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How to Prevent Blog Overwhelm

Blogging can be an amazing adventure. When people begin taking notice of your site, the increase in traffic can be addictive – you will likely want to write all the time to give your readers something new. Once you get the attention of brands, you can even receive compensation for your time spent blogging.

With all the ways to find success as a blogger, doing too much of each can become overwhelming. This can sometimes lead to burnout or unhappiness with your business. Fortunately, there are ways you can help prevent this problem.

  1. Keep yourself organized. Organization is ESSENTIAL for every blogger. Whether you do this as a hobby or want to turn it into a business, keeping things organized is a must. Staying organized can prevent frustration, missed deadlines, or the feeling that you aren’t being productive. Keeping a blogging planner is the best way that I have found to organize everything.
  2. Limit your social media time. Networking and promoting on Facebook, Twitter, and other networks is important for bloggers. Spending too much time on these sites, however, can lead to not getting your daily priorities finished. Learn social media time management so you can balance between the sites and your to-do lists.
  3. Make daily to-do lists. Many bloggers will tell you they have about 20+ tasks that could (or should) be working on right now. However, it’s not possible to do it all at once! Make a to-do list each day, and focus on just getting those things done. If you have more time once the list is completed, tackle the less important tasks that you’ve been wanting to get done.
  4. Restrict the time spent you spend blogging. At first, it can be easy to be swept up into 10 hours days, trying to build your blog into something great as quickly as you can. However, this is a sure fire way to lead to overwhelm and burnout. Instead, try limiting yourself to no more than 4-5 hours, especially if you have a job or children home with you during the day.
  5. Learn to say no. When other bloggers or brands want to collaborate with you, it can be an exciting turning point for your blog. Be sure that what you accept are projects you really want to take on. It can be hard to say no, but taking on more than you can handle – or assignments you aren’t really thrilled about – can cause you to get overwhelmed quickly.

Kecia Hambrick is the owner and editor of Basics4Bloggers.com, where she shares the knowledge she has gained in her eight years of blogging. The website features helpful articles on blogging, social media, content creation, and more, and she is always seeking topic requests for new posts and how-to’s.

5 Photography Tips for Bloggers

As a blogger, it’s important to have images in your posts. Let’s be honest, people are attracted to great photos. It can spice up any post. With the popularity of sites like Pinterest and Instagram, everything has gotten that much more visual these days. If you’re using a magazine-style blog theme, it becomes even more essential to improve your photography.

5 Photography Tips for Bloggers

5 Photography Tips for Bloggers

1. Learn about your light. Natural light is optimal when shooting with any camera from your iPhone to your DSLR. The best light comes from an angle rather than directly above or in front of your subject. Skipping the flash on your camera is the recommended to get the best quality photos. So study your workspace and watch how the light falls throughout the day. Buy a lightbox or make your own lightbox to help achieve a more diffused light when the natural light isn’t great.

2. Watch your composition. Don’t get crazy when putting together your shot. There is beauty in simplicity. Don’t go overboard with backdrops and accessories. And learn the rule of thirds. Just imagine that your image is divided into thirds by invisible horizontal and vertical lines. You want your subject or the focus of your shot to fall either a third of the way up or a third to the right or left.

3. Click away. Take photos from as many angles as possible. The beauty of digital cameras is that it is easy to delete the shots that don’t turn out well. Shoot from above and below. Take a few shots from each side, in front, and behind. You can even get creative and take shots through doorways and with different focal points. Place your subject in different thirds of the shot. Just shoot away!

4. Take the time to edit. Even if you take the most brilliant shot with fabulous natural light, a little editing might just add a little something extra to your photo. Adding a bit of contrast to a photo can make it pop. But keep it simple. Don’t go overboard here either. If you’re featuring a product for a brand, you don’t want to distract from the subject of the photo with crazy editing effects.

5. Watermark your images. Take the time watermark your photos. By adding your watermark, you may deter people from snagging your photos off your blog without your permission. Whether you use a graphic from your blog or a simple text watermark, just take a few moments to add one. You can do it easily using PicMonkey. If you’re creating pinnable images to be shared on Pinterest this is especially important!

So take some time and practice with your camera. It doesn’t matter how basic your camera is or how fancy, you can take great photos! Oh, and don’t be afraid to show them off. When you include images in your blog posts, make them large! Go big or go home! Be sure to use the entire width of your content area. Larger photos are more eye-catching!

Now go take some photos!

5 Reasons Brands and Bloggers Should Work Together

The blogosphere has quickly been gaining in popularity in recent years… and for good reason. Brands are finding that bloggers are influential in their fields and they are trusted among their readers. But, the reasons go much further than that alone. Let’s talk a little about why businesses should consider bloggers as part of their marketing strategy.

Brands and Bloggers

5 Reasons Brands and Bloggers Should Work Together

  1. Continuous Advertising – Once a blog post is published, it is forever available on the internet as long as the blog remains active. A well-written, quality content blog post can drive traffic back to your site for a long time. The fresh content of blogs keep them higher ranked in search engines, and thus a steady stream of eyes learning about your brand.
  2. Target Market – Bloggers that are established in their niche have a reader base that trusts them and looks to them for information. Their readers are loyal and often depends on their blogs as a reliable resource. Finding your target market amongst a sea of bloggers is essential to the success of your marketing campaign.
  3. Customer Engagement – Sure, your brand is on Facebook and Twitter. But, a blog post can draw conversation from audiences on several platforms. Once a post is published, a Facebook status, tweet, or Pinterest pin can instantly generate customer engagement. This, in turn, personalizes your company and draws customers into a better relationship with your brand.
  4. Research Development – Launching a new product or design can be exciting for you as a business. The customers can be eagerly awaiting the release of your upcoming concept and will begin researching. Putting your product into the hands of a few bloggers, allowing them to try it out and review it, and then listening to their feedback can be important research development. Allow the people who will be using the product to assist you in developing it.
  5. Brand Visibility – You have your fan base of customers and the blogger has theirs. Although the two groups may share common interests, a fresh audience means more brand visibility. Presenting your product to a new audience in a way they can relate to it draws their attention. Seeing it used in a real home with real people makes it believable.

Why choose Mommy Mindset Media?

Mommy Mindset Media can help your brand select your desired number of blogs and specify the criteria you are looking for to reach your target market. Our goal is to develop quality posts that will continue to lead consumers to learn about your company.

After all, we are mom bloggers so we know what works and will help match you up with the best bloggers for your needs.

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