Creatives need an outlet to express themselves, right? We, as creatives, have to use our voices to tell our story, help others + give back what has been given to us - it’s a never-ending cycle of help. There are popular outlets to help express our creativity such as websites, blogs, YouTube videos, Pinterest pins, newsletters, etc.
As a new blogger, the first weeks of creating my blog were trials + errors phases. Getting every detail + purpose in order, choosing a domain host, blog name, etc., were my biggest issues. While blogging is very rewarding, it is also time-consuming. This process takes time, patience + effort. The time put in is what you receive; hard-working effort will lead to hard-work showing to incoming readers.
With gaining more experience every day, I want to share my top three areas that were most challenging, but very important + foundations to creating a blog:
1. Refueling Motivation
Here is a valid question to ask while planning a blog: What are some of passions, beliefs, values that should be instilled into the blog? Write the answers in a safe place, like a notebook, a tablet or a Google Doc. These answers will decide the blog’s ultimate goals, mission + vision statements. Also, the answers will identify the blog’s readers + demographic information (gender, age, likes, and location). Blogging requires great skill conveying a message to a target audience (your ideal readers). This exercise helps discover the blog's mission.
For my blog, I want to inspire young women entering into college to pursue public relations while incorporating relevant topics of fashion, beauty, entertainment or current news into each post. This has become a passion since changing my major to public relations last summer. Write what makes you, the blogger, happy while satisfying passions, values, and readers. The stated goals declare the blog’s mission statement and helps in choosing topics and categories.
2. Standout Factor
Now that the goals and passion(s) are laid out, it’s time to figure out the branding aspect. It is imperative to establish a personal brand. Branding will set YOU, the blogger, apart + stand out from other bloggers. Therefore, the blog’s name should represent the blogger. Write down a list of hobbies, favorite things, and create names off that. Research other blogs, not to imitate, but as inspiration for your blog and to spark creativity. When a name chosen, play around with creating a tagline and a logo. Pick cohesive and consistent colors and fonts to go with the brand. Then make a style sheet to help keep the brand consistent. Here is an example of The Moxie Playbook’s style sheet:
3. Host + Perfect Timing
After choosing the blog’s name, tagline, and logo, search for a hosting site that best fits the blog’s needs. WordPress, Weebly, Wix, Blogger, SquareSpace, and Tumblr are some website that host blogs. Most are free. Others have cost associated with them. Each blogger’s expectations are different; find what fits found expectations + goals stated in number one.
I have a Weebly blog. The URL address ends in .weebly.com. I loved starting a blog, but was uncomfortable paying for it in its beginning stages. I will upgrade my account when the time is alright. The blogger has to become comfortable in blogging first before making the decision to upgrade.
Blogging requires patience + time. Many steps can go overlooked, so check, double-check, then check again. Make sure the blog has all of the required features before publishing. There is an overload of information about blogging. So go out and research other information on how to start a blog. ByRegina has been a HUGE resource for me while creating my blog. She covers the basis and then some. XOSarah is another great site, too.
What are some trial + errors that you, other bloggers, or blog readers have noticed? I would love to hear feedback, questions, or concerns you might have. I would be more than happy to be a resource for beginning bloggers. Tweet me with your answers, @JailynGlass.
This week, I have been in a rough place, mentally + emotionally. Things, I literally cannot control, have been weighing on my heart. In light of cheering up, I googled inspirational quotes from powerful + empowering African American women. I found one quote from Maya Angelou stood out to me.
Our responsibility increases as we age. Every situation we encounter requires maturity, patience + time. Therefore if we do not like where we are, we have the right to change it. But if you can't change it, here are some helpful ways I found to change your attitude + mindset.
Alternatives will relieve stress to help change your attitude to think more positively than negatively. No, all the answers will come automatically. Make the list something you work on + look at frequently; this will help you stay on track.
Everything is not going to work out the first time around. So what are you going to do to change your attitude, if you can't change your situation?
Tweet me @JailynGlass or leave your feedback below.
Summer is sadly starting to wind down. It has been all work + no play for me; but when I do get a chance to go out, I am wearing one of my favorite fashion picks, a maxi skirt. Maxi skirts are fun, easy to wear + pair.
Maxi skirts come in all different fashions, solids, stripes, prints, high-low and much more. They can easily pair with a cami or crop top for warmer day. Then a simple t-shirt, or even caridgan, for an cooler evening. Throw on flip-flops or cute sandals and the outfit is quickly finished. I love this item because you can look great without deep thought or doubt; simplicity is at its finest.
Most of my skirts are from Forever 21. Though their in-store collection of maxi skirts were very low this year, I still have managed to find some great ones. Meijer (yes, the local grocery store), Charlotte Russe, and Forever 21 are where I bought my skirts.
Here's a graphic I created using Polyvore. On the left is an outfit I created + on the right is an outfit I found. The descriptions of each item are below.
What are your favorite summer picks? Tweet me your answer + feedback, comments, or concerns.
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The Moxie Playbook aims to inspire, motivate, and encourage young women in many ways. Fashion is one of those way; it allows you to add a stylish twist to succeed in your goals.
Instead of publishing the blog's first fashion post, I decided to start #TheMoxiePlaybook Question of the Day series. This series' purpose is to hear feedback from YOU, the reader, to understand your views + perspectives on categories the blog will discuss. Here's the set of questions:
To answer the questions, you can comment on post, tweet me at @JailynGlass, or comment on this post on Instagram, @moxieeee, using the hashtag #TheMoxiePlaybook.
