How to start a blog - answering blogging questions
Blogging

Blogging Q+A – #6 Answering Your Blogging Questions

Blogging Q+A – #6 Answering Your Blogging Questions: Tips to get noticed by brands, besides Wordpress what blogging websites do you recommend, and what tools do you use? I'm answering all of these for you today! Hey blogging friends! If you've been around here for a while, you know that I love to occasionally answer YOUR blogging related questions. Remember that I'm always leaving the submission form open, in case you think of new questions to ask, so feel free to do that anytime, HERE! Today, I've selected three of the questions from the submissions bank, and I'm hoping they can...

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Does a blog cost a lot of money
Blogging, Review

Is a Blog A Good Business to Start with Little Money? – With Regions Bank

A big “thank you” to Regions Bank for sponsoring this post. I'm often asked, “Jessica, does it cost a lot of money to start a blog?” So I knew it was something I needed to share with you, to help clear up any uncertainties or questions you have, by dropping a little realness with a side of "behind the blog" details, to answer this more in depth for you. And since this post touches on one of the most POPULAR topics around on the internet today... MONEY... I knew it was the perfect fit to work with Regions Bank on this post! Who...

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Pick me ups for the afternoon slump!
Blogging

Working with Brands: How Much to Charge for Blog Posts

How Much to Charge for Blog Posts: When you're not sure what to charge, how to charge, and where to even begin, when it comes to writing a sponsored blog post for a business or company.  What started out as one blog post, quickly turned in to two. (Possibly even three, maybe four. The more I tell you, the more I think there's just ONE more thing that you should know, when it comes to blogging and working with brands.) So if you missed my first blog post, "What you Need to Know About Working with Brands", I recommend...

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How to work with brands
Blogging

What You Need to Know About Working with Brands as a Beginner Blogger | Influencer

What You Need to Know About Working with Brands as a Beginner Blogger | Influencer: From free products, to being paid for items you already use and love, I'm giving you a roadmap of what to say to brands from the get-go! It has been on my heart to share a certain couple of blogging related items with you lately, and over on Facebook, I polled you asking which one you'd like to see first. You all were so kind to contribute, and... "Tips for Working with Brands" it is! Tips for Working with Brands YES! Brands will pay you to use something...

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A day in my life of blogging - current work load, target shipment and sneak peeks!
Blogging, Lifestyle

VIDEO: Inside Look as a Work-at-Home Mom + Blogger

VIDEO: Inside Look as a Work-at-Home Mom + Blogger - Target Shipment, Current Open Tabs on my Laptop + Airbnb Photoshoot Sneak Peek for upcoming photoshoot!  Inside Look as a Work-at-Home Mom + Blogger Ok, so now THIS was fun. While "working" the other day, I decided to have you join in to get a behind the scenes look at what it is that I actually do during the day while I'm working at home as a blogger/mom. I've had people ask me recently, Ok... so WHAT is it, that you actually do? It makes me chuckle when someone asks that, because I totally...

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Blogging

Blogging Q+A – #5 Answering Your Blogging Questions

Blogging Q+A - #5 Answering Your Blogging Questions: In today's laid back, informal video, I'm answering more of your questions that will hopefully help take your blog to the next level! Today's questions: How do you tag the business in your blog? I use Wordpress. What is a meta? How do you gain followers and subscribers? Hey you! I'm tickled to be back with another blogging q+a video, answering YOUR blogging questions! If you've watched the previous 4 blogging q+a's, then you know that I adore sharing tips and tricks for blogging, whether it's for those of you that are thinking...

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Blogging: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Blogging

Blogging: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Blogging: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - The reasons why I love blogging so much, the reasons that make me want to pull my hair out, and the flat out "ugly" side of blogging. Blogging: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Although blogging is by FAR my favorite hobby AND business, there are things associated with it that aren't my favorite, and some things that flat-out get the "ugly" label. So I wanted to share all of this with you in case you've found yourself asking, "Is blogging right for me?" "Should I start a blog, and would I even like it?" or...

