WORK HARD, BE KIND, NEVER GIVE UP

can't stop won't stop I can't believe I only have 2 more months left to go for my blog happiness project! My goal was to slowly but surely work for myself as a blogger. Dudes. I'm doing it. I'm working with brands I love and collaborating with amazing people. Conan is right: “If you work really hard, and you're kind, amazing things will happen.” Of course Conan's right!

I'm so grateful for the opportunities that have come about over the last 10 months... and MOST importantly, I'm grateful for all of you, everyone I've connected with since starting artsocial in 2011. It's very humbling and amazing and makes me want to dance around the room! Probably to this song.

But. My blog happiness project isn't over yet. June is dedicated to exploring new avenues. Each month this project allows me to reevaluate where I am and decide what I'd like to change. When I first wrote June's goal, I was thinking I'd like to write an ebook, start a service, or create a product. BIG decisions. I wouldn't want to start any of those things halfheartedly. I'm gonna take some time with this one...

What kind of awesome new offering would you like to see on artsocial? Be Happy ebook? One-on-one time to ask me anything about collabs, linkups, sponsorship proposals, events, etc.?  Do you have some writing or graphics you'd like some help with? Maybe I can help you out... leave me a comment, girrrl!

 

It’s Thursday and that means a whole gang of rad bloggers are talking about happiness! Join the movement below, on facebook, and on twitter with #BeHappylinkup!

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Define Yourself

What's your blog personality? Not the kind of thing I think about everyday. After taking the Alt Summit class, Turn Your Blog into a Brand (And Then a Business), with the phenom Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34, it's all I've been thinking about!

Here are a couple of my favorite points... and also the points I stay up way too late thinking about.

Clearly Identify Your Purpose

What are you trying to do with your blog? Seems like an easy question, right? Gah, yes and no. Just like choosing a Master's thesis topic, one must narrow (ok, no more grad school nerd analogies). Even if you're not sure you want your blog to be a brand or a business, it's so important to have a focus, a direction, a mission that keeps you in check. Is this post about turquoise M&Ms in line with my brand purpose? Umm no. You know, just as an example. I wasn't really going to write about turquoise M&Ms... anymore.

Define Your Blog/Brand Personality

Erin put it this way - if you saw your blog walking down the street, how would you want it to be described? Choose 3-5 adjectives that really define what you want your blog to represent and then stick to it, map everything back to those adjectives. And that includes your tweets, your instagrams, even your pins on Pinterest.

Lastly...

Be Picky

Not everything is cute and not everything fits in with your purpose and personality as a blogger. Gotta stay true to you, doesn't matter how badly your aunt wants you to advertise her new shell art on your sidebar - again, totally a for instance...

Ok, time to go contemplate my blog personality.

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Ch-ch-ch-changes

I've been thinkin' a whole lot about this little blog lately. I think we're getting serious, like run away together serious. I have some upcoming blog-related projects that are just so exciting I can hardly stand it. Soo I think I'm in love - and dare I say it? I think I want to be a blogger when I grow up. Eep!

Oh! and if you haven't heard of and participated in the flood of inspiration that is Blog Brunch, I highly recommend it. It's like a graduate seminar on blogging conducted all on twitter... which means it's free, you can wear pajamas, and don't have to write any papers. Win-win-win. Last Saturday I learned so much from fellow bloggers about  blog design. Needless to say there will be some changes-a-comin to artsosh...

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