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Why I’m Relaunching the Blogger Series

Why I’m Relaunching the Blogger Series

Originally Posted November 9th, 2017
Read the previous post here: Taste of HOME| Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Today’s post is going to be an announcement and a culmination of some ideas that have been floating around in my head for a while now.

A Bit of a History Lesson

In, Let Me Reintroduce Myself, I discussed my old blog name, PAE Reviews and how Join The ME Project (known as just the mE project) at the time, was just a side project.

See also: About Join The ME Project

I thought it would be a great idea to go back and break down the original meaning of Join The ME Project. Doing so not only to educate to new subscribers but to add a level of understanding of why I’m restarting an old project.

Want to learn my reason why. Check out this article at jointhemeproject.com

What does ME stand for?

In the very beginning, ME was an acronym for the words motivate, encourage, and energize. Over time, energize was dropped because of how the name was stylised (from mE to ME).

I started blogging September 14, 2017. My blog was Pae Reviews and initially all I did was post reviews. Overtime I evolved as a blogger and I met others who became a great support system.

It was during this time that I created Join The ME Project. Motivation & Encouragement mean a lot to me. And I wanted to create a platform around that. – Let Me Reintroduce MyselfJoin The ME Project

Want to learn my reason why. Check out this article at jointhemeproject.com

What is Join The ME Project?

Why I’m Relaunching the Blogger Series

My goal is to create content that’s motivational, and encouraging (ME)It’s very easy to get distracted by our responsibilities and daily schedules that we forget about ourselves. I hope that this series helps inspire everyone (me included) to slow down sometimes and remember why we do the things we do.

Now, Join The ME Project has built itself up and has flourished with its own community. My goals are to keep this growth going and to connect with like-minded individuals. I want to support as many people as possible and use my platform. – About Join The ME ProjectJoin The ME Project

What Do You Think

First of all, I would love to hear what you think about this. Please let me know in the comments below. Second, if you have an idea for a post just leave it in the comments below and I will definitely do it.

Are You Interested?

Third, I would love to interview some of you and write a post about your blogging story for this. If you would be interested in that, just fill out the contact form or you can also email me at info@jointhemeproject.com

If we have done an interview in the past, I will be contacting you soon.

 

Contact

The Future

In the future, I would love to have guest posts for this. But my other ideas are: blog shoutouts, and more tips & tricks.

Least but Not Last

The CoUnity

I would be doing a disservice if I forgot to mention The CoUnity. You can follow and become a member on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. New to the group is our ✨Instagram Highlight✨ Once a week, I pick a member to feature on my Instagram account.

I’ve been able to do this three times so far, and I would love to pick this back up again.

Read Let’s Build a Community!, for more information.

Sara

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March 2019| Popular Quotes of the Month

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March 2019

Popular Quotes of the Month

Read the previous post here: Tackle That Fro, Natural Hair Series

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Here we are again at the beginning of a new month. I thought it would be great to look back and do a review of the quotes posted to the JTMP Instagram for the month of March.

Quotes from the Month of March

01

Reset refocus

Quote: ”Reset. Refocus. Readjust. Restart. As many times as you need to.”- Unknown

Comment:Take a moment and think about what this quote means for you.⁣⁣ It’s quite common in today’s society to set limits. You only get so many chances or at a certain age, you should have accomplished a certain amount of things. But are these things realistic?⁣⁣ Don’t be afraid to break apart from the mold and do what’s best for you and yours.⁣⁣

02


Mistakes

Quote: ”Take the mistakes from the past and turn them into lessons for the present.”⁣

Comment: This quote is from my most recent post, Breaking Down January & February Stats.⁣ The question of the day: have you learned a lesson from a recent mistake?⁣

03

Instant success

Quote: ”Instant success doesn’t happen, and if it does, then it isn’t worth it.”⁣

Comment: We live in a 🌎  where instant gratification is common and expected. But how often do the results of such things play out well?⁣ Wouldn’t it be better if we worked for what we want? The time and effort would guarantee nothing is taken for granted.⁣

04

Set limit

Quote: ”Admitting that you have a set limit is not a weakness. It just means that you are aware of what your body needs.”⁣

Comment: Do you know your limits?⁣ To me, limits, are what we will allow ourselves to handle. Anything above a set limit is too much. After reaching your limit, it is good to take a break from the situation or the event.⁣ Read the rest of the article, Knowing Your Limits

