How to master Facebook (groups)

Hey pixels!! As I said before, I’m going to start a social media series, where I’m going to share a few tips on how to manage this tools to promote your work/blog.

Social media are a great tool for promoting what you’re doing for free. Whatever you post on Facebook it can be read and shared, and if you’re doing your job well, it can have a big impact: followers, visits, and more.

But, how? Which is the best way to use Facebook?  Keep reading, my friends!

Before starting, you should have a few things ready:

  • the main pillar content, what exactly do you want to share and how are you going to explain it.

Don’t work in secret. Spread your words to the world. Maybe some friends are writing blogs, too, and you can help each other. Or maybe they are not writing, but they can help sharing your posts and following your page.

Work on Facebook interest groups. They are great. Groups are communities where people help each other promote each other’s content.

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Go to your Facebook search bar, and search for some keywords related to your particular interest of blog niche. Maybe creative food, travel, design or fashion. Just test a few keywords. Facebook will give you options to search for people, pages, and groups. Go to groups and there you will find a ton of groups that discusses the topics and helps each other to promote their content.

Actually, a  lot of these groups are private and you will have to request to join. Most of the times you’ll have no problems to join them. But if the answer is no, you can try again later.

Read carefully groups guidelines before posting, just in case.

I hope this information will be useful!! More tips about Facebook and other social media are coming. Don’t worry, is not over!!

Love,
Sílvia.

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Weekly blog schedule

Hey pixels!! This week is my turn to talk about how to organize your tasks as a blogger. There are things you should do every day or every two days and another things that have to be done every week or so. I know it can be overwhelming at the beginning (it was for me, too), but if you establish a routine from the firsts days you’ll get used to it.

Then, with practice, all this will be easy for you. Just another part of your daily schedule.

Please, remember that this infography is just a guide. Of course, every person has its own way to work and think. But I think this will be useful to remind you the most important tasks when we’re talking about blogging.

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I hope my guide will be useful to you, my happy pixels!! If you have any doubt, suggestion, or if do you think I’ve forgot something, feel free to leave a comment. Your help and suggestions are useful to us, too!!

Have a nice weekend! Love,

Sílvia.

How to set your goals as a blogger

Hey pixels!! How are you?? Do you have any goals as a blogger?? I know, maybe you’ve  just started blogging and you are not thinking about goals yet. But, trust me, my happy pixels, having goals is important. It helps you to direct your blog in the correct direction. For example, in my first attempt as a blogger, I had no goals at all. It was a total disaster. Now, with my new blog, the happiest pixel, I have some goals. It’s getting better than the first one.

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This is not my invention, really. By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure your progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. You will also raise your self-confidence, as you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you’ve set.

But, how I’m going to set my goals? It’s easier than you’re thinking, my happy pixels.

  • First, you create a “big picture” of what you want to do with your blog and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve.
  • Then, you break these down into the smaller and smaller targets that you must hit to reach your big goals.
  • Finally, once you have your plan, you start working on it to achieve these goals.

This is why we start the process of setting goals by looking at your bigger goals. Then, we work down on the things that you can do in, say, next year, next month, next week, and today, to start moving towards them.

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Your goals should be:

  • Specific and easy to understand. For example, I want to collaborate with another blogger. I want to write 3 posts every week.
  • Measurable and meaningful. You should be able to measure if the goal has been reached or not. Following our examples, you can measure how many times you post every week. Or if you had written a post collaborating with another blogger or not.
  • Attainable. Please, don’t set impossible goals. Be aware of your own limitations and skills.
  • Relevant or rewarding. Your goals should be rewarding to you. If you’re having fun, your readers will notice. Think about relevant subjects to write about.
  • Trackable. Every goal has to be reached within a period. Check if you have attained your goals or not when this period ends. If you have done it, you deserve a reward. If not, think again about them. Maybe you didn’t set the right goals for you. For example, if your goal was to write every day, but you can’t do it because you’re too busy, maybe you should have as your goal to write 2-3 times every week.

Something important about goals is to have a motivation. Maybe a little reward when you reach every small goal that you have. Like going to the cinema or a bike ride.

And sharing your goals is useful too. Your family can help you, give you suggestions or tips and encourage you to attain your goals. Making something alone is always more difficult.

Are you going to set goals for your blog now, my happy pixels? You can share them here, too. If you need some help, you can follow this blog or leave a comment.

Lots of love,

Sílvia.

Wednesday Wisdom: Quick Tip

Happy hump day everyone!

It’s Shania here from Life As Shania, and today I am going to be giving you a little bit of Wednesday Wisdom.Basically, Wednesday Wisdom can be a quote, motivation, information, or a quick tip!Today I am going to be sharing a Quick Tip!

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  • Put Aside Time To Create Good Content

Good content doesn’t just appear.Spend around 30 minutes on each post, or more!Don’t just use 10 minutes, and call it done.Put in tags, organise the posts in categories, create a featured image for it.And once you are done publishing, don’t forget to share.This will help you place effort into each and every one of your blog posts.

Hope you guys enjoyed our first Wednesday Wisdom!Stay tuned for some more!!

