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How to Get the Most from Your Stock Photography Vector Downloads

Please welcome guest blogger, Melinda Martin, whom some of you know as Musings of a Minister’s Wife. Some of you know her as The Helpy Helper. Some of you don’t know her, but we should work on that.


Like me, many of you are self-taught. We are all learning as we go. I learn at least one new thing every day. Coupled with that “one new thing” is usually the forehead smack of, “Boy, I have been doing this the hard way! This is going to help me out so much!” Today’s “this” is a great bit of insight as to how to get the most of your vector stock photography vector downloads.

How to get the most from your vector stock photography vector downloads. www.InspiredBloggersNetwork.com

This article is going to focus on the vector images that you are able to purchase (the computer-drawn objects, not the photos).  You will need Adobe Illustrator or its rival, Corel.

As my indie publishing and design business has grown over the last two years, my clients have presented me with many different projects.  Together, we have taken their visions for journals, fiction novels, memoirs, devotionals, and curriculum and made them a reality—a beautiful and rewarding reality.  All with the help of stock photography.

When you are deciding which images to purchase, it will show you the file type that the image download is available in.  To make the most of your vector stock photography downloads, you want to make sure that the vector design file is included.  This will show up as an eps or .AI file.  WMF is also an acceptable file format.  You will be able to open the files from within Adobe Illustrator and make adjustments to ensure that your graphic is just right for your project.

I have several hours of my life invested in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign.  And, while I know my way around Illustrator and use it on a regular basis, I haven’t had an opportunity to delve into it like I would like.  There’s just so many hours in a day, you know? If any of you happen to be Illustrator gurus and have some additional pointers/techniques, please leave them in the comments below.

Export Image onto a Transparent Background

Hands down, the thing that most of y’all need to know is that you can easily (and I mean easily!) get your downloaded vector image to export out onto a transparent background.  It’s as simple as opening the file and then going to File, Export, select PNG file type from the export as field, and make sure that “transparent background” is selected.  The only other thing that may stand in your way is a background layer that is easily turned off from the layers panel.

The next part is easy, too, but requires a little bit more “doing”.

Adjust the Color of an Object

Like Photoshop (and PicMonkey), Illustrator is a layer-based program.  To adjust the color of an item within the graphic, you need to select it directly.  You can use the direct selection arrow provided for you in the toolbar, or you can locate it in the layers panel.  Once you have it selected, you can adjust the fill color by selecting the new color from the “fill color” square.  If you want to make the same color adjustment to several items at once, then you can use the ctrl+click method to make your various selections.

Extract Specific Items

Say the designer was trying to give you a good deal by providing you with multiple images in one file.  But you just want to extract out one of those images.  You can use your selection arrow to draw a box around the object that you want.  This will automatically select everything within that range.  (Another way is to find what you want in the layers panel and click on it there.)

Once your object is selected, you want to hide the other objects that you aren’t interested in, shrink your artboard down to just that one object, and then export it out as its own image file with a transparent background, if desired.

Change Full Color Objects to Black and White Line Art

I recently completed a curriculum project for IntoxicatedOnLife.com.  We needed coloring page objects (black and white line art).  I searched everywhere, trying to find just the right images for a pre-k/k curriculum.  Everything was in color or the line art I found was not the right style or quality.

It then dawned on me that there had to be a way to easily adjust the image from within Illustrator to make it line-art ready.  It’s such a powerful program—surely it could do this task!  I was not disappointed.  I was able to find all of the vector images that I needed on dollarstockphoto.com, change it to a black and white line art object in Illustrator, and export it out at the correct dimension and resolution for a print project.

Most of the images that I found were one of several images included in the graphic.  For instance, the designer included 10 animals and I just needed to adjust and extract one of them.

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How to Make Printables on a PC

How to Make Printables on a PC I inspiredbloggersnetwork.com

Bloggers are always on the lookout for ways to bring more traffic to their site. One of my favorite ways to do this is to offer free printables! I use mostly free clipart and a standard program on my PC called Word.

Tools to make free printables

Word is a program included in Microsoft Office, but if you are on a tight budget or need a free version, check out OpenOffice. I used OpenOffice for years and it’s virtually identical to Word when it comes to features and things you can do with it. For purposes of this tutorial, I’ll be referencing Word.

