Category: blogging

How I Come Up With All My Ideas

Posted November 17, 2015 by Hillary in blog, blogging / 0 Comments


how I come up with all my idaesIt can be a bitch to come up with new ideas for blog posts all the time amirite? I know a LOT of people complain about this. I wrote yesterday about my writers block but 95 percent of the time I have a process that lets me have lots of ideas on the back burner. And cause I love my dear readers so much, I am going to spill all my secrets

I read lots of blogs on Bloglovin

I don’t even know how many blogs I read. I know I spend at least two hours every morning reading as much as I can. And not just writing blogs. I read fashion, food and book blogs among others. You never know when you seem something that you can put your uniqie spin on it. Remember there is NO truly original idea anymore. What makes it unique is how YOU present it.

I scroll through Pinterest.

I JUST started doing this, and I wish I could kick my ass for not doing it sooner. It is chock full of inspiration. Seriously. I spent around three hours on the site the other day and came up with 50 ideas for this blog. Some of them I feel are not all that good, BUT I did glean som wonderful topics to write about, so it was a good payoff.

I get away from my computer

Yes, I know the online world is a fascinating place, and you don’t want to miss your next client. Let me tell you if you spend ALL your time in front of the computer you will burn out, and your brain will turn to mush, and you will be worthless. I know cause it happened to me. I had to take a camping trip deep in the middle of nowhere to recharge before I felt I could be useful again. Don’t let that happen to you. Have lunch with a friend. Explore a new part of town go to a shopping store. All will stimulate different parts of your brain, and when you come back to the computer, you will be able to work at full capacity.

I eat Paleo

No, I am not telling you-you HAVE to go all caveman but for ME if I try and eat any other way I get brain fog, I get tired, and I am a mess. You have to find out what style of healthy eating works for YOU and do it. Trust me you are not going to get far if you are feeding your brain junk. Your body need nutrients to function properly so you must give it to them in the form of healthy whole foods

I Exercise

I am the laziest human being on this planet. I started exercising a couple of months ago. I don’t even go to the gym. I do the 21-day fix program, and I can tell a difference. I have more energy. My depression has gone way. My anxiety is almost all gone. There are a lot of benefits to exercising. If I can do it, I know you can.

All of the above together ensure that my brain is always working at top notch, and that means I can write and come up with ideas to keep the blog and other project going. I am going to add mediation into the mix and see how that goes. I have heard lots of people say that it makes them calmer and stuff so that they can think better. Plus it helps depression and anxiety, and I am all about anything that helps depression and anxiety.

If you need help with writing or coming up with Ideas I have room for some more clients in my schedule so email me and let’s talk

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About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

My Favorite Social Media Scheduler

Posted September 29, 2015 by Hillary in blogging / 2 Comments



As an entrepreneur, you know how important social media is for your business. Who has time to go on all the different websites and schedule your posts at the most optimum times of the day? I know I don’t. I  like to do it all in a big chunk of time and be ready to go for at least 2 weeks. I think I may have found the holy grail of programs that aim to do this. Are you ready to hear all about it?

Meet Edgar!

I have tried Buffer and hootsuite but I always felt constrained by the fact that you could not recycle content. Both are great programs but suppose you missed your social media scheduling time and you run out of content then your accounts come up as empty. This makes it look inactive and that is not good. Edgar is here to save the day!

With Edgar you can schedule what kinds of posts you want on which Social media site that you want. So there is no more guessing with HootSuite and buffer on which post you want when. I found this feature to be highly invaluable. Suppose you want inspiration to post at 9 am every morning. You can schedule that.

You can also import you blog feed and schedule when it shows up. I have driven more people to my blog this month from social networks once I started doing this.

You can also bulk update in Edgar. You have a list of 100 questions you want to import into Edgar? They have an article explaining how to do this via a spreadsheet. I tried it and it was really simple.

Personally I have had a much higher rate of engagement with Edgar than I did with both HootSuite and Buffer. I have no scientific explanation but I have received more leads with this program in one month than in two years of using buffer or HootSuite.

There is one negative in that Edgar does not have any integration. They do explain how to find out when followers are online and plus there are MANY articles on how to analyze Facebook and Twitter and the like. You can Google these then set it up in Edgar and experiment.

Edgar has a wonderful analysis section where you can see how well your posts have done. I have found this really helpful in tweaking my times in the program.

All in all I love Edgar so much that I decided this is one of my “must have” programs. I am picky about which ones I choose but the ROI on this was just too good to ignore. I have heard some complaints that Edgar is expensive and it is. The value you will get from this is worth the price.


About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Tools I use to run a Successful Freelance Writing Bussiness

Posted June 9, 2015 by Hillary in blog, blogging, freelancing, Writing / 2 Comments





This is the best thing ever! I waited a long time before purchasing this. I am still not sure how I managed to go so long without this tool. It allows me to do so much. For example. I like to look at my notes while I write and this enables me to do that. I can also keep everything separated into its own project. No more mixing up client files on Microsoft word!


