Blogger Serena Carranza | Bootcamp Spotlight

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This week I’m featuring another fabulous blogger from my Blogging Bootcamp course!  Meet Serena Carranza, a personal style plus size blogger who has been blogging on and off since 2010.  I love Serena because she has great style and knows how to dress her curves.  She is edgy and very classy at the same time (my perfect combination).  Her style ranges from timeless classics to super-trendy pieces.  She is another blogger to keep your eye on in 2015! 

I can already see that Serena is going to capture the hearts of fashion lovers because she is super cute and very dedicated to her blog.  You will love her vibrant style and most of all, her fun poses!  Make sure you check her out over on serenacarranza.wordpress.com.  Thanks for being my Spotlight Blogger of the week Serena!

Reader QA: Sponsored Posts Vs. Product Reviews

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I know that a lot of new bloggers are trying learn the ropes (just like all veteran bloggers had to do at one time), so I wanted to tackle a great question that I come across quite often.  Here is this week’s question: “Is there a difference between sponsored posts and product reviews?”  And my answer is, absolutely!   I do both because I find them beneficial, but today I’m going to break down the differences and what the benefits and disadvantages of both are.

Fashion Blogger Ella Z.| Bootcamp Spotlight

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Today I have the pleasure of introducing Ella Z., from the blog Curveella.  She is an adorable twenty-year-old plus size blogger that currently resides in California.  She took my blogging Bootcamp course recently, and I have to say that she is a blogger that you should be following if you love to have fun with your style.  Her personal style is super cute and her confidence is what shines through the most.

On her blog:

“I used to hate my body and the fact that I am different from the so-called “normal people”.  For so many years I felt and I believed that I was ugly.  I kept on hearing negative comments from people about my weight.  But now, I learned to love my body and to embrace the fact that I’m plus sized and beautiful.”

On her style:

“As for my personal style, I really don’t have a specific one.  I just play around different outfits. Mixing and matching create the magic!  I love to add statement bags and shoes to my outfits.  It brings the elegance and sophistication.  Fashion and Beauty shopping makes me very happy. Styling outfits is who I am and it helps me express myself.”

Her mantra:

“Size is not a reason to sacrifice style!”

Head over to Curveella to get some fashion inspiration!  Thanks so much for allowing me to feature you Ella Z.!

Reader QA: How Do I Create A Blog With Content That Has Not Been Done?

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The saying “there is enough room for everybody,” is one of the truest statements ever made.  It is estimated that there are 7 billion people on this earth.  There are so many people who are waiting for you to share your gifts and knowledge with them; that is your duty.  One of the major questions that I have been receiving is, “What do I do when I feel like everything has already been done?”  I believe that many of you are putting way too much pressure on yourself because the reality is that most people do not have an original or creative blog, but you are an original!  It’s your voice and your talent that separates you from the crowd (not just your subject matter). It is time to revamp your thinking, so today I’m sharing 5 ways to overcome the “It’s Already Been Done” rut.

Blogging Bootcamp Spotlight|Carol from “Evolve Your Image”

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Every week I will be featuring a blogger from my Blogging Bootcamp Course!  I am so excited to showcase some of these amazing women who are on the rise.  Today, let’s meet Carol, a certified image consultant and jewelry stylist from the blog Evolve Your Image.  Carol’s blog features fabulous fashion for all, but especially for women who are age 40 and up!

Juggling A Full-time Job With A Blog

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I was recently asked the question, “How do you run a successful blog and keep your day job?”  Anyone that works a full-time job that is not related to blogging understands that maintaining your job and a blog at the same time is very hard to juggle (I’m not going to deny that at all). The hardest part of it all is trying to find a balance.  It’s difficult because you do not have the freedom to set your own schedule, so you have to use your time very wisely.  Over the last couple of years I have learned a few things about how to run my blog and keep my day job, so I’m sharing a few of those tips with you today.

How Do You Decide What Brands To Collaborate With?

WARRIORS OF (1) I was recently asked the question, “How do you decide what companies to collaborate with on your blog?”  This question is so important because it is something that I wish I would have thought about in my earlier blogging days.  After a few years of blogging you become more knowledgable about your blog and about what types of companies you should and should not be working with because it can be tricky to figure this out when you are just starting.  Over the last two years, I have worked with some companies that did not have my blog’s best interest at the forefront of their goals or they expected something for nothing.  At the end of the day this is a business, and no one really loves (it’s not really about you).  It is about your reach.  I am fine with that, but their are some guidelines that I had to develop for my blog, so I am sharing those with you today in effort to eliminate some of the frustration that I have had to experience.  Here are five questions that you should ask yourself before you collaborating with a company.