Coming Back to Blogging From an Unexpected Break!

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Man , it feels GOOD to blog again !! First of all, I want to apologize to you all for the unexpected break that I’ve had to take from blogging. These past few months have been full of so many life transitions for me. Some transitions have been stressful while others have been very exciting! Either way, I count it all joy. I’ve been extremely blessed. I’ve encountered many new life changing opportunities and I’ve also learned A LOT.

However, I am glad to be back in the positive atmosphere of blogging!! I have so much to share with you guys and honestly, even though this was an unexpected break .. it’s turned out to be very beneficial. Because of everything that life’s thrown at me over the past couple of months, I feel like I have soooo much content to share!! 🙂 So that’s a good thing.

To everyone who has still continuously visited my blog, read and commented on my posts during my time of absence – THANK YOU!!! I can’t begin to tell you how much it made my heart smile to see everyone still being so supportive and showing so much love!! Now, if you’ll excuse me .. I have about three months worth of notifications to catch up on and soooooo many people to go and follow back!! I’m excited about getting the chance to finally catch up and explore yall’s blogs since I now have time again to do it!!

I love you guys & I look forward to posting again soon!! Thanks for stopping by. You’re amazing!!

-J e s s i c a

 

20,000+Views = BLOG PARTY!! Leave Your Links & Make Some New Friends!!!!

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OKAY, sooo.. 20,000+views on the blog .. 20,407 to be currently be exact at this very moment. Oh my gosh!! Words literally cannot express how happy that makes me !! This would’ve NEVER been possible without the support of you guys.💜 I appreciate the fact that you take time out of your busy schedule to stop by and read what I share on my blog everyday. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again .. The Blogging Community is nothing short of A M A Z I N G !! The amount of support I get from it is so overwhelming and heart warming!!
I love y’all & I can’t say thank you enough!! I hope you guys stick around to help me reach a million !! 🙂 That’s gonna be hard but totally not impossible !! But no really, I’m always trying to give back to the blogging community by sharing different tips and etc but today .. I’ve decided to throw you guys a BLOG PARTY 🎉🎉 Share your blog links as well as your social media ones that you’d like everyone to follow you on. (Blog, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+, Twitter, Instagram) All links are welcome!! I’ll go first and I WILL follow everyone back as always !! 😍😘😜
Blog: https://personalgrowthsuccessblog.com/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/csm3jcarter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jessica66342553
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jesscarterharris/

How I Gained 1,000 Followers in 6 Months!!!

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I am extremely, extremely, extremely overwhelmed by the support, gratitude, testimonies, and healing that has happened on and through this blog!! I have to give God ALL the Glory for it though!! I thank Him for ultimately giving me the idea to write and join the Blogging Community! THANKS FOR 1,000+ FOLLOWERS!! I am SO blessed to be connected with you all. I appreciate y’all from the bottom of my heart. So as a way to give back, I want to use this opportunity to help y’all out if I can.

I’m no pro at blogging but I do want to share and shed some light on how I’ve gained 1,000 followers in my six months of blogging to encourage newbies and other fellow bloggers who might the need help 🙂 Y’all I know I just wanna see you be great !! There’s enough room for all of us to be successful !! Let’s dive right into this !!

  • COMMUNITY POOL

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For those of you who don’t know .. this is what the Community Pool looks like and if you run a blog on WordPress, you can find it in your “Reader” . As you can see, I just typed it in the Reader’s search bar and it popped up. It’s basically a post that’s shared every so often where bloggers can support one another with feedback and advice. It’s also a great opportunity to connect with many other bloggers who share the same niche with you as well as those outside of your niche to learn something new!! This is where I actually fell in love with the “Blogging Community.” The support and positive vibes here are nothing short of amazing! This is actually where I got my first 100+ followers 🙂

  • T w i t t e r .&&. I n s t a g r a m

Twitter and Instagram have been two of the most powerful and effective social media platforms for me to promote my blog on and connect with other people!! Basically, how I promote through these sites is share my link, add a photo and sometimes add small description on what that particular blog post is about. I really just try to make sure my post are as inviting as possible and before I actually post it, I tag different blog pages/groups that way my blog post is being shared on their pages and other bloggers can see it and connect with me if they’d like !! 🙂 It’s a great and fast way to attract a lot more traffic to your blog as well gain new followers and become followers of other bloggers. Here are some examples below on how I promote:

