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

Are You Holding Yourself Back from Your Own Success?

As much as I hate to admit this out loud, there have been many times where I’ve held myself back without even realizing it. At the end of the day, we are all our biggest enemy and our biggest cheerleader. Even though that sounds like an oxymoron, I’m sure you know what I mean. Only you can hold yourself back and only you can bring yourself to move forward. Sometimes we unintentionally hold ourselves back from a situation and don’t realize the damage we’ve caused until years down the road. Here are some signs that you need to look out for to avoid this from happening to you. Continue reading

When is it Appropriate to Show Off Your Sense of Humor?

Have you ever cracked a joke and then immediately regretted it? Well ladies and gentlemen, welcome to a typical day in the life of Haley. Ever since I can remember, I have valued having a sense of humor over any other characteristic. I believe that humor helps make someone more approachable, relatable, and easy-going. The one problem with this? Different people find different things funny. For example, making a joke about the disgraced Subway spokesperson, Jared, might not be the best idea at your kid’s parent-teacher conference. Or, let’s say you make a political joke at work. This is one of those things that can go either way. Overall, it’s probably better not to discuss politics with your coworkers. I know that’s easier said than done when it comes to our most recent presidential election, but you never know who you might alienate politically. Long story short, this is where I’ve learned (and am still learning) on where and when you should and shouldn’t be funny.

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The Apps That You’ll Always Find on My Phone

It doesn’t seem like all that long ago when I had a flip phone that required me to push the same button three times in a row just to type a single letter. I know I’m dating myself back about 10 years, but my point is that a lot has changed in a small amount of time. Even though many negative things have come along with the advent of the smart phone (selfies, cyber bullying, Tinder, etc.), many positive things have happened as well. Thanks to the modern-day smartphone I consistently check my email, have immediate access to breaking news, and can download a plethora of apps that make different aspects of my life easier than ever before. Even though certain apps are nearly useless, there are many out there that I LOVE. Here are some of my favorites! Continue reading