I’ve Discovered the Secret to Blogger Success

I’m not joking guys……

This is a top secret classified bit of information that only the best of the best in blogland know and I’m here to share it with you right now!

And no I’m not talking about taking or finding the perfect photo from above with your hand, laptop, and cool phone case all visible. Clearly this is a very important step in the process, but every third grader who dreams of internet fame knows this one. Keep reading for the juicy stuff.

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It’s no secret that I haven’t been writing……….well really anything since the Holidays.

I posted that I got engaged….

And y’all responded with all the happiness and well-wishes.

I posted about the extremely difficult problem of not knowing what to hashtag my wedding…..

And y’all gave me all the best ideas non-stop until I picked one I loved. (#SomethingBarros in case you wanted to stalk me, but like in a non-threatening manner)

Then I had my Life Guru Jess post about making friends in your 20s…..

And y’all ate it up!

So what’s the secret to blogger success then?

Um, duh, it’s YOU! Community.

The Secret to Blogger Success = Community

Cliche maybe, but it’s the truth. I don’t care how wonderful your life is or how well you can craft the perfect post or how much blogging advice you have, without people to read your blog your blog would be just bunch of gibberish posted on the internet.

I mean if we’re all really honest with ourselves, blogs really are just gibberish posted on the internet. But we are Bloggers and we shall not givein to such nonsensical thinking.

Back to the secrets.

If you’re still with me at this point then I know you truly care and aren’t actually looking for the secret to blogging success and therefore proving my point. Sure making side money, or having a full-time blog is cool. I’ve made money off this thing, it’s a pretty cool feeling to be sent free stuff. In full disclosure I just bought a ton of wedding stuff from blog money just chillin in my Paypal account.

But what makes me come back time and again.

The friends and connections I’ve made while writing, not the money made.

So whether you agree with me or not, thank you for reading my words and connecting with me even when I’m not around as often as I used to be. I promise I’m still around and trying to connect with y’all.

What do you think? What’s the secret sauce?

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Ugh, hello, hi, how are ya?

Having no computer is really crampin my blogger style……

So don’t let me keep whining, go read some awesome posts by some very non-whiny ladies

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>> December Instagram Challenge with The Free and Wild Blog. Y’all know I love some Insta challenges because otherwise I never post…Oops. So #HeresToYouDecember!

>> Mistakes to Avoid As a New Blogger by Sweet Tea & Hydrangeas. Ummmmmm…..I still do like all of these….except the tiny images one, whoops :/ I try to not forget to reply to comments, but I know I’m guilty of that every now and then. Life, amiright? More like excuses, amiright…..Anyway, don’t do these things and don’t follow my example….. 😉

>> 7 Easy Ways Millennials Can Save Money Right Now by Gen Y Girl. Honestly anyone can save money these ways, and with the Holidays upon us, who doesn’t want some extra spending money! It’s not on the list but I’ve been using Shopkick and have already earned some gift cards! I’d do a post on it, but y’all know there’s much better tutorials out there. Google it!

>> Getting the Most Use Out of Your Holiday Dress by Bouvardian. By adding this post to the round-up I’m being really optimistic that I’ll actually have any Holiday parties to go to…Kidding, I’ll have at least two, work and friends. Which means either I buy a second party dress (not likely) or learn to style it a second way. Also possibly even wear to work!

Seriously, so I even remember how to write? Doesn’t seem like it lately……So link up your posts so I can fill up my time with something!

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Welcome to Thursday,

I seriously am so tired this week and today is only my hump day. Working Tues-Sat really throws off my whole week. :/

And guys….If you follow me on Instagram (why don’t you? Rude) you’ll know that I’ve been buying All the yarn! Why? I’m glad you asked, and no I’m not an elderly recluse with no friends. Actually, I’ve stepped up my crochet/knitting game and have been making lots of Christmas gifts. I started in October……That’s how many gifts I’ve been planning to make.

The problem is, since they’re all gifts I can’t show anyone all the cool things I’ve been making. Like seriously I’ve even impressed myself with the difficulty of these crafts.

Wow, that was super braggy…..I don’t even care, they look rad! After Christmas I’ll do an entire post dedicated to all the creations that I’ve been crankin out!

And in case you missed it, I wrote my THIRD installment of the Not a Bigger Blogger Series that wasn’t even meant to be a series!

But back to the reason you’re even here…..

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Here’s the round-up, stop by, comment, make some friends!

>> Minday Kaling is My Spirit Animal by Faster Than Forever. Um yes….I may only have a check next to the clumsy one, but this is hilarious anyway. I find Mindy Kaling funny, and despite not being anything alike, I want her as a friend.