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Faith and social media
Blogging, Lifestyle, Self Improvement

How my Faith is a Necessity with Social Media

How my Faith is a Necessity with Social Media: If you allow it, the online world can diminish your thoughts on self worth and value in minutes. Let's get in to your faith toolkit, and help you overcome these tough roadblocks in today's world. How my Faith is a Necessity with Social Media Have you ever fallen victim to a social media “crap-storm”? I can tell you from experience that being on the receiving end is not fun, but maybe not for the reasons you might guess. Now, before you go thinking that this is a rant about how unfair the world...

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how to get motivated with blogging
Blogging

The Importance of Blogging Relationships, Even as an Introvert

The Importance of Blogging Relationships, Even as an Introvert: Building blog relationships was and IS vital in growing my blog and I'm sharing how I build them, even in my yoga pants at home! Hey introvert... so good to see you here! Not an introvert? That's totally ok.  You can keep reading because the tips I give in the video on building blogger relationships are critical for you too. I just call out introverts, because I've found that so many of us have found joy in blogging because we can communicate and be social, all while sitting in our yoga pants,...

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How to Make Money Blogging
Blogging

How to Overcome Feeling “Stuck” with Your Blog

How to Overcome Feeling "Stuck" with Your Blog: When you lack inspiration and motivation, and feel like you're hitting a blogging "wall."  Hey blogger. If you're new here, I'm so happy you came by! If you've been a Fantabulosity follower for a while... well I'm glad you're here too! As some of you know, I've been blogging since 2011, and I've learned quite a bit. (From strategies and techniques, to how to make money blogging.) It Was Hard to Find Answers But there is one thing I remember clearly when I started out... it was SO hard to find answers to a...

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How to blog, beginner, answering questions on how to get started blogging. #blogging #howto
Blogging

Blogging Q&A #4: How Did you Get Started + Did you Take Writing Courses + Blog Finance Tools

Blogging Q&A #4: How Did you Get Started + Did you Take Writing Courses + Blog Finance Tools. I'm answering a few of YOUR questions in this video!  Blogging Q&A #4 Video Hey you.  Answering your blogging questions fills such a wonderful space in my heart. I truly mean that.  Each time I answer your questions, (See Q&A #1, Q&A #2, and Q&A #3 too!) it takes me back to the time when I first started blogging.  The thoughts of, Am I ever going to learn everything? Am I doing the right thing? What should I blog about next? ...and so many more questions.  But...

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Blogging Q&A #3 - Have to have a niche
Blogging

Blogging Q&A #3: My Turning Point, Facebook Ads + Do You Have to Have a Niche?

Blogging Q&A #3: My Turning Point, Facebook Ads + Do You Have to Have a Niche? I answer these three questions in today's video, hoping it helps SO many of you! You know, I'm honestly not sure if there's anything better here in the blogging world than hearing from you all. When you ask these questions, it does SO many things. Here are just a few... • Tells me you're there. Online can be so lonely at times, until others speak up and create a voice. • Helps others by asking the questions someone else may want to know the answers to...

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Blogging Questions: Can you really make money blogging, how to get readers to engage, and where to find music for videos
Blogging

Blogging Q&A #2: Engaging with Readers + Music for Videos + The Truth about Actually Making Money Blogging

Blogging Q&A #2: Engaging with Readers + Music for Videos + The Truth about Actually Making Money Blogging Do you know how much I LOVE reading your questions about blogging?! You guys, they're so good, and they're real, straightforward questions. I so enjoying reading them and answering them. If you haven't submitted yours yet (or have more to submit) you can do that HERE! If you missed the first video where I answered your blogging questions, you can see that one HERE! Blogging Q&A #2 So in today's video I'm tackling 3 questions that were submitted, and um... I kind of go...

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Blogging questions answered: q&a affiliates, time to blog, and how to grow and get followers
Blogging

Blogging Q&A Video: Affiliates + Gaining Followers + Finding Time To Blog

Blogging Q&A Video: Affiliates + Gaining Followers + Finding Time To Blog — I'm answering a few of the questions you've asked, in a REAL way. Keep the questions coming! Hey blogging (or soon to be blogging) friends! I could NOT be more excited to answer some of your blogging questions today. You all, there are SO many good ones!!! For real. I couldn't answer them all in one video, so there will have to be multiple videos to answer all of them. But for today, I've answered 3 for you! You'll see that in the video below, but in light of...

