Meet Kiersten of She Is Fierce

September 22, 2014

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I survived the 1920′s Gay Pride Great Gatsby wedding!  To say I was concerned for this event would have been an understatement.  I’m so glad to say the wedding was absolutely beautiful and everything the couple wanted.  There are certainly stories galore but to be honest I have no idea to how put them in a blog post.  While I take the time to let me liver recover and process just what actually happened this weekend, I’m going to let ya’ll meet my most recent Winnderful Sponsor.

Kiersten of She Is Fierce has been the awesome Winnderful Sponsor over on the sidebar and has been working hard to improve her already awesome blog with a little help from me and the Winnderful Bloggers Facebook group.  Since starting the sponsorship her Bloglovin followers have grown by 16% and her Twitter following has grown 37%.  How exciting is that?!  Her blog is a breath of fresh air and a source of inspiration.  Keep reading to learn more about She Is Fierce.

Kiersten She Is Fierce-Winnderful Sponsor

Tell everyone a little bit about She Is Fierce.

She is Fierce could technically be called a lifestyle blog, but I don’t talk much about my life just for the sake of it.  Instead, what you’ll find on my blog are thoughtful personal essays, creative writing, and articles covering things like inspiration, creativity, feminism, and current events.

My hope is that when you navigate away from She is Fierce, you leave feeling inspired to take a closer look at your life, and at the world you’re living in.  I want you to not just accept the world you’re living in, but to work towards changing it to make it a better place, and to make your life a happier one.

What do you love most about blogging?

I absolutely love the community, and the conversations that community fosters.  One of my favorite things in life has always been debate and having the difficult conversations (as a child, everyone told me to be a lawyer because I loved debate. And now here I am working in a law firm).  Blogging allows me to do that with a much bigger conversation base, with people from all over the world who I wouldn’t have met otherwise, and whose opinions I may never have heard before.

What’s the biggest change you’ve made to your blog these past few weeks?

I just made the switch to WordPress! This is something I’m really excited about because, even though I know I have a LOT to learn on the new platform, I know it’s going to help me make my blog much better going forward. I’ve also been working on editing my archived posts for grammar and readability, and to edit the photos so that they’re all the same size and style.  It’s a lot of work, but it’s making my blog look much nicer and more put-together.

What goals have you reached so far and what goals have you set for the future?

One of my biggest goals that I can say I’ve reached is getting to the point where I’ve transferred to WordPress. I’m also really happy that I’ve started to build a community with She is Fierce, where people are responding to one another within the comments and having conversations about the topics in my posts.

Going forward, I’d like to grow that community, and to continue monetizing She is Fierce.

What blogging tips have you found most valuable?

Actually, there’s one you just wrote about last week, and that was that another blogger’s success is not your failure.  I love reading blog advice posts, but of all the things I’ve read I think this has been the most important. I know I struggle with seeing another blogger who I know started around the same time I did that is doing SO much “better” than me, at least from what I’m able to see.  I think we all do it – compare our blogs to everyone else’s to see how we rack up.  It’s so important to remember that this isn’t a competition, and another blogger doing well isn’t a sign that you’re doing badly; it’s just a chance to congratulate and support one another.

If you could give one blogging tip to a new blogger, what would it be?

It takes time. You’re not going to start writing on Monday, and by Friday have 1,000 followers and tons of pageviews.  It takes time, and a lot of work, and the most important thing I can suggest is to get involved in the community.  You’re not the only blog out there (far from it) and people aren’t going to just come to you – you have to put yourself out there, and really get involved, not just in a “hi I’m your newest follower, follow back?” kind of way.

What do you want readers to take away from She Is Fierce?

My hope is that when you navigate away from She is Fierce, you leave feeling inspired to take a closer look at your life, and at the world you’re living in.  I want you to not just accept the world you’re living in, but to work towards changing it to make it a better place, and to make your life a happier one.

I’ve never read a post from Kiersten and not felt inspired.  She has such passion and intelligent insight to the world we live in and is such a refreshing voice in the blogging community.  Visit her links below and show her some love!

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Social Saturday #15 Meet Katie

September 20, 2014

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It’s wedding weekend! Seriously, this wedding has me more excited than I was for my very own.  I’ve been talking about the 1920′s Gay Pride wedding for quite some time now, and it’s finally here.  The most recent developments include the venue firing the coordinator so there’s nobody to organize the wedding event, they aren’t entirely sure if the cake was ever confirmed, the bride’s boss decided to fire her and anyone who goes to her wedding (the bride works at a restaurant and several employees planned on attending) and two bridesmaid dresses that either didn’t come or came and didn’t (and wont) fit.  All this will unfold while 40,000+ Gay Pride attendees party it up at multiple events happening at the wedding venue all weekend.  I know what you’re thinking, that poor bride must be a hot mess, but somehow she’s stayed very VERY calm.  It’s terrifying.  I’m pretty sure she is a volcano of emotions preparing to have the explosion of the century.

