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    Blog Goals: Heading into the Last Quarter of 2018!

    Sooooo…’bout them blog goals. …I’m still working on my blog goals from August! I totally loaded up on super-awesome ideas, and I got a bit overwhelmed along the way. You can take a peek at my previous goals post here. To be fair to myself, I’ve started back at work, and my time has been limited. We’ve got soccer practice, geography bee practice, church, appointments, the works! Blog goals are still in full swing, but some of them have carried over to this month, and will be heading into October as well. And, you know what? I’m fine with that! Let’s dig into to the nitty gritty. Get that corn…

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    How to balance your career and your side hustle and stay upbeat

    Can I pour out my heart for a sec? I’m back at work. My good ol’ brick and mortar job, and gosh, there have never been so many lows for me. Before I continue, reiteration of how great my coworkers are is in order. They are uh-maaaazzzzz-ing, but my heart is at home. I need to share how to balance side hustle and 9-5 so that you don’t go crazy! So, how can you stay upbeat about having to make that money when you’re ready to ditch the 9-5? Anybody working their heinies off trying to balance side hustle and 9-5  knows that the juggle is real. You know, the…

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    Blogging

    August Goals

    I’m in need of a little accountability. August goals are spewing out of my ears! I’ve got a whole lotta irons in my fire because I’m scrambling around in my attempts to really get this off the ground before I have to head back to work. It’s August! This teacher has been working hard during summer break, and not on school stuff (shhhhhhhh!).   What’s going on at Lemon la Vie? I thought I’d go ahead and share some of the said irons I’ve got in the fire to get this thing really rollin’, as well as my August goals. Setting goals is an essential component of establishing a plan.…

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    WordPress for Beginners

    Alright. We gotta have a little chit chat about WordPress for beginners. There’s so much going on here that we need to know! I mean, seriously, you want to be a success story, right? Me, too. So, let’s get on with some of the basic essentials in WordPress.     WordPress is one of those things that needs to be conquered one bite at a time, but don’t worry, I’m here to help make all of those bites easier to swallow. It’s absolutely essential to explore your WordPress Dashboard and become super familiar with all of it’s functions because, well, this is your new home! It’s up to you to…

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    How to Stay Motivated When Your Blog is Not Gaining Traffic

    Just checked out your stats. Zero views. Ugh. How discouraging. You’ve worked your butt off creating amazing content, learning WordPress, installing all the right plugins, sharing, and no one is noticing. Let’s talk about how to stay encouraged when your blog is not gaining traffic. Blog motivation, if you will.   It’s hard. This blogging gig is lots of work. Don’t believe anyone that tells you that it’s not. Fortunately, there is a lot to feel encouraged about! Yay you! So how are you going to do it? How will you keep your head up? Here are some things to ALWAYS keep in mind on your journey, even though it…

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    Why You Need to Enable Rich Pins and How to do it

    Pinterest is a major online community of people with problems searching for solutions and people providing solutions for those problems. The solution-providers? Bloggers. Here we will will take a look at getting your pins out there by enabling Rich Pins. Think about it. Why do you get on Pinterest? Okay. Other than to waste the day away looking at pretty things, you’re probably looking for what you’re going to make for dinner, or home remedies for stinky pits, or what you will wear to your hubby’s Christmas party at work this year. Even when you’re just browsing, beautiful pictures catch your eye and remind you of something that you want…

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    What You Need to Know About Writing Your First Blog Posts

    You’ve thought about it. You’ve made up your mind. You’re gonna do it. Starting a blog can be seriously intimidating. Not to mention writing your first blog posts that let the world know who you are and what you’re promoting. Notice, I said posts. Plural. The information that follows is relevant for all content that you are gonna put out there, not just the very first one, but this will help you to get rollin’ in the beginning. And hopefully you will find some encouragement for writing your first blog posts. Getting Started with Writing Your First Blog Posts I decided that I wanted to blog about a year ago.…

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    Six Things You Need to Do to Get Your Posts Shared

    Sharing is caring, right?! Welp, here are six things you need to do to create shareable content and get your posts shared, so listen read up. After the many hours of research on how to make this blog thang work, I’ve discovered, as I’m sure that you have as well, that I need to gain traffic. Shocker, I know. So, the question is this: How can I get people to come to my site? 1. Sharing plugin. Have you installed one? How can anybody share your stuff if they don’t have the means to do it conveniently? Check out other bloggers that monetize their sites. They literally ALL have share buttons…

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    How to Start a Professional Blog for Under $100

    How to Start a Blog for Under $100 Starting your own website doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. You can easily access everything you need without breaking the bank! Here’s how you can start a blog for under $100. That’s right. After a vast amount of mind-boggling research, most bloggers blogging for the purpose of monetizing for financial flexibility choose to be cautious with their investment, and who can blame ‘em? It took me over a year to get off the ground mainly because I didn’t want to drop the ball after I invested. I was worried that I would crash and burn and be out that…

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    Five Things You Need to Know Before You Begin This Journey

    Wow! That’s all that I got for describing this journey so far. Here’s a few things that you need to know before you begin your blog gig.   No Easy Feat So, just to reiterate, before you begin your blog, know that this is a journey that we are taking together! I don’t know about you, but I feel much more confident in this blogging journey knowing that I am not alone. Here’s a little more inspiration: I’m writing this in my pjs from my couch while my kids eat lunch at the table behind me. That’s what I’m talkin bout! If your goal is to stay home and take…