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

A lot of people don’t understand all of the time, work, and devotion must go into running a successful blog. And beyond all of that there is also a lot of money that goes into blogging for business. From wordpress themes to cameras to the yearly renewal fees the costs can really add up for a professional blogger. Given that it’s ‘gift guide season’ in the blogging world, I thought I’d list a few things that are on most bloggers’ wishlists this holiday season. Memory Cards Successful blogs hinge on beautiful and original graphics. Those graphics start with photography, and bloggers take a lot of pictures to get the perfect shot. Before class today I was out taking pictures for an exciting project, and going through my lightroom library I realized I took 27 pictures of the same subject at slightly different angles. It takes a lot to get that perfect shot, and the cards fill up quickly. A DSLR A DSLR camera is a game changer for bloggers. I took the plunge in January to invest in one, and that is really when my blog started taking off. At the very base of photography, the camera does make a difference. But then… View Post

Last week I wrote a massive guide on self-employment in college and it sort of took off. I’ve gotten a great response from so many college students saying, ‘yes, that is exactly what I want to do.’ A lot of people are really drawn to the idea of self employment because lets be real, self employment is awesome. You set your own hours and your success is entirely up to you and the work that you put into your side hustle. And that is the best thing ever. But being self-employed is especially difficult in college when you already have so much on your plate. You might be taking on 18 hours of classes, active in different clubs and organizations, and working another job so that you can afford to be there. You have a lot on your plate and striking a balance is hard.   These time management tips are made especially with the college blogger in mind, but really they can be applied to anyone trying to make a bit of money on the side.   Schedule your day. And when I say schedule, I mean it. When I have a lot going on, my daily schedule is intense. I plan when I’ll wake, when I’ll eat,… View Post