  • Twitter Blog Trains

My numbers in followers shot up quickly when I started getting involved in the Blog Trains on Twitter. Some people have really good luck with these and then there are some that don’t care too much for them. Me personally, I love them!! Basically, it’s just a big comment thread with all kinds of random people sharing their social media and blog links. (Twitter, Insta, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Blog & Google+) The whole point of it is to meet new people, gain more followers, and become new followers of others. Normally, after I go and follow someone on their sites, I’ll either comment and say, “Following!” and then I leave my link with it so it’s easy for them to find me. Here’s an example of what one of them looks like:

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  • F a c e b o o k – Blogging Support Groups!

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Joining and participating in these groups are a great way to connect and meet new bloggers as well !! As you can see, there are a variety of different blogging groups you can join. I just typed “blog” in the search bar so you could kind of get an idea of what different groups popped up but there are more than this! Check it out sometime if you haven’t already 🙂 It personally doesn’t do me any good to share my blog posts on my actual Facebook page but I get pretty active in these groups sometimes and it does help .. a lot !!
I hope you enjoyed this post and I really hope it helps you if you’re needing the help! Thanks again for following MY blog, supporting me and taking the time out to read what I write!! I love you all and appreciate you more than you will ever ever know!!

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7 Advantages of Blogging!

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For those of you who don’t know , I’ve gotten to where I don’t make the “blogging award” posts on my page anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely, extremely grateful for those of you who have nominated me on several different occasions and for many different awards. I just don’t want to publish too many of those posts and distract my readers from my niche and what I promote, which is Self-Love & Self-Care for the most part. However, I was nominated by another fellow blogger, Dynaxty, for the “Awesome Blogger” Award.

As I was reading his post, I noticed a question in there that made me personally think and want to answer myself – What are three advantages of blogging? Although he was asked to only list three of them .. I came up with seven !! So this particular post is literally inspired by both the Awesome Blogger Award and Dynaxty !! If you have not connected with him yet, I strongly urge you to do so 🙂 He is a VERY encouraging, wise and uplifting person. I love connecting with people like that. I enjoy reading his posts and sometimes his blog is one of the ones that I personally seek out when I’m needing some encouragement or inspiration myself. You can find him here: https://dynaxty.wordpress.com/

S E V E N Advantages of {.B L O G G I N G.}

1. Blogging helps depression! I have actually already written a post on that and exactly HOW it helps. If you haven’t read it already, you can check it out here Blogging Helps Depression

2. Extra Income! You can easily make pocket change from blogging but if you’re really serious about wanting your blog to be successful .. you can become a full-time blogger and make a lot of good money! It’s hard work though! I will tell you that and it takes time. It’s definitely not a get rich quick scheme.

3. Blogging gives you the opportunity to make new friends !! You might think that sounds crazy because you’re making friends with people online but at least it helps with the loneliness! I have personally enjoyed connecting with other people who I have yet to meet in person but have a lot of the same things in common with me.

4. Learn New Things – in the world of blogging, you also have the opportunity to LEARN new things from other people and their cultures !! I love it and I think it’s neat! I have really enjoyed connecting with people from Nigeria and I’ve been blown away by some of the things I’ve learned about their culture! Absolutely amazing.

5. Encourage Others & Share Your Story– Blogging offers you the opportunity to share your story and encourage people ALL OVER THIS WORLD !! You’d be surprised by the amount of people who will actually find healing in your words and your very own personal testimony.

6. Blogging is a GREAT way to promote your business if you have one.

7. Gain Influence – What’s the best way to change the world? You could become a politician, activist or volunteer… OR you could become a blogger! A successful blogger gains a wide audience of people who trust and respect them. The more of a positive influence you have on people, the bigger the impact will be too 🙂

 

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog today! I appreciate your support more than you will ever know!! xoxo!

– J e s s i c a