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How to Overcome Writer’s Block for Bloggers

Selecting the perfect photo for your Instagram grid and designing your blog graphics is hard enough already.

It gets even more difficult when you struggle with what to say. I get it. I even struggle with writing captions for our Get Found Stock Instagram feed from time to time.

Sometimes the words come pouring out so fast that creating multiple pieces of content feels easy. Other times I can’t come up with anything, even if my job depended on it (oh wait, it kind of does…).

You don’t have to feel guilty about being in the middle of writer’s block. We’ve all been there! Instead of letting it stress you out, I have a few tips to help you pull yourself out of a bad season of writer’s block.

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How to Break Free Of Your Writer’s Block

Selecting the perfect photo for your Instagram grid and designing your blog graphics is hard enough already.

It gets even more difficult when you struggle with what to say. I get it. I even struggle with writing captions for our Get Found Stock Instagram feed from time to time.

Sometimes the words come pouring out so fast that creating multiple pieces of content feels easy. Other times I can’t come up with anything, even if my job depended on it (oh wait, it kind of does…).

You don’t have to feel guilty about being in the middle of writer’s block. We’ve all been there! Instead of letting it stress you out, I have a few tips to help you pull yourself out of a bad season of writer’s block.

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Why Community is the Most Important Thing you’ll Ever Build in your Business

When you started your business, you thought your days would give you the freedom to schedule in coffee dates with new professionals, lunch (or, my favorite, brunch!) with your closest business friends, and ample time for networking with the best in the business. Now that you’re inside the business world, it looks a lot more like spending long hours behind your laptop screen trying to come up with your next newsletter topic or reorganizing your Instagram feed multiple times until you get it just right.

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5 Tips to Successfully Collaborate with Other Instagrammers

Collaborating with instagram influencers does not have to be scary and can be a great way to explode your business growth this year! Learn how to easily reach out and work with influencers to grow your reach and maximize your income. We walk you through our simple and easy steps.

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How to Network Like a Pro, Even as an Introvert

Introverted and hate networking? Learn tips on how to network like a pro to put yourself out there without making yourself exhausted. Learn my best networking tips

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Everything you wanted to know about hashtags

Creating amazing content is obviously the best way to promote your business online. However, getting it seen can be a little tricky and is also the point. But how do you not only get your content seen with new eyes, but in front of the right ones? The ones who want your services and want to pay your prices?

 

Social Media engagement is key, but it is getting harder and harder to get your audience engaged with your content because with each websites algorithm they have made a secret social media handshake to see if your content is interesting or not. 

 

Part of this secret handshake has to do with the pound sign or AKA # hashtags. 

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How to attract and find your ideal client **FREE WORKBOOK**

Not only is your ideal client someone you would love to work for and be around, but it is someone who would love to hire you.

But how do you know who this person is and where are they hiding?

When I first started out I was hungry and I took any client I could. I was just so happy someone actually wanted me to take their picture, that I did not care who they were or what they wanted. I even let them negotiate with me so much that I would actually be losing money on the job!

Looking back, not only was this a disservice to me and my son, who also likes to eat, but this was an even bigger disservice to the actual client. I could not afford to take my time and do a good job. I was exhausted and could not do my best work.

 If you are walking into a situation where you are not being appreciated, you are not going to be doing your best work either. However, I was not confident enough to charge what I needed to. No one tells you how to do that.  They just say,  “Identify your target client and go find where they hang out and go do that…”  It took me years to truly figure out how to do this, or what this even meant. I understood it in concept, but in reality it  was a very vague concept and I was very vague about who I was attracting. Think of asking your 18 year old self what your husband is going to be like….“Well, he is going to be really good looking, make good money, really love me, want to spend all his free time with me, and not complain when I shop to much.”  Well, that is a good start, but let’s face it…that is not really exact. I almost fell asleep writing that, so you might even be asleep now! 

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Free instagram Course for professional photographers!

I get so many questions about my Instagram. You see, about a year ago I only had 900 followers. Most people I had already known from Facebook and high school. But no “fans” or people who would potentially want my photography services.

I wasn’t getting any interaction on my Instagram. No one would like my photos and I definitely was not getting any bookings from Instagram or even any acknowledgment. I would see these other people with so-so photos and info, and they would have a ton of likes and comments. I did what any mature and rational person would do, and with my hairdresser Sara, chalked it up to them buying likes and followers with one of those apps. 

You see, once I hit 900 followers I kind of hit a plateau and my followings stopped. My Instagram was basically stagnant. If I did get likes and comments it was either someone who was trying to grow their Instagram account, or just spam. No one was even excited enough to email me for my pricing!

 

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Touring Cristina’s Whitewashed Home Makeover

Today I wanted to share my lovely friends before and after photos of her home. She has one of my favorite stores downtown Petaluma Ooh La Loft which you think would keep her busy enough with a new baby, but you can see all the hard work she has done with her new house in the counrty. You would not even be able to recognize the before and after photos so I included them both for you. 

So excited because many of you have seen that I painted my house a few months back, but my home design project has hit a stand still. However Cristina and Michelle are going to be helping me next. I will be posting more before and afters on my instagram so be sure to follow.

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