XOXO,

Shania

Interview With Georgie | Blogger Celebrations(Let’s Party!!!)

Before I start, I know some of you might know that I am taking a mini break from the BMP. This is not my last post just yet as there are more Blogger Celebrations due. Once I have completed all requests, I will not be posting anymore. Thanks for understanding!

Hi, all! It’s me Train Of Thought!

Today is our first Blogger Celebration here on the BMP! I’d like to introduce you to Georgie @ VIUNIVERSALI ! I’m going to be celebrating her into the blogosphere. So, she’ll be Georgie and I’ll be TT (Train of Thought) and without further a due, let’s begin!

TT: Hi,Georgie! So great to have you here on the BMP, how do you feel being on here?

Georgie: Hi! Thank you so much for having me, I’m so thrilled. This is the first opportunity I’ve been presented with since joining the blogging community so I’m very grateful!

TT:Well, that’s great! Let’s actually get into the real post, shall we! What is your blog about, in a paragraph?

Georgie:My blog is called Vi Universali which roughly translates to ‘Universal Energy’. I believe we are all connected and in a world where everything feels so disconnected, I am constantly striving to communicate and to share and to talk about the things that really matter. I post anything and everything on my blog from random musings to creative pieces I have written, recipes to travel, mindfulness to meditation, fashion to philosophy.

Georgie:I am always raw, open and honest in what I write and strive to be true to myself – the internet is inundated with perfectly polished images of individuals and their lives and I want to reverse this idea that everything we share has to be flawless, and instead promote authenticity and the value of being real. My blog is still in the very early stages so I hope that you can join me as I grow and continue to share in my tiny corner of the internet.

TT: Great, want some cake? I’m getting hungry, you?

Georgie:Aaah, you really think I’d turn down cake?! Never!

TT: Haha, who could turn down CAKE? *munches* Ahem, anyways, what are some things you’d like to achieve/celebrate in your blogging journey?

Georgie:My primary goal with my blog is for it to be a place on the internet that, as I’ve said, is real. A little pocket of cyber-space that is completely free of societal pressures, norms and expectations, a place that encourages people on their own journey of self-growth – because after all, we are all constantly growing, and I believe that the best way to truly become the people that we want to be is to encourage and support one another, to share and express and communicate in the most vulnerable, passionate, genuine way.

TT: Some of your favourite bloggers, people who you’d invite to the party?

  • Nirrimi (http://fireandjoy.com/) – her blog is a stunning work of art celebrating all it means to be human – to be open and honest and vulnerable, to love and to lose, to feel the whole spectrum of emotion and celebrate life in all its crazy glory. She is both a talented photographer, musician and a genuinely lovely person.
  • Emma (https://themessyheads.com/) – Emma has built an entire business from her blog, but not only that – a way of life. This achievement is hugely inspiring to me. Emma encourages her readers to embrace the messiness of living and shrug off the idea that everything has to be perfect.
  • Lauren and John over at Hot For Food (http://www.hotforfoodblog.com/) – Hot For Food is a vegan food blog who I’d for sure invite to the party if it meant I could sample some of their delicious creations. Two of the best vegan chefs I’ve ever come across and also two genuinely nice people. I’d for sure recommend them if you want some easy, tasty comfort food inspiration!
  • Brooke Saward (http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/) – Brooke documents her travels on her blog and Instagram ‘World Of Wanderlust’ and shows that travelling on a budget without any scams or unrealistic processes is entirely possible. Her message is ‘anyone can do it’ and that to me, as someone who has a constant ache to travel, is very inspiring.
  • And of course everyone here at the BMP!

TT: Awww thanks! Those all sound like amazing bloggers. Well, I guess you are waiting for your gift! What’s one thing you’d like to as ask about blogging? Anything and I’ll answer!!

Georgie:The blogging industry is incredibly competitive and it can be very difficult to get your name out there, network and encourage people to view your blog. What are some tips and tricks you have for accomplishing this? I’d love for my blog to grow so that I can share my writing with more people and take blogging around the world with me as I travel (this is my ultimate goal!), sharing my self-growth, observations and life lessons along the way. I’d love to hear some ways in which people can be encouraged to come and visit my space on the web!

TT:Yes! That is very true. There are so many blogs out there, it is hard to stand out from the crowd. Firstly, I’d say don’t copy anyone else, let your personality shine through. And secondly, interact. Commenting on other blogs is probably the best way to get noticed. Networking is the key to getting noticed.Make social media accounts and join other bloggers. Join the fun, by participating in events, such as the 2016 Blogger Awards (there’s still time to vote!) And thirdly, offer something no-other blog offers. Make your blog unique and personal. Add your own quirky twist to it and your readers will grow. Lastly, comment back and talk to your readers. Whilst looking for new followers, be sure to interact with the readers you have already. Be friendly and always comment back and comment on their blogs. Show your appreciation.

TT: What’s your wish? Blow out your candles, and make one!! Tell us what it  is… Can we make it come true?

