5 Tips for Better Blog Photos

how to take better blog photos Do you want light, bright & airy photos? Have you been drooling over perfectly curated Instagram feeds? Wondering how you can have a photo feed that others envy? Think beautiful portraits with sharp focus and delicate blurred bokeh backgrounds. Here’s the good news: it’s possible. And you don’t need any fancy equipment. That’s right. You don’t need an expensive DSLR to get quality photos that will set your Blog, Instagram, Facebook, or Website apart. You don’t even need pricey editing software like Photoshop or Lightroom. You can achieve the images you’ve been dreaming of all with your Smart Phone.

 

Here are 5 Tips For Taking Better Photos with your Phone:

 

Take Better Photos Tip #1 – Use Natural Light

In my High School Photography Class, we made pinhole cameras using nothing more than cardboard, tape, and light sensitive paper. It involved no technical gadgets, no electric or mechanical functions. One trip to the darkroom and a dip in developer later, and I was holding a real 5×7 printed image in my hands. The lesson learned was that photography is all about light. In order to take great quality photos, you need good lighting. And the best light is natural light, which includes the full range of the color spectrum. Artificial light, on the other hand, is made to illuminate darkness. And it does have a place in photography –but it’s a whole ‘nother ball game. Leave it to the professionals.  

tip for better blog photos use natural white light not artificial yellow light  

Take Better Photos Tip #2 – Use Diffused Light

Believe it or not, there is a best time of day to take photos, especially when shooting outdoors. I’ll bet you’ve heard of Golden Hour, the time of day when the sun is low in the sky. Golden Hour occurs both at sunrise and sunset, and used well, it makes for some very ethereal shots. But guess what? Contrary to popular belief, Golden Hour is not the ideal time of day for a photoshoot. Instead, aim to shoot your photos a couple hours after sunrise or a couple hours before sunset. The sun is higher in the sky and the light is more diffused. This means the lighting is more evenly dispersed as opposed to midday when the sunlight directly overhead is too harsh (think blinding brightness and unflattering shadows on your subject). If you do have to shoot in the middle of the day, opt for a shady spot with even light.  

Tips for better blog photos - Direct harsh overhead light versus diffused lighting

Take Better Photos Tip #3 – Choose Solid, Neutral Backgrounds

Imagine you’re faced with the impossible task of taking your best friend’s photo at your town’s dump. Would you pose her in front of A) the giant trash heap or B) the blue garbage truck? If you chose neither, I don’t blame you! But for the sake of a better photo, I hope you choose Option B: the blue garbage truck. Imagine if your friend had to compete with the pile of junk behind her. As beautiful as she is, you might lose her amidst the rainbow of rotting garbage. That background is too busy. Avoid busy backgrounds. In contrast, your friend will pop against the solid blue background of the garbage truck because there isn’t anything to compete with.  

tips for better blog photos: Busy cluttered background versus simple plain solid background

Take Better Photos Tip #4 – Always shoot so the horizon line is level

Leave the angles for Myspace. A tilted camera does not an interesting photo make. If you think looking down on your subject is more flattering, think again. We all want to look our best in photos, and yes–angling the camera down does makes us look somewhat thinner. But it also makes us look like we have a deformed alien head. It’s forced. Unnatural. And so obvious what we’re trying to do. Always hold the camera (or phone) level. Have your subject turn their head slightly to the left or right and tilt their chin down just a tad. It will look much more natural and produce a more slimming effect than facing the camera head on. And understanding how to photograph people’s “best sides” without tilting the camera will have them clamoring to have their photo taken by you.  

tips for better blog photos: shoot with the horizon line level straight and head on versus crooked or angled down

Take Better Photos Tip #5 – Master Photo Editing Apps

Photoshop is an awesome tool, but I find it more useful for creating graphics than for editing photos. It’s a powerful software, but it’s bulky. It requires a lot of effort to upload photos, process and save them, organize them, etc. Lucky for us, we live in the age of pocket smartphone computers. And the apps keep getting better. Have you used the VSCO App lately? It’s free (with paid upgrades), and I’d argue that VSCO paired with Facetune can do all you’d ever want to do to a photo in Photoshop anyway. Get good at adjusting Brightness and Contrast. Up the Clarity a bit. Color correct a blue-toned photo by upping the Warmth. Desaturate the colors and bring out the orange hues for a vintage vibe. If you want to get even more fancy with it, adding grain to photos is trending. And try cropping your photo according to the Rule of Thirds to make the composition more interesting. All of this can be done in seconds on your iPhone or Android. Play around with these effects until it’s second nature, then add a pre-made filter to really amp things up. In VSCO, you can copy and paste edits onto photos, resulting in consistent results every time.  

