Coming Soon: The Blog Loft: An Online Community For Bloggers and Creatives

An online community for female bloggers! How cool!

Hey! How are you? I’m great! I feel like we’ve never talked. We’ve never had a conversation here before, and that’s been bothering me. Because if you’re reading my blog- we probably have a lot in common. I’m guessing you’re a creative, solopreneur, blogger, or all of the above. I’ve been working away non-stop on a new project for people like us. People who want to grow their networks and build an amazing community.

I’m so excited to announce that this project is almost ready to launch! Welcome to The Blog Loft! 

 

Q:What is The Blog Loft?

 

A: An online community forum where you can connect and talk to other bloggers and creatives who are just like you!

 

People who get what it is that you do all day. Do you ever get tired of trying to explain “this blogging thing you do” to your family and friends- only to watch their eyes glaze over while they reach for their phones to play Angry Birds? My mom loves me to death, but, even she just-doesn’t-get-it.

At The Blog Loft, we all get it. And that’s the beautiful thing about this community. You can join real conversations about the things you love in real time. Not only can you chat with other creatives, but you can grow your network. The most exciting part of this is that the more you communicate- the better the community will be! It’s all about you, and what you bring to the table. You have the chance to grow like, real connections with people while you’re building a huge network around your blog and/or business. Doesn’t that kick ass? I think so!

Q: What Will I Get?

 

A: A whole new way to make connections, and build a network of followers and supporters online through real conversations.

 

Another huge part of this forum will be the the collaborations and guest post request sections. I really want to see bloggers coming together, working together, and creating together. I want to see what amazing things we can do when we collaborate. It’s really hard and intimidating to just “shoot someone an email” and hope that they’ll even respond. You don’t want to sound like a spammer- but you’d really like to work with them!

At The Blog Loft- I’ve turned that method around. You post your collaboration ideas- and people come to you- asking you if they can be a part of your awesome idea.

 

Same with guest posting. You want to guest post, or have someone guest post on your blog- put up a request and they come to you.

Q: Where do I sign Up?

A: Here

You can also follow The Blog Loft on Facebook  & Twitter! But possibly the best thing you can do is share with your friends by clicking the “Tweet This” link at the bottom of this post. I can promote this until my fingers fall off- but if you want your followers to join you in this community- let them know it exists!

I haven’t officially launched the forum yet- I’m doing a lot of work on the backend trying to get it all ready and pretty for you. But you can sign up now to be in the loop when we do officially launch! Sign up, and I’ll let you know everything you need to know about becoming a member in the next couple of weeks. All I’ll leave you with now is that It’s going to be EPIC- and you don’t wanna miss out!

The Blog Loft: An online community for bloggers and creatives. This is going to be epic! http://www.theblogloft.com Tweet this

Goals Change and That’s Ok

Biz Tip: Goals Change and That's Ok

Wow- can you believe August is almost over? Hell, 2014 is almost over! I started out this year with a lot of goals, and I bet you did too. As fall is just around the corner, I’m getting ready for some big changes, and putting off buying fall clothes or Halloween decor as long as I can. I’m looking forward to new clients, a new site launch (more to come on that very soon!) and a new home. Some of my beginning of the year goals have changed- but not for the wrong reasons.

Sometimes goals change, and sometimes that’s for the better. Tweet this

 

Over the winter I got like- really really into knitting. I started a knitting blog, with the intention of making sales on patterns that I created. It turned out I was pretty good at making patterns. So My goals were to offer free patterns, and video tutorials on my blog, get affiliate advertising sales from yarn companies, sell my patterns on my blog & on Etsy, and eventually create a pattern e-book.

The crazy part? All these goals- were just a side hustle to my (rapidly growing) design business. Pattern development, getting patterns tested, correcting said patterns, then photographing, editing said photos, advertising, listing, writing a blog, making & editing videos. A bit much? I thought so too. So I decided to take it easy on those ideas and focus more on my design. I knit now for peace of mind and relaxation when I have time. And I enjoy it more that way.

It’s good to have goals for a side hustle- but keep in mind that it’s just a side hustle and you need to have a life.  Tweet this

 

I easily get caught up in “the next big idea,” and fail to take into account those silly little  details like how there’s only 24 hours in a day. And like how sometimes, you need to shower, eat, and see friends & family. As a creative- I’m sure you can relate.  So I put my knitting needles down and put my fingers to work on my keyboard. Blogging, designing, improving my website, and promoting myself. I got clients, made sales, and took on a new project.

Through growing my network on Twitter, (you can follow me @eyesofstyleblog!) I made some great connections and friendships. I brainstormed a new project with a couple of friends, and then another goal came into play. That goal is what I’m working on right now. And yes- I’m being intentionally vague. I can’t tell you much- but I can say that building friendships, networks, and collaborations online is about to get a whole lot easier- and funner. Yes funner. It should be a word.

A little flex room for your goals is a vital part of the creative process. Tweet this

 

And that’s something I’m realizing as 2014 flies by. Making room for new goals is essential to my creative potential. I can’t wait to share more about this project with you soon, for more updates, follow me via email in the comments below, or facebook or twitter.

 

Grow Your Twitter Following in 1 Week

Grow your twitter following in 1 week!

Lately I’ve been actively growing my blog traffic through social media, by meeting new people, and making connections on Twitter. And it’s been so stupid simple, I can’t believe I avoided Twitter for this long. 

Have you guys heard of Twitter Chats? Oh man- they’ve really changed the way I communicate through social media. 

I’ve met so many cool ladies (maybe some of you!) and gained hundreds of new followers since I’ve started doing twitter chats! And I’ve only just begun. If you want to grow your blog following, and make some new friends, I’ve put together this list of my favorite Twitter chats to get you started!

#blisschat : Tomorrow! Aug. 21st 6pm PST

  • Hosted by: @mscharissamoore
  • Topic: Social media copy & how to get clients/customers from Twitter

#blogtrends : Mondays at 6pm PST

  • Hosted by @BlogTrends
  • Topics: Lifestyle, fashion, and beauty blogging

#fireworkpeople : Tuesdays at 6pm PST

  • Hosted by @Ashley Beaudin
  • Topics: Inspiration, Encouragement, Aspirations

#passionpunchchat : Wednesdays at 6pm PST (cancelled tonight, Aug. 20th)

  • Hosted by: @kaylischattner
  • Topics: Business, Marketing, Social Media


This list of chats should be enough to get you started for sure. I’ve grown my following, made friends, and even pen-pals. All through just joining twitter chats. All you have to do is sign in at the listed time of the chat, and use the hashtag. It’s a good idea to follow your chat hosts in case something changes, and so you can get updates on chat topics! The chat host then throws out questions for discussion, and you take it from there. You’d be surprised how far 140 characters can get you.

I really hope to see some of you in the upcoming chats I’ve listed here. And feel free to venture out on your own, see what other chats, friends, and followers await you!

Have any suggestions to add to this list? Leave them in the comments below and I will update it for us!