthy I know honest but I’m stuck on them for some reason. I’m also a sucker for ice cream right now which I don’t often indulge in, so Haagen Dazs Dark Chocolate ice cream bars with almonds on the outside… mmmm been my little piece of heaven lately.
Drinking: Coca-cola, but I’m trying to down my water- I do much more water drinking at night 🙁 Still working on that habit. I’ve also really loved my Tazo teas so I’ve been drinking hot teas a lot when the weather has been terrible lately.
Watching: Teen Mom 2, Crossing Jordan, and The Real Housewives of…. (Beverly Hills) it’s pretty tacky and awesome! I’ve been enjoying all the entertainment that I’ve been taking in. I have TONS of recommendations if you need any. Or if you have any for me… leave them below!
Reading: I’ve failed on the ‘reading’ front this month so far… but I’m still trying to read “You are a Badass” and finish it sometime soon. My plan was to read at night but my nights have turned into mornings and I haven’t made it a priority.
Wish-Listing: A bigger bed (yes we just bought a queen) Tempurpedic adjustable base bed BUT with the two dogs in the bed (Maggie hogs the bed, so so bad) and it’s NEVER enough room. I have a simple financial wish- SAVINGS, debt-free, and Travel. All things I want to make happen somehow this year. Let’s hope!
Thinking About: How much I should read, journal, and be productive all over. So I started with this blog post. Yay!
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Everyone has pet peeves and some people let it get to them- I personally try to not let it get to me too much. However, I do want express some displeasure with these points below. Everyone has their pit-falls or viewpoints/stance on things, these are mine. I have experienced them all and I’m sure you have too… The little things people in our society do that rub you the wrong way. Things people do that make you wanna shout at them-but you don’t because you don’t wanna go to anger management. These are the ones that irk me like no other and I can’t stand about and just whine. So I’m writing them down in hope someone can relate and express their (ahem anger) feelings with me as well.
ALWAYS BEING LATE
If you are running late have the kind decency to text me, call me or send a carrier pigeon to let me know. So I’m not wasting all day waiting with a (cold) hot coffee in a Starbucks nowhere near where I live to come ‘meet you’. When we make plans-do not cancel the same hour we are supposed to be hanging out or doing something together. Should you need to cancel, please have a good reason and tell me at your earliest convenience (also so I’m not waiting for you to not show up). Don’t be late to be somewhere when you’re expected to, it’s not polite.
LEAVING YOUR PUP’S DOO-DOO ANYWHERE IT SHOULDN’T BE
Having a dog is a big responsibility (what you’re parents probably said) and it’s true after the cuteness wears off. And side note: if you don’t have money and time to care for a pet, you don’t have any reason getting one. It’s a living thing and deserves being treated as such: like it matters to you. If I find your dog poop on the staircase, on the lawn, in the middle of the sidewalk or near my door step- I will just lose it on you. It’s not cool and should be against city codes (it actually is, just not enforced by officers). I’m sick of seeing people not take care of their pets and all that comes with it. You should get a fine if you’re so careless and don’t have any respect for others and property. Just thoroughly annoys me is all- I can’t stand it.
ANNOYING, SLOW, OTHERWISE CHATTY CASHIERS
Since when does it take you a million years literally to check out my items? Do you have to tell me your entire life story? The one about how you lived in NE and had a job waiting tables in a small cafe outside the city. Until you found out your were pregnant with TWINS and then they came early! So your mother in law moved in to live with you and you married a prince and lived happily ever after… It’s not anything personal, honestly. But I’d like to just get in and out and not listen to your very long, sad story. (This shouldn’t be taken out of context. I love talking to some clerks and cashiers but I get this one gal EVERY TIME I’m at Target and she talks for an hour, fiddling with my things… let me leave.)
BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE. ANYWHERE
I don’t appreciate rude people on the phone, or in the restaurant industry. I dislike bad service with crappy attitudes and not getting the food and bringing the food quickly and then ignoring our table. I will NOT tip you if you do not put any effort in. I’m not here to pay you- but I’ll reward you with extra if you’ve earned it. I absolutely do not like it when I have arguments with the “bills and telemarketing” people. Please just be kind and listen to my problem and if I ask for a manager- GET me a manager promptly.
Everyone assumes from time to time-it’s a misunderstanding that we all occasionally do. But if you always assume what others are thinking then you have no idea when things are wrong. And it’s wrong because then you’re totally misinterpreting their intentions. It also kinda makes you look rude and like people can’t trust you. Plus it makes an (ass) out of (u) and (me)… ya know the “other golden rule”?
Well I hope you enjoyed my little mini rant if it was just that-I don’t know. Not entirely what I intended but it is what it is. I’m not gonna apologize for having certain few things that really bug me.
What are your pet peeves? The ones you cannot stand to watch or experience. Those ONES! Tell me all about it below and if you’ve written a post lately- drop a link below.
Thank you as always- love and appreciate each of you!
