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7 Blogging Lessons from 2015

I have learned absolutely a ton about blogging this year. I’d love to share these lessons with you.

Seven lessons I learned with blogging this time. I spent more time on my blog this year than ever before.

 

Collaboration is the Best

When you decide to work with another blogger to gain exposure, collaborate posts work best. Rather than guest posting, or sharing on social media, or even having the same content on both blogs, have half a post and your partner has the other half. That way, both of you will get traffic from each other. Also, group collaborations, like How We Wore It, is really fun because not only does it create traffic for all involved, but it is a fun way to get and keep new friends.

 

You Don’t Have To Spend Money for Graphics

I don’t use the membership on PicMonkey, I don’t have a subscription to a stock graphic site, and I didn’t buy PhotoShop. But, my graphic skills have developed throughout the year as I took more time and patience with PicMonkey and discovered other sites as well. Currently, I’m loving the free BeFunky Graphic Designer site.

 

Facebook Groups are Nice, But…

I’ve gotten involved with a lot of Facebook groups for bloggers, but honestly, aside from small stat and comment spikes every blue moon, they haven’t really been very useful in growing my blog. They have been useful for blogging/social media questions, but I haven’t really built relationships or community out of them. This is just on a majority. There are a few more tribe-like groups I’m a part of, and those benefit me more.

 

There are a lot of Christian Bloggers

I knew there were a lot of Mormon bloggers out there, but I’ve recently discovered the huge population of Christian bloggers. I love it because I don’t feel as awkward or overly religious anymore when I post religious posts. I also get a lot of comments on them because quite a few of my followers are Christian.

 

Remember the Why

Earl in the year, I was fed up with all the bloggers saying you needed to find your niche and you needed to be an expert in something if you wanted to survive in the blogesphere. I decided to go against the grain and “un-brand” my blog. During the Blogger Sleepover Soiree I went to a few months ago, this idea was brought back to me. What is my “why” for blogging? It is because 1) I want to because I thoroughly enjoy it, and 2) I love the friendships I make through it and want to build on that community. That is going to become my mission for blogging in 2016. I’m super excited for the ideas I have for this little space.

 

You Don’t Have to Do EVERYTHING

I’m not on Periscope or SnapChat. I don’t have a Pinterest-worthy image in every post. Not all of my posts are content-heavy. I’m not involved in campaign groups or affiliate programs. I don’t blog about the most popular issues. I don’t have a newsletter, nor do I have perfect photos. I don’t post every weekday (although I mostly do), and I don’t always have content-heavy posts. My blog isn’t necessarily continually growing. But, that’s ok. I’m learning, I’m expanding, I’m creating friendships, I’m remembering the “why”, and I’m still enjoying it. you don’t have to be perfect with everything to be a good blogger.

 

Just Because You are Consistent Doesn’t Mean Your Numbers Are

Even if you do post on your different platforms consistently, it doesn’t mean that you will get consistent or even greater views. Does that mean you shouldn’t blog consistently or often? No. I have a ton of ideas that I want to write, so I will. Remember your “why.”

 

What did you learn this year about blogging?
 

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.

15 Lessons My Mother Taught Me

The older I’ve grown, the more experiences I have, the more responsibilities I get, the more I appreciate my mom. I look back and think about how much she has taught me and prepared me for my own life, and how much she still does so.
My mom’s birthday is tomorrow.  So, I decided to work together to list some lessons my mom has taught me.
"you'll catch more flies with honey than vinegar, even though sometimes you need bittersweet honey." Such are the lessons my mom has taught, and is continuing to teach, me throughout my life
** You catch more flies with honey; however, there are some circumstances that require bitter-sweet honey.
** A clean house not only is a house of God, but also allows relaxation and you won’t be embarrassed when company comes.
** It doesn’t matter if you succeed…what matters is how hard you tried.
** Pound the pavement and work hard.
** A basic musical background is very helpful throughout life.
** Family is most important.
** Backup everything!
** It’s ok to not be perfect, because you aren’t supposed to be. And that’s ok.
** Don’t take your husband for granted.
** Knowing how to do simple cleaning and chores is something you should know how to do before you leave the house. (Seriously! My freshman college year, I knew girls who not only didn’t know how to do laundry, load a dishwasher, or even Windex a sink mirror!)
** Delegate and ask for help–you don’t have to do everything yourself.
** Don’t be judgmental (I’m still working on this one).
** Learn from your parents’ mistakes and do better.
** Have a strong testimony, but don’t rely on your parents’ testimonies.
** My mom will love me no matter what and will always be there for me!
I love you, Mom! Happy birthday!
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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.

