December 30, 2015

Another year in business - the ups & downs

business and blogging in 2015

And with only one day left to go, 2015 is nearing its end. Incredible. I don't know about you, but time really seems to go a lot faster with each year I get older. But maybe time flew by as well because I was having fun this year with my business and blog. It hasn't made me a millionaire yet, but it did bring me a whole lot of other things. Good and bad. And that's why I thought it would be nice to share the more personal side of things in this last post of the year. Because it is really easy to keep up appearances online and on social media, but don't we all just want to know the juicy details? After all, we are human, and we like to find out that the people we follow along with online are human too. So let's dive into the ups and downs of my business and blogging this year!

December 28, 2015

Prepare for another year of blogging - free editorial calendar 2016

free editorial calendar for bloggers

Just a few more days and we will be entering 2016. I have always loved the quote by Brad Paisley:

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.

And while 2016 has an extra day, resulting in a 366 page book, I hope we can all write beautiful stories in our personal lives, but also on our blogs. And to help you out with that I'm sharing a free editorial calendar for bloggers with you today!

December 25, 2015

Freebie Fridays #73 - Sparkle Papers

Free digital sparkle papers

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you are all celebrating today with your loved ones. I won't be at work either, instead I'm going to hopefully spend a nice day with my family. So this post was actually written and scheduled a couple of weeks ago. But definitely with the sparkle of the Holiday season on my mind!

December 23, 2015

Adding a good search description to your Blogger posts

adding a post search description in blogger

Have you noticed that while writing a blogger post the side of the screen is filled with options to improve that post in a lot of ways? It's the part that is called 'Post settings' and when you are totally new to Blogger these options often seem so overwhelming that you want to forget about them as soon as possible. But not so fast! Most of these options are there to improve your blog's SEO (Search Engine Optimization). And you don't want to miss out on that, do you? So let's dive into the Search Description option today!

December 21, 2015

Get creative with FotoJet - a free image editing tool

fotojet online creative image tool

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from a lady named Candy who had read my post about how to create your own Facebook cover with Photoscape, a free image editing progam. She wrote me that the company she worked for had designed an intelligent online tool that helped people create facebook covers and other image related projects in a very easy way. And she asked me if I was willing to bring this free tool to the attention of my readers.

December 18, 2015

Freebie Fridays #72 - Christmas Gift Tags

free Christmas gift tags

With only one week to go until Christmas you might be busy with shopping for gifts and presents for your loved ones. Giving and receiving presents is always a nice experience, but what makes it even better is often the way the gift is presented. And you don't have to buy expensive papers and tags for that, you can use today's freebie for it!

December 16, 2015

How to improve blog headers & post titles for better SEO

how to improve seo for blog titles and headers

About a month ago I spent a very interesting afternoon with a guy that taught me a little more about general SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and how to improve SEO for my own website. And while I am absolutely no expert in this field, and probably never will be, because it is incredibly comprehensive and a profession on its own, I did learn some great tips from him. Several of those tips involved blog headers and titles, so that is what I would like to share with you today!

December 14, 2015

Blogger Trouble Shooting - The Blogger Search Bar

Blogger trouble shooting - The search bar

As a designer of Blogger templates it's no secret that I like Blogger as a platform. Probably the best thing about it is that it is a free blog platform, giving people the chance to share their stories without paying hosting fees. But despite the benefits, Blogger has some issues as well. And sooner or later, most of the Blogger users are going to bump into these issues.

One of them is the search bar. While being an important part of a blog, it is not working on a lot of Blogger blogs. Why is that and what can you do about it?

December 11, 2015

Freebie Fridays #71 - Printable Christmas Menu Cards

free christmas menu cards

In last week's Freebie episode I shared a set of free Facebook covers for the holiday season and this week I'm sticking to the holiday theme with a set of printable Christmas menu cards.

Fortunately our family has been invited to have Christmas dinner at our sister-in-law, so I won't be spending too much time in the kitchen this year. But if you are having people over or just like to go crazy in the kitchen with Christmas, you might want to style the dinner table as well. These printable Christmas menu cards will at least take that bit of styling work away from you.

December 9, 2015

Christmas Giveaway & Discount

Christmas Giveaway 2015

Of course I can't let the holidays pass by without giving away something. It's still a good two weeks until Christmas, but that will give you plenty of time to join this giveaway. So what can you win this year and how can you participate?

December 7, 2015

Creatives in the spotlight - Whitney Mitchell

Creatives in the spotlight

It's been a while since I wrote the last Creatives in the Spotlight post, but today I am back with an incredible inspiring person for this series. I had the privilege to interview one of my own clients that has an important story to share with us all. Whitney Mitchell is a 23 year old girl from Dallas, Texas, who went through a huge ordeal a couple of years ago and in this episode she is sharing how she is dealing with this enormous challenge in an inspiring and creative way. So let's meet her!

December 4, 2015

Freebie Fridays #70 - Christmas Covers for Facebook

free facebook covers for the holidays

I can't believe this is already episode 70 of the Freebie Fridays series! But each week it is so much fun to give away a graphic/digital design item for free, so I will hopefully make it to a hundred and beyond!

With Christmas around the corner what better freebie to share than a Christmas freebie? So this week I'm sharing a set of Christmas styled Facebook timeline covers.

December 2, 2015

4 Tips for better blog post images

tips for better blog post images

Photography has never been my forte. It's an area that needs exploring and a subject that I would like to dive into more myself. To be able to make beautiful family pictures, but also to create good quality blog post images. Because when you are a blogger, photography should be on your agenda, whether that is in the form of shooting your own images or using high quality stock photos.

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