STOP! You Have To Read How I lost the last 14 years of Photos and Got Them Back

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.

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New Theme, New Template, New Plugin

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.

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From YouTube To Podcast? What Direction Are We Heading?

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.

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2019 Elementor Blog Post Template.

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

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Making The Switch

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

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I'm Struggling With Blogging

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? RV or A Skoolie | The Dilemma January 11, 2018 One thing I keep going back and forth on is are we going with an RV, RV Remodel, or a Skoolie. This has been an… Learn More Making Money with Amazon Associates August 11, 2017 I absolutely love Amazon. I joined Amazon Associates a while back with the hopes of earning a little extra pocket change. I used it on my YouTube channel… Learn More Weekend Adventures June 26, 2017 Over the weekend, Mr. James, Rhyan, Skyler, and I went out looking for something local to do. Our first stop was at Urban Legends Comic Book Store to see if maybe Skyler will enjoy reading those. We ended up getting the Wonder Woman collection for her.  We will see how she likes it Learn More Christmas Traditions | Part Three December 16, 2017 Where do you go to celebrate Christmas or the days leading up to Christmas? We are just now starting a few new traditions in our… 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

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The Future of Odysseys With Love

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 has been kind of put to the side here lately for other things. That’s 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 journal of our family’s 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 towards 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.  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 infuriating 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 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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My Christmas Wish List | Gift Ideas For The Blogger, Photographer, and Disney Fan

