10 Ways To Make Your Blog More Professional

Hello, and welcome back!

Lately, I’ve been working on making my blog more professional, and I’ve been turning it into more of a website than a blog. In today’s post, I’m going to be sharing some tips with you on how you can make your blog a bit more professional. Ready? Let’s get into it.

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  1. Clean up your sidebar

Okay guys, this one is so important. Your sidebar is always there for people to see, so it’s important that it’s not clogged with random links and pictures!

2.  Limit yourself

Of course, in every post, it’s fun to use a million exclamation points and emojis and all that, but limit yourself!

3. Check your writing

This is similar to #2-check your writing! Delete all those “lol”s and “omg”s, and make sure your writing is clean, neat, and professional–but also fun to read!

4. Have a theme

When people go to your blog, it should look inviting and cohesive! Pick a few colors that you want, make a nice header image, make a logo…have it look nice instead of sticking with the bland WordPress theme! Customize it and make it personal, make it your own. Fiddle around.

5. Take high quality pictures

This probably goes without saying, but good pictures make for a good blog post. Check out my post here on how I take my pictures if you’re curious!

6. Have a sign-off

I  have no clue what these are called, but I’m gonna roll with it. Having a sign off (for example, mine is Love, Abigail) will end your posts in a tidy way and make the post look more professional than if it ended abruptly.

7. Have a blogging schedule

Most people have a blogging schedule, but if you don’t, what are you waiting for?! For example, I usually post four times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. My followers know when to expect posts, and it’s not like I post whenever I feel like it.

8. Quality over quantity

If you find yourself posting just to post, take a step back. Check yourself before you wreck yourself. Come up with posts that you’re proud of, and I promise you’ll gain more followers!

9. Spruce up your about me page

I’ve edited my about me page more times than I’m proud to admit. But that’s okay! I am constantly changing little things on my about me page as I change. Over the years, my age and my interests have obviously changed, so I don’t want people to go to my about me page and see that it’s incorrect. I’m always updating the page with new photos and changing it–and you should do the same! Using new photos of yourself, and make it look like it’s cared for, not something that you wrote when you started your blog, and left it since.

10. Remember your followers

Your blog should have a balance! It doesn’t matter what kind of blog you have, your followers should always take something away from each post. Maybe you give your readers some tips, maybe you review a product so they know if it’s a good product or not…help them out! Even if you’re posting about yourself, ask questions at the end of the post so your followers feel included.


Lately, I’ve been having some trouble coming up with post ideas, so here’s a question for all of you: what would you really like to see more of on my blog? If you have any post ideas, let me know down below, because I really value your feedback!

Have a great day!

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My #1 Tip For Self-Love

Hey, welcome back! How was your Easter?! Mine was fantastic. I had so much fun going to church, hanging out with my family and eating some delicious food.

Guys, self love is so important. If you want to be able to love others to your fullest ability, you need to start with loving yourself! I could give so many tips, but lately I’ve found one thing that really increases my self-love and self-confidence.

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I keep a journal and fill it with things about myself. Things that I love about myself, little thoughts I have–basically, I write down things that come to my mind about myself. Everything that I write down is positive. I flip through the journal every day, and it really has helped me to be more confident about myself.

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When you write down positive things about yourself, these things will come to mind whenever you’re having a hard day. When you train your mind to think positively, over time, it will come as second nature!

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You’re probably wondering what do I write?! This is your journal, this is your space. Write whatever is important to you. Your favorite songs, your favorite quotes, things you love about yourself…anything! You can tape pictures in the journal, doodle or draw something–make it creative and have fun with it.

Don’t be embarrassed! Brag about yourself! Do you like your laugh, your positivity, your hair? Write it down, and come back to it every day to gain confidence.

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What are some tips that help you with self-love and self-confidence? Thank you for reading! Have a fantastic, positive day.

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My Favorite Songs | What’s On My Playlist?

