Blog Spreadsheet Now Available at Etsy

Recently I mentioned my love of all things Excel and creating spread sheets for just about everything.

I have just added my blog spread sheet to my Etsy store, available for purchase and immediate download.

The best thing about this spread sheet is it’s simple. There are lots of blog tracker options out there but some are pretty complicated. That’s the last thing you want when like me you are a little bit of a newbie to this blogging thing… or maybe you’ve been blogging a while but spread sheets are not your strength. Either way, simple is a winner solution to getting yourself organised.

The Excel file allows you to track the following data:
Monthly blog stats
Monthly earnings through advertising and affiliate programs
Monthly and yearly totals
Affiliate links
Sponsored post earnings and pending

All in one easy place, with formulas to automatically calculate amounts for you and send them all to the Totals page so you aren’t copying and pasting the info yourself. All this for just $3.

Here’s hoping it helps you create a more SIMPLIFIED life! Head on over to Etsy to get it now.

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Media Kit & Site Statistics

Recently I decided to make a simple one page media kit for my blog. I’m a fan of playing around in Photoshop and creating templates, so it was more fun than anything else. After all, my stats are pretty pitiful so far and not something to brag about…

 

What do you think? I am contemplating creating a customisable template for my Etsy store so I’d love to hear some feedback.

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Why I Write

I was recently invited by Margaret from Techie Mum  to take part in a fun ongoing blog hop, giving us bloggers a chance to write about why we write.

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What am I working on?

I’ve always got too much on at once. It’s just the way I roll. In terms of writing, of course my blog. I have a couple of ideas in the planning stages, such as an amateur photography series sharing my own learnings. There is also quite a few drafted posts in my note pad. I’ve been blogging for years with my scrapbooking, however this blog is more focused on the writing side of things instead of just the images.

I am also preparing for the commencement of my Graduate Diploma in Teaching (primary) which kicks off in less than a week so there will be a whole lot of writing coming soon in the form of assignments and projects no doubt. As a result I have a to do list that is a mile long which includes a plan to write lots of blog post drafts to help me keep up once study kicks off.

How does my writing differ from others in its genre?

I had never contemplated this before and maybe it doesn’t differ drastically… who knows. Sometimes I think I’m funny, witty, smart when I write. Sometimes I get my point across clearly and it’s engaging. Other times I feel like I have forgotten how to effectively use the English language. However I think what does stand out is the fact that unlike a lot of DIY/crafty bloggers, I throw splashes of real life in there and sometimes they aren’t pretty. I’m not afraid to share the raw stuff at times and while it doesn’t always fit so well with the blog, its therapeutic to get it out there.

In fact it was only today a co-worker who is an incredibly skilled writer himself complimented me on a succinct and to the point email at work. It made me laugh. I’m rarely succinct. Neither is he. Sometimes it just happens!

Why do I write what I do?

I’m addicted to creating. I always have been drawn to various creative hobbies. It turns out these hobbies can be pretty darn social and blogging is a great way create that social network. That’s how blogging began back a few years, however it has evolved and now I write to express my feelings, share my challenges and successes, but most of all I find it helps motivate me to continue achieving and motivating myself to do more. I like to think I am inspiring other people at times and that is a powerful thing. It builds the accountability too.

Writing to this blog allows me to feel purposeful. Written communication has always been my strength also. As I psychologist it is one thing to help others to communicate more effectively, however it doesn’t necessarily mean I do the same myself all the time. Writing makes that easy.

How does my writing process work?

I have been attempting to post daily since sometime around April. It means I’ve needed a lot of ideas to keep the posts flowing, however daily will not always be the case. I do a lot of creative stuff every day anyway so now I try and incorporate these hobbies into blog posts. I make notes on my notepad, on the iPad or wherever really and expand on them from there. I don’t tend to spend long periods on my posts. Generally I like to just get it all out there onto paper or typed onto the computer, have a quick read over, tweak a few things and away it goes.  No fancy techniques or triple checking here.

