I haven’t wanted to write anything in a while. We have been busy with things around the house, we haven’t done much fun around Mesquite or gone out and done anything really either. So, I was thinking about how to get my motivation to blog back and I think a challenge is just the thing. I am looking at Pinterest for different challenges to get me back into the mood of blogging different things. I will take one of the ideas from this board and blog about that every day for the next 30 days. While I am doing this, I am also going to be creating a blog post planning spreadsheet to get other blog post created for things around Mesquite and DFW.
Over the past few days, I have been reorganizing my Lightroom Catalog and my external hard drive. I have over 14 years worth of images, both personal and professionally on this drive. 30 thousand images. I have client images from when I first started my photography career on that drive. I had the “smart” idea to delete old file folders off of this drive without thinking really to check them. It was my new folder that I deleted.
Over the past month I noticed that the site wasn’t really working on mobile, it didn’t display how I wanted and it was hard to navigate to read new post and after a wonderful weekend working on a series of sponsored post, I knew that I had to make some changes! Off to learn a few new things about running a blog, coding, and running a wordpress website.
I haven’t been active on Youtube lately and started to think of a way to get us back on there, but with how uncomfortable I am on camera, I starting to think of different things that I can do. I noticed a few other YouTubers do something a little different. Thats where Podcast come in for us.
Thank You for downloading our 2019 Elementor Blog Post Template. I really do hope you will enjoy this and it makes blogging a little easier for you. First, a little bit of information about this template and why you should use it. Blogging is already hard enough, formatting your blog post should not be something that you really need to think about. That is where this template comes into play. The first two paragraphs of your blog post should let your readers know what the blog post will be about. Each paragraph needs to be between 3-4 sentences long, but not all of the information needs to be given in this area. But first, the template for this formatting is available in our resources page. AKA Start Here to download. ***Delete This caption*** Create a twitter card that is 1024X512. Make it easier by creating your graphic at https://www.canva.com/Most People Do Not Read The actual Post, they tend to scan the headings As the heading above states, most people when they arrive on your website to read a particular article, they tend to scan the headings first to see if there is anything there for them to learn. This is a place to capture their attention. This also breaks up long and winded text on your site. Again you will only want to have between 3-4 sentences in each paragraph, with two paragraphs between each heading. You can also break up your text with images, quotes, and videos for example. Images on your site Need to be appropriately sized . One thing that will drive a reader away is slow loading time of your website. One thing that will cause your site to bog down and run slower is images that are too large. I am guilty of not resizing my images for the web, but I have found that using https://www.canva.com/ helps with the sizing of images for me. I use a few different templates for images on Odysseys With Love. These templates include: Twitter Cards Facebook Post Instagram post Blog Banners Pinterest Graphics Sometimes You Follow The Rules – Sometimes You Need To Break Them There are no hard rules to blogging, these are just tips that you can follow to make reading blog post on your site easier for your readers. A few more tips: List – Everyone loves list Images that can catch your readers eye, but still flow with your site. Find your style and make a template like this one with Elementor, or download this one if you love my style. Have a call to action at the end of your blog post. Make sure your images are pinnable, and give your reader a few choices. Ask your readers a Question One of the biggest things you can do is ask your readers questions within your blog post. This creates engagement with the post. After all, that is why we are here. To give our readers information that they find useful Thanks For Reading! ***Delete This Caption*** I like thanking my readersDon’t Have Time To Read This Article? ***At the end of every post I like to include this little bit of information for readers. Its my pinterest *** Would you like to save this article to pinterest for future reading? Pin me for later! Stay in touch with Odysseys With Love and receive weekly newsletters, enter for a chance to win the monthly giveaways, freebies, and so much more! I Want In Now! Opt in to receive news and updates. I Want In Now! Thank you! You have successfully joined our subscriber list. Head over to our Freebie Library now! The Password is OWL2018
