How to Simplify Your Blogging Life with Tsh Oxenreider

Do you ever feel like blogging is just too hard? In this podcast episode, Jeni interviews Tsh Oxenreider from The Art of Simple on how this seasoned blogger is scaling back and making her blogging life simpler. A must listen!Admit it.

You’re tired.

All those late nights fueled by coffee, churning out blog posts and creating pinnable graphics… They’re just about to do you in.

And just when you think you’re just about to get a big break? Along comes another brand new blogger whose stats blow yours out of the water.

And you’re starting to wonder, Is this what it’s always going to feel like?

How to the pros do it?

How do they have the energy?

Well, I have a little secret for you:

Not all the pros are running the rat race. In fact, some of them are actually taking life pretty slow, enjoying the ride.

And I’m excited to let you hear about that first-hand from my guest on today’s Blog Maven podcast.Continue Reading >>

Want to make a big splash with your blog in 2015? This might change the way you think.

Whose dream is your blog building?Do you ever wonder where this whole blogging thing will take you?

I know you have dreams.

It’s easy to look at that calendar in front of you, with all those blank boxes just waiting to be filled, and hope that something amazing will happen.

That you’ll be successful.

That your blog will thrive.

That you’ll make a difference in someone’s life.

These are the same things you hoped for last year, and now at the end of the year you’re barely crossing the finish line, battered and bruised from all the hard work of blogging with your heart open.

And even if you made some money from your blog, you never felt like it was enough – like you had built something for yourself –

like you had arrived.

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I have to be honest with you:

A lot of blogs were born this year…and a lot of them died.

People showed up every morning, coffee in hand, to battle the blank screen in front of them and write words that would matter.

They brainstormed post ideas, braved the sea of social media, wrote till their fingers bled (proverbially, of course)

But they listened to all the voices that said they were only worth as much as their page views.

And so they raced and toiled, churning out three posts per week, neglecting their families and their lives, just so they could bow to the Almighty Page View in hopes that a big brand would want to sponsor them, or so more of their readers would click on ads, and somehow it would all be worth it.

People started with passion for spreading their message, but ended up frustrated and tired.

But friend –

I want so much more than that for you.

I want you to powerfully own your business.

I want you to make smart decisions and to be intentional with your time.

I want every blogging seed you plant to grow and bloom into something beautiful and great.

…but I have a little question for you today:

Whose dream are you creating?

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10 Things Every Blogger Should Know About Working With Brands

10 Things every blogger should know about working with brandsWorking with brands is one of the most mainstream ways to make an income through your blog, though – truth be told – it can be intimidating just to get started.

There’s so much to know: from how to find a contact in the company you want to work with, to how to craft the perfect pitch, to how to maneuver contracts and agreements, to how to implement your campaign and track the results.

A friend of mine has written a whole book on how to pitch and work with brands, but if you’re on the fence about whether or not working with brands is a good money-making strategy for your blog, here are 10 things you should know before you dive in.

It's about delivering value to companies that want to reach your audience.

If your first thought is “How much money can I make?” your focus is in the wrong place for this line of work.  Focusing instead on how much value you can deliver to the brands you work with will translate to a higher quality service, which – in the long run – will result in you being able to command higher fees.

What brand would want to work with you? A company that feels their product would be well received by your readers. They’re basically paying you to advertise for them and promote their products, but in a way that’s more personal than an ad on TV or one they’d place through AdSense – that’s probably not news to you.

But here’s the key: The more successful you are at proving the value you can provide, the more your campaigns will be worth to your brand partners, and the more you’ll be able to charge in the future.Continue Reading >>