(me and Jess)
This is how my face looked for the last 72 hours.
Grinning from ear-to-ear with red lipstick on.
I couldn’t help it.
I just smiled and laughed and chortled and giggled and guffawed my way through a blog conference.
Remember how nervous I was about that speech?
Remember how my knees were shaking?
Remember how carefully I planned out my earrings and my outfit and my funny story?
Just between you and me…..shhhhhh…..
…..IT WAS AMAZING. :)
(a giant thank you to Dee for the red lipstick)
I mean….I know it’s probably in the speakers’ handbook somewhere that you should never shout out how amazing your speech was in all caps.
And I did accidentally show up with two different earrings on.
And spill the water pitcher.
And trip over the bump in the carpet.
Every. Single. One.
Because when I tentatively walked up to the podium with the microphone shaking in my right hand and the audience staring expectantly and I told the story and they actually laughed…..
….there was nothing left…..but absolute pure…wonderful….amazing….joy.
And when the conference was finished and I unfroze my face from an ear-to-ear grin….and my car turned down the winding country road…..
….my favorite audience of all was waiting for me.
Beginning blogger or want to learn how to blog?
Here are five “must-have’s” for a basic blog design (and my part of the session).
I know this is basic….but your header is your first chance to make an impression on your readers.
Put your social media buttons right there at the top.
Make them happy or funny or colorful or classic.
Make them you.
Add an e-mail follow button right there at the top so when people read your amazing content and see your amazing photos they have to follow you.
Create a navigational bar that for a way for your readers to find your old content.
(2) Add a house tour
We all love our houses.
I want to marry mine….or at least have a glass of sweet tea with it.
Your readers want to see your house and your style and your rooms.
Create a pinnable graphic and add it to the top of your home tour page.
Add an image from each of the rooms in your house and have them click-through to a post about that room.
To see my sweet tea house tour….you can click here.
3. About Me
Tell your readers about yourself.
Tell them you are happy to meet them.
Put three of your favorite posts on the page so they can learn more about you.
Then take a picture of yourself behind a tree because behind the tree pictures always make you look skinnier.
To see my about me page…..click here.
4. Projects page
Easy way to introduce your readers to the last 365 days of projects.
There are all the projects they could ever want at their fingertips.
You can create this page using different plug-ins….but I really like Category Thumbnail.
To see my projects page….click here.
5. Advertise page
If you want to work with brands you have to be able to tell them what you can do for them.
Putting an advertise page on your blog is like hanging out a shingle.
Emphasize the positive and reference other companies or marketing campaigns you have worked with.
To see my advertise page….click here.
And here’s the rest of the presentation:
To learn about five ways you can promote your blog…..click here to see the amazing Heather’s post.
To learn about five ways you can better work with brands…..click here to see the amazing Tauni’s post.
Blogging Extravaganza Giveaway
To celebrate an amazing conference with red lipstick and funny stories and cute outfits and laughter…..we are giving away….
A blog consultation from Thistlewood Farms (that’s me)!
A blog design package from Kendra, from Key Lime Digital Designs worth $400
Four hours of blog technical help from Mrs. Fix It
a ticket to the SNAP conference
Each prize will be awarded to a separate winner….so that’s six chances to win!
Good luck and enter below for your chance to win: