Blogger Bombardment: August 9

It seems I’m not the only person in the blogosphere who loves a bunch of links to click on and read! After last week’s post, I’ve decided to bring you some more links for this Friday. Some of them are old and recently discovered, and others are new!

The UNESCO Hunt: 1-10 (via Adventurous Kate): I am absolutely in love with this blog! And the idea for visiting a ton of UNESCO sites is awesome to me.

Picnic at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland (via Ifs, Ands, & Butts): Just discovered this girl’s blog yesterday and I can’t get enough. Picnic + Ireland? Yes. Please.

Great White Sharks, Guitars and Gettin’ Down, Down Under (via The Planet D): In honor of Shark Week finishing up, why don’t you head over here and see how adventurous Dave and Deb are?

Visit Brindisi Italy (via Young Adventuress): Another blogger that I love, writing about a country that I love. What more could you ask for?

My Train Derailed in the Northern Thai Jungle (via That Backpacker): My friend was also just in Thailand and just missed a crash. This is a story that needs to be heard!

Confessions of a First Time Solo Traveler (via Ways of Wanderers): This is an old post, but an awesome read! As someone who wants to get in to solo travel, I found it very enlightening.

Vital Reminders for Writers (via The Conversationalist): Excellent quotes to take a look at.

How Funny Tweets Win You New Customers (via Fast Company): It turns out, people on Twitter really do love humor!

Do What You Love and Get Paid for It: The Missing Link (via The Middle Finger Project): SO GLAD I found this project this week. Love the attitude and the life/business lessons. You should definitely check it out!

Photography Tips, Part 1 (via Postcards from Rachel): I’ve been trying to find ways to improve my photography to improve my blog. This is a great list of tips, especially if you can’t afford a DSLR yet and most tip posts go over your budget head.

That Sponsorship Thing That Nobody Gets (via Kisses and Croissants): Just discovered this blog and knew it was love. I’m really thinking about sponsorship (as soon as I transfer over my blog) and so this was a great guide!

How Beer & Coffee Affect Your Brain (via LifeHack): An interesting infographic that explains it all. In moderation, mind you!

15 Things Happy People Don’t Do (via Elite Daily): Everyone wants to be happy, but what don’t you have to do to get there?

Why I Wake Up Early and 3 Reasons You Should Too (via Julia Boorsten on LinkedIn): I always have wanted to be an early riser, and this article might be the inspiration I needed to get there!

16 (Non-Alcoholic) Drinks for Summer! (via A Beautiful Mess): Sometimes, you just can’t afford the alcohol. 😉 Some of these sound seriously delicious!!

No Technology Weekend (via Lost in Travels): As a treat to your weekend, read this post!

How to Be Confident (via Prolific Living): Another great site that I found this week! I definitely need to work on my confidence, so if you’re like me…this is a must read.

As usual, let me know if there are any awesome links I missed this week!

Blogger Bombardment: August 2

One of the great things about being a blogger is that you get to read other bloggers. I guess technically you don’t have to be a blogger to do that, but I feel you get more invested when you’ve got a baby of your own. Paul is so lucky to have me because usually I’ll bombard him with about 12 send him a link a day about something awesome I’ve found.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to your own blogger bombardment! Is that too obnoxious of a title? I might keep it. It’s pretty nice alliteration, you must admit! Give me your thoughts. I can’t be the only one that finds these posts and gets insanely click happy…right?

Travel Links

Eight Alternative Theme Parks of the World (via Lonely Planet): Who’s not a big theme park fan, I ask you?

Why I Love A Traveling Girl (via 1000 Places to Fight Before You Die): Probably my favorite that I sent Paul. Clearly showing him that he should still love me.

Why I Want to Move to Carmel by the Sea, California (via A Passion & A Passport): I exclaimed “I NEED TO GET RICH BECAUSE SEA OTTERS!” when I told somebody about this.

My Favorite Beaches After Two Years of Travel (via Never Ending Footsteps): Beach lady for sure, over here.

Put-In-Bay: Wait, This Place is in Ohio? (via A Dangerous Business): Totally doable on a trip to the big Cedar Point. This baby has GOT to happen.