What MOTIVATES Me To Blog

Since my word of the year is motivation, and January’s priority is “Grow My Blog”, I thought I’d talk about what motivates me to blog.

I’ve been blogging since November 2009. I know many bloggers who have been blogging since 2013 or even sooner and have many hundreds of followers on all platforms of social media. However, I have less than 200 on every platform. I’ve written here and here on why I’ll never make it big in the blogging world.

Many would have given up by now. But not me. I’m still here, and blogging is still one of my favorite hobbies.

Here are reasons why I still blog even if I don’t make it big or earn income from it. For reasons #1-3, visit Emma over at Ever Emma.

#4) Writing Practice
I began this blog 5 years ago, at midnight, in my college apartment, after my roommates and I had held a “philosophical” discussion. I wanted a place where I could write creatively. Not fiction or poetry–I was already good at that–but non-fiction, which was my weakest point. A few times along the way, I’ve lost sight of that. Many times, I’ve got caught up in the trap of writing to gain followers, and the quality of my writing has suffered. I have to keep reminding myself what the true purpose of this little space is!

#5) The Perks
I haven’t sold a lot of sponsorsso, shameless plug! If you’re interested, I have all spaces open for January and every month after for very cheap!!! And, I’ve only written 1 or 2 paid posts. However, I’ve won many giveaways and have been given many products for free, just for a review. I’ve received products that were sample sizes, and I’ve received products worth more than $50. Now, I’ve put money into my blog–buying a domain, getting a professional design for my blog, and sponsoring other blogs. But, my husband and I both agree that I’ve earned it all back through products!


#6) It’s A Hobby
Plain and simple, I like to blog. It’s fun, I enjoy it, and I’ll never give it up.

What motivates you to blog, whether you are a big or small, new or old 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.

2014 In Review

This was quite the busy and exciting year! It went by exceedingly fast! There was quite a few big changes in our lives! It was one of the hardest, most tense and stressful years, but also one of the happiest years, too!

January
Teaching at Navigator Pointe began to get extraordinarily hard as I was still having morning sickness and we were starting SAGE prepping. Justin took me to the Robert Burns dinner, which I loved as always. I started doing baby bumpdates for Rhys. I also had jury duty, but was called before it happened and told I didn’t have to show up.
Recipes this month: Better Than Chef Boyardee Ravioli and Apple Braised Salmon Salad


February
I had my birthday and Justin got me one of my favorite presents ever: a personal pensieve! I did quite a few posts on marriage…I was really in love with Justin this month, and Why We Work is my favorite. I started a new link-up series called Weekly Focus, but failed with it. We also found out that our baby was a boy!

March
We started looking for housing in places other than Provo for after summer and Justin started applying for jobs. The first half of March was busy, but I talked about why I would never be a big blogger, we had our Baby-Moon in Salt Lake City that taught me to focus on the small things in life, I also had to start buying bigger clothing, but not maternity clothing yet.
April
Our church had the funnest international potluck ever this month! Justin and I also did our first ever Vlog. I made the big decision to work part-time as a teacher after giving birth. Justin’s baby sister got married, and it was a beautiful wedding.
May
I began to wrap up my second year of being a teacher and got reflective on what it meant to be a teacher and talked about understanding preteens.There was a very scary rainstorm that almost kept me from driving home from work one day. I was also on a skit-comedy TV show called Studio C as an extra for one of their episodes.

