Staying On Track + Tips to Stay Positive

In January, I showed you some key blogging tips in order to stay on track with what you want to accomplish. Today, I want to talk a little bit about what I have learned since that and share my 2016 blogging attitude so far. When the year changed over to the big 2-0-1-6, I took a hard look at my goals I set for myself in 2015, what I had accomplished and what I wanted the future to look like for Pearls and Polkadots. So much happened in my first year of blogging, but there was a lot  of things that did not happen. That can get really discouraging when you look back at the last 365 days of your life and realize that you haven’t really advanced (the way you want to advance).

I was getting super frustrated with why I was even blogging. Why I was putting 2-3 hours in every day trying to make my blog better – look better, sound better, and grasp the attention of readers. There were some days that I felt the only one who even cared about what I had to say was my Mom! I know now that there are things that I could have done to help me, for example I could have used something like WordPress Hosting – edge cache plugin and this might have helped me stop stressing out so much. But now I know better.

There are a lot of things that can get you down about blogging and so to get them off my chest, I am going to share them with you and tell you how I turn those downers into positive motivation!

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Low Engagement 

This, I’m sure, makes any blogger feel that their work isn’t being appreciated. No comments, low hit counts, virtually no engagement on social media – it gets you down because you feel like you missed the mark. Guess what!? Just because your content doesn’t sky rocket in views the first day it’s up, that doesn’t mean it won’t. Instead of taking that as a hit to your confidence in your writing or content, turn that “No comments” read into motivation to ask yourself why and what you can do to improve! Believe it or not, the right web hosting server can have a positive impact on your blog’s engagement. If you are looking for new web hosting, you can find cheap hosting on sites all over the internet.

Success of other Bloggers 

If you are in any type of blogging community, you will know at least one blogger who is more successful than you. Maybe it only took them 6 months and all of a sudden the sponsorship and collaboration opportunities are rolling in! That can be really frustrating and it’s easy to get jealous of the success of other bloggers. Don’t get down about it – form a relationship with the girls in your community! Most of the time, bloggers support bloggers and that is one great mantra to live by! Reach out and ask for tips to their success and see what you can learn from them! No matter how crazy your blog content may be, from food to marijuana, somewhere you will find a list of blogs that will give you some inspiration. You can see a list of top weed blogs here, and you may even find inspiration for lots and lots of other niches; there will be something for everyone.

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No Reply and Rejection

As I have been moving in the direction of monetizing, I have grown some courage and “thick skin”. It takes a lot to message a company, walk into a store, or call to pitch an idea that you have and then receive…rejection. Rejection can be hard on anyone, but the best thing to keep in mind is stay positive. You know your strengths, and you also know your weaknesses. Which means you know exactly where you can improve!! In the end, the companies that reject you or don’t even reply are missing out on a great opportunity!!


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Well there you go…we all experience things that we wish we didn’t have to go through. In a recent conversation I was having with some fellow bloggers and friends of mine, it came up that “blogging is a marathon”. This is the most important thing to wrap your head around when you get into blogging and throughout. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Cliche, but true. It takes work, dedication, rejection, support and a million other things to keep you going!!

How do you deal with the blogging blues? Let me know in the comments below…

Blogging Tips to stay on track!

This is the first official day that I am back in full swing. I move back to school, classes begin, and the holidays come to a (sad) ending! In 11 days, it will be Pearls and Polkadots’ one year anniversary (say what?!). Time has completely flown by. In one year I have found my niche, gotten a blogging format together and made some amazing friends. There are more bloggers than you realize, and I certainly did not realize how many people do this every day, like me!

There are so many things that you can do to keep your blog alive and well, as well as have fun while doing it (so it doesn’t turn into a boring task)!

Blogger Tips

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Create a Calendar

Having a plan is the most important part of blogging. Think ahead and plan for what you want to release over the weeks. If you have some kind of idea in mind, jot it down and then write it ahead of time so that you can schedule it beforehand. One of the best moves I made in my blogging style is planning ahead. I would write out my posts on the weekend, and schedule them for each day throughout the week.

Post as often as possible

This is really important. When you are trying to build your following, you want to establish a presence. There are many ways in which you can create an online audience. From social media to running your own website, you’ve got many options. But one thing to consider is that you can’t run a website with the help of specialists like hostiserver. This is the factor that will get your website live on the internet for potential clients to view. Without a full functioning platform, it may be hard for people to appreciate your services and will seem unprofessional. You’ll be able to post as many times as you want when your site is active. When I started out, I posted roughly three times a week. While this was good (and completely manageable), it did not generate enough regular traffic to my blog. It was not until I joined the #30DayChallenge (where I began posting every day), that I started seeing a jump in my numbers. However, keep in mind that you want to make sure you are posting quality posts.

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Join Blogger Communities

When I started out, I had no idea how many Facebook groups, Pinterest boards and Twitter chats were out there that were geared towards the blogging community. I have found so many bloggers like me through these communities. They are all different as well! Some focus on sharing love between bloggers (comment for comment, like for like, etc.), and some are for support through tips and tricks! These are my favourite communities: #stylecollective, The Blog Love Project, and Bloggers United.

Patience + Hard work

Last but not least, I will say this: be patient and focus. Success doesn’t happen overnight (unless you go viral…) and if you are dedicated in what you are writing, you’ll get there. Do this by setting mini-goals for yourself. Make sure you are paying attention to the following that you are gaining (or it will go away).

We all dream of becoming successful in blogging. How cool would it be to generate enough income to sustain yourself? Writing about what you love and interacting with people you adore…as your full-time job…is the (my) dream.

Keep going and you’ll make it!

3 ways to save time in the morning

Some of you may know that I recently started my teaching journey with a group of kindies that keep my pretty busy three times a week. This requires me to be promptly out the door at 7:30 AM…leaving little time to fuss. Maybe that doesn’t so terrible to some of you…but for a student who purposely schedules her classes to begin late morning…that is a major change.

I started thinking about how I could savor that time in the morning to sleep. One easy solution? Planning ahead of time. As much as I love my outfits, it can take me a long time to choose an outfit…so planning the night before has saved me a ton of time!

Today, I am going to give you some easy tips to plan ahead so that you are never late…

Check the weather

I always make sure I check the weather the night before so I know what kind of day to dress for. Even in the winter, there are more mild days than others, and on those kinds of days, you do not want to be caught wearing a turtle-neck with a sweater (because you will boil).

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Plan with layers

This may shock you…but this actually applies to all seasons. No matter the season, when you are working inside, the temp can be wild. I always make sure that I layer, or at least keep something available to keep me warm. Those air conditioning units can leave me shivering on the hottest days.

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Lay it out

Once you know what you are wearing…lay it out. You can save LOADS of time by just laying out your outfit or pulling the pieces you are going to wear to the front of your closet. That way, when you wake up with only half an hour to spare, you don’t spend half the time looking for those pieces.

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Spending time the night before planning out your outfit will save you a TON of time. It also is just plain organized. This goes right along with packing your lunch and bag the night before…really just allocate your time the night before so all of those previous minutes in the morning can be used for the important stuff…sleep.