Happy New Year, everyone! This income report marks my first full year tracking my blog’s income, and I am still in a bit of disbelief over my being able to turn this into a full time job for myself! If you’ve been around for a while you know why I do these posts every month, but in case you’re new, let me explain: To monitor my growth. I take blogging seriously, and it’s something I hope to do for the rest of my life. It’s exciting and inspiring to be able to track my numbers and see what does and doesn’t work! To be transparent. Ok, guys. There are a million and one ways that you can make money on the internet and most of them are pretty sketchy. I like to be clear about where my income is coming from so you don’t think I’m taking advantage of my readers! To inspire. Ok, lets be honest here. There are so many amazing girl bosses and business mavens roaming around the internet world, but a lot of them are tight lipped on how they are making money. And of course, to each their own. A lot of people think it’s rude… View Post

You guys, I’m going to crack. I thought I could make it to the the New Year, but I can’t. I’m letting out my big secret that I’ve been keeping from y’all because I am weak. You know that project I’ve been teasing you with for over a month? Well I’m coming out with it: I’m starting another website. Ok, so I’ve got to keep some secrets under wraps so I’m going to keep hush hush on what the content is going to be (but feel free to guess in the comments below!), but I didn’t think it would be fair to keep teasing you with a secret without throwing any crumbs your way. When I started blogging here at Mostly Morgan, everything happened on a whim. One day I was reading College Info Geek, as I did regularly freshman year, and I thought to myself, ‘Huh, maybe I could blog, too.’ And within an hour I had a domain bought and hosting was being set up. My new site, though, had a lot more planning and thought put into it. I don’t want to have the same uphill battle I fought for the first six month here, fighting for readers and engagement, so… View Post

Hello, lovely friends! This month I have not been nearly as active here as I’d like. Normally I’m not one for excuses, but I actually have some pretty good reasons. The beginning of the month I was very stressed (and I’m still dealing with some residual stress!), finals, a nasty bug, and I’ve been putting what energy that I do have into a project. I plan on getting back to writing five days a week in the new year, something I really enjoyed doing most of the fall, but in the mean time I thought I could give you a few suggestions of blogs you might want to read! Living Between the Lines Megan writes Living Between the Lines and she’s the best. I’ve known her since I was twelve, and when the school year wraps up I will have spent about a tenth of my life living with her. She’s fun, she’s a bit sassy, and she writes really great college posts. Here, enjoy this six year old picture of us. Relieved to say we’ve outgrown that portion of our lives. The Nectar Collective Insert collective enthusiastic nods, am I right? We all know Melyssa and love her for her straight forward… View Post

This post is brought to you by Wacom and Her Campus Media. I received the product free of charge. I’ve been alluding a lot to a top secret project lately and while I’m still not ready to fully come clean with what I’ve got up my sleeve, I promise that you’ll all be in the loop soon! In addition to my sneaky project, I’ve also been taking advantage of break to work on growing my social media, creating a blog course, and continuing to produce content for Mostly Morgan. I tend to bite off more than I can chew, and thus far I’ve miraculously been able to pull it off. I credit that to dumb luck, hard work, and an intense organization system. I am constantly talking about my need to write my ideas and lists down on sticky notes and in planners rather than organizing them digitally but I’ve always had big trouble keeping everything straight. Recently I got to try the Wacom Bamboo Spark and it has revolutionized my organizational system. The Bamboo Spark is a smarfolio that allows you to write with pen and paper and then send those notes digitally to your phone or computer. This combines my need to… View Post

Alright, ladies and gents! This is my second to last post in the Instagram series that I’ve been running for the past six months or so. While I’m no expert by any means, I’ve grown my following by about 2000 in the past two months, where it took me nearly a year and a half to get to my first one thousand. I’m growing faster now than ever before, gaining about 10 to 20 followers a day on average (some days I’m exceeding 30!) and I have a system in place helping me grow (in only ten minutes a day!). That strategy will be up next week, concluding my Instagram series, but today I’m talking about getting the perfect shot and editing my instagram pictures. The Picture. Getting the perfect picture is a feat in itself, especially considering that most of my Instagram pictures are taken on my Galaxy S4 as opposed to my DSLR. A few things that help make my cellphone pictures “Instagram-worthy” are: Good lighting. If the lighting isn’t good, you’re really out of luck because there is only so much that an editing program can do. Indirect sunlight is your best bet, but you can even work… View Post