Monday, April 20, 2015

5 Things to Do Before Hitting Publish

5 Things to Do Before Hitting Publish

When you're practically a daily blogger like myself, you learn a solid method of creating and publishing content that works for you. You have to or the entire process is tedious and terrible. Through my nearly two years of (almost) daily blogging, there are a few things I've picked up that are musts before you hit that publish button.

  1. Name your photos in the properties section to make them more searchable. SEO is always a topic of conversation and one I don't worry myself over too much as I'm not trying to become a full time blogger, but naming your photos can really help you pop up in searches more. If you use blogger, all you have to do is click on the photo in the post composition window, go to properties, and type in your post title into the two boxes. There's a lot of science behind it that I'm not too savvy on, but I've noticed more views coming to the posts that I do this on.
  2. Do a once over and read the entire post. I've gotten into a terrible habit of writing the post ad letting the chips fall where they may without rereading. Depending on what time of day you write your posts, there's a good chance you may be writing gibberish. Giving it a once open can help locate errors and make sure everything makes sense.
  3. Prepare a promotion plan so your post will get the most traction. I always like to think about exactly how I want to promote a post before I hit publish. Sometimes what I decide I want to do will effect the post before I publish it. If I want to post it on Instagram, the way I set up the photo may need to change so it can fit in a square shape. Maybe I'm working on a post I really want to go on Pinterest. I'll need to switch up the style of writing to a list (like this) and/or make the photo more engaging for Pinterest users. 
  4. Ask yourself "so what?" You could easily write a post for post's sake, but taking a moment to ask yourself what the point of the post is can make your content more engaging to your readers. Why would your readers be interested in this post? What's its value? I believe all posts have a time and a place, but asking yourself this can help you to think about rewording a section or switching things up to make your post that much better received. 
  5. Appreciate your hard work for creating yet another blog post. Blogging consistently can be a lot of hard work, especially if you feel like you aren't getting everything out of your blog you were hoping for. Every post you publish should feel like an accomplishment, because it is. You're doing something you don't have to do because you like to do it. That's work a pat on the back.
Whether you're blogging for yourself or blog for a living, taking a moment to think about these five things before hitting publish can definitely improve your blogging game.

What do you do before hitting publish?

xoxo Kayla

Etsy Sticker Haul

Just because I run my own planner sticker shop doesn't mean I don't get that same itch to browse around Etsy and make a few cheeky purchases. I've been doing a lot of that lately and wanted to share my haul! I ordered from four different shops of some seriously talented gals. 

First up is Planneresque, my new found sticker pal who I'm sure we'll be exchanging stickers back and forth from now on. Her stickers are this very interesting slightly glossy, but still fairly matte texture that I'm now obsessed with. I was drawn to her shop for the bubble bath and no soda icons, but she spoiled me with a lot of other really awesome designs. I'll definitely be coming back for more!

Plan it On Paper is a brand I've heard about a number of times before, but could never really nail down her style in my head until I check out her shop. She's the queen of functional stickers and I've been eating them up since they arrived at my door. Her stickers are all matte, which makes them nearly impossible to reposition (something I need from time to time), but other than that I have no qualms. My favorite sheets I picked up were the samplers and the monthly sets. 

A shop I had never heard of before my browsing session was KGPlanner. I ended up only picking up one sheet from her shop because I felt that she was a tad more expensive than most, Plus I think her shop was the last place I put an order in and at this point I had done some sticker damage. I purchased an amazing grey/teal/and yellow sampler set that I've been eyeing up since it arrived at my door. I'll definitely have to do a spread featuring this sheet in the future.

One Orange Snowflake is a brand I've been familiar with since I opened my shop last year. Her shop is currently closed, but once it's open I strongly recommend you head on over there for a browse at the least. My favorite sticker sheet is the Doctor Who one. Swoon. A timelord theme is in order with that one.

What are your favorite Etsy shops for planner stickers and other bits and bobs? 

xoxo Kayla

Sunday, April 19, 2015

365 Days of Photos | Days 101-108

The 365 Days of Photos Project has been going on over on Microscope Life since the start of the year, but with the shift in blogging that I'm making the rest of the year is going to be housed here! Alex has been doing photography for years and has even completed a 365 project before, but this year has been seriously impressive. If you want to catch up on other weeks' photos, you can find them all here, but they'll be posted every Sunday for you all to enjoy! I really love the project because it not only showcases Alex's talents, but also is a glimpse into our lives through his eyes. 

This week is quite heavy on the Oh, Hello photos because it has consumed our lives more so than usual. We saw a huge jump in sales this week and have been working out asses off trying to keep up with the short shipping schedule we like to keep. Every second creating stickers with Alex is a blast and I'm so glad you all love them so much! We found some time to go get some Chinese food the other night which is where Alex snapped a shot of some sushi. 