About a week ago, I noticed that my domain hosting bill with iPage was due and it was a HUGE amount for three years. I didn’t have that kind of money at the time. I have been watching Darrel Wilson for a while now and remember him reviewing several different web hosting companies. This included iPage and my new hosting company *SiteGround. So Off I went to watch this full video, which I am embedding below for you to also watch. It may surprise you. It really surprised me at how low iPage was reviewed here. Why did I switch from iPage? It wasn’t just the pricing, which for three years was almost $400, which was far, but It was mainly after watching the above video, and really looking at my site, that it was SLOW. Odysseyswithlove.com was so so slow. Darrel’s video proved that to me. But I had noticed that a lot too. I also have a lot of server errors where I would be working on something and all of a sudden it wanted me to reinstall wordpress. NOPE don’t do it, just wait an hour and it will reset its self. I also wasn’t fully happy with their customer service and tech teams. Whenever I called or used the chat feature, there was always a language barrier, or they wanted me to upgrade. I thought I had unlimited plans, but like Darrel said in the video, most of these companies want you to upgrade so after you hit a certain amount on their platforms, its time to upgrade. Choosing SiteGround Not only did Darrels test put SiteGround in the top three preforming, but I went and did the Chat with the sales team about switching host, how to go about it, and had a LOT of dumb (there are no real dumb) questions. Their customer service was top notch. Quick and friendly. I knew that I needed to move Odysseys With Love, but also, Odysseys Studio, and needed to purchase Odysseys Creations. They answered EVERY thing and assured me that it would be an easy transition. All of this started a week ago, but I have been busy working on Odysseys Creations. It took a few days to transfer everything and I didn’t want to mess anything up by posting a new article here just yet. I did upgrade to have them transfer everything over for me instead of myself so their tech team did that for me. One of them was for free, and I paid an extra $30.00 to have the other domain transferred here. Next step for me is to pay to have the actual domain name transferred to Siteground. So most likely the cause of it taking so long to transfer things was due to me, or iPage giving the trouble transferring things over, as they have two different back ends. So Where To Go From Here Now that Odysseys With Love is switched and I have Odysseys Creations fully built and just adding products as I create them, I am coming back here to start concentrating on this more again. It’s not going to be updated once a month anymore. I am still working on my own time management as it is like running several companies now. Thanks For Reading! 💜 Pin Me For Later Don’t have time to fully read the post? Want to share it to come back to later? Use your favorite 📌 and share it on our favorite site, PINTEREST! Not only does it help you, but it helps us grow and get our information out in front of others too! Are You Following Us On Social Media? Want To Keep Reading? 5 More Awesome Places in Texas September 7, 2017 After seeing how well our 8 Epic Places in Texas post went, I wanted to follow-up with 5 more awesome places in Texas. Our little… Learn More Our Favorite Skoolie Conversion Ideas on Pinterest December 21, 2017 I have one pin on Pinterest that has been re-pinned hundreds of times. I get a notification that it has been pinned on someone else’s… Learn More Work For Hire Chore List Allowance August 15, 2017 Megan does not pay an allowance to the girls, but over the last few weeks we have noticed that the oldest, Skyler, has not wanted… Learn More Date Night Ideas in Dallas July 11, 2017 Dallas Texas is packed full of things to do and even more awesome date night ideas for all the Dallas Couples out there looking for something to do. Are you wanting something awesome to eat? Dallas has you covered from the hole in the wall to the fine dining experience. Art Lovers? Head down to one of the Theaters. Romance? Gondolas and Carriage Ride. Adventure? Thrill parks. Check out the list below of date night ideas in Dallas and start making plans for you and your sweetheart. Learn More JOIN THE TRIBE Stay in touch with Odysseys With Love and receive weekly newsletters, enter for a chance to win the monthly giveaways, freebies, and so much more! SUBSCRIBE Thank you so much for joining our tribe! I am excited to have you here. Make sure to head over to our FREEBIE LIBRARY and enter the password OWL2018
That’s a pretty bold statement right there, I’m Struggling With Blogging. But, it is the truth for Odysseys With Love. I have not been able to really think of a good blog post in a while now. I don’t know the direction that I want to take Odysseys in anymore, and the truth of it is, I have struggled with everything. I use to be able to come up with 2-4 post a week. I noticed my struggle after losing so many of my blog post a while back. I haven’t wanted to go back and rewrite them. So, sitting down this morning, I look at the list I created a while back about these post, and know I am going to recreate them one at a time, but I also haven’t had the support at home to write these lately. That’s for later. Let’s look at what is keeping me from writing, and what I want to do to correct it. Time, Influencing The Blog I waste a lot of time. I am bad about playing on the computer and not doing things that I should. Take last week for instance. I was more worried about Odysseys Creations. My new adventure. Yes, this might be important in the future. I am hoping that it will take off and I will turn it into a career too. BUT that is all I did last week. I SUCK at time management. I will get on my computer and sit here for hours on end. Not doing anything important. I let my house go even. It’s a wreak. I know I have to do something about it. That is when I noticed Time Blocking on Pinterest. I thought it was interesting, and started to learn a little more about it. That’s what I did this morning. I started to tweak my google calendar to block out times for me to get things done. So, I am going to try and focus on using this to schedule out my day and really get things done. If this works, you may see a full post just on using time blocking. Money and Odysseys With Love We all know that making money with blogging is possible. BUT! you have to work for it, and it is going to take a long time. I have not put much effort into making