5 Innovative Ways to Create Better Blog Posts (That Get Shared, Pinned, and Loved!)

You probably already know this, you little #girlboss you, but it bears repeating: the most important part of your blog is your content. I don’t doubt that you’re trying to put out the best content you can, but I have a few suggestions of ways that you can improve your content even more, in order to create high quality blog posts that get shared, pinned, and loved by your readers.

5 Innovative Ways to Create Better Blog Posts (That Get Shared, Pinned, and Loved!) | Today I'm sharing five innovative ways that you can up-level your content to create truly memorable and impressive blog posts that get people talking and set your blog apart from the rest.

Today I’m sharing five innovative ways that you can up-level your content to create truly memorable and impressive blog posts that get people talking and set your blog apart from the rest.read more

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

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Melyssa’s Blog + Business Goals for July 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 aspirations 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 June, as well as some big goals I’m striving toward this July. 

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

As a new addition to these posts, I want to start sharing some statistical info, so you can see where we’re at. In terms of pageviews, the past month was one of our biggest months to date. Our pageviews grew 20% compared to May. And if we compare June and April? Our pageviews grew 60%. Here are June’s statistics, straight from Google Analytics:read more

5 Essential Photoshop Tools To Edit Your Blog Photos With (And How to Use Them!) | Feel lost with Photoshop? This tutorial goes through five of our FAVorite tools to help you get the photos you wish you knew how to take with your camera. BOOM. | Blogging Tips | Photography | Design

5 Essential Photoshop Tools To Edit Your Blog Photos With (And How to Use Them!)

5 Essential Photoshop Tools To Edit Your Blog Photos With (And How to Use Them!) | Feel lost with Photoshop? This tutorial goes through five of our FAVorite tools to help you get the photos you wish you knew how to take with your camera. BOOM. | Blogging Tips | Photography | Design

Picture this: So, you’re shooting photos for your blog. You think you’ve got the perfect shot — one that will be pinned and loved and remembered, until BOOM. You transfer it to your computer and notice something wrong with it. Ugh. 

Sound familiar? Going back and reshooting is an option, but why make the effort when there is an even easier fix? Photoshop! Today, we’re discussing a few easy tools (and how to use them!) that you can use to enhance your blog photos in a snap. Here’s a little overview of what you’ll learn:

5 Essential Photoshop Tools To Edit Your Blog Photos With (And How to Use Them!) | Feel lost with Photoshop? This tutorial goes through five of our FAVorite tools to help you get the photos you wish you knew how to take with your camera. BOOM. | Blogging Tips | Photography | Design

Ready to dive in?!read more

How to Write a Killer About Me Page for Your Blog (Free Worksheets!) | Struggle with writing about yourself? Want to capture potential readers and turn them into #superfans? Check out our guide to writing a killer about page for your blog or business!

How to Write a Killer About Me Page for Your Blog (Free Worksheets!)

Hey friends! I’ve got something important to talk about today: The “About Me Page” on your blog. Your blog’s “About Page” is likely to become one of the most useful and popular pages on your blog. Say what?! It’s where new readers visit to learn more about you and why they should stick around (and what’s in it for them!).

How to Write a Killer About Me Page for Your Blog (Free Worksheets!) | Struggle with writing about yourself? Want to capture potential readers and turn them into #superfans? Check out our guide to writing a killer about page for your blog or business!

Crafting an A+ About Page requires more than throwing up a bio about yourself and adding an iPhone photo of your face. There are several steps you should take when creating an About Page, and today, I’m going to walk you through each of them, step-by-step, so that you can get the most benefit from this important page. Plus, writing about yourself is hard. This will make it a heck-of-a-lot easier. Can I get an amen?!read more

8 Step-by-Step Tips For Hosting A Creative Meetup. | Want to connect other creative people together because you're SO bored (and kind of lonely) doing everything by yourself? Check out these tips for hosting a creative meetup or event...so useful!

8 Step-by-Step Tips For Hosting A Creative Meetup

It’s hard to believe that pursuing a creative career could ever have a downside. I mean, hello, being able to do the things you love – that’s the dream, right? But the truth is that sometimes a creative life can be a bit isolating. For example, if you run a business from home, you may know what it’s like to get lonely on the job. Even if you don’t work remotely, perhaps you know the feeling of simply being misunderstood when friends and family members don’t exactly get what it is that you “do.” (Blogging? You get paid to do this? What?)