I’m disturbingly excited for all of this.  Who knows what will be going on in my world while you’re reading this, but you should definitely say a prayer and get excited for the follow up post.  I’ll be taking lots of pictures.

Now that we’ve covered all that mess, it’s time for this week’s Social Saturday sponsor! Katie of The Hungry Goat is awesome, and I don’t that because we have the same name, hair color and experience with goats. (I may or may not have grown up on a farm.) This was the first blogger I ever chatted with and thought “Sweet Jesus I need to meet this chick one day.”  She’s a fellow ginger and Harry Potter fan (#idbesleezyforronweasly) so we’re pretty much the same person. She has the funniest about page I’ve ever seen and great choice in memes.  If you’re looking for an eclectic blog that’s consistently entertaining, she’s your girl. #redhairdontcare

Katie The Hungry Goat

Tell everyone a little bit about your blog and how it came to be.

I had a blog in college about the adventures of riding Phoenix’s new public transit but they were going to take away my domain once I graduated. So, I decided to start my own and picked a different topic, which wasn’t really even formed until four years later — yes, I’ve had that thing for over four years now. Yikes.

What inspired the name of your blog?

Well, I like goats and I’m always hungry. (everyone has an origin story, this is mine)

What do you consider the hardest aspect of blogging?

That would be the promotion of posts. I still don’t have down the certain times of day one is supposed to G+ this post and tweet that post. There’s just so many different avenues and ways to promote each one and I’m still figuring out what works best for me.

How do you describe your blog to real life/non blogging friends?

Whenever I say to my friends, “I’ve been working on my blog a lot lately,” they tend to say, “I do not get that world.” So I just say, it’s just a bunch of young women who equally love Harry Potter who write about their new DIY and favorite recipe and then pin the crap out of all the things.

I think that sounds about right. And I totally love that crazy world.

How has blogging changed you?

Oof. Can I say, I don’t know yet? I’ve definitely improved upon my social media skills but as a person? I would have to say that I’m better at interacting on the Web now. Especially in this last year, I’ve met some freaking awesome ladies who I can’t wait to meet someday (I’m looking at you, other ginger).

You often share gluten free recipes on our blog, what has made you interested in gluten free food?

A lot of my coworkers have Celiac Disease so I started experimenting last Christmas with a lot of cookies. It’s now progressed to different types of cakes and breads. I’ve grown to love learning about how all the different types of flours work and how each ingredient helps the other ingredient out. Baking is like the perfect synchronized swimming team. If one person doesn’t show up, it’s going to look like a mess. But if they all work together, it tastes delicious. Wait, what?

What HP house would you be in?

I would like to say Gryffindor, just so that I could kick Hermione to the curb and make sweet ginger babies with Ron. But if I’m going to be completely honest, I’m such a Ravenclaw. Luna and I are best buds.

If you could pass on only one piece of advice to a person, what would it be?

Do something. That’s what my high school youth group leader would always say and I try to keep that in the back of my mind even to this day. Stop watching Dawson’s Creek, get up off of that couch and do something. Take a Spanish class. Learn how to tap. Go for a swim. Volunteer.

Woooo Ravenclaw!! I love it when a person is completely honest with their HP house. (As a Gryffindor I’m still not comfortable with the fact I married a Slytherin.) After reading Katie’s answers aren’t you ready to dive into The Hungry Goat?! That sounds a bit more disturbing than I thought it would.  Oh well. Go visit and be entertained!

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But first, make some blogging buddies for Social Saturday!

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New to Social Saturday? It’s pretty much the rebel of all the link ups.  The purpose is to meet new bloggers and get some blog love, so go right ahead and comment on all the the links if you like, I’m not here to judge.  If you feel compelled to, you can link back to here or share a tweet or something. There’s no harm in spreading the word about this linkup.

My only request is that you link up real posts, not giveaways or only sponsored content. The point is to get know each other’s blogs, not get free promotion for your giveaway or sponsored post.  I understand sometimes those posts need the extra exposure, but just be mindful and don’t take advantage of the linkup.

