And Possibly Dinosaurs https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com Love your job. Love your blog. Sun, 20 May 2018 07:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cropped-Favicon-Blue-150x150.png And Possibly Dinosaurs https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com 32 32 Sunday Scratches #30 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-30/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-30/#respond Sun, 20 May 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=9273&preview=true&preview_id=9273 Happy Sunday! It’s crazy to think how close we are to the end of May. Things are moving! Here are the scratches for the week. I’ve included some more photos at the end, because I’m finally getting better about photographing everyday life. Now if only I could remember to consistently post about these things on

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Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of.

Happy Sunday! It’s crazy to think how close we are to the end of May. Things are moving!

Here are the scratches for the week. I’ve included some more photos at the end, because I’m finally getting better about photographing everyday life. Now if only I could remember to consistently post about these things on social media…

The Week in Review

This week was crazy busy! I could argue for that being good or bad — I haven’t fully decided which yet. It started out with two long days at the office. I worked 10 hours on Monday and 11.5 hours on Tuesday! But that meant that I only needed to work 3 hours total on Friday, so I’ll take it! The perks of being an hourly employee…

On Monday, Girl Scouts of the USA unveiled a new PSA video narrated by Queen Latifah (love!) that gives me all the feels. Whenever I get frustrated at work now, I just have to watch the 60-second clip and I feel better again.

Tuesday was Girl Scout Spirit Day! We were encouraged to dress up in our Girl Scout Gear, including Girl Scout Green, and post photos of it on social media. I wore my favorite green JCrew pants (see the photo below of me with our senior leadership team!). They aren’t available in the same green any more, but the colors they do have are certainly on my short list. They’re so comfortable!

Oh, and I got myself the best 52-cent purchase ever: a Girl Scout patch with Barack Obama on it. Yes, please!

After work on Tuesday, I got to go to Build a Bear Workshop for the first time in at least a decade! There’s this amazing Brownie troop (2nd and 3rd graders) in the Cincinnati area who sold more than 20,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies this year (what?!) and decided to donate half of their troop proceeds to Camp for Every Girl, a Girl Scouts of Western Ohio initiative that helps girls go to camp. They also wanted to go to Build a Bear because there’s a new Girl Scout S’mores bear available. Naturally, I got myself one after their party!

The rest of the week was spent catching up on chores and trying to sell more stuff on Facebook. It’s exhausting!

On Friday I finished the Protector of the Small book series, which was one of my two goals for the month! I’m glad that I read them (even though they weren’t the books I read when I was younger, like I thought… whoops!), and now I’m excited to go through some of the books I own and get rid of them once I’m done reading them! It’s on my 101 in 1001: Take 2 list to get rid of 25 books I own, so it’s time to crank that out! First up: What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self. Though to be honest, this one might come to work with me since it’s all stories of inspiring women.

On Friday evening Sean and I went to Darkness Brewing (as usual) and we each got a Man on the Moo Milk Stout Float. It’s their classic Man on the Moo milk stout, with two scoops of local soft-serve ice cream in it! Yum.

And finally, I’m getting ready for GDPR this Friday. I don’t want to say a whole ton about it, because it’s a big legal topic that I’m not suuuuper familiar with, but I’ve installed this plugin that I’m really enjoying. It’s expensive, but it’s pretty intuitive and user-friendly!

The Links

I’m getting better at remembering to save links to share in Sunday Scratches! We’ve got a pretty big round-up this week:

I loved this post on how to feel at home with yourself. Because you’re not at home 24/7 (though that sounds pretty wonderful), so you need to have the right headspace to be comfortable with yourself!

I always struggle with remembering to be grateful, but this might be the inspiration I need.

This roundup by Amber is so good! I need to get better about intentional self-care.

Trent has a really great insight into setting habits and being intentional.

Yesssssss. Rent your dreams before you buy them! You never know, your dream might actually be terrible IRL.

This post is so good. Your life does not have to follow a certain timeline.

Yes yes yes yes. How to help yourself stay focused and avoid distractions.

We need to stop making judgements! Seriously, it’s bad for your mental health.

I love this so much. The Love Story I Never Thought to Tell.

Om nom nom. Build your own ombre mimosa bar. Excited to do this over the summer!

If you’re feeling burnt out or like you need some inspiration, try doing nothing. No, really.

And finally, I just made my own zero waste kit! This was a really helpful piece of inspiration. Mine has a reusable container and lid, a water bottle, a coffee cup, a fabric napkin, and a reusable tote. I would put a reusable straw in there, too, but mine are all glass and I don’t want them to break!

The Photos

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Sunday Scratches #29 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-29/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-29/#respond Sun, 13 May 2018 07:00:09 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/?p=9231 Happy Sunday and happy Mother’s Day! I unfortunately won’t be seeing my mom today (though I’ll definitely try to FaceTime her!) I’ll be seeing her soon to celebrate! What fun Mother’s Day plans do you have? I’ve decided to break Sunday Scratches into sections because I’m all about organization. Let’s see how it goes! The

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Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of.

Happy Sunday and happy Mother’s Day! I unfortunately won’t be seeing my mom today (though I’ll definitely try to FaceTime her!) I’ll be seeing her soon to celebrate! What fun Mother’s Day plans do you have?

I’ve decided to break Sunday Scratches into sections because I’m all about organization. Let’s see how it goes!


The Week in Review

The weather is quite warm in Cincinnati now–we basically skipped over spring and went right to summer with 90 degree days. This prompted us to pull out the patio furniture! And then promptly sell it on Facebook because we’re downsizing. And I really mean promptly–I put it on Facebook at 7:00 last night, and by 8:30 it was gone.

Despite the heat, we headed to downtown Bellevue for Spring Fest. We loaded up on Bellevue eats (pulled pork sandwiches from Roger That BBQ, a pretzel from the Pretzel Place, and a mango rice spring roll from Siam Orchid) and some beer from Darkness. It was really hot and humid but totally worth it!

