How to Create a Blog Newsletter

How to Create a Blog Newsletter

Happy Blogging Basics Wednesday! If you’re new to Glitter & Spice, Blogging Basics is a weekly series through which I answer popular questions about blogging. Topics can be as simple as how to balance blogging with a full-time job or why having a blogger bestie is important… Or as complex as plugins you should be using on your site and how to figure out your rate for sponsored posts.

This week, I thought I’d cover how to create a blog newsletter. Sounds fairly straightforward, sure. And once you get it up and running, it will pretty much run itself. But the initial design and creation can be fairly tedious and technical, so I thought I’d give my best tips (and a few examples!).

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How to Stick to a New Year’s Resolution + a 30 Before 30 Update

How to Stick to a New Year's Resolution + a 30 Before 30 Update

Happy Monday, friends! My to-do list was so never-ending this weekend that I actually fell asleep on the couch last night after dinner, with my computer in hand. So, for the third time in two weeks: better late than never!

Today’s post is all about how to stick to a New Year’s resolution. Each year, I like to set overarching goals for the year. So, instead of “take one trip per month,” it might be “travel more”.

This year, my resolution was to cook more. It was actually to cook in every meal on weekdays and only eat out on weekends, but that was quickly revised as I realized that wasn’t sustainable. Last week, I cooked in for all but two meals (which is quite impressive noting that I maybe cooked in twice in three months last fall!).

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How to Research and Plan an International Vacation

How to Research and Plan an International Vacation, Blackness Castle

I get a lot of questions about my travels. How I manage to travel without totally breaking the bank (I’ll get to that one eventually). How I come up with my travel itineraries. And how to research and plan an international vacation.

That last one has been popping up more and more ever since I announced my trip to London, Edinburgh, and Paris.

Planning a trip to a foreign country can have a few challenges… And planning a trip to a foreign country in which English is not the majority spoken language can have a few more. But, as this past trip was my third international trip in 2017, I’ve come up with a few tricks to help make the planning process a bit easier.

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I’m Back (!!) + 5 Things I’m Excited About in 2018

I'm Back (!!) + 5 Things I'm Excited About in 2018

Helloooooo friends! After nearly a full month of traveling, I’m back in Dallas. And back at school.

I used to think I could travel for forever. This break made me realize that that was so not the case. Don’t get me wrong: I absolutely loved every single second of my trip (even though I was sick as a dog the entire time!)… but I was really ready to get back to my own bed in my own apartment by the end.

As you may have noticed, I took a few weeks off from blogging. I had originally intended to work through my trips, but, once I arrived in Europe, I realized that I needed a break: I needed to unplug, to spend time with the friends I was visiting, and become inspired once again. I used my time last week in Colorado to look back on 2017, plan out my content for 2018, and generally get back in the groove of things. And now I’m ready to go… with a few things I’m excited about in 2018.

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What to Bring on an Overnight International Flight

What to Bring on an Overnight International Flight

Hi friends! I’m in London! I arrived around 10AM… it’s currently a little after 1:30PM here and all I want to do is take a shower. But first: this post.

This year alone, I’ve taken three international trips… and each of which has required an overnight international flight. First, my trip to Barcelona and Madrid in March. Then, in May, my trip to Seoul and Shanghai. And now, London, Edinburgh, and Paris for the holidays.

And, honestly, I now feel pretty confident about my packing abilities. Especially when it comes to what to bring on an overnight international flight.

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