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Two quick things!

1) Please Collaborate with Me!

Since opening my Etsy print shop, I’ve decided that I want to collaborate with bloggers. I want to send you one of my prints (your choice), and you review it and share it online! Please sign up here and I’ll send you an email by December 5th with more information!

2) Please Guest Post for Me!

Since baby girl is due right after Christmas, I want to start gathering some guest posts for the end of December and throughout January!

You have to write posts that deal with my main topics: motherhood, Christian religion (you don’t have to be Mormon), recipes you’ve created, family and marriage, domestic stuff (being a homemaker), or blogging.

It would need at least one vertical, high quality Pinnable image. No cussing, no graphic thoughts, no politics.

Please fill out here if you are interested and I’ll send you an email with more detail!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Morrell Tale Design Etsy Shop+ Giveaway!

The Morrell Tale Design etsy print shop is now open for business! @themorrelltale

For a long time, I’ve loved playing around with design and creating my own images, prints for Sunday School, and helping others redesign their blogs. It’s so fun to be able to let this creative part of me free. I love being able to discover myself through design and see what I can come up with. Sometimes I even surprise myself: “I made that?!?!”

So, after a few pushes from some family and close friends, I decided to bite the bullet, take a leap of faith, and swallow my fear. I opened an Etsy shop! (AND THERE WILL BE A GIVEAWAY AT THE END OF THE POST!)

Introducing: The Morrell Tale Design!

The Morrell Tale Design Etsy Shop Grand Opening Giveaway

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My etsy shop focuses on prints I design. There will be three main categories: seasonal prints, religious prints, and inspirational/random prints. I also will be adding in options for custom prints as well as announcement cards. I’m even considering adding in blog design type options, such as social media icons, some blog design, media kits, etc.

Check out some of prints I’ve designed and are up on my Etsy shop.

All prints are digital downloads and are only $5!

The Morrell Tale Design Etsy Shop Grand Opening Giveaway

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So, to celebrate the grand opening of my Etsy shop, I’ve decided to do two things:

  1. Use coupon code GRANDOPENING2016 to take 15% off until December 1st!
  2. Giveaway two prints of your choice to one lucky winner!!

The Morrell Tale Design etsy print shop is now open for business! @themorrelltale

Giveaway will run until November 30th!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’d love to work with you: I want to send you a print from my shop in exchange for a review and social media shoutouts! If you are interested, please fill out this form. (I can’t take everyone…I have a limited number of prints I’m able to give away for free, so if you don’t hear from me by December 5th, please don’t be offended)

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

I’m Going to the Pinners Conference!

Oh my gosh! I thought that only Utah had the Pinners Conference. I thought I was so lucky when I lived in Sandy to be literally a mile away from the South Towne Expo Center for some of the most popular conferences in Utah (especially for bloggers). But, I didn’t realize that the Pinners Conference was a multi-state thing! And, this year, I get to go!

@PinnersConf 2016 in Dallas on September 9&10.

It will be this weekend, September 9&10, at the Arlington Convention Center.

If you have never heard of the Pinners Conference, well, shame on you. This is how it is described: What is the Pinners Conference? It’s two great events in one. It’s a conference featuring 100 Pinterest-based classes taught by the best teachers in the nation. And it’s also an expo with 200 top businesses providing beautiful options in the worlds of DIY, crafts, cooking, self-improvement, photography, party planning, scrapbooking, holiday, beauty and fashion and all sorts of other great things. What’s Pinners? It’s where Pinterest comes to life. And it’s now your favorite weekend!

Follow along with the Conference, which happens in Dallas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta this year, on social media with the username @pinnersconf.

And, make sure you follow me on Pinterest!

@PinnersConf 2016 in Dallas on September 9&10.

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Blog Design | BeYOUtifully Made

Design board for the new and improved BeYOUtifully Made blog at http://aprilmcdonaldfitness.com

Guys, I can’t believe it!

I actually designed a blog!!!

Now, I don’t have a degree in graphic design or any Adobe programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator. But, I have had quite the learning curve after blogging for almost seven years. I’ve gone to workshops, read instruction articles, and experimented.

For the past 8 months, I have been a virtual assistant to a beach body coach named April who blogs at BeYOUtifully Made. She is quite the #girlboss–building her business from scratch to the point where her husband was able to quit the job he hated. She needed someone to help manage her blog, as well as create monthly newsletters. And she found me. April became more than a fun employer–she became a friend. However, she was stuck in a bad situation in a WordPress multi-site owned by someone else that she didn’t have a lot of access or ability to edit or redesign (even though she owned her own domain). She also didn’t like the way her blog looked. So, I suggested I take a whack at it.