And speaking of Darkness, Sean and I randomly entered the trivia contest at Darkness on Wednesday and ended up in third place! We won a $10 gift certificate to Darkness, which we should have used on our bill for the night, but instead decided to save it for the inevitable next trip.

The Links

I love this tiny house so much. Now I’m cooking up ideas to build a guest house in the backyard… of my rental. It’s likely not going to work out, but a girl can dream.

This is such an important reminder from Chelsea. Social media is great, but it can easily make you feel insufficient. Don’t let it get to you.

I should really be better about daily cleaning tasks. Maybe I’ll start implementing one of these at a time.

And on a similar note, I’m all about living a more minimalist lifestyle.

And yet I want all of these things from IKEA? Not exactly minimalist… I’m a work in progress.

As someone who’s really frugal, I appreciated hearing a different perspective on how you can be good with money without being frugal.

Cheap plant buys? Yes, please!

I’m a big fan of Trent’s and loved this perspective.

Everyone loves talking about the things you gain when you take your blog full-time, but it’s important to remember the things you give up, too.

I’ve started seeing posts on Facebook about Abdul El-Sayed, and now I really want him to be governor of Michigan.

In Case You Missed It…

How to Keep Your Portfolio Updated When You’re Not Job Hunting

8 Tips for Choosing a Super Unique Blog Domain Name


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8 Tips for Choosing a Super Unique Blog Domain Name https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/8-tips-for-choosing-a-super-unique-blog-domain-name/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/8-tips-for-choosing-a-super-unique-blog-domain-name/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=9202&preview=true&preview_id=9202 Choosing a domain name is one of the most important things you can do! At the same time, it is difficult to find a unique and eye-catching domain name that isn’t already taken, especially if the subject matter of your blog is popular. Finding a domain name for your blog that is both memorable and

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8 Tips for Choosing a Super Unique Blog Domain Name

Choosing a domain name is one of the most important things you can do! At the same time, it is difficult to find a unique and eye-catching domain name that isn’t already taken, especially if the subject matter of your blog is popular.

Finding a domain name for your blog that is both memorable and available creates a little bit of a challenge, but don’t worry! It can be a fun challenge if you get creative. Here are some tips to get you started.

1. Stick with .com

If at all possible, stick with a .com domain extension. People are so used to typing .com at the end of website addresses, that they might grow confused if you use one of the newer extensions, such as .pizza or .photography.

Domains that are dot-coms are also more memorable to users. If the user types .com to the end of a different extension, then they will go to an error page instead and likely not even visit your site.

2. Keep it Short and Sweet

Even though the lack of available domain names might force you into adding a word or two, keep the name as short as possible. This goes back to having a memorable domain name that readers remember from one visit to the next.

Swap out a few different combinations of your ideal domain name until you find one that is available — but make sure it’s short and to the point. A good rule of thumb is to stick to 10 characters or less for domain names.

3. Add Locality

What if someone already has your business name and you really want that for your domain? As long as the name isn’t trademarked, register a domain name that has your name and location.

For example, you sell paper and your company name is The Paper Seller. But ThePaperSeller.com is clearly taken. You could add your location in and make it: The[insert city or state]PaperSeller.com. Or if you live in an area with a long or commonly misspelled name like, say, Indianapolis, you could find a fun, cutesy way to abbreviate it, such as TheIndyPaperSeller.com!

Adding the location differentiates you from another paper seller located in another city or state, but a strong name like this can also even establish you as THE paper seller for Indianapolis. Just be careful not to make your name too much like the other site that has a similar name, or people might confuse your sites. Try to find a balanced sweet spot.

4. Avoid Double Letters

Avoid double letters back to back. This increases the chance of typos and errors where the visitor isn’t taken to your website. Is there a different word you can choose or a different way to say the same thing without using double letter words?

You’ll also want to make sure your domain name is easy to spell. Ask a few people if they know how to spell the domain name before you commit to it fully.

5. Create Your Own Word

If your chosen words are taken and you can’t find anything similar that works, consider combining words to create your own word. This word should tie back into your business in some way and also be easy enough that customers remember it.

Think about using sounds as words, adding prefixes and suffixes or adding an article to the front of the name. One example of this is the site Friendster.com. They simply added the suffix “ster” to the word “friend” to come up with a new word.

6. Use a Subtle Call-to-Action

Similar to creating your own word or adding a locality, putting a subtle call-to-action word in your domain name can differentiate you from another similar domain in the best way. It lets your visitor know what to expect, and the action word may even subtly encourage them to choose your company or site!

For example, rentpmi.com, as you can see, is a property management company. They go by PMI, but pmi.com is clearly taken. Adding in the “rent” not only differentiates the domain, but also lets the visitor know that this will be a site about rentals or renting, and that if they’re looking for the property management company, they’ve likely found the right place. It also subtly suggests that the visitor should rent (from) PMI!

7. Use Domain Generators

If there is a lot of competition in your industry, finding the perfect domain name may seem nearly impossible. Fortunately, domain name generators can help with the process.

Start by brainstorming unique names. Next, type those names one by one into a wizard that will check the name against what domains are available and choose similar suggestions. As you browse through the choices, remember to keep it short and easy to remember.

8. Use Your Personal Name

There are few things as unique as your own name, unless it is John Smith, and then you will need to add something to that for a unique name. A personal name works especially well for blogs, which show personality anyway.

If you do have a common name, or your name is already reserved, try adding a middle name or identifier. One example would be JohnSmithPaints or something that identifies what you do, where you are, or what your blog is about.

A Last Thought on “Unique” Blog Names

While a unique name can be a great idea, you also need a name that is easy to remember and makes sense. Don’t go so unique that users are left scratching their heads and wondering what on earth your name means. Even though a unique name is fun, at the end of the day, a straightforward name that readers remember and can find easily is much more important.


Kate Harveston is a freelance political writer and blogger. Her work deals mainly in issues of social justice, equality and human rights. When she's not writing, she can usually be found relaxing with a book or exploring the city. To follow her writing, you can check out her blog, Only Slightly Biased.

