Trial and Error Analysis: You Really Don’t Know Anything Until You Test It

I honestly can’t believe it as I’m saying it (or typing it I should say), but you are now reading my 100th blog post! Not only will my little pride and joy be turning two next month, but that’s 100 weeks of writing content, creating graphics, and sharing on social media. Before I go into further detail, I want to thank all of my followers and friends who continue to inspire me everyday! I personally have to admit, that I had many preconceived notions about blogging before I actually started. Well, I can tell you firsthand that I was proven wrong many times. Now the only way I was going to find out that I was wrong, was by actually being wrong. You can read industry best practices and take advice from consultants all day long, but at the end of the day YOUR data is where your particular truth lies. Don’t get me wrong, it’s best to start off by using the knowledge of other experts initially, but testing will optimize those findings even further! Let me explain what I mean when it comes to Haley Had a Little Blog. Continue reading

Starting a New Blog? Let Me Help You.

I started this blog back in May of 2016, which means it will be turning two-years-old this spring! This blog started out as a final assignment involving a digital portfolio for my internship class in college, and from there it morphed into Haley Had a Little Blog. Slowly, my body of work fell into the background, while the blogging portion of the site took the center stage. Even though now I have branding present such as my own logo, domain name, social media pages and hashtag (#WeeklyPostWednesday), this blog started out with none of these things. My original logo was awful, I used to call the blog “The Haley Daniels Blog”, and the domain name ended in .wordpress.com since I didn’t want to pay for my own domain name back then. So believe me when I say that I learned a lot over time before this site ran smoothly. Many things I either learned the hard way or got great advice from fellow bloggers and marketers. Here’s my tips that will help you avoid any rookie blogging mistakes! Continue reading

What One Year of Blogging Has Taught Me

I can’t believe I’m already able to say this, but tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of my first blog post! I honestly never envisioned myself as a blogger until that first post was published. I knew having a blog would be a plus when applying for jobs, but I never thought I was an “expert” in any particular subject area. Also, as it turns out, blogging on a consistent basis can be quite the commitment! So how did I end up with this website that I’ve devoted countless hours to? Well, it all started out as a portfolio site for a college class during my last semester at San Diego State University. We had to create a portfolio site on WordPress with a home page, about section, a resume and any work samples from our field-related courses. This website was originally created on the Journalism and Media Studies school’s intranet, but I had the option of exporting the site onto my own public WordPress site once I had graduated. I decided to do this mid-May of 2016, but felt like there was something missing. When I realized that WordPress gave me the option to having a blog site, I thought that I might as well go for it! I wrote my very first blog post, “So You’ve Graduated, Now What?”, and published it on May 25, 2016. It was this initial post that has paved the way for #WeeklyPostWednesdays. Since then, I’ve learned so many things about blogging and know that I have so much more to learn in the future! Continue reading

So You’ve Graduated, Now What?

There’s been a lot of excitement in the last couple months with finals, parties, family visits, and all the other craziness that ensues during your last semester of college. Then you graduate and all of a sudden everything comes to a stand-still, leaving you with no idea where to start. Some of you are employed, but some of you aren’t. Even for those of you who are employed, you may not be in the exact career that you want to be in. But that’s okay! There are a couple things you can do in the meantime to get yourself out there or shape your career path into what you want it to be. Continue reading