Hi, Happy Friday! It’s a gorgeous, rainy, calm day over here in New York. There’s nothing better than chilling & taking a break, am I right?!

So, in today’s post, I’m going to be sharing my playlist with you. This is a pretty common blog post, but I think it’s really interesting to hear the songs that other people enjoy! I have a random playlist filled with all types of music–from fast songs to slow songs, from pop music to country…IMG_0686.jpg

  1. Chained To The Rhythm – Katy Perry & Skip Marley

Okay, so I have been listening to this song on repeat play. It is so catchy, and I’m just in love with the idea behind it!

2. Liability – Lorde

I really love this song. It’s so melancholy and conveys so many emotions.

3. Love – Lana Del Rey

I don’t usually listen to Lana Del Rey, but this song has a very Vintage-y feel to it. Lana Del Rey has a very calming voice, which is perfect for rainy days.

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Skip Marley (the grandson of Bob Marley) is an up-and-coming singer, and I think he’ll be really famous in a few years. This song has an amazing message, and Skip is a fantastic singer. You need to listen to this song, it’s so powerful!

5. Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban

This song is such a classic!

6. My Church – Maren Morris

This is another favorite Country song of mine. Maren has a very fresh, unique voice!

7. Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

This is my absolute favorite song of all time. Imagine Dragons is my favorite band as well. Their songs just have so much energy!

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8. This Town – Niall Horan

I was never much of a One Direction fan, but Niall has always been my favorite of the group, so I was very excited when this single came out!

9. The Lonely – Christina Perri

This song is pretty old (from a few years ago) but I still love it. Christina Perri has such a ragged, heartbreaking voice. This song is sure to hit you right in the feels, folks.

10. Believer – Imagine Dragons

Yup, another Imagine Dragons song. This song is a great pick-me-up and really energizes me.

11. Honest – Shawn Mendes

Honest deserves way more recognition! This is my favorite song from his latest album.

12. Something Just Like This – Coldplay

Something Just Like This came out recently, and I can’t stop listening to it!


Have you listened to any of these songs? Oh, and before you go-what song are you loving right now? Let’s chat below! Have a great day, and I’ll catch you on the flip side.

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DIY Open When Letters

Hello & welcome back to another post!

Today, I’m going to be sharing a DIY with you. I recently was scrolling through Pinterest, and I stumbled across Open When letters. These letters are great for your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your best friend, your siblings, long distance relationships–basically, open when letters are perfect for any relationship. They are extremely easy to make, and are really thoughtful.

So, let’s get right into the post!

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What are Open When letters, you ask? They’re extremely popular, so chances are you’ve heard of them. I think the photos sum up what they are, anyway. Basically, you give these letters to someone (I gave these to my bestie), and they open the letters depending on what they need. For example, I made a card saying “Open When You’re Having A Bad Day”, and whenever my friend is sad, she’ll have something to cheer her up.

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You will need envelopes, Sharpies, paper, and a few hours! These may look easy, and they are, but each one takes about ten minutes.

First, you need to decide what each letter is going to be. Here are some ideas:

  • Open when you’re hungry
  • Open when you’re sad
  • Open when you’re happy
  • Open when you need a laugh
  • Open when you want to work out
  • Open when you’re annoyed with me
  • Open when you’re angry
  • Open when you’re bored

And etc. You can make as many as you want! I made enough to last my friend a few months.

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Once you have everything planned out, you can start filling the envelopes! I really can’t tell you what to put in them, because Open When letters are pretty personal, and what you’re going to put inside really depends on the person.

For example, for the “Open When You’re Bored”, I put in some riddles, a mandala to color, and colored pencils. For the “Open When You’re Sad”, I put in some pictures and wrote a lot of letters and quotes down to make her feel better. I included candy and photos in some of them to make it more fun. 🙂 If you really aren’t sure what to put in each letter, look up ideas on the internet or on Pinterest, and you’ll get a lot of inspiration.