I knew the other day when creating the 21 Blog Post Ideas, that I wanted to create a Gift Idea Guide, I will be going into more detail on the guides later, but this is my Christmas Wish List, Gift ideas for the Blogger, Photographer, and Disney Fan. I am all three so this is a HUGE HINT HINT for my own family as these items in this Gift Guide are all things that I, myself would love to have. Now, James if you are reading this, yes this is an idea of things that I want. Yes, this is a hint hint to you and for the rest of the family. I am not asking you or anyone else to purchase EVERYTHING on this page but should help you understand and help you while shopping for me for Christmas. Anyone else that has someone that fits one, two, or all three of these careers and interest, feel free to share it as your own “hint hint” to your family. As most people do, I have multiple interests.  I am both a blogger and photographer, and at the same time, I am a HUGE Disney Fan. I have other interest, but these are my main ones. I also love anything and everything to do with Beauty and the Beast. The Bloggers Christmas Wish List If you can’t tell, I run a blog. There are a lot of people that run blogs and write for a living. I already know James is going to know that I am putting journals and notebooks on this list. Afterall I do kinda collect them. He actually got me one last year that I LOVED and used a lot. I have moved on to a lined one now. Where I am able to jot notes down as needed. Below you will find my Bloggers Christmas Wish List, along with links to the product. Please note that these links are affiliate links in some cases and will help Odysseys With Love at no cost to you. Coffee Subscriptions Am I the only one that runs purely on caffeine? Well, more specifically Coffee? Those coffee lovers will love one of these subscriptions! Save $5.00 on Bean Box https://odysseyswithlove.com/BeanBox Gifts From Mickey Monthly Coffee Lover Box https://odysseyswithlove.com/GiftsFromMickey Cratejoy’s Massive Coffee Subscription options! Coffee and a Classic https://odysseyswithlove.com/CoffeeAndAClassic Coffee-Esperanto https://odysseyswithlove.com/Coffee-Esperanto Cratejoy’s Search Results For Coffee https://odysseyswithlove.com/AllCoffeeCrates I know there are a lot more coffee subscriptions out there. As I find my favorites, I will add them here. I LOVE Bean Box so that is why its first on my list here. The Notebook & Planner Junky I already know I mentioned above that I am a hoarder pretty much of planners and Notebooks. I just love them. Here are a few of my favorites! Day Designer https://odysseyswithlove.com/DayDesigner The Happy Planner https://odysseyswithlove.com/TheHappyPlanner May Designs https://odysseyswithlove.com/MayDesign Kate Spade https://odysseyswithlove.com/KateSpade Well, what about the Planner Junky that loves the extra stuff that goes with planning? A Planners Subscription Box is a great idea also for them. The May Box https://odysseyswithlove.com/TheMayBox Mocha Glam Box for Planners – WOC https://odysseyswithlove.com/MochaGlamBoxForPlanners Sticker Guru https://odysseyswithlove.com/StickerGuru The Creative With Bloggers expanding their skill sets into the creative world. Learning Photography, Graphic Design, and Videography have become important to Blogger. Help your partner out with a subscription plan to the Creative Cloud or other subscription services. Relax and Un”Wine” I have learned that James and I enjoy a bottle of wine every once in a while. Years ago I tried a wine subscription where we got a tasting kit and a crate of wine was delivered to my home every so often. I loved it. Below are the top wine subscriptions you can gift to your wine lover! Winc (Get $20.00 for your first order!) https://odysseyswithlove.com/Get$20ForWinc California Wine Club https://odysseyswithlove.com/CaliforniaWineClub VineBox https://odysseyswithlove.com/GetVineBox Tasting Room (Get A Free Tasting Kit) https://odysseyswithlove.com/FreeTastingRoomTastingKit Just For Her Subscription Boxes Boss Babe Boxes Running a blog takes a lot of work. These Subscription Boxes are for the Boss Babe in us all! TheraBox – Self Care Subscription Box https://odysseyswithlove.com/TheraBox Mom Time Delivered https://odysseyswithlove.com/MomTimeDelivered Boss Lady Swag Box https://odysseyswithlove.com/BossLadySwag The SHEclub Monthly https://odysseyswithlove.com/SHEclubMonthly Period Subscription Box Sometimes a little something extra during that time of the month can really help your partner out. Take a look at these CrateJoy Subscription Boxes. My Lady Bug The Perfect Monthly Gift https://odysseyswithlove.com/MyLadyBug Lotus Box | A PMS Care Package https://odysseyswithlove.com/LotusBox Rose War Panty Power https://odysseyswithlove.com/RoseWarPantyPower Photographer’s Christmas Gift Guide! Not only do I run Odysseys With Love, but I am also a photographer.  If you are in the Dallas area and need a photographer, head over to Odysseys Studio! Enough about me, what does a photographer want for Christmas?Check out these gift ideas below! House Of Flynn Camera Bags Camera Lenses From Amazon SHOP Try Out The Gear First SHOP Don’t forget all of the different photography magazines that your photographer loved one would like to have. But what else could you gift the photographer in your family? Sue Bryce Education I love Sue Bryce and would love to be in her class again. One day I will. Her website starts at $35.00 per month! Join Now! Creative Live Do you want to gift a class on Creative Live? I know of a lot of the classes on this site I would want to take! Get $15.00 Off your first class!  https://odysseyswithlove.com/Get$15OffCreativeLive Other Great Gifts For Photographers? The Disney Fan Christmas Wish List If you didn’t know already, I am a huge Disney Fan! Even though I have yet to visit the parks since I was a little girl, I dream of visiting and hopefully I will get to soon. I have a few things on my Christmas Wish List, but I am going to include a few other things here as well that I know all Disney lovers will well, love! Disney Subscrition Boxes I love subscription boxes! Why? You never really know what you are going to get until you open your box and the magic unfolds. Disney Themed Subscription Boxes are plentiful to choose from, ranging in all price points and what comes in the boxes. Also with the Disney Themed Boxes, you don’t only just have the magic of the boxes, but you are bringing a little Disney Magic into your home. Just a little pixie dust for your loved one. I have searched the internet for all of the different boxes available and these are the ones I have found so far! Know of a different one or one that I missed, comment below and let us all know about it! Magic At Your Door I was not able to find an about section on Magic At Your Door’s Website, but was able to find a small section on their facebook page. — “Delivering a magical variety of Disney products, including licensed Disney items and Disney Store/Disney Theme Park merchandise, at your door every month.” https://odysseyswithlove.com/magicatyourdoor I love that Magic At Your Door has an extensive questionnaire for your preferences. They do not guarantee that you will get everything you like in your box, but if you tell them the thing you do not like, they will try not to put it in your box. I have fallen in love with watching unboxings! Below are a few! This is a BIG HINT to James! https://youtu.be/p4P2dwf-RuAhttps://youtu.be/F7xnmgdnRKYhttps://youtu.be/p6RVxX_NgGg The Mickey Monthly Box What is Mickey Monthly? Lets look at their website! — “Mickey Monthly offers monthly Disney mystery box for diehard Disney fans. These monthly Disney subscription boxes can include Disney pins, officially licensed Disney items, or a Disney Parks items, and are delivered to your door every month.” https://odysseyswithlove.com/MickeyMonthly Ok Below are just a few of the items from Mickey Monthly’s website that I REALLY want! Not only does Mickey Monthly have several different boxes to choose from you also can go to their shop page and order specific things too! These are just a few of the things I would REALLY love to add to my collection! Just click the image below to be taken to Mickey Monthly’s page for that item! Gifts From Mickey With 12 different monthly boxes to choose from there has to be a box for everyone at Gifts From Mickey! Gifts From Mickey has the Monthly Palace Box to the Monthly Popcorn Box and everything in-between! I think my favorite box from them would have to be the Monthly Coffee Lovers Box! — “This pack is the perfect gift for the coffee lover. Get a box every month with a coffee blend direct from Walt Disney World. These coffees are served in various location such as Epcot’s Le Cellier, Animal Kingdom’s Sanaa, and many more. Each coffee is paired with a special mug from one of the parks or Wald Disney World Resorts.” https://odysseyswithlove.com/GiftsFromMickey Gifts from Mickey has the option to not only have the subscription boxes, but you can also get one time boxes, personal shopping, and so much more! Below you will find a few videos from other YouTubers about this box! https://youtu.be/FQA4cE6KI7ohttps://youtu.be/SiwZuwxCyOw Bibbidi Bobbidi Boxes With 5 different monthly boxes to choose from Bibbidi Bobbidi Boxes has a subscription for just about anyone! The What’s Inside page states: “The Genie himself would be surprised by the magic contained inside our Disney boxes!  We offer the most magical monthly subscription boxes, sure to satisfy all Disney lovers! Box sizes ranging from the “Dreams” collection to the “Ultimate Magic” box, and customized by our Disney personal shoppers just for you!   “ https://odysseyswithlove.com/BibbidiBobbidiBoxes I am not going to lie! I REALLY want the Ultimate Magic Box! I know its $119, BUT! It includes one designer item in each box! https://youtu.be/I2aNAzeWJlAhttps://youtu.be/8Z-FHuKXys8 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? The “D” Word July 2, 2017 As most of you know I am a single mother. To top that off, I am the only parent my girls really know. Sure, Skyler knows who her Dad is, and has even communicated with him some. We have a pretty decent relationship. Rhyan however does not know her biological father. It is by his choice. I have never hidden her or kept her away from him. Learn More The Ultimate Geek Gifts Guide August 19, 2017 I absolutely can not believe that Christmas is just around four months away now. I started looking for awesome gifts for both James and Skyler… Learn More 2018 Jayco Precept 36T October 5, 2017 Last month we visited the Southwest RV Supershow and saw three RV that we loved in different price ranges. The more we think about it… Learn More Top 5 Destinations in Texas You Must Visit This Fall October 17, 2017 In Texas, the seasons are Summer, Summer, Summer, and Christmas. So, where did Spring, Winter, and Fall go? We really don’t have them. So what… 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. 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Using Elementor To Create The Perfect Blog Post

