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The Realities of Blogging

Posted in Blogging, Style

From the outside looking in blogging might seem like the most glamorous, easy job. But for the majority, it's a ton of hard work and comes with a heavy weight of pressure. Sharing the realities of being a blogger and what goes into it | The Blonder Life

As many of you know I started TheBlonderLife while I was still in college as a class project, and later turned it into this full-time job. I was only following a handful of other bloggers at the time and had this mindset of what blogging was going to be like. Well, the joke was on me because now I’ve been blogging for over a year and want to share the reality of blogging! Read more…

August 18, 2017
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Using Instagram Stories To Grow Your Brand + Content Ideas

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10 + content ideas for Instagram Stories and how to build your brand via stories. Engage with your ideal audience in a more authentic way using Instagram Stories. What to post on Instagram Stories and how to build your brand | The Blonder Life

When Instagram first launched their Stories feature I was reluctant to try it out. I felt they had completely copied Snapchat, and didn’t want another platform to keep up with, honestly.

At the beginning, I used Snapchat of a more real – everyday vlogging style and kept IG stories more tailored, and clean cut. After a few weeks of testing it out, I realized I had more people viewing my Instagram story compared to Snapchat. And, since it was all on one app it was easier for me to push people from my story to my actual feed. I had a greater engagement there and felt like I was actually reaching my ideal audience. If you’re a creative still using both, I suggest differentiating the content! Don’t save everything from one platform and upload it to the other – you most likely have a lot of the same followers on both!  Read more…

July 25, 2017
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Blogging Networks 101 | Are They Worth Your Time?

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Blogging Networks 101 : the good and behind networks. Sharing which blogging network I've found success through, and why I don't lean on them for an income. The good and bad behind blogging networks | The Blonder Life

Happy Tuesday babes! I’m here with another blogging tips post, and this one has been highly requested from you guys! If you’re new around here – every Tuesday’s post is about blogging. I love these posts, and you guys seem to find them really helpful too! If you’re a blogger I recommend subscribing so you never miss these posts, or bookmark my blog to refer back every Tuesday! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve done one of these, so I apologize for that! These posts take me the longest to create, and I always want to make sure they’re jammed pack with helpful information! So, this can make the process a little long! Read more…

July 11, 2017
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A Guest Post: How Branding + Logo Design Will Bring Your Blog to the Next Level

Posted in Blogging

Hey, guys! Amanda here! Not to worry, Jamie will be back soon ;). Thanks so much for stopping by. I am here to talk to you about the importance of branding your blog and how graphic design plays a pretty big part in the process.

If you aren’t familiar with me, my name is Amanda Strong and I am the author of the fashion and lifestyle blog, Poised Avenue, and graphic designer and brand developer over at Mandy Lee Designs. Ever since starting Poised Avenue, I have fallen in love with the art of brand development and logo design. Early on, I discovered the importance of being consistent as a blogger to build a cohesive and recognizable brand. Read more…

June 12, 2017
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Where To Promote Your Blog Posts After You Hit Publish

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Promotion is key to gaining followers, and getting fresh eyes on your content. When it comes to blogging there is no such thing as over promotion. Listing 5+ places to promote your newest blog post | The Blonder Life

Welcome back to another Tuesday blogging tips post! I have not come up with a series name just yet, so if you have any ideas I would love to hear them in the comment section!

Every Tuesday I will be sharing a blog post giving my tips on one specific blogging question! I pick these questions from tweets, e-mails and messages from all of you! So, if there’s anything you ever want to be covered I would love to hear your opinions!

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June 6, 2017
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Introducing #BLBB 1:1 Blog Consultations

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Introducing #BlonderLifeBloggingBabe 1 on 1 blog consultations with yours truly! Lets grow your brand together and stand out to brands! The Blonder Life

Friends, today is the BIG day! I have been working on this “secret” project for what seems like years. It’s basically been on the back burner for quite some time… I got the idea for it about 6 months ago but never really knew what to do with the idea, or how to make it come to life. For the longest time, it was just a simple note on my phone filed away as a long-term goal.

My best brainstorming sessions have been happening on my commute to and from work, surprisingly. So I really have Houston traffic to thank for this finally coming together!  I briefly shared my big idea with a few people on Instagram Live a few weeks ago and the response I got made me start accelerating the process! There’s really no better introduction than to just dive right into it, so here we go!

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June 5, 2017
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5 Mistakes To Avoid As A New Blogger

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The 5 biggest mistakes I made as a new blogger. Learn what I did wrong, and what I wished I would have done differently. Perfect for all of you bloggers just starting out, or needing some guidance! The Blonder Life

Although I lovelovelove producing style and fashion content I also love encouraging other bloggers, and sharing my advice! There’s something so rewarding about teaching others from your own mistakes. Ha. The blogging world can be a bit overwhelming at first, and there’s really no way to know it all! There were so many mistakes I made at the beginning, and I wanted to share those with you all today. I always want to be genuine with you guys, and share the not so glamorous parts of my life.

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May 30, 2017
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Blonder Life Birthday Brunch + A Year of Blogging

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The Blonder Life turned ONE this past weekend, so I hosted a brunch with a few of my friends to celebrate. Blogging for a whole year I have learned so much about both blogging, and myself. What I learned, and wish I would have done different.

The Blonder Life turned ONE this past weekend, so I hosted a brunch with a few of my friends to celebrate. Blogging for a whole year I have learned so much about both blogging, and myself. What I learned, and wish I would have done different.

Last Sunday I celebrated my one-year blogiversary aka I’ve been blogging for a WHOLE YEAR! I hosted a brunch at Sonoma Wine Bar with a few of my friends! I knew I wanted to celebrate somehow, and eventually decided brunch would be the best fit!

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May 12, 2017
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Growing Your Blog Through Social Media: Twitter

Posted in Blogging

Growing your social media channels can be more beneficial than just an ego boost. Gaining followers can boost your traffic to your blog, and turn followers into loyal readers. Learn how I'm increasing my traffic with Twitter here!

The best and most effective way to grow your online business is through social media. It’s a great way to drive traffic to your blog or website and in long term gain paying customers and loyal followers. Everyone can use some help when it comes to growing their social media, and if you’re like most people you are totally lost when it comes to Twitter. As a blogger there’s already so many different platforms that you’re struggling to keep up with, so why add another to the mix? But, I’m here to tell you Twitter can be extremely beneficial for your traffic!

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May 1, 2017
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