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How to Keep Your Portfolio Updated When You’re Not Job Hunting https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/how-to-keep-your-portfolio-updated-when-youre-not-job-hunting/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/how-to-keep-your-portfolio-updated-when-youre-not-job-hunting/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=8629&preview=true&preview_id=8629 There’s nothing worse than deciding to begin a job hunt and realizing… your online portfolio is wildly out of date. What the heck did you work on for the past few years? Every concrete memory vanishes from your head. Wouldn’t it be nice if your portfolio was always updated, even if you’re not actively job hunting?

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How to Keep Your Portfolio Updated When You're Not Job Hunting

There’s nothing worse than deciding to begin a job hunt and realizing… your online portfolio is wildly out of date. What the heck did you work on for the past few years? Every concrete memory vanishes from your head.

Wouldn’t it be nice if your portfolio was always updated, even if you’re not actively job hunting? Fortunately, it’s totally possible!

Start with an Updated Portfolio

First, you want to go through and make sure your portfolio is updated. Make sure your experience is up-to-date, your pieces are all there, and everything looks solid and professional.

This is probably going to take quite a bit of time up front. I know because I recently did it! But once you’ve got everything updated, it will be much easier to add new examples as you go. Big leap now so you can take small steps later!

If you don’t have an online portfolio to begin with, I recommend hopping over to this post where I lay out all of the instructions on how to create an online portfolio from scratch.

Organize Your Portfolio Files on Your Computer, Too

As you’re building your website, make sure your computer files are organized, too! I have a specific folder on my computer just for my pieces, with a subfolder for each individual project. I’ve labeled them the exact same way they’re labeled on the live site, so I always know where to find them.

You’ll want to keep original files as well as any files you’re uploading to your site. That way, if you need the vector file of a project, you’re not hunting through your documents. It’s not helpful if you only have one or two very specific JPEGs saved in the project’s subfolder!

It’s also helpful if the theme you’re using for your online portfolio requires a certain file type. Mine, for example, needs a featured image with very specific dimensions. Since I have my original files for those header images sorted on my computer, I know exactly where to go when I need to create a new one!

Always Have a Job Hunting Mindset

As you’re going through your day-to-day job, always have a job hunting mindset. Will future employers be interested in hearing more about this? What are you working on that you’re really proud of? What should you brag about in future job applications and interviews?

While it may take a bit to adapt to this mindset (after all, job hunting is daunting and it’s really nice to take a mental break from it), it’s going to be really helpful as you’re identifying pieces to include in your portfolio. After all, how many times do you create an awesome project and then forget about it by the time you’re supposed to update your portfolio? Probably a lot.

Add Pieces One at a Time Once the Project is Over

Once you’ve started identifying new pieces to add to your portfolio, start adding necessary files to a subfolder in your Portfolio folder on your computer. That way you’re not scrambling for files later. Needing to gather files is one of the biggest excuses I used to delay my portfolio site update!

Once the project is done, add it to your website. But try not to add it until the project is actually over! This will enable you to upload all of the pieces at once, and you’ll be able to include achievements and statistics in any write-ups you include in the description.


Having an online portfolio is really important for a lot of creative professionals, but keeping it updated can be overwhelming. Luckily, with a slight mindset shift, it’s not too difficult!

What are you waiting for? Get that portfolio updated!

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Sunday Scratches #28 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-28/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-28/#respond Sun, 06 May 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=9162&preview=true&preview_id=9162 Happy Sunday! The craziness has continued in my life, and has since spread to work, so this weekend was a much-needed break. Here are the scratches from the week! Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday that they’re changing their name to Scouts BSA in an effort to take over Girl Scouts. To which I

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Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of.

Happy Sunday! The craziness has continued in my life, and has since spread to work, so this weekend was a much-needed break. Here are the scratches from the week!

Boy Scouts of America announced on Wednesday that they’re changing their name to Scouts BSA in an effort to take over Girl Scouts. To which I say 🖕🖕🖕. Let’s not pretend like this is some progressive move. Or did we forget what a terrible organization BSA is? (There’s literally an entire Wikipedia page devoted to BSA controversies.)

In an effort to “look more like a Girl Scout” to remind people that hey, by the way, there already are scouting opportunities for girls, I’ve been spending some time in the shop at work this week. I’m obsessed with this scarf.

On a similar note, if you’re in a bad mood, it is possible (albeit somewhat difficult) to keep it from from affecting your work.

Or if you want to avoid work altogether, I recommend a trip to New Zealand. Olivia’s post about her short trip to Christchurch made me really want to go back to the South Pacific.

Do you know the answers to these 10 important money questions?

I shared my (somewhat lean) list of May goals this week, including an update on what April goals I accomplished! I’ve made pretty good progress with my 101 in 1001: Take 2 list. I’m now up to 23 accomplished!

One of my goals is to finish the Protector of the Small series. I’m currently on the fourth book of four, so I’m pretty sure I’ll cross it off! But, funny story… this isn’t the book series I thought I read when I was little. It’s a second series set in the same universe, but not the one I originally read. And yes, it took me until I was halfway through the third book to realize this.

Yesterday I finished season 2 of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and loved it. I can’t wait for season 3! I’ve read the series twice and still can’t remember all of the details, so it’s been fun to be surprised as I watch.

On Star Wars Day this past Friday, Sean and I met up with some of our friends at Darkness Brewing, the local brewery, and had some limited release Star Wars-themed beers! I was a big fan of Han Rolo, a chocolate caramel brown ale.

And speaking of Star Wars, I’m a big fan of the Star Wars x Away suitcases. Too bad I don’t actually need a new suitcase!

I want to up my blazer game again (I was a big blazer fan in college) and this blazer might just help me do it. But why is it so expensive?!

I love the look of these waxed canvas lunch bags. They’re old school and yet still really cute!

And I’m really digging this hair clip. It might motivate me to wear my hair differently! Right now it’s either up in a messy bun or it’s down and straightened / curled.

