tag: blogger

Posted by in handmade

gifts for bloggers!

along with designers (see this gift guide), bloggers are another difficult group to buy for. it’s hard to explain what we do, and it’s even harder for people new to the blogosphere to understand! here to help is the blogger gift guide. maybe you could send it along to your loved ones, or accidentally leave it open in your browser for your sweetheart to find! items 1-5 are things that i own and couldn’t live without, and items 6-10 are on my own wishlist this year. :)

have something to add? please share your gift suggestions in the comments section!

1) nikon d5100 – $449.95 | 2) 2012 cavallini daily planner - $32.95 | 3) adobe photoshop cs6 – $699 | 4) verizon mobile hotspot – $59.99 | 5) 1 year membership to the roost tribe (just email me!) – $60 | 6) mugtail fox – € 14,95 | 7) the instax mini – $124 | 8) moonshine camera strap – $120 | 9) custom instagram book (gift certificate) – $24.99 | 10) blog, inc – $11.53

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Posted by in handmade, lifestyle

things i'm afraid to tell you

well, here goes…

to start, i fell in love with this movement when i first heard about it on creature comforts. started by jess constable and kicked off by the lovely ez, i was eager to share my part.

to be honest, it’s something i’ve thought about for a long time. the idea is that most bloggers don’t share the ugly, nitty gritty side of things, but rather focus on the more lovely side of life. and, why not? the sole purpose of many blogs is to inspire! however, the issue that arises is that sometimes posting such constant and beautiful content may leave the reader feeling defeated, rather than inspired. is that ever true for you? i know it is for me.

many times i’ll get comments about people being jealous or envious over something i’ve written about. i know that it’s really a nice thing to say, but it’s just never settled well with me. it makes me feel almost guilty that something i post would make someone feel envious, because the feeling i hope to invoke is inspiration, not jealousy. i’ve even toyed with the idea of doing a point and shoot post dedicated to the ugly side of things. :)

the point is, i do live a beautiful life. but, it’s because i choose to see the beauty in the little things, and not focus on the not-so-pretty stuff. i believe anyone can do that! i choose to be inspired by the weather, the flowers, the birds and the bees. but if i were to focus on the less than beautiful stuff i would share with you my laundry, the dog hair underneath my sofa, my toenails that need to be painted and the piles of dirt that always seem to appear on my windows.

we don’t have much money. in fact, we struggle constantly just to pay the bills. that’s why i have to be inspired by the less expensive things in life. our heater usually doesn’t work and most days i have to heap on clothing just to keep warm. toaster is smelly and i swear needs a bath more frequently than any other dog i’ve met.

now that that’s out of the way, here’s what i’m really afraid to tell you:

– i’m overwhelmed. sometimes i feel like i just can’t keep up. everytime i browse the web i see bigger and better blogs and artists doing bigger and better things. sometimes i just have to shut it all off and focus on one task at a time, but i still lose sleep over it.

– sometimes i wonder if you read what i write. if it matters and if it’s interesting. or even if you like me or want to genuinely invest in me as the person behind going home to roost.

– i’m confused on my next step. i’m trying to get a new business going and don’t know what to do next. i feel like i’m staring at a blank piece of paper and can’t put my pencil to it and start drawing. sigh.

- i miss my family. deeply.

– i worry if i ever offend you. i go back and forth on whether or not to share my more personal feelings, especially when it comes to my belief in and love for Jesus Christ.

– i don’t have the best grammer, and i don’t really care.

– sometimes i debate on the direction for going home to roost. what’s the perfect mix of personal, helpful information, handmade goods and freebies? i get weary of posting about products, because i think we already live in a ‘more more more’ world. i want to help fill you up from the inside out, without the need for material possessions.

– and, i love you. sometimes i don’t know if i tell you enough or if it comes across to you as deeply as it is felt within me. i don’t know most of you, but i feel connected to you in a beautiful way. you are what makes this possible and i love writing to you every day. in fact, i’d like to hear from you much more often.

whew! that felt so good, i may have to make it a regular column. it was also hard to write. i don’t want to come off as ungrateful, because i am quite the opposite. i am incredibly blessed by you and honored that you would visit my world.

love and light to each of you! xoxo, bonnie

need to get a few things off your chest? we would all love for you to participate! visit this post to see everyone who has participated thus far and be sure to share your story with us here in the comments sections. i would truly love to read it.

**update! since writing this, i’ve posted a little appreciation post. i am so thankful for all your sweet comments!**

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tip-top pitch kit

February 23, 2012

Posted by in indie biz

hello friends! i’m excited to share with you this morning a new e-book just released by one of my favorite gals, jena from miss modish! it’s called the tip-top pitch kit and it’s all about how to pitch yourself and your business to blogs. pitching yourself to blogs can be one of the easiest and most successful avenues of ‘advertising’ you can have, but also one of the scariest! well have no fear- if you’re an artist/designer/maker looking for more exposure for your online shop, and products, this kit will teach you everything you need to know about pitching yourself to blogs.


you’ll learn:

– how to choose which blogs to submit to.

– what you should say in your pitch.

– how to grab an editor’s attention.

– and what really goes on after you hit send.


sound good? it gets better! not only does it include all of what miss jena has learned over the past 6 years as a professional blogger and biz woman, but also features insight from over 25 design bloggers (hint hint, you might see someone you know!!). :)

with 61 pages, there’s a LOT of awesome advice and know-how just waiting for you to read! head on over to the tip-top pitch kit shop to snag your copy today!

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