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This is a really cute idea that I found on Pinterest. I made this little “Take What You Need” thing for the “Open When You Need Motivation”. I also included some quotes and wrote a little letter for her in that envelope.

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Just make sure you have an envelope with the rules! I limited my friend to opening two letters per week, or more if she is having a bad week.

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Open When letters are a really personal, fun craft, and I’m sure that if you make them, your loved one will adore them. I finished all the letters on a lazy, rainy Sunday with nothing to do.


Hope you enjoyed this post! Thank you for reading!

Have you ever made Open When letters?

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5 Things Not To Do As A Blogger

Hello there! Happy Saturday! By the way, thank you all so much for the survey results! Many of you said that you wanted more blogging posts, so be prepared for quite a few of those over the next few weeks!

In today’s post, I’m going to be talking about five things NOT to do as a blogger. I’ve talked about what you SHOULD do as a blogger in the past, so it’s time to shake it up and try something new! Let’s hop right in.

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-Don’t Post Just To Post-

Be sure to check out my post on My #1 Blogging Tip, because it talks more about having quality content! It’s really important that when you post, it has a purpose, and you’re not just typing up a quick post just to post. If you find that you’re doing this, maybe try posting less often so you have time to work on making every post perfect.

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-Don’t Use Too Many Images-

It’s always really important to have images in your post. But it’s also important not to have TOO many! If you have more than 15+ pictures, go through the post and see which ones you really need. If some of the images are unimportant, consider deleting them! But if you don’t want to take away any photos, just warn your readers that there are a lot of pictures in that post.

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-And Don’t Use Too Few, Either-

But make sure you don’t use too few photos, either! If you have a post heavy with text, it’s easier on the eyes to include some images. So how many pictures should I include in a post?  It depends on the length of the post, but four to eight is usually a good amount. IMG_0221.jpg

-Don’t Tag Posts With Irrelevant Tags-

Tagging posts is so much fun, am I right?! But before you hit the publish button and share your post with the world, make sure the tags you use in your posts are relevant. Also, make sure the tags are common, frequently used tags so that people are more likely to find your post. Don’t use too many!

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-Don’t Over-Promote Your Blog-

Okay, for this last one, you’re probably shaking your head. It’s so important to get your blog out there–Pinning every post, putting it on social media, commenting on other blogs–but, remember, everything in moderation.

I once followed a blogger that pinned the same post from her blog over and over and over on Pinterest. She did this so that it would get more views, because the more you pin something, the more chances for it to get views. But that got annoying pretty quickly, as you can guess. If you re-pin your posts or share your posts over and over, you could lose followers. Tread carefully, my friends.


Were these tips helpful? Is there anything else that you think you should never do as a blogger? Let me know in the comments, and we’ll help each other out! Have a marvelous weekend.

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Things I’ve Learned From Blogging

I’ve been blogging since I was nine, and I’ve learned so many things over these years-how to get more traffic, how to edit pictures, etc. Eventually, I’ll write a post with those tips, but I really want to do a more personal post on the things blogging has taught me and the ways it has influenced me. Without further ado, hang on to your horses and enjoy this post. 🙂

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-Be Yourself-

For the first few years of having my blog, I had pretty much no views. My family read my blog, but otherwise I didn’t have many followers. I kept trying to improve my blog and make it better, but traffic was still low. Eventually my blog morphed into something that didn’t really reflect my personality. My posts became uniform and bland, my blog was just average, and that was that. Yet it still didn’t get many views. Why? Because I wasn’t being myself. 

In 2016, I was mostly writing posts on sewing, but it just didn’t feel right. I really wanted to post about hair, makeup, fitness, and beauty. Only lately have I begun posting about those things, and my blog has been getting a lot more traffic. Why? Because now that I’m posting about the things I love, I’m putting more effort into my blog. I got a new blog design (Thanks Kate!), I began pinning my posts on Pinterest, I followed tons of other blogs and started posting a few times each week. And my personality shows through my posts (I hope). And that’s the difference. Now that I’m being myself, I’m willing to work harder, and in turn, I’m gaining followers. Win-win.