Follow along on Instagram at @andpossiblydinosaurs to hear about these things during the week! xo

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May Goals https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/may-goals-2018/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/may-goals-2018/#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=9024&preview=true&preview_id=9024 Thank god April is over. With the neverending winter and some crazy things going on at home, I’m saying good riddance to April! With a new month comes new goals! But first, let’s see how I did in April. April Recap PERSONAL GOALS Finish my portfolio website.✔ Finally! I crossed this one off on Sunday, with

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May Goals 2018

Thank god April is over. With the neverending winter and some crazy things going on at home, I’m saying good riddance to April!

With a new month comes new goals! But first, let’s see how I did in April.

April Recap

PERSONAL GOALS

  • Finish my portfolio website.✔ Finally! I crossed this one off on Sunday, with just one day to spare. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and now that it’s done, I know I’ll be able to update it regularly, even when I’m not applying for a new job.
  • Complete our home book. ✘ I didn’t make a ton of progress on this, but I’ve decided I’m okay with that. I’ve been overloading my goals with too many big projects at once, so the portfolio site is the one that won out! (How many months did it take me to realize that I’m doing too much at once?)
  • Finish Protector of the Small. ✘ I slowed way down on reading when I realized that this isn’t the book series I loved as a kid. Whoops. It’s a second series set in the same universe about a decade later, which is why it seemed familiar. I’m still going to finish it, but I’m bummed because my library doesn’t carry the original series that I actually read as a kid. We’ll see if I decide to fork out the money for the Kindle editions.
  • Go on a hike with Sean and Stanley. ✘ We’ve had some pretty crazy things thrown at us this month, so our weekends were devoted to that, meaning no time for a hike. Hopefully we can do this one soon, though!

AND POSSIBLY DINOSAURS GOALS

  • Completely finish the And Possibly Dinosaurs rebrand. ✘ Again, I had too many big projects that I wanted to tackle this month, and this one just didn’t win. I’ll finish it soon, though—I’m so close!
  • Post to Instagram Stories every day. ✔ Finally! This one took me 3 attempts, but I’m so glad I did it! I still need some practice, but I think I’m getting the hang of it. Cross this one my 101 in 1001: Take 2 list!
  • Begin Sunday Scratches again April 8. ✔ I’m so happy I brought this series back! I stuck with it, even when I took a week off of my regular blog content, and I’m excited to see how it continues to evolve with me.
  • Begin creating a new product. ✘ Just like the hike, this one hasn’t been realistic this month. I’m tabling this one for now, until life settles back down and I have the time to really commit to it.

I tied the record I set last week with 3 completed! Maybe I should take the hint and give myself fewer goals per month, eh?

May Goals

PERSONAL GOALS

  • Finish Protector of the SmallWith life being so stressful right now, I want to make sure I’m taking the time for some self-care. And for me, one of the biggest means of self-care is reading. Since these books are such easy reads, I should be able to get through them by the end of May, as long as I’m taking a little bit of time each day (like, at least 10 minutes per day) to read.

AND POSSIBLY DINOSAURS

  • Publish 5 blog posts and 3 newsletters. This month is all about maintenance. I’m trying to stay afloat, so I’m being realistic with my goals. My normal goal is to publish a new blog post every Tuesday and Thursday, which would be 10 posts in the month of May. I also try to send out a newsletter every Wednesday, which would be 5 newsletters in May. But since I’m just trying to survive this month, I’m cutting those figures in half.

I’m nervous but excited about all of the changes happening in May, and I can’t wait to share them with you! In an effort to be realistic, I’m sticking to these two goals, and I’m hoping I can cross both off by the end of the month.

What are you hoping to accomplish in May?

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Sunday Scratches #27 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-27/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-27/#respond Sun, 29 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=9147&preview=true&preview_id=9147 Happy Sunday! Life has been crazy over here–big changes are on the way, and I can’t wait to tell you more about it! But that’s a story for another day. In the mean time, here are some of my favorite links from around the web! I’m so excited to be featured on One Woman Shop’s

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Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

Please note, this post may contain affiliate links that I could make a commission off of.

Happy Sunday! Life has been crazy over here–big changes are on the way, and I can’t wait to tell you more about it! But that’s a story for another day. In the mean time, here are some of my favorite links from around the web!

I’m so excited to be featured on One Woman Shop’s 2018 100 Best Sites for Solopreneurs list! Now, it’s time to figure out the crème de la crème in each category — and I’d love your vote! Cast it here before May 18.

After a big, stressful work project, my coworker surprised me with an amazing plant for my office (pictured above)! It was SO nice of her, and I’m excited because I’ve been wanting more plants in my office anyway. Fingers crossed I don’t kill it!

My current favorite jeans are currently 65% off! If I didn’t already own them, I’d jump on them.

And speaking of sales, JCrew is currently having a 40% off summer styles event! I don’t need another bathing suit, but I looooove this one.

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around email marketing for my blog, because there are so.many.options. CoSchedule just came out with this calendar template and I can’t wait to dive into it and make some plans!

I’ve been using the Daylio app for the past two weeks and I’m obsessed. Last year I tried doing a mood tracker in my planner, where you color in a square for each day of the year based on the mood you felt, but it became more of a hassle than it was worth. The Daylio app is similar, but it only takes a few taps on your phone, and it reminds you to long one each day! Yes, please!

Other than trying to stay sane, I’ve been working this weekend to crank out my April Goals, since tomorrow is the last day of the month! I know I won’t be able to cross everything off my list, but right now I’m just hoping for one. It’s been one of those months. Stay tuned for an update!

Follow along on Instagram at @andpossiblydinosaurs to hear about these things during the week! xo

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Sunday Scratches #26 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-26/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/sunday-scratches-26/#respond Sun, 22 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=8631&preview=true&preview_id=8631 Happy Sunday! The craziness has continued for me and Sean. We’re currently in Michigan visiting family and will be driving back to Cincinnati today, so we’re not slowing down any time soon. Let’s get on with the scratches! As I mentioned, we’re in Michigan right now visiting with family. We headed to North Pier Brewing

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Sunday Scratches is where I share the little stuff that has happened throughout the week. In hockey, “scratches” are people who are on the roster but do not play in the game. On the blog, “scratches” are the things that have happened to me throughout the week that aren’t necessarily big enough to be an entire post.

