Blogiversary Q&A and Site Update

Hi everyone! Welcome to the new Living the Gray Life! Today I have a very special edition post. It’s Saturday, and I don’t normally post on Saturdays, but today is my ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY! That’s right, Living the Gray Life is officially a year old. I honestly can’t believe I’ve made it this far. Yesterday’s post was all about what I’ve learned after a year blogging, and today’s post is looking at the new Living the Gray Life and answering reader questions!

blogiversary Q&A and site update

I really wanted to do something special for my one year blogiversary. I wanted to be able to give back to the readers because after all, they’re the ones that got me to where I am now. What better way to give back than answering reader questions! But first, let me show you what’s new on the site.

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Using an Editorial Calendar

An editorial calendar is essential to my blogging schedule and my sanity. If you’re not using one, you should be. And if you are, maybe this post will give you some ideas on how to improve yours! A editorial calendar provides an easy way to consistently upload posts and keep yourself accountable for staying on top of your blog. If you’re someone who needs everything scheduled out, an editorial calendar is for you. If you’re someone who wants to start a blog, an editorial calendar is for you. If you’re someone who wants to improve their blog, an editorial calendar is for you.

editorial calendar for blogging

When I first started becoming serious about blogging back in July of 2015, I really didn’t see why and editorial calendar was important. I thought it was weird that people planned posts weeks and months in advance. Didn’t that take something away from blogging? KEEP READING “Using an Editorial Calendar”

2016 Blogging Goals

2016 is here! Happy New Year! Well, this post is like three weeks after the New Year, but I’m actually writing it on January 1st. You see, scheduling plays a big role in my blog. 2015 was such an amazing year for me. I mean I started this blog! And, last month I passed 1,000 page views!! I love setting goals for myself. For example, check out my New Year’s Resolutions/Goals post. I have a feeling that 2016 is going to be a big year for me if I just stick with blogging.

2016-blogging-goals

Overall, I think one of my major goals for this year is to stop worrying about the numbers. When I first started blogging, I would check my stats probably 20+ times a day. That’s no exaggeration either. I’ve gotten better about not checking them but once every day or every other day. Numbers don’t define the quality of your content.

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Blogger Secret Santa

This year I participated in a Blogger Secret Santa! This was the first annual Secret Santa hosted by Oliva from NC Prepsters and Cathleen from Classy Cathleen. We used this website called Sneaky Santa to automatically select Secret Santas. Once we found out who we were shopping for, we had until the 15th of December to send out our packages! Mine arrived last Friday and this is what my Secret Santa got me!

blogger secret santa

She included all of the gifts in this adorable felt Santa bag! This was such a cute idea. I wish I had thought of that!

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My Six Month Blogiversary

On December 4th, 2015 my blog is officially 6th months old! When I started this blog, I never thought I would get this far. Ok, so maybe I haven’t gotten that far in the grand scheme of the blogging world, but I’m pretty impressed with my 600+ monthly page views at the moment. In case you have absolutely no clue what a blogiversary is, it’s an abbreviated term for blog anniversary. Who wants to say blog anniversary? Blogiversary sounds so much more bloggerish. Us bloggers like to combine and make up new words. Anyways, today I wanted to share my accomplishments with you! I really enjoy reading these posts because I can see where other bloggers came from and that we all didn’t get thousands of page views overnight (although that does happen).

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Blogging in general has been a big accomplishment for me. Usually I start some form of online social thing, either a blog or a YouTube channel, and I get discouraged because I don’t see results. KEEP READING “My Six Month Blogiversary”

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

If there’s one time of year that I love the most, it’s the holiday season. This is actually my first post of the holiday season! I cannot wait for all of the posts I have planned for December. You better be ready. Anyways, back to the point of this post. I love looking at gift guides and wishlists because they always seem to have something for everyone. Now this gift guide isn’t specifically for bloggers, but these are the things that we like. I think any of these gifts would work well for really any girl. You can click on all of the images in this post and it will take you directly to the website where I found them! Enjoy!

holiday gift guide friends

For friends, I really like to focus on things that they’ll use on an everyday basis or would be helpful in their life. I keep track of things that they say they’d like whenever we’re out, and then I can go back later and surprise them! I’d much rather give them something like stationery or makeup brushes than a gift card somewhere.

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