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Why I’ll Never Make It In The Blogging World

Today is the last day for the FantasyCon tickets Giveaway! (Too bad the bleeding and ultrasounds I had earlier this week are causing me to be on “modified bedrest” and having me induced next weekend cuz now I can’t go…but the consolation prize is a son, so, at least I have that going for me!)
I’ve sort of blogged about never making it in the blogging world before here.
And, wish as I might, it’s still is, and will probably continue to be, the truth. 
I even had a goal to get to 150 followers on Bloglovin this year…I’ve plateaued at 88 =( =( =(
Here are some more reasons why (more so on the technical side).
1) Most months I don’t have a budget. I’m poor. I can’t afford to put money in the blog most months. Also, I really don’t see why I should have to pay for followers. I mean, yes, I understand why, but I’d rather not pay for them.
2) I’m not a graphic designer. I thought I was so cool when I designed this blog a year ago. But, I’ve really gotten bored with how it looks. I don’t like it anymore. But, I’ve lost my skills I had with Adobe InDesign (which I used in high school as part of the school newspaper and literary and art magazine). I also don’t have any editing/design programs and I’m not willing to pay for them, nor am I willing to pay for the premium on picmonkey.com.
3) I don’t have a DSLR. These are all the rage. Pictures, pictures, pictures, buttons, buttons, buttons, pinterest-worthy content. I have a point and shoot. Hopefully, I’ll get a DSLR by Christmas. That is the goal. But, really, put all of these first three of these reasons together….
4) I’m not an affiliate with anyone. I’ve done a few sponsored posts…but those are sponsored in the sense that I get free samples of products in return for a review. I don’t necessarily want to become an affiliate because of nitty-gritty of it…and some want to know bank info (so they can pay the blogger), but I just don’t feel comfortable handing that info out.
5) My platform names don’t match. This is the most annoying one. I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin, Pinterest, Instagram, and Teachers Pay Teachers. Some of these platform names match: morrellfairytale or my name, Tayler Morrell. But, Twitter won’t do morrellfairytale. It is one character too long! How ridiculous is that! I also want to rename the blog to that, that’s our domain name. But, my email is cymru.celt@gmail.com (It means Welsh Celt). When I started blogging, I didn’t expect to have as many followers as I do, nor did I expect to be as “professional” as I am now or on as many platforms as I am. I didn’t think about “branding” myself…I was using my personal email address. I would love to change it over to morrellfairytale@gmail.com, but that would mean a few things: I’d have to change that email for everything that is related to the blog (a lot of hassle), as well as keep the cymru.celt because if I don’t have it linked to the blog, then all the pictures I have won’t appear for some stupid reason that Blogger has…
So, there you have it.
Once we move and once I have my son and once I revise some of my unit plans and put it on my Teachers Pay Teachers account, I will revamp the blog big time. But, that may not happen during the summer.
What obstacles keep your blog from growing? What secrets do you have for growing your blog?

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.

Q&A Vlog

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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.

10 Reasons I’ll Never Be a Big Blogger

I’ve been blogging since 2009. I am still only at 63 followers via GFC and 80 followers on Bloglovin. I blog constantly: at least 3x a week during the school year and almost daily during the summer. I participate in link-ups, go to blogger meet-ups, pay for sponsorships, review products, comment on other blogs, and use multiple forms of social media. Yet, for some reason, I’m just not growing.
I’ve come to the sad realization, that I’ll never be a big blogger (and I’m ok with that), and here is why.
1) I don’t have a big blogging budget. As of right now, it’s $15 a month, I’ll be honest. I’m grateful for that much, but it only goes so far. But, I have car payments, pregnancy bills (with baby bills soon to come), and housing bills soon to come this summer. 
2) I don’t have as much time as some other bloggers. Some bloggers are SAHMs. They are amazing heroes who find time in their busy mom schedule to blog, but they still seem to have more time for me. Others have a part-time job, or a 9-5 job that they can leave at work. Teaching comes home with you. I have other blogger friends who are teachers, but have more experience under their belts, which means, they aren’t spending the necessary time reinventing the wheel, like I have to in my first official year of teaching.
3) I don’t have the newest fashions. Fashion bloggers are all the rage. They get hundreds of followers just by wearing new name brands. I buy most of my clothes at Target, Wal-Mart, or clearance racks at the mall. I still think my fashion sense is adorable, but it’s not “high-fashion” and it won’t be any time soon.
4) I don’t have a DSLR. I have a $200, 4 year old, point and shoot digital Canon. I am saving money for a nice DSLR, but for now, I have to deal with lesser quality pictures.
5) I hate taking pictures. I don’t like being in pictures–I don’t feel I’m photogenic. (There are a few that I really love). I also feel awkward taking pictures all the time, whether of myself or of other activities. I also forget to bring my camera with me a lot. I’d rather enjoy the activities I’m participating in rather than wondering if it’d make a nice picture for the blog.
6) I don’t have good lighting/backdrops for my pictures. We have a small apartment, with not the greatest lighting. We have new bulbs, but the places they are positioned in the ceiling lights aren’t the smartest areas. Outside our apartment complex is awkwardly lighted as well with tall buildings and the trees. Not the best for pictures.
7) I’m not a photographer. But, I’d like to learn, eventually.
8) I’m not physically creative. Tell me to write a story or a poem, and I can do that. Tell me to design a poster board, knit a scarf, or create some other DIY project and I’ll freak. My sisters and my mom got that gene, not me.
9) I’m an English teacher, and yet, I still make numerous spelling and grammatical mistakes. Ooops 😉
10) There are some things I’m not willing to share on the blog. I love bloggers who are willing to get down and dirty with hard topics. They are so honest and open. But, personally, I don’t want to share bad times in marriage, medical issues, etc. That’s mine and my family’s business and not the world’s.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to reach at least 150 followers by the end of the year. It’s only March, so the future still seems bright. 1000+ followers is unlikely, so I’m gonna focus small. I can always shoot to be a medium-sized blogger! =)

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.