>> 5 Ways to Be More Present During the Holidays by Mar on the Run. Yup, it’s time to talk about the Holidays friends. The Holiday’s are supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but instead for so many people it can quickly become the most stressful. No bueno. Let’s all promise to be a bit more present these next couple months and focus on what really matters. And I’m clearly talking about the Christmas cookies, duh.

>> 15 Things to Call Yourself Besides a Writer by Avoiding Atrophy. I don’t write for a living. I write for my job, but my job isn’t writing…make sense? So when people ask what I do my first response isn’t writer. However, how does one introduce that they blog? I will forever more refer to myself as a Program Coordinator AND a Language Artist Verb User when people ask me “so what do you do?” haha

>> World’s Most Awkward First Date by Stephanie Orefice. Seriously do yourself a favor and go read Stephanie live tweet session of the most awkward date ever! I even read parts out loud to JB and he chuckled a bit so you know the bar is set high.

>> Ways to Promote Posts and Increase Blog Traffic by Sweet Tea and Hydrangeas. I’m seriously horrible at this so I’ll let Mistle teach y’all about this one….It’s actually embarrassing how back I am at this….

Now link up!

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Friends,

I forget the rule on apologizing about being absent from the blogosphere. Am I supposed to? Not supposed to? I don’t know. Whatever.

My laptop finally kicked the bucket after spilling water all in it about a year and a half ago so I’ve been stealing time on other computers when I can. Which hasn’t been a lot, I’ll admit.

So even though I’ve been posting (all scheduled ahead of time) I haven’t been able to read and comment on as many other blogs as I normally like to.

I did find some good reads for the Secret Blogger Club today though!

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Before we get into the good stuff, I’d be remiss if I didn’t share my favorite hashtag with y’all first. Go read that here and join me!

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>> Six Tips: saving Money (Painlessly) by Gretch Runs. Gretchen linked up with us last week and after reading her post I could’t NOT share it this week. I mean who doesn’t want to save more money? I know even with my new job I’ still perplexed how anyone in New England can afford to even exist. Why so high rent? I’m a big believer in the email tip. If I don’t see the sales right in my inbox I don’t magically “remember” that I actually do need new sweaters for the season and they’re on sale so why not? lol Go read this now you savvy fashionistas you!

>> 13 Signs Your Obsessed With Food by Bethany Georgina. Um yes….my life….I love food and food loves me (sorry hips). I don’t eat as much as I’d like, there’s the whole not wanting to be morbidly obese when I can prevent it, but yea food is my person. I found my Christina to enjoy all the food with me (Hey Nat!) but she lives in TX so now I’ve got food….that’s really sad reading that back out loud….whoops!

>> Why I DO Read Your Blog by To Travel and Beyond. Everyone is always writing about why they Don’t read your blog, so how about a few nice reasons of why someone Does. I think Macy has some pretty darn good ideas of what makes a great blog.

>> Why I Blog by Sweet Tea by Hydrageas. Now that we’ve seen why someone reads your blog, how about some reasons we blog! Mistle might be a little newer to the blog game than some, but she’s dialed in to the best perks of the blogosphere. I wish I had been as insightful when I started this whole thing lol.

>> A Day in the Life of A Grad Student by Blonde Freedom. I couldn’t Not post this after posting about things to know before even going to grad school. Skylar gives a good look into what life might look like once you actually get there.

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Hello Friends,

I’ve been super busy, let me tell ya.

I started my new job this week so I’ve sat in on the resident’s meetings and met all 65 residents at once…..

Took a group out on a trip solo on my second day….

And my Supervisor is one vacation the rest of the week so I have no idea what I’m doing…..

So it’s been a great week.

Seriously though, I love my job and I get my own office (with a door and everything!) so my nights are currently spent on Pinterest looking up office decor ideas….My life is awesome

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But enough about me, Thursday’s are all about y’all.

I’ve got some great bloggers comin at ya today and I can’t wait to read everyone’s posts who link up…that’s you, you need to link-up.

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>> 5 Productive Things To Do When You Just have Your Phone to Kill Time by Anchored to Sunshine. Put down the flappy bird (is that still a thing) or candy crush and actually make your 5 minutes productive. Amanda has her life together with this post. I think we could all use a 5 minute clean-up of our phones.

