I know that I just wrote a post about saying yes more often… but along with that comes the important skill of knowing when to say no too. When it comes to blogging, I say no a lot more often than I say yes. I’ve found, over time, that it’s easy to get overbooked, overcommit, and overdo it. About the worse thing you can do is overcommit and find yourself so emotionally spent that you don’t have the energy to write the post you committed to. I’ve found myself there a few times – mostly when the deadline is self-imposed, but regardless it sucks.
And don’t get me wrong. I overcommit all the time still. I have a full-time job. I blog at night. And even those nights are limited because I’m usually attending an event after work and/or on the weekends. Luckily, I love all of it, otherwise I wouldn’t even be writing this post.
SO! If you’re a new blogger, I’m going to be real with you: sometimes blogging is hard. You may want to say yes to everything because it sounds new and fun and exciting… but sometimes saying no is the right choice. And if you’re not new, well then I’m probably preaching to the choir. Here are the times I’ve learned to say no when it comes to blogging opportunities.
When to Say No To Blogging Opportunities
1. When it doesn’t align with your core values
There are many things that I believe passionately in that I’d love to help promote. There are other things that I don’t believe in at all. For instance, you’d never seeing me tout the benefits of just any old dog food because I honestly don’t feel comfortable feeding it to Rigby. Just because it’s for dogs doesn’t mean it should be fed.
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Is it just me or is it blog conference season? Everywhere I look someone is hashtagging a conference, sharing a recap, or posting photos at a new conference I haven’t heard of. I went to my first conference last year in Dallas, and while I’m not sure I’d hop a plane to go again immediately, I definitely learned and experienced a lot.
One thing I didn’t even think about and felt kind of ill-prepared for was packing. I was too focused on what I’d be wearing to think about any of the things I might want to have during the conference sessions. Whether you’re traveling near or far to a blogger conference, hopefully this list will cover the basics that you may forget!
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If you’re new around here, you may not know that Twitter is my favorite social media platform. I created my first Twitter account 7 years ago in college. It was definitely not the account I use now, but was one I specifically for school. We would have Twitter Chats (before they were called that) and live tweet some of the material we watched during class. We were even graded based on participation.
Now I use Twitter largely as a marketing platform for myself and my blog. I don’t always have as much time as I’d like to be able to chat and participate. Yet even when I’m not at my desk or have my phone handy to be tweeting, I’m still “there.” When I started blogging, I started a brand new account with no followers. Slowly in a year and a half, I’ve grown my following and finally feel more confident in my “Twitter Routine.” Here’s how I’ve done it.
9 Tips to Use Twitter More Effectively For Your Blog
So I then started thinking. How can I contribute more to this community? I am not an expert. I’m just a girl who happened about this crazy thing called blogging, loved it, made some friends, and now love talking about it since it’s how I spend about half of my life these days.
I asked on Twitter last week if anyone would be interested in some sort of blogger e-meetup and I heard a resounding yes. With lots of exclamation points and all caps in some cases. I dig the enthusiasm, guys.
Being a blogger is tough. There are so many social media sites that promise to be great for promoting your blog. There are special image sizes you need to fulfill and always something to add to your to-do list. In my year-plus-ish of fashion and lifestyle blogging, I’ve tried quite a few different tools that have promised all sorts of things, but these 5 blogging tools are ones that I truly can’t live without.