Welcome to Odysseys With Love Perfect Blog Post Template and Elementor Download. I wish I still had my original blogging template, but with the site crashing a while back, I am having to recreate everything from scratch. So today I want to share with you my blogging template. Why is having a blogging template so important? It makes all of your blog post look and feel the same, speeds up your writing process and so much more.  I have several sections that I include in every blog post. Some I am adding now that I am creating a new template for myself to use. If you like this style of blog post, you are more than welcome to download the Elementor template.  Free Elementor Template | Heading or Blog Post Title First, let’s look at the Heading or Blog Post Title. My theme automatically puts the Blog Post Title into my post for me. If you have designed your blog post to not include that. Then including this at the very beginning of your blog post is vital. It is the most read part of your blog post. Now, On to this paragraph. It should tell your readers about what this blog post is about.  The second paragraph helps to extend your blog post summary above but is also a chance to include a story about why this blog post is important to you. A little side note: most readers only read a blog post if the paragraphs are short. Try to keep each paragraph three to four sentences long each.  Elements Of The Perfect Blog Post So, what are the perfect elements of a blog post? The image above breaks up the blog post and adds interest to your article. Why is this important? If you can include a pretty image, it lets your reader’s mind move from one section of the post to the next. I also say it is a bonus if you can create the image as a Social Media Graphic also because that means fewer things you need to create in the long run.  When creating your blog post, sometimes different layouts are wonderful to use. The image to the right is a Facebook Post Image, and the one above is a twitter card. Since I use All In One SEO, and have my Social Meta turned on, I can designate the images that are for Facebook and Google + at the same time designating the twitter card above to be shared at the same time.  Now I have not explained why I love Elementor so much. I am now able to drag and drop the elements I want into the blog post that I want. You can download the free version of Elementor or upgrade to the pro version. I don’t feel the pro version is needed for what I use it for.  Elementor is a theme builder, and my OceanWP theme is meant to be used with it. There are several other themes that can be used, but OceanWP is my favorite so far.  SubHeadings | Breaking Up Your Blog Post One of the most important things to do when writing your blog post is to break it up with Subheadings. Why? Most people are only going to scan your post and will read the subheading first to see if the blog post will help them in some way. Keep two to three paragraphs in each subheading and keep it broken up in this way.  You can include more images throughout your blog post, create infographics and other graphics for your blog post. This is where you can have fun with your blog post as you are writing it. Create each section creatively and keep your readers interested.  Call To Action | Sharable Pins! I like to include sharable pins below this area. I try to create at least three different pins for each blog post. I also ask my readers to pin and share here. One of the most important things you can do with Pinterest Graphics is not only making them beautiful and interesting for your readers, make it easy by including the pin description in the ALT text. This way they don’t have to create their own description when pinning your pins.  ? PIN ME Download This Template! Read Something Else Photography Tips For Beginners & FREE Resource Download Keep Reading How To Earn Money While Living Full-Time in an RV Keep Reading Whats going on at Odysseys With Love Keep Reading Happy New Years Keep Reading Travel Blog Equipment and Software Keep Reading The Best Lightroom Tips For Instagram Keep Reading 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! 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

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Hi! Im Megan! I am a photographer and writer behind Odysseys With Love. I am a Mother and Wife and enjoy sharing our everyday life journey. From our The Mesquite Texas Guide and Wandering In DFW to helping other bloggers work from home, I love what I do. 

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