Finding Images (free or low cost)

You can find clipart for free or low cost. With a quick google search for “free clipart” you’ll have loads of options to pick from! One of my go-to places for free images is MyCuteGraphics. They offer images by theme and seasons, plus they have some great background images too.  Another great site is 123RF. They sell images but also have free images available.

If you’re part of the Inspired Bloggers Network Facebook group, you can access a document under the files tab with a list of sites that offer free images.

**Be sure to check out the terms of use from any website you use images from. Make sure you can use the images in the way you intend to. Email customer service if you have any doubts!

How to make printables on a PC with Word

Below you’ll see a guide that will help you create printables in Word. It’s very easy and you can tweak the steps and items as needed for your creative ideas!

I eyeball the placement on all of my printables but I suggest using an invisible table to help you get the hang of it, or if you’re not good at visually lining things up.

Go to: Insert – Table – Highlight the boxes you want – Click Enter or the bottom right box. Now you have this:

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Now we need to extend those boxes so they fill the page. Click on the bottom line, hold down the left mouse button and drag that bottom line to the end of the page. It will look like this:

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Next, highlight the rows (minus the top row).

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Right Click on the box at the top left of the table. Select Distribute Rows Evenly. The rows you selected will be distributed evenly like this:

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Next, we’re going to remove the borders color. This way when we print the page we will only see the images. To remove the border colors, click on the square at the top left of the table so it selects the whole table. Then, go to Design – Borders – No Borders. This will change them all to dotted lines so that you can still see them, but they will not be there when printed.

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Now, let’s insert some images. Click inside the box you wish to insert an image into. Go to: Insert – Picture – Select image from your desktop or the file you have it saved in. In my case, the image is huge and it’s aligned automatically in such a way that it distorts my table, like this:

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To fix this you can do a few things, but I find this method the easiest. Click on the “Layout Options” box found floating at the top right of the image. Choose “In front of text”.

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Now you will have this:

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To reduce the size, grab the bottom right corner of the image and drag it to your desired size. Because the image is no “In front of text” you can manipulate it’s position anywhere. It will no longer automatically align to the table or page. Like this:

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Once you insert your various images, add a title to the top box we left as the original size. You can also manipulate the width of the columns. Simply grab the vertical line you wish to move, hold down your mouse button, and drag to where you want it. I wanted more space between the left and right column so I move the vertical lines closer to the edge of the page.

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Save the Word Doc file. Then go back to File – Save As – Select PDF. This will now save the file as a PDF File.

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**Be sure to add your disclosures to your first page and give credit to the website you found the images from if needed.

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BETA Classes

Now enrolling BETA users for Pinteresting (The E-Course): Pinterest Strategies for Brands and Bloggers.

  • Class size: 50 people
  • Registration fee: $40 $25
  • Registration closes: April 14th

Since these are BETA classes, you are able to participate for up to 65% off the course fee AND will receive a discount equal to the registration fee for purchase of the completed course once it is available at the Inspired Bloggers University.

Developing Classes for the Inspired Bloggers University

BETA classes will be in a secret Facebook group. Each course contains up to 25 lessons with a new lesson available every other day. BETA groups will be open for 60 days and then all information and the group will be deleted.

Space is limited in each group to 50 people and once registration closes, no one else will be allowed to enroll. Please be aware that we limit class size because our first class had over 400 participants! BETA classes fill up quickly.

You MAY NOT participate in more than one BETA class at a time.

Pinteresting (The E-Course): Pinterest Strategies for Brands and Bloggers

INSPIRED BLOGGER UNIVERSITY MEMBERS: This course will be available beginning April 30th with ANY Inspired Bloggers University membership level. However, if you choose to participate in the BETA class, you will need to pay the registration fee.

Pinteresting (The E-Course) is now accepting BETA testers. Registration is $40 and closes on April 12th.

To enroll, please complete the form below and send $40 by Paypal immediately to thephilens(at)bellsouth(dot)net. Registration is NOT complete and your space is NOT saved until payment is received.

If you cannot view the form below, please click here.

Disclosure: BETA classes are available on a first come, first served basis. BETA classes are not included in Inspired Bloggers University membership. No refunds. All sales are final.

 

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Get Your Digital CoLab Tickets Now

Don’t miss your chance to attend Digital CoLab in sunny San Diego on June 19-21, 2014!