And boy, was it a process. Not necessarily the design stuff–that was all fun. But the technical stuff. Getting her own hosting, connecting her domain to the new hosting, downloading and deleting her blog from the multi-site to her own self-hosted WordPress site. Yikes! Talk about trial by fire! However, I was able to figure it all out and everything worked out fine.

After having worked with April for a few months, I knew what she liked and what easily able to create a new design for her.

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Design board for the new and improved BeYOUtifully Made blog at http://aprilmcdonaldfitness.com

Working with Tayler was SO awesome. I previously had a blog designer that didn’t allow me much freedom and I felt like it wasn’t even MY blog. Tayler has been so sweet and diligent in TOTALLY redesigning my blog, making sure it’s EXACTLY what I want, and making changes quickly. It’s nice to feel like you are working with a friend that GETS you. I highly recommend her!

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April was a sweetheart and actually  referred me to another BeachBody coach who wants me to redesign her blog and switch her over from Blogger to WordPress. Soooooo…..shameless plug…

If you are interested in some Virtual Assisting work from me, click here. If you are interested in a blog design, fill out the form below!

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

My Experience Redoing Pinterest

Is your Pinterest account hindering you as a blogger rather than helping? Is Pinterest dragging you down? Do you not feel inspired or part of a community on Pinterest anymore? Click here to read my story.

When Pinterest first came out, I absolutely loved it. I pinned everything for my dream wedding and my dream home. Pictures were the main interest on Pinterest, not links to articles.

But, when Pinterest became a huge tool for blogging, I jumped right on the bandwagon of using it to try to build traffic. Yet, there weren’t really any “rules” for images. Square images were just as popular as vertical images.

Then, blogging changed. Marketing, professionalism, and how-tos became the format for successful blogs and their successful Pinterest accounts. Pinning had “rules” to follow–good, quality stock photos, good photography, click-bait, vertical pictures.

I started to change the way I created images on my posts, and tried to always have a “pinnable image”. However, Pinterest was losing my interest. It was all, “How-tos” or “5 Ways to” or “Build your blog”. I wasn’t necessarily being inspired by Pinterest. I began to steer away. I would still pin my posts, but I wasn’t being active on Pinterest anymore.

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Then, I begin hearing about people who had thousands of Pinterest followers and getting a vast majority of their blog traffic from Pinterest. How? Where they all using Rich Pins and using the option to pay to “boost” their pins?

My friend, Emilie, from Burke Does, wrote about why she completely deleted all her pins and started over from scratch. She said that since she did that, she’s had a lot more followers from Pinterest and more traffic coming from it. So, I began to research. I didn’t really find anything useful on how to redo your Pinterest, typically just marketing strategies. So, I decided to do it on my own.

Is your Pinterest account hindering you as a blogger rather than helping? Is Pinterest dragging you down? Do you not feel inspired or part of a community on Pinterest anymore? Click here to read my story.

I began by looking through my boards: what boards did I want to keep, which did I want to combine, what group boards did I still participate in or felt like I would get traffic from?

After that, I went through each board one at a time. I edited the board’s name, made sure it had a category, and an appeasing board cover image.

Then, came the absolute grueling part–going through each pin. This took sooooo long, but was worth it. I deleted any pins that had broken links, wasn’t of interest to me anymore, looked poor quality, almost all of my pins referring to my blog, and pins that didn’t have any likes/comments/repins.

I still kept a few pins that I really liked myself even if they weren’t vertical or had any traffic on them. I still wanted to be true to myself. After all, the main reason Pinterest was created was to “pin” your interests!

I have started pinning my blog posts back to Pinterest, to my own boards and to group boards. It is a process, but it is going, even if slowly. My “On The Blog” board only has the last 25 blog posts on it. But, as I am slowly going back through old posts and updating SEO and images, I am also repinning them. I am glad that I have CoSchedule now to help me schedule ahead these pins.

After the first few days of redoing my Pinterest, I had about 30 people drop from following me. I mean, I probably only had about 1/3 of my pins left after deleting so many, and hardly any were my own. I understand. Still, it was a big dip as I only had 353 to begin with. But, as of today, almost two and a half weeks later, I’ve made back those 30 followers. I’m sure that more will follow as I continue to be more strategical about my Pinterest.

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What has been your experience with Pinterest as a blogger?

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Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.