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 »

10 Tips for Overcoming Blog Writer’s Block

10 tips to overcome blog writers block

I’ve been a writer a lot longer than I’ve been a blogger. I started writing when I was in middle school and never stopped. Even professionally, I’ve been writing for a good 10 years but only blogging for maybe 4. In all my life, I’ve never had writers block so bad as I do with blogging.   I can think of a million stories to write, but after a while, I start to feel like I’m completely running out of new GOOD ideas for blogging. This very post was born after an hour of going through my list of posts […] Read more »

Tips to Organize Your Writing Ideas So You Actually Remember Them

Organize your writing ideas

This post on how to organize your writing ideas was inspired by Arc from Staples. I received a complimentary Arc Customizable Notebook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Every year, I promise myself I’m going to get more organized with my writing ideas. The plan is always to have enough ideas for at least three months worth of posts. Every year, I’m really good at it for about ten minutes. Then I forget to stay organized and find myself scrambling to come up with post topics at the last minute. This year, I’m really making […] Read more »

Fall of Sky City Book Blast: $50 Amazon GC Giveaway


Fall of Sky City Genre: New Adult Fantasy, Steampunk Adventure In a world governed by the opposing forces of the mystical House of Tarot and the tribal Great Families, Synn is caught in the crossfire. He witnesses the slaughter of innocent people, and the devastating murder of his father. This act awakens his Mark of power, a Mark greater than any the world has seen in a very long time. Queen Nix thought she won a great prize when she destroyed Synn’s father, the leader of the strongest Great Families. She had no idea she’d be doubly blessed by capturing […] Read more »

Welcome Ultimate Blog Party 2013 Party-Goers! #UBP13


Hello, UBP13 attendees! I kind of forgot to get my party post ready, so I’m throwing this together last minute.  I’m really looking forward to hopping around and checking out everyone’s blogs, meeting new people, and making new connections. About Me My name is Nikki. I’m a blogger (obviously), freelance writer and mom to a 7-year-old son (Jacob). I spend the majority of my days on the computer working on my own site as well as doing writing,  editing and other behind-the-scenes work for Our Family World and My Kid Guide, both of which are owned by the wonderful Olfa […] Read more »

Five Blogs You Absolutely Should Be Reading #31daymarch

Five Blogs You Should Read Every Day

Yes, I’m slacking on the 31 Day Blog Challenge, but I figure I’m still in the game with my sporadic posts! Today’s prompt is “Five blogs on my must-read list,” and it’s another one that I really wanted to do because I think it’s important to support other bloggers. I have hundreds of blogs in my Google Reader (which, by the way, is vanishing, so now I have to figure out another way to keep up!), so narrowing it down to five was incredibly difficult. I’ve done a few posts featuring favorite blogs, so I figured I’d link to those, […] Read more »

A Peek at My Daily Routine #31daymarch

Today’s writing prompt from the 31 Day Blog Challenge is Daily Routine,  so here’s a peek at mine. It varies a lot from day to day, but the morning and night is usually pretty much the same. Honestly, I can’t imagine anyone would be to excited to read my daily routine. If I was, say, an international super spy then maybe it would be a little more thrilling. Then again, I wouldn’t be able to tell you about it! Read more »