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 JoinTheMEProject, 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.
This thought process and mindset spawned TheCommunity 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!
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.
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.
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.
That’s really all I have to share with you today, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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.
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
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.
Welcome back to Join TheMEProject. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 BlogMaintenanceChecklist by signing up for the Newsletter.
Let me know if this checklist helps you and if you have ever encountered problems like this before.
I’ve been focusing a lot on the brand identity for this blog and what I wanted that to be. Especially, with my recent blog change, I wanted to make sure that I got this right. So today I’ll be discussing not only what brand identity is, but how I came up with mine.
What is Brand Identity?
If you were to think of your blog as a house, brand identity would be the bricks that make up that house. Brand identity can include your blog name, tagline, logo, the fonts you use, and colors you feature throughout. Once it’s established it should stay consistent. This may sound like a lot of effort for some but once you figure out the look you want your blog to have it’s easy to do. I’ll use mine as an example.
With my first blog, I created everything by whim or accident. By chance, everything worked out, but I didn’t want to do that this time. So I sat down with a piece of paper and wrote out what I wanted my blog to represent.
Over a period of time, I came up with what I wanted. And then I put my plan into action. But don’t feel like you have to rush through the whole process, I found myself backtracking and fixing things over and over again.
When I decided to rebrand, I immediately knew that I wanted the name my blog either be TheMEProject or JoinTheMEProject. Just based on its previous success on my old blog and I really want to build a community of like-minded people. So I thought putting a verb in the title would sink in that point.
Tagline: On a journey to inspire.
Now I don’t pay attention to fonts that much on my blog, I use the regular set for the theme. But while I’m using the Canva app I make sure that I use Brusher and Lora for logo and headers. And for my Pinterest pins I use PlaylistScript and GlacialIndifference. Keeping your fonts consistent on your creations helps people associate them with your brand.
Logo, Facebook & Twitter Header
It features a white daisy, orange roses, and red anemones. I went with flowers because I honestly love flowers and floral print items. But I picked these three for their meaning and their qualities that I want to emit not only from my blog but in my personal life as well.
White Daisy: innocence, purity, cheerfulness
Orange Rose: enthusiasm, passion
Red Anemone: anticipation, hope
Using the flowers, I was able to come up with a color scheme for my blog.
My color scheme features middle yellow-red, fawn, mandarin, vivid tangelo, and persimmon. These colors are very earthy and natural which is what I wanted. A good point to remember is that your brand identity will be the voice for your blog or brand. Think of content that you create and try to match your identity around that.
Overall, I’m really happy that I made the decision to do all of this. I feel like my blog and all of my social media are working together as a cohesive unit now.
I’ve seen a few other bloggers on Twitter asking about logos and design so hopefully this blog post will help. As always, let me know what you think. Have you thought about a brand identity for your blog?
To help keep everything organized, I’ve created a BlogIdentityChecklist only available through the Resource Library. Sign up now to receive your own copy.
What You’ll Find
Details: Check off your list as your work gets done. You’ll find boxes for:
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Hello and thank you for visiting JoinTheMEProject. 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 JoinTheMEProject 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Tipforthebeginning: 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:
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.
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.
JoinTheMEProject 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.
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.