>> A Different Kind of Thankful by Robyn’s Nest. I think we can all use a reminder now and then to look for the good in the bad. And of course I love this article because, duh, it’s basically the whole premise of my blog. lol

>> 6 Things I Still Don’t Understand After a Year of Blogging by It’s Autumn. I’ve been at this going on 2.5 years now and I still don’t get it. Will I ever? probably not….Oh well lol. While I may have the footer signature down (you can see it right?) there’s so many things I just don’t understand. Maybe it’s me, but that can’t be it so it must be you….. 😉

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>> Why You Should Visit a Couple’s Resort by To Travel and Beyond. Y’all know I’m always mentally planning my future wedding so this should come as no surprise that I’ve moved on to fictional future honeymoon planning. JB’s sister and her husband actually have done two all-inclusive resort trips (honey and babymoon) so they’ve been on the top of my list for destinations anyway so Macy has only convinced me further.

>> A To-Do List for Adventuring Through November by The Girl Who Loved to Write. As a blogger, I find it impossible to pass on a good list of to-do’s so this one just Had to make the list, duh. While I probably won’t do all of these, I will definitely hang it on my wall at home and check off the ones I do do. There’s just something so satisfying to crossing things off lists ya know?

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Y’all, there’s only two more days in October!

What the heck calendar! How we get here?

Oh well, time marches on and I for one am excited because we’re one month closer to Christmas which (not to overlook the Day of Turkey) but my entire family will be home for Christmas for the first time since we all lived at home. I can hardly contain my excitement!! Eeeeeeee!

Considering we have family members spread all up and down the East coast, plus a father in Europe, that’s kinda  big deal.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Today is still October 29th and we have some Club business to take care of.

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>> Things Only Books Lovers Will Understand by See You in a Porridge. I couldn’t help myself. Books are my only friends some times so I understand all the feels. You will relate if books are your life, but you’ll also relate if you just read occasionally. Go feel the feels people. Feel the feels.

>> No More Disclaimers by The Cunningham Two. I know Stephanie and I aren’t the only ones to do this. Seriously, every time I serve dinner to JB I preface it with a, “it’s not my best work” or a, “idk I hope you like it.” When com’on, JB will eat anything and I’m a pretty dang good cook anyway so what the heck? Here’s to no more disclaimers!

>> How to Show Some Long-Distance Love to Your BFF by Helene in Between. Um, y’all know I move approximately every 2 years (up till now) so I’ve got besties residing in multiple states. That means lots of long-distance love. And it goes both ways too! One of my best friends sent me a flower arrangement for my birthday this year! I meant so much to me, and also got me planning ahead for hers coming up ;D

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>> Six Tips for Decorating Small Spaces and Rental Homes by Our Fox Tales. I not only live in a small space (hello studio apartment I can almost touch all walls at once in) but it’s a rental. Kym is the most adorable anyway so why wouldn’t you take decorating advice from her? I would show you pictures of how I decorate my apartment but I want us to still be friends afterwards….

>> 10 Minute Halloween Costumes by Wife in Training. Um, guys….It’s Halloween this weekend. As in Saturday…like two days…. Are you ready? Got your costume? I’ll be sharing mine tomorrow so be sure to come back. I’ll give you a hint, it involves fringe and flowers. In case you haven’t deemed your Halloween costume as priority numero uno, Lindsay has some awesome ideas for you….

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Happy Thursday Friends!

I have such a treat for y’all today. A Co-Host!!  Myra from The Little Aslam!

She emailed me about co-hosting and I’ve got this horrible habit of never being able to say no, not that I would anyway. (hint, want to join the co-host fun? email me!)

Anyway, be sure to linkup below and let’s be friends!

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>> 7 Must Have Apps for Bloggers by The Blogging Brew. There were a few on her list that I already use but some new ones too. And nothing annoying and simply trending , but real useful apps!

>> 5 Ways to Help Your Fellow Blogger by See You In A Porridge. Now y’all know Kristen is one of my absolute favorite bloggers in all of Blogland, so when she wrote this post about helping other bloggers how could I not share it? Especially when I hold a weekly linkup all about helping other bloggers? You can see how easy it was to include it.

>> 7 Steps to Survive Your Twenties Life Crisis by May Living. Um yes. I think I have a Twenties Life Crisis at least once a month if not more often so this post spoke to me in so many ways it’s not even funny. Unless you’re JB and are on the receiving end of my crisis in which case you might find it funny…..

>> Beef and Broccoli Crock-pot Recipe by Anchored to Sunshine. I don’t even care that this isn’t really a “Fall” recipe, I’ve been wanting to try a beef and broccoli recipe forever but have never felt like I could. I don’t have a kitchen and only a small dorm fridge. Hazards of small apartment city living. Anyway, Amanda proved that I can do it! So whatever, it’s not a Fall recipe but that won’t stop me from making it next week!

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