Well this week was a weird one, wasn’t it? It was Friday the 13th and I don’t know about you but this week was stressful for everyone I think. Especially with Obama coming out of office-it was a rough one America. I have a lot of things to get done and I feel like I’m running in overdrive. The PNW was in a snowstorm of the century this week and it’s been madness for everyone in the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Of course, where we are near Mt Hood, we got near nothing- which kinda stunk. I hope your week was happy and productive and of course safe if you are here or near tons of snow. Be careful and please either don’t leave if you don’t have to or drive slow and cautiously. Onto the post…
Burke Does: 2017 Word of the Year-FOCUS I love this blog and Emilie so much! We are actually quite alike and we often share each other’s posts. I get a lot of inspiration and motivation from her blog and I really love it! I chose this entry partially because my word of the year 2016 was also FOCUS. It’s funny how people depict the word of the year in their own ways. She talks about all her goals and things she wants to achieve this year and it couldn’t give me a positive attitude any more than it is! A lot of the points she made to work on this year- I also am working on doing in my own life so maybe I’ll have a new #goalsbuddy.
Trendy and Tidy: How to keep track of tidying your home + free printable I thought this was just genius. She created a printable and then also tacked it up and laminated it so it is constantly getting used and never forgetting a task or area to be cleaned. Using a dry erase marker makes this printable invaluable! I never thought of this and I’m definitely following her lead on it. A deep cleaning day is coming up in my house and you know I’ll be using this one.
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A lot has changed between when I started blogging and now. I am here to share some of the overarching tips that you may not know. I made a lot of mistakes and you may make poor choices too but if you stick with it and continue on with whatever your mission is for, then you’re good to go.
If you’d like to start out on the right foot with this whole process here’s a few main things I think you need to know to do. These may seem very obvious but indeed they are not. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the busy day to day and forget to stay on top of the work that needs to be done to help you be successful. So when I first started blogging it was very relaxed, ho-hum and this can work for some people but I always wanted to be seen and be social.
This is a big one! I never thought it mattered being on a schedule or having any kind of consistency. But at the end of the day, you have to be reliable for your readers. I started out as an all week long blogger. 6-7 days and short and sweet posts, mostly linkups. This isn’t a good way to blog or be successful in any kind of way. Now I blog 4-5 days a week with longer and more helpful posts on a variety of topics and fewer linkups, maybe one to two per week. You can also reuse old content, freshen it up, and make it shiny new. This will make your hard work show better and appease your target demographic. It’s a bit of work for a larger payoff-a new graphic will sometimes turn it all around. So here are my top points for a smooth start to your new space.
Be Social/Social Media
Being social to me means, talk to your peers and people you look up to. Communicate and share your genuine thoughts and feelings on their content and what they put up. Engage them in conversation aside from blogging on social media and get to know them. You never know what someone might help with,
Whereas having a good technique with social media is different but also needed. You will not get seen at all if you don’t share, share, share! Make your readers and the public aware of your content and why they should read it. Pay attention to certain times of day that work best for each network you’re on. This does not mean to link drop constantly or bombard any groups and things. Don’t be that person, it’s rude and it will get you booted from groups and/or blocked.
Find your sisterhood or tribe
Being a blogger you will hit burn-out at some point. It’s nice to know you have things in common and people in your corner. I have found, begun and continued many friendships with quite a few ladies I wouldn’t have ever met otherwise. These friendships have been so valuable over the last six years and I have relied on these gals when my friends have been busy or otherwise not cut out. It’s a special thing when you share your thoughts and ideas with people. You genuinely want to see success and give success to them by supporting each other. These bonds form easily and also by working with each other you get a newfound sense of friendship.
Yes Niche, No Niche
There’s a huge debate. Or was. Should you have a niche or main topic for your blog? Or does it matter? Should you not and just write what you love to no matter what? Well honestly, in my opinion, it’s both. You should have a focus. But you shouldn’t narrow yourself for the sake of a niche. It’s not an all or nothing thing. I consider myself a lifestyle blogger but I also write about love and marriage, pets, and a lot of other things. I say do what you feel most comfortable with and just stick with it.
Use Visuals (even if they are just stock)
Your blog posts need to have some sort of visuals, even if they aren’t the very best quality. I’d rather look at cell phone pictures instead of one big long text with nothing to break it up. I have learned this lesson the hard way. Recently I have just simply used royalty-free stock photos and customized them all to fit my blogging. This has paid off pretty well and fits my audience in the best way I know-how. Occasionally I will take some personal pictures (still just high-quality amateur photos) relating to the topic if I have them.
Have a signature or sign-off
It’s the end of the post. What do I do now? Well, it’s a part of the branding and making your blog or site look cohesive. To create or have a friend or designer do it for you and make a signature, a farewell bit, a funny little ‘bye now’ or later gator, or just your name. It’s a great way to have people remember you, by not only the language you use in the post but also in the sign-off. Something that is just you and will be original to your site.
The main point is to just put the time and effort in from the start. It’s a lot easier than going back and forth to fix or correct everything a year or so later. If you learn or saw any insight in this please leave a comment down below telling me or even better share with a friend!
Hi! I'm Nora
I’m a stay-at-home wife & dog-mom. I began this blog ten years ago, I couldn’t ignore that I felt a calling to help people find comfort, a sense of belonging or a place of community whenever they really needed it. » Read more about me here on my About page!
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