Do you ever wish someone would just TELL you where to find the best help and guidance for your blog and business? Hey, that’s what I am doing, right now! These resources make me hop out of my chair with excitement because they are SO GOOD. Be sure to pin and bookmark this post so you can come back to reference these over and over again. This post contains affiliate links.
1. Blog Boost BUNDLE Class
When I saw my friends Gina and Angie teaming up with a group of other accomplished bloggers, I knew something amazing was in the works. They put their expertise together to release the Blog Boost Bundle, a comprehensive series of classes bundled into one HUGE offering that you can get for a ridiculously low price, RIGHT NOW.
I do not recommend classes lightly. There are a ton of terrible courses that cost a BOATLOAD of cash out there — I can only recommend classes I have taken from people I trust, which isn’t very many. So when I got access to the course materials for the Blog Boost Bundle, I knew it was going to be a great class I could recommend. They made me keep a lid on this info for weeks!! I could not wait to tell you all about it!!
I have known Gina Luker of Shabby Creek Cottage for a couple of years and Angie Holden of Country Chic Cottage even longer. They have always given me stellar advice and free information that has panned out. They are incredibly successful as bloggers and business people. This year I started getting to know Tasha Arguso, another one of the instructors, through her affiliate marketing group on Facebook. Everything these ladies do has impressed me: they act professional but are still fun, they share their BEST tips and expertise, and they genuinely want others to succeed. That is why I highly recommend this course. I LOVE the kinds of content they are sharing with you. You’re gonna be leveling up in your business after this class!
You can buy each piece of the class separately but I recommend buying the Blog Boost Bundle – it is an incredible savings over buying the individual courses.
REGISTER HERE (clicking this takes you to a page where you can get more details about the Blog Boost Bundle)
2. What to Write About … Right Now
Are you blogging like crazy and not getting anywhere? Try these content ideas. I especially love the point they make in section 2 that posts need to help readers save time, make money, or have fun. Such a good basic litmus test for any post you’re writing! This post I’m writing: saves time. I found the good stuff for you so you don’t have to waste time searching!
3. Productivity, Multi-Tasking, and Deep Work … we all can improve
I recently listened to this episode of the Art Charm, interviewing Cal Newport, the author of Deep Work. Over the last few years I have noticed that I am less productive, more anxious, and I feel pulled in a million directions. It’s not surprising with so much social media and so many devices beeping at us all day long. In this podcast, Cal Newport addresses why we feel this way and how his book teaches you how to get out of this panic mode and get back into to doing deep work, essentially exercising your mind for maximum performance.
Last night I tried to just watch TV. Normally I eat while watching TV and am flipping between my phone and laptop at the same time. It was hard to just watch TV. I put all the devices down and just tried to focus on the show. A couple times I reached for my phone, then I caught myself filing my nails… I had to stop that! I had a much better experience and enjoyed the show better when I was just focused on that ONE thing. I woke up this morning clearer and ready to go right away. I have not felt like that in years.
This morning, I ate my breakfast away from the computer, with the TV off, no phone in hand, and not even a book. I just enjoyed the flavors of my food. I ended up eating only half of what was on my plate – I was satisfied with less and enjoyed it more than I have enjoyed breakfast in months.
These are simple exercises to help break us out of the cycle of seeking constant stimuli, which Cal Newport says damages our ability to concentrate and do meaningful work. Listen to the podcast and then if you want to start this journey, pick up the book Deep Work by Cal Newport. I’m reading it and sharing my journey in the Smart Creative Social Facebook Group. Join us!
4. We All Grow Summit
I’ve been to blog conferences like a bajillion times and We All Grow Summit is hands-down the best all-around conference. That’s why I just registered to attend for my third year in a row. There is only ONE other conference I have attended 3 times in a row: the now defunct New Media Expo. But enough about that. Here’s why I like We All Grow Summit:
- The focus is on content creation as a business. Not craft blogging. Not just food blogging. Not for fashionistas only. It is good solid across the board guidance you can take action on NOW, no matter what you blog/vlog/write about.
- It’s not just for Latinas. But the information you will get will help you reach that market, which is growing at lightning speed. I don’t speak Spanish and you don’t need to know how to speak Spanish to go to this conference. Don’t let the “Latina” part discourage you – it is an INCLUSIVE, not exclusive event. You have a blog, business, or Youtube channel? Come on down!
- Swag. The sponsors shower you with swag, making it super easy to try their products and make connections after the conference. You also will not need to buy lotion, makeup, toothpaste, or perfume for a year.
- Food. This conference has the best food of any conference I have ever attended. There are full meals, buffets, and snacks between every meal. At any time if you are hungry, there are multiple places to get conference provided food. There’s even breakfast in bed!!
- Networking. If you are in a craft blog bubble, this conference will get you outside of that so you can start networking. I met hair bloggers, food bloggers, and more who I can now do collabs with and learn from. It’s broadened my horizons and given me a more balanced perspective on my own industry: crafts.
REGISTER NOW – the price has already gone up once! If this is out of your budget, sign up for the Latina Bloggers Connect newsletter because they do giveaways and have a contest to win seats every winter.
5. How to repurpose your content like a machine
I’ve been working on repurposing some of my old content on Hydrangea Hippo so this post could not have been more timely for me to read. Why is it that we write a blog post once and call it “done”? We are working SO HARD to only stop at the most important point – promotion and distribution? Pat Flynn lays it out in this post, his answer to being called out by Gary Vaynerchuk. Bookmark this and use it as your content repurposing roadmap. It’s THAT good. How to Repurpose Your Blog Content Like a Machine
6. #BossBOSS Business Tips
For the next 30 days I am sharing #BOSSBOSS business tips on Snapchat and Twitter (Click each to follow me so you don’t miss any!). Today we kick it off with a tip to stop qualifying your BOSS status – you’re not a “girl boss” or “boss babe” or whatever word you wanna tack onto “boss”. You’re a BOSS. If you’re gonna qualify that with anything, it better be another BOSS because you are the BOSS of all the BOSSes and you better believe that! For more real-life in your face advice like this, connect with me on Snapchat. And please, stop this #sparkleboss nonsense.
I hope you leave this post empowered and ready to take your blog and business to a new level. Pick ONE and get it done. You’re already part of the way there if you read this far!
Which of these will you be starting on NOW? Let me know in the comments!