My Best Piece of Blogging Advice (and an EXCITING Announcement)

My Best Piece of Blogging Advice (and an EXCITING Announcement)


I never met a piece of encouragement I didn’t like.

Especially when it comes to blogging.

Everywhere you look there are posts telling you to do it this way and make sure you write it that way and make sure you have alt tags and SEO and keywords and pictographs and clever titles and rooms that look like they stepped out of a magazine and pictures that will be pinned a zillion times on Pinterest.

And if you don’t?

You’ll never succeed.

Or so “they” say.

That’s why I’m so happy they asked me to be a mentor at Haven.  That’s why I can’t wait until July 20.  That’s why I can’t wait to encourage and uplift and listen and talk and laugh and explain why “they” forgot to mention….

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How to Make Money Blogging (part 2)

How to Make Money Blogging (part 2)


This is the second post of a mini-series on how to make money blogging.

Super mini

There are only two posts.

Let’s review what we’ve already talked about in case you missed the first one (which you can read here).

1. Blogging is hard work.

2. You can make money (that’s the best part of the entire article).  Yes.  Yes, you can.

3. All clicks on ads are not created equal.

4. Working with brands involves networking and relationships.

5. Keep pushing your snowball.

All caught up?  Oh, good.

Let’s talk more about making money. 🙂Continue reading

How To Make Money Blogging (part 1)

How To Make Money Blogging (part 1)


I have written this a post about how to make money blogging in my head about 5,327 times.

I’d start it and a story would pop into my head.

Or a DIY.

Or a dining room with a faux parquet floor and smocked burlap curtains.

And I’d get all distracted and chase rabbits and realize I needed to apply more red lipstick.

But this is a new day.

A new year.

And I thought that many of you might have added blogging to your resolution list.  Or maybe you have a hobby you want to turn into a business.  Or maybe you have created something that you want to share with the world…

…and getting paid for that blog or that hobby or that product might be fun.

But you wondered if it was even possible?

You wondered if you could actually make money?

You wondered how and why and when and where and IF.

And the answer?

It’s a wonderful, incredible, amazing, resounding YES.

Why yes….yes, my friend…..YES YOU CAN. 🙂
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How To Start a Blog

How To Start a Blog

Build Your Blog

Before we get started on the whole blogging thing…..I just wanted you to know….

….you have a voice and a story and something to say.

I am a firm believer that there is a blogger in all of us.

Talking blogging is a lot of details and a lot of information and a lot of talk about things that you might have never heard of before and it can all seem so overwhelming…..and there are times when you might think you could never actually do it.

But you can.

Because….well….I mean after all… are you….

…and we both know that you’re a rock star.


So it’s been established… are amazing and a rock star and full of creative ideas and projects and rooms to decorate….

….but how do you begin?

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So You Think You Might Like to Blog?

So You Think You Might Like to Blog?


You know what’s funny?

I write a blog.  I take pictures for a blog.  I tell stories and create projects and decorate rooms for a blog……

….but I never really talk about blogging.

So when Ursula from Made by Carmona contacted me to see if I wanted to be part of a series with bloggers sharing their advice on what they have learned from blogging….

…..I wasn’t sure.

I wondered if any of you were interested in learning about blogging?

Or if you have ever thought about starting your own blog?

Or maybe you’ve started a blog and you are looking for a little inspiration?

If not….I’m distracting you with pictures from around the farmhouse.

If so….

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Haven 2013:  How To Blog and a Giveaway

Haven 2013: How To Blog and a Giveaway


(me and Jess)

This is how my face looked for the last 72 hours.

Grinning from ear-to-ear with red lipstick on.

I couldn’t help it.

I just smiled and laughed and chortled and giggled and guffawed my way through a blog conference.

Remember how nervous I was about that speech?

Remember how my knees were shaking?

Remember how carefully I planned out my earrings and my outfit and my funny story?


Just between you and me…..shhhhhh…..

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Run For the Roses

Run For the Roses


Do you ever have a post that writes itself?

Something that is on your heart.

Something that you know that you know that you know.

Without a doubt.

With absolute certainty.

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It’s All About the lowercase

It’s All About the lowercase


photo credit:  Jennifer DiGuglielmo Photography


Do you ever think about how surreal blogging is sometimes?

I mean here we are….writing our thoughts and our dreams and our aspirations down for others to read.  As bloggers, with each post, we provide a glimpse into our lives through our blogs.  So when we write about our fears and our projects and our stories and our great highs and our great lows.….

….we leave a piece of ourselves for others to see.

And the incredible thing is this:


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