Digital CoLab

 

Only a few tickets remain. If you are wanting to monetize your blog or just move to the next level, DO NOT miss this conference. Yes, it is an investment but not one you will regret. The caliber of speakers is beyond what you will find at any other US blogging conference.

This WILL change your business. Get your ticket before they are gone!

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The Ultimate List of Blog Conferences

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I am often asked, “Is there a a blogging conference close to me?” Or perhaps, “How do I find a blog conference to attend.” So, my goal was to create a list were you could see all of the blogging conferences in one spot.

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The Epic Blog Conference List

2:1 Conference

“A faith based conference for homeschooling parents who blog (not just about homeschooling), or are otherwise interested in social media.” (Virginia, October 12-14, 2018 )

Activate

“ At ACTIVATE 2018, you’ll walk away from our 2-day live event with a fully completed, working action plan that you can begin applying immediately, as you connect and network with other bloggers, and get direct feedback on the work you’ve been doing. It is a fully immersive experience that will bring more clarity, purpose, and direction to your blogging journey than you ever thought possible. ” (Florida, September 14 – 16, 2018)

Affiliate Summit East

“Digital marketers looking for new connections, innovative visions, cutting-edge technologies, and to get a better understanding of the ways in which the best businesses are leveraging them to grow and improve their bottom line.” (New York, July 29-31, 2018)

Affiliate Summit Europe

“Digital marketers looking for new connections, innovative visions, cutting-edge technologies, and to get a better understanding of the ways in which the best businesses are leveraging them to grow and improve their bottom line.” (Singapore, October 1-3, 2018)

Alt Summit

“Altitude Summit is the premier business conference for pioneering and rookie bloggers and creatives in this space.” (SOLD OUT)

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BEA Bloggers

“BookExpo is carefully crafted with content and experiences for all those that play a part in the publishing industry. It’s where authors, booksellers, distributors, librarians, literary agents, publishers and more unite to build relationships, learn tactics to bolster business and get the pulse of what’s trending in today’s shifting marketplace.” (New York, May 30-June 1, 2018)

Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference

“Beer bloggers and writers are not only passionate about beer. They are energized by writing about beer, breweries, and the people that make up the beer industry. They are motivated by communicating their views to their communities via their blogs, industry magazines, and social media.” (Virginia, August 10-11, 2018)

Blogalicious

“Hands-on, in-depth workshops with leaders in their fields; advanced topics where we take you to the next level in terms of content; and relationship building.” (Canada, May 6, 2018)

Blog Life University

“Inspiring and equipping bloggers with the skills for success!” (Florida, October 18 – 19, 2018)

Blogging Concentrated

“Geared to advanced level bloggers who know there are things they could be doing better, faster, cheaper, smarter.” (Los Angeles, August 22-24, 2018 and future events TBA)

BlogWell Retreat

“ What is it? – Blogging Successfully is an education and information site run by me, Katie Hornor. For Whom? – I teach midlife women entrepreneurs to expand your influence and to make money online. What will I find? – Our trainings concentrate on the areas strong #relationship marketing, content, connections and cash flow. ” (Multiple Cities, Multiple Dates)

Bloggy Con

“Whether you are a seasoned pro-blogger or a novice just dipping your toes into the vast sea of social media, Bloggy Conference invites you for a time of learning, networking and cultivating your presence in the online community.” (Ohio, September 14-16, 2018)

BlogHer

“Inspiring women to find their voices and turn their passions into content, community and commerce, attracting some of the web’s best talent and top social sites, in topics from food and fashion to politics and parenting.” (New York, August 8-9, 2018)

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BlogHouse Memphis

“BlogHouse is a nearly all-inclusive three-day and night opportunity to live, work, and learn in a small group environment with both experienced and newer bloggers. There are workshops, panels, networking, and helpful one-on-one attention and advice. There are also some unique surprises, outings, activities, and opportunities for all participants!” (Tennessee, TBA 2018 Sold Out)

Blog Jam

“Entering its fourth year, BlogJam 2018 is a fun, informative, and unique event for the region’s blogging community. This two-day conference will be a hub where this community can come together to create, share, and engage! All topics related to blogs, bloggers, and blogging, will shine in a positive, inclusive atmosphere.” (Canada, October 27-28, 2018)