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Hump Day Treats #4

September 17, 2014

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It’s that time of the week again! First I just gotta say, you guys are amazing.  The responses I received from everyone after yesterday’s post was amazing.  Not only the comments left, but the tweets shared and the discussion in my Facebook group, it was beyond amazing.  It’s great to be reminded that we are all in the same blogging boat together.  But without further ado, it’s time for Hump Day Treats!

Hump Day Treats #4

This awesome dog owner creates illustrations with his cute bull terrier.

Going Home To Roost

I’m SO SAD I missed out on Indie Craft Fair in Greenville. Going Home To Roost was there and wrote a great overview of the event. I had hoped to work with her with the company I work with but she’s (not surprisingly) already taken.

Rifle Paper Company

This tour of the boutique, Lavish, has me (for the millionth time) needing the ability to teleport.  And having a lot of excess money.

//  Let’s be honest, Anthropology furniture can be a bit ridiculous.

//  Being present is the biggest struggle but produces the greatest rewards when achieved.

//  I need all of these things.

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Another Person’s Success Is Not Your Failure.

September 15, 2014

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Today I was going to do Weekly Wishes and review how my bachelorette weekend went, but to be honest, I’m just not feeling it.  To wrap it up quickly for anyone interested: I didn’t complete any of last week’s goals, bachelorette weekend involved staying at an amazing penthouse condo and lots and lots of vomit.  Basically, seafood was not a friend of mine this weekend. The very modest amount of Moonshine I consumed following seafood did not help.  You live and you learn.

So instead of gross details of this past weekend, I figured I’d blabber on way too long about something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently.  This post title comes from a tweet I retweeted recently from The Indie Chicks. (I almost let that get published as The Undie Chicks.) It was one of those tweets where I read it and thought, “Oh my God I so needed to hear that!”.  I feel like in the blogging world it’s easy to get caught up in the competition of it all.  But the thing is, there is no competition in blogging.

Another blogger's success is not your failure

Photo via Love Olia edited in Picmonkey

The success of your blog is in no way related to the success of another.  Yes, if you are advertising on a blog you want them to succeed and share the love, but when it comes down to it, just because one blog gains an extra 1000 views in one month does not mean yours loses 1000 views.

There’s no such thing as winning in blogging.  You might have a million page views but there’s always going to be another blog with way less views making more money.  You might get pinned a million times but do you actually get a trophy for that? The answer is no.

I understand the feeling of competition though.  Everybody wants to succeed.  Who doesn’t get excited with lots of views and the thought of earning some money?  I mean, come on, there are people out there getting paid for posting a picture of themselves in jeans (that they got for free).  And has anyone noticed that popular bloggers are ridiculously good looking? I digress.

We all know if you are only blogging to make easy money, you are in for a rude awakening. Why? Because blogging is a pain in the ass.  It takes a lot of time.  You need to know how to take great photographs, edit said photographs, write amazing content, then share that content on a very good looking website.  AND THAT’S JUST THE BLOG. That doesn’t even go into the promotion of the site, connecting with other bloggers or doing something that actually brings in money.

With all the work bloggers put into their site, it’s easy to take a peer’s success personally.  You spend a million ‘effin hours putting together a post, and then your fellow blogger gets a million comments and views just by sharing an Instagram picture?  I’m sorry, my weekends aren’t near interesting enough to have such lovely Instagram photos. (Though my dog is pretty damn cute.)

Fortunately, I love all the aspects of blogging. I mean, my day job is social media and blogging, so I should enjoy it, right?  But at the same time, when I started offering consultations, I swear every blogger bigger than me started offering similar services.  I know I’m not the first blogger to do so and I certainly wont be the last.  But it’s like, if a blogger a million times better than me is doing consultations, why in the world would a blogger choose me to work with?

I have to remind myself that blogging really is a bit selfish.  You do it because you love it and you want to share something with people, and people follow you because what you share resonates with them.  People will work with me because they like me and think I’m worth it, and that other blogger gets their clients for the same reason.  Just because they have a million monthly views doesn’t mean I’m not good at what I’m doing.  Forgive my brief lack of humility, but I’m pretty damn good at what I’m doing.  When I look at the growth my clients see in their blog after working with me I’m pretty jealous.  I’m lucky enough to be getting clients and helping bloggers, and a bigger blogger doing the same thing doesn’t mean I’m a failure.

If you never looked at another blog, how would you view your own?

Comparison truly is the thief of joy.  If I didn’t look at all those other bloggers who are kicking ass, I would feel so amazed at what I’ve done. (And on days I don’t look at other bloggers, I do feel amazed with myself.)  You can only compare your current posts to your past posts.  We are all in the blogging community together, but not as gauges of success and failure, but as peers on a journey to share and improve.