Blogging & Business

10 Tips to Help You Find Work Abroad (via Wild Junket Magazine): Okay I guess technically this can be lumped into travel. But I’m not doing it.

10 of the Most Inspiring Websites for Digital Nomads (via The Barefoot Nomad): Some serious inspiration here!

Qualifications (via The Art of Non-Conformity): This one is big on my mind right now as I struggle to complete my fifth year of schooling.

58 Ways to Get Notices as a New Blogger (via Blog World): Some great tips to look at!

Blog School Scholarships (via The Blog Genie): …and my entry! Seriously, if you want to build your blog, check this page out!

Health & Happiness

Happiness is Not Something Ready Made (via Olive to Run): If you only check out one of my links today, make it this one. I believe I said “it made my heart soar.” And I meant it.

The 7 Chakras (via Love Life Surf): Ever wondered about the 7 Chakras? I fully trust Christine to educate you.

10 Things Fit People Do…So Copy Them (via Lifting Revolution): Taylor is a marvelous fit person, so you may want to listen. 😉

How to Say NO With Love (via Heather Waxman): I’m awful at saying no, with or without love. Excellent post!

Ironman Lake Placid Recap (via NYC Running Mama): Is it normal to want to cry at the end of somebody else’s Ironman racap? AMAZING woman.

As they say, that’s a wrap! Anything you’ve got to add to the list this week?

I Love Blog School

Let us, for a second, pretend that I am Asher Roth. No, I’m not 100% sure who he is either. But he did sing/rap/say that one song called I Love College, am I right? I’m right. Just call me Asher.

That blog post last night was awfully crazy I wish we retweeted it.
In the life of a blogger, man, I wanna make it.
Drink my coffee and check my feed;
All of my blends, they’re all I need.
Wake up at five and pass out at ten;
Go out to eat, then Instagram.
Man I love blog school. And I love writing.
And I love Rita. I love blog school.

Blog School

Can we agree that Blog School’s colors are cherry and white?

If anybody’s down for a music video collab, just say the word. I think I’m onto something here. And I think I’m a joy to work with, so there won’t be that musician drama.

I have a really exciting announcement that might only be exciting to me.

Diving Board Jump

Theme of the day: jumping for joy.

I’m going back to being self hosted! I sat down as part of my homework assignment yesterday and really, truly thought about some goals that I had for this here corner of the interwebs. And guys, they are WAY bigger than I anticipated. And I’ve faced the facts that they just aren’t going to happen with a free WordPress blog. I spent yesterday doing some research on hosting (speaking of: any faves I have to check out?), and as soon as I realized how much it was going to bite my bank account, I had to accept it.

I can use all of the help I can get with this process. I’ve mentioned Rita (aka. the Blog Genie) and her upcoming blog school before. Well, she’s got a scholarship giveaway going on right now. This is great because a) I have absolutely NO excuses and b) I’m totally familiar with begging schools to give me money showing educational institutions how AWESOME I am. If you haven’t realized, you’re smack dab in the middle of my application. 😉

Italy Beach Jumping

Is the jumping picture thing old now? I think I might be running out of pictures…

What would I hope to get out of blog school?

  • I’ve got no organization or method to my madness. I wake up in the morning, try and edit photos, spill out a witty and captivating post, comment on other blogs, tweet, and just pray it all works. I’d like to have my stuff together just a little tiny itty-bitty bit more.
  • I want to make my blog have the perfect balance of professional and personal. I would love help with the professional part. Who better to help me out than The Blog Genie herself, teaching a man (da) to fish? If it looks pretty on top of all that, I’d be a happy blogger!
  • Not going to lie, I’m dreaming that this place will be a place of income, no matter how tiny, to fuel my travel and my passions. It’s not my main goal, but it’s definitely a huge part of it. And I’ll be the first to admit that I am completely lost when it comes to that world.
  • Some of my best friends came about through school. Being in a blog school environment will undoubtedly be a great place to find awesome relationships with other bloggers. I’m all about the relationships!
  • Most of all, I want to have the confidence of a swaggy (it just came out…?) blogger. That’s something that can’t be taught, but the more I learn, the more I think I can actually do this. As my dad says: “It’s all about more tools in your toolbox!”
InMotion Jump

Who was I kidding? I’ll never run out of jumping pictures.

