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Everything you need for your blog!

Oh hello there. It’s been a while between drinks, hasn’t it? I could never have guessed when I wrote my last post so much time would pass before you’d hear from me again…

But if you’re familiar with my little blog, here’s a rundown on the shiny new look and re-vamped features. And if you’re new? Well, a big hello to you and please do stop and take a browse.

Everything you need for your blog!

1. Blog tips

Blogging tips, tricks interviews and more. I’ve done some major spring cleaning, deleting old posts and tidying up those that have remained. It’s all about the good stuff now… You’ll also find a “toolbox” in the left sidebar of each posts which highlights the related links featured so you can see them at glance. (Side note: I’m still working through these, so pardon the dust as it settles.)

2. Tools & resources directory

It still has more than 300 resources, but now features an improved star rating system to help you see at a glance what fellow bloggers think of the tools and an automatically updated list of the 50 highest-rated resources there are.

3. Glossary

A growing list of the need-to-know terms in the social media, online marketing and web design words. Now with another twenty or so key terms (and of course more to come).

4. Themes & designs gallery

Created in response to the 4575 times (approximately) I’ve been asked, “Do you know where I can find nice WordPress themes?” Scroll through a Pinterest-style view of themes (which you can pin directly or click through for other sharing and saving options).

5. Lifestyle conferences and events calendar

This worldwide list of blogging occasions (there are more than 80 of them!) and Twitter chats can be viewed by date (day, month, year), location (city, state, country), and niche (beauty, home etc). Choose your view: agenda, calendar or scrolling list.

6. Cheat sheets

The HTML cheat sheet was the last featured I added to the site before its vacation. You may have briefly seen it, if not, it’s a copy ‘n’ paste list of common HTML most bloggers use. Save this one to view on your desktop and not your tablet or phone.

7. Your faves

And if you’ve found something you like here – whether it’s a post, resource, event or theme – you can easily create your own personalise list of faves. Simply click the light-pink heart to add it to the list, and view/edit the list here.

And if that’s not enough… I have a few more features up my sleeve. Stay tuned by using one of the many subscription options.

Phew. Well, that’s what’s been going on with me and my blog. I’d love to hear what you think and if you experience any problems or have any suggestions.

So, how’ve you been?

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The lifestyle bloggers’ glossary: A-Z of the need-to-know terms

Are you new to blogging or eager to learn more? This glossary is made up of a collection of popular words from the social-media, web-design and internet-marketing worlds.

And it’s complete with short, simple (and geek-free!) definitions, you’ll want to print, laminate and frame it – stat! (Or, you know, you could just add it to your favourites…) A • B • C • D • E • F • G • H • I • J • K • L • M[More]

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12 ways to follow blog conferences online

Attending blog conferences is great, not just for the valuable information but for the real-life networking and chance to connect with people who have a similar interest.

However it’s not always possible to attend due to the costs and time involved. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the info shared! Here are 12 ways you can learn almost as much as the bloggers who’ve attended in person – all from the comfort of your desk or couch. Check[More]

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32 of the most-popular blog-post ideas

Stuck for something to blog about? Tired of writing the same sort of blog posts over and over?

Here are 32 types of blog posts you can use for inspiration. Keep this list in your faves for a rainy day. With this many ideas, you’ll never be short on a post idea again! 1. A list post Suggestion: Write a bucket list, a must-see or must-do list, a list of 10 reasons to[More]

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Lifestyle bloggers & PRs: Guidelines for working together

I've heard a few bloggers discuss their experiences with PRs lately, and thought this would make a good post where I share my own thoughts and guidelines.

To be clear, it’s not a bloggers VS PRs post (we can’t be competitors when we’re playing different sports!). Rather, it’s simply how I think we can best work together. The thing is, the whole blogger-PR relationship is still relatively new. Bloggers who haven’t had media experience are contacting publicists who deal with some of[More]

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54 Fun blogging activities (that don’t require writing posts)

Sometimes, you just don't feel like writing. Other times, you may be suffering blog-writer's block.

Either way you know you should be doing something productive with your blog. But what? I’ve got 54 ideas to make you feel like you’re improving your site, yet having fun at the same time… Create your dream blog layout using a wireframe tool Play with some CSS tools Make a favicon for your blog[More]

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Blogger Profile: Christina From Hair Romance

What do you do when you meet your hairdresser and husband on the same street? Blog about it, of course!

What started (no so long ago) as a blog about hair, has turned into a wealth of info, more than 100,000 visitors per month, and an e-book on hairstyle how-tos. Over to you, Christina! Meet Christina… Blog: Hair Romance Lives: Sydney, Australia Twitter: @hairromance Facebook: facebook.com/hairromance Pinterest: pinterest.com/hairromance Instagram: instagram.com/hairromance Unique visitors per month: 110,000[More]

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How Live Blogging Can Get You An Extra 2000 Visits

If you slept through last Saturday, you would have missed my eleventy-hundred tweets about the Nuffnang Blogopolis conference.

Basically, I attended a one-day blogging event and “live blogged” the whole thing. By live blogging, I mean I typed the key points of each of the speakers as they spoke, publishing the posts as soon as they’d finished. Why live blog? After a three-month blogging hiatus, I knew I needed to do something to[More]

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53 Blog Tools & Resources Mentioned at Nuffnang Blogopolis

Here's a round-up of the blog tools and resources mentioned at the Nuffnang Blogopolis Conference 2011.

They’re all featured on my individual posts for each of the classes, but I thought it’d be nice to have one single list as well. I’m going to contact the speakers and kindly ask them to view the list and see if I’ve left anything out, so check back for possible updates and watch the number[More]

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Nuffnang Blogopolis Key Points – Class 7: The Australian Blogosphere

This post will be covering - LIVE! - the key points made at the Nuffnang Blogopolist Conference during Class 7: The Australian Blogopshere.

For all the key points made during each of the seven classes, check out the Nuffnang Blogopolis 2011 schedule, complete with links to each classes notes. Class 7: The Australian Blogosphere Speakers: Candice Deville of Super Kawaii Mama, Darren Rowse of ProBlogger, Eden Riely of Edenland, and Helen Yee of Grab Your Fork. Moderated by[More]

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