How to Make Gmail Work for You

How to Make Gmail Work for You

Gmail is the email app and address of choice for many. Whether you use a free @gmail.com email address, or pay to use Google Apps with your @yourdomain.com address, Gmail provides powerful features that are unrivaled among other email providers. But most Gmail users only scratch the surface of the options available to them within the Gmail settings and labs. Here are my top tips, tricks, and hacks to make Gmail work for you. Click to Tweet: Use Gmail? Here are the top tips, tricks, and hacks to make Gmail work for you. Top Tips, Tricks, & Hacks for Gmail Understanding Gmail … [Read more...]

How to Manage Your Email for Inbox Zero

How to Manage Your Email for Inbox Zero

The concept of an empty inbox has become almost laughable these days. With smart phones and devices of every variety, we have access to our email everywhere, all the time. Social media provides a whole new set of inboxes, not to mention notifications that arrive via email. There's also the fact that most of us these days have more than one email address which only multiples the inboxes we have to manage. With all these notifications and newsletters and free gifts for opting in to yet another email list, an empty inbox seems as likely as that mirage of water on the desert sand. But "Inbox … [Read more...]

How to Take Control of Your Email Inbox

These simple steps will help you take your inbox from overflowing to zero--and keep it there.

Are you tired of finding an email buried in your inbox weeks after you should have replied? Are you overwhelmed by the ever growing count of unread messages in your inbox? Are you frustrated at how your inbox takes over your day? Here are seven steps to help you take control of your email inbox once and for all. Click to Tweet: These simple steps will help you take your inbox from overflowing to zero--and keep it there. 1. Make sure you are using IMAP so that your work syncs across devices. Do you check your email on your computer, your tablet, and your phone? Do the messages you … [Read more...]

What I Learned About Irrelevant Content While Organizing My Blog

What I Learned About Irrelevant Content While Organizing My Blog

At first, I didn't think I wanted to do #Bloganization. Going through my blog's archives seemed too daunting a task--even for a month-long project. My archives are an assortment of the last four years of my story, and that story has been through a good share of different chapters: my pen name's been dropped, my blog's name has changed a handful of times, I've had the look redesigned. And don't even get me started on how my blogging style has evolved! But all the reasons organizing my blog's archives felt overwhelming were the very reasons I considered dong it. So I decided to take the … [Read more...]

Why a Recipe Plugin is the Perfect Ingredient for Any WordPress Blog

Does your WordPress blog have a recipe plugin? Find out why it needs one--and which five plugins to check out.

If you have ever shared a recipe on your blog, you need a recipe plugin. Here are five reasons why: 1. Pinterest Rich Pins Have you seen the recipe pins on Pinterest that list all the ingredients under the pin itself? Not the pins where someone has typed out the directions in a long pin description, but the pins where Pinterest displays the ingredients in an organized manner. That is the power of rich pins combined with a recipe plugin that supplies Pinterest with your recipe data. 2. Pinterest Search Searching for recipes on Pinterest used to require also searching for the keywords … [Read more...]

Top 10 Questions to Help Organize Your Blog Archives

Are your blog archives in need of some organization? Here are 10 questions to help you sort the chaff from the wheat.

When I first started sifting my blog archives, I asked myself only, "Which posts need to go?" But the more I re-read, the more I began asking myself, "Which posts need to stay?" As writers, it's easy to view the written word as sacred. We can't bear to think of deleting a single post we've published, let alone shutting down an entire blog or website. But when I think about the sheer multitude of words I have written, it's almost overwhelming. And I know that with that many words, there is surely some chaff that could be separated from the wheat. I've been busy sorting my blog archives as … [Read more...]

Do your blog archives need some #bloganization?

Is it time for some #bloganization?

Growth and change are two hallmarks of a good blogger, or indeed anyone who excels at their craft! As each season changes, we see growth, but we are also often faced with the urge to purge.  Clean.  Reorganize.  Just as in life, each change of season is a great opportunity to get organized in our home on the internet. As bloggers, our online "homes" (our blogs!) most likely fall into one of the following categories: You are in the midst of a big move (from wp.com to self-hosted wp.org, like me, perhaps?). You are working through the rebranding process (Simple Mom to The Art of Simple … [Read more...]

Top 10 Questions to Ask Before You Submit a Guest Post

What questions should you ask a site owner before you submit a guest post? Rachel Zupke shares an example guest post proposal and her most pressing questions.

Guest posts can be a fabulous way to build community as a new--and seasoned--blogger. But it’s easy for newbie bloggers to get taken advantage of if they don’t know the right questions to ask before they submit a guest post. Once you’ve followed a site for awhile and carefully read all their guidelines, consider an introductory letter with a few questions before you take the final step and submit that guest post. My friend Rachel is joining me here today with her own questions about submitting a guest post to my contributor site, Kindred Grace. Hopefully our dialogue will help you not only … [Read more...]

6 Marks of a Healthy Mastermind Group

Whether you're looking for a mastermind group or evaluating whether the group you're in is right for you, here are six hallmarks that are always shared by a healthy meeting of masterminds.

Mastermind groups take many shapes and forms. Some meet on Facebook whenever they're online, others have an hour conference call once a week, still others are a tight group who can email each other about anything any time but might not take advantage of that very often. But regardless if it is a laid back group of friends or a serious group of professionals, a true mastermind group is always characterized by certain traits. Whether you're looking for a mastermind group or evaluating if the group you're in is right for you, here are six hallmarks that are always shared by a healthy meeting … [Read more...]

8 Must-Haves for the Perfect Podcasts App

Does the podcasts app you use have these helpful features? Find out the 8 must-haves for the perfect podcast app!

When I heard that Kat Lee was turning her How They Blog interviews into a podcast, I knew it was time to start listening to podcasts instead of just hearing about them. But as my friends started talking about more podcasts they loved, I realized I needed a smarter way to listen to the latest episodes. Because, of course, anyone can go straight to the host site of any podcast and listen to the episode right there (or download it for listening later). You can often sign up to get email notification next time there's a new episode (or even subscribe to the podcast's RSS feed in a feed reader like … [Read more...]