I’ve Put This Project Off For a Year (And Now It’s Finally Going to Happen)

There’s a major project I’ve had on my mind (and my ever-present backburner to-do list) for more than a year. It’s a rebrand and redesign of this very website. I launched JessicaLawlor.com nearly six years ago now. Back then, the site was simply a blog, but over the years, it shifted and eventually turned into the digital […]

A Digital Decluttering + 15 Blogs I’m Obsessed With

Just like every new season I get the bug to declutter my closet, every few months, I feel a serious urge to declutter my digital life.  A little Internet self-reinvention, if you will. When I start to feel this urge, nothing is off the table: My inbox, the photos saved on my computer, the apps […]

They Actually Work: 10 Real Strategies I’m Using to Grow My Instagram

Over the past three months, I’ve challenged myself to do something a bit outside the scope of my normal work — outside of my “business/blog comfort zone.” I set out to grow my Instagram following — a feat much more difficult than I ever anticipated. On July 3, I had 1,348 followers on Instagram. Today in […]

Big Blog Changes Are Coming (Or, Why It’s OK To Do Whatever the Hell You Want On Your Blog)

For awhile there, I was in a rut. Remember? A big part of that rut had to do with this very blog. You see, when I launched my rebranded blog in 2012, I purposefully kept the topic general. I chose the theme “Get Gutsy” as sort of a catch-all for writing about whatever I wanted […]

This Is Why Your Guest Post Pitch Was Rejected

As the managing editor for two popular blogs that accept guest contributions — The Write Life and Muck Rack — I spend most of my days reviewing and responding to pitches and submissions. To give some context, in February, The Write Life received 119 legitimate pitches/submissions. Legitimate, meaning, from actual people; not the messages from spambots […]

Boost Your Brand: 15 Ideas to Use Your Current Platform to Find New Opportunities

If you have a blog, guess what? You have a brand. You ARE a brand. Even if you’ve only been blogging for a little while or don’t feel you have much pull or influence, since you’ve already created a brand, there are SO many ways you can leverage your current platform to find new and […]

You Can’t Do It Alone

The truth is, most goals can’t be accomplished alone. While setting a goal can be an internal and deeply-rooted process, when it comes to actually working toward and achieving a big goal? You need a cheer squad. People to support you, push you, challenge you and encourage you along the way. That’s where an accountability arrangement comes in. Whether […]