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Were you BORN to blog: Part 5

Hey there! I don’t have much time today so I am actually multi-tasking! Reading my chapters and creating this post. I have to be completely honest…I am actually going to be skipping over a few chapters of Born to Blog. I was reading over the weekend and something suddenly wasn’t clicking. As I was reading I had no idea how I wanted to write about it…

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It’s funny because the next two chapters from where I left off last week are about YOUR business & BLOGGING. Hmmm kinda does seem like a priority don’t ya think? Sometimes you just nees to step back, take a different direction, & learn to NOT overcomplicate things. Funny thing is that is what the next chapter of Born to Blog is about: Keeping your blog at a minimum! I loved this chapter so much.
It is not unusual to want every detail laid out for perfection BUT keep in mind it is also okay to change your direction. As long as you stay consistent (which I am working on being better at) & hook your readers you can keep it as simple as possible!

Let me give you a little personal and honest insight: My blog is pretty bare and basic at this point. Why have I kept it this way? I feel as though I am still going through a “test run” period if that makes sense. I wanna make sure this is where I want my time and effort to be going. I know that sounds like I lack confidence but before I put MORE time and any money I want to be able to keep up with my weekly minimum. And I am having a blast because I have learned SO much from all of the new friends I have made from the blogging scene. But before I slowed sown a bit and created my own post calendar I did some rapid publishing, which I highly recommend. What I mean by this is posting as many posts as possible during a short amount of time to gain quick experience & exposure. This way right from the beginning you can receive feedback from readers so you can have a good idea of what they like and want to see more of! I did this through the Alex Beadon Feel Good Challenge!

This is pretty much the jist of this chapter. Feel out what kind of content you wanna produce, how much content you wanna produce, your audience, your platform, etc. Identify YOUR blogging skills: Remember there were 5! There is a quiz to find out what you are. (I will leave details on how to receive that below) As you start out you want to begin to build momemtum! How can you so this? Do not be afraid to post links back to your blog on Facebook or Instagram: I do all the time! Your audience is more then the bloggers on the same platform as you. Some of your readers may not be bloggers at all! My Mom told me she is always reading my content 🙂

So my biggest and best advice I have learned through both business and blogging is: KISS!

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P.S. If you are interested in taking a look at the quiz to see what YOUR blogging characteristics may be feel free to email me (brookeashley0319@gmail.com) OR message me on Facebook (Brooke Ducati)

Much love,
Brooke Ashley xoxox

Were you BORN to blog: Part 2


If you can dream… —> Then you can blog.

If you can tell a story… —> Then you can blog.

If you have opinions & passion… —> Then you can blog.

If you can answer your readers questions… —> Then you can blog.

(Were almost there!)

If you enjoy categorizing, critiquing, creating & managing…guess what? —> Your ready to blog!


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Well here we in week 2 of my first book series. Just to refresh I have started to read the book: Born to Blog by Mark Schaefer & Standford Smith. I received tons of great feedback from last week & it made me very anxious to share what I have read over the past few days! This week I read chapters 3 & 4. Now remember I am not going to share everything that was discussed and written (that is for YOU to do on your own time!) I will be sharing what I thought was most important or what MY biggest take away was. So what was it?

If you couldn’t already tell from above, this week was all about “Can you blog?” Well there is a simple…YES anyone can blog! That’s it. Post over.

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Kidding your not getting away that easy. There is a good chance you are sitting here right now and still have no idea what your purpose is OR if this whole blogging thing is even for you. Well let me tell ya something, ANYONE is capable of having power on the web. Mark & Standford even used those exact words in chapter 3.

Anyone can produce posts & be a blogger. Whether we are good at it or not every single one of us  have the capability to create writing material. BUT the number one thing that sets you apart (or at least in my opinion) from everyone else is PERSONALITY. You need to find your voice. No matter what you are discussing (business, recipes, DIY projects, makeup, fashion, etc) you want other bloggers & readers admire what you are talking about so they will want to come back for more!


Who are you?

Who are you at this moment in time?

People wanna know YOU.

The web is crowded and YOU need to stand out.

Can you do that?


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When writing your next post DO THIS simple task. Always, always, always relate whatever it is your discussing to a personal or unique experience. It can be difficult but adding a personal touch sets you apart from the other person who may be writing about the same exact thing. Someone may connect with you over the John Doe. make sense?

P.S. If you couldn’t already tell PERSONALITY means everything to me and my writing! 🙂

P.S.S. Please keep your book recommendations coming! See ya next Tuesday! 