Georgie: My biggest wish is to grow my blog to a point where I can take it around the world with me and work with brands I love on projects I am passionate about – being able to make something I love my work is my biggest ambition and I am prepared to strive every day until I accomplish my goal. Isn’t that what life is about?

TT:I hope your wish comes TRUE, one day!

TT: Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging essentially because of my previous answer – I am a very creative person and do not want to spend the rest of my life in a conventional 9-5 job where I feel restricted. My basic philosophy in life is to keep moving so that you never become stagnant or stuck in what you are doing.

Blogging is such a versatile platform – you can take it anywhere, it allows you to say anything you desire and it can lead to so many amazing opportunities in so many different industries. I wanted to share all of the observations and thoughts and musings I had inside me, wanted to document my journey of self-growth, realisation and discovery in the hopes that there are people out there, staring at the words I have written on their screen, feeling connected and reassured, people who can relate and grow with me. I started blogging because I wanted to claim a space of my own in the vast and mysterious online world that reflected not only the person I am inside but the person I wish to grow into.

TT: LET’S get into the party mood! Where else can we find you on the internet?

Georgie: You can find me on Instagram at ‘georgieccox’ where I share more of my personal life (again, all in the hopes of encouraging vulnerability, authenticity and honesty). Otherwise, I’m blogging at Vi Universali and I hope to see you there! Thank you so much for having me, it’s been a pleasure.

See you soon.

Georgie

Thanks so much Georgie for being on here!! It means a lot to us!

Do you want to have a blogging party and be featured on our blog?Yes? Sign up here! We’ll be there…How do you feel about blogging? Can You relate? Comment below!

How to master social media

Hey pixels!! How are your blogs going?

Now, we have some ideas  and we know how to write a perfect post. What’s the next after publishing it? Spread our words all over the Internet!! And, which is the best way of doing this? Social media, of course. Posting your blog content in social media will help you to reach more people, and this means more visits, followers and more benefits for your blog.

But, it’s really necessary? Do I have to do it? Yes, the answer is always yes.

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For this reason, I want to help you, my happy pixels, to master the art of sharing your content. This is the first episode of a series of posts that will help you with this. Here, we will learn how to schedule your social media posts and the best way to use each social media. They are all diferent, my happy pixels!! But don’t worry, it’s easier than it looks now.

To start I want to make clear why all this is so important, my happy pixels. And I think the best way is explaining:

Benefits of social media 

More people will be reading your content

  • Interact easily with your followers and gain new ones
  • Every time someone shares your content with their friends, more people are reading it. You just have to post it once or schedule it, it’s that easy!
  • Being consistent with your image allows you to create a personal brand. This should be consistent with your image as a blogger, too
  • You’re leading more people to your blog
  • They are easy to use. Every one has its tricks, but you can learn them
  • The good new: you don’t have to be everywhere. Just choose which ones fit better with your blog audience. We’ll learn how to do it during the following posts!!

What do you think now about social media, my happy pixels? Are you interested in this subject? Do you have any ideas or doubts? Feel free to leave a comment.

Love,

Sílvia (the happiest pixel).

Using Picmonkey | Bloggers Memo Pad

Hey Guys!This is Shania from Life As Shania.

Blogger’s Memo Pad has been a little quiet lately.We have been having a couple of people move around and such,and I have sad news that TrainOfThought will not be posting here anymore.She may be coming back next year around March,though that is not confirmed. Anyways, Farah,TheHappiestPixel, and I are still here to post and give you helpful tips!

So today I am going to be sharing w/ you guys is how to use Picmonkey!Picmonkey is a great tool for blogging, and super easy to use it. Today I am going to be sharing w/ you guys how to use it!I have a video,and a post,so you guys get 2 ways to learn about it!Let’s get started!

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I will be showing you guys how to make a simple and basic thumbnail for your blog post.

 

Step 1:

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Head on over to Picmonkey.com.I love to use Picmonkey since it requires no downloading or fees.Picmonkey does have a Royale feature,but I find I never need it,so not worth the investment.If you do consider getting the Royale feature,I believe it is 4.99 per month,so not bad.Click on edit,and select the picture you want to use for the thumbnail.

Step 2:

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Once you have reached here,click on the little butterfly on the left side.This is the overlay button.Picmonkey has a lot of great overlays and most of them are free.I especially love their flowers and such.

Step 3:

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Once you have reached the Overlays,I like to click on geometric and use the circle.I fade the circle by about 50% using the slider and change it into a different color.This overlay will help people see the title/text of the thumbnail.

Step 4:

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Once you are done with the overlay,click the little Tt button.This is the text button.I love all of Picmonkey’s texts.My favorites are Sacremento,Amatic Small Caps,and Tall Dark and Handsome.Now,use the add text button,and type in your text.The font I used was Tall Dark and Handsome.

Step 5:

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Now that you are done with your thumbnail,hit the save button!Picmonkey gives you the option of downloading onto your desktop and choosing the file size & dimensions.

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This is basically the beginning of Picmonkey!Picmonkey is a great tool,and super versatile!Make sure to use it!I really hope you guys enjoyed!Bye!

XOXO,

Shania