Start a Blog: Step 2 – Blog Content Creation

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To start a successful blog you need some kick ass content! This guide will walk you through how to create the best blog content through blog content creation.

You’ve started your blog. You’ve chosen the name and the niche. You’ve purchased the top hosting and your creative domain. You’ve installed WordPress and customized a gorgeous theme. But now… now what? It’s time to get out there and start publishing content!

Related: Haven’t started your blog yet? Not sure where to start? Check out my guide on how to get started!

Your first blog post can be daunting. Do you jump right into helpful content or take a moment to introduce yourself to your readers?

First, let’s take a step back. Here’s everything you need to know about blog content creation.

Tell Us About Youcreate great blog content

The first thing that many people do when they visit a blog, especially if it is a new blog, is try to learn about the blogger. The easiest way to tell these readers who you are is by having an awesome “about me” page. This page will grow, change, and thrive over time as you find your voice as a blogger so do not stress about making it perfect from the get-go.

However, you should put a little meat in your About Me page to give your new #1 fans something to stick onto and make them feel connected to you. Introduce yourself in a few sentences and sum up what your goal is with this blog you created. This gives you the perfect launching point for your first post!

If you’re like me whenever I write papers for school I always get stuck on where to start. Once I’ve started the rest of the paper tends to flow naturally. Blog posts are the same way – the first post, and even the first sentence within any post, are the most difficult to get down and out there into the world. This “about me” page is the key to painlessly jumping into your future content.

Take a moment in your first post to introduce yourself. Elaborate on what you put in your About Me page, but focus less on you as a person and more on your blog. Take your blog as an entity and expand it. Read More!

Preparing for a Bad Mental Health Day

Preparing for a bad mental health day

Those who suffer from mental illnesses are all too familiar with the roller-coaster that is taking care of ones mental and physical health. Some days everything is going up, some days you reach the top, others you plummet downhill, stay down, or ride a hill both up and down throughout the day. Your mood, productivity level, and willpower are unpredictable and difficult to manage.

In college, regardless of if you have a mental illness or not, you tend to have good mental health days and bad mental health days. On those bad days you may not even be able to take care of yourself and do simple tasks like brush your teeth, make breakfast, or sometimes even get out of bed, let alone do real productive work. Depending on the severity of the bad mental health day, your life can be seriously impacted and pushed behind.

On the good days it is easy to forget that these bad days exist, until you are blindsided by them. The best thing that you can do for your future self is to prepare for the bad days while you’re having a good one.

Preparing for a bad mental health day or a rough week will make it easier on yourself to get through them without being too unproductive or struggling as badly. Read More!

Photography Tips for Beginners

Photography tips for beginners - the passion project

Today's post, the third in the Passion Project series, is brought to you by Sophia! Sophia's hobby is photography, check out her tips for beginners looking to take up this hobby.

As you get older, you may find that you lose track of the amount of time you have available to work or enjoy your hobbies, especially as a college student juggling various activities at the same time.

And while sometimes the lack of time makes you realize you didn’t enjoy a particular hobby as much, sometimes it also makes you realize how much a certain hobby brings you joy and calms you down during a stressful time.

So here are my tips to find time for your hobbies:

Work it in – if you truly love a particular hobby, you will be able to find time to work it in, even if it’s between classes.
Find like-minded people, wherever they are – sometimes what you need is someone who does the same hobby to motivate you and push you to work on your passion more.
Work towards a goal – sometimes if we are doing a hobby with no real end goal, we lose track of what made us enjoy the hobby to begin with.

Photography is one of my many hobbies that I try to balance with my school work and job activities.

I don’t know any fancy terms like professional photographers, and nor do I have those large and heavy fancy DSLR cameras, but I do enjoy looking at aesthetic and angle.

When looking at taking a photograph in college, I pay attention to the following things: Read More!

Start Your Own Blog: Step 1 – Getting Started

How to Start a Successful Blog - Step one: Getting started. Pick the perfect name, narrow down your niche, get hosting, pick a theme, customize a free theme, and get going!

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The questions that I get the most often throughout the 2 years that I’ve been blogging is “how do I start up a blog?” or “how can I grow my new blog?”

While I love seeing these questions in my inbox and replying to them to help out each person individually, it has gotten a bit overwhelming by the number of emails, so I thought I would start a series explaining the 4 steps to creating a successful blog.

Today let’s start from the beginning: Setting up the logistics of the blog. (more…)

DIY Self Care Kit

Self care is an incredibly important part of taking control of your mental health! Make your own self care kit with this DIY Self Care Kit guide.

For the second post in The Passion Project series here is my good friend Kaitlyn to talk about her passion: self care. In this post join Kaitlyn and make your own DIY self care kit!

Did you know that 1 in 4 people have a mental illness? And that doesn’t account for the un-diagnosed! With psychological disorders on the rise, more and more people are finding it harder to focus on themselves and their mental health. Self-care is important to everyone whether you have a mental illness or not. It allows you to calm yourself down in a healthy way and take some time to focus on YOU.

Whether you are just having a bad day, or have a severe mental health attack, practicing self-care can change the outcome of your day.

IMG_2962Self-care is the act of doing things for yourself that can help lift your mood and make you happier. There are a variety of different forms of self-care: physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual. All aspects of self-care are extremely important to your overall being, however, we will be focusing on psychological and emotional self-care.

Psychological and emotional self-care can go hand-in-hand. The majority of the time, our psychological status can affect our emotional status and vice versa. We all get stressed out about something, whether it be a grade in a class or a fight with a friend or significant other. Sometimes, especially during a mental health attack or when we are too stressed to think clearly, we just don’t know what will make us feel better and we may choose to resort to unhealthy coping options. Having a list (actually write it down or type it up on your phone) of positive coping tools is a necessity so when you are feeling stressed, you don’t need to search for something you can do, you can just pick something from your list!

I personally have a list of positive coping skills and one of my favorites was actually suggested by a mentor of mine. She had suggested that I make a self-care kit and gave me so many ideas about how to create it. I thought it was an amazing idea, so I took to it! Read More!