Friday Favorites, vol. 32

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// Amy Poehler’s book Yes Please. I started reading this on Monday, and while I’m not too far into it yet (helllooo winter and its demotivating effects on..well..everything), I’m loving it! I’ve never been a huge fan of Parks and Rec and to be honest, I rarely watch shows like SNL, but Poehler is hilarious.

// Let’s be honest: writing an about page is one of the hardest things we have to do as bloggers and/or online business owners. At least personally, talking about myself feels really awkward and I’m not sure how to make my life sound interesting. Lucky for us though, Kate has some great tips on how to fix the four most common about page mistakes.

// I absolutely love this J. K. Rowling quote, and the gorgeous image from here.

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//Social media can be hard, especially with so many different platforms to choose from and figure out. It seems like as soon as you figure one out, three new ones pop up and in blogging it can be easy to feel like you need to be on all the sites. But as she always does, Regina has 33 tips on what to do about your social media presence when you want to get serious about your social media presence.

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

Meet the Sponsors: Kristyn from Chits and Giggles Blog

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What I love about Chits and Giggles is how real Kristyn is without making her blog feel like a diary.  Whatever she’s writing about, whether it’s a delicious recipe, how to clean your Keurig, or wedding planning, you know that Kristyn is undeniably the one writing it.

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“Hi there!  I’m Kristyn.  I strive to bring humor along with real life events and personal trials to Chits and Giggles.  The name might sound like all fun and games, but I do touch on serious subjects as well.  I am also a newlywed, 30-something, and an Atlanta native. I am just sharing little bits of my life including all the “Chits” and the “Giggles”…get it?”

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Thoughts from the Art Studio: The Deep Questions

In the months since my college graduation, I’ve spent more time in the art studio than in the last four years combined.  My roommate is an art student taking five studio classes, which means that if I’m ever going to see her, it’s going to be while surrounded by paintings, charcoal-drawn portraits, and ceramics.

I don’t really mind it – I’ve always wished I were better at the arts, and something about being surrounded by it all is inspiring. About watching a blank canvas turned into a still-life painting, or a lump of clay turned into a teapot; it makes me want to create, even if it’s not the same type of creation.

So, as I write this from a rap-filled art studio (a fact about which I wish I were kidding), I’m confronted with certain questions.  I guess you could say I’m inspired to ask the deeper questions about life.

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What do rap lyrics even mean?

As in, other than undertones of sex, drugs, homophobia, and sexism.  When you sit in an otherwise quiet studio listening to Childish Gambino “sing” about “coke up his asscrack,” you’re forced to wonder how that would even happen in a real-life situation.  And why that would make any woman want to have sex with him.  And what “.38 revolve like the sun round the earth,” even means; you do realize it’s actually the opposite, right Jay-Z?

Is a lie really a lie if you mean it at the time?

Okay, this wasn’t my question.  It’s Scroobius Pip’s question, if I’m being honest.  But he raises a good point, and now I’m curious.  I think I’ll have to get back to you with my thoughts on this one…

Actually, Scroobius makes a lot of good points.  He seems to be the answer to my question of whether there’s a single rapper out there whose lyrics make any sense.  But you’ll have to excuse me for being ignorant about it until tonight, because until an hour ago, I didn’t know British Rap was even a thing.

Are our passions genetic?

As I’m sitting here watching my roommate do what she’s wanted to do for as long as I’ve known her, I’m realizing that we’ve both somehow ended up doing exactly what our mothers were doing at our age.   Is that genetic, something we were always going to end up doing? Or just coincidence?  In the end, do we really have any choice as to who we become, or are we all just basically going to become a combination of both of our parents – part shy and curious from my father, part stubborn and determined from my mother.

I’d like to believe that while we are a combination, we’re also from ourselves, something new that doesn’t come entirely from either side.  What about you?  What do you think?

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// The 2nd season of Hemlock Grove aired on Netflix today, which means that if at any point this weekend you’re unsure of where I am – I’m probably binge-watching.  It also means that right now, I have my screen split: Hemlock Grove on the left, blog post on the right.

// This quote.

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// This really cool DIY from But First, Coffee.  I love canvas prints, and have been looking for a way of making one that doesn’t involve my terrible handwriting with a paintbrush.

// The secret project Marielle and I are coming up with for next month.  I am so excited, so stay tuned for details!

// This amazing poem

She is Fierce is Now Accepting Sponsors!

So you want to get in on the action – you know you’ve got potential (and so does your blog or business), and you want the world to know it.  You’re fierce, and you’ve got plenty to say!  Well, a simple 200X200 button on just anyone’s sidebar won’t do that for you – but I certainly can, and here’s how!

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She is Fierce is a lifestyle and inspiration blog launched in 2014.  Since the first post went live, this little space has grown and grown, and doesn’t seem to be stopping any time soon!  I post 5 days a week with a variety of content including non-fiction and other creative writing, inspirational pieces, blogging advice and sources, news, and plenty more.  There’s something here for almost everyone, including you!  Every post is shared several times a day through numerous social media outlets, and through sponsorships on other relevant blogs.

Despite all that awesome growth I’ve been talking about though, She is Fierce is still relatively small.  This means more attention for you, and more time to work with your blog one-on-one.  Unlike so many blogs that just offer side-bar space – a great opportunity, but not one that maximizes your blog’s potential growth – She is Fierce offers several opportunities for you to get your name out there.  Some of these options are an in-post introduction to my readers, social media love on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+, and if you’re interested – the potential for collaboration or a guest-post.

All that sounds great, right?  But I bet you want the stats.  So here they are:

In the last 7 days, She is Fierce has had over 500 page views (StatCounter), and in the last month over 1000 eyes have been on this little space (Google Analytics)!

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On social media, She is Fierce has nearly 900 followers.  That means 879 eyes on your advertisement, which I’ll blast on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and wherever else your heart desires.

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I can’t wait to start working with you, and I know how much we can do together.  So for the next 10 days, take $1 off your purchase of the Be Fierce spot using the promo code “BeFierce”!

Winner Takes All!

He Calls Me Grace is celebrating their one year blogiversary, and everyone’s invited to the party: a 320$ giveaway sponsored by 20 awesome bloggers!

We’re going into week 2 of the giveaway, and time is running out to secure your entries!

One winner takes full $320 in cash. Must have a PayPal account in order to receive cash.
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