tips for better blog photos: master photo editing apps like vsco to edit your photos

 

Anyone with a standard smartphone is capable of shooting incredible images. As with most things, consistency is key in developing your skill-set. But by following these simple tips, your iPhone photos will start to improve immediately!

Tell me. What other apps do you love for editing photos besides VSCO? Want more blogging tips? Read my Best Tips for Choosing a Blog Topic and Download my FREE Worksheet: Find Your Niche.

 

 

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9 Signs You Should Take a Break from Social Media

signs you need a social media break
You’ve heard of the city that never sleeps, right?
New York City. The subway runs 24/7 all 365 days of the year. The lights don’t go out. At least not all at once. And while you can’t peruse the clothing racks of Bloomingdale’s past 9pm, you can shop their website at any time and on any day you please. That’s because much like New York City, the internet never sleeps. We awaken each morning to a slew of new images. New products. New launches. Grand Openings. An inbox full of new messages, and the list goes on. If there’s a social event happening, we know about it. Before we buy anything, we price shop online. The first thing we do at work each day is check our emails. In fact, we’re so connected to the internet that many claim we’ve forgotten how to live in reality. While we’re busy curating the perfect social media presence, we’re more anti-social than any generation before us. Ask yourself: is that really how you want to be remembered?  

Here are 9 signs it’s high time you took a social media break:

Sign #1 You should Take a Break from Social Media: You can’t quit comparing.

We all suffer when we play the comparison game. Comparison is the thief of joy, if you haven’t heard. Yet we do it so often we hardly recognize it in ourselves. Imagine this: you’ve been scrolling Instagram for the past half hour. When you put your phone down, you announce, “That’s it, diet starts tomorrow!” Only to pick it back up five minutes later and double tap a pint of edible cookie dough being consumed by none other than Kim Kardashian. How can she eat that and look like THAT, you wonder. Listen. No matter how hard we try, we weren’t all born with the hips to waist ratio of Kim Kardashian. Heck, are we even certain that Kim was? Celebrities have a lot of help. And the rest of us have a lot of help from Facetune. But if you’ve forgotten that 100% of what you see online has been modified. If you actually believe Instagram is reality, then it’s time to log out. Delete the app and feast your eyes on real bodies in 3D until you see social media for what it is: pretty but mostly fake.  

Sign #2 You should Take a Break from Social Media: You’re depressed.

I’m not so daft to say that social media is the sole cause of your depression. Depression is complex and is a result of many factors. However, is social media making your depression worse? Social media fools us into believing that we’re making real connections 24/7. We send memes to our friends, but we don’t see their eyes light up when they read it. We don’t hear their laughter. They reply with a boring “lol” or the crying-laughing emoji. In reality, we’re short on actual experiences with other humans and long on isolation. And this isolation coupled with pseudo-connections isn’t making us less depressed. It’s making us more depressed.  

Sign #3 You should Take a Break from Social Media: You can scroll for hours without noticing the time.

You know the phrase time is money? It means your time is valuable. It implores you not to waste this precious resource. If you haven’t peeled your eyes away from the screen even to turn on a light while the sun went down around you, you’re probably addicted to your phone. So ask yourself: are you spending more time on social media than you’re willing to admit to your closest friend? Do you feel a twinge of guilt when the Screen Time Report appears on your iPhone? Did you play along and tease your coworker whose daily average was 3 hours, yet failed to admit yours is 6.5 hours? McDonalds would’ve paid you $47 minimum for that! That’s 10 Starbucks frappuccinos you could’ve bought for you and 5 different friends while you swapped stories over coffee.  

Sign #4 You should Take a Break from Social Media: Your daily Screen Time average is greater than your time spent with actual humans (outside of work).

