Thoughts By Natalie » blog tips honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:00:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blogging + Legal Stuff Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:00:08 +0000 Okay, I debated whether to write about this or not but then realized I was being crazy and decided that of course I needed to share. I recently read an article on BlogHer called, “Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don’t Own on Your Blog” and it totally freaked me out. If the title isn’t clear enough, here’s the reality from the author of the post herself: It doesn’t matter… if you link back to the source and list the photographer’s name if the picture is not full-sized if you did it innocently if your site is non-commercial and you made no money from the use of the photo if you didn’t claim the photo was yours if you’ve added commentary in addition to having the pic in the post if the picture is embedded and not saved on your server if you have a disclaimer on your site if you immediately take down a pic if someone sends you a DMCA notice (you do have to take it down, but it doesn’t absolve you.) NONE OF THAT releases you from liability. You are violating copyright if you have not gotten express PERMISSION from the copyright ...]]> 18 Blog Planning 101 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:00:06 +0000 Since many of you have asked for more blogging tips here on Thoughts By Natalie, I figure I might as well just give you what you want ;) Who knew so many of you were bloggers? I love it! Anyway, today I’m sharing a tip that’s super simple, and actually something that I’m just starting to do and wishing I started years ago. I guess better late than never, right? For years, I’ve been keeping track of my editorial calendar and blog ideas using a combination of Google spreadsheets, emails to myself, and notes on my work notepad. It’s obviously been working for me, as I have a blog that has regular content that seems to make sense, but beyond that it’s pretty chaotic. I don’t know how it’s 2014 and I’m just starting this, but here’s the new system: a blog planning binder! This is what you’ll need… BLOG CONTENT PLANNER Love that content planner in the photo? Download it at The Native New Yawker and print out a bunch. I love the way it’s organized and how clean it looks! Plus, the fonts are nice :) BINDER Obviously this is a personal choice, as everyone has different preferences. ...]]> 15 How To Make A 2013 Best Moments On Instagram Video Sat, 28 Dec 2013 16:29:07 +0000 You may have noticed a little trend happening on Instagram right now—everyone seems to have made a “best moments of 2013″ video, highlighting their most liked posts. After seeing a few of these, I started getting curious and decided to find out how to make one myself (since it definitely wasn’t made through Instagram). Since some of you might be in the same boat, I thought I’d help you out and share my findings. The good news is that it’s really, really simple: STEP ONE Visit in your web browswer and sign in using your Instagram login info. STEP TWO You may see a pop-up that invites you to make the video—if so, click “get it.” If the pop-up doesn’t show, you can also click on “snapshots” from the top navigation, then under the box that says “2013 Best Moments on Instagram” box that has a camera icon at the top of it), just type in your email and click “send.” STEP THREE The video will be emailed to you in .mp4 format, that can then be saved anywhere you like. Note that it may take an hour or so for the video to arrive. STEP FOUR Then, post ...]]> 30 Saying No To Overwhelm Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:40:11 +0000 Time has been flying by and I completely forgot to tell you about something exciting I’m participating in this month! A little while ago, Hilary from Dean Street Society asked me to be a part of what she’s calling the “Happy Hour Blog Tour“—30 days of interviews and discussions among bloggers to start the conversation about her new book The 4-Part Entrepreneur Cocktail. I’m so honored to be included in this! Yesterday Becca from The Dabblist shared some lessons learned, and tomorrow we’ll hear from The Yogipreneur. But right now, I’m going to share about part 4 of the cocktail: saying no to overwhelm (a feeling I’m super prone to!)… Q: How do you find the hours in your week for blogging? What does it usually mean saying no to in order to keep up with your blog? If I’m completely honest, I never feel like there is enough time to get everything done that I want to—blogging and otherwise. I consider myself to be a rather efficient person, yet there is always more I could do for the blog, more chores I could do before I go to bed, more freelance projects I could pick up, more coffee dates ...]]> 15 How To Switch From Blogger To Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:35:59 +0000 Now that I’ve officially launched my brand new WordPress site, I’m following through on my promise to share a guide with all of you bloggers out there who might want to do the same. Below are the steps I took to move my blog from Blogger to a self-hosted site on SIGN UP FOR HOSTING SERVICES I did mine through BlueHost because they have good rates, excellent customer service and the option to cancel at any time. More importantly (to me, at least) is that they prohibit pornography, nudity, and other adult content on their servers—I love them so much for that, I had to support them! Hosting comes with a free domain, and since you already have a blog domain (and a blog that is live right now that you don’t want to mess up), just choose a domain name that can serve as a temporary URL while you get your new blog set up. I recommend registering for 36 months at $3.95 per month (which is $142.20 upfront). This is the best deal cost-wise, especially since there is no contract and you can cancel at any time. NOTE: If you were planning on changing your domain name ...]]> 9