05

Simple things

Quote: ”The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”-Unknown⁣⁣

Comment: Would you say this quote is true? ⁣Are you aware of your surroundings and the simple things in life? ⁣

06

Les mis

Quote: ”Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” -Les Misérables⁣

Comment: Sometimes we go through situations that feel like they are never going to end. It may be physical, mental, or emotional. ⁣It’s okay to admit to those bad days. Because those bad days will end.⁣

07

Strength

Quote: “Strength is what we gain from the madness we survive.” -Unknown

Comment: Madness becomes strength. Or you could say that strength can be found in madness.⠀

Examples:⠀

• Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde⠀

• The Mad Hatter⠀

• The Incredible Hulk⠀

Can you think of any?

08

One step

Quote: ”One step at a time or one breath at a time.”⁣

Comment: Pain, no matter the form can become all-encompassing. My grandmother used to say that pain distorts the character.⁣ It’s important to pause and take whatever time you need to heal and regroup. Develop a self-care routine.⁣ Living with a chronic illness is difficult but it’s not impossible. We are strong because we endure.⁣

09

Meraki

Quote: Meraki [may•rah•kee] (v.) – to do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put yourself in your work.

Comment: Keeping this Greek word in mind, have you ever felt this way about anything?⁣ And if so, are you still doing it? ⁣One of the best ways to remain healthy is to replace our negative habits with good. In most cases, we think we need to drop what makes us happy because it takes up too much of our time.⁣ And when we do, we find we’ve dropped what kept us active. Avoid all of this by remembering meraki. Don’t take that feeling for granted.⁣


As always, let me know what you think. Do you have a favorite quote?

Looking back at all the quotes from March. Check out this article at jointhemeproject.com

Looking back at all the quotes from March. Check out this article at jointhemeproject.com

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Obliviscar Felt Letter Board Review

Obliviscar Felt Letter Board Review

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Read previous post: Healthy & Happy Snacking

Hello, and welcome back to Join The ME Project. Today I will be sharing my review of the Obliviscar Felt Letter Board. You will be getting my thoughts on the board itself, and a detailed look on what comes with it.

Let’s Welcome Spring!

First day of spring

I used the board for the first time yesterday, not only to welcome spring but to play around with it. And I really like that it’s an item or product that doesn’t take much time to learn by way of direction.

Inside the Box

Inside the box

Inside the box you get:

  • A letter board sized 10”X10”
  • Precut letters
  • A sorting tray to keep your letters in
  • Adjustable wood stand

What I Think

I honestly don’t have anything negative to say about this felt letter board. I’m really happy with it and I can tell just how much thought Obliviscar put into it. There’s no wasted packaging or plastic. They thought of the consumer’s convenience so the letters are pre-cut. Included with everything else, is a picture to help you identify where the letters are.

Sorting card

And there are so many uses to a board like this. I joked yesterday that I finally felt like an official blogger now that I had one of these. But aside from social media, this can be used for decoration. Or it can be used to leave short funny messages for your family.

So as always, let me know what you think in the comments below. If you have a letter board, do you like it? If not, would you buy this one?

Sharing my review of my new felt letter board. Read the article at jointhemeproject.com

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Breaking Down January and February Stats

Breaking Down

January and February Stats

Hello, everyone and welcome back to Join The Me Project. Today we will be taking a few steps into the past as I go over my January and February stats. Just as with the previous post, I will be breaking down my stats and sharing what I’ve learned.

Inspired by a Quote

 

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”Sometimes you win. & Sometimes you learn.”- Unknown

Click here to read the previous Stats postBreaking Down My First Month of Blogging.

January

Going into the start of January, I had a general plan of action.

  • Beat my stats from December
  • Build up my Resource Library
  • Create good content

Stats for January

Initially, I had a bad mindset because I started to compete with myself. It was all about the numbers and every chance I got, I was checking to see if there was a change. But then I had to remind myself that even though I have blogging experience, this particular blog is new. Instant success doesn’t happen, and if it does, then it isn’t worth it.

Instant success doesn’t happen, and if it does, then it isn’t worth it.Join The ME Project

Once I got over that bump in the road than I could focus on the rest of my goals. Building my Resource Library didn’t prove to be difficult at all. With a few of the blog posts, I wrote in January, I would create a printable using Canva and make it available to download through my newsletter. If you want me to write up a post on how to do so, please just let me know in the comments section below.

Click here to readFree Resources Every Blogger Should Know About.

