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 »

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 »