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Renovations in progress and a freebie

Renovations on blog and free 2 Timothy 1:7 printable | bible verse printable | free printable | bible study | Jesus | God | Holy Spirit

Hi friend, got your cuppa coffee ready for today’s chat? I will wait till you have that steaming cup of goodness before I continue… Oh, you are a tea girl?! That’s okay too… 😊 I am currently loving Biedouw Valley Rooibos Tea & Vanilla Flavour.

Last week I shared some of the renovations that I want to do on the blog. If you are not sure what I am talking about, you can read about it here. The whole week I was pondering what else I can add to my blog that would add value to my readers’ overall experience. It also got me thinking, what makes me go back to my favorite bloggers every other day? Mmmm….

After a few minutes of thinking, I made a list of things that make me go back to a blog every time:

  1. They have valuable information that is relevant to my needs or interests
  2. The blog is filled with beautiful photos.
  3. Sometimes they offer me something for free (i.e. free printable)
  4. They have a captivating newsletter that I can follow to keep me up to date with their latest news.
  5. The blog is easy to navigate – I like simplicity and clean lines
  6. The way they write makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, you’re a friend, not a stranger.

Which of these points listed do I like the most… FREE STUFF of course!! Who doesn’t like free stuff? With the economy being the way it is, we are looking for more and more places to save. And with my love for things being organized and pretty, free printable lists and beautiful quotes do come in handy to spruce up one’s place. Am I right or am I right?

This Bible verse printable that I made is also one of my favorites and made me overcome my silly fears of hitting the publish button on my blog.You can download an Afrikaans or English version. Or Both 😉

free download at coffeewithnadine.com2 Timothy 1:7 English         |         2 Timothy 1:7 Afrikaans

Other renovations that are on its way:

A new Facebook and/or Instagram page. I am not going to focus on every social media platform that is available. I simply don’t have the time. But I do know that social media is important to grow and to get noticed by companies, so it is definitely on my to-do list.

One more renovation that I am extremely excited about: a free resource library on the blog.😊 I am not sure if it will be ready at the end of this month, but I will try my best to have it up and running as soon as possible.The library will be filled over time with worksheets, checklists, quotes, and a few wedding related freebies.

Let me know what type of printables you are looking for to make your life easier, and I will see what I can do to help you out!

Till our next coffee

Nadine

My progress at a thing called blogging

my blogging progress, update,

Hi there! Do you have a cup of coffee so we can have a little heart to heart about this thing called blogging? Okay, you ready? I have been blogging for on and off about 4 months now, and I must say, I am a bit disappointed in myself. Don’t get me wrong, I actually really enjoy the whole process. Writing the content, finding photos (that’s free) that will go with the blog posts and put it all together. I’ve found it immensely boost my creativity in writing, and when I hit that publish button I feel a sense of accomplishment.

“Why are you disappointed in yourself Nadine, if you actually like blogging?” well let me fill you in:

Firstly, because I don’t spend near as much time on blogging as I want to. My time is limited, because of my full-time job and after work, I sometimes just don’t feel like doing anything. Weekends are filled with other social obligations or I am not in the mood.  Ultimately, I need to come up with a plan to spend more time on the blog.

Secondly, I don’t have the finances, or circumstances prohibit me, to do some of the projects that I want to blog about. I want to get some home organizing and decor things on the blog as well. These topics also lie close to my heart. Like I explained in this blog post, I live with my mom. 

Thirdly, I feel a bit limited by my blog’s overall look and lack of knowledge of the technical things of running a good blog. Let me elaborate; I have a free theme and even though I liked it, in the beginning, I feel that it falls short of what I want to achieve and let my readers feel when they visit the blog. At the moment, it is missing something.

And lastly, I am such a perfectionist and thus plans more than doing = procrastination. I want to do things perfectly from the beginning and I forget that I am a beginner and that I cannot compare my skills to someone who has been blogging for a longer than I have.

So now that the pity party is over, I will tell you what I plan on doing to improve my overall blogging skills.

#goals:

  1. I will set aside time for blogging. ‘Quality over Quantity’ is key here, so I will strive to put out posts that I feel are worth it and not just posting for the sake of posting.
  2. I want to write posts about things that is going on in my life and that might help other women.
  3. Even though I cannot afford a premium theme, I am already busy on thinking how to rebrand my blog and give it a proper color palate, so that everything will feel more cohesive. And when I have money to buy a premium theme, everything will just fall into place.
  4. Somewhere on my laptop, I have a great ebook from Abby Lawson about setting up your blog. The book is gathering virtual dust, so it is time to dust it off and go through it again. I want to implement some of her advice so that the blog runs more efficiently.

I explained why I started a blog in this blog post

Let me know what you do to run your blog more efficiently.

Till our next coffee