It’s been a little over 3 years since I started my blog — and I can definitely say that I’ve learned a lot, I’ve grown a lot, and I’ve had a lot of fun along the way.
Today I’m sharing 3 things that helped me get into my blogging grove, grow my traffic, AND (most importantly) really enjoy the process.
Recently, I feel social media has gotten a bad rap for being a “time suck” and causing unrealistic expectations. I get this; however, I don’t think social media is always to blame for all of that, and I personally feel the benefits of social media far outweigh any negative aspects.
Today, I’m sharing a few ways I have personally benefited from social media — and I’d love to hear your thoughts too!
A couple weeks ago, I attended the Evernote Conference in San Francisco, CA — mainly to be there when Evernote unveiled their brand new partnership with Post-it Brand.
That’s right, the wildly popular Evernote App has partnered with the Post-it Brand we all love — and today, my goal is to share exactly how this awesome partnership works and how it can help all of us to simplify and organize our lives on a daily basis.
I’m super excited to share that my 2-day blogging trip to San Francisco for the Evernote Conference super awesome, AND that Nora handled it MUCH MUCH better than any of us expected.
While it wasn’t exactly “restful,” it was re-energizing and relaxing to have a change of pace and to think my own thoughts all day. Also, chatting with grown-ups and eating food while it was still hot were nice bonuses too.
Today is a monumental day in the Dekker household! For the very first time since Nora was born (over 22 months ago) this mama bird is leaving the nest. And yes, I feel SO anxious, nervous, sad, excited… and guilty.
Keep reading for more about my mom-only “vacation”… and a few 17 week baby bump pictures
In case you missed it, I took the entire month of August off from blogging. However, after I announced I was taking a full month off, I found it interesting that MANY other bloggers emailed me asking more about why I took a break, how I decided on a month, and if I would share some of my thoughts once I returned.
I figured that was a reasonable request — so today I’m sharing my thoughts and answering a few questions I got over and over again.
In my experience, dropping a task that I don’t have the time or energy for can be SO freeing — and exactly what I need to simplify.
If we just stop and think about all the things we do each day, I’m guessing that there are at least a few things we can drop to open up a little more breathing room in our schedules.
Over the years, I’ve answered many “how do I start a business?” questions; and although I definitely don’t have all the answers, I’m always surprised by how shocked people are when I explain how simple the beginning stages can be.
In fact, you could literally wake up tomorrow and legally go into business for yourself — it’s THAT easy.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a list-making person, and despite years of trying (and trying) to find a paperless system that works for me, I’ve finally decided that paper and pen is the way for me — at least if I want to continue being productive!
Today, I’m sharing how paper lists help to increase my productivity AND some of my favorite paper-list-making tools.
As many of you know from reading my posts, working from home has some huge advantages. However, working from home also has it’s challenges. Just like any other full-time working parent, Dave and I are forced to make sacrifices to be able to do what we love and be with the people we love.
Today, I’m sharing the simple concept I use to make working from home work for me.
In less than 3 weeks, Google Reader will be gone — which means that those of you who use Google Reader to subscribe to my blog will no longer see any of my new blog posts after July 1st.
Today I’m sharing some simple alternatives to Google Reader — all of which should assure you don’t miss any recipes, simple tips, home renovations, or cute Nora pictures!
Have you ever wondered how bloggers earn an income from their blogs?
Today’s post is quite long — not because the topic is so complicated, but rather, because it took me a REALLY long time to figure out how to build my online business. And since I get so many questions on this topic, I decided it was time to share the process with you!
Today’s post is a reflection on a recent email I received. The email was quite rude, but ironically, the phrase they used to try to put me down actually affirmed that what I’m doing here on AndreaDekker.com is working!
The ideas and concepts presented on my blog are NOT rocket science — that’s true. I never intended them to be rocket science. In fact, it would defeat both my business and personal goals if my ideas were rocket science!
Over the past 12 months, I’ve been on a mission to change my most productive time of day from the early morning hours to later in the evening.
For those of you who are night owls, this concept might seem ridiculous. However, for those of you who (like me) are early birds, you understand all too well the difficulty of accomplishing anything productive after 9:00pm. Keep reading to learn how (and why) I made the switch!
You all know that I’m a huge fan of focus, hard work, drive, and determination… right? Yes, it’s true. Those are all virtues I admire in others and try to exude myself.
However, there have been times when I was too focused on one goal or opportunity that I missed a bunch of other “bubbles of opportunity” passing me by… can you relate?
When I made the transition from working full-time outside of the home to working full-time from home, I struggled with self-imposed deadlines — and therefore, struggled with productivity. However, after a few years of practice, I’m getting better
In my personal experience, self-imposed deadlines are one reason I’m able to do everything I do and still have time left over for fun!
I get lots of emails and questions asking “What exactly do you do?”, so I thought it would be fun to share more about what my work schedule looks like on a weekly and monthly basis.
If you ever wonder what I do when I’m not clipping coupons, changing diapers, making dinner, scrubbing toilets, pulling weeds, and folding laundry… keep reading!
Welcome Friends! I’m pleased as punch to be the very first to welcome you to the NEW AndreaDekker.com!
It was a long weekend, but we made it… and I can’t wait to “show you around!”
Today is my VERY LAST post as Simple Organized Living. By tomorrow morning, the new logo and URL should be in place, but there won’t be a new post as I’ll be working to tie up several loose ends that can only be done AFTER the switch takes place.
It’s going to be a busy and stressful weekend, but I certainly hope to see you ALL back here on Monday for an extra-special post, welcoming you to the new AndreaDekker.com!