BlogPaws Conference

“Our 3-day conference jam-packed with educational sessions, brand events and influencer interactions. The conference is designed for bloggers and microbloggers of all levels, and pets are welcome.” (TBA)

Christians Writer’s Conference of the Blue Ridge Mountains

“The Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference is the premier training and networking event for both seasoned and aspiring writers and speakers.  This event allows participants the ideal opportunity to interact with editors, agents, professional writers and readers, offering outstanding workshops and continuing classes in a wide array of creative categories.  Whether you are a professional writer expanding your skills and networking contacts, or a brand new writer just beginning to chase your dream, this Christian Writers Conference is the ideal opportunity to take your creative goals to a higher level.” (North Carolina, May 20 – 24, 2018)

ConFab Central

“Learn from the industry’s best and brightest about the topics, trends, and best practices that shape successful content strategies everywhere.” (Minnesota, May 21–23, 2018)

Confluence

“We’re for the specialists, the jacks-of-all-trades, and the managers. We’re for digital entrepreneurs and small business owners, and we’re for marketing departments big and small. We invite speakers whose lessons will apply whether your job is more technical or more creative.” (Oklahoma, September 20-21, 2018)

ConnectHer Media

“The ConnectHER Media Conference is primarily an invitation-only event for Influencers, Brands, PR, Marketing and Entrepreneurs. This unique and exclusive event is designed to deliver rich content and facilitate direct interaction for those in attendance. #ConnectHER18 guests looking to learn and engage in the conversation. Our focus is on providing quality content in a unique environment where our guests are able to take the information from our event, straight to into their projects. ” (Nevada, August 4-5, 2018)

Content Marketing World Conference

“ Content Marketing World is the one event where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest in the content marketing industry. You will leave with all the materials you need to take a content marketing strategy back to your team – and – to implement a content marketing plan that will grow your business and inspire your audience. ” (Ohio, September 4 – 7, 2018)

CVX Live

“Learn from the industry’s best and brightest about the topics, trends, and best practices that shape successful content strategies everywhere.” (Utah, September 21-22, 2018)

Dad 2.0 Summit

“The Dad 2.0 Summit is an open conversation about the commercial power of dads online, and an opportunity to learn the tools and tactics used by influential bloggers to create high-quality content, build personal brands, and develop business ideas.” (Texas, February 21-23, 2019)

Declare

“A blogging conference desiring to equip, encourage, and support a community of women as we seek to know God and make Him known.” (Texas, October 4-6, 2018)

Design Bloggers Conference

“Join interior design bloggers, new media innovators, and interior design industry leaders for the fifth annual Design Bloggers Conference – the premier conference and experience for professionals actively using or interested in learning about new media and the interior design industry.” (Georgia, February 24-26, 2019)

Digital Atlanta

“Digital Summit is the destination for the latest trends, technologies, best practices, and hands-on techniques you need to stay relevant in the digital marketing ecosystem. ” (Georgia, May 22-23, 2018)

Digital CoLab

“An accelerated three day experience including learning intensives, small group labs, expert presenters, hands on projects, networking, and more.” (Florida, late September 2018)

Digital Growth Unleashed – formerly Conversion Conference

“Conversion Conference is committed to providing the latest techniques and strategies around conversion testing and optimization. Each event offers a 360-degree view of the entire conversion rate optimization discipline, and the strategies presented are constantly evolving.” (Nevada, May 16 – 17, 2018)

Everything Food Conference

“Everything Food Conference is for food bloggers who want to grow their blogging business while enjoying engaging, hands-on experiences with other talented and seasoned food bloggers… and, of course, indulge in some crazy-good food.” (Utah, May 10-12, 2018)

Exposure and Profit (EP5)

“Exposure & Profit is a Content Marketing Conference hosted by Kelly McCausey of Love People + Make Money. August 2018 is the fifth EP event and promises to be the best ever!” (Georgia, August 10, 11 & 12th – 2018)

FinCon

Four days of discovery, business, learning, and connecting with your peers in the personal finance and frugal living niches. This is a large event with extensive vendor hall packed with products and services to make your blogging business easier. (Florida, September 26-29, 2018)

Focused Blogging Conference

“Focused will … give each attendee that desired focus to implement the next step of success… TOGETHER, with our successful mentors.” (Virginia, July 11-14, 2018)