A Daily Screen Time Average of 5+ hours is only humorous until the tears set in. Because you suddenly feel all alone. Been there! And friend, you’ve been neglecting your friends and family. How to remedy this? Quit waiting around for an invite. Extend one instead, even if your mom is the only taker. She’ll appreciate it, promise.  

Sign #5 You should Take a Break from Social Media: You think everyone else has their sh!% together while you don’t.

Take a quick inventory of your social media friends. Besides that one chick from high school who airs all her dirty laundry for the world to see, who’s riding shotgun on the struggle bus? None of them, apparently. You’re driving this bus alone. But are you? Remember: social media really is a highlight reel. It isn’t real. So while Brenda from 3rd grade appears to be living the perfect suburban life with her Louis Vuitton Neverfull and 2.5 blonde children, know that her 2 year old smeared his poopy diaper all over the wall at nap time and her husband is between jobs right now. She just didn’t mention that in her caption.  

Sign #6 You should Take a Break from Social Media: You want to be someone else.

You want the life of an Instagram Influencer, and you’re willing to go into great debt trying. People are doing it, after all, and that means it’s possible. Maybe you’ll get there one day. But do you know the hard work that goes into becoming an online influencer in the first place? You’re focused on the end result only, not the part that actually involves posting up behind a computer screen for hours on end while you sort out website malfunctions, or banging your head against the keyboard because the algorithm has changed yet again, taking 4,000 of your monthly website views with it. Besides, will that work truly satisfy you? What if your true gift lies in working with the elderly? Or in sales? What if your greatest life is the mundane day-in day-out of raising your children and loving your husband? You’re valuable no matter what your career-or lock thereof. You’re unique. You have gifts and talents specific to YOU. Embrace them, Use them well. Because a life of leisure is not always what it appears to be, and even if it was something to aspire to – it still wouldn’t be as rewarding as the love of your family and friends.  

Sign #7 You should Take a Break from Social Media: You’re jealous.

You see everyone on Instagram with their Louis Vuitton Neverfull, and you want it, too. The problem is you can never afford it. Still, you’re so fixated on it that every thought in your head has become negative, and every word out of your mouth is negative, too. You can’t think of a single nice thing to say about Heather from your book club because she has the Neverfull in multiple colors and sizes, but you’re happy to spread the rumor about how she sold her soul to afford them. In fact, you’ve become downright toxic. You steal the joy from others, not wanting them to be happier than you. You hate everyone because they have what you want, and you hate yourself because you don’t have what they do. If social media is causing you to have these thought patterns, then it’s time to cut the cord. And count your blessings.  

Sign #8 You should Take a Break from Social Media: You feel burnt out on life.

How do you know when you’re burnt out on life?

  • You’re Exhausted
  • You’re Unmotivated
  • You can’t see the good in anything
  • You can’t concentrate
  • Your work performance is suffering
  • Conflict at home
  • Your physical health is declining
  • You don’t have boundaries with work
  • You’re generally dissatisfied

Add social media to that mix, and it’s only going to highlight your unhappiness and dissatisfaction even more.  

Sign #9 You should Take a Break from Social Media: You don’t have any hobbies anymore.

When was the last time you baked from scratch or rode your bike? If a date asked you what your hobbies are, do you even have an answer besides “scrolling Instagram and tagging my friends in memes, lol”? So date yourself! Ask yourself, What are my hobbies? If you don’t have any, it isn’t too late to get some. Just imagine how cool your date will think you are when you can answer, “I’ve been brewing my own craft beer. Want to try it?”   Have you ever had to take a break from social media? Leave me a comment or send me an email about how you benefited. And remember: social media is a highlight reel. It isn’t always real. So if it’s causing you to be someone you don’t like, don’t hesitate to delete it altogether! It will still be there if and when you decide to come back. And in the meantime, soak up all the face-to-face, complex, emotional, messy, fun human connections you can get.   What’s next? Read my Best Tips for Choosing a Blog Topic and Download my FREE Worksheet: Find Your Niche.

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6 Ways to Boost Creativity Fast

easy ways to boost creativity fast

Feeling uninspired?

About as creative as a straight line?

Feeling as if nothing is new? Like it’s all been done before..