I loved sewing, but over time my love for it has faded away. I’ll still post about it every now and then, but it’s not my main passion anymore. And that’s okay! Things change over time; change is good. It’s the way of the world.

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-Find Your Own Voice-

This one is similar to being yourself. There are so many makeup blogs in the world. There are so many fitness blogs, photography blogs, hey–there are cat blogs, people. What makes each of those blogs different? The author’s voice. At first it’s hard to find your voice and figure out what sets your blog apart, but as time goes by, it will develop.

But, back to the point, blogging has taught me to find my own voice, both while I’m writing a blog post and in my daily life. I no longer want to fit in with everyone else, I want to stand out and be different in the best way possible. Some people may not like that, and that’s okay.  I’m not everyone’s cup of tea.

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-Be Ahead Of The Pack-

Ever heard the quote, “Eagles fly alone. Pigeons flock together”?  This is a lesson blogging has definitely taught me. Don’t be afraid to be ahead of the pack. I try to always do extra credit and finish my homework a few days early, because I don’t settle for average grades, I want perfect grades. Yet I get called an overachiever very often, and people tell me I’m showing off. Unfortunately, from what I’ve found, society is wrapped around the fact that people who work harder are overachievers and show-offs.

Over the years of blogging, I’ve learned that it’s important to ignore this, both in blogging and real life. Bloggers that are ahead of the pack and are constantly creating new content, setting new trends, and working to improve their blogs tend to be more popular, because their hard work shows. Moral of the story? Be ahead of the pack, and no matter how hard you’re working, you’re always able to work harder.

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-Keep Going-

The last thing may seem obvious, but it’s just as important. Keep going, and never give up. Like I said earlier, I didn’t have many views on my first years of blogging. I honestly wondered what the point of blogging was if I didn’t have any followers. I’m so glad I stuck with it. (Thanks for following my blog and reading this!)

Maybe you’re reading this and you have thousands of followers. Maybe you have one. No matter what, keep going! If you want to leave your blog link down below, I’ll be sure to give it a peek.

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I hope this post was inspirational! What are some things that you’ve learned while blogging? I would love to know, let me know in the comments. Have a fantastic day!

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A Day At The Clark

Art Gallery #1.JPGTGIF! I hope you’re having a great start to the weekend. I’m just popping in with a quick post. My family loves going to art galleries/museums, and one that we’ve really enjoy o a few times is called The Clark, in Massachusetts. Today my mother & sister & I took a trip there!

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Unfortunately, my camera battery died after about an hour or so, but I was still able to snap a few pictures.

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We grabbed lunch in the cafe. It was delicious–I got a panini with pesto and chicken, along with a side salad. I had to ask them to take out mozzarella, because I’m going dairy free–for a moment, I considered leaving the cheese in any way, but I reminded myself of my goal.

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If you’re ever in Williamstown, Massachusetts, I recommend checking it out! It’s a huge, gorgeous gallery in general, and there’s tons to do, we spent the whole day there and never got bored.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Look for a post from me soon! ❤

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What’s New & Christmas Updates

Wow, time flies. It really does. The last time I posted was Thanksgiving, and here we are! It’s almost Christmas! This is my favorite time of year. I adore the snow, the holiday cheer and the delicious cookies. 😉

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I really enjoyed coming up with things for my recipient this year. I found these adorable coffee mug coasters on a blog and ended up crotching over thirty for my family, and friends for Christmas presents. I included four gray ones into my recipients package. I wish I had the photos to share, but I assure you they looked fabulous! 🙂

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Photo taken from RepeatCrafterMe.

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Moving on a different topic, I love the food this time of year. The cookies, the cakes, the chocolate sweets…but by New Years, I find myself more than ready for excerise to get in shape and feel healthier! My favorite yoga Youtuber, Yoga with Adriene, is doing a 31 day yoga camp, or as she calls it, a yoga revolution, and it’s basically a month of yoga! What makes it even better is that it’s completely free! It starts in January. I joined and I urge you to join as well! I love doing her yoga videos, and they are all free. You can sign up here!