Food Allergy Bloggers Conference

“This unique conference unites food allergy bloggers with the advocates, medical professionals, and the companies who support food allergy living and safety at one event. With dual tracks of panel discussions focused on disease management and blogging information attendees have chance to learn from experts, which can later be applied and shared with their readers and communities.” (Colorodo, November 9-11, 2018)

Haven

“Conference sessions will focus on DIY instruction with a mix of blogging and social media.” (South Carolina, July 12-14, 2018)

Hispanicize

“Hispanicize 2016 Week is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.” (TBA)

Idea World – Fitness Blogfest

“IDEA World Fitness BlogFest was created to give fitness, wellness and nutrition bloggers a place to network, share ideas, learn from experts, empower one another and connect face-to-face with industry brands. This sold-out, invite-only conference brings together bloggers for 4 action-packed days of in-depth blogging sessions, unforgettable celebrity workouts and exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the largest fitness conference in the world, IDEA World Convention®.” (California, June 28 – July 1, 2018)

Indulge Conference

“Indulge Conference is a weekend filled with fun, laughter, exploration, education and delicious food. You’ll walk away with a stronger sense of community, enhanced skills, confidence in your business and maybe even a few extra pounds.” (TBA)

International Food Blogger Conference

“Be prepared for amazing seafood, cajun, and creole, from swanky restaurants to casual food trucks, supplemented with creative cocktails and live music on every corner.” (Louisiana, August 24 – 26, 2018)

Mom 2.0 Summit

“An open conversation between Moms + Marketers + Media” (California, May 2-4, 2018)

MozCon

“Join us for a three-day, one-track conference full of forward-thinking, tactical sessions in SEO, growth marketing, the mobile landscape, analytics, content marketing, and more. At MozCon you’ll connect with our amazing community of industry leaders, chat with the speakers and Moz staff, pick up some cool swag, and even get a hug from our friendly robot, Roger.” (Washington, July 9 – 11, 2018)

Pinners Conference & Expo

“Learn from experienced international and local speakers and enjoy practical training you can go away and implement.” (Utah, November 2 – 3, 2018)

Podcast Movement

“Simply put, the goal of Podcast Movement is to bring together and educate active and aspiring podcasters, and to grow the podcast community and industry as a whole. We do this through educational and informative breakout sessions and panels spread across six tracks, enlightening and encouraging keynote presentations, and fun networking events and parties. ” (Pennsylvania, July 23 – 26, 2018)

ProBlogger Training Conference

“Learn from experienced international and local speakers and enjoy practical training you can go away and implement.” (Texas, September 24-25, 2018)

SearchLove

“A two-day event, SearchLove brings together some of the world’s leading thinkers in online marketing.
Get up to speed on the latest in search, analytics, content creation, optimizing your website, paid promotions and more.” (Multiple cities)

Simply Stylist

“The SIMPLY Conference has one main goal: to connect individuals and give them the tools they need to succeed in the fashion & beauty industry. For our SIMPLY LA Conference, we’re taking those goals to heart and changing our programming to give YOU, our fellow bosses, the most valuable experience. ” (California, August 11, 2018)

SNAP! Conference

“A community where imaginative bloggers can come together; learn from one another and walk away invigorated.” (TBA – April annual conference)

Social Media Marketing World

“Join 3,000 fellow marketers at the mega-conference designed to inspire and empower you with social media marketing ideas—brought to you by Social Media Examiner.” (California, March 20-22, 2019)

SXSW2019

“SXSW 2019 registration and housing information as well as participation opportunities will be announced this summer including PanelPicker, film submissions, artist applications, and more.” (Texas, March 8 – 17, 2019)

Tastemaker Conference

“This conference is for food bloggers, foodie influencers, and content creators—for all levels, from beginner to professional!” (Utah, September 14-15, 2018)

TBEX Con

“Every year, TBEX partners with fantastic destinations in North America and Europe to bring the travel industry’s most creative minds together to learn, network and do business.” (Various cities, Worldwide)

TECHmunch

“Our blend of networking, panels and demos will inspire even the most seasoned culinary and lifestyle blogger.” (TBA and Virtual)

The Southern C Summit

“The Southern C Summit is a niche multi-day conference filled with networking opportunities and educational sessions from the best and the brightest.  Attendees, presenters and sponsor connect through carefully crafted events and unique experiences that create meaningful conversations and provide memorable takeaway.”  (Georgia, Winter 2018)

