Stories is Included in 10exposed.com’s List of Top Mummy Blogs

I just wanted to let you all know that I was so excited to be included in a new list of

“Top Mummy Blogs to Follow in 2017”

Wahoo! Who doesn’t want in on a list like that? Fun! There are a good number of mom bloggers on there who I truly admire.

The best part was looking around at the pictures of the front pages, and wondering why mine looked so…..bare. Granted, you can’t see my sidebar or header in the photo, but I think a re-design is in order yet again. Eventually, I’m going to get this ol’ web page looking like I want it to look!!

Be sure to check out the article here. Thank them for including me, and while I have you here, I’ll leave you with a couple of pretty Israel pictures.

Joffa, also known as Joppa. We’ll talk about this town in my next Israel article.

My Army Wives series has been my most popular posts this year. I’m thinking about bumping the Army Life posts up to twice a week. What do you think? Drop me a comment and let me know. It would be a continuation of my story, dating back to 2002, though I’m still hoping someone will let me share their story too.

Click here to read my funny story from Tel Aviv. It involves discounts and me changing clothes in a back alley while hiding from a man with a camera…

 

Click here to read about our 2002 trip to New York City.

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Thanks so much for all of your support!

 

 

All the Articles I’ve Ever Written About Blogging

How to Blog Index: Every article I've ever written about blogging

What? You don’t have huge ink blotches on your desk? No toddler scribbles? I can’t even imagine a world without toddler scribbles….

Lately I’ve had a few different friends email me with questions about starting their own blog, setting up a blog Facebook page, and making all sorts of blogging decisions. I am certainly no blogging expert, but with 3 years of public blogging now under my belt, there are a few good tips that I’ve picked up on.

So whether you are a brand new blogger or an experienced one looking for new ideas, here is a list of all the articles that I can find that I have written on the topic of blogging, websites, and social media.

Now, in case you have already read all my stuff, see this first one, just published March 2017, so chances are you haven’t read it yet:

This one was my biggest lesson of 2017. In January and February alone, my blog saw more traffic from Pinterest than I got in ALL of 2016 total. Lesson learned: never ignore Pinterest.

 

no matter what your blog niche is, Pinterest CAN bring you traffic!

Never ignore Pinterest.

 

If you’re looking for all the basics in one place, this is my most comprehensive how to article.

10 Blogging Tips for Beginners

 

Need to grow your social media following, but don’t know how to go about it? I found Crowdfire app extremely beneficial, especially for Twitter. Read more on that here.

How I used Crowdfire to gain over 50 new, legit followers/month

 

Understanding hashtags and how to use them to grow your blog traffic is also beneficial. I explain that here.

How to Use Hashtags to Grow Your Business

 

Hmmmm…All of those were articles that I wrote for Monterey Premier. Perhaps I should occasionally write some blogging or social media how-to articles right here on Stories of Our Boys. The reason that I haven’t is that it I make more money if I write them for Monterey Premier, and you know money does come in handy…

So I’ll leave you with one last blogging tip. Money. Don’t do it because you love money. Do it because you love writing about your passion or creating images and community online. Then gradually the more time you give it, the more paid opportunities will come your way. The very easiest way to start making money is affiliate marketing.

Next time you want to write about a product or service that you love, go to their website, scroll all the way to the bottom, and look for the word “affiliate.” Then click on it, and sign up to be their affiliate. Insert the link they assign you into your article, and if people buy it, you get a commission fee, usually a small one, but if you do that for each product or service you promote, it will add up. It’s a great way to start.

Psst…Even Etsy and Amazon have affiliate programs! (My serious thanks to whoever bought the Fitbit I recommended. I was about ready to give up on Amazon links.)

Shoot me any blogging questions you have. I will do my best to answer. If I have lots to say on the topic, I might even write my next article in answer to your question. Don’t worry. I won’t use your name in the article….unless you want me to…

You’ve read all my articles and you want MORE info? Here are 3 more articles that I have found helpful, written by other bloggers, more fabulous than me:

Making Photos Pop with Picmonkey— Learn how to use Picmonkey to make awesome photos for your blog from the pros at Just a Touch of Crazy.

5 Blogging Tools You Need Now— by my friend Jen over at JenerallyInformed.com.

and How to Make Money Blogging–by Crystal Paine

 

Happy blogging, y’all!!

 

 

Hot Mess Blog Hop Week 2

The Hot Mess Blog Hop

The Hot Mess blog hop is for all bloggers, even if you don’t actually think you are a hot mess. But you gotta be a hot mess at SOMETHING. No one is good at EVERYTHING. Right?

Link up your messies! We are all a hot mess sometimes, in need of God’s grace.

Only 1 Rule!!!  It’s a family show here. If it’s not PG or G, I’ll have to delete ya from the hop.

Bonus points if you follow me on something like Facebook or Pinterest. 🙂 Thanks!

Check out the most popular post from last week’s Hop:

And this one was a close second:

Why I Burned my Daily Homeschool Schedule

Now on to the new!! Join us!



 

 

 

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