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Happy Sunday! The craziness has continued for me and Sean. We’re currently in Michigan visiting family and will be driving back to Cincinnati today, so we’re not slowing down any time soon.

Let’s get on with the scratches!

As I mentioned, we’re in Michigan right now visiting with family. We headed to North Pier Brewing Company yesterday to celebrate the second season of 415AM, a beer my cousin Ryan designed! It was really great to see a ton of my cousins again.

Earlier in the week, we walked down to Darkness Brewing because the weather was (relatively) nice, and I discovered that my Madewell Transport Tote is the perfect size for two growlers of beer. Why is no one promoting this?

Life has been crazy lately (hoping to be able to disclose more soon!), so this was a really great reminder.

I’ve been making awesome progress no my 101 in 1001: Take 2 list! I did a check-in on Thursday in case you missed it.

And Possibly Dinosaurs celebrated its almost-fourth-birthday on Tuesday! To celebrate I put together a comprehensive tutorial on how to start a blog.

Other than that, I’ve been pretty behind on my Bloglovin feed, so I don’t have a bunch more to share! Hopefully I’ll be able to catch up more this week and share more helpful posts next weekend.

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101 in 1001, Take 2: Check-In Time! https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/101-in-1001-take-2-check-in-1/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/101-in-1001-take-2-check-in-1/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=8627&preview=true&preview_id=8627 I’m just about 10% of the way through my second 101 in 1001 challenge! Based on that, I should have about 10 items complete, and I’m happy to say I’m way ahead of schedule! I’ve had a lot of fun with this so far, because I was so intentional when I started my list. These are

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I’m just about 10% of the way through my second 101 in 1001 challenge! Based on that, I should have about 10 items complete, and I’m happy to say I’m way ahead of schedule!

I’ve had a lot of fun with this so far, because I was so intentional when I started my list. These are truly things I want to accomplish, instead of things that would just be fun. They help me inform my monthly goals, which I think is why I’ve been so successful with it so far.

Without further ado, here’s where I’ve made progress so far in my 101 in 1001, Take 2!

21 Goals Completed

Wooooo! 21 goals down! I’m really proud of this number, only 10% of the way in. A lot of them were easier to cross off than the remaining ones, but that’s okay. As I said before, these were things that I really wanted to happen, so even if I’ve started with the easy ones, I’m still glad they’re crossed off.

14. Replenish our emergency fund.

This one was huge for us. With unexpected wedding and honeymoon expenses cropping up at the end of 2017, our emergency fund took a bit of a hit. We really prioritized this for our savings goals and got it back up to a much more comfortable spot!

17. Begin saving for a down payment.

On a similar note, we started saving for a down payment! We have no idea when we’re going to buy a house, but we want to have that money set aside in case we find one we love.

21. Stick to the keto diet for at least 3 full months.

I’m really proud of this one! Sean and I tried to do the keto diet a few years ago and failed, but we decided to try again. It’s basically a diet where you severely limit your carb intake and eat lots of healthy fats and protein. We started it as soon as we got back from our honeymoon in January, so we’re now at the 3-month mark! I talked with my doctor about it and she said she wanted me to try it for more than 3 months, so we’re going to stick with it!

It’s been a lot easier than I expected. We make a lot of our food from scratch, so it’s just changing up what we buy at the grocery store and have on hand. The hardest part is going out to eat, but we’ve been pretty lenient about it. We go out so rarely that if we want to order a burger on a bun, we get the burger on a bun.

24. Invest in a new fitness tracker.

I was so fortunate to receive this for my birthday from my parents and in-laws! My Fitbit Blaze that I got for my birthday in 2016 randomly stopped holding a charge, so I started researching new ones and decided on the Fossil Q Venture! I really wanted a round smartwatch, and the Venture was right up my alley! It’s not as robust as a Fitbit or an Apple Watch, but it’s exactly what I need.

37. Start and finish five blogging classes that I’ve already paid for.

I decided to crank this one out in about two weeks in February! I’m not sure it was the best approach because it felt like I was crossing things off of a list vs. actually implementing the things in the classes, but I’m still glad I did it. A lot of it wasn’t super applicable to my current situation, so I was glad to at least have them off of my list. Plus, I know what’s in the classes now, so I can always go back if I need to.

The classes I completed are The Productive Solopreneur by XO SarahTrello for Business by Think Creative CollectiveBuild Your Own VA by Brittany Berger, Hashtag Hero by Alex Tooby, and Tool School by Brittany Berger!

39. Order business cards with my new branding.

So proud of this one! I had been getting business cards for free at my old job, but they were now really out of date and had my maiden name on them. I decided to go big on these and ordered some from MOO with raised gloss on them. They look so good and professional! You can check out what they look like on my Instagram.

46 – 48. Print engagement / wedding / honeymoon photos and hang them up around the house.

I’m really glad I included these 3 on my 101 in 1001 list, because I’m not sure I would have done it if I hadn’t! Sean and I haven’t really put photos up in our house until now, so it was great to have an excuse to crank these out. We got our frames at IKEA and printed our photos at Costco, and they all turned out great!

53. Get a printer for the home office (or make the one we have actually work).

This one I crossed off as “good enough” because we don’t have a huge need for a functioning printer, but the one we had was taking up space and we couldn’t get it to work. We couldn’t find the right cords and we were out of ink, so I did some research and found both the cord and the ink on Amazon. The black ink doesn’t work for some reason, so we have to print things in blue or pink in order to read them, but again… not a huge, pressing need, so I’m calling it good enough.

56. Reorganize and consolidate my music files.

After having three different computers, my music files were a mess. They were in 3 different folders on my computer, plus there were some stragglers on my hard drive. I finally opened them all up in iTunes, stored them all on my iCloud account (so I can avoid this mess in the future) and sorted the songs that were missing artist or song information. It took a while but it feels so good to have it done!

