Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What I Didn't Know Before I Started Blogging

It was a cool morning in February when I had a brilliant idea...I will begin blogging and share with the world all of my knowledge on parenting, homeschooling, housekeeping, and more!  It will be the perfect way for me to merge my passion for writing and motivate me to get my life in order.  It will be amazing and will only take a few minutes every week!  Genius!  

...And then I woke up!

Blogging has been an awesome journey, no doubt, but I dove in head first and didn't really know what I was getting into.  Social Media suddenly had a whole new meaning to me.  I had no idea what Pinterest was or how to use StumbleUpon.  Twitter was like a different language all together!  On top of that I had to learn what it meant to "develop a brand", learn how to watermark photos, and of course how to work with html code!  I suddenly realized this blogging world was so much more than "just writing a quick post".  It was a whole new way of life.

I was lucky enough to have a dear friend that guided me to some great resources, and Google became my best buddy as I tried to figure out how to set everything up.  Suddenly I felt like the writing was no longer the main attraction.  I was frustrated and burnt out...and as a result lost all desire to do anything with my blog for almost 5 months.  

I am not sure why, but suddenly I felt I needed to pick it back up and continue my work.  I am so glad that I did, and I have to believe that it was the Lord prompting me to do so.  At this point, I really see A TIPical Day as a ministry for me.  I am excited by the direction I see it taking and the vision I have for it.

So the question remains, if I had know what it would be like, would I have begun in the first place?  Actually, I think I would, but at least I would have been better prepared for it.  

So here are just a few things I wish I had known before beginning blogging for the first time.

1) Be willing to learn.  I don't care who you are or how long you have been blogging, there is always something new to learn!  Things are constantly changing and you have to be able to grow and change.

2)  Take some blogging classes BEFORE you begin.  This will give you some great ideas and knowledge before you even start.  +Tanya, Blogelina offers some great classes and several times a year they are even free.

3) Purchase your custom URL right away.  You don't have to use it right away if you don't want to, but you want to make sure you can get the one you want when you are ready for it.  I bought mine over a year ago from +GoDaddy  but just finally switched it over last weekend.  If you are using a hosting platform like blogger it is really easy to get everything switched.

4) Spend some time learning about social media and how it works.  This is a huge referrer of traffic back to your site.  If you actually want people to see what you are writing you have to get it in front of them.  There are so many to choose from and it can be overwhelming.  The biggest ones are Google +, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Many bloggers also have good luck with StumbleUpon, YouTube, and Instagram.  There are tons more, so pick 2 or 3 and perfect can slowly add to your list after that.

5) Develop relationships with other bloggers early on.  The blogging community is overall a very friendly group of people.  Most are extremely helpful and will go out of their way to help promote, advise, and encourage other bloggers.  Start by sending emails to bloggers you already follow and respect.  Ask them for some tips for getting started.

6) Design is important, but content is key!  I have seen some absolutely beautiful blogs that had terrible content and as a result very few followers.  I have also seen some pretty plain Jane looking blogs that had the best content ever with thousands of fans!  People aren't coming to your page for the pretty background and sidebars.  The come because you share great content and a piece of yourself!  Remember that before you go and spend tons of money. 

7) Posting frequently is important, but don't do it so much that you burn yourself out.  Find times that work for you to work on posts.  Don't put pressure on yourself to post every single day.  I did this at first and that is really what burned me out.  If you finish a post quickly and have some extra free time go ahead and write up a future one that you can schedule.  Having some ready to go can be a lifesaver!  I wish I did this more often!  Also please don't get discouraged by lack of comments, or visitors.  It takes awhile to start building this up.  It may not mean that no one liked it...more likely it is that no one really saw it.

8) Keep a journal of ideas for different posts.  I keep my journal right next to my bed.  It comes in handy when I am stuck on an idea. 

9) There is a very fine line between spamming and promoting.  Be cautious of this...  Spamming is a huge no no and will get you in BIG TROUBLE!

10) Join support groups, and blogging communities.  There are tons of them on Facebook and Google +.  I am in a bunch of different ones, but the ones I like the best are smaller and more personal.  It is like having your own personal gaggle of cheerleaders!

I feel like this list could actually have about 100 things on it instead of just 10!  There are so many questions that come up while blogging, hopefully this will get you started and headed in the right direction.  If you have a specific question, please feel free to contact me!  I would love to help you out and answer your questions.  :)

Good luck!
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P.S.  I am looking for 1-2 more guest posts for this summer.  If interested please email me!  :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Guest Post Opportunity and Liebster Award Nomination


 If you love A TIPical Day and would like a chance to guest post here, this is it!   I am looking for some bloggers that may be interested in doing some guest posts for me over the summer. Any size blog will be considered.  Your post can be on any subject having to do with family life, homemaking, homeschooling, crafts, cooking, Scouting...there is a lot of leeway for what you could write about!  :).  It just needs to be new content that has not been previously shared anywhere.  If you would be interested please contact me here.

