Growing up, I spent hours on YouTube watching MeganHeartsMakeup and JuicyStar07 all whilst cursing my awkwardness and my lack of natural charisma that seemed necessary to make it on YouTube. The idea of being a YouTuber seemed glamorous and exciting. The execution? Not so much. Secret time: When I was fourteen I actually had a beauty YouTube channel. It was top secret and 10/10 embarrassing. It didn’t last long, though. I got to my first 1,000 subscribers and then I was terrified that people from school would find out so I put all of my videos on private and slunk away into… View Post

I’ve been a blogger for over three years and I’ve seen the industry shift and transform over and over again. Blogging is the best thing I’ve ever stumbled into, and I’ve had the incredible opportunity to help so many other bloggers during their journeys, too. In the last three years I’ve seen bloggers stumble into the same traps over and over again, and there is one that stands out more than anything else: Worrying too much with what everyone else is doing. With the exception of writing this post, I have one main philosophy when it comes to blogging: stay in… View Post

*This post has been edited, refined, and republished. Originally published in August 2014. Blogging has effectively changed my life in the best way possible. Starting a blog completely changed the trajectory of my path in the best way possible. Since starting a blog over three years ago I’ve had so many doors opened to me, from landing my dream job as a content marketer at a tech startup in New York City to being flown around the country for press events. And the crazy thing? Anyone can do it. When I started blogging I was a freshman in college and my posts were bad.… View Post

I interrupt your usual June travel–related programming to share an exciting update… I was interviewed on Live TV today! Locally, we have a talk show called Paula Sands Live that I grew up watching after school. Paula is as much of a Quad Cities staple as John Deere Headquarters or the Mississippi River is, so when I was invited to be on the show I had to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Paula Sands Lives features local people, events, charities, businesses, and everything in between and gives them a platform to talk about whatever it is that they do. Blogging… View Post

When it comes to blogging – I’m an open book. I am more than happy to share just about anything with y’all because when I was a new blogger I obsessed over income reports and traffic analysis because it’s how I learned not only what was possible, but how I might be able to achieve it myself. Transparent bloggers helped me learn the strategies I needed to see growth, and I’ve gotten to the point where I can consistently predict my stats and income. I’ve been blogging for almost three years now and have had my share of viral months… View Post