You’re not alone. In a world of perfectly curated social media accounts, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. With the stroke of a key we can be staring into the eyes of the Mona Lisa. In a mouse-click, we’re overlooking the Grand Canyon. The internet has given us instant access to all the creative beauty in this world, and yet, we’ve never felt so uninspired!

And if you’re a blogger, designer, or content creator, you know that’s a problem. Content doesn’t create itself. Clients won’t wait around for your next stroke of genius. So what can you do when you’re feeling stuck?

Here are 6 easy ways you can boost your creativity, and fast!

Easy Way to Boost Creativity #1: Unplug.

The internet is amazing. A simple mouse click can transport you to almost anywhere in the world. Maybe you’ve never been to Paris in real life, but you’ve visited the Eiffel Tower from your cubicle a dozen times. Google Maps is cool like that.

But did you hear the violinist as you strolled through Champ de Mars? Were your tastebuds delighted as you bit into a buttery pain au chocolat? Did a loving arm wrap around your shoulder as you stood staring at the twinkling tower on a warm summer evening? ..Are you catching my drift?

The internet offers cheap thrills. Experiences that leave us wanting more and never truly satisfied. Sometimes the best thing we can do is unplug from it all.

Peel yourself away from the never ending stream of pristine homes and white-washed flat lays; they’ll be there when you get back, I promise. Instead, spend some time admiring the beauty of something tangible. Something that can give back. Feel its weight in your hands. Close your eyes and breathe it in. Ignite your senses!

Easy Way to Boost Creativity #2: Clean Your Desk or Work Area.

And now that you’ve unplugged, how many of us creative types are guilty of living and working in organized chaos? Sure, we know the important paper we need for Monday’s meeting is in that basket. It’s buried under a month’s worth of take-out receipts. And the tax document is in the “important papers pile”, aka papers we have no clue what to do with. Oh, don’t mind the leaning tower of file folders. If it’s in a file, that means it’s organized, right? Hah!

In fact, a cluttered space is a constant reminder of all the unfinished business. And unfinished business is stressful. And stress is a creativity killer.

You’ll sleep better when there’s not a pile of dishes in the sink. Your mind can relax knowing there isn’t unfinished work waiting tomorrow morning. And you’ll create better when you come into a clean workspace each day.

Don’t close the door on a pile of disorganized papers, random receipts & unlabeled folders for another day. If you don’t know where to start, a simple rule is this: a place for everything and everything in its place. When you find an organizational system that works for you, the creative juices are guaranteed to flow better.

 

Easy Way to Boost Creativity #3: Get Moving!

One of my favorite ways to boost creativity — and for me, the fastest — is to take a quick walk! If you can’t get to stepping, then do some quick stretching in your seat. Or have a mini dance party in your cubicle. Heck, stand up and then sit back down in your chair for 10 reps. Whatever it takes to get the blood pumping.

There’s something about taking my eyes off the screen and getting my body moving that gets my best ideas flowing. And when you head out, even if it’s only for five minutes, never forget your phone. Why? Because the next tip for boosting creativity is..


Easy Way to Boost Creativity #4: Write everything down!

You never know when a good idea is going to strike. So get used to carrying a journal or phone where you can jot them down before you forget. The Notes App on an iPhone works well for this. However, if you’re like me– your most creative ideas seem to come while you’re on the-go. You’re walking or you’re driving when suddenly you’ve thought up the whole first paragraph for a blog post. And when this happens, I recommend using a Voice Recording App on your smartphone. iPhones have one built in.

Don’t forget to keep a regular journal on top of this. Sometimes you need to explore a topic over time and in-depth the way only honest journaling can. Good ideas build on one another, so the more time you spend exploring a topic on paper, the closer you get to your greatest creative epiphany yet.


Easy Way to Boost Creativity #5: Stop Comparing.

You’ve heard the saying Comparison is the thief of joy. But have you heard Comparison is the thief of creativity? If your first instinct upon beginning a new project  is to see how everyone else is doing it, well.. STOP. RIGHT. THERE.

Don’t you dare type anything into Google. Remove the temptation to mimic what someone else is doing. Log out of Instagram. Turn off your iPhone. Be present with yourself and your own creativity.

Ask yourself deep, intentional questions about your new project. What do you hope to achieve? Who will this benefit? What tools do you need? How long will it take? Etc. After you’ve reflected on these questions, don’t immediately open Google or Instagram for research purposes, either. Get a pen and paper. Make an outline. Write some more until you have a full-blown plan. Take your creativity into your own hands!

