Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Blog Critique #13 | The Native New Yawker

The Blog Critique #13: Utilizing Social Media As An Artist With A Blog

Within the last week I got a lot of new blogs submitted to the critique, so I thank you all for helping me keep this series alive. With the increased amount of interest this series is getting, after much debate I decided that I will go through with offer blogging consultations outside this blog. I will get into more detail about that service at a later date, but just be advise that’s going down.

I read all the blog submissions and try to pick blogs that are dealing with new issues that haven’t really been addressed yet with these critiques. I took the time and renamed all the previous blog critiques, to make it easier for you to find common problems that all bloggers seem to be dealing with including promoting engagement, increasing page views, and building a credible brand within your niche/industry. I offered some lovely tips and techniques that you could apply to your own blogs and brands. If you’ve gone through all the posts and still have an issue that hasn’t been addressed, by all means.. please submit your blog for submission. Let’s move right along to today’s critique.
Illustration + Lifestyle Blog

Brooklyn based illustrator, Brittany Holloway-Brown, finally submitted her blog for critique after months of deliberation. Although she’s fairly ‘new’ to the blogging community, she’s had her blog for quite some time now. This year she made a resolution to put not only herself, but her art out there more and start networking with other fellow artists. Although she’s confident about her blog post imagery, she submitted her blog for a critique to get my advice on the overall design of her blog and most importantly, what she can do to increase her presence on social media as she feels her skills are lacking. Well Brittany, you’ve come to the right place.

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The Blog Action Planner: Keeping Your Blog Organized In 2014

2014 Blog Action Planner | The Native New Yawker

Three months into 2014 and I never got a chance to thank everyone who has supported The 2014 Blog Action Planner thus far. So far the planner has worked its way into the hands of 140+ bloggers and our Google+ Community, Blogging Better, is growing with 60+ members. Although I haven’t gotten to blog as much as I wanted to so far this year, I’m glad to know that this planner is helping bloggers of all experience levels get more organized and have a better focus on their blogging goals.

Bloggers are genuinely enjoying the blog planner, here’s what a few of them have to say:

I love how much this has helped me with organizing all of my ideas for posts, my additional website ideas, and helping me expand and grow my site with the helpful links and plugins mentioned each month. Also, the Google+ community is amazing and a fantastic idea to accompany a fantastic book. I highly recommend it for new, intermediate, and even advanced bloggers!
Jade Ivory

I was shocked when Laura said it’d be 270 pages with resources and for $12! As a person who loves to plan, and strategize I was excited for this planner after she dropped the mini content planner back in Nov I believe. I love the aesthetic, I too had Laura’s problem with googling and searching pinterest for 1) viable content planners that made sense and 2) weren’t neon bright, flowery or princess-ey. My last editorial calendar was made by me in Excel and was bare bones. It was more a schedule than a planner. The Blog Action planner is perfect. This planner is so good b/c this year I know I won’t be blogging seriously as much as I did last year due to a career change but just reading January’s tasks it’s still very useful to me and I can definitely apply it to my more casual blogs.
Alex B.

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Fab Friday Finds #13 | The Native New Yawker

It’s been a while since I’ve done this series mostly because I wasn’t feeling the stuff that was going up on for the last few months. With Spring around the corner, I’m finally getting serious about the apartment renovations and of course doing a much needed Spring cleaning. This Spring, I’m looking to de-clutter and organize every aspect of my life, especially the apartment. Not to mention start honing down on the ‘look’ of the apartment, but cleaning comes first. This week I was finally impressed with some of the organizational products had to offer, I figured I’d share a few of my favorite finds this week. Do you redecorate your place for the Spring time?

1. Kalyana Jewelry Holder, $67 – I don’t even own that much jewelry, but I thought this holder was too cute. 2. Classic Chinatown Station, $199 – Because it’s in black & white.. and I’m a New Yorker. Duh. 3. French Bulldog Coin Bank, $46 4. Morelos Sideboard, $899 – If you haven’t figured it out by now I really have a thing for wood credenzas. 5. Skyline Bookends, 2Pk, White, $40 6. Ghanzi Handwoven Rug, Multri, 9×12, $999 – Really like the print & color of this rug. 7. Agnes Vase, 12cm, $33 8. Glasscape, Large, $140 – Been looking for the perfect vase to start my succulent garden in. This looks like it.