Even though I very rarely see the background of my computer (because I always have 1,000 tabs open and ready to go), I always love coming across beautiful wallpapers for my desktop. I usually check the same few sites each month and choose my favorites from there. I’ve been using this method since I got my Mac two years ago and I just realized that y’all would probably enjoy this prettiness! So, without further ado, here are my favorite sites for unique and beautiful desktop wallpapers.

  Blogging can be time consuming and things can get totally crazy if you don’t keep your ideas, content, and social media channels in check. Bloggers have different ways of scheduling their content. Some use online resources (such as Google calendar), some bloggers use notebooks, some bloggers do their blog planning right in the same agenda they use for school work, clubs, and other personal stuff! It doesn’t matter how you do it, I just know that in order to stay sane, you have to put your ideas somewhere. The planner. Personally, I use a May Designs agenda. I bought one two years ago to use for school and have since realized that they’re a little too tiny for my every day academic needs. However, it’s the PERFECT blog planner. I’ve been using mine for a year and am thrilled to have a brand-new one to use for 2016-2017. Since this planner doesn’t begin until August, it’s pretty blank right now so some pictures will be of my old planner so you can get the gist of how it actually looks when there’s a ton of stuff scrawled all over the page! In the photo, my old one is in the… View Post

I’ve been getting this question a lot lately and decided a good way to answer it was to make a blog post about it! One of my favorite things to do when writing a blog post is to design a Pinterest friendly image. I typically do this at the very end, once I’m in the mindset of the post and can think of a great picture to go with it. But before I get into this mini tutorial, I just wanted to stress the importance of having a decent sized pinnable image in your blog posts. Last summer, I started making images to go with my blog posts but I didn’t make them big enough. I made them Instagram-sized, totally square and small. Those images are still floating around Pinterest somewhere, but they didn’t bring me much traffic. Fast-forward to now and I’ve begun editing past images and creating more Pinterest-friendly ones using the method I describe below. I’ve been getting SO much more traffic from the new images, it’s insane! Creating pinnable photos is IMPORTANT if you’re trying to get more views from Pinterest! Now I’ll show you one way you can do it. Find a Relevant Photo I… View Post

Last summer, I brought my blog from almost no readers to about 20,000 page views per month. I’m a huge proponent of working on your blog during the summer because: 1. it gives you something worthwhile to do while you’re not in class and 2. it’s satisfying. I wrote a post last summer that still continues to bring me traffic along with a bunch of other posts that have ended up being huge on my blog. My creative juices flow better in the summer. It’s a fact. Along with writing better content/being more inspired, I also did a number of things for my blog last summer that have really helped me to grow and connect with others! I’m writing this post for those of you who have small blogs (or no blog at all!) and are wanting to start or grow your already existing blog. My blog was not always this put together, and I wasn’t always getting 20 comments per day. And I CERTAINLY wasn’t getting over 2,000 page views in one day (that happened this week and I was like, um what?!). This post is for all of you and I really hope it helps! Make separate social media accounts. Okay,… View Post

So I have come to the conclusion that this summer is going to be the summer of the blog. Even more than last summer. Last summer, I started to dedicate more time to the blog and I really figured out what I wanted to do with it and how to promote myself. I made a separate Twitter and Instagram, and started pinning my posts on Pinterest. I got super lucky and had a blog post go viral and I finally felt like I had a lot of blog post ideas to keep the traffic flowing. I was accepted to Her Campus Blogger Network (now the InfluenceHer Collective), and the amazing community the Millennial Blogger Network. I met more bloggers, created a community for college bloggers, and have enjoyed sharing my life here with you all. This summer, I’m trying to be more deliberate with my goals and I hope to stay more organized in my approach to the blog every day. I have a few more weeks to devote my time solely to the blog and then I will be working on it nights and weekends (mainly Saturdays). I wanted to get my thoughts down on paper (well, you know what I… View Post