 

Easy Way to Boost Creativity #6: Do Literally Anything Else.

If you’ve been trying to solve a problem but haven’t made any progress in hours or even days, it’s probably time to take a break. Note: this does not mean throw in the towel. You may be too close to the situation to see the problem, and if you can’t see the problem, you certainly won’t see a solution. It’s okay if you need to take a whole day (or two week) hiatus. But if you have no time to lose…

A twenty minute break might be all you need to get your creative groove back. During your break, don’t allow yourself to think of the problem at all. Do the dishes. Call a friend. Try a meditation app. You’ll return to the project refreshed, re-inspired, and able to look at things from a whole new perspective.


While these tips should boost creativity instantly, don’t forget to be consistent. Let me know if these tips work for you or how you feel after you’ve given them a try.

Do you know strategies that work better? Feel free to share them with me in a comment or email.

 

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How To Decide What to Blog About

How to Decide What to Blog About

Want to know a secret?

It took me 10 years to figure out what to blog about.

That’s right. 10 years! 10 years spent launching numerous different blogs, and all of them failed until Wondernote — the blog you’re reading right now. So what changed?

 

Why all my old blogs failed

 

Prior to Wondernote, I wanted to blog about sooo many different things. Every time I tried to pick just one topic, I would immediately think of an idea for something in a different topic to write about. Having only one topic felt limiting! After all, I had so many interests and ideas I wanted to share. Maybe you have a lot of interests or passions also. Some of mine include:

  • Fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Weight loss
  • Shopping
  • Beauty
  • Design
  • Home decor
  • Travel
  • Photography

 

And I still love all those things, but I don’t blog about all of them on Wondernote. This blog is dedicated to the Graphic Design category, and all my articles fit as closely into my niche as possible.

In fact, once I identified a niche to write about, I didn’t feel limited. I actually felt the opposite: BLOG FREEDOM. Sounds crazy, right?

What is a niche, anyway?

A niche relates to products, services, or interests that appeal to a small, specialized section of the population, which actually means my blog is targeted at less people rather than more.

Maybe that sounds like the opposite of what you think you should do when it comes to blogging. But let me explain why identifying your niche can actually lead to more blogging success (read: a money-making blog).

 

Why You Need A Niche

 

Trends come and go in blogging, and one you may have noticed is the “Lifestyle Blog.” Although, it seems to be going by a different name now.. self-identified “Content Creators,” as seen in Instagram bio’s everywhere. First of all, there’s nothing wrong with have a lifestyle blog, and being a content creator is a great thing.

But lifestyle blog doesn’t mean a lot to search engines. And it doesn’t mean a lot to searchers themselves. Think about it. Imagine a 23 year old girl searching Google for “how to french braid your own hair.”

Imagine you have written a great tutorial on your blog about how to do this, but you also write about personal style, family-friendly recipes, and your vacation to Mexico. Imagine your competition with a nearly identical article.. a blog entirely dedicated to hair care. Who do you think will rank first in Google’s search results? Your lifestyle blog with one article about hair, or the blog with two hundred optimized articles about hair?

See what I mean? A niche of hair care blog vs lifestyle blog gives you the competitive edge when it comes to SEO, and search engine optimization is vital to increasing traffic, which in turn increases the chance of earning money from your blog.

Ok, ok.. I get it. I need a niche. But how do I figure out my blog niche?

 

How to Find Your Blog Niche

 

I knew my need of a niche long before I actually figured out what it was.  All those interests, remember? It was really hard to narrow it down to just one thing to blog about. But I finally did it.

I had an Aha! Moment when an Instagram influencer I follow shared her blog post titled “Top 10 Tips for Beginner Bloggers.” The very last tip was this: LOVE TO BLOG OR GET OUT.

My first thought after reading that statement was, “Ouch!” I mean, it was a bit harsh, especially coming from someone making hundreds of thousands of dollars per year and basically living my dream life in NYC. Talk about blunt force trauma to my blogging ego.

But as I dwelt on that phrase for the next few days, something clicked for me.

