Psst, it’s Melissa here. I want to tell you something… Blogging sucks.
Okay, I kid. I kid. It’s actually loads of fun, incredibly rewarding and oh-so empowering.
But it’s also hard work and a continual learning process. And that can sometimes suck when you’re running in cyber circles, not knowing where to find the answers (or even the right questions to ask). Well…
Blog Clarity exists for you and your answer-seeking self, covering everything from blogging to social media to writing tips.
You want your blog to grow.
You want to build an audience.
You want to work with brands.
This blog hands you tools, advice, tutorials and inspiration to make all that happen… by helping you shine with bloggy greatness.
Gimmicky blog promotion and trickery aren’t my thing, so you won’t see any voodoo social media magic here. What you will find is real, can-do advice geared to both the blogger just starting out and the blogger who’s been around a while. This blog is for ANY lady who wants to improve her blog, one stellar step at a time.
You’ll find some killer resources around these parts, including my popular online course Content Brew, which gives you an editorial calendar and planning process to last all your blogging days. But before I get to that, let me tell you a little about me.
I’m a marketing communications chick, For Dummies book author, sometimes designer and boy wrangler (don’t worry- I mean my two kids). I have a crush on social media, but I know when to put my phone down too. During my 13 year career in marcomm (that’s marketing communications), I’ve written content for numerous websites, managed creative teams and even worked on commercials with the late Leslie Nielsen. I currently work part-time as the Social Media Community Manager for a large natural beauty company.
Blog Clarity began on my other blog, Adventuroo, after seeing that blogging moms craved knowledge to improve their blogs. I had a light bulb moment and realized my marcomm know-how could apply to blogging too. In early 2014, I changed this blog’s name from Momcomm to Blog Clarity, so you might see little remnants of Momcomm here and there. In addition to being here on the blog, you might find me speaking at a conference. Some of my past speaking gigs:
- Type A Parent Conference- September 2013: Co-presenter on The Reality of Writing a Book with Jill Smokler from Scary Mommy
- Type A Parent Conference- June 2012: Co-presenter on Blog Design with Laurie Smithwick and Brittany Van der Linden
- Illuminate- September 2012: Fire Up Authority and Authenticity through Blogging and Facebook
- Bloggy Boot Camp- October 2011: How to Get Readers to Talk Back
If you think I’d rock at speaking at your conference, give me a shout and let’s talk.
That One Time I Wrote a Book
Lookie! That’s my book, Blog Design for Dummies. This book brings good blog design within everyone’s reach, covering topics like:
- Basic design principles that every blogger should know
- CSS coding that can be used to create a design that gets noticed
- How to select the perfect colors, fonts and imagery for your design
- Why smart navigation matters and how to achieve it
If you’re curious, download a free chapter on my Facebook page to peek at what’s inside.
Why You’re Really Here
Okay, okay, I know you’re ready to soak up some blogging knowledge. So if it’s knowledge you seek, it’s knowledge I give…
Posts that Are Good for Your Brain
To get you started, I rounded up some of Blog Clarity’s finest. These three posts are the ones that made me famous. Okay, I’m not really famous, but you get the idea.
These posts make up three of my often-pinned blog posts (that last one was an awesome guest post by a blogger with over 200,000 Pinterest followers). No, that is not a typo.
Become a Editorial Calendar Wielding Master
If you’re feeling studious, then join nearly 500 bloggers and take my online course, Content Brew (now self-paced). You’ll learn how to plan & create fresh content ideas for your blog, Facebook and Twitter. You’ll also learn ways to find content to share and tools to make doing all of this easier. See what the fuss is about by reading over 40 reviews from past Brewers.
Find Out Which Tools and Plugins Will Make Your Blog Want to Hug You
And one more little something for you. With so many blogging tools and plugins out there, it’s hard to know which ones are the gems and which are the duds. Join the email list and get my free e-book where I share the resources I use to run this place.