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One last thing to share–a few weeks ago, we went to get our Christmas tree! That’s probably one of my favorite things about Christmas. I love not only picking out the tree, but decorating it by the fireplace while listening to Christmas music. We went to a family farm, where you can pick your own tree. The day was beautifully cold and crisp, but not miserably cold, which made it a very enjoyable experience.

I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas! Thank you for reading!

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Crochet Coasters

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Bonjour! I just finished my French homework and I thought I would write a quick post.

I love to crochet, but I’m still a beginner (I’ve only been crocheting for about a year and a half). I was feeling crafty a few days ago, so I asked my mother if she wanted me to crochet her anything, and she requested some coasters. I spent some time on Pinterest (by the way, my username is Abigail08) looking at coasters, and I saw some adorable coasters, but I wanted an easy coaster pattern that I could actually understand. 🙂

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I used a tan/mustard colored yarn for the coasters. I know that there are much more fancy and beautiful coasters out there, but I just wanted to crochet something simple, so I just crocheted for a basic circle.

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I went a little coaster crazy and ended up making eight coasters. The first ones that I made turned out a bit hole-y because I was forgetting to do the slip stitch at the end of each round. The other ones turned out nicely, though. I was feeling lazy so I didn’t weave in the ends. Oops. 🙂

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Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the result! The coasters are simple, but they serve their purpose. Once I begin making Christmas presents, I may make some coasters with different colors, or I’ll try to crochet some fancier coasters. 

Here is the tutorial I used:

Thank you for reading!

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Unposted Sewing Projects

Hello!

There are always those little sewing makes that never get posted…well, in today’s post, I’m going to be giving four small sewing makes the spotlight!

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First, we have this gorgeous zippered pouch. I always love a good zippered pouch, and I constantly need them for makeup, brushes, pencils, etc. I was super careful when I sewed in the zipper, because I wanted it to be as perfect as possible, and I’m proud with the way that it turned out.

My family keeps asking about the stitches at the bottom–yes, they were intentional, I sewed them because I thought it might look nice, but I’m regretting doing that.

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The lining turned out very well also, so I’m happy with this pouch, and I’ve already used it a lot!

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This is supposed to be a knit fabric headband. I’m on a cross country team, and hair always comes out of my ponytail and hangs over my eyes. I decided one day that I needed to practice my hand-sewing skills, so I cut a two long rectangles of knit fabric and attempted to sew a fabric headband. My messy stitches don’t show at least, so overall I’m pleased with the result. This will get a lot of use.

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You’re probably wondering what this could possibly be. Well….I’m actually not sure, but whatever it is, it’s pretty darn useful! I’ve had this upholstery fabric in my stash for awhile and was planning on making another zippered pouch. In June, we went to Cape Cod, and I needed something to store my beauty products. I thought a drawstring bag would be perfect, but I accidentally sewed the part where the string goes shut. Oops.

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I finished sewing it nonetheless and ended up with a rectangle of fabric. A snap would have made this rectangle useful, but I didn’t have any snaps. What about velcro? I couldn’t find the velcro. So, I took it on vacation anyways and just folded the bag/pouch/rectangle/thing over, and it worked out ok! The fabric is really cute and holds up even when I pile it with stuff. I just found my velcro yesterday, so I’m probably going to sew on some velcro so that it closes.

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My last little project was really fun to sew. It’s a mood board! I sewed it up within 20 minutes and printed out a few emojis. This is a great idea for a present, or for something to make for your bedroom. I actually got the idea for this online, but in the video that I watched, they used hot glue instead, so there are different options.Unknown-5.jpeg

That’s all for today! Thank you for reading, and let me know which project was your favorite in the comments. Have an amazing day.

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