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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New Blog Appearance!

It’s the weekend! Finally. This has been a longgggg week. 😉 I have something exciting to share! The freckledfashionista has a new look! I loved my old blog look, but it was getting old & needed a change. I contacted Kate, a.k.a the scatterbrainedseamstress (her new blog name is SewChic!) because she has a blog design website, and her examples looked great! I took a leap of faith and emailed her, and wasn’t disappointed.

The new look is absolutely gorgeous. Kate followed my vision perfectly, and I couldn’t be more happy. She incorporated my love of arrows, black & white, and gold into something perfect. I mean, isn’t it amazing that she can design a completely new look by making a header image, a button, a logo, and more?! I’m definitely not that talented. But I knew I was in good hands; her own blog is beautiful.

Kate, thank you so much! I would totally recommend going to her blog and her blog design business! Be sure to check out the new look of my blog and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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Note: All credit goes to Kate for creating the blog images. 

The Gratitude Tag

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To quote Thomas S. Monson, “Have an attitude of gratitude.” Isn’t that a great way to live by? The world needs more gratitude, y’all. The other day, I thought, “Why not make a WordPress tag like that?” So I did. Within a few minutes, I whipped up a blog graphic to go along with it.

As you can see,  it’s called The Gratitude Tag, the most original name that I’ve ever coming up with! (Just kidding). Here are the rules:

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  • List five things that you’re grateful for. Try to think out of the box!
  • Nominate five other bloggers to do the tag.

The rules are easy as could be! I’ll start it off.

  • I’m grateful for a good book an a rainy day.
  • I’m grateful for yoga and YWA.
  • I’m grateful for all of you amazing followers! Thank you for following me in this journey.
  • I’m grateful for nature & snow.
  • I’m grateful for the Internet! (I had to.)

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For this tag, I’m nominating:

May Everly

BeaFree

Glucksgeist

Alice and the Adventure

IvanaMakeupWorld

And there we have it! A new tag to spread over WordPress. 😉 Thanks for reading! Before you go, I would love to hear something that you’re grateful for in the comments!

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A Day At The Clark

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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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Aloe Vera for Healthy Hair

Hair gets so dry in the winter time, am I right? 😉 In Winter, I find myself needing to do a hair mask once a week to keep my hair nice & hydrated. I normally combine lavender, rosemary, and coconut oil, and put it on my hair, but I always like trying out new things. I was scrolling through Pinterest and saw a post saying that aloe vera is a great way to hydrate your hair.

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I have an aloe vera plant, but it’s still growing, and I didn’t want to cut it yet. Luckily, I have a bottle of 100% aloe vera gel. The directions on Pinterest said to apply aloe vera gel to your hair for an hour and then rinse it out with shampoo and conditioner.

My hair wasn’t greasy when the aloe was in my hair–in fact, I couldn’t even tell that there was a mask in my hair, which makes me think it would be great as a styling gel. Once I rinsed out my hair, I noticed a difference.

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Actually, it was the best hair day that I’ve had in a while! My hair was silky and so soft. I purchased this bottle of aloe vera gel for eight dollars when I had a sunburn in summer, but I never knew it would be so good for my hair! I’m going to keep putting the aloe vera in my hair, once a week before showering, and we’ll see what happens! 🙂

I would definitely recommend trying it out! Your hair will thank you.

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Thank you for reading! Let me know if you’ve tried aloe vera in your hair before! I hope you have a fantastic day. ❤

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Blogger Recognition Award

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I would like to give a big thank you to Ivana for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award, I’m so honored! ❤ Let’s get right into it, shall we?

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1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

I started my blog in 2013, and I remember sitting in my dining room coming up with different names for my blog. My mom suggested, “How about the freckled fashionista?” My freckles have mostly faded away, but the name still sticks, and I love it. At first, I posted about all sorts of random things, but over the past few years as I’ve gotten older, my blog has shaped into something I’m super proud of, and it continues to grow every day.  I now post about all sorts of things that interest me, from sewing and fashion, to lifestyle, beauty, and more.

My first piece of advice to new bloggers would be to stay true to yourself! Find what sets you apart from other blogs, because that’s what will make people follow your blog and come back to it. My second piece of advice would be to just keep posting, no matter what. Don’t give up. The more you post, the more your blog is “out there”. Eventually, all your hard work will pay off!

Here are the bloggers that I’m nominating! It was hard, because I love so many different blogs.

SewChic

SewRedy

Captain Charley

StyledByMcKenz

PinkSundays

Rachael Barbs

Kellyn Roth

Bellechoice

Life as Daisy

Letthesewingbegin

BeaFree

Rynn

Amanda Bella

Beauty By Britanie

Yvonne Lindie

Thank you, all of you, for following my blog & following me in this journey!

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#stitchingsanta2016–What I Received

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas! I’m posting this late, but it was so much fun participating in #stitchingsanta2016. If you would like to see the gifts that I gave, check out this link! My package unfortunately came a bit late, so I wasn’t able to open it on Christmas, but I adore everything that I received.

Look at these goodies!

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The lady that had me, Mel, clearly knows me well. The theme of this was quilting–she saw on my blog that I want to learn how to quilt. She included all this gorgeous fabric for a quilt!

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She also got a quilt block for me to use. I don’t have one of these, so this is perfect! Thank you!

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There are a few magazines and quilting books–these look so interesting. I can’t wait to sit down and read them all! Mel marked a pattern in one of the magazines that she thought would be a great beginner pattern. I’m excited to try it out!

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Lastly, she sewed this beautiful zippered pouch. It’s so well made, I love it!

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Mel, thank you so very much for all of my presents. I truly love everything. I hope you all have a fantastic New Year, and look for a post from me soon!

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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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