How to Be A Blog Ninja In Four and A Half Simple Steps

I lied. It’s going to take more like 4.5 million steps for you to be a blog ninja.  I’m sorry for the fake lead-in, but I needed to get you to read my blog.  Oh, and I do have four and a half simple tips that will at least get you started towards ninja-hood. 1.  Recognize blogging is hard and do it anyway.  I know.  I sound like your 8th grade health teacher with all of this recognize-your-limitations-and-then-blow-past-them talk.  But it’s true when it comes to blogging.  Blogging is hard.  It is not simply buying a domain and setting up shop.  And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “well, I like to write so I figured why not?”  Blogging is so much more than writing or designing or even social media-ing.  It takes finesse and strategy and time and energy and even sweat and tears.  But it’s worth it.  So, my first piece of advice to you is to go in with your eyes wide open, but to do it anyway. 2.  Monetize as a second priority.  I know people who make six figures on their blogs.  And that’s six figures in dollars, not in cents.  But, I also know many bloggers who entered the blogosphere trying to earn a billion dollars and ended up failing.  Why?  Because no one wants to read a blog that’s trying to sell them things.  They like to read good content and may buy something because of it.  So start your blog as a way to share your passion, your inspiration, your heart with others.  And if you end up...

A Letter to All Parents Regarding 50 Shades of Grey

To:  All the Parents in America From:  A very concerned, somewhat feminist, Christian mom I heard something very disturbing yesterday.  I was sitting in a coffee shop when a group of high school students (wearing uniforms from a local private Christian school) walked in and sat at a table near me.  They were talking loudly and I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation as they made plans to sneak out and go see the 50 Shades of Grey movie on Valentine’s Day.  My heart dropped when I heard this.  I have no idea who these students are, but I am terrified for them. Let me give you a little background:  About a year ago, my friend Kathi Lipp asked if I would consider co-authoring a book about sex, women and modern Christian culture.  The book idea stemmed from a blog post that Kathi wrote about 50 Shades of Grey.  Kathi felt that 50 Shades of Grey was not only demeaning towards women and demonizing towards men, but it also was greatly affecting the state of Christian marriage in our country.  She also believed that sadistic, erotic literature led to the normalization of violence in marriage. The response to Kathi’s blog post was… shocking.  Christian women defended the book, saying it was “a love story” and it was “just a way for women to start thinking about sex.”  They even went as far as accusing Kathi of being “prude” or “boring” because she felt God intended more for marriage and that women’s emotional and physical health was at risk. Fast forward a year and Kathi and I have spent hours...

It’s On 2015: The Stay-at-Home Date Night Challenge

As part of the launch of Hot Mama, Kathi and I have teamed up with our podcast producer, Eva Daniel for a little romance challenge.  Every month that we release a book, we’re challenging each other to a little romantic stand-off.  This month, we’re going to see who can plan the best romantic night in. And you guys, I WANT TO WIN. Like really bad. So will you help me?  I started looking for ideas on Pinterest today and you guys, I am so out of my league.  This girl on Pinterest made a blanket fort in her living room with twinkle lights.  TWINKLE LIGHTS.  You guys, my brain does not think that way. ALSO:  Did I mention that the winner of this little competition gets a gift card to Whole Foods?  To buy chocolate and wine. I really want to win. So I need your help! If you have a brilliant idea, share it with me in the comments.  Or, even better, volunteer to be a guest pinner on my Pinterest board and share your favorite ideas. Oh, and don’t forget to find us on Hot Mama’s Facebook page as we each reveal what we did and vote on who wins.  (Which, have I mentioned, HAS to be me?!)...
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