Stay tuned for more 365 photos posts!

xoxo Kayla

[101] Containers of craft supplies [102] Glitter [103] Ink [104] Field near Target [105] Sushi [106] Order fullfiling desk for Oh, Hello [107] Designing stickers [108] Succulent

Friday, April 17, 2015

Things are going to start looking a bit different around these parts. After a lot of consideration I've decided to put my lifestyle blog on the back burner for a while and combine content efforts. I just felt like I wasn't giving my lifestyle blog the attention it deserved while there was something missing on this blog. I'm still keeping the lifestyle blog, but I'll just save it for a change of heart or if a new project emerges that warrants its return to the scene.

I just didn't like how it felt to have myself separated like that. I'm just one person, but I was segregating the parts of myself onto two different platforms rather than allowing everything to mix together in one, very "me" blog. So I'm going to start doing just that. There will be the same number of beauty posts as there are now, but there's going to be a lot more lifestyle posts thrown in. More planning, more board games, more photography, more stickers, and more of my everyday life. One happy family of all the things I love and love to share.

At this point in my online life this feels right. You'll be able to find me super easy now. Just one blog to follow and enjoy.

I'd love to know if you have any post requests or things you'd be interested in seeing!

xoxo Kayla

This Week's Most Loved #64

I think I'm a little too excited about today's post. I've decided to return to doing This Week's Most Loved posts occasionally to give you all a glimpse into what I'm loving besides my monthly favorites. So let's hop into it!

MAC's "See Sheer" is back on my lips in full force as the weather is getting warmer. I love this color. It's such a unique shade of pink, red, and orange that always looks so flattering on the lips. I get more compliments over this baby than any other lip product.

The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara has really been wowing me lately. I liked it when I first used it, but now it seems like a whole new mascara. Maybe it just had to dry out a bit to become an amazing mascara force to be reckoned with. My lashes have never looked so long, but there's also that volume added that I crave. It's definitely one worth checking out.

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of tinted moisturizers and BB creams, but there's something about spring and summer that make me go nutty over them. Right now I've been obsessed with theBalm's BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer but I'm sure I'll be switching back and forth between all of the ones I own. This one has a great consistency, just enough coverage to hide any redness or uneven skin, and lasts all day. 

Guys. My board game obsession is getting kind of out of hand. We've played so many different and exciting games over the past few weeks and I don't think it's going to let up any time soon. My best friend Lauren is also really into board games, so we've been trading games back and forth to play ones we haven't yet. Last night we tried out King of Tokyo. It's an interesting dice game with monsters trying to take over Tokyo. It was a good time, plus I won which is always nice!

What board games do you love to play? What are your favorites this week?

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Post that Changed...

When I originally did the content schedule for this week, today's post was going to be about the things I exclude in order to have time to do all the other things that I do. But as I sat down to write the post out, it just didn't feel right. So instead I'm going to get rambly and tell you what's been going on in my life, in no particular fashion.

Last night I finished one of my graduate classes for the semester. I took a course on adolescent literature for an elective for my degree and found myself loving and hating it at the same time. It was a course filled with teachers (duh) so I found myself discounted from a lot of the conversations, but having the opportunity to read books and get class credit for it was a nice change. We read Divergent,  Eleanor and Park, and others that I already owned. I'm happy that the course is over though because grad school is definitely trying when I much rather do the millions of other things on my to do list. I have another course to wrap up in the next few days and I'm only taking one course in the spring.

It's crazy to think that a few short months ago I didn't run Oh, Hello Stationery. It didn't even exist! Now it's a huge part of my life and a bigger part in my boyfriend Alex's life (he runs it while I'm at work). It's such an amazing addition to my life but brings some interesting new stresses to my life. Who knew we would worry so much about ink quality. It's insane. I have so many ideas for the shop but wish I had more time to implement them. Isn't that always the case though? 

If you watch my vlogs then you know that I've become pretty obsessed with board games lately. It's just an amazing way to be able to relax, yet still engage my brain, while spending time with friends. It's definitely a struggle these days to make time for the lovely people in my life, so coming together over a board game just makes it so much easier. I have a few posts/videos in the works about board games, even if the videos end up just being for my enjoyment!

I unknowingly shifted to creating more YouTube content than I have in the past (it just kind of happened) and it's been amazing. There's just so many things I want to talk about and share that video form works so well with. If you aren't following my channel yet I definitely recommend you do as there are just so many videos going up (3-4 a week)! I think I've finally found my video grove and I'm hoping I can ride the wave of productivity for quite a while.

Other than that my life consists of eating soup and bread sticks at the Olive Garden way too frequently and constantly having at least one sticker stuck to my clothes at all times. I'd love to hear what you've been getting up to in the comments!!

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How to Stay Organized

how to stay organized

One of the biggest prides of my life and one of my favorite ways to relax is organization. There's just something about a good to do list that gets my heart all a flutter. Plus it's the only way I'm able to accomplish everything I do in a day without going insane with anxiety and stress.

Organization and planning is different for everyone, but I use three things on a daily basis to keep everything in order. My beloved Erin Condren Life Planner is a no brainer, but I also use a blog content planner and a notebook for to do lists. So sit back and enjoy how I passionately walk through how I stay organized.

How do you stay organized?

xoxo Kayla