This weekend has been so amazing and full of blessings. If you didn't see my Easter posts please go read them What is So Good About Good Friday? and Jesus is the Lamb....  The one for Good Friday was very special to me, because of a precious comment that was left that really changed my life.  I will let you go read that for yourself, but I will just say, the Lord is always moving through us and for us, we never know how our words and deeds may touch another person.  Even those small and insignificant things may be huge to someone else.  ♥ ♥ ♥

Another blessing for me this past weekend was my third nomination for the Liebster Award.  Woo hoo!  I was nominated by Anna @ Blessed Beyond Crazy.  Anna and her mother, Linda blog together about parenting, crafting, recipes and more.  I especially love their gluten free recipes.  ☺
Be sure to hop on over and check them out.  Since I already have accepted this award once, I will just re-share the link to that post here.

Finally, I hope you noticed, I dropped the .blogspot from my URL!  I have been wanting to do this for over a year, but have been too chicken to pull the plug.  After chatting with some awesome blogging friends, I decided to take the plunge!  A TIPical Day's new address is  If you already follow me, you do not need to do anything!  Nothing has changed....except that my address is now easier to remember!  If you haven't followed me yet, well then what are you waiting for?  ;)  Go follow me now!  You can find me on Bloglovin, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, StumbleUpon, or Google +!  

Thanks for hanging out!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Jesus is the Lamb...

Happy Resurrection Sunday!  I promised you a special post today, so this is our follow up from Friday.  Here is one more video by The Skit Guys.  I am including the link here because the video didn't show up in email feeds for some reason.  This video portrays a conversation between Jesus and Peter AFTER Jesus' resurrection.  It defines grace...  Jesus is the lamb that was slain for us.  His blood washes us clean.  It is a gift that we must choose to except, and He gives it freely.   

Ephesians 2:8-9 -  "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast."

Mark 16:1-8  - "When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.' "

John 21:15 -19 -"When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you."
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.  Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

How can I be praying for you this week?  

If you would like to know more about the saving grace of Jesus Christ, please email me.  I would love to talk to you more about the greatest gift ever given.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

What's So Good About Good Friday?

Today is Good Friday also sometimes referred to as Black Friday, Easter Friday or Holy Friday.  It is the day we remember the crucifixion of Christ.  Below is a video made by The Skit Guys.  It depicts 6 different individuals close to Jesus, as they give an account of the final hours of His life.  This video is simply setting the stage for what was yet to come, my friends!  Had the story ended here, Jesus would have just been a great man; but it is not the end...

1 Peter 2:24 - "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed."

John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."

Romans 5:6-10 "For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life."

Please join me Sunday when I share the rest of this 
amazing love story!

~Guest Posting Opportunity~

 Would you like to share a post here at A TIPical Day?  I am looking for some guest bloggers for the summer months.  Any size blog will be considered.  Your post can be on any subject having to do with family life, homemaking, homeschooling, crafts, cooking, get the point.  It needs to also be new content that has not been previously shared anywhere.  If you would be interested please contact me here.

Happy Easter Weekend!
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Amazing Easter Egg Roundup

~Guest Posting Opportunity~

As summer is quickly approaching, so my schedule is also filling up.  To help alleviate this some, I am looking for some bloggers that may be interested in doing some guest posts for me.  Any size blog will be considered.  Your post can be on any subject having to do with family life, homemaking, homeschooling, crafts, cooking, get the point.  It needs to also be new content that has not been previously shared anywhere.  If you would be interested please contact me here.

Friday night, my family will be busy dying our Easter Eggs in preparation for Sunday.  I have enjoyed this tradition since I was a little girl.  Last year we made our own dye using food coloring and vinegar.  It really worked well and the colors were nice and vibrant.  I found the directions for how to do it right on the back of the food coloring box along with a chart for how to create new colors.  This allowed us to create any color we wanted and that was a huge hit with my kids.

I have seen some other amazing techniques for decorating Easter Eggs.  So today I have rounded up some of my favorites to share with you!  :)  Let me know which one you like best!

Tie Dyed Easter Eggs
 Modern Christian Homemaker

Easter Egg Decorating - Resist with Stickers 
Creative Connection for Kids

Rubber Band Egg Dying
Sandy Toes and Popsicles

How to Make Leaf Print Eggs

Watercolor Eggs
Craftberry Bush

Homemade Resurrection Eggs
This Simple Home

How to Make Easter Egg Terrariums
The House That Lars Built

Mickey and Minnie Easter Eggs
Mendez Manor

Minions Eggs
A Thrifty Mom

Fuzzy Easter Eggs
Pajama Crafters

For more fun Easter Egg ideas be sure to follow my Easter Egg Pinterest Board.

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