Blogger Secret Santa 2017

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas!

Welcome to the annual Blogger Secret Santa reveal post! Last year was such a huge success that we decided to bring it back for another year! I’ve been able to co-host the amazing Blogger Secret Santa with a fellow blogger and South Carolina resident, Cathleen Slagle. Cathleen is a blogger over at Classy Cathleen and she’s an amazing photographer. She loves Christmas just as much as I do, and we love being able to bring bloggers together in real life instead of just over the Internet.

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Let’s Talk Media Kits

Having a media kit is essential for any size blogger. Learn how I made mine, what to include, and where to find design inspo!

This isn’t my usual fitness or college type of content, but I do post about blogging tips & tricks on here from time to time because after all, this blog takes up 85% of my free time. That other 15% is spent with my cat or watching YouTube videos, but let’s not talk about that.

A few weeks ago I posted a boomerang on my Insta story of my media kit that I had just revamped and finished. Surprisingly, I had several people reply to that story and ask about the media kit, how I made it, what to include, and all that jazzy stuff. Well I’m here to tell y’all all about how I made my media kit, what I included, my inspiration, and what my prior media kits looked like as well.

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How to Start a Blog

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How to Start a Blog | A guide on becoming self-hosted

Blogging has truly changed my life, and it’s become my entire life. I have no idea where I’d be without this here blog. I’ve “met” so many amazing people through blogging, I’m able to look back and watch myself develop into the person I am today, and the blogging community is probably the most supportive and encouraging group of people on the Internet.

For me, blogging encapsulates everything I love to do – web design, web development, graphic design, writing, networking, photography, etc. I love to share my story and hopefully inspire other bloggers, college students, and young women to go out and achieve everything they want to do.

If you’re looking to start a blog, yay for you! You’re about to embark on a journey that quite possibly could change your life.

 

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WordPress Theme Development

Over the past few weeks, I’ve received several emails regarding WordPress theme development, how on earth I developed my own theme, and any tips and tricks I have to make theme development a bit easier for the novice web developer. By no means am I a professional web developer, but I do have a background in web design and HTML/CSS, so I thought I’d share with you my step-by-step process for developing my own WordPress theme!

Looking to develop your own WordPress theme? Check out this handy guide with step-by-step instructions on how to create the theme of your dreams!

When I first became self-hosted back in June, I was thrilled at the opportunity to have complete creative freedom in regards to how my site looked. Custom colors, custom layouts, custom everything! But, when I started browsing sites to purchase themes, those $50+ price tags scared me off and there was no way that I was going to drop that amount of money on a theme that I probably could build myself.

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2016: The Year of the Blog

Two thousand and sixteen was definitely the year of the blog. Somehow I turned my blog from a small side project receiving 2,000 views a month to a life-consuming passion reaching 20,000+ people a month. I’ve invested hundreds if not thousands of hours into this blog in 2016, and I can definitely say that it’s paid off. Not only has my blog blossomed this year, I’ve become friends with so many bloggers!

I’ve had a few weeks to compile all this data, and honestly it’s amazing. This blog is a representation of setting your mind to something, dedicating yourself to it, and seeing it thrive and prosper. In 2016 I became self-hosted, landed my first sponsored post, finally figured out my branding, developed my own WordPress theme, received countless emails from readers, and found myself. So, to sum up 2016, I thought I’d show you my overall stats, my most popular posts, and set some goals for 2017.

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And My Secret Santa Is…

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I hope you’re having an amazing day full of family, friends, and amazing food! In case you didn’t know, Cathleen from Classy Cathleen and I put together a Blogger Secret Santa this year, and I’m proud to say that we had over 25 people participate. It was such a success and I’m so excited to reveal to you who my Secret Santa was and see everyone else’s Secret Santa reveals!

This year’s Blogger Secret Santa came about because I begged Cathleen to host another one after I had so much fun participating in last year’s. She graciously allowed me to help her host the 2016 edition of the Blogger Secret Santa, and I can honestly say that I had a blast organizing all of it. After about a week of working on countless Google Docs and Google Sheets, we finally launched, and I was so excited to see so many amazing bloggers wanting to participate. Just like last year, all of the participants reveal their Secret Santa on Christmas Day (aka today) at 10 AM EST. I’m going to try my best to include links to everyone’s Secret Santa reveal posts at the end of this post, so definitely make sure you check out their reveals! KEEP READING “And My Secret Santa Is…”