5 Ways to get Serious about Blogging

5 ways to get serious about blogging

Whether you’ve been blogging for years or just starting out, there comes a time when you need a little motivation and a little push to get more serious about your blog. I’ve created this small list of tips in hopes that they will help hold you accountable in your blogging journey and inspire you to keep creating.  If you find this post helpful please share with your friends or just simply hit the Facebook like button above. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Create a Work Space Other than Your Bed

Don’t get me wrong I love my bed and for the longest time I did all of my writing and blogging from my bed.  While I love being super cozy when I write, I also know that I need a space that is organized and just meant for me and my blog. I ordered a writing desk a month or so ago (check it out here ) for like $50 and it has transformed my productivity. I am a procrastinator at heart but once I sit down at my desk I am there to get stuff DONE.

  • Start an Editorial Calendar

An editorial calendar is basically just a calendar for your blog. This is an awesome way to plan your posts ahead of time and to have a visual of what your plans are for the current month and months to come. I think an editorial calendar is a wonderful idea for every blogger, it’s an excellent way to help turn those dreams you have for your blog into goals and then, into reality!

  • Set “Blog” Hours

Setting blog hours is a must especially if you’re like me and you do your blogging from home. While blogging is certainly a hobby I also consider it a second job because of the time I put in to it. I have set hours at the Salon I do hair at so why wouldn’t I have hours set aside for blogging?  I’ve devoted a window of time on Tuesday’s and Thursdays for creating content for Darling Darlings. Now don’t get me wrong I definitely have times where something comes up and I’m not able to do it and in that case I’ll usually pull a late night but I try my best to stick to a schedule and it really has made a difference in the value of the content I create.

  • Connect with Other Bloggers

Having a community of other bloggers is beneficial in so many ways and it will most definitely help get you more serious about blogging. When I meet with other like minded bloggers or friends we bounce ideas off of one another, dream together, and we always leave feeling more inspired. Connect with someone local through Instagram or Facebook and try to start meeting up weekly or monthly and watch the creativity begin to flow!

  • Guest Post on other Blogs

Collaborating with other bloggers is a great way to help you get more serious about blogging because not only are you making new friends but you’re also reaching a totally different audience which will help you grow your readership. So you’re getting accountability to put out great content and also great connections in the blogosphere.

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Women Making an Impact 

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Hey guys! I’m so pumped to share with you all the first post from my Women Making an Impact Category.  This column is meant to inspire all women. I have always had a heart to encourage and inspire others through writing and I know so many people that have amazing stories to share so this space was created to introduce you to God fearing women who are making an impact in their every day life. Pour yourself some coffee (or your favorite wine), get cozy, and enjoy this post from my sweet friend Halie.

 

“All the “hustle” in the world doesn’t matter if the Lord isn’t leading the business.”
-Hayley Morgan

Dear Reader,

 My name is Halie Hampton. I was born and raised here in Nashville, TN and I’m a Music Industry Professional by day and a Lifestyle Blogger by night. I was thrilled when Kendall asked me to guest blog for her this week on a topic as important as this one. SO many wonderful ladies in the blogging community, Kendall included, have had a huge impact in the development of not only my blog, HopefullyHalie, but in the development of me personally as a woman of God as well.

 So last year was an absolute whirlwind for me! The Lord brought two VERY wonderful and important things to my life. The first thing He gave me was a curiosity to learn about and dive into blogging. Truly, I knew nothing about it. All I knew was that I loved to read columns I stumbled upon every once in a while and I loved getting fashion ideas from accounts I followed, etc. But as far as getting started..or what to blog about…or what website to even go to in order to launch a blog, I had no clue where to begin. Luckily, Cassie Kelley, a friend I had made in the Industry, happened to be one of the biggest Blogging names in our community, running a blog called “Womanista“! So, I reached out to Cass and asked if I could take her to lunch and pick her brain. The best advice she gave to me was “Just start. You don’t have to know what you’re doing or even exactly what your blog is going to focus on, because honestly over time it will change. You just have to start.” So, that’s what I did. I would say it took me a fair eight months to really get the content and look/feel where I wanted it to be. I wanted it to be a space that was reflective of many different parts of life that I touched every day and wanted to share with other people. So instead of choosing a certain niche like Fashion, I decided HopefullyHalie was going to be a lifestyle blog! Some days you may get some great Makeup Tips that are working for me, some days you may get a recap of an event I planned or attended, or some days you may get AWESOME giveaway opportunities or chances to snag discounts with whatever Brand I may be partnering with that week, it’s always going to be different. But one thing about my blog that will forever remain the same is that it is centered around my Faith. Cassie always told me to stay true to myself in my blogging journey, and that has stuck with me. I LOVE to write. It’s one of the main reasons I knew I wanted to begin blogging. I truly believe that sharing our stories and experiences have a REAL impact on other people. There is such power in kindness and reminding people that they are not alone. I love that about this life. You have the power to positively impact someone’s life because of the gifts the Lord has given you. Don’t ever waste that.

