Essential WordPress Plugins for the Genesis Framework

I have mad love for the Genesis Framework. In fact, I only recommend Wordpress themes that are built using it. I've made the mistake of using Wordpress themes that were not built using Genesis and let me tell you, that's a huge mistake that you don't want to make. My load time was slower, I ran into a lot of compatibility issues, and I found myself having to go in and edit the actual theme or design code if I wanted to make simple changes. In the early days, before I had any idea what I was doing, I crashed my site twice by editing the wrong … [Read more...]

How to Use Quizzes to Boost Reader Engagement (Interact Tutorial Video)

If you noticed, at the bottom of this post I included a short, fun quiz to help determine what kind of vegetable you are. It received great engagement and generated comments on Facebook as readers responded to my prompt to share their results. A few people reached out asking me where I was able to create the quiz so I thought I'd take time today to share my secret weapon - Interact. I joined Interact a few weeks ago so I could begin building interactive quizzes to incorporate into my blog posts. They are great for boosting reader engagement, … [Read more...]

Quickly Schedule Pins Using the Pinterest Mobile App

This post includes affiliate links which help support Honey & Pine. Confession: I almost exclusively schedule pins using the Pinterest mobile app. I may check in to the website using my laptop once a month. Honestly though, 99% of the time I'm in my pajamas, curled up on my sofa, with my dog in my lap and my phone in my hand. It's just so much easier! It's also more comfortable. I used to be so annoyed because I couldn't schedule pins using the Pinterest mobile app. I ended up spamming my followers with this dump of pins and repins at … [Read more...]

Creating a Blog Reader Survey That Improves your Blog

Yesterday, I did a really scary thing. I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and pressed "send" on the email that sent my mid-year blog reader survey out to all of my blog subscribers.  I see blog reader surveys all of the time, usually at the end of the year. Bloggers send them out to our readers requesting feedback and opinions. Ideally, this is done to help us evaluate blog post categories, social media strategies, content plans, etc. It helps us see what's working and what's not working when it comes to our blogs and blog growth. … [Read more...]

The Top 3 Websites for Bloggers to Connect with PR Professionals

One of the most common questions bloggers ask when they want to start working with brands is how to connect with PR professionals. I was in that very same position not that long ago and had a near-impossible time figuring it out. I asked blogging communities and FB groups. Sometimes I'd email bloggers directly and ask for guidance. I rarely received a response. When I did, it was either referring me to networks or trying to sell me a course. All I wanted was a simple answer. Eventually, after a lot of research, I figured it out and I'm sharing … [Read more...]

My Best Advice for New Bloggers

This post is part of a sponsored partnership with Nakturnal. It's summertime (almost). The official start to summer is still two weeks away but everyone I know is embracing the season. One of the thing I notice every year is that summer seems to inspire new blogs. Everyone is looking for ways to share their summer vacations, bbq recipes, warm weather fashion, and new blogs keep popping up. I'm always hit up for blogging advice during the summer. That's why I want to take time today to share my best advice for new bloggers.  I've been … [Read more...]

ViralTag Review (and a FREE credit for you!)

Before I started using ViralTag to manage my social media accounts I was feeling so overwhelmed. It's hard to feel like you have to be everywhere at the same time. Plus, in addition to managing social media for my blog, I like to keep my professional LinkedIn profile updated. I also help my parents manage social media for their business. It's a lot. ViralTag has helped me get past the overwhelm of social media so I thought it was time for a ViralTag review. I've used a lot of other social media tools. Most notably, I tried Buffer, … [Read more...]

How to Upload Custom Fonts to Canva

I started using Canva for Work ($12.95 / month) about a year and a half ago. It's been fantastic! I don't use Photoshop so I rely on Canva for Work for my blog graphics, short eBooks, and PDFs. My favorite thing about it is that Canva for Work allows you to create your brand with your custom colors, fonts, and templates for easy customization. I used to struggle so much with creating consistency in my brand but Canva for Work makes it simple. Although, I'm sure it didn't help that I changed my brand and colors pretty much every 6 months. … [Read more...]