61. Fix the button on my pea coat.

This is one of those “small bug nagging” tasks that was really easy to cross off. One of the buttons on my pea coat fell off a few years ago, and when it was fixed, the button was sewn back on through my pocket, meaning my pocket was sewn shut in the middle. Getting my keys out of it was a pain in the ass.

We had to take some of Sean’s clothes to the tailor, so I decided to take my pea coat there, too. She did a great job fixing it, and it was only $5! I probably could have fixed it myself, but I know the tailor did a much better job than I could have done. Maybe “learn to sew a button back on” can be on my next 101 in 1001 list?

63. Use up the yarn I have on hand by knitting hats and / or scarves to donate.

This one was really fun and relaxing! I had a ton of old yarn laying around, so I got out my knitting needles and made a bunch of scarves while binge-watching Grace and Frankie. Yes, please! I donated them to a local food bank, and they were super appreciative.

66 & 71. Go on a road trip. / Visit Chicago.

In March, Sean and I took a road trip to Chicago for St. Patrick’s Day! Some college friends live there and invited a big group of us since it fell on a Saturday this year. It was a bit overwhelming, but a lot of fun! Sean and I stopped at 3 Floyds on the way there and the way back and picked up some Zombie Dust and LazerSnake, too!

77. Go to a Paint and Pint class at Darkness.

Every few months, Darkness Brewing, the brewery down the street from us, hosts a Paint and Pint class. Sean and I had wanted to go for a while, so we decided we’d sign up for the next one we saw. Turned out it was a Valentine’s themed one, and we’d be painting each other. Not exactly what we expected, but still a lot of fun! We will not be hanging the paintings up in our house.

82. Go to a Cincinnati Cyclones game.

I love going to ECHL games because the tickets are so cheap. Sean and I went to a Cincinnati Cyclones game (they’re two levels below the NHL, for reference) back in February when they played the Kalamazoo Wings. We got really good seats near center ice, and I’m pretty sure we payed more for beer than we did for our seats.

92. Make cold brew coffee at home.

I’m sad to say I wasn’t very impressed with this experiment! I was looking forward to a good, strong cup of coffee, but I’m used to Americanos from my espresso machine, so I’m a bit spoiled. The cold brew just tasted watered down to me.

95 – 97. Beat LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 / Get all of the trophies in LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 and 5-7.

These three felt silly and nerdy to include, which is why I loved them! I got LEGO Harry Potter for Playstation last year and never really did much with it, so I decided I needed to beat the second game and then go back and get all of the Playstation trophies for all of them. I spent way too much time with the Playstation in January, and I have no regrets.

17 Goals in Progress

In addition to the 21 goals I’ve completed, I’ve got another 17 that are in progress!

1. Beat my past 101 in 1001 record of 42.

First, most obviously, is to beat my previous record of 42. And amazingly, just a few months in and I’m halfway there! Here’s hoping I can keep up the momentum.

3. Read 75 books.

I’ve been reading a bit lately, but not quite as much as I’d like to. My goal is to read for 30 minutes every day, and hopefully in the future I can increase that to 45 minutes or an hour every day.

So far I’ve finished 5 books of the 75: Brisingr by Christopher PaoliniInheritance by Christopher Paolini, Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, First Test by Tamora Pierce, and Page by Tamora Pierce. Don’t forget, you can keep up with my progress on Goodreads!

4. Ready and get rid of 25 books that I already own.

On a similar note, I’m hoping to downsize my book collection by actually reading the books I own instead of getting all of them from the library. So far I’ve read and gotten rid of two books: Brisingr by Christopher Paolini and Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. The other books I’ve read have been Kindle books from the library.

6. Officially change my last name.

I’ve made progress on this! I’ve done the first step, so now I just need to keep up the momentum.

16. Pay off our student loans.

We make pretty good progress every month. One set should be gone by June, then it’s just tackling the last big chunk!

20. Fulfill all of the prerequisites for Advanced Adult Aerial classes at the Cincinnati Circus.

There are 14 prerequisites to be able to join the Advanced Adult Aerial classes at the Cincinnati Circus. I’ve currently met three of them: standard climb to the ceiling, Russian climb to the ceiling, and Man in the Moon with 3 wraps. I need to start going back consistently and working out my arms outside of class before I’ll be able to cross any more of them off!

22. Lose 30 pounds.

I’m doing much better than expected with this one! I thought it would take a solid 12 months of really hard work, but apparently for my body it only takes a little bit of exercise and the keto diet (#privilege). It’s been 3 months so far, and I’m down 16 pounds!

33. Update my portfolio website, including my new URL.

This was on my list of goals for February, March, and April, but I’m… making progress. I really hope to be done with it this month, but we’ll see what happens!

34. Decorate and settle into my new office at work.

When I originally wrote this list, I was referring to a different office than I’m actually in now! I was going to be sharing an office with our graphic designer (whom I shared an office with before construction as well), but then we were offered our own offices and we jumped on it! I moved in a few weeks ago and love it. I’m around people again (our other office wasn’t), and it’s really cool to have my own space.

I’ve got some decorations up, but I’m giving myself some time to get used to the layout and make sure everything flows well before I continue with more decorations. I’m thinking I’ll get a macrame wall hanging and lots of plants once I’m at that stage!

38. Donate at least $250 to the ACLU of Kentucky via my business income.

At the beginning of the year I decided to set aside 10% of all of my blogging income to go to the ACLU of Kentucky. I love the ACLU, and I wanted to support the local chapter, so I set a goal of $250 within my 1,001 days. I’m hoping it doesn’t take that long!

I’m making donations quarterly, so the first one happened on April 1! So far I’ve donated $54, which is a really good first step!

41. Post to Instagram Stories every day for at least a month.

I’ve tried and failed this challenge two or three times now (I’ve lost count), but April is going really well so far! I’ve come up with a better reminder / tracker system, so I’m not randomly forgetting a day. To check out what I’ve been posting, give me a follow at @andpossiblydinosaurs!

44. Completely finish the And Possibly Dinosaurs rebrand.

I’m so close guys! I’ve finished all of the header images for the live site. I just need to go through and republish old posts / create header images for them, and then make sure all of my MailChimp automations are updated. I’m confident this will be done by the end of April!