I don’t want to release my dream quite yet, because I’m not ready for that step. But I can promise you it will be exciting, (hopefully!) world-wide, and adventurous as all get out. I’m working out schooling/degrees/projects to help me achieve it. This blog could play such a pivotal role in the success, I’ve gotta shoot for this blog school scholarship too. What’s that quote about dreaming big? Oh yeah. DO IT.

Skydiving

Had to bring my big guns out to go out with a bang. Jumping. Out of a plane. Count it.

P.S. There’s another way to enter it if you want! It’s a Facebook sweepstakes and takes about 23 seconds to enter. Check it out here!

Are you a big dreamer? Are you going to blog school? Most importantly, will you make a music video with me?

Blog School > Regular School

I’ve gotten into this groove where I wake up around 6, actually get up around 6:30, make my coffee, and then spend some quality time with my blog. It’s been nice because I can really dedicate some time to building my blog the way I want it. This may be a (free) wordpress blog, but that doesn’t mean I don’t care. It just means I don’t have the hugest income in the world and tuition is insane. Honestly, I’m not sure how long I can hold out not jumping ship back to self-hosted. But that’s a story for another time.

In this development time, I’ve been hopping around the world wide web (is it lame to still call it that?) in search of design help, logistical pointers, creativity activities, ANYTHING. When I went self-hosted last time, I hired a designer and someone to switch everything over for me. This time, I’m determined to do it myself for me and to save money.

Better Blog

Some things I’ve found?

  • The SITS Girls: They’ve got a forum and a blog going on that really caught my attention. So many resources and clicks to take you to OTHER places with resources. I’ve spent many a minute on here.
  • Entrepreneurship Life: I read this article about how making money as a freelancer can actually be legit, and my mind took off in a million directions. Very inspirational and makes me want to kick my blog up 1 million notches.
  • The Thinking Closet: More than just a blog resource (even though it’s got an awesome ‘About Page’ guide!), this site is FULL of creativity. And I love it!
  • Skimbaco Lifestyle: Is it more inspiring articles you’re after? Check out this one to remind yourself that you follow your own path. Simple to forget, difficult to remember!
  • Click It Up A Notch: I’ve been trying to get my photography up to par, and this blog is AMAZING. Amazing. My cousin suggested a camera I’m now lusting after, and this blog doesn’t make it any better!

But do you know what’s really just done it for me? Have you heard of the Blog Genie? Perhaps you know her by Rita. Either way, she’s an amazing blog designer and human being in general. And she has a blog school. Enrollment starts on August 13, so check that out! Right now, she’s doing a three-part training series called “Build Your Remarkable Blog” for FREE to get the ball rolling. You know I’m all over that.

The three modules include “Are you blogging in the right niche?“, “The Art of Getting Things Done“, and “Believe You Can.” Only the first is out so far, but I loved it. It’s general enough to help any type of blogger, yet specific enough to actually be helpful. And yes, it comes with homework!

Blog Homework

It held priority over my “real” schoolwork. That’s how you know I care!

It can be tough to sit down and really break down which direction you want a blog to go in. This homework, for me, consisted of a lot of brainstorming and self doubt that I tried to ignore dreaming. But honestly, it solidified my choice to start this new blog from scratch and throw the “old blog” out the window. And anything that solidifies my choice gets an A+ from me! 😉 One of my favorite lessons:

Part of being successful is realizing that you can’t and shouldn’t write your blog for everyone. You’ll simply end up with a watered down version of yourself that isn’t interesting to anyone – you included.

Helllllo, true life!

Also: her e-mail mentioned to be on the lookout for Blog School scholarships. I would (and will!) definitely keep an eye out for that via her Facebook page.

Honestly, I would sing her praises for days. Check it out yourself and see what all the hubbub is about! Even if you’re already an established blogger, it’s always nice to spend some time making sure you’re staying on point for YOU!

Have you dedicated your time to a sort of “blog schooling?” Do you have any resources that should be added to my list? I’ve got a growing list of Photoshop tutorials for my re-design that I don’t know what to do with!