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Despite the world of blogging and social media constantly evolving over the past decade, at its core, blogging is simple. Here are three important truths about blogging in 2018 and beyond.

3 Important Truths About Blogging in 2018

Nearly six years ago, I started a blog.  Looking back, I had absolutely no idea that this blog would one day reroute the entire course of my career — and my life. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to sit on a panel in front of more than 50 fellow bloggers and influencers at The …

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The Complete List of Tools I Use to Run My Blog and Business

While I often joke that all I need to do my job is my trusty MacBook and a wifi connection, that’s definitely not the case. There are many other apps, tools and resources (20+ of them, in fact!) that I use to make JL&Co and my blog run seamlessly. Whether you’re a blogger, a small …

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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 …

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After a serious digital decluttering of my blog reader, here are 15 of my favorite must-read blogs when it comes to blogging, travel, lifestyle, biz & more.

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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