52. Reorganize the laundry area.

Our laundry area was a mess before, with those wire shelves that everything wants to fall through. I got this vinyl cover for them which helped a lot, and then I organized everything and got rid of things we weren’t using. Now I just need to hang up the Swiffer, the broom, etc. and I’ll be able to cross this off the list!

59. Create a “home book” with information for our bills, etc.

I added this to my 101 in 1001 after two family friends died suddenly. It freaked me out, since I’m the one who manages our finances and pays our bills. If I died suddenly, I don’t know that Sean would know where to begin. (Sorry to be morbid! But it’s the truth.)

I started this project and have it outlined, but having the motivation to fill it in has been hard. Probably because of how morbid it is. Here’s hoping I can crank it out soon!

75. Try 10 new restaurants or breweries in Cincinnati.

This one is a bit more fun! So far Sean and I have tried 3 new restaurants or breweries in Cincinnati: West Side Brewing, Tap & Screw, and Barleycorn’s. Okay, Sean wasn’t there for Barleycorn’s, but I’m still counting it.

We get so stuck in our comfort zone that it’s been nice having an excuse to try some place new!

88. Try 25 different dark beers.

I’m not a big dark beer fan, so I added this to my 101 in 1001 list to give them another shot. It’s hard to tell if I don’t like dark beers in general, or if I just haven’t found the right dark beers for me yet. So far I’ve tried 5 and I can tell I’m warming up to them!

The dark beers I’ve tried so far are: Founders KBS, Braxton Labs Buckeye Stout, Braxton Brewing Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout, Darkness Brewing Beach Park After Dark, and Left Hand Brewing Company Nitro Milk Stout.

90. Try 10 different IPAs.

I had a similar approach to IPAs, but I was already more comfortable with IPAs than dark beers, so I decided to limit this one to 10 instead of 25. Clearly it’s been easier for me, since I’m already at 6!

The IPAs I’ve tried so far are:Darkness Brewing Raygun IPA, Braxton Labs IPA #001, Stone Brewing Hop Revolver IPA, Stone Brewing Ruination Double IPA 2.0, Stone Brewing IPA, and 3 Floyds LazerSnake, March 2018.


Whew! Lots of progress has been made on my 101 in 1001: Take 2 list, but I’ve still got a long ways to go. Thanks for joining me on this journey!

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How to Start a Blog https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/how-to-start-a-blog/ https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com/how-to-start-a-blog/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0000 https://www.andpossiblydinosaurs.com?p=8383&preview=true&preview_id=8383 Happy sort-of 4th birthday to And Possibly Dinosaurs! I started blogging on January 14, 2014 under a different blog name, and on April 17, 2014 switched the name over to And Possibly Dinosaurs. While I consider January 14 the official birthday of And Possibly Dinosaurs, I wanted to still honor April 17, since it’s a

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How to Start a Blog

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Happy sort-of 4th birthday to And Possibly Dinosaurs! I started blogging on January 14, 2014 under a different blog name, and on April 17, 2014 switched the name over to And Possibly Dinosaurs. While I consider January 14 the official birthday of And Possibly Dinosaurs, I wanted to still honor April 17, since it’s a big deal for my blog as well.

In honor of April 17, I want to help you start a blog! The technical aspect of blogging can be so intimidating, but I don’t want it to hold you back. To help, I’ve created a step-by-step guide on how to start a blog!

Commit the Time

First, you have to commit the time if you want to start a blog! Planning, writing, scheduling, promoting, etc. takes a lot of time.

Don’t let this discourage you from blogging, though! Just keep it in mind as you’re prioritizing how you spend your time. You can absolutely ease into it, increasing your posting schedule as you get more comfortable with your process. But know that if you already have a pretty packed schedule, you might need to cut something else out in order to make time to blog.

I recommend committing to a set time each week to blog. Consider it your “office hours,” when you’ll sit down, plan out your content, and write. If you do more outside of that, great! But try not to move it around too much so you get in the habit of spending time with and on your blog.

Decide What to Write About

Once you’ve committed the time it will take you to run your blog, decide what you’re actually going to write about! You want a really good foundation of what your blog’s purpose is. While your content can change and adapt over time, it’s better to have a consistent umbrella over it the whole time, so your audience can adapt with you!

For example, I’ve changed my focus a few times since I started my blog about 4 years ago, but it’s always included encouraging content for 20-something feminist women. So even though I went from a lifestyle blog to a “blogging and design” blog to a “side hustle and career” blog, it’s always been consistent.

So, what do you want to write about right now? What about it excites you? And will those topics be able to evolve with you over time? Try to pick a few main topics (4-5 to start) so you’ve got a focus. But remember to be personal and experiment! You never know what content your audience will resonate with most.

Figure Out Who You’re Writing For

And speaking of your audience, figure out who you’re writing for! It makes it much easier to come up with content in the future. This can be a fictional person, someone you know in real life, or even yourself a few months or years ago!

My ideal reader, for example, is one of my best friends. She works full-time and has a packed schedule, but also loves being creative, writing, and sharing her story. So any time I’m in a blogging rut, I think of questions my friend would ask me (or what questions she already has asked!) and I instantly have a ton more ideas.

Who cares about your topic? What does their day-to-day life look like? What are their problems, and how can you help solve them? Keeping these in mind will help you create content, and keep your audience coming back because they feel like you understand them!

To help, I’ve got a free Ideal Reader Profile worksheet available in my Resource Library that I recommend checking out! Sign up for my email list below and you’ll get it emailed to you right away.

Create Your Blog Name

Next, it’s time to create your blog’s name! This is a lot easier once you know what you’re writing about and who you’re writing for.

The blog name is something a lot of people get stuck on, because there are so many options and it has to last! While it’s true that I don’t recommend changing your blog name (it’s a lot of work and you’ll likely lose a lot of your audience in the transition), choosing a blog name doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It’s a fun part of the process because there are so many options!