8 Step-by-Step Tips For Hosting A Creative Meetup. | Want to connect other creative people together because you're SO bored (and kind of lonely) doing everything by yourself? Check out these tips for hosting a creative meetup or event...so useful!

In my experience, one of the best ways to counterbalance this inevitable sense of creative isolation is to surround myself with people who inspire me. One of my favorite ways to do this is through creative meetups. There is just something so comforting and encouraging about face-to-face gatherings with people who are passionate about the same things I am. They promote collaboration, brainstorming, and sheer moral support, and I highly recommend attending one if you are looking to grow in your business or your craft.

But wait – you might be wondering – what if I don’t know of any creative meetups in my area? Well, friend, you build your own! That’s what a friend and I did recently when we launched Next Creative: a collective of bloggers, makers, and entrepreneurs here in NYC. We’ve assembled some truly talented local creatives, and in doing so, we’ve picked up a few tips along the way that I am excited to share with you today. Are you looking to start a meetup of your own? Here are some great places to start:read more

Why It's Totally Okay If You Don't Know Your Dream Job. | DUDE. Does it seem like everyone is pursuing some magnificent dream job except for you? UGH. Luckily, not knowing your perfect career yet has some perks. Check out this post about some GOOD aspects of not knowing your career path yet.

Why It’s Totally Okay If You Don’t Know Your Dream Job

Since childhood, it’s been ingrained in our brains that there’s a perfect dream job out there for each of us. When we were kids, we’d passionately announce what we’d like to be — astronaut! Archaeologist! Ballerina! But at some point, our interests change and we’re less confident in answering the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” We’re told to follow our heart, work hard to pursue our passion and that everything will fall into place. But what if you don’t have any idea what the hell your ideal career is? *record scratch*

Why It's Totally Okay If You Don't Know Your Dream Job. | DUDE. Does it seem like everyone is pursuing some magnificent dream job except for you? UGH. Luckily, not knowing your perfect career yet has some perks. Check out this post about some GOOD aspects of not knowing your career path yet.

While everyone else is graduating, finding killer jobs and starting their way up the ladder to their dream career, it’s easy to feel insecure about the future if you’re still a little lost. You know you have a lot to offer an employer, but just haven’t figured out where your skills and interests align. This is a stressful position to be in, but not knowing what you want to do in life can actually be a blessing in disguise. Here are some reasons why it’s okay if you don’t know your dream job yet:read more

15 Most Popular Posts About Blogging Tips. | Want to grow your blog and turn it into a business? This post shares 15 of our MOST popular and useful posts that we've written about blogging tips and advice. A must-read for aspiring bloggers!

Our 15 Most Popular “Blogging Tips” Posts

Hi friends! As of today, we have 614 posts in our archives. Um. Whoa. Das a lot, yo.

15 Most Popular Posts About Blogging Tips. | Want to grow your blog and turn it into a business? This post shares 15 of our MOST popular and useful posts that we've written about blogging tips and advice. A must-read for aspiring bloggers!

As much as I’ve worked on TNC’s layout to make it easier to navigate and find old posts, it still means that there are a zillion (y’know, give or take) posts that no one ever sees. To help, I compiled 15 of the most popular posts we’ve ever written about “blogging tips and advice” so that they’re easy for you to find and read. Woo! I so hope they’re helpful for you and that there are posts in here that you’ve never seen before. It’s also fun to look back on some OLD posts I wrote and still find them useful. I was even quirkier back in the day (ha!). ;)

Enjoy, peeps! :)read more

Lessons Learned + Book Recommendations from Alt Summit (A Blog Conference)

Lessons Learned + Book Recommendations from Alt Summit (A Blog Conference)

Last week, I got to attend Altitude Summit, a business conference for bloggers and creatives that takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was my second time attending (read my first-year insights here!) and I gleaned some new ideas from the sessions, which you can read below! I also got a BUNCH of book recommendations from the different workshops and I seriously can’t wait to dive into them.

Lessons Learned + Book Recommendations from Alt Summit (A Blog Conference)

This time, I got to teach my own workshop, too, which was an honor to me. I led a class about Photoshop + Branding for Bloggers — something I’d never done before! I used to be a teacher in Japan and also did a lot of teaching-type activities in college, but haven’t formally taught anything in a couple years! I felt a little out of comfort zone since it had been so long, but it also reminded me how much I enjoy intimate teaching sessions and having students. It totally makes me want to start offering in-person workshops. Hopefully sometime soon! After I finish the e-course I’m working on, of course. ;)

Now, I’ve put together some of my favorite pieces of advice and book suggestions. I hope you dig them!read more