My last goal for January was simple enough and that was to create good content. With my first blog, I made a lot of mistakes. One of those mistakes was that I wrote and published blog posts just about every day.

And this isn’t to shade bloggers that do so, but I found it detrimental to my health. It had me so stressed out. I’ve mentioned before that I want this blog to be different. I want to take the mistakes from the past and turn them into lessons for the present.

I think that if you create good enough content you don’t have to write as much. As bloggers, content creators, and influencers we spend just as much time promoting our work on social media. I think it’s a 50/50 job between writing and promoting. If the content is good enough, I would continue to get views from those posts all month.

I want to take the mistakes from the past and turn them into lessons for the present.Join The ME Project

What I Wrote

I published 10 posts during the month of January. The most popular were:

Breaking Down My First Month of Blogging– 121 views

Finding & Creating Your Brand Identity– 90 views

Stats for January

  • 989 views
  • 431 visitors
  • 36 likes
  • 117 comments

Traffic

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • WordPress.com Reader
  • Pinterest

February

If I could consider January, my high than, February was definitely my low. I generally just did not feel well last month. And while my blog took a hit, there are still accomplishments that I am very proud of.

February stats

Stats for February

  • 391 views
  • 180 visitors
  • 21 likes
  • 16 comments

Traffic

  • WordPress.com Reader
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

Looking at the above stats you can truly see the difference between the two months. Wherein January, I was initially battling a bad mindset, this time around I was battling my health. I was dealing with complications with my Occipital Neuralgia and some days, I could find any inspiration to write.

Just like in, “Nana! The Pot’s Burning!”, some days you just have to accept defeat and wait for the next day.

What I Wrote

But this doesn’t mean that I didn’t write anything. For the month of February, I wrote 10 posts which seem to be my average. The most popular were:

Create a Self-Care Toolkit– 41 views

Let’s Build a Community!– 36 views

Making a Dream Reality

The month wasn’t a total wash though. I was able to put into action a part of a dream I’ve had since my last blog. I created The Community, a side project of Join The ME Project.

Click here to read more, The Community

As of now, there’s a Facebook group, Twitter RT account, and Wednesday highlight post on my IG. I’m so happy that the feedback has been great so far.

I think that may be all I have to discuss today, as always, let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

Just as with the previous post, I will be breaking down my stats and sharing what I’ve learned. Read at jointhemeproject.com

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Let’s Build a Community!

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Let’s Build a Community!

Hello everyone, today I thought I would do something a little different and share my thoughts on current events, along with what I’ve been working on behind the scenes.

Starting a Community

When I rebranded as Join The ME Project, one of my main goals was to create a community. I’ve discussed this a few times already. But I truly believe that blogging shouldn’t be a competition. It should be about creating strong bonds with like-minded individuals.

The Community Facebook Group Photo

The Facebook Group

This thought process and mindset spawned The Community Facebook group. I created this group for the bloggers, influencers, and creators. We are all at various stages of development and growth but that doesn’t mean we can’t lend a helping hand.

Within the group, you can find resources, weekly threads, and Q&A sessions. Feel free to join a growing Facebook group!

Twitter logo

Creation of an RT account & Threads

So many of us get burned out because we’re constantly worried about stats. Added on by the pressure of people who follow/unfollow and brands with unrealistic expectations. Instead, we should celebrate each other’s milestones because in the general span of things, we are a small community. Wouldn’t it be better to ignore what we have no control over?

But to combat the negativity, I want to make sure that I do my part. Today, on Twitter I’ve created an RT account that’s also attached to the Facebook Group.

The community twitter

I know one of the biggest struggles about what we do, is feeling like our work doesn’t get seen or pushed in front of a big enough audience. While this account is starting off at the bare minimum, I’m hoping with your help, it will grow.

Instagram thread

Use What You Have to Highlight Others

I wrote about it today in the FB group, but there will be one new change that I will be adding to my Instagram. Each month, I will post a thread on FB entitled, Instagram Highlight. Once a week, I will randomly pick someone to highlight on my IG feed. You just have to be a member of the group and following me on IG.

Find out my thoughts on current events and what I've been working on behind the scenes. Read at jointhemeproject.com

That’s really all I have to share with you today, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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How to Achieve Your February Blog Goals

How to Achieve

Your February Blog Goals

As the day begins to draw to a close on February 1st, I thought it would be wise to remind ourselves of the momentum we had going into 2019. While this post is specifically about blogging goals, don’t neglect the other goals you’ve made for yourself. It’s never too late to put your thoughts into action.

