Friday Favorites, vol. 31

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// This satire Brita wrote for the F Work Link-Up this month (which is still open for submissions until Thursday by the way) is a hilarious take on women changing their names when they get married. If that’s something you want to do, then that’s wonderful. But I also seen nothing wrong with keeping your name – my mom did, and in fact she gave it to me as a middle name, and I’m fairly certain that I’ll keep my last name if and when I get married.

// This week, I partnered with BlogHer in a several-months long project with PRI. Throughout the rest of the year, you’ll see me sharing #womenslives posts on Twitter and Facebook, and writing about those same issues here on this blog. The project is designed to highlight the contributions women make to our society and the difficulties that we face every day as a result of sexism. This is, without a doubt, the feminist journalistic experience I never knew I was searching for, and I’m so excited to be a part of it!

// Want to grow your social media presence in 2015? Make sure you’re making the strongest impact at the right times with this great post from Lauren.

// We all know what Google Analytics is, and most of us probably have it installed and check it (fairly) regularly. I know I do. But with these great tools introduced to us by Elsie and Emma you can track more than just your daily page views.

Friday Favorites, vol. 30

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// Wondering how you can get to know some of the bloggers in your area? Madison has some great tips on how to plan a meetup in your area!

// Everyone wants to know what the best apps are to download on their iPhones, iPads, and i-anything else, so Jana has a great post on the apps she loves the most.

// Is one of your goals for 2015 to write more? Kate and Amber have launched an awesome writer’s group to keep everyone motivated and inspired this year.

Friday Favorites, vol. 29

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// Blogging can seem like a bit of a competition sometimes, especially when your numbers aren’t adding up the way you feel like they should be. And it can be easy to use that to fuel jealousy of other bloggers, but like Madison points out in this post, more than anything we need to support one another as bloggers.

// For most of us, blogging is a hobby, meaning that we also have full-time jobs and/or school and other things taking up our time. Finding the time to write quality posts can seem impossible on top of all that, especially around this time of year with the holidays. Sophie has a few tips to make that struggle a little less of…well…a struggle.

// Friends is officially on Netflix, and I’m pretty excited to finally be getting to see all those episodes that didn’t air on TBS regularly, since I was too young to watch the show when it was still on.

// We all use Bloglovin‘, but how much do we really know about it? If you’re as unsure how to answer that question as I am, you’ll want to check out this great post from Lauren with all the things bloggers need to know about Bloglovin’.

Friday Favorites, vol. 28

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// We all know Bloglovin‘ is great for following the blogs you love to read, but according to Elle it’s a lot more than that.  Here are the things every blogger should know about why Bloglovin’ is great for your blog, and how to use it to your best advantage.

// Last week, my dad called and told me that some amazing artists (including one of my favorites, Mumford and Sons) had gotten together and put music to some of Bob Dylan’s writing which he had never turned into songs.  All of the songs have been put together on a CD titled Lost on the River.  The result is pretty awesome, and this is one of my favorites from the CD.

// Do you know if your blog is a hobby or a business?  Daisy can help you figure that out!

// Now that 2014 is winding to a close, we’re looking back over the last 12 months, and some of the things we’ve learned since last year.  Check out these five things Jenny has learned about creativity in the last year

// How gorgeous are these fonts?  And they’re free too!  Dinosaur Stew curated a bunch of gorgeous free script fonts along with the links to download them, and I’m pretty much in love.  Which is your favorite?

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Friday Favorite, vol. 27

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// Tumblr.  For a year or so in college I loved this site and then at some point, I just kind of stopped checking it.  Recently though, I made a new account and am back in action.  Do you have a Tumblr?  I’d love to follow along!

// Feeling uninspired lately? Jenny shares this great post filled with her go-to inspirations!

// I’ve always loved spoon rings, and I’d love to make my own.  For the most part, I’m too lazy to attempt something that not-easy in terms of crafts/art, but if I ever do try it – this tutorial from Caitlin at The Merrythought is perfect!

// A really important reminder from Mary that not being in a relationship does not make you wrong, or mean that you need help. Being single is not a bad thing, or something that you should apologize for.

Friday Favorites, vol. 26

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// This gorgeous new blog layout that Elle designed for me! In a matter of a few days, she got this awesome site up and running and filled with my favorite color: yellow.

Elle is gearing up to start designing other blogs, and if you’re looking for an affordable designer she’s perfect for the job! Head on over and check out what she’s offering.

// Have you ever had a great idea for a blog post, only to realize that somebody else has already written about that? Jenny knows the feeling, and she’s got some tips.

// I was recently introduced to the beauty that is Shane Koyczan’s spoken word poetry, and I’m in love.  If you haven’t heard of him, you should check him out.  But first, start with this great piece – one of my favorites so far.

// Have you linked up for fifth installment of The F Word Link Up yet? This month Elle and I are talking about sexism in the media, and so far we’ve gotten some incredible posts linked up, like this one from Lynsey.