I realized that if I didn’t choose a topic to blog about that I genuinely LOVED, then I wasn’t going to enjoy it..ever. And if I didn’t enjoy, I would never do it. I already do plenty of things I don’t enjoy, like my day job, so why would I add another thing I dread to the mix?

For me that meant I didn’t want to blog about fashion or share my makeup looks. I wear the same makeup everyday. It works great for me, but that’s not very interesting to others! And blogging successfully, afterall, is about OTHERS. Not about us. It’s about the value we can add to the lives of others by sharing what we do best.

For me, it was graphic design.

But it took days for me to arrive at that conclusion. I had to really sit in silence with some questions and my journal.

 

If you’re ready to identify what you should blog about, ask yourself these questions:

  • What do I truly enjoy doing?

  • What don’t I get tired of learning about?

  • What do I want to learn more about?

  • What skills do I have that I could teach others?

  • What do my friends say I’m good at?

  • What do my friends ask me for advice about?

  • What topic do I want to shout about from the rooftops?

  • What would I be happy doing for the rest of my life?

  • If I could have any career EVER– regardless of my current credentials– what would it be?

  • Is my passion something I can make money with?

  • How can I make money from my passion?

 

As you reflect on these questions & more, make lists. Lists of Pros & Cons.

Think. Think Harder.

For hours! Take your time. Don’t rush.

Resist the temptation to copy someone else’s formula for success. By all means, take good advice. But make your own path to success.

 

If you want to dig deeper, you can download my FREE Worksheet Find Your Niche here. And if you’re stuck in Lifestyle Blog limbo, you may be interested in reading my article Why Lifestyle Blogs Don’t Make Money.

& Tell Me. Have you identified your blogging niche? If so, how did you pick your niche?

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Why Lifestyle Blogs Don’t Make Money

why your lifestyle blog isn't making moneyConfession: Only my sister reads my blog. Please tell me I’m not alone! Also, is anyone else actually making money blogging out there? Because that’s the reason I started blogging. Honest. I wish I could say it was just for the sheer fun of it, but that would be a lie. In fact, I’ve wanted to make money from my blog for a long time, but it took years- and many different blogs-  for me to figure out the missing piece of the puzzle. The answer to the question: Why isn’t my blog making any money? Before Wondernote was born and before I began writing about the ins & outs of Graphic Design, I was just a Lifestyle Blogger. Are you a Lifestyle Blogger? And more importantly- have you successfully made money with your lifestyle blog? Maybe months– or years– have gone by, and you’re scratching your head, wondering when your hard blogging work will finally pay off. Why don’t you have any post views or email subscribers?  Heck, just a comment would be nice! After all, you’ve sunk a lot of time and resources into this thing, but for crying out loud.. How do you actually make money with a lifestyle blog?! I like to call this phenomenon (in which lifestyle blogs don’t make money) Lifestyle Blog Limbo. Lifestyle Blog Limbo happens when we know we want to write a blog, specifically a money-earning blog, but we can’t choose only one thing to write about. Heck, we didn’t ask to be this knowledgeable about every. single. thing. It’s just the way God made us! Maybe you blog about all these topics & more:
  • Easy family dinner recipes
  • Relationship advice
  • Your Fitness Routine
  • Healthy Eating Ideas
  • Target Deals
  • Couponing
  • Raising Children
  • Outfit Ideas
  • Makeup Looks
  • Vacation & Travel
  • How you & your Spouse paid off 50K of debt
  • The best restaurants in your hometown
All the topics on this list are interesting, so what’s the problem? Why aren’t people subscribing to your Email List? Why aren’t you getting any traffic to your blog?

WHY ISN’T YOUR LIFESTYLE BLOG MAKING MONEY?

 

Why Your Lifestyle Blog Isn’t Making Money, Reason #1: You’re Just Not That Interesting.

I apologize in advance, because I’m about to say something not very nice about you. Ready? Your life just isn’t that interesting. And if you want to be successful as a Lifestyle Blogger, you’ll have to convince your readers that your daily life is more interesting than the reality TV show they’re binge watching instead of reading your blog. In actual reality, noone (besides your mom) is hanging on the edge of their seat to find out what healthy meal you fed your family tonight. They don’t care that you went 10 miles out of your way to photograph fancy latte art “for the ‘gram.” They don’t care that you purchased eighty five pairs of shoes at the Nordstrom sale. But wait! Don’t get mad. There’s a solution. Next, I’ll tell you what IS intriguing about you..