Now time to hand over to a couple of other inspiring bloggers to tell us why they write, plus you can see others who have joined in the hop here.

 

Hugs, Kisses & Dirty Diapers

Sasha shares wonderful stories of parenting and reflections of motherhood on her blog Hugs, Kisses & Dirty Diapers. You will laugh, nod and maybe even cry with how relatable Sasha’s posts are!

Coach Daddy Blog

Eli writes from that other perspective… fatherhood. And sport of course. He shares wonderful memories from childhood and beyond, that will have you reminiscing your own days of past. Not to mention that convenient use of Lego Star Wars images that fit with each story. Very cool!

Be sure to hop on over to visit them both for some great writing, and pop back in a week to see their “Why I write” posts too.

Currently

Watching…

… Offspring returned last week on Channel 10. Game of Thrones is always delivering on excitement and action. Otherwise just a bit of this, a bit of that. Not watching so much TV at the moment… unless you count the endless Peppa Pig and similar that my daughter watches on ABC2.

Listening…

…to Dead Letter Circus, who are an Australian alternative rock band who I happen to see in concert on the weekend. Being a parent to a toddler, and also having a passion for quiet nights in, with chocolate, PJs and a good movie, I rarely do take the opportunity to see live music these days but thought I’d make an exception for this band… and the gig was nearby. This is one of my fave songs:

Eating…

…chocolate. Nothing new there. I have a problem. Chocoholics Anonymous anyone?

Drinking…

…water. Yep, I’m pretty boring. Not a tea or coffee drinker, currently trying to conceive so not so keen on the alcohol. I’m not a big drinker anyway. I keep it simple.

Wearing…

… pyjamas of course. That’s my staple. Although when this post goes live, I will be wearing a uniform on day one of work related training. Boring! But always with a splash of personality with my black and white polka dot converse sneakers.

Feeling…

… a tad bit tired after an epic weekends of gig, celebrating husband’s birthday and a work related function at an animal park (the same one I did high school work experience at). Seriously, I need a day to recover!

Weather…

…is overcast. Cool but still just t-shirt or very light jacket sort of weather, but socks or slippers are welcome. It may rain. Hope not.

Wanting…

… more hours in the day. I have so much going on at once lately and there’s a lot I simply have no time for. I do have a bad habit of committing to too much and wanting to do everything. I’m only one person. Sometimes I need to remind myself to step back.

Hoping…

…for a big fat positive on my next attempt at peeing on a stick. Not holding my breath though. I think falling pregnant may take a while this time round. And perhaps the bit above is contributing. Another motivation to ween.

Enjoying…

…the fact that I have such an incredibly full life with so many great people, hobbies, and as much as I hate it at times lately, paid employment. Can’t really complain!

Creative Live is the bomb!!

So… what is Creative Live, you ask?

It is an amazing resource that broadcasts free online courses 24 hours a day on a wide range of creative topics. Yep, free. The only time you pay is if you want anytime access for a particular course. But if you tune in during the live broadcast or during one of the re-broadcasts, you get to watch the entire course from start to finish, absolutely free… and in the comfort of your own home. Pretty cool, right?

There are 5 creative channels: Photo & Video, Art & Design, Music & Audio, Maker & Craft, and Business & Money.

Once you sign up you can RSVP for a range of course topics and simply stream them straight from your computer or handheld device when they are broadcasting. Many also have supplementary material such as workbooks to support the content.

If you have a chance to catch a rebroadcast of Build a Successful Creative Blog with April Bowles-Olin. This has to be one of, if not the best, online course I have ever watched. So many useful tips and relevant content. I have filled so many pages with notes (as I still haven’t printed the workbook that was complimentary with RSVP). April really knows her blog stuff so do yourself a favour and check it out here.

I am now so officially addicted that I have just RSVPd to a whole range of upcoming courses. Bring on lots of learning!!