If you haven’t linked up yet, you have until Thursday to get your feminist posts – on media or anything else your feminist heart desires – written and linked!

// If you’re like me and have a million things going on right now, you might be trying to figure out how best to get it all done without falling apart or forgetting something.  If that sounds about right, you’ll want to check out this awesome post from Daisy.

Linking up with Crystal from The Happy Type for the fourth installment of her Currently Loving Link-Up

Friday Favorites, vol. 25

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// I get super excited whenever I see a blogger sharing a list of post ideas, and then am almost always disappointed when the “ideas” are “write a list” or “share a few photos.”  If you feel that way too, then you’ll love this post from Elle & Co. with 50 no-fluff blog post ideas!

// Have you entered Elle’s first ever giveaway yet? We’re giving away a bunch of great e-books, so if you’re a book-lover you’re not going to want to miss this!

// I finally saw the movie If I Stay, and it was so so good! If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s worth checking out.

// If you’re like me and need some time alone on a regular basis, or if you just feel like your weekends are getting too busy, you’ll want to check out this post from Chloe on how to say “no” without sounding like a jerk.

// Ready for Black Friday shopping? ALL She is Fierce ad spaces are 40 percent off now through Monday with the code BLACKFRIDAY

Friday Favorites, vol. 24

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// I’m so excited to be linking up with Crystal this week for her first ever Currently Loving Link-Up!  I love reading Crystal’s blog, and getting to see all the great links bloggers share each Friday.  This link-up is perfect because it gives me an easy way to find all the links people are sharing each week!

// Project Runway.  Yep – I’ve never seen it before, but my roommate had me watching it last night and I admit, I’m a little obsessed.  But maybe that’s because I haven’t seen Alyssa Milano since Charmed and that’s pretty exciting in itself.

// If you don’t understand the satire in this, I’m here to tell you: it’s. a. joke.  And I love every last second of it.

I know a lot of Taylor Swift fans are upset about her new CD because they feel like she’s selling out.  First, growing up does not equal selling out. She’s not 17 anymore, so you can’t really expect her to be writing the same music she did five years ago; and I can say that from experience because if you were to read the things I wrote in high-school, you wouldn’t believe that I was the person who wrote them.  And even if that weren’t the reasoning behind a change in music, even if she is doing it because she’s conforming to a more popular genre, so what? Why does that make her a bad artist? If anything, it makes her a smart businesswoman. Second, everyone was up in arms when all the woman wrote about was ex-boyfriends (and I admit, I made fun too – my first reaction to 22 was oh my God it’s not about a boy), but now that she’s writing about something different you’re upset that her music changed.

// Are you a writer trying to make it as a freelancer?  You need to read this letter Anastasia wrote on A Little Opulent.

// I spent four years waitressing, and let me just say that my back has never hurt as much as it does now, working a desk job.  Granted, my desk has a strange shape which prevents me from pulling my chair fully in – which leaves me leaning forward to reach the keyboard.  But these stretches for anyone working a desk job, from Holly guest posting on A Cup of Jo are my new favorite.

So tell me: what are you loving this week?

Friday Favorites, vol. 23

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// In live, there are some things worth fighting for.  Of anyone, I definitely subscribe to that belief and I think this blog can be pretty good proof of that.  If something is really important to you, it’s more than worth taking a stand on.  Sometimes though, like Crystal says in this wonderful post, it’s not worth the fight.

// Feeling like your blog posts are in a bit of a rut, or you’re posting the same content a lot? Kenzie has some great tips on ways to mix it up with your blog content.

// If you’re having trouble focusing and getting your work done (and let’s be honest – we all do!), Tess has some great tips on making more use of your time WITHOUT distractions.

// Not sure what book to read next? This list is a great start!

Friday Favorites, vol. 22

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// Ever wished you knew the ins and outs of how successful bloggers make money off of their online businesses? Regina is sharing her secrets, and they’re SO helpful! Not only does she talk about resources and tools that have really helped, she tells her readers exactly what she did – what worked, and what didn’t, and what she plans to change next month.

// Have you heard of the Whiteness Project?  I hadn’t until Marielle wrote about it, and I love how she discussed this difficult topic.  I’m still struggling to understand people who think that white privilege is a myth, but I guess this interview Jon Stewart had with Bill O’Reilly proves that there really are people out there insisting that it’s basically the tooth fairy.

//That Fleetwood Mac concert I went to Wednesday night? Yeah…it was freaking amazing! I think I’ll be listening to primarily Fleetwood Mac for a while…

// Have you heard of The Skimm? It’s a daily email newsletter that summarizes the day’s top news headlines for you. I signed up months ago, but usually ended up deleting the emails without really reading much.  Lately though, that’s one more thing that my commute has gotten me into doing is reading those emails every day.

So what are you loving this week?