57 Fun Writing Prompts & Blog Post Ideas for July

Need inspiration for your editorial calendar this month? Check out 57 fun writing prompts & blog post ideas for July, complete with ready-to-go titles!

Last month’s 44 Blog Post Ideas for June was such a success that I thought I’d do it again! This time, I have writing topics and blog post ideas for July to help you brainstorm your way through the hot, muggy month. I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time thinking when it’s so hot out! As with last month, these are all ideas that I either didn’t have room for on my own calendar or are so broad that we can all write about it without duplicating ideas (or both). Without further ado, I present […] Read more »

6 iPad Apps that Actually Make Blogging Easier

6 iPad Apps that Actually Make Blogging Easier

When I got my iPad back in February, I thought I would spend my days blogging from the couch. I mean, I’ve seen pictures of people writing on their iPads. It seemed like a reasonable expectation, right? Well, I’ve had my iPad for, what, three months now? This is the first blog post I’m actually writing on it. I’ll probably give up in the middle and finish it on my PC. Let’s be honest here: it’s a freaking pain to type on these things! I am averaging about twenty words a minute typing on the touch keyboard. The only reason […] Read more »

44 Great Blogging and Writing Topics for June

Having a hard time coming up with writing topics? Here are 44 blog post ideas for June to fill up your editorial calendar! Most focus on June-specific national and global holidays. I even wrote the titles for you for many of them!

Every month, I sit down and come up with writing topics for Pretty Opinionated. I also work on the editorial calendar for OurFamilyWorld, My Kids Guide and DogVills as part of my editor-in-chief duties. So as you can imagine, I spend a lot of time and do a lot of research coming up with topics. Sometimes I’m left with a ton that just didn’t make the cut. Not because they’re not great ideas, but simply because they either don’t fit the themes for the month or we just ran out of room on the calendar. I used to hoard ideas, […] Read more »

The Twitter Guide for Non-Tweeters: Promoting Your Blog on Twitter When It’s Just Not Your Thing

Twitter Guide for Non-Tweeters: How to Promote Your Blog on Twitter When It's Just Not Your Thing!

How do you promote your blog on Twitter when 140 character limits make you cringe? I’ll be honest, it’s something I’ve struggled with since the beginning of Pretty Opinionated. Twitter is one of those things you either passionately love or wouldn’t even so much as blink if it vanished forever. I don’t love it, so guess how I feel? I don’t hate Twitter. I have nothing against it as a platform. It’s just not my thing. 140 character limits make me cringe. I’m not exactly known for my brevity. I rewrote this intro 20 times because it kept hitting 400 words […] Read more »

Rock Your Media Kit in Minutes Flat with Hip Media Kits

Create a stunning, professional media kit in as little as ten minutes with Hip Media Kits templates!

This post contains affiliate links. I also received complimentary Hip Media Kits in exchange for an honest review. However, I was a paying customer before becoming an affiliate. Pretty Opinionated turned four years old this year. Four years old! That’s a preschooler! If my site was a child, next year she’d be heading off to kindergarten. Yes, she. I’m a boy mom, so my site gets to be my girl child. In those four years, I’ve made like twenty media kits but never really loved any of them. I’m a writer, not a graphic designer. Some were so-so, but so-so doesn’t […] Read more »

5 Tax Organization Tips for the Disorganized Soul

Even the incredibly disorganized soul can make next year's tax time a breeze with these easy tax organization tips for the chaotic person!

Tax season is officially over- unless you’ve extended your deadline. I actually have this intense fear of talking about my tax organization system, because I’m terrified it will trigger some sort of IRS spy software and they’ll come audit me. I’m too broke for that (I drive a 13 year old car that’s had a check-engine light on for 8 months, creepy government agent guys, so really think if you’re going to get anything worthwhile from me)! On the other hand, I thought maybe my insanely disorganized organization system may be beneficial to others out there who thrive in chaos […] Read more »

Self-Promotion for the Incredibly Shy & Anxious

Blog Promoting Shy

When I started Pretty Opinionated, I kind of thought it would be like that movie. You know, the whole “if you build it, they will come” thing? I should have known better. I never even SAW that movie!  All I know is there’s a movie, and a field, and a guy with a dream. Anyway, yeah. Blogging doesn’t really work that way. You can build it all you want, but they won’t come. Not because you aren’t insanely brilliant and dripping with creativity, but because the internet is huge. Like “universe huge.” Even if you write the modern-day equivalent of […] Read more »

Incredible Benefits of Procrastination: How Wasting Time Saves Time

Benefits of Procrastinating: How Wasting Time Saves Time

I am a procrastinator. It’s the truth, no way around it. In fact, I’m writing this post as a way to procrastinate on another post I should be writing! I know that all the books, self-help coaches and what not tell you that procrastination is the devil (or something equally dramatic). I have a different theory, though. I think rather than trying to change deeply ingrained habits, we can learn to use them to our benefit. Benefits of Procrastination (Yes, they do exist!) Let me tell you a story. When I was a journalism student, I wrote many articles and […] Read more »

5 Insanely Cheap Photography Backdrops for Bloggers on a Budget


Ever since I bought my fancy DSLR camera, I’ve been trying to learn to take better pictures. The camera can only do so much, right? The rest is up to me. I’ve been on the hunt for pretty yet cheap photography backdrops for months now. I’ve read blogs, scoured groups and tried to find all the great ideas everyone else has mentioned. Bead boards and stained wood were my favorite ideas. Alas, when I looked for bead board at Home Depot, the stuff they had on hand was really expensive. Then I almost had a meltdown when Sal explained to […] Read more »

Getting ahead in NaNoWriMo (Blog Ahead!) + My Challenge to YOU


Although NaNoWriMo technically stands for National Novel Writing Month, it’s really a month to inspire writers of any kind to get ahead. In the past, November was just the worst possible month for me to embark on a challenge like this. Between managing the Santa photo set 40 hours a week at the mall, owning and being sole writer for Pretty Opinionated, and being editor-in-chief and writer for OurFamilyWorld, MyKidsGuide and now DogVills…well, I could barely keep up, let alone get ahead. Last year, I worked on average of 84 hours a week (close to 12 hours a day, 7 […] Read more »