Liebster Award

liebsterblogaward-2Liebster? Well it’s been a lot of years since I did high school German but I am pretty sure, with a little help from one of my Beatles cds with She Loves You in German, that it essentially means ‘love’. A little bit of blog love… although I could be way off 😉

So I have been kindly nominated for a Liebster Award by Lindsey at 101Thingstodowithkids. She has a great blog full of creative ideas to entertain the little people in your life. Be sure to check it out and thank you so much Lindsey for sending some love my way.

The Liebster award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community of bloggers.

The rules of the competition are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2.Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.

5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.

7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

So here are the questions Lindsey has asked and my answers!

1. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Australia because I love my home country, however I would love to spend maybe a year in another country… somewhere like Singapore, Poland or Vietnam. Something totally unlike home.

2. Do you have any pets? Yes, 2 fur babies, Dexter and Squeak who are Devon Rex cats and a little on the crazy side. Pretty much I have 3 children… not just 1 toddler.

3. Facebook or twitter? Facebook.. Twitter both confuses and bores me.

4.What is your favourite food? Chocolate. Bad bad bad habit.

5.Where did you last go on holiday? Vietnam and loved it.

6. Best childhood memory? I had a pretty great childhood so its hard to think of just one really. I did used to love end of year school holidays over Summer, getting up, putting on swimmers and spending my day outside by the pool with a good book, in the pool, and just chilling out.

7. What’s your favourite movie? Hmm.. There’s a few. I love the Hunger Games movies. She’s the Man is a good chick comedy, but Pitch Perfect probably takes the cake.

8. Which celebrity would you most like to have dinner with? Ryan Gosling because he’s dreamy… but I’d probably be too nervous to talk haha So maybe that’s not such a great idea.

9. What was the last thing you ate? M&Ms and I’ve spoilt my appetite for dinner.

10. If you lived in a different decade which would you choose? The 70s maybe. I am kind of attached to the one’s I’ve lived through though.

11.How long have you been blogging? For a couple of years with a blog to share my scrapbooking, but this blog and my other newbie http://thecreativeclassroomau.wordpress.com are in their infancy.

 

11 Random facts about me:

1. I am a registered psychologist in a male high security correctional centre.

2. I have had more than 10 scrapbook pages published in Australian scrapbook magazines.

3. When I was a kid I wanted to be a zoologist, but hated chemistry so switched to psychology.

4. I have red hair although currently blonde after knocking something off the bucket list with the temporary change.

5. I hated school but now I want to become a teacher (hahaha yep, strange I know).

6. Current book on my bedside table is Book 2 of Game of Thrones.

7. I am currently trying to conceive baby 2. Fingers crossed it does not take too long 😉

8. When I was around 18-19 I did karate classes with my sister and niece. I have an orange belt LOL

9. My favourite colour is green. Apple green.

10. My first car was a Toyota Corolla, 88 model. It’s still kicking… my father in law drives it to work. Prior to mine, it was my husband’s first car.

11. My first white Christmas was 2008 in Zakopane, Poland. Christmas is hot here in Australia so I hope to give my own kids that experience one day.

Wow, it’s surprisingly hard coming up with 11 random facts.

So here are my nominees:

The Scrapbooking Swewi

Maggie Kate Harris

Michele Bigley

Esloninja

CrazybutLazy

 

And the 11 questions I set for you are:

1. Favourite place in the world?

2. Favourite colour?

3. Hot or cold drinks?

4.Summer or winter?

5. What did you want to be when you grew up?

6. Best thing that happened to you this week?

7. Favourite band/singer?

8. Least favourite food?

9. Early riser or night owl?

10. Apple or Android (or neither)?

11. Achievement you are most proud of?

Thank you for reading and thanks again Lindsey 🙂

I Think I Broke My Blog

I spontaneously decided to upgrade to a proper domain for my blog tonight (as it meant I could get a free full version of winzip, so I kinda got sucked in to the offer). Now my blog isn’t loading half the time. Eeeekkkkkk

I’m a total novice when it comes to this technical side of things. If you can see this post, or my blog in general, please tell me. Hoping it all comes good by the time I wake up since it is 2am here and I have a back injury and need some sleep!

Fingers crossed…