How My Blog Became My Business

 Starting a hobby blog that turned into a business was one of the best decisions of my life. I’ve shared my complete story in 6 parts on my blog already, so I won’t repeat all of that here.  It’s a good read if you missed it and goes into much more detail than I’ll share on this post, but that’s how it all began.  For fun.  A hobby to keep me busy and an outlet for my decorating … [Read more...]

My Blogging Story: Part 6

If you haven’t read my entire blogging story up to this point, you’ll want to start with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.It's hard to believe that I have hit my 6 year blogoversary, but it's finally here.  Six years ago this month, I fired up my brand new blog.  If you've missed the first 5 parts of my blogging journey, you can catch up on those and then come back here and read the newest … [Read more...]

Why I’m Truncating Posts in Feeds

If you are a subscriber to my blog in Google Reader (or another reader) or an email subscriber, you will have noticed that a few days ago, I changed my feed to truncated, meaning that I'm showing part of my blog post, but not the entire post in my feed reader.And you may have noticed all the hubbub in blogland the last week, as many bloggers that I personally know are also truncating their … [Read more...]

My Blogging Story: Part 5

If you haven’t read my entire blogging story up to this point, you’ll want to start with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.When I left you last with my story, the new year of 2011 turned the calendar.  My entire world as I knew it for 5 years had completely blown up and I scrambled to find truth for myself.  My marriage had crumbled in lies and deceptions and I had no idea what I was going to … [Read more...]

Photography and Blogging: How to Take Better Photos

I haven’t written a lot of posts about photography, simply because I am not an expert.  But, I wanted to take the time to devote a post to the importance  of great photos in blogging.  When I have written tips about blogging, taking pretty pictures is one of the things that I’ve mentioned time and time again.  So, today I’m going to break it down and explain how I have learned to take better … [Read more...]

Photo Editing with Photoscape

There’s been a lot of screaming all over blogland when recently, it was announced that Picnik photo editing is closing down in April.  Lots of bloggers have been using Picnik for a few years and have enjoyed the ease of use and all the fun bells and whistles that this online photo editing software provided.  I have used them many times myself and really liked some of the special effects.So … [Read more...]

The Business of Blogging

Occasionally, I get a wild hair and decide to sit and write up a post about blogging.  Today is one of those days.  My friend, Sarah, did a nice post recently about advertising, so I thought I'd expound on that and give my experience with that and blogging.  I hope by doing this it helps many of you who are new to blogging.  I learned all of what I know by reading and asking questions along the … [Read more...]