The Ultimate Gift Guide for Bloggers & Small Business Owners

Blogging, Other Thoughts, Tools and Techniques
Blogging may be a low-investment business/hobby (at least to start with), but occasionally we all want to indulge. What better time to do so than the holiday season when brands dole out awesome deals. So, if you are a blogger or a small business owner, or if you know someone who is one, this gift guide is perfect for you. It lists mostly the essentials but also some fancy items that a blogger and/or entrepreneurial heart will love. Let’s get started. All links prefixed with an asterisk (*) are affiliate links. Any purchase you make by clicking these links will earn me a small commission but will not cost you anything extra. For more details, please read my Disclosure Policy. The Ultimate Gift Guide for Bloggers & Small Business Entrepreneurs…
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6 Lessons from My First 6 Months of Blogging

Blogging, Other Thoughts
I have officially crossed the much-acclaimed six-month mark in the blogging world. Yay! I think six months is a good enough time to test the waters and find out if one is cut out for the blogging world. I know I am! During these first six months, I have learned about the backend of the blog, a basic idea of how to identify and attract the right kind of audience, how to create useful content upgrades, etc. But there’s so much more to learn. You guys, I started blogging with some idea about the hard work that needs to be put in. That’s because I spent a lot of time researching the ins and outs of professional blogging before I decided to take the plunge. What I didn’t anticipate is…
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5 Ways I’m Eliminating New Blogger Overwhelm

Blogging, Other Thoughts
How often have you sat at your desk after putting your children to sleep or finishing your day job, and suddenly did not know where to start? As a new blogger, you feel overwhelmed even before you start working on your new blog post. You are not sure whether you should finalize the post first, or separate your draft from your editing process. You sit at your desk and stare at your computer. Finally, you give up and call it a day. I wrote about my frustrations as a new blogger. But, I wasn’t going to let that keep me down for too long. I needed to address those issues and tackle them head-on. Here’s what I realized: this feeling of overwhelm is natural when you are being pulled in five…
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My Struggles and Learning as a New Blogger

Blogging, Other Thoughts
What's that one thing every new blogger experiences during the first few weeks? FRUSTRATION! *Minor Rant Alert* I have been blogging for about three months now but let's be honest, my efforts are nowhere close to what some other new bloggers put in. The blog is just not among the top three priorities of my life at the moment. So, two weeks ago, it was time to visit my parent's house 1000 miles away with my almost-four-year-old son. These were to be his last few days of summer holidays and I was determined to make his visit as memorable as possible. I needed to plan a lot for this trip. Where would the time for all this planning come from? My blogging time, of course. And so it happened one…
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