In Need of a #Free #Printable BLOG PLANNER for 2014?

This is the busiest time of year as a blogger! Not only are we trying to keep up with the regular day-to-day posts, social media and administration part of blogging, but as a review blogger, many companies are coming out of the woodwork with the desire of being featured in Holiday Gift Guides and getting last minute features in time for holiday shopping! This is the time of year when we also start to plan our content calendars for 2014, believe it or not! For me, I love to stay organized on my computer with a pretty detailed excel spreadsheet, … Continue reading

I’m Headed to #LINK2013 Today!

Eight years ago, when I started writing a blog, I never in a million years would have expected to meet, interact and learn from so many incredible people! I spend the bulk of my week days working on my blogs and with MommiesFirst, interacting with people over email, Facebook and Twitter all day long and I LOVE it! A few times a year, there are opportunities to meet these fellow bloggers face to face at various events and conferences. This year, I am heading to #LINK2013 where I will have the opportunity to meet up with a wonderful group of … Continue reading

Bloggers, Use This Planner!

One of my favourite emails to look forward to in the morning is from Confessions of a Homeschooler! Today, she shared something on her blog that I believe many bloggers might find useful. It’s a 2013 Printable Blog Planner! She has included sections for monthly stats, blog ideas, reviews/giveaways, advertisers and sponsors and more! Download here for FREE! Check out our Canadian Online Shopping Directory and Multi-Testing Mommy’s Current Giveaways

How to Back Up Your Blog Content and Template on Blogger

I am using Blogger in Draft therefore the following instructions are to be used in Blogger in Draft format. How to Back Up Your Blog Template: Note: Your Blog Template is the look and layout of your blog. On the left hand sidebar, click on template. Click image to enlarge. In the top right of screen – click on the “backup/restore” button, then click on “Download full template”. Click image to enlarge. Click image to enlarge. Save it in a file somewhere on your computer where you can add the date to the beginning of the file.Note: My file name … Continue reading

How to Find Stats for Individual Posts Using Google Analytics

Sometimes after you have written and shared a post with your readers for a specific company OR after a giveaway has ended, the company will ask you for specific stats for that post. There are many different tools that a blogger can use to track their stats, but one of the most common, trusted and accurate sources is Google Analytics. If you do not have this set up on your blog, be sure to go do that now! Step by Step Guide How to find stats for individual posts using Google Analytics How to Find Stats for Views on Individual … Continue reading

How to Make Threaded Comments in Blogger

Do you own a Blogger Blog? I do and while I absolutely LOVE it, I sometimes do feel somewhat restricted design wise. One of the areas in my blog that required improvement was my comment system. I have some people who don’t have a gmail account or a blogger account but would like to leave their name in comments. The problem is, as soon as I enable anonomous users, the *spam* comments come out in the hundreds. So, I am stuck with leaving that part as is for now. The other part that really bothered me is if someone doesn’t … Continue reading

Blogger Sign Up: The Great Mystery Boxes Giveaway

As bloggers sometimes we find ourselves overwhelmed with goodies that we couldn’t possibly use enough of in our lifetime. We donate to charities, share with friends and family and sometimes we just stock it away for another time. Well we wanted to be creative, and maybe just a little bit wanted to declutter so…. Four popular Canadian bloggers have joined together to share with you- our wonderful friends- some of these great products. Introducing… THE GREAT MYSTERY BOX GIVEAWAYS Whats in the boxes? Well, now that would spoil all of the fun wouldn’t it? There are four themed packages all … Continue reading

Tackle it Tuesday: Make Your Own Custom Blog Header or Facebook Cover Photo Easily!

Here are some very simple steps to create your own Blog Header using My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Software: To choose your own custom size, just create a new album and choose “design your own”. Then choose the Custom Size tab in the middle of the screen. You can set the size by inches or pixels. Usually a blogger header is around 1000×300 pixels and a WordPress header is 904×160 pixels. Add whatever content you want, including papers, pictures, text and embellishments. Finally, click on Share Album in far right column and select Export. In the Export Wizard, make sure that … Continue reading

Looking for a Blog ReDesign? Crafty Hippo is Offering a Discount!

Jeannette Aurora is the designer behind Crafty Hippo Designs who did my blog design. She created Crafty Hippo Designs to expand on her love of blog design and to keep from annoying her readers by re-designing her own blogs every other week. Blog designing is her creative outlet and she really loves what she does. You can see some of her past work in her portfolio. Crafty Hippo Designs offers three complete blog makeover packages: the Single Daisy Design Package which includes 5 points worth of extras, the Daisy Bouquet Design Package which includes 10 points worth of extras, and … Continue reading