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Social Saturday #14 Meet Kristyn

September 13, 2014

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It’s the weekend! While you’re reading this I’m relaxing by the ocean at Myrtle Beach.  Or maybe I’m still passed out in bed. I don’t know what I’m in for yet.  This weekend is the bachelorette weekend of the lovely bride who will be getting married next weekend. Remember her? The one having the 1920′s drunken Gay Pride wedding? Yeah, I think she deserves a nice relaxing weekend. While I’m doing who knows what, keep reading and meet some lovely new bloggers!

I’m super excited for this week’s Social Saturday sponsor!  She just got married and her pictures are to die for (for real, go look at them!).  Besides posting beautiful wedding photos (and even her own photography) she writes great blog tips and even has an incredibly in depth series on Photoshop, i.e. my greatest struggle.  She’s a wonderful person and after following her blog through Twitter these past few months, it’s nice to finally meet her and have her on the sidebar.

 

Krirstyn of Chits & Giggles | Social Saturday link up--the rebel of all linkups.

Tell us a little bit about your blog and how it came to be.

I am a newlywed, a 30-something, a blogger, and an Atlanta native. I share little bits of my life including all the “Chits” and the “Giggles”.  My blog started because I was bored.  Jeremy was working retail type hours and would be at work until 9pm some nights, so I had nothing to do.  Hence why I started a blog…to curb said boredom.

How did you come up with the name for your blog?

Jeremy actually came up with the  name of my blog.    He is credited for that stroke of genius.  I would never have thought of Chits and Giggles if it weren’t for him.

What were you most surprised about after being in the blogging world for a couple months?

I was blogging for a long time before I actually took it seriously.  I didn’t know what I was doing or what to do.  I was just blogging because I liked it.  I had no idea there was a community of women who would help you and answer your questions.  I guess what surprised me most when I started taking it seriously was that you could pay people to promote your site.  That never would have occurred to me on my own.

If you could change the name of your blog, what would you change it to?

It’s funny you should ask this.  I was thinking about rebranding and trying to come up with a new name for the blog.   Since Jeremy came up with Chits and Giggles, I have enlisted him to help me, but we haven’t come up with anything yet.  The only possible name I liked was actually a name of a porn movie back in the day…so…I’ll be staying with Chits and Giggles for a while.

You just got married! What has been the biggest adjustment to married life?

We lived together before we got married and we even saw each other on the day of our wedding – gasp !  I think the  biggest change for me is that I now have a husband and I am a wife.  Also, seeing Mrs. before my name was really crazy the first time I saw that.   

What was your biggest surprise about planning a wedding?

Planning a wedding is no joke.  I thought that since we had a really long engagement (22 months) that I would be fine.  But I wasn’t.  There were things with our seating chart that had to be taken into account and our wedding coordinator who had been working with us for so long, had a pregnancy emergency and was on bed rest  a month leading up to our wedding. Her baby was born a month early, but that was pretty crazy…and unforeseen.

Oh, and the weather.  I knew I couldn’t control it, but I secretly wish I could have.  That was also very stressful.

How has blogging affected your relationship with your (now) husband?

Since I was blogging before we got engaged and married, it really hasn’t changed much.  I took a long break during the last months leading up to our wedding, so I think he’s remembering what it was like before I did that.  Like anything else, it affects you and your relationship.  I try to get as much done as I can ahead of time so that we can have time together without me glued to the computer.  It doesn’t always work out that way, but I’m trying to make it work for us.

What’s one piece of advice (blogging or life related) you would pass on to a person?

Take everything one day at a time.  You never know what could happen.  Also, live in the moment and appreciate every day.

What great advice for blogging AND life!  Kristyn’s blog is nothing short of honest and inspiring.  She manages to help others while sharing her personal stories. Be sure to check her out and leave her lots of blog love.!

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But first, make some blogging buddies for Social Saturday!

Social Saturday

New to Social Saturday? It’s pretty much the rebel of all the link ups.  The purpose is to meet new bloggers and get some blog love, so go right ahead and comment on all the the links if you like, I’m not here to judge.  If you feel compelled to, you can link back to here or share a tweet or something. There’s no harm in spreading the word about this linkup.

My only request is that you link up real posts, not giveaways or only sponsored content. The point is to get know each other’s blogs, not get free promotion for your giveaway or sponsored post.  I understand sometimes those posts need the extra exposure, but just be mindful and don’t take advantage of the linkup.

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