Much love,

Brooke Ashley xoxox

Were you BORN to BLOG: Part 1

Happy Tuesday bloggers! I am super excited for this next segment that I will be starting. A few Fridays ago I was looking for a new place to work so I went to the local Barnes and Noble. I looked around aimlessly and discovered an awesome book. I decided to take it to the Starbucks, grab a coffee, and dive in. Before I knew it I was more then halfway done the book and was overwhelmed with information! What was this book? It’s called “Born to Blog” by Mark W. Schaeffer & Standford A. Smith. Soooo needless to say it inspired me for this blog.

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I wanna take every Tuesday and work through the current book I am reading. And when I say that I don’t wanna cram one book per week, I want to actually take the time and break the book down and share the information with you all 🙂 (in so many words…I don’t wanna spoil ALL the juicy info…you can read it for yourself) PLUS, this will help keep me accountable to stay on top of reading & feeding my brain! So here we go let’s dive into the Intro:

What I pulled away with here is that people think blogging is an all or nothing kinda thing, your either good or your bad, you can either write OR you can’t. This is soooo not true, because I myself am certainly not a writer, but hey here I am! The purpose of this book (the authors purpose) is to prove that ANYONE can be a blogger with a little coaching and tweaking of their skills, Mark and Stanford then share 5 traits/skills/characteristics that will help you along your journey! I will share my personal favorite one. ( and you will have to read for yourself to find out the other four)

Relate, Don’t Compare.

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WOW this is so important. We are not here to compete, we are not here to put down one another, we are certainly not here to see who gets more hits, comments, & likes. WE are here to share our strengths and passion, learn from one another, create a network, & have fun. Stay focused on YOU, your story, & purpose.

Then quickly we move into chapter one titled: The Common Traits of Successful Bloggers. My 3 favorite traits I pulled away from this chapter were flexibility, consistency, & courage. After they touched on the actual trait there was a “Take Action” exercise to follow to really get your wheels turning. Let me share one with you so you can see 🙂

The 3rd trait that Mark and Stanford discuss is flexibility. They begin to discuss a man who had published a blog but he was getting ZERO readers, hits, comments…no traffic at all what so ever. Do any of you have this issue? I most certainly did! When I started my blog I did to say “Ooooo let me start a blog, that would be fun!” I had no idea what I was doing. But now I have direction and purpose. The flexibility is about being okay with letting you mind go in a different direction. Maybe you are writing and posting but you know you are capable of better BUT you already started on your way so you can’t change everything you doing now, right? OR can you? So I am going to challenge you right now…


Mark and Stanford ask you to evaluate yourself. After six/nine months of blogging ask yourself these 3 questions:

1. What did you have the most fun writing about? (How can you create MORE of this content)

2. Which of my posts received the MOST feedback and interaction?

3. Are you still having fun writing about these topics? YES, NO, Maybe?


I know I am going to do this for myself come March/ April. At this point I will be about 6 months in since I started blogging again. The authors then go into talking about courage. AND YES believe it or not blogging does require a little bit of courage. One of the hardest decisions we make as bloggers is whether to push the publish button…admit it. I will simply say this: DO NOT strive for perfection. If you do your hand will be stuck on that mouse for a very long time. Mark Schaeffer says, “focus on being GOOD instead of perfect.” It goes back to DON”T COMPARE…there will always be someone better.

So you don’t have to be perfect BUT do you have to be a great writer? Hmmmm. I guess you will have to come back next Tuesday to find out!

Much love,

Brooke Ashley xoxox

P.S. PLEASE begin leaving book suggestions below! They do not have to specifically be about blogging, they can be business, marketing, self-help, etc! I am open to anything 🙂

To those who said I wouldn’t make it!

Hey friends! Wow cannot believe we are coming down to the final days of the #FeelGoodBloggingChallenge! I must say I have finally experienced the ultimate challenge in my writing. But I also thank God for postponing me until today to complete my Day 6 entry. He was pulling me in a completely different direction with this post. (He does that sometimes!)

I was trying so hard to make sense and express my emotions that I wasn’t making any sense at all. Then it hit me like it normally does. How was I to create a post about a time in my life when I felt vulnerable if I didn’t truly have a definition of what it really meant? So after some research on Google and help from my fellow #FeelGoodBloggers I had the confidence to write this post. And that is just it…confidence. Like my picture above “Vulnerability is the cornerstone of confidence.” Confidence to break through the uncertainties of life and overcoming the risk to put yourself out there. I have had many a times where I was unable to BE vulnerable because my confidence was shot down right before my eyes.

From being over weight (uncontrollably by medicine) as a child, to an emotionally abusive relationship in my teens, to now facing the fear of living a lifestyle that is out of the norm (being an internet entrepreneur). I have been told over and over I am not good enough my entire life. As a child it was “Your too fat,” as a teen it was “If you truly loved me you would do this for me…not that,” & now simply…”What are you doing with your life? How do expect success?” As I have gotten older my confidence has been shaken but I have learned to overcome the fears and love myself.

