Why We Blog

I've mentioned before that blogging is a habit I can't seem to kick.  I started my first blog with my best friend five years ago, as a way of documenting our senior year of high-school.  Since then, I've written on a few different blogs that eventually got left behind in the daily chaos of my life....more

Words Can Hurt Me

I can remember being eight-years-old, having my grandmother tell me "sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never hurt you."  It's a mantra that I've heard hundreds ...more

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5 Tips to Help You Pin Like a Boss

Over the last few years since Pinterest made its first appearance in the social media world, this website has grown to be most people's favorite resource for DIY, recipes, helpful blog posts, and more! If you work it the right way, Pinterest can grow to become one of your biggest daily referrals to your blog or website, and today I want to show you how to make that happen! ...more
Great post. I never thought about creating a board of my own blog posts. Nice tip!more

Finding Inspiration

Yesterday, I posed the question on Twitter: "what inspires you?"  I was confused when I didn't receive very many responses, because it seemed like a good question to me, and one that a lot of bloggers would want to weigh in on.  But as I laid (yes, I did have to look up the proper form of that word) in bed searching "blog ideas" on Pinterest, I realized that as good as the question may be, the answers probably wouldn't fit into 140 characters....more

How College Made Me a Better Person

We've all heard before that college is a time of growth for most people.  It's the first time in our lives when we're on our own and surrounded by so many people who are completely different from the people we've grown up around.  Each day, we're faced with a hundred decisions we'd never even considered before....more

What I Read on Vacation

As much as I love reading, it can be difficult to do all that much of it very often.  Generally, vacation is prime time for me to check off a few of the books on my list, and this year was no exception....more

What Depression Means to Me

In the time since I first started blogging, I've sat down several times to write about depression - what I believe it is, and what it means to me.  I've always walked away from the screen, unsure of how to approach such a delicate subject, especially one that so few people, it seems, understand.  In light of Robin Williams passing away, and the overwhelming number of reactions to his death though, I'd like to say something....more

How to Take Your Blog with You on Vacation

We hear all the time how important it is to keep your blog on a schedule, whether that means posting at 7am every Monday through Friday, or posting once a week at 5pm.  Whatever it is, regularity is key to let your readers know when to expect new content from you. On vacation though, that can be difficult.  It goes way beyond simply scheduling a post to go live each day, especially if you usually share your posts on social media, post photos, and interact on sites like Twitter and Facebook. ...more

Why I Love Blogging

For years, ever since starting my first blog back in high-school, I've found myself gravitating towards this community even after several failed attempts.  There was always something bringing me back - maybe the ability to share my writing with the world, maybe the feeling of knowing that this is something I have to do each day... But whatever it is, that feeling has brought me to this point.  And over these five years, I've found that there's a lot to love about blogging....more