money with Odysseys With Love and have not really invested in it either. Why? It has been hard on our family financially this year. With me not making much if anything with my photography this year, but again I haven’t put much effort into that either this year. That is all changing as I am planning to put myself out there again this year. With money being tight, we haven’t been able to do a lot this year to blog about. Silly me, why not look and blog about the free things to do in Dallas and Fort Worth! So, I am planning a few new outing in the coming weeks, along with Blogging and Video work from our trip to Enchant! Sitting Down and Creating A Content Calandar I have not had a direction that Odysseys really was heading towards. That has to change and I really have to start thinking about what direction I want Odysseys to go. So my next thing is creating a content calendar and REALLY sticking to it. I am going to start working Odysseys With Love, and make this into something, not just something I do every once in a while. I hate that I feel like I have failed my few readers I do have. I have to plan out Odysseys, both the blog, social media, and emails, and more! I Am Finding My Way With Blogging I know this post seems a little scattered, but, I am trying to find my way with everything and things are going to change in the new year. I am going to be a better businesswoman, a better partner to my husband James, A better Mother and Daughter. Things are changing and For the better! Thanks For Reading! ? Pin Me For Later Don’t have time to fully read the post? Want to share it to come back to later? Use your favorite ? and share it on our favorite site, PINTEREST! Not only does it help you, but it helps us grow and get our information out in front of others too! Are You Following Us On Social Media? Want To Keep Reading? 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Since Odysseys With Love began, I have noticed one thing about the articles I have been writing. I really wanted us to be a travel blog. I am noticing that a lot of the travel-related post hasÂ been kind of put to the side here lately for other things. That’sÂ ok, Odysseys With Love is growing and that’s a wonderful thing. I sat back this morning and really thought about what I want Odysseys to really be about. What I want our YouTube channel to be about. Travel . Family . Love So, with everything going on, does the Travel part of our tagline really fit in? It does, as we write about different trips that we have or plan to take, but it really isn’t the #1 thing that and doesn’t deserve to be the first thing our readers see when visiting Odysseys With Love. Lets look at the definition of Odyssey: an intellectual or spiritual wandering or quest I personally am on wanderer. I am always on a quest for self-discovery and learning who I am. Odysseys With Love is the journalÂ of our family’sÂ wanderings and learning who we are. A New Tagline? We need to find a new tagline other than Travel, Family, Love. I thought about changing the name as we move towardsÂ a blog about the DFW area, but Odysseys With Love still fits us. As we share our Journey in Love and Family, we share how we also fall in love with the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. A few things about the site will be changing. DFW has and always will be the focus of Odysseys With Love.Â But is a tagline really needed? No, not really. I am sharing more about my own hometown, Mesquite Texas, should that be part of the tagline? This is something that I am not 100% sure on other than the fact I share a lot of other information about DFW too. Wandering in DFW That is who we are! I am constantly learning and wandering and expanding. We are a Wandering Family always our for learning not only about our little town but DFW In general. DFW will soon be the #1 menu item on this site. But what else will be changing? What Is Odysseys With Love REALLY About? First, let me introduce myself again. Hi, my name is Megan. I am a wife to James, and mother of Skyler and Rhyan. I am a DFW local that loves to wander and discover the world around us. I am also a photographer and scatterbrained “artsy-fartsy” type. We are always growing and learning new things and love sharing our discoveries. What will you find on Odysseys With Love? My journal pretty much. I share everything from what is going on in my life from my relationship with James to parenting the two most wonderful and infuriatingÂ girl. Six Flags and Theme Park Fun, things we find in and around DFW and SO SO MUCH MORE! New Additions To Odysseys With Love You might have seen the new Mesquite Texas Guide. That is the newest addition to Odyssey With Love. I am planning to adjust the YouTube channel to also include different types of videos, you just might have to bear with me for a little while. At least until I am used to being on camera. I am planning on introducing several new things to the channel including reviews, unboxings, and much more. Crafting? I may be sharing my adventures in “Pinterest Win or Fail” here soon too as I am trying my hand at crafting again now. It could be fun and interesting. Please Forgive Me While I Figure Out Who I Am And What I Want To Be When I Grow Up! Yes, That really fits right here now. I am still trying to figure all this out. You will be seeing more from us now that I kinda have a little figured out, but I am still learning and growing not only as a blogger but also as a person! Thanks For Reading! ? Pin Me For Later Don’t have time to fully read the post? Want to share it to come back to later? Use your favoriteÂ ? and share it on our favorite site, PINTEREST! Not only does it help you, but it helps us grow and get our information out in frontÂ of others too! Are You Following Us On Social Media? Want To Keep Reading? 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