5 Simple Steps to Take Your Blog + Business to the Next Level | BlissandFaith.com

I mentioned not too long along ago getting back to my roots and posting useful, helpful content that others can use to improve themselves.  I’m so glad to be back to posting what I know people can benefit from.  I actually had this post beautifully written and hit a button on my keyboard that erased it, so I’m pulling everything out of me to put back down here what is now erased in cyberspace.  As I digress, I’m here to give you some easy to implement tips on how to take your blog and business to the next level.

Taking my blog and business to the next level has been a goal of mines that I’ve recently reprioritized to the very top of my list. For far too long, I have been stagnant in growing both for a multitude of reasons. At times I’ve felt as if I didn’t know where to start and other times, I felt that I didn’t have the time to.  As a wife, busy mom (to two under two), businesswoman, and blogger, I’m stretched thin on a daily basis.  I know there are many like me, who wear many hats and struggle to keep a balance while trying to be successful.  This prompted me to write this post and hold myself accountable as all of the above in sticking to what I know and what can make me successful.

It’s so easy to become discouraged during our dry seasons, especially as bloggers, more so for those of us who monetize our blogs.  The campaigns and sponsored posts are few and far between, your traffic is at an all-time low, or your just plain burnt out and don’t know what to write about, it can all be so frustrating. Then next thing you know, you’re flooded with opportunities!  Your inbox is full of companies contacting you with pitches and sponsored content, other bloggers are asking you to guest post, and things are at an all time high.  It’s important to be prepared for both scenarios so that you may maximize not only your potential but handle it well and with grace and without anxiety or stress.

Although we are all works in progress, sometimes we need a little help getting exactly where we want to be. It’s important to know the initial steps to take, especially when overwhelming times come our way so that we can weather the storm. I urge you to follow this few tips, you can take the bull by the horns and start your path to success and getting where you want to be.

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5 Simple Steps to Take Your Blog and Business to the Next Level


1. Take advantage of the lows.

This is the time to create, edit and watermark photos, brainstorm post ideas, and overall do maintenance.  It will leave less on your plate for when things pick up.

2. Stay organized.

The cornerstone of success and root of keeping it all together.  If you’re organized, everything will function so much better. Cross your “T’s”, dot your “I’s” and ensure you know where everything is and how everything functions.  Efficiency is key when it comes to success.

3. Make a list.

Its old school, but it works.  A list serves as a tangible (even if it isn’t physical) way to hold yourself accountable.  It goes right along with #2, because it helps you to ensure that you are getting things done and nothing is left forgotten or undone.

4. Surround yourself with people doing it better than you.

It’s a common trend amongst successful people that they surround themselves with people who are smarter than them, or are doing better than them at whatever they are doing. There is always someone out there who can serve as a model or example, this is the person you want to connect with. Oprah did and just look at her, she’s a billionaire!

5. Invest.

I’m not so much speaking from a monetary standpoint, but if it takes a bit of pocket change (or more) don’t be afraid to invest in something that will make you more professional, savvy, and help you refine your skill level and niche. That small, but smart investment can render the biggest results. Risk is necessary at times, and most successful people will tell that, although it scared the crap out of them, they had to invest to get where they’re at.

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Tenns Reid

I'm Tenns, the blogger, graphic designer, and business + content creation strategists behind Bliss & Faith. This is my little corner of the web that I've dedicated to helping fellow bloggers and creatives reach their goals. I'm so glad you dropped by and hope that you that you find valuable resources here to help you achieve your dreams!

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  1. Funny timing on your post as I recently realized what my husband has been telling for the longest time. I am in the process of launching a new blog for my design business. I’ve had a portfolio set up but didn’t blog because I didn’t want to compete with well established web design blogs and hubby has been telling me I don’t have to be like them. When I did a few tutorials on our blog about blogging and design/plugins it finally dawned on me what I could be doing with a design blog. So I am taking it to the next level and working on expanding my reach and audience.

  2. As a new blogger, I haven’t been writing long enough to have highs and lows, but I think your tips are still applicable to me as I wait for opportunities to come my way. Now is great time to build content, make lists, get organized, etc. So I’ll be prepared when opportunities do come. Thanks for the tips!
    Stopping by from The Mommy club link up

  3. I agree with all of your points. I think I’m going to make my thoughts a reality and start my own little business again. I can’t wait and I loved doing it. Thanks for this inspiration!

  4. I’m subscribed! I know all about feeling stretched thin, but it’s nice to do what you can as opportunities present themselves. You are very good at that!
    Very inspiring.

  5. Ah yes… feeling stretched ALWAYS!! I love your advice here. I need to go and take more time updating my blog and doing some fine tuning during the down times. Thank you for this!! Stopping by from the Wednesday link up!! 🙂 So lovely to meet you!!

    1. You aren’t the only one who could work at efficiency a little more, it’s something I struggle with all the time. Every time I hop on the computer to write I get distracted by other things… it’s something I really hope to work on this year.

  6. I still feel so new, but am realizing how exhausting and overwhelming blogging can be. It could be my full time job and I still wouldn’t get everything done that I want to. I have other things: motherhood, being a wife, working at my other job, making meals, cleaning house, going to church, etc. I have to find balance. There are times when I do it well, and other times… I love these tips. They are straightforward and real. Thanks, Tenns!

  7. Thanks for the advice. I agree it is hard to keep up with everything when you have a family as well as other businesses + blogging. Making lists definitely helps me keep things somewhat organized. I am reading a book right now that says one of the keys to success in doing the mundane, everyday things – that is where most people fail as they get tired of doing them – like exercising or keeping up with their weekly blog posts, link ups, etc.

  8. Hi Tenns,

    I’m coming from the Creative Style link up. Nice to meet ya! You’ve shared some great advice here. I especially love the fourth one…that one is very true. I haven’t had much down time lately. It seems when one project is done I’ve got another one waiting. I guess that’s a good thing :).

    Have a great week!

  9. Staying true to your message or brand can be really hard at times, sometimes you feel pulled to go in a different direction just to make a $. Sometimes branching out though can lead you in a new direction that better fits your pov.

    Thanks for the great tips. I especially loved #4 that is so true I was just sharing with someone about how your comfort zone might be to stick with the ppl at your same level of “expertise” or growth in a certain area but you won’t grow or excel they’ll keep you stagnant.

  10. What a great (& motivating) list! I am obsessed with to-do lists… I always am jotting down ideas and things I need to get done. #TurnItUpTuesday

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