How To Generate Blog Post Ideas When It Feels Like Your Brain Is Broken

As a blogger, it’s common to go through different seasons of creativity. There are, of course, the times in which you feel positively invincible. You find yourself so full of ideas that you can’t even begin to implement them all. But then there are tougher seasons, ones in which coming up with new content feels like pulling teeth. Suddenly, all of your ideas seem trite or weird or just plain nonexistent, and while you can’t be certain, you’re pretty sure someone stole your brain in your sleep. I mean, it’s the only logical explanation.

How To Generate Blog Post Ideas When It Feels Like Your Brain Is Broken | Ever feel like you just CAN'T think of new ideas? Motivation is gone? Creativity is at an all time low? For bloggers, this can be tough. Luckily, we've got some helpful tips so YOU can get your mojo back. Click through to check 'em out!

Since successful blogs depend on consistent and fresh content, it’s natural to panic a bit when your mind seems to be on vacation. But allow me to assure you: your brain hasn’t been stolen. It’s still in there sloshing around, I promise. You have had great ideas in the past and you will have great ideas again. And even though creative blocks happen, it’s totally possible to work your way back to your invincible-blogger-self. In fact, it actually doesn’t have to take as long as you might think. If you’ve run out of blog post ideas, here are some quick ways to get the magic back:read more

Pinfinite Growth is an eCourse for bloggers and business owners who want to leverage the power of Pinterest to rapidly grow their online space.

Introducing My New eCourse for Bloggers: Pinfinite Growth! (Plus a Giveaway!)

Pinfinite Growth is an eCourse for bloggers and business owners who want to leverage the power of Pinterest to rapidly grow their online space.

Hey friends! If you subscribe to TNC elsewhere, then you may have already heard about Pinfinite Growth — woohoo! Either way, I wanted to formally introduce it to you all here on the blog. I’m really excited about this, y’all!

Back when I was trying to decide what kind of eCourse to create, I sent out a survey to my email subscribers, asking what they were having trouble with. More than anything, it seemed like my peeps were struggling with growing their blog in a way that didn’t take hours a day or feel like selling out. Meanwhile, my blog’s traffic and visitors were doubling and bringing me more income and subscribers…and it was all thanks to Pinterest.

So, when it came time to decide what kind of eCourse I’d create, I knew that a course about leveraging the power of Pinterest is just what my people needed.

But this isn’t just a course about Pinterest. This step-by-step course is about defining your niche, branding yourself, creating killer content, and using Pinterest strategically in order to grow your blog and biz.

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July Income + Traffic Report -- How I Earned $9,000 as a Blogger and Business Owner

July Traffic + Income Report: $9,226 Made From My Blog + Business

Hey all! I’m back with another income report to share with you today. I started doing income reports last month, as a way to be more transparent about my online business and hopefully shed some light on ways that you can grow your own business, too.

July Income + Traffic Report -- How I Earned $9,000 as a Blogger and Business Owner

In most other fields of work, you have the opportunity to “Google” what a typical salary is for that type of career. But if you’re an online entrepreneur? You’re faced with a guessing game. You’re left to wonder how much money you can actually make online, and if you’re like me, you have to spend years figuring out how to do it. So, with these monthly income and traffic reports, I hope to answer some of your questions and nudge your own business or blog in a direction that brings you the most benefits.

So, July. Let’s get to it, shall we?read more

FREE Online Class: 6 Ways to Stand Out Online and Be Found by the RIGHT People

FREE Online Class Tomorrow: 6 Ways to Stand Out Online and Be Found by the RIGHT People

You guys. YOU GUYS. I’m teaching a free online class (or a webinar — whatever you want to call it!) tomorrow and I’d love for you to be there. There are already more than 500 people signed up to watch and I KNOW you’re going to get a ton out of this. I’ve been working on the presentation over the last couple days and I’m seriously SO excited to share this with you. It’s the type of content I’ve seen people create entire paid courses about, so you bet your butt it’s going to be useful.
FREE Online Class: 6 Ways to Stand Out Online and Be Found by the RIGHT People

In this free, live online class for bloggers and business owners, I’ll be talking about “6 Ways to Stand Out Online and Be Found by the RIGHT People.” The more I talk to bloggers and business owners about what they need help with, the more I realize that what they need is advice about how to actually get your blog or brand noticed. Because isn’t it tough when you pour hours into your website only to have 3 people read your posts or crickets when you try to launch your services? Let’s change that.read more

20 Things You Can Do TODAY To Reenergize Your Business | Going through a slump in your biz? Feeling less passion and more stress? As an entrepreneur and small business owner, it can be hard to ALWAYS feel excited about your business. Luckily, we're sharing 20 things you can do to fall back in love with your business, TODAY! Click through to read our 20 actionable tips.

20 Things You Can Do TODAY To Reenergize Your Business

There’s nothing quite like that rush you get when you decide you’re ready to start your own business. Whether you’re a solo entrepreneur or the founder of a large company, those early stages of diving into your work are absolutely thrilling. There’s that initial mixture of exhilaration, fear, and dreamy ideas of what the future might hold. Actually, it’s a lot like falling in love.

20 Things You Can Do TODAY To Reenergize Your Business | Going through a slump in your biz? Feeling less passion and more stress? As an entrepreneur and small business owner, it can be hard to ALWAYS feel excited about your business. Luckily, we're sharing 20 things you can do to fall back in love with your business, TODAY! Click through to read our 20 actionable tips.

