This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TryALittleGoodness #CollectiveBias A Full-Time Blogger Who Is Still Figuring it out During the summer, after I made the choice to pursue blogging full time while living with my in-laws in California, I put together a blog bag to keep all my blogging gear organized and to encourage myself to get out of the house and work every day! It was really helpful to have all of my stuff in one place so I could just grab it and go to a local coffee shop or internet cafe to work. Now that we're in our own space again in Arizona, I now have a home office that I work . . .
Today, I'm teaming up with one of my best blogging buds, Amanda from Blissful Gal to bring to you a new blogging series called Blog Boss. Amanda and I both share a passion for our blogs because we both share a passion for being our own bosses. We're teaming up today to share some of the information and lessons we've learned to share with other bloggers who want to be their own boss! I've been getting a lot of questions asking about what my life is like now that I'm a full-time blogger and I've been purposefully avoiding them. I quit working a regular job back in June and it was the best choice I've ever made, but I've definitely struggled with finding out how . . .
By now, you probably have heard all about Essena O'Neil (a popular social media maven) and her meltdown over social media (specifically Instagram) being fake and a lie. If not, you can read about it here. Before I get into why this whole thing has bothered me, I do want to say that I get it: Social media can be addicting and teenagers are the most susceptible to that addiction. I do think that the movement to teach them that it isn't all about likes and engagement is important, but I also think there isn't anything wrong with someone wanting to feel good about themselves. There have been some strong points made during this debate, but I think there has been some . . .
A couple weeks ago, I celebrate my belated 6 Month Blogiversary and shared a few of the things I had learned in my first 6 months of living in blog land. Today, I'm coming at you with some more awesome blog advice, but not from me! I reached out to some bloggers in some of my favorite Facebook communities and asked them what they wish they would have known before they started blogging, what advice they had for new bloggers and why they loved blogging. I had so many incredible responses and knew I had to share all of the great advice. So, if you are thinking about blogging, just starting out with a blog, or even if you have been blogging for a while, there is some . . .
I've mentioned countless times that my favorite thing about blogging is the community; I love that through my time writing at LWR that I've made real friends who constantly encourage me daily. Another thing that I love about blogging (that goes hand-in-hand with the community) is how inspired I feel every dang day when I open up my bloglovin' and scroll through my feed. The beauty of blogging is that people have the opportunity to share what they are passionate about and I have access to read about that passion. In turn, I get to share that passion and become passionate, too. Through blogging, I have become inspired to try a new cookie recipe or to go out and . . .
I'm so excited to be celebrating my 6 month Blog Anniversary today (although it's a little delayed from our move). Starting a blog was seriously the best thing I've done with my life in this last year and I haven't felt happier or more fulfilled with life since LWR was founded. It may sound like an exaggeration, but blogging has totally changed my life. As I looked back on these last few months, I wanted to list 6 things I learned in 6 months of blogging and here's what I came up with: . . .
I'm not one to usually do these types of posts, but I've been nominated by three different bloggers for the Sisterhood in the World Bloggers aware in the span of the last week, so I wanted to do this one and share a little bit more about me and who I am in the process! So, thank you to Jasmine from Classy, Sassy and a bit Smartassy, Lexi from A Blissful Haven and Kara from Fit Chick Next Door for nominating me! What piece of clothing or accessory is essential to any outfit you wear? No matter what I am wearing, you can bet that I have rings on. They are my favorite accessory and since I look at my hands a lot (while typing and blogging) I love dressing them . . .
I'm quickly coming up on my 6 month blogiversary here at Life with Rosie and as I've been making some plans to celebrate (think giveaways, freebies and a new look) I've also been reflecting on how far I've come since starting to blog seriously. In six months, I've read more articles about blogging then I can count, especially the "tips and tricks" to being a good blogger. It's been trial and error, and there has been some great advice out there that has really helped me! However, there is some blogging advice that I have come across that I wish I hadn't taken because they were mistakes I could have avoided. Here are some pieces of blogging advice to ignore if you . . .
It seems like it was only yesterday that Dustin and I sat down and had a heart to heart in which he encouraged me to let go of all the weight holding me down in my current job and work on my blog full time, but that was all the way back in June. I can't believe I've been working on my blog full time for the last two months and that I've been able to call something I truly love a job and future career. In the last two months, I've been able to double my page views (and then some), finally get accepted to some bigger influencer networks and grow all of my social media followings. I've had new relationships with brands come about, That being said, there is a lot that . . .
A couple weeks ago, I did my first blog reader survey here on LWR. As I've worked through my blogging course and experimented with different content posts over the last two months, I wanted to see how I was doing, what I could be doing better and what was working already. I was hopeful and excited when I published my first post of the week asking for everyone to fill it out and was ready to get everyones' opinions so I could make Life with Rosie even better. But, as the results started rolling in, I realized that I was not entirely ready for the answers. Although I genuinely wanted to know what everyone thought about my space here, I wasn't prepared with the . . .
I've gotta say, since I started putting my goals on my blog every month, I have become more motivated than I have been in my entire life to actually work towards and achieve my goals. Thanks for helping me hold myself accountable, friends! I know I mentioned it before, but July was a pretty rough month. We were traveling or moving every weekend of it (church camp, family reunion, moving/traveling to Idaho, moving/traveling to NH). It was really hard for me to be focused and motivated on my blog at times without having a space to work at, or the time to just sit and think about it. I'm so glad to have some down time this month and only one more move to make in . . .
So excited to have one of my all time favorite blog friends guest posting today. Courtney has been one of my constant sponsors since I started blogging; her ad is always parked on my blog. I love her fashion style, her writing style, and the fact that her cat is named Queen Bee. Today, she is taking us inside her blogging binder to share some tips and tricks to keep you organized. I celebrated a blogiversary this past April. Usually when a blogger reaches that milestone, they do a post celebrating their hard work, their readers and reflect on the happier moments of the year. I didn't do that. As I sat down to reflect on my year, all I could see were . . .