My Resolution for 2014!

Hi blogging world! I started this blog in 2011 just as a personal goal and to also familiarize myself with WordPress for my career. I was a Social Media Manager for a major movie studio in Los Angeles. (Insert awesome job and Hollywood experience here). In the 9 months of consistently blogging I had 500+ Facebook fans and over 45,000 views. I was at a good pace and started hosting mini ads on my site (I apologize if they bother you– what’s a girl to do?!) Most of the content I was posting was girly stuff from Pinterest and people liked it for the most part. Being a female in her 20’s I think it’s safe to say that you evolve and grow every year.

Radio silence happened in 2013 and I did not write any blog posts. I stopped blogging because I didn’t have “time.” Such a LAME excuse, I know! I also went through a huge career change and moved to the east coast to regroup on some things. Quarter life crisis you could say.

However things have started off very bright for 2014. I recently came back from a 15 day vacation from St. Barths, Anguilla, and St. Maarten. I got stuck in San Juan for 5 days due to the below freezing cold weather! I shouldn’t complain because I got a free flight from Jet blue and didn’t have to feel the cold weather. I was literally yachting and partying with billionaires of the world. Think of that show on E! “Below Deck.” I witnessed ginormous, expensive bottles of champagne being sprayed and people raking the sand on the beach for Persian families. It was not real life but a crazy experience to say the least.

On the trip we talked about our NYE resolutions which made me think about blogging again (and becoming a spin instructor). Sooo my 2014 New Years resolution is to blog more often and more about content that’s true to who I am as a person. I also changed the subtitle of my blog to: “I blog about stuff I buy, content I like and things I do.” I also just downloaded the WordPress mobile app which makes it so much easier to blog! I highly suggest downloading it 🙂


Here’s a few pics from vaycay as well! And yes that’s P Diddys boat!







Which Blogging Platform Should I Use?

63% of people have a social media resolution for 2012… mine was —60 blog posts and I’m obsessed! Many ask what platform I am using or how they should start their own blog. Excuse the tech talk, but I do not know a lick of coding whatsoever–blogging can be as basic or as complex as you would like. Forget the jibberish 23035ssss4<239sgjlden>9058<der.

I use WordPress because it’s very popular and pretty basic. So is Tumblr. Of course, these two platforms are very different.WordPress can be hosted by WordPress or self-hosted on your own server and offers an immense amount of control. Tumblr is only hosted by Tumblr and is kind of a cross between blogging and Twitter. If you were only choosing between the two, you’d go with WordPress if you wanted to write more long-form posts and Tumblr if you just wanted to post neat things you find online (or, on occasion, create yourself). But you’re not choosing between just two platforms. You have a wide number of options that do the same thing as these two platforms, plus you’ve got a variety of choices in the middle. Posterous, for example, is very similar to both.

Before you take a look at your options, there are a few things you’re going to want to answer these questions (or at least keep them in mind as you read your options:

  1. Do I want to install, configure, and host my blog myself, or would I rather rely on a hosted service?
  2. Do I want to create my own blog theme, or am I satisfied with using or customizing an existing theme?
  3. Do I want to be able to install custom plug-ins or am I satisfied with the functionality that is built-in to the platform I choose?
  4. Will I be writing more long-form posts or posting cool things I find online? Or do I need to be able to do both?
  5. Do I want others to be able to comment on my post and interact with my content in a social way, or do I just want to be able to have a place to post my writing where people can read it and nobody can bother me?
  6. Am I willing to pay for this blogging platform?

Your Blogging Platform Options

This is, by no means, a full list of your options, but rather a list of the ones that cover the majority of blogging needs. Each option comes with a brief explanation of its strengths and what type of blogger it would benefit most.


Which Blogging Platform Should I Use?

Tumblr is a free social blogging platform that’s designed to take most of the effort out of actually blogging. Initially, blogging meant writing. On Tumblr, it means sharing something cool that you found online and occasionally attaching a caption. That doesn’t mean Tumblr can’t handle original content as well, but it’s not designed for anyone who is looking to create a long-form blog. If you simply want to share neat stuff and have a social network built-in to your blog so you can easily interact with other users, Tumblr is the way to go.

Which Blogging Platform Should I Use?

Asaph is a microblog platform like Tumblr that you host yourself. It’s very, very simple. You add content via a bookmarklet. You can create your own themes or use the few that are included. If you like the idea of Tumblr but want an open-source option so you have full control, Asaph is what you’re looking for.

Posterous Spaces
Which Blogging Platform Should I Use?

If Tumblr is a bit too simple for you, but you still want simple, Posterous Spaces is a great choice. It simply lets you post what you want and interprets the content you provide it. You can post from the Posterous site, but you can also just email everything you want to put on your blog. It’ll turn photos into galleries and convert video into a player as well. It’s a great option if you want simplicity, don’t need a lot of control, but need the versatility to post short- and long-form content alike.


Which Blogging Platform Should I Use?

Squarespace is a paid blogging platform that offers easily customizable themes, as well as the option for people well-versed in CSS to create their own. Squarespace is more versatile than your average blogging platform, however, as it’s completely capable of creating web sites as well. The entire interface is web-based, and it’s pretty easy to learn. (If you need help learning they offer a great set of tutorials.) Basically, Squarespace was designed to create really nice web sites very quickly and easily without the need for the end user to have to figure out where to host their software, how to install it, and how to best set it up. As a result you pay for that convenience—a minimum of $12 per month and lose some control over what you can do with your blog/web site and how it can be customized. That said, if you’re only looking to host one site and you want to make something more complex than your programming skills allow, Squarespace is the platform for you.

Which Blogging Platform Should I Use?

WordPress is pretty well-known as the most popular blogging software around. It has that reputation because it is really great. It’s easy to get your blog started if you choose a hosting service, and even if you host WordPress yourself there are hosts (such asDreamHost) that offer one-click installations of the software. WordPress offers over one-thousand free themes, and there are many great themes you can buy. It’s also easy to create your own theme, even if you don’t know much about writing code. (You will need to learn a little CSS, though.) If you do know how to code, however, you can add custom functions to your themes, create plug-ins, and use WordPress to do virtually anything you want. It’s a very strong platform and always a solid choice for those reasons. If you’re looking to write more long-form posts and create a more traditional blog without too much effort, WordPress is probably your best option. While it isn’t designed for short-form blogging, it’s certainly versatile enough to work that way if you take the time to customize it.


Which Blogging Platform Should I Use?
Habari is an excellent, lesser-known blogging platform written in PHP. It’ll require manual installation and a lot of work on your part if you want a completely custom blog—and you will, because the existing theme options could be a bit better. Although Habari is not as popular as WordPress, it still has plenty of plug-ins and an amazing amount of functionality built-in. It offers one of the best admin sections/post editors you’ll ever use and includes full keyboard control. It’s the most versatile and customizable solutions of anything on this list, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Habari isn’t difficult to use, but to get the most out of it you’ll want some programming experience. If you want full control over your blog with the help of a great content management system, Habari is the way to go.

Hope this helps you make your decision. Happy blogging!

Source: Lifehacker