 The second thing the Lord brought me last year? Tom.

After a pretty devastating relationship ending the beginning of last year, I was like so many women are after that happens: ready to throw in the towel! (Okay, I’m being a tad dramatic). But I certainly was not out looking for love. Here’s a great lesson to learn, and the earlier you learn it the better off you will be: Our timing doesn’t matter because God’s timing is perfect. I may not have thought my heart was ready to believe in love again, but the Lord knew that THIS Man was the answer to so many of my prayers and nothing, not even the fact that we lived 2,000 miles away from each other was going to stop it from happening. And boy, am I SO thankful that His plans and timing are so much greater than mine are. Tom and I have now been together for 8 months and He will definitely be my husband one day. (SO fun to type that). Our relationship even inspired a four-week series on the blog called “Dating Through Distance.” Essentially it is breaking down 4 different components that get Tom and I through our days when we are away from each other and it has been SUCH a blessing to see the response already to this series. Our relationship and circumstances are hard. There’s no way to sugar coat that! But the Lord has really been at the forefront of helping me cope and also has helped me to write these posts. It’s been so cool to hear from other people that have gone through or are currently going through a long distance or Military relationship. My hope is that they find comfort in the posts and realize that they aren’t alone. And that’s not just my hope in this series alone, it’s my hope people find comfort and encouragement through many things throughout the posts of HopefullyHalie.

Hopefully,

Halie

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Things to do in Nashville

Things to do in Nashville

For Eats

Vegan

Sushi

Coffee 

Scenic 

 

Worship/Church

 

Other fun places to hangout

Murals for some great Photo Ops 

  • DCXV at Center 615 — location is the east side of Center 615’s building.
  • I believe in Nashville — several locations: Marathon Music Works, Riverside Village on the side of Mitchell Deli, and 12 South next to Edley’s.
  • Import Flowers — Right on Murphy Road off of West End as you hit Sylvan Park on the side of the old Import Flowers building.
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31 Prayers for my Husband

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Happy Wednesday, friends! I don’t know about you but I definitely want to be known as a woman of prayer or even a wife of prayer but if I’m being honest praying for my husband isn’t that easy for me. It usually sounds the same and I find myself getting overwhelmed because I know there are SO many aspects of his life that I could cover.  So, for Christmas I decided to order my husband and I these prayer devotionals I came across on Facebook from The Unveiled Wife and The Husband Revolution and they truly have transformed mine and my husbands prayer life for one another. I am so thankful for this devo you guys! The sweetest part is that after every prayer they created a space for me and my husband to write out our own prayer for one another and I feel so loved when my husband lets me read the prayer he wrote out for me. If you and your husband need a little prayer motivation I definitely recommend these devotionals. I’ll give you guys a little peek into this devo by writing out one of the sweet prayers Jennifer shares. You can find Jennifer’s  devotionals here.

“Dear Lord,

You know just how challenging marriage can be. My husband and I experience the ebb and flow of different emotions as we live together in this beautiful covenant of marriage. Our relationship has encountered both good times and more difficult times, joyful moments and painful moments. Yet all of it helps us to understand Your great love all the more! Our marriage specifically shows us the power of Your amazing grace. I pray that we are always humble enough to extend grace to each other. I pray that no root of bitterness will ever find a place in my husband’s heart. For if there were no grace, our marriage would be full of trouble. Thank you Lord for Your gift of grace, for mercy, and forgiveness. Thank You Jesus for exemplifying what grace should look like in marriage. I desire to have an intimate relationship with my husband where we can love extravagantly, be transparent with each other, and be quick to show grace to one another. May You help my husband to truly forgive me in the areas in which I am weak, and may we both be willing to reconcile during moments of conflict. Help my husband and me gift each other extraordinary love through the power of Your amazing grace in Jesus’ name AMEN!”

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Why I Started a Lifestyle Blog

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Hi and welcome to Darling Darlings!

First off, thank you so much for checking out my new home on the internet. I am so excited to get to share this space with you and I can’t wait to get to know you better!

Blogging and writing have had a special place in my heart for years. It wasn’t until last year that I really got serious and consistent with blogging. February 2015 my friend Kelsey and I started The Radiant Life Blog and lets just say things really took off! Neither of us anticipated for TRL to blow up as quickly as it did. After spending a lot of time in prayer, November of 2015 I decided to step away from The Radiant Life Blog. Kelsey is awesome and is still rocking it out over at TRL and I wish her nothing but the best!

Slowing down was a big reason for leaving TRL and I am so thankful for the months I had to take a break and give my dreams to Jesus and now it’s brought me to this space! I created Darling Darlings to have a place to write and create at my own pace sharing encouragement, travel and adventure, my life happenings as a wife, along with some awesome tips, tools, and guides.

Thanks again for stopping by and I look forward to getting to know you better!

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