Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

200 Posts of Sass!

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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Can I get a OH SNAP?! This is my 200th blog post so here is a gif of Mr. T! You’re welcome.

I want to thank all of you guys so much for being so supportive and so awesome! Here is to many more rants, many more raves, and TONS more confetti!

Hip, hip, hooray! And as always…

Stay Sexy Gotham!
latanya

Back to life, back to reality.

Friday, May 9th, 2014

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Hey Party Monsters!

Hip hip HOORAY to blogger breaks! Everywhere I turn lately, I am hearing, reading, and conversing with blogger friends about being burnt out. People have been down right crispy! For the past month (both in real life and online) I have come in contact with people that are completely fed up with the crazy world of social media and the stress bloggers feel to produce great content. Stress looks good on NO one.

Well here is some great news for fellow bloggers and entrepreneurs alike! Having a internet business of any sort comes with an insane amount of pressure like most businesses. We are constantly trying to publish content and be current. We are always trying to think of a fun daily saying, checking our google analytics numbers, coming up with a witty tweetable, sharing a pinable image, or checking Facebook “likes”. We have the fear of fading into a virtual black hole. I’m here to inform you that, these fears are complete bullshit.

Blogging is by far one of my favorite things in the world. I recently had a meeting with my business coach and was informed that she enjoyed how much time and energy I put into my site/company but wanted to know what sets it apart from a glorified hobby. This idea wasn’t a fun one to address but, I understood the point she was making. The concept was actually a powerful boost of encouragement. I never want to consider my business as “just a hobby” but I never really want to see feel burnt out and overworked. It’s completely okay to call a time out. Seriously, just take a break.

A break doesn’t have to mean completely avoiding your job or calling it quits. Active breaks are possible. Plan ahead, get your systems in place, and walk away from a few things responsibly. When you’re good and ready, you will come back to life and you’ll be better than ever.

Blogger breaks are completely allowed and should be encouraged more in the blogger universe. Your “time out” will not break the internet. You might be missed for a little while but it will make it all the more special when you are bustin’ out some KICK ASS content. Your readers will be just fine for a while and love you just the same (or more) once you’ve returned.

I have been professionally blogging for a year and a half and have had a ton of great, sometimes embarrassing and terrifying experiences. Taking a break has probably been one of my healthiest and best learning experiences to date. My break put into perspective what I am doing here and I am happier than ever.

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So grab a drink, take out a calendar and break responsibly! Breaks can be super helpful but it’s better to add some order to your chaos. Since this was my first major blogger break, here are some tips I would recommend to help you take a chill pill:

❤ Pick your slowest time of year. Being that i’ve only been pro blogging for a year and a half, it was hard for me to figure out when my slowest time would be. With that said, it seemed like I had the fewest readers in April. This information made it a bit easier to decide to take 4 weeks off for the month of April.

❤ Your break is a REAL event. Plan accordingly and make it your priority.

❤ Take advantage of platforms that allow you to schedule your social media postings. Take a day and set up content to go up for the amount of time you wish to take a break.

❤ Don’t feel like you have to completely throw in the towel. It’s okay to update your facebook manually or reply to your emails. Just lighten the load to give yourself some wiggle room.

Bring yourself (and your content) back to life. I find this to be rather necessary if you don’t want to become another abandoned blog on the world wide web. Happy Spring everyone and as always…

Stay sexy Gotham!
latanya

Photos by Death To Stock Photo.

Educate yourself, before you wreck yourself: The Blog Workshop

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

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As my blog grows within the blogosphere, I am always educating myself. I am always looking for more workshops, lectures, books, blogger friends, you name it! One of the most important things you can do is make sure you stay educated and connected to others in this crazy world of blogging.

There are a number of workshops that are coming up that I would LOVE to attend but, you know as well as I do, you can’t make it to all of them. Upon my reach, I came across The Blog Workshop. This seemed a bit fitting being that the workshop is completely online. I mean, you can’t complain about travel if there is no travel required.

Another thing that grabbed my attention is that it is rather affordable. There are tons of great workshops out there that can be on the pricey side of things. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in investing in yourself but sometimes you can’t always get the funds at the time in which you need them. The Blog Workshop is a smashing option if you’re looking for something affordable. You get a lot of bang for your buck especially since you don’t have the extra expense of traveling.

Upon finding out about The Blog Workshop, I started reading about the speakers to get a feel of what knowledge will be shared during this weekend workshop. I became rather jazzed when I saw the speakers will range from bloggers to company CEOs. When educating yourself on how to be the best blogger you can be, it’s wise to study your craft from all angles.

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Oh, how can I forget this awesome detail! They are giving away a ton of prizes as well (which I hope to get in on) like vlogging equipment among other great things. I mean, it is sort of a no brainer if you want to expand your brand. You can possibly win some more tools to help with the expansion AND get more fun blogging brain nuggets! I love learning AND I super love prizes!

The conference is May 17th-19th and the ticket sales end May 10th so if you’re interested definitely hop to it! Because you guys are amazing and deserve the best, you can use this Discount Code: TBW25HURRY but, hurry it expires on April 26th. If you still are curious you can read the FAQ’s for the workshop here. Let’s take over the blogging world together with our awesome-hood.

I leave you with a video from one of the exciting speakers that will be at the upcoming conference…

Stay sexy Gotham!

latanya