10 Easy Ways To Share Your Blog Posts

You've just written a killer post - some of your best work. You spellcheck, hit "Publish"...and then what? For many "newbie" bloggers (and some experienced ones), they have no other step after that. They send their post out into the blogosphere, and walk away. This is so bad for blog growth, and it's one of the biggest no-no's in blogging. You can't expect anyone to see your new post (especially if you're just starting out) if all you do is hit publish and then just leave it sitting on your blog. You've got to get it out there for potential new readers to see!

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Blogging, TipsMandy Ferrugia
You Know You're A Beauty Blogger When...

Ever since becoming a beauty blogger, I've found myself doing certain things that I can only assume other beauty bloggers can understand. I swear, I used to just be your average makeup lover, but now? Full on beauty junkie (seriously, you should see my makeup table and bathroom counters). I thought it'd be fun to compile everything together - maybe some of you can relate, and if not, maybe it will make you laugh.

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Beauty, BloggingMandy Ferrugia
Fun "Me Time" Activities For Summer

Summer is the perfect opportunity to reward ourselves with a little "me time." What with less commitments and a more relaxed schedule, summer is the perfect excuse to take some time off for ourselves, even if it's only for a few minutes each week. There are all kinds of things you can do during your "me time" to chill out and have fun. If you're stuck for ideas, here are a few of my favorite activities that put the focus on "me."

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LifestyleMandy Ferrugia
The Benefits Of Unplugging

Though I'm about as addicted to social media and being online as the next person, I must admit that taking some time off every once in awhile to unplug and be present in the now can be so invigorating, not only for the mind but also the soul. It's a little too easy to get caught up with the need to be on social media 24/7 (Rhianna shared 21 Signs You're Addicted Social Media, and I pretty much relate to all of them).

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50 Incredibly Specific Blog Post Ideas

Over the years, I've shared all kinds of articles about blog post ideas (I even wrote an ebook on the topic!). This is one of my favorite things to write about, but I've always tried to keep them pretty general so that anyone could use the ideas for their blog and mold them to fit their specific niche. This time around, I've decided to do something a bit different - I've got 50 blog post ideas that are incredibly specific and take all of the guessing out of creating content (as well as being higher quality than a standard generic prompt).

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Uplifting Reminders For When You're Not Feeling Like Yourself

We're all busy with things in life. Whether it's school, work, family, responsibilities, or just a bunch of little things piling up, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed from time to time. Sometimes, it can even be the littlest of things that throws us off track. When I find myself in the midst of moments like these and not really feeling like me, I have a few little sayings and reminders I like to tell myself, to stay focused and get back on track.

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How To Be Transparent As A Blogger

One thing I've learned throughout my years of blogging is that it's best to be as transparent as possible. I think this is especially true for any bloggers that receive free products to review or share on their blog, but it doesn't stop there. It's important to be straightforward and honest with your readers, whether you receive free products, use stock photos in your posts, or write an article that was inspired by another blogger's work. I always want to be honest and upfront with you guys - I never want there to be any grey area with the content I provide. I try to disclose everything openly, give credit where credit is due, and make sure my readers never feel like I'm being shady about anything. Today I thought I would give some advice on how bloggers can be transparent on their blogs, as well as sharing examples of how I do this on AGO.

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Blogging, TipsMandy Ferrugia
Highlighters For Magical Girls

Growing up, I watched a lot of cartoons and anime. While the boys were enthralled with all of their superhero shows, I was completely obsessed with watching every episode of Sailor Moon. She was my adolescent hero, and I loved getting to watch a kickass group of girls save the planet each week. One of my favorite things about the show was all of the cute little compacts and tools Sailor Moon had in her arsenal. The recent wave of holographic highlighters have really reminded me of all of those pretty gadgets, and inspired my current collection of "magical girl" highlighters.

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BeautyMandy Ferrugia
The 3 Keys To Growing Your Blog

I think every blogger, at one point or another in their blogging career, feels like growing their audience is a super overwhelming and daunting task. I get emails and questions all the time asking how I've built my blog up over the past year and a half, and after much thought I've narrowed it down to these three components.

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Blogging, TipsMandy Ferrugia
My Bad Beauty Habits

As a beauty obsessive, I have my fair share of beauty habits. Some good...and some not so good. I hate to admit it, but even knowing the importance of some habits doesn't always make them easy to stick to. (Also, I'm lazy.) I thought I'd share my bad beauty habits with you all today, in an attempt to be more diligent at breaking them (since you guys can kind of hold me accountable).

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Beauty, PersonalMandy Ferrugia
August Goals

Happy August! Unlike most months, I actually feel that July went by pretty slowly. The days have been just crawling along, and I couldn't be happier. I know that September will be here before we know it, and with that comes the school season, the holidays, shorter daytimes, and the likely return of my seasonal affective disorder (ugh). So, I'm trying to soak up as much sunshine and summer vibes as I can before we start easing ourselves into autumn.

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Goals, PersonalMandy Ferrugia