 

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Using Available Resources

Previously, on this blog, I’ve discussed Free Resources Every Blogger Should Know About. And just recently I’ve gone over How to do Blog Maintenance. Today, I’ll be adding a blog planner to this list. And hopefully, between these three articles, you will find the assistance you need to make your blogging goals a reality.

How to Achieve Your Blogging Goals- read this article to learn how to achieve your blogging goals this month. And receive access to a free blog planner PDF. Check out jointhemeproject.com to learn more.

Blog Planner

Planning and organization seem to go hand in hand. Creating a downloadable planner was the first idea to pop into my head. I tried to think about what I would want in a blog planner all the while keeping it very simple.

What You Will Find

  • Reason for Post
  • To-Do
  • Title
  • Publish Date
  • Brainstorm Ideas

Sneak Peaks

How to Achieve Your Blogging Goals- read this article to learn how to achieve your blogging goals this month. And receive access to a free blog planner PDF. Check out jointhemeproject.com to learn more.

As always to gain access to the blog planner, all you have to do is sign up for the Newsletter.

Please let me know what you think about this planner if you end up using it. I truly hope it helps some of you with your blogging goals. This post is definitely short, simple, and sweet but I wanted to get this up as soon as possible. Be on the lookout for the next post.

Thank you for Joining The ME Project ❤️

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How to do Blog Maintenance

How to do

Blog Maintenance

Read the previous post here: “Nana! The Pot’s Burning!”

Welcome back to Join The ME Project. In today’s post, I’ll be discussing the importance of blog maintenance. Find out my experience in responsibility, and learn how to fix mistakes. At the end of this post, you will find a checklist that will make it easier to maintain your blog.

The Responsibility

I realized very quickly that owning my domain would be a bit more responsibility compared to before. Transitioning from a free site to a self-hosted one presented a new set of challenges. I had to learn SEO, what plug-ins to use and how to transfer over all of my data.

”I realized that if I truly wanted to do it right then I needed to understand what it meant to be a self-hosted blogger.” Click To Tweet

What I originally thought would be a quick fix, took a lot longer. I realized that if I truly wanted to do it right then I needed to understand what it meant to be a self-hosted blogger. I looked up articles and with some trial and error, I thought I was on the right path.

How to do Blog Maintenance- find out my experience in responsibility, and learn how to fix mistakes. Check out jointhemeproject.com to read the full article.

One of the first things I learned, was the importance of continuously sharing your old blog posts. It helps generate a steady stream of traffic to your blog and readers who may not have read it the first time. Since Spoonie Tips for Surviving Winter is still relevant that was my pick. Imagine my surprise to find all the pictures missing.

After my small freak out, I learned that the transition between blogs wasn’t as smooth as I thought it was. I was still at fault though, because I had not been doing maintenance on my blog as I should have. If I was, I would have found the problem sooner and I could have fixed it. But then I wouldn’t have the inspiration for this post so I guess it works out.

Time to Fix it

I was left with a blank canvas, all the pictures were gone and all of the subheadings were oddly shifted to the left. Instead of pouting, it hit me that this gave me the opportunity to refresh the post from when it was originally written. I have learned more in my blogging journey since then and I could incorporate it all into this post.

Add the Pictures

Now, this would be a great time to update the pictures in your old posts if they are no longer relevant. The pictures I use in my post still work so that’s what I used but do keep this in mind.

How to do Blog Maintenance- find out my experience in responsibility, and learn how to fix mistakes. Check out jointhemeproject.com to read the full article.

Organize Files & Pictures

I cannot say this enough, but back up your files and save them. Towards the end of last year, my laptop finally died but every chance I got, I saved all of my files to an external hard drive. So thankfully nothing was lost. Since then, I’ve been using my iPhone for everything but I still like to keep everything organized. This mess up was easy to fix since I already had the pictures and files saved, but I can imagine the opposite happening if they weren’t available.

What Else Should You Do?

Here is where the Checklist will come in handy. Gain access to the Blog Maintenance Checklist by signing up for the Newsletter.

How to do Blog Maintenance- find out my experience in responsibility, and learn how to fix mistakes. Check out jointhemeproject.com to read the full article.

Let me know if this checklist helps you and if you have ever encountered problems like this before.