Why Your Lifestyle Blog Isn’t Making Money, Reason #2: Your Content is Too Broad.

Now that we have that out of the way and you know that your lifestyle blog isn’t interesting, let me explain why. Lifestyle is too broad a topic. What does the term Lifestyle mean to potential readers, anyway? What does it tell readers about you and your blog? Nothing specifically, and that’s the problem. Now. Referring back to the list of topics you blog about, here’s a topic from your list that is both specific AND interesting: the fact that you paid off $50,000 of debt in only 2 years while your husband worked and you stayed at home raising your baby. In blogging, we refer to specific topics as your niche. A niche blog topic appeals to a small, specialized section of the population, and finding your niche is the golden ticket to blogging success. Identify your niche. Live and breathe your niche. Because niches pay!

Why Your Lifestyle Blog Isn’t Making Money, Reason #3: You Don’t Know Who You’re Writing To/For.

You now know that you need a niche if you want to increase your odds of earning money from your blog. But you also need to know who you’re writing to! Your niche and your target audience are directly correlated. Most paid blog courses will encourage you to spend time creating an Avatar. An avatar is a representative of your target audience, and knowing your avatar can help you understand what information your audience wants from you. Here’s some info you’ll want to know about your Avatar:
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Location
  • Relationship Status
  • Education
  • Income
  • Interests
  • Hobbies
  • Where they hang out
  • What they spend their money on
  • Etc.
When you sit down to write a post, write to your avatar. Use words they understand. Make it valuable for them! Not sure where to start? Your avatar might be YOU five years ago. Before you became an expert in your niche!

Why Your Lifestyle Blog Isn’t Making Money, Reason #4: You Don’t Have Enough/New Content.

You know your niche. You know your avatar. Now how do you hold their attention? Keep them coming back for more? Convince them to Subscribe to your Email List? Cue content creation. You need to post new, quality content regularly. Let’s imagine that Suzie Q lands on your blog article titled How I Paid Off $50K Debt in 2 Years, Part 1. Since the process behind paying off your debt was too much to write in one post, you’ve broken it down into 3 parts. Suzie is also 50K in the hole with student loans, and she’s desperate to learn your strategy. She devours Part 1, and she likes what you have to say. Now she’s looking for a link to Part 2… except you haven’t written Part 2 yet. After clicking around for awhile, Suzie realizes you posted Part 1 three months ago, and frankly, she can’t wait around forever. She clicks off, and just like that– she’s gone, probably forever. She went next door to your competitor’s blog. It gave her the answers & even more smart financial tips that Suzie wasn’t searching for but finds helpful. She liked it so much she even subscribed to their email list! A smart strategy is to write 10-20 solid articles before you ever launch your blog. And don’t leave any loose ends. if you have a Part 1, make sure you have a Part 2.

Why Your Lifestyle Blog Isn’t Making Money, Reason #5: You Don’t Treat Your Blog as a Business.

Maybe you’ve done all the footwork. You’ve picked your niche, you know your audience, you even have a decent following. You’ve made a little bit of money, received some free products, but you’re nowhere near to replacing the income of your 9-5 job. How do you take your blog to the next level and start earning real money? Treat it like a business! All businesses have this in common: they engage in commerce. aka: They make money through the sale of goods or services. So what goods or services does your blog offer? How can you package your content and expertise into a product? Consider creating a paid course, subscription, or e-book, which involve little risk and little investment. And in the meantime, keep thinking and acting like a business owner:
  • Show up every day.
  • Put in the hours.
  • Be proud of what you do.
  • Share it with the world.
  • Invest in furthering your knowledge and education.
  • Know your competition.
  • Learn from mistakes.
  • Implement a marketing strategy.
  • Outsource when you can.
  • Focus on efficiency.
  • Focus on growth.
  • Develop a product to sell.
  • Etc, etc, etc.
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  • How long have you been blogging?
  • Do you have a niche, or are you a lifestyle blogger?
  • Have you seen any earnings from your blog yet?
  • Still not sure what you should blog about? Read my post –> How to Decide What to Blog About!
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