That last part is the most important. LOVE YOURSELF. I will say it again LOVE YOURSELF because that is where your true confidence will develop from. Embrace the person you are and the person you are meant to become AND stay true to YOUR values and beliefs.

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Until about a few months ago I was still hiding behind the insecurities. Unsure if what I was doing was what I wanted to be doing or if it was what I was supposed to be doing. I wasn’t being honest in my words, actions, and most importantly with myself. (This is because of the uncertainty I faced my whole life) I am taking the challenges and the times where I was unable to be vulnerable and finally overcoming them with confidence. The greatest pleasure I am experiencing in my life right now is taking those doubts, negative thoughts & words and doing what people say I could not and cannot do.

I stumbled across this quote and it really hit home and summed up a lot of what I have felt over the years.

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I will keep going. I will keep going with confidence 100% in myself. I will keep going even when I am told I will fail. Failing is good…I embrace it. I will be vulnerable because I am a leader. “All leaders are vulnerable. They have to be in order to influence and inspire.” Thank you for that Ivan Siladji! To be vulnerable I will get over my fears of NOT BEING GOOD ENOUGH & ultimately put myself out there. Will you do the same?

Much love,

Brooke Ashley xoxox

Creativity is CONTAGIOUS…pass it on!

Helloooo Day 5 of #FeelGoodBloggingChallenge! I must say today was the easiest post and I thank Alex for that because it’s Saturday afternoon and I am slowly entering into nap mode…

Today I wanted to share a list that I printed out from Pinterest a few months ago. It really keeps me motivated and keeps me going each and everyday. I am going to share “29 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE,” Well I am sharing 11 of my favorites & I will be attaching the entire list at the bottom 🙂 And no as simple & CREATIVE as this list is I myself did not come up with it. But it has helped me to keep my focus and the object of today is to HELP you the reader! So let’s dive into it!

#1 Make LISTS– Not only do they keep you organized but they are so much fun. I probably enjoy them more then the average person but hey who is to judge

*** My favorite list is the TO-DO list I make for myself each night before I go to bed. I even include the tiny things like painting my nails. It’s the feeling of crossing items off a list that keep you going. You have a sense of accomplishment.

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#2 Carry a NOTEBOOK everywhere- Silly to some people but I honestly do this. Sure I have my memo pad on my phone and tablet but something about writing everything out all of the time keeps me more on task & point. It goes hand in hand with number one. Don’t ask questions just do it 🙂

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#3 Try free WRITING– Now this is something I even need to try and do for myself, it’s very hard. For some odd reason it always has been. I have NEVER been a free writer, not even in Elementary School. And they would look something like this…..oh they got me so frustrated.

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But who’s gonna try and tackle and improve in this area with me?

#4 GET AWAY from the computer- Okay well this one seems silly because we are bloggers & well being on electronic devices is a norm for us. But PLEASEEE take this one seriously and start implementing in your daily routines. It’s so unhealthy for us to constantly be staring at computer and phone screens. Give your poor eyes a break and pick up a book, run, walk, listen to music, etc! (And NO sitting watching a movie and/or TV doesn’t count…)

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#5 Surround yourself with CREATIVE people, #6 Get FEEDBACK, #7 COLLABORATE

*** I wanna group these 3 together and for this specific reason! HEY FRIENDS! That’s what we are here for. Not just to read each others blogs ( I mean yes we are) but we are more then that. Alex brought us all together for a reason. We all have one thing in common. We wanna inspire and bring people together through our work. Whether its for business, pleasure or both. We are not here to compete and see who has the most followers or the most likes and so on. We are here to learn from each other and HELP each other! Am I right? 

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#8 DON’T GIVE UP– Just don’t do it okay. This is my absolute favorite quote to go hand in hand with that. We are all at one point or another gonna reach that moment when we have had enough. Don’t let it break you!

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#9 Get lots of REST– I know you wanna keep going, trust me I have nights where I have SO many great ideas and I just wanna keep pushing along. But at one point or another you NEED to rest. Yeah we know the saying “I’ll sleep when I am dead,” Which is 100% accurate (cause if it wasn’t that would be kinda creepy) BUT you NEED to let your body refuel. Take care of yourself PLEASE you are not a superhuman!

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#10 BREAK THE RULES– I want you to learn the rules SO WELL just so you know how to break them properly. THEN break them so often because you will have a huge advantage over those who are too afraid to take the risk.

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#11 FINISH Something- I know we ALL wanna multitask. Truth is your life will become 10 times easier if you just start a project and FINISH. Well this picture sums it up. Beware the multi-tasker!

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