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My Favorite Video Equipment for Blogging
Blogging

My Favorite Video Equipment for Blogging, Vlogging & YouTube

My Favorite Video Equipment for Blogging: The camera, lenses, lights/light, microphones, and equipment that I use to create videos for my blog. My Favorite Video Equipment for Blogging, Vlogging + YouTube I have loved being on camera since my parents took the plunge and bought one of those 1980 CamCorders, that you put on your shoulder.  You know the ones... they were so heavy your shoulder would start hurting after 5 minutes of filming a kid opening up his presents on Christmas morning? When I'd see my mom yank that sucker out of the cabinet, I would nonchalantly walk in front of...

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Blog Income Report: December 2016
Blogging

Blog Income Report: December 2016

Blog Income Report: December 2016 A look at the actual income streams for my lifestyle blog, for December. Sponsored work, affiliates, advertising, sales, & more. I'm so excited to have you over here to share in this blogging income update with me.  For a while now, I've been creating these income reports, because I'm often asked, "How much money can you make, blogging," and to help show those who have purchased my "How to Make Money Blogging," video course, that it CAN be done! Expenses: Each time I share an income report, I always make sure to be completely upfront and honest...

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Finding your purpose and passion in life
Blogging

Blog Income Report: (October) November 2016

 Blog Income Report: (October) November 2016... an honest look at what income the Fantabulosity blog brings in each month, and which revenue streams are used. Blog Income Report I totally slacked. I didn't do an income report for the month of October. I'm not really sure what happened, besides being incredibly busy preparing for the holiday season.  November and December tend to be the craziest months all year long for me in the blogging world, and personally.  So I'll just say it was that. However, I'm still happy to include the income for the month of October, but I just won't create...

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diy photo backdrop for bloggers
Blogging, DIY & Crafts

DIY Backdrops for Food & Blog Photography

DIY Backdrops for Food & Blog Photography: A quick and simple way to achieve the backgrounds and backdrops that you desire, without having to use your real spaces. Since starting this blog, back in 2013, I had always wanted a big, beautiful BRIGHT white kitchen, to take all of my photos in.  But there was one big problem... I had a big, beautiful, DARK brown, kitchen.  My builder husband, tends to always go in the brown (safe) color pallet for a "resale," factor.  It was time to get creative, and think of how I could pull off the look that I wanted,...

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Blog Income Report for the lifestyle blog Fantabulosity
Blogging

Blog Income Report: September 2016

Blog Income Report: September 2016 | Showing you the truth behind Fantabulosity’s income, and breaking it down, to show you how I make money blogging. Blog Income Report: September 2016 Now that I've been sharing my income reports (see my very first income report) for a while now,  you probably know that I include the actual income that was generated & created for the month, AND the future work that I have nailed down for the future month.  I think that’s super important to break down and consider as well, because it’s work (income) that is shored up for the next month, that you can start...

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Blog Income Report: August 2016 Fantabulosity
Blogging

Blog Income Report: August 2016

Blog Income Report: August 2016 | Showing you the truth behind Fantabulosity’s income, and breaking it down, to show you how I make money blogging. Blog Income Report: August 2016 I'm a little late this month on sharing my blog income for August, so please pardon my tardiness!  I've been a bit busy around here, preparing for the Inspired Retreat that I'm speaking at, and a full load of sponsored posts.  I love the Fall, because you can really fill up your editorial calendar with brand sponsored work.  A lot of big brands will spend a lot of their marketing dollars in the...

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Blog Income Report: December
Blogging, Fashion + Beauty, Lifestyle

Lifestyle Blog Photoshoot

Lifestyle Blog Photoshoot: As a lifestyle blogger, a photoshoot at least once a year, can be a super handy tool in your toolbox... Some may ask, "Why in the heck do you have a photoshoot of yourself?" No really, I totally get it, and I understand why you'd ask that question.  Spending a day in front of the camera, (when you are FAR from being a model), can be quite awkward.  So why do it? ... besides the fact that a camera can catch you at your worst, especially while trying to eat an ice cream cone & laughing at the...

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