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Angela’s Apprisals – Business, No. 6

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Angela’s Apprisals: keeping you apprised of helpful posts for your creative business.

Blogging

There have been so many helpful articles about blogging lately – here are my recent favorites:

 

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CentUp

Notice the new CentUp button on my posts?  CentUp encourages us all to donate to creators and charities with the click of a button.

CentUp

Here’s a short fun video to explain:

I first heard of CentUp through Len Kendall, one of their founders.  When I saw the CentUp Indiegogo campaign, I couldn’t help but chip in.

I love how this concept brings together internet lovers, creators, and charities.

Internet lovers get to support their favorite bloggers in a new way by using the CentUp button as a reward for a stellar blog post.

Content creators get a way to earn money from their efforts in a way that is socially-good, non-intrusive, non-spammy, and non-forced.  This is HUGE for bloggers who don’t want a bunch of ads on their site!

And charities are at the heart of this new business model – they are the worthy recipients of donations that are the result of great content and goodwill.

Like a post on my blog?  Just click the CentUp button to donate a few cents that are split evenly between me and a charity.  My current charity of choice is Pencils of Promise.  The first time you click the CentUp button, you’ll be taken through the easy setup process.  After that, you’re free to reward your favorite content with a few cents.

So what content of mine would you want to CentUp?  Well, odds are that you are visiting me to be inspired to make something with your own two hands, or to learn about biz/tech/productivity tools to give you more free time to be creative.  Take a stroll through my blog, or take a peek at some of my best posts: Platform Planner, Review of Business Model GenerationSewing Project Roundups, any of my Sewing posts, PDF projectsHow to Make a Day Planner from a Composition Book, and my favorite Instagram shots around Idaho.

If you see something you like, consider giving it a CentUp 🙂

And thanks, CentUp, for such a feel-good and innovative option for bloggers!

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Angela’s Apprisals – Business, No. 5

Angelas Apprisals Business

Angela’s Apprisals: keeping you apprised of helpful posts for your creative business.

Blogging

First up, WordPress.  Protect your WordPress blog from hackers – make sure your username is not “admin”.  Earlier this year hackers targeted WordPress blogs, trying to gain server access for blogs with the username “admin”.  Read this post by the folks at Social Media Examiner: 5 Steps to Ensure Your WordPress Blog Is Secure.  They tell you exactly how to change your username, along with 4 other helpful tips including an easy way to back up your WordPress blog database.

If you want to display social media buttons on your blog, here’s a great guide from HubSpot:  The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Creating Social Media Buttons.  After reading this article, I added a Google+ profile widget to my blog’s sidebar.  The article also includes Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn/Pinterest social media buttons, so take a peek to learn more.

Instagram

Are you enjoying Instagram as much as I am?  I seriously love it, and now that I can post video, I’m addicted as ever.  I’ve been wanting to make more video to share how I make things, so this is golden for me!  Here are some helpful articles to learn more about using IG.

What’s an Instagram web embed?  It’s just an IG pic or video posted to a website.  To embed the video below: from my computer I went to my IG profile  http://instagram.com/angelabdotme, selected the pic/video, clicked the share button to the right of the photo (the icon with the square and arrow), clicked Copy Embed Code, pasted it into my blog post, then changed the width/height from 612/710 to 500/580 to better fit my blog layout.

 

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About Success

This is part of The Declaration of You’s BlogLovin’ Tour, which I’m thrilled to participate in alongside over 200 other creative bloggers.

I’m writing this post because I was asked to write about success.  ME.  Write about success.  I don’t know, it just seemed a little strange at first, since I’m not super-wealthy or uber-famous.  But then I thought: I won’t pretend that I am a complete success, but I could certainly define what success means to me.

What is success?

In the most basic sense, success is achieving a goal.  Graduate from law school.  Learn to skydive.  Appear on the cover of a magazine.

But for TRUE success, these goals need to be something you really want to accomplish, not what someone else wants of you.