Option 1: Your Name

Some people, like Kory Woodard, go with their first and last name. And that’s awesome! It’s easy to come up with, it’s highly aligned with you, it can easily adapt if you change your focus. However, it doesn’t automatically tell your audience what you write about, and depending on your name, it might be hard to say or way too common.

Option 2: A Variation of Your Name

You could also go with a blog name based on your name, but not your first and last name. My friend Randi did this with her blog, Randi with an i. It’s got her name in it, but it’s got a little more of her personality than just Randi Shaffer would. But, just like with using your first and last name, it doesn’t necessarily tell your audience what you’re about.

Option 3: Nothing to Do with Your Name

And finally, you could be like me and not use your name at all. It can clearly tell people what you write about (or not… I don’t think And Possibly Dinosaurs tells you what I write about) and it can set you apart from everyone else. But again, there are so many options! I’d caution you against doing the classic blogger “_____ & _____” because there are already so many blogs out there that use that formula. Try to stand out a little more!

Domain Name & Social Handles

No matter what option you go with (again, all 3 are great options!), you’ll want to keep in mind your domain name and social handles. Make sure they’re available! If you can, have the same social media handles as your domain name. For example, my Instagram handle is @andpossiblydinosaurs, which mirrors the exact spelling in my domain name. If they’re different, your audience might find it hard to remember.

And be careful when you’re deciding on a brand name, because your domain and social handles will have no spaces and they’ll all be lowercase. Make sure you don’t unintentionally spell something else! My friend Kenzie wanted to create the Instagram account KC Loves Makeup, but when it’s shoved together for her handle, @kclovesmakeup, it looked like “K Cloves Makeup,” which isn’t what she wanted. Instead, she swapped it out for @kcdoesmakeup, which works perfectly!

Create Your Branding Elements

Next it’s time to create your brand! This is not only the look of your website, but also how your blog makes your audience feel when they visit you.

What is the first word you want people to think of when they visit your site? Encouraging? Relaxed? Exciting? Fun? Keep that word in your mind as you’re creating your brand!

Now, look around on Pinterest and pin images that remind you of your word. Keep in mind colors, photographs, fonts, words and phrases, etc. Once you’ve got a pretty good library of images, pick out the colors and fonts that you see the most. Try to limit yourself to 3-4 colors and 2 fonts. For those with little design experience, it’s easier to create a cohesive brand when you’ve got fewer choices to pick from.

Create Your Website

Now that you’ve got a pretty good foundation for your blog, it’s time to get it online!

Choose a Web Host

First, you need to choose a company to actually host your website. I’ve used a few in the past, and I recommend Siteground. I currently use Siteground and it’s amazing, and it’s not very expensive, either.

Once you choose your hosting plan (if this is your only website, I recommend StartUp, but I currently use GrowBig because I also host my online portfolio on Siteground), you’ll be able to choose your domain name as well.

Install WordPress on Your Domain

Once you’ve purchased your web host and set up your domain name, you’ll want to install WordPress onto your domain. To do this on Siteground, go to the My Accounts tab, and at the top you’ll see a red button that says “Go to cPanel,” which is what you’ll want to click on.

From there, find the section that says “Autoinstallers” and click on the W icon that says “WordPress.” Click on the blue “Install” button on the next page and select your domain from the drop-down menu (it should be the only one if you just set up your Siteground account).

For the Admin Account section of the WordPress installer, I recommend setting up a username that is not admin, as that’s the most common admin username and is therefore the easiest to hack. Select your password and type in your email account. It might auto-fill admin@yourdomain.com, so make sure to change that to an active email address like your personal Gmail account.

Once you’re done with that, click Install and you should be good to go! You’ll be able to access your WordPress site by adding /wp-admin/ to the end of your domain name.

Choose a Theme to Install

Next, you have to choose a theme to install, which basically means you have to choose the layout of your blog. I recommend checking sites like Creative Market, Coded Creative, and ThemeForest.

As you’re looking at options, make sure you’re viewing the live demos so you can see what it will look like when it’s live. Also, as difficult as it will be, try to ignore things like the demo content! You’re buying the functionality, not the overall look of it. It’s your photos, blog posts, and branding that will be on the website, not the developer’s!

Once you’ve picked out a theme, purchase it and download the file to install. It should be a .zip file. Once you’ve located it on your computer, log into your WordPress site and go to Appearance > Themes and click on the “Add New” button at the very top of the page. Once the Add New page comes up, you’ll see the same button, but it says “Upload Theme,” which is what you want to click. That’s where you’ll be able to upload the .zip file that you downloaded. When it prompts you, upload and activate the theme!

 Create an Editorial Calendar

Now it’s time to create an editorial calendar! This is how you’ll plan out what content you’ll be creating and when they’ll go live. This should include both blog posts and newsletters if you’re going to start an email list (which I recommend!).

Don’t overwhelm yourself when you first create an editorial calendar! You’ve probably seen bloggers who have new blog posts 5 times per week (or even more!). Don’t base your editorial calendar off of their standards; they’ve been blogging for a long time, and they’ve likely got a team who helps them.

Start with 3-4 blog posts per month and see how much time and energy writing a blog post takes. Once you get comfortable with it, increase your frequency!

Consistency is key here: if you’re not going to post every day (which you shouldn’t at the beginning), pick the day of the week your blog posts will go up. Maybe you want a new post to go up on Tuesdays. Set up your editorial calendar for Tuesdays, then! Remember, you can always write a post in advance and schedule it to go live on a certain day, so you don’t have to write it that same day.

Start Writing!

That’s really it! Stick to your schedule as best as you can, because consistency will help your audience come back and remember who you are.

As you’re writing your blog posts, remember to be yourself. The most successful bloggers are the ones who can infuse their personality into their blog posts! Your audience is more likely to trust you if they know who you are!

And remember, be as helpful as possible. As you’re writing each post, ask yourself, “what’s in it for my audience?” Because, while this is likely a great creative outlet for you, in the end, you’re writing this for someone.


Blogging is such a rewarding experience! It can be overwhelming to start a blog, but with a little guidance, you’re sure to find your groove!

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