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A few years ago, I was newly married, finishing up graduate school and a couple months in on what I thought was my career job. (I'll explain why I say that).
Grad school was awesome! Unlike undergraduate, I finished with a 3.9 having earned only one B in the entire two years. Yea, Im bragging just a little cause if you knew what my undergraduate years looked like…. yea, I'm proud of that there.
I loved the researching and writing grad school required, and a part of me was sad for it to end. I did not, however, miss the deadlines.
Since I wanted to keep writing, I had this random idea to begin blogging.
I had stumbled across a few blogs and I thought it would be fun to share some of the randomness that happened in Casa de Hampton. So my hubs got me set up, I decorated a bit and I started writing. I figured people would just somehow find me. HA!
I blogged for a bit and quit when the baby came. But I didn't stay away long because I found that I missed it.
Soooooo, I started back up and then redirected, and then rebranded (a couple times) and have landed where I am today. I have grown exponentially in my blogging space, design abilities and so much more, and I am all about having the tools to get the job done.
If you are reading this and don't blog, you may not know that there are tools for creating graphics, coming up with topics and titles, and then there is the scheduling of social media.
The scheduling part is important because you can't manually share the way you need to across the different platforms. I mean if you are superwoman you might, but I don't wear that cape.
Social media helps your posts get into the hands of random people who could become regular readers and subscribers. Yay subscribers!
I have tried several social media schedulers but none of them compared to CosSchedule.
CoSchedule is a drag-and-drop editorial calendar. It offers integration for WordPress and it puts your blog posts and social media messages on the SAME schedule space, in a user friendly interface that you can access via your WordPress dashboard or directly through the web.
With CoSchedule, I can schedule my own posts to social media. But I can also schedule regular social media postings. This can really come in handy if you are the owner of social media groups, or offer sponsorships where you are sharing others content.
I get asked often, why do I blog or why did I start blogging.
The answer to that question is that I originally started it as just a hobby. Then Carissa over at The GreenEyed Lady Blog, introduced me to some really cool blogging groups that opened my eyes to the whole blogging world.
And from there it took off….
Blogging has become a source of income, a creative space and outlet and so much more for me.
This is why tools are essential for me.
- Google Docs & Calendar
- and even Google Analytics
While WRE does not have a team (yet), CoSchedule has features and amenities for a team environment for when that time comes.
Here are some the best things about CoSchedule:
- Drag-and-drop functionality
- Schedule Social Media While You Blog
- Easily Re-Schedule Old Blog Content
While blogging has become more than a hobby for me, I am still very selective in what tools I invest in. This place is ever evolving and I am using it as a launchpad into my next phase of life for work and personal purposes.
CoSchedule is definitely worth having on the roster to help me accomplish my goals.
The answer to why I blog now…
I blog to share my truth, my life experiences and grow through them, and to help others do the same.