June
This was quite the busy month! School finished the first week of this month for me, but there were some issues with Justin’s graduation. The last week, we found a townhome to rent. It was also the first summer since I was 16 that I didn’t work. Again, I talked about why I won’t make it in the blogging world. We had a scary incident with some bad, potentially dangerous smell at our apartment late at night. Justin and I took maternity pictures, but then, two weeks before my due date, on June 23, I wound up in the hospital due to bleeding, but Rhys and I were both ok.
Recipe this month: Easy Lettuce Wraps

July
On July 1st, we moved into our new home in the neighboring county. Then, on July 5th, we went back down to Orem very early and I was induced and Rhys was born at 5:21 PM. It was actually a pretty smooth birth! Justin’s birthday was not overlooked (it is on the 9th), and he was finishing up a class at BYU while I stayed home and adored our new baby. Thankfully, Mom and my sisters were over almost every day for the next week to help me out as I was a bit overwhelmed and exhausted.  The rest of July was the best time of my life, being a new mom.
August
The first half of August was spent oohing and awing over our, now, 1 month old son, reading a lot of baby books, and finishing up decorating our townhome. Justin and I had a good weekend celebrating our 2nd anniversary by making a visit to Provo to show our son to our old friends and then left our son (with my parents) for the first time as we went out to a fancy dinner in Salt Lake City.
Recipe this month: Nilla Wafer Pudding

September
I started teaching the last week in August and it was hard to go back and leave my baby, albeit for less than 5 hours a day, but I still loved being a mom. Justin hadn’t found a job yet, although he had plenty of 2nd interviews at places, so he stayed home and watched Rhys as we hadn’t found a nanny or daycare that had openings or were in our budget! Justin loved being able to spend some special bonding time with his son. Rhys turned 2 months old and he was blessed, and we took him to a day of Comicon. The blog was redesigned by Elizabeth from Elizabeth Loves and rebranded from Our Fairy Tale to The Morrell Tale. I also went to a Sleepover Soiree with some other Utah bloggers (I only went the second day and brought Rhys with me).

October
I started to make a series on Lessons from Disney Movies and did one on Tarzan. I also thought a lot on parenthood and post-partum bodies. Rhys turned 3 months old. Justin got a good job at a company he liked using some of his computer coding skills. I also found a “nanny” in a friend of one of my teaching colleagues. We were very thankful that things were coming into place. I even went to a Salt of the Earth (lotions and bath salts) blogging event.
Recipe this month: Bloomin’ Onion Rings

November
I started November out with a link-up series that was mainly for me to build back up my confidence. Rhys turned 4 months old and decided on his own to stop nursing and went to formula and rice cereal. We had Thanksgiving at my in-laws and Rhys had his first solid besides rice cereal–carrots. And, they were not nice to him at all.

December
This month has been hectic, trying to end the semester, working with Rhys becoming 5 months and trying to change his sleeping patterns and the length of stretches between feedings, and prepping for Christmas Break and vacation! This year, the DIY ornament I made for the Morrell girls’ ornament swap had a sad ending. For Christmas, we went to my family in Farmington. Rhys had a terrible time sleeping at night that entire week, although he was ok with naps, but I was exhausted and a little cranky all break because of that–sorry, family! Christmas Day was a lot of fun, full of gifts, Rhys being cute, chocolate, relatives coming over to visit, and Lord of the Rings Risk. That is, until in the middle of our game, we got the sad news that my maternal grandpa had passed away. The rest of the time we spent at my parents’ was trying to be in charge, console grandma and mom while dad helped them out, and be there for my younger siblings. Then, we quickly packed up and went up to Boise to Justin’s siblings’ for our nephew’s baptism. Tomorrow, we will race back down to Utah so Justin can return to work and I can attend my grandpa’s funeral.
Recipe this month: Semi-Southern Chicken and Dumplings

I am so happy with the year and having a new addition to our family. I can’t wait to see what 2015 holds in store for us!
This year, I’m linking up with Brooke for her annual year in review link-up!

What was your favorite part of the year 2014?

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.

A Month of Confidence Review

Well, November is over today. It has been a very fast paced month. But, I’ve really enjoyed it! I am very glad that I did the Month of Confidence.

Although some weeks I didn’t do nearly as well as I wanted, the fact that I had goals and tried to go through each day with a confident mindset really helped. I do feel a lot more confident in all my abilities and all aspects of my life again. I feel free, relaxed, and happy.

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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.