You're good at what you do. You love it, too. Now it's time to get paid for your creativity! Welcome to the podcast for creative bloggers who are looking to grow an amazing blog primed for making money.
Each week we talk about ways to increase your readership, your confidence, and your income from those who are doing just that; creative bloggers walking the walk I like to call "Blogging Creatives on Fire".
Pivoting from a brick-and-mortar storefront into a six-figure online blogging business in just under three years; I know the benefits of building a solid blog and what having an engaged audience can do for you. I will be sharing ways you can break through the discouraging roadblocks we often face as blogging creatives in order to experience the magic that comes from an engaged six-figure following.
So put it on your calendar and let's connect here every Tuesday to be encouraged and inspired by Blogging Creatives on Fire!
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61. How to Keep Your Day on Track with Melanie Ferguson
Today we’re going to talk about a simple method I use to keep my daily work productive. It is easy to feel completely overwhelmed by everything there is to do - creating content for alllll the social media platforms, responding to messages, writing blog posts - that I end up doing nothing! I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve ever felt like this, then I hope you’ll find this episode helpful. I share my simple routine for optimizing my most productive working hours and prioritizing income-producing tasks every single day. This method allows me to know that I am continually making progress even when it seems like the to-do list isn’t getting any shorter. I hope this episode will assist you in making a plan that works for you and your business. SHOW NOTES: https://www.southerncrushathome.com/episode61
The Do's and Don’ts of Selling a Blog with Jenny Melrose
In this episode, I talk to Jenny Melrose, who made the switch from school teacher to blogging teacher! After her blogging income outdid her teaching income, Jenny retired from teaching at the age of 35 and made the shift to teaching other people how to grow their blogs and their brand. Jenny eventually sold her original lifestyle blog and in our conversation, she shared lots of good tips for anyone looking to do the same. In the blogging world, Jenny is known as “the person who talks about sponsorship” and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to partnering with brands and building long-term relationships with them.
SHOW NOTES: https://www.southerncrushathome.com/episode60
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Practical Ways to Avoid Creative Burnout with Melanie Ferguson
Today we’re talking about creative burnout. If you’re an entrepreneur or creative of any kind, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about, and if you don’t, there’s a good chance you’ll experience this at some point on your journey. Creative burnout occurs when we start to feel a loss of purpose or control in our businesses and fail to enjoy the journey. Creative burnout can happen to anyone, but the good news is there are a few practical things you can do in order to continue finding joy in what you do. Managing your time, learning from others, and being connected with others are all essential if you want to avoid creative burnout.
In this episode, we cover:
- How to identify the signs of creative burnout both before and when it happens
- The importance of an audience first vs. money first perspective
- Practical steps to get your joy back
58. How to Use Pinterest and Recipes to Drive Traffic to Your Blog with Jennifer Dempsey
Today I got to chat with Jenn Dempsey from the blog Mother Thyme. Jenn shared tons of amazing advice and tips and I think even the most seasoned bloggers will learn something from her! Jenn started blogging in 2011 and blogged exclusively about food. After experiencing blogger burnout a few years later, she completely pivoted and made the switch to lifestyle blogging. You’ll want to listen to hear more about how Jenn made this transition without losing her existing followers and how her old recipe posts are still driving a ton of traffic to her site! Jenn is a big Pinterest lover, and if you haven’t jumped on the Pinterest wagon yet, you’ll definitely want to after hearing Jenn talk about it. Lastly, Jenn jumped into the nitty-gritty of blogger burnout and shared some excellent tips for anyone facing similar challenges. SHOW NOTES: https://www.southerncrushathome.com/episode58
57. How to Use Stories to Increase Your Reach with Hilary Prall
Today I had the pleasure of chatting with Hilary Prall. Hilary is an interior designer and blogger who loves to thrift and upcycle. Hilary worked retail for years but eventually needed a change. She turned to design and blogging and when that took off, she just kept going! Hilary keeps her content authentic and personable and is full of creative ideas. I loved hearing the ways Hilary is reaching new followers, selling some of her designs, and utilizing her social media accounts. Make sure you listen in for some great tips on making the most of Instagram stories, giving value to your followers, and a first-hand account of Pinterest lives. SHOW NOTES: https://www.southerncrushathome.com/episode57
56. Blogging as a Full-Time "Hobby" with Ann Kittredge
Today you’ll get to hear from Ann Kittredge from Dabbling and Decorating! Ann is different from most of my guests because she sees blogging entirely as a (full-time) hobby and not as a job! I love Ann’s perspective on this because if you don’t love what you do, blogging can so easily become draining. When Ann and her husband retired about 10 years ago, Ann started a blog as a way to share her home decorating ideas and it took off from there! Ann does some really neat things, including a fun collaboration called “Thrifting with the Gals” and the sale of some of her DIYs. If you’re feeling like you need some joy back in your blog, make sure to listen in as Ann shares her tips for keeping things fun and creating content both she and her readers will love. SHOW NOTES: https://www.southerncrushathome.com/episode56
Blogging as a Hobby
Thank you so much for having me Melanie. It was so much fun connecting and this turned out amazing!
Creatives on Fire podcast
It’s so fun to hear the journey of other creatives and learn from their experiences. Melanie does an excellent job at pulling out the entrepreneurial nuggets we can all learn from.
I love Creatives on Fire podcasts! Each episode created by Melanie or an interview with one of her guest speakers, is very informative and encouraging! Always a worthwhile listen!