And you know what, that’s probably a good thing. You should get butterflies in your stomach at the very thought of chasing your dreams. That’s encouraged, actually. But just like every great romance, at a certain point in time, those butterflies start to get a little less fluttery. As you get down to the nitty-gritty work or you simply sink into a rhythm, it’s common for the passion you once had for your business to fade.

Inspirational slumps in business can be rough, and in some cases, a loss of desire can be an absolute dream-crusher. But if you are committed to sticking with your biz through thick and thin, then I have some good news for you: it’s totally possible to rekindle the excitement you once had. In fact, there are tons of things you can do this very day to help you reenergize your business. Not only will you feel an increase in the joy with which you approach your work, but your clients, your audience, and likely your income will increase, too.

So are you ready to fall back in love? Of course you are, you hopeless romantic! Here are twenty (twenty!) ideas for things that you can do today – not tomorrow or next week, but TODAY – to reignite your passion for your business.read more

My Favorite Tools for Blogging -- Awesome Plugins, Programs, and Hosting | Want to up your blogging game? Check out some of my favorite tools and technology that have helped me create a better blog.

My Favorite Tools for Blogging — Awesome Plugins, Programs, and Hosting

Finding the right tools as a blogger and business owner can make an incredible difference in your productivity, efficiency, and enjoyment. When I started The Nectar Collective, I was living in a tiny, studio apartment in Japan. My desk? A bar cart.
My Favorite Tools for Blogging -- Awesome Plugins, Programs, and Hosting | Want to up your blogging game? Check out some of my favorite tools and technology that have helped me create a better blog.

Over time, I began to see the ridiculous importance in honoring your workspace and investing in your blog if you want it to grow. Now, I have some favorite go-to plugins, programs, and products that help me work smarter, make work fun, and save time. Ya feel me?

Today I’m sharing my absolute favorites, from social media marketing tools to the only two web hosts I use. Woohoo!read more

3 Steps To Starting Your Business When You're Just As Ambitious As You Are Broke | Creative entrepreneurs, bloggers, and small biz owners? Are you having trouble getting started because you feel like you need more money? Check out these tips for starting a business on a BUDGET.

3 Steps To Starting Your Business When You’re Just As Ambitious As You Are Broke

It’s super disheartening when all of these cool people are starting their blogs and businesses and you’re feeling left behind because… you’re broke. It happens to the best of us. We come up with GRAND ideas, but the cob webs in our bank account paralyze us from moving forward with our goals.
3 Steps To Starting Your Business When You're Just As Ambitious As You Are Broke | Creative entrepreneurs, bloggers, and small biz owners? Are you having trouble getting started because you feel like you need more money? Check out these tips for starting a business on a BUDGET.

The truth is that, yes, you do need money to run a successful business, but that doesn’t mean the lack of disposable income should hinder you from starting.  If you’re just as ambitious as you are broke, here are three tips for you.read more

6 Ways To Succeed During a Twitter Chat + Our Favorite Chats for Bloggers and Entrepreneurs

6 Ways To Succeed During a Twitter Chat + Our Favorite Chats for Bloggers and Entrepreneurs

In June, Melyssa introduced #NectarChat, a biweekly Twitter chat for bloggers and entrepreneurs. So far, #NectarChat has discussed a vast array of topics ranging from “branding your blog and business” to “creating an engaged audience.”

6 Ways To Succeed During a Twitter Chat + Our Favorite Chats for Bloggers and Entrepreneurs

I’m going to be totally honest with you, #NectarChat was the first Twitter chat I’ve ever participated in, and I was nervous and overwhelmed. Participating in your first Twitter chat can feel a lot like being the new kid in school. People are rushing by you super fast and you’re just standing there watching everyone pass, trying to get a word in. Now that I’ve gotten over my first day of school, *ahem* first Twitter chat jitters, I’ve found a serious appreciation for chats and the opportunity they provide for me to grow and interact with other creatives.

If you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat, but yearn to check ’em out, or even if you’re a seasoned Twitter chat participant, here are a few tips you might find helpful when you’re joining in on chats. I’m also sharing some of my absolute favorite Twitter chats for bloggers and creative entrepreneurs. Woo!read more

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Melyssa's Blog + Business Goals for August 2015

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Melyssa’s Blog + Business Goals for August 2015

Hey friends! At the beginning of each month, I share in-depth look at my blogging and business goals for the month ahead. I find that crafting goals at the start of the month is a great way to align my work with the intentions that matter to me most. It’s also a way to keep me focused and dreaming big. Not to mention, sharing these goals for everyone to see makes me even more motivated to complete them. Today, I’m sharing how I did in July, as well as some big goals I’m striving toward this August. 

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Melyssa's Blog + Business Goals for August 2015

Woooo! I’m feeling pumped on life right now, y’all. July was a pretty great month and now I’m looking forward to August and all of the changes it will bring. I announced recently that I won’t be taking on any new one-on-one clients, which produced a majority of my income each month. Instead, I’ll be working on creating more info products (eCourses, eBooks, etc) for my readers so that I can help more people at one time and build a stronger community-based business.

A lot of people have asked me if I’m scared about this transition, but the short answer is, “not really.” Maybe I should be more fearful about starting something new, but I have this sense of optimism that it will work out. If not right away, then one day. It’s the same kind of optimism I had when I initially quit my job as an English teacher to start my own business (with no money and a small audience). If you firmly believe things will work out, they usually do. Or at least, that’s what works for me. We’ll see. :)

Now, here’s how I did on last month’s goals and what I’m cookin’ up for August. Woo!read more