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  • 10 Lessons I Learned in my First year of Blogging

    I have officially been blogging for over a year now. What a rollercoaster of a year it has been. I have learned so much about the world of blogging. And needless to say I love it. There is so much freedom in writing that gets my imagination flowing. I love having an outlet to unleash my creativeness. As a registered nurse, creativity is not a useful skill in the hospital. I find that having a side hobby that allows me to invent new recipes and generate DIYs keep me sane. Both sides of my family are very arty. My mom’s side of the family are all incredible musicians. My great grandma was playing the piano with incredible ease until her late 90s. My dad’s side of the family are all astonishing artists. My Gido (grandfather in Ukranian), was a portrait painter. My dad is a remarkable sketch artist. When I was younger I would beg my dad to draw me pictures of horses. As you can see, creating and crafting beautiful things is in my blood. Blogging has given me a creative outlet. There are quite a few things I have learned while blogging this year. I am hoping these things help new bloggers grow their blog, as well as show non-bloggers why I love blogging. So lets get right into it 1.I am horrible at spelling… and grammer gammar. Yes the struggle is real. I have serious issues. I have to write each of my posts in my wordperfect just to try and make sure I void making errors… and I still consistently catch myself writing in a different language nowhere close to English. I have learned to always use spell check! … because spelling matters. 2.Blogging takes time. The first time I hit “publish”, I thought I was able to classify myself with the bloggers. I thought that people would be flooding in to read my post… but the truth is… I didn’t start getting followers until 6 months in. If you start a blog to gain a following, become popular or to even make money.. I hate to break it to you but you are in it for the wrong reasons. Don’t get discouraged, you will see results if you stick with it! 3.Social media is your friend. I am constantly using social media to promote my posts and attract visitors to my site. Social media is an easy outlet to help connect with people who have similar interests and hobbies as you. Social media creates friendships! 4.Quality over quantity. It is more beneficial for you to blog less with better content then vice versa. Many people think you need to constantly be posting to attract people to your blog but that is far from true. In my experience, I was reciprocated for the time and effort I put into my posts. When you put out bad content, not only do you not draw in visitors, but you also loose some of your following. 5.Get creative, and be original. Don’t copy what all the popular blogs are posting about. No one wants to read the same old thing over and over again. Publish content that is fresh and innovative. Be original in your posts. Don’t be a copy cat. 6.Don’t read “How To Be A Successful Blogger” posts. Everyone has his or her opinions on how to be a successful blogger. But what exactly is a successful blogger? Someone who has has a million visitors a month? Someone who signs a book deal? Someone who makes a living blogging? Someone who is just content with publishing their thoughts? First you have to identify why you want to blog… then don’t loose sight of that. I write what I want to. When I first started blogging I read that you had to have a “niche” to be a successful blogger. A niche in the blogging world is like putting your blog in a cage, and only writing on one specific topic. I was happier blogging when I was able to post about what ever I wanted rather then on a specific topic. 7.Blog for yourself, not for others. It’s so easy to get caught up in the world of blogging. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel obligated to promote his or her product or brand. Your blog is your baby. Keep your values and only blog things that you believe in. 8.Be yourself. I found that I started to enjoy blogging more when I let go of all the rules. I started typing like I talk and took pictures that I found beautiful. I stopped caring what the comments were or if my photos were going to get accepted on certain platforms. 9.Enjoy the journey. Blogging is a journey. Stop focusing on the destination of your blog. Enjoy the evolution of your blog. 10.Have fun! Blogging is supposed to be fun! If publishing posts starts to become stressful for you or make you unhappier, it is time to step back and reevaluate things. Look back at why you started blogging, and try to find that passion again. I am so thankful for the opportunities writing on Nikki’s Plate has given me.. and I am so thankful for the joy it has brought me. Here is to many more years of publishing content on this little hobby of mine. CHEERS ☺

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  • The Truth Is...

    Everyone thinks that I'm handling being sick with Huntingtons great. The truth is I'm falling apart. It's like I have been in a constant state of denial, since August. I was there the day I was told that I had it. I heard it quite clear. I'm even doing research for the disease. However, it didn't feel real until I started to shake really bad and not being able to type. I know this is all apart of the progression, but let's me honest...this isn't what anyone would want for their life. I'm so not trying to be woes me and I'm sorry if I am, but this wasn't in my ten year plan. You see I've always been a fighter. I've been dealt a shitty hand in life (again not trying to be woes me), but I've always been able to overcome the obstacle. With this, there's nothing that I can do. I've completely lost all control. This is the part where my faith is kicking in. I'm learning that I just have to let go. The truth is that I am dying and I've accepted that. My disease is progressing and that's just part of it. I will have good days and bad days. Today, just so happens to be a not so good one. I just have to take this new life of mine one day at a time.

  • Can You Bench 650

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  • Lenguaje Chileno-Mexicano

    Les comparto este excelente vídeo de solo 90 segundos que hizo Un Wey Weon. Me parece muy útil y necesario para toda persona que viaja de Chile a México o de México a Chile y quiere tener conversaciones fructíferas. Si es tu caso, no puedes dejar de verlo!!!

  • Are You Ella, Gemma Or Lily?

    Name a more iconic trio, I'll wait.

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    Take this quick quiz and reminisce about the good old days when going out dressed up in a ridiculous costume was acceptable. What Halloween treat are you?

  • “Daddy, will they take you away from us?”

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    Make cute serving dishes for Halloween treats!

  • 11 Of Monte Morris' Biggest Moments As A Cyclone

    Iowa State point guard Monte Morris has had some big moments as a Cyclone. As he prepares for his final year in Ames, we decided to share 11 of our favorites

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  • 5 Best Kept Secrets Of Career Exploration

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  • Chicago Cubs Vs Cleveland Indians - World Series 2016 Full Schedule

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  • Halloweekend: 6 Tips To Surviving The Clownpocolypse

    Here is your survival guide for making it out alive this upcoming Halloweekend. It is vital for your safety to read the following guidelines.

  • Integration Phase: More Than Just A "Status" Change

    As relationships get more serious and people start to call themselves a couple and integrate different parts of their life. How have things changed since the creation of Social Media? Let's take a look.

  • Secretly Super: A Custom Children's Book Starring YOUR PET!

    An awesome gift for any child or pet lover! Check out 'Secretly Super: a Custom Kid's Book for Pet Lovers' on Indiegogo. Every pet is hand-drawn and painted to look like your cat, dog, or even turtle! Click here for more info!

  • Nintendo Switch Takes YOU To The Park! Take A Look At His Features!

    Nintendo is fighting back and bringing Nintendo Switch, a console and Gameboy at once. Let’s take a look at some of the features to enjoy next March 2017.

  • 6 Great Team Building Resources For Free

    Building great teams is the cornerstone of any productive, innovative company, organization or group. To do that requires more than a careful matching of skill sets and work methods. It also requires instilling a sense of comfort and ease among team members, as well as mutual respect and trust. Here are 6 great resources for people charged with creating team-building; whether at work, at school or for a project.

  • How Can You Help Your Children In Their Carrer Selection

    I have three boys, 12, 11 and 9 years old and very frequently they ask me "Dad what do you do in your job ?" I answer that I am an accountant and explain them what are my duties during a regular day of work, then they say that they are going to be an accountant just like their Dad, of course I know this is not a very good advice for them instead of that I decided to prepare some tours and take them to a several places and explained what was going on there and who was the people in charge of those places. And so far at this point we have visited these places:

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