I use this to make mind maps when I need. Or as a brain dump to gather my ideas for a project


I would be lost without Evernote. I use this to write down writing ideas and to keep all my notes in one place. I have it on all of my devices so if an idea or inspiration strikes all I have to do it type it in. Plus I can start blog posts with it and have them on all the devices I own.

Microsoft Office

I tried all the free alternatives, but none of them really stuck with me. I broke down and bought a subscription. It is worth the six dollars every month.

iPhone 6 Plus

I had an iPhone 4 for the longest time. I was due for an upgrade so I thought I would treat myself to an iPhone 6 plus. It is one of the best investments I have made this year. I am not sure why I thought every successful blogger should have this phone, but I did. One of the biggest advantages is that I can use my P3 Video relay with it. With is a big screen and 4 G capbitlies I can use it anywhere. Also when I call people I prefer to use my own voice and I can with this program and it does not sound like it is through a bad speakerphone like it does on the computer. At least that is what my family tells me. They better not be lying!


I discovered this, this year. It is a lifesaver. It has EVERYTHING into one program. The only thing I don’t like is the banking program it has, but that is probably cause I don’t know how to use it very well. I will have to spend some more time trying to figure it out.


I use this to keep up with blogs. I have a shit ton of blogs I read so this really helps. Reading blogs is primarily how I get ideas for my own blogs. I love how Feedly works so well I pay for the pro version.


I have a lot of passwords to remember plus I suck at coming up with passwords as it became evident after a creepy ex hacked into some of my accounts. I use this to generate passwords and to store them. I also love their form filler out thingie. No more typing my information in hundreds of times just to leave a comment on a blog.

Remember the Milk

I know an LOT of people swear by Asana and Trello and the like, but I am old school here and swear by Remember the Milk. I love that it ties into Siri on my Iphone so I can just say remind me to blah blah and it will AND it shows up everywhere I have the app installed. MAGIC


As a freelance content writer, it is important that I make everything look perfect. I really dislike the program that comes with Microsoft Word. I feel this is a thousand times better.

Google Apps

I prefer to have all my information in the cloud so I can access it anywhere. I use it to store client files my own files and to use google hangouts and all of that.


What are some tools that you cant live without? Share in the comments!



About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

When books cross over into real life.

Posted March 22, 2011 by Hillary in blogging, ramblings, reading, self help, Writing / 0 Comments

When most people read it is to escape reality and to delve into a good story. However there are some books that propose to provide a richer life out side of books. Flow was such a book. I reviewed it a while ago and one thing has stuck out to me in all of that time. It mentioned that chess players engage in physical activity to strengthen their mind. At first, I was like, how can that help strengthen your brain? My laziness knows no bounds. I will be the first to try and get out of anything resembling purposeful movement.

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago. My attention was waning and my writers block was so bad that I could hardly write my own name. I had heard of writers and other people say that daily exercise cures both aliments. Of course up until then I never actually listened.Then one month into my writers block, when I despaired of ever writing anything again I decided to give walking a try. It wasn’t the magic cure all but slowly it was as my brain was disengaging itself and starting to function again,ideas began to come and I can focus for more than an hour at a time.

What amazes me is that the more I exercise my body the stronger my brain becomes.And not only that but I have really really realllly bad anxiety and it get in the way of writing also. Walking has helped more than medication has ever did. Plus it does not put me to sleep.

And to think I would have never even thought of adding in walking had I not read a book about inducing happiness first. When people say they dislike reading or do not have the time for it, I always remind them that they will be richer and better off for it. There is so much to learn out there. Even fiction can teach you valuable things through the power of a good story.


About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Sunday Salon

Posted March 20, 2011 by Hillary in blogging, reading, Sunday Salon / 0 Comments


This week I started reading The Boneshaker and feel in love with it.I have been trying to read it slow to savor it then I found out there is a sort of a series. I know I said no more books from the library until I read all that I already checked out but I couldn’t help myself. I went and order both droughtnaought and Clementine.

Speaking of Libraries, since I am too poor to buy books at this point in time and I get all my books from the library, I see people taking pictures of what they bought and stuff and I get jealous. So I decided to implement a new feature. Library Loot (the link will take you to the first post I wrote this week). This will enable me to show off what I got at the library and hopefully will give readers a better taste of my very eclectic reading style.

I have been looking for more eclectic reading blogs. It sometimes seems the whole bookblogging community is blogging about young adult and while I read them from time to time I thought it would be nice to find bloggers such as I who reads a whole verity of things. So if you are an eclectic  blogger or knows someone who is please let me know.

I am going to spend the day reading The Boneshaker. I think I feel in love with steampunk genre. I will probably finish it either today or tomorrow.

What is everyone else reading today?

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About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!