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Breaking Down My First Month of Blogging

Breaking Down

My First Month of Blogging

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Read the previous post here: Let’s End It With a Smile

Hello and thank you for visiting Join The ME Project. I officially welcome you to the first blog post of the new year. And to start the year off right, I thought I would reflect on my first-month blogging. Which just so happens to be December of 2018. Today, I’ll be breaking down my stats, what lessons I learned, and what I think other bloggers should be doing.

The Warm Up

I’ve mentioned before in, Let Me Reintroduce Myself, that this is not my first time blogging. I do have some prior knowledge. While this helped the whole experience seem less daunting, I still felt overwhelmed at times.

Towards the middle of 2018, I went on a hiatus from my previous blog. I made the decision to rebrand under a new name. This meant I needed to:

  • Create a blog with the new name
  • Change my social media to match
  • Think of my blog identity
  • Choose my brand colors

Resources That Come in Handy

To complete this list that I created for myself, I sat down and thought about what I wanted Join The ME Project to represent. I used the majority of resources discussed in Free Resources Every Blogger Should Know About. I used Canva to come up with a mood board for inspiration. I go back to this mood board often when I’m thinking of colors to use for headers or other content.

Orange mood board

In this regard, the best advice that I can give you is write down a game plan and stick to it. Your blog identity should be what helps people recognize your blog. Think about:

  • The font you use
  • The main colors of your blog
  • Matching your blog and social media profiles
  • Keep it consistent
The best advice that I can give you is write down a game plan and stick to it Click To Tweet

Self Host

By November, of 2018, I was on my way to being ready. The only cost that I had accumulated at this time was biting the bullet and deciding to self-host right away. For my domain fee and WordPress Package, I was only charged $12.00. I chose 1&1 IONOS because that’s who I had my previous package with for my other blog.

1&1 ionos web hosting

Writing from experience, when it comes to self-hosting, a lot of companies will offer great deals for first-time customers or first-year packages. You usually won’t see a hike in prices until the second year. First-time bloggers, don’t be afraid to shop around before agreeing to contract. At the same time, don’t be afraid to leave a contract if it’s not what you want.

Getting Started

I set aside the month of November to do some fine tuning on my blog and get my social media together. In my case, I recycled a theme from my previous blog but I will list where to find WordPress Themes, free and premium.

Next, it was time to set up social media. My first time blogging with my other blog, I made the mistake of trying to juggle every social media under the sun. Quickly, I found myself overwhelmed. This time around, I knew not to make that same mistake. I focus on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook, mainly because they are great sources of traffic.

November stats

Tip for the beginning: I had no posts for the month of November but I was still able to get 107 views and 57 visitors. It may not seem like much for some but all progress and all success should be celebrated. A great way to build anticipation and get people interested in your blog is to post teasers about it. This, of course, requires that you set up your social media beforehand.

The Month of December

I published 10 posts during the month of December. The most popular were:

The Illusion Of Social Media– with 96 views

Free Resources Every Blogger Should Know About– with 93 views

Stats for December

Stats for December

  • 769 views
  • 317 visitors
  • 39 likes
  • 50 comments

Share on Social Media

A lot of my traffic came from Twitter, WordPress.com Reader, Facebook, and Pinterest. I had some from Instagram but not a lot, it’s not something I spend a lot of time on. I post on it regularly, but the follow/unfollow game has caused me to lose interest in the app.

Besides my mini-rant on Instagram, you should be sharing blog posts on your social media. Don’t think that by writing a great post and hitting publish that your job is done. If that’s the case, it may never get seen. Share across your social media to attract readers back to your blog.

Share on:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
  • Google+

My Thoughts

I am honestly very happy with my stats so far. December necessarily isn’t the easiest month to write a blog in because of the holidays and vacation time. I didn’t make any money last month but it wasn’t a goal of mine. My goal was to work on traffic and engagement.

Join The ME Project is very near and dear to my heart, and I want to do everything that I can to make it the best blog and brand possible. Click To Tweet

Join The ME Project is very near and dear to my heart, and I want to do everything that I can to make it the best blog and brand possible. Right now, I want to work on establishing a community. Everything else can come later.

Your Thoughts

Now, I want to hear your thoughts. Did any of this information help you at all? Will you be using any of these tips from this blog post? Let me know below.

Breaking Down My First Month of Blogging: Today, I will be sharing with you everything you need to know about my first month of blogging. Learn my stats, and what I think new bloggers should know- jointhemeproject.com

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