Do you want to graduate from law school because you love the law and the opportunities it would present to you, or just because your parents want you to?

Do you want to learn how to skydive because you truly enjoy the rush, or do you just want to look cool?

Do you want to be on a magazine cover to feel the pride and accomplishment of a job well-done after years of hard work, or is it because you want bragging rights or to one-up your competition?

Meaning of Success, via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Success comes from achieving goals that feel good in your heart, not from what looks good in the eyes of others.

Isn’t it funny that when we think of success, we immediately think of being rich or famous?  But you know what, success is so much more than just status symbols.  It’s creative freedom.  Fulfilling relationships.  Health.  Peace of mind.  Travel.  Overcoming hardship.  Helping Others.  Being happy.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with financial success.  I have my own financial goals, as well as travel aspirations.  Just take the time to recognize the other types of success, too.  Here are some of mine:

  • Gaining creative freedom and quitting my corporate job.  For the first time, I am not working for someone else.  My new focus is to do what I love – making things with my own two hands, while enjoying the crossroads of  business and technology.
  • Overcoming medical hardship.  For 20 years I lived through a debilitating disease, endometriosis.  I’m cured now, and am still appreciating each and every day as a healthy person.
  • Enjoying my husband and two wonderful kids – the most fulfilling of relationships.

How to succeed…

Realize that overnight success is a myth.  “Overnight Success” stories usually involve folks who have worked dang hard for years and years.  Take your time and grow in a measured way.

Discover how you can help people: apply your top strengths to what you love to do and to what people want. Check out my post and free printable worksheet: How Can I Help People?

Learn from your failures.  It can be really tough to realize that failures are valuable opportunities to learn.  But they are.  You know how “failed” relationships are just so dang tough to get through, right?  But they really are an opportunity to learn about yourself.

Be persistent.  Don’t give up!

Work hard.  Enough said.

After success….

Celebrate!  Not taking the time to recognize accomplishments is such a shame.  Missing this opportunity hurts morale and motivation.  It doesn’t have to be a party – a clink of the glass and a simple “well done” will suffice.

Success can lead to failure by losing touch with your customers. When you succeed, you can easily become less objective, thinking that you can replace your own judgment for what customers want.  We see this all the time with big brands and celebrities.  Don’t be tainted by the ego that success may bring.  Never stop putting yourself into the shoes of your customer.

Be happy for others when they succeed.  Don’t be jealous.  Realize that their success came from talent and hard work, and that your time will come 🙂

How about you?

What successes have you experienced or are striving for?

 

The Declaration of You - About Success via Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

The Declaration of You, published North Light Craft Books and available now, gives readers all the permission they’ve craved to step passionately into their lives, discover how they and their gifts are unique and uncover what they are meant to do! This post is part of The Declaration of You’s BlogLovin’ Tour, which I’m thrilled to participate in alongside over 200 other creative bloggers.
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Angela’s Apprisals – Business, No. 4

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Angela’s Apprisals: my take on keeping you apprised of helpful posts and happenings in the business world.

Google Reader

First up, Google Reader.  It’s being discontinued as of 7/1/13.  Surprising and sad!  I use it every single day.  So what am I going to use instead of Google Reader?  Probably Feedly.  I’ve seen many crafting/design bloggers embrace Bloglovin’, but I’m just not enticed by it.  Feedly seems to be the best choice for me: it’ll import from Google Reader, has the same shortcut keys, provides many viewing options, works seamlessly with Chrome (which I love), has iPad/iPhone/Android apps, and offers options to share posts to Twitter, Evernote, Buffer, and Pinterest.   The highly rated Feedly iPad app is a big plus for me – I catch up on all my favorite blogs using my iPad almost exclusively.

So how can you keep up to date with angelab.me posts?  Either subscribe via email or via my blog’s RSS feed with whatever Google Reader alternative you choose.  Here are some helpful articles to learn more.

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Angela’s Apprisals – Business, No. 3

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Angela’s Apprisals: my take on keeping you apprised of helpful posts and happenings in the business world.