Full of Sunshine and a Birthday

Yesterday was my blog’s 4th birthday.
I started blogging as a way to practice creative non-fiction. It was more introspective and I didn’t really expect people to read it, although I had it public from the very beginning. 
Here is my first post: Really?
I was also nominated by Laura from Mice in the Kitchen .
I love this award and its name. It’s point is to spread sunshine throughout the blogging world. Being positive and inspiring others. To think that I have done this for someone else is wonderful. Too bad Laura has never met me in person, because I’m this way in real life, too (modest, aren’t I?)–I love smiling, laughing, and being happy.

The Rules:
1.  Include award logo in a post or on your blog.
2.  Link to the person who nominated you 
3.  Answer 10 questions about yourself that the person who nominated you asks.
4.  Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award. (make sure to link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know you have nominated them)
Here are Laura’s questions for me:
1. What would be your perfect day?
Sleeping in, cuddling with my husband, having a nice breakfast, teaching and all my students are begging to participate and we have awesome literary and writing discussions and activities. Then, I come home and there is still plenty of time left in the day. Justin doesn’t have to work late. We make a super elegant dinner together, (taking awesome blogger pictures of it, of course) and going down  Provo Canyon for a beautiful fall drive and watch the sunset together.

2. Favorite memory growing up?

Family pizza and movie night. We’d always have pizza or Tyson’s chicken (I LOVE IT) and watch a movie together. We had a subscription to rent the DVD’s from Netflix, so half the time, it’d be popular/kid movies, half the time, Mom would have us watch more classical movies. I really liked that she did that.

3. What motivates you?

The knowledge that I am capable of doing the tasks I’m supposed to do.
My husband and my future kids.
My religion.
My students and wanting to see the lightbulb flash above their heads, as well as desperately wanting to see them develop a love of learning like I have.

4. If you could have one dream come true what would it be?

Move to Wales.

5. Why did you start blogging?

More as a way to get my thoughts out on paper, but in a creative way. I was really exploring the genre of creative non-fiction. Then, it became somewhat of a family newsletter/journal for my relatives. Then, it became a socializing aspect. 

6. If you could live anywhere…where would it be and why?
Wales/England because I absolutely love the history there. I’m obsessed with medieval British history so much, I’ve learned a Celtic language, went there on study abroad, and wrote my Senior Thesis on it.
7. If there was only one thing on your Christmas list you could get what is it?
A hedgehog! I want a pet so badly. But I have terrible allergies to fur and hair, so hedgehogs (which are adorable) would be perfect.

8. Are you a dog person or a cat person?  Why?

I am a dog person. I love puppies to death, but I am terribly allergic to both fur and hair. My family bought a “hypoallergenic” dog with “hair, not fur” but when I played with him, I still ended up sneezing a lot.

9. What is your worse fear?

My worst fear is never having kids.

10. You found a bottle with a genie and you got three wishes what would they be…and no wishing for more wishes!!

An all-expense paid trip to Great Britain.
A shopping spree in a book/teacher supply store.
My novel-in-progress be finished, published, and internationally acclaimed.
I nominate:
My Questions:
1) What is the latest book you have read and what did/do you like about it?
2) What is your favorite thing to cook/make?
3) What is your food weakness?
4) What is your favorite season and why?
5) If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
6) Why did you start your blog?
7) What could you continue learning about your whole life because you love it/are obsessed with it?
8) What do you like most about your husband/fiancee/boyfriend (or if you don’t have one–what is one quality he must absolutely have)?
9) What was the weirdest dream you’ve ever had (that you can remember)?
10) What three fictional characters (from books) would you love to meet?

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.

Letters, Letters, Letters!

Jacqueline from Just Jacq realized that one of the best things was receiving letters in the mail. I completely agree. I love getting anything in the mail. So, she decided to do a letter exchange program for bloggers. This way, we could make friends, network, and get mail all at the same time! =)
I was paired with Chelsee at Southern Beauty Guide. She is a southern belle who has a flair for makeup and other beauty tips. She’s also big into networking and helping bloggers of all sizes make friends and learn, so she created her own pairing group called Bigs and Smalls Blogging Network. In this, a bigger blogger is paired with a smaller blogger. I think that is a wonderful idea!

Well, Chelsee and I emailed a few times to get to know each other, then we sent each other encouraging letters.
This is the one I received from her.
Thanks, Chelsee!
What I also really liked about this letter exchange program of Jacq’s is that I also received a letter from her! I was only expecting one from my partner, and I think it is wonderful and shows how much she cares about this project to send us letters as well!
If this really awesome program interests you, just click on the button below to sign up for Septembers!

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Here is September’s schedule:
Signups begin August 26.
Matches revealed September 1.
Contact must be made by September 4.
Letters sent by September 18.
Sharing post is September 25.
October signups begin September 23.

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.