The Toy Insider

“ Top digital influencers and members of the press from the U.S. and Canada will gather for the biggest night of play, meeting face-to-face with the biggest companies in the toy industry to be the first to play with some of this holiday season’s hottest toys.”  (Apply for Invite – New York, July 2018)

TravelCon

“ This three day conference will connect you with industry leaders, influencers, and celebrated writers through keynote speeches, small group writing and photography workshops, breakout tutorial sessions, and industry panels. You will learn what’s working in today’s competitive travel industry, timeless business practices, and the skills you need to succeed as a creator.” (Texas, September 20 – 22, 2018)

Travel Writers and Photographers Conference

“ Book Passage has served the Bay Area for more than 40 years, providing the community with an array of author events, writing and language classes, and highly-respected annual conferences. A world renowned community bookstore, we offer a wide variety of books ranging from children’s literature to travel guides, from top-selling fiction to mystery novels, and we continue to work diligently with community and nonprofit organizations. ” (California, August 9 – 12, 2018)

Type A Parent

“Top-notch learning and networking at the world’s top parent blog conference.” (Illinois, September 27-29, 2018)

We All Grow Summit

“We All Grow Summit is a conference for Latinas in the digital space. The conversation, networking and learning experiences — all bilingual and in-culture — are crafted to create unique and long-lasting connections, as well as professional growth experiences.” (California, October 20, 2018)

Wine Bloggers Conference

“In 2018, entering its 11th season, the Wine Bloggers Conference will return to Walla Walla, Washington from October 4-7, last having visited the state in 2010.” (Washington, October 4 – 7, 2018)

Women in Travel Summit

“The Women in Travel Summit by Wanderful is the first and only travel blogging summit by and for women. Even Wanderful started as a blog and we wanted to give back to other women pursuing their dreams to start a career in travel.” (QC, May 4-6, 2018)

WOW Summit 2018 – Moms Meet

“The WOW Summit is two days of learning, exploring and connecting with moms like you! This event is designed to inspire, connect and empower moms to live and raise a happy, healthy family. Attend expert-led seminars and workshops, sample better-for-you products, and walk away with a huge goody bag. Plus, for bloggers, attend educational workshops focused on blogging and network with brands and other bloggers.” (California, November 2-3, 2018)

Did we miss one? Please let us know in the comments. Thank you.

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6 Resources to Help Bloggers Focus

What did we do before technology gave us wonderful tablets and apps?

6 resrouces that can help bloggers focus, find balance, and get more done.

If you struggle with motivation, goal-setting, or… cough… time management, these resources will help.

Great Apps

mindmeister

MindMeister (mind mapping) – MeisterLabs

Since my husband has a difficult time setting a sequence of what is necessary to accomplish his tasks and goals, he started using MindMeister to help him picture what needs to be done first with mind maps. Quickly, I realized how beneficial this app would be for giving a blogger focus.

As someone who believes mind maps can help you focus and motivate you towards your blogging goals, MindMeister is a MUST.

303030/30 – Binary Hammer

This app could help anyone with time management… even me. 30/30 gives you the ability to set your tasks and the amount of time you want to spend and synchronize it with a timer. Only have an hour and want to divide it between research and social media? You can! You can plan your entire day or just divide your one hour task into pieces so you do not lose track of time.

Fabulous Extensions

boomerang

 

Boomerang for Gmail

Boomerang is a quick fix for ignoring email. Did I just admit that? You can use it to: “1. Write messages now and schedule them to deliver at any time; 2. Schedule messages to return to your inbox at a later time; and/or 3. Remind yourself to follow up on messages that don’t get a response within a certain time.”

strict workflow

 

Strict Workflow

Need to gather some focus and avoid social media? “1. Click to start a 25-minute work timer, and work without distraction. 2. Click to start a 5-minute break timer, and kick back and relax. 3. Repeat until all your work is done.”

Must-Have Ebooks

Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free by Amy Lynn Andrews is a short, to-the-point ebook about managing your time effectively by setting goals and scheduling your time.

21 Days To A More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine is an extremely practical ebook that will help your overcome any area of your life where you lack discipline. Have more than one area where you struggle? Read it over, and over again!

What resources do you suggest?