I hope you enjoy this series. I will, also, take suggestions on upcoming questions.
Before we jump too deep into blogging, I want to share more information about myself. These are random and interesting, to me, details. So without delay, here are 15 facts about me:
1. The word "Moxie" became a nickname three years ago. While searching for a new Twitter handle to start my college journey, I searched for words through the online Thesaurus. It has been with me ever since. Other nicknames are Jaybird + Jai.
Definition of Moxie
2. I’ll be 21 in exactly ONE month! I’m super excited, but still have no plans.
3. In addition to freelancing or working for a PR firm, I want to become a fashion stylist. I love the way women style their clothes together and seeing each season's trends. Some of my favorite stores are Forever 21, Target, VS Pink + Marshalls. Here's a view of outfits + people I love.
4. I believe strongly women empowerment movement. I am not a feminist, but my views agreed we all need equality in EVERY area of our lives.
5. I will always + forever be a huge lover of all things Disney. My top three animated movies are Tangled, Pocahontas, + Hercules movies.
6. Public relations has always been my calling, but never knew it until college. I loved to plan + organize functions when I was younger. I love it even more + cannot wait to see what it holds for my future.
7. One minor flaw is not praying enough. I know, God’s working on me! #WorkInProgress
7. Throughout my entire life, I have been extremely shy. I've s skin a little since college. My comfort level is increasing.
9. As a shy person, I reserved all of my feelings + truths and put my insecurities and doubts forward. But as I reach my comfort level, I’m realizing the only person stopping me from my dreams is me. I’ve learned to do what makes me happy + never look back.
10. I’m obsessed with buying new shampoos, conditioners, other hair products + VS fantasies + PINK sprays. I like to try different products on my hair. Currently loving organic coconut oil in homemade conditioners.
11. Natural hair = LOVE. Big, bouncy, curly, natural, chemical-free hair is the current plan. Mo Knows Hair is one of my go-to YouTuber for inspiration + tips.
12. I still binge on #ThrowbackShows, such as Friends, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Gilmore Girls. I watch those shows and the Food Network at night to soothe me as I sleep.
13. I don't care for pets/animals being too close to me. I love zoos and certain animals, but I need my space.
14. Other than public relations + becoming more of a people person, I believe making smoothies is a calling of mines. I can make the best smoothies without measuring. Fruits and yogurt, mixed with nuts and chai seeds, is one of my favorites. Though, juice smoothies, with spinach, are growing on me.
15. I love the names Landon + Adrienne . (These are probably the names of my future children!)
So yeah, that's me in a nutshell. Share + subscribe to #TheMoxiePlaybook's newsletters. Tweet + comment if we share any similarities.
As children, we all have dreams of what jobs we want as when we get older. First my goals consisted of being a doctor, a teacher, and a professional runway model - yes, America's Next Top Model influenced me & I still watch it today. As we grow older, we see the realities of our past dreams & make changes to fit our current aspirations. Time + life changes us.
But what if time, life + money were no objects, what would your dreams be? Here are my top three:
1. Experiencing the World
While planning to study abroad to London next year (post coming soon after furthering through the planning stages), I would love to travel more throughout Europe. Fashion has always appealed to me as I child, and that is why I want to visit Milan. As one of the world's fashion capitals, I would absolutely fall head over heels with seeing their various fashions.
2. Fashion + Employment = PASSION
If you guys do not know by now, I LOVE fashion. It is so interesting seeing different trends, styles + how people pair elements together as outfits. So working in this niche for a company or a public relations agency would absolutely be more fun than work. My ideal companies are Forever 21, Victoria Secret PINK, Gucci, or a beauty companies. With pursuing a minor in Applied Statistics, I want employment finding fashion trends + conducting PR.
3. So You Want to Dance?
If I could quit everything + become a professional ballet / contemporary dancer, I would in a heartbeat. I enjoy all types of dance; modern, ballet, and contemporary being my favorites. So You Think You Can Dance pushes my inner dance out in front of the television every Wednesday night as I live happily through each dancer.
Though this last dream is a fantasy I live through others, I still have time to make the first two realities come true. I will do everything in my power to make them realities, and not just dreams.
What are your top three dreams / goals? How will you strive to make them realities?
Leave a comment below, shoot an email, or tweet me @JailynGlass about your dreams.
In between nights spent on prepping the blog, enjoying beautiful summer nights, and catching up on sleep, I've been working this summer as a Summer Freshmen Orientation Assistant with 24 other amazing students through my college's Admissions department. While it is temporary job, I have learned so much in these short weeks and will have an everlasting bond with my coworkers.
While orientation assistants + advisors make sure incoming students have correct schedules for their majors + undecided majors, that is not the only part of our job. Networking is another advantage of attending orientation before going into the first week of classes.
In public relations, networking is important + crucial. Networking with classmates, professors, employers, and through social media will find opportunities for employment + so much more. It's also not about what you know, it's about WHO you know. Knowing various people + establishing connections with them can impact your life positively.
Though orientation sessions are halfway through the number of orientation sessions, there are three things I have learned and will continue to keep with me as I progress through life:
1. Communication is key!
While making it known that incoming freshmen will love college, orientation assistants, academic and faculty advisors highlight the pros of coming to this liberal arts university. Each assistant and advisor has a shared understanding of each others' views, opinions, and have a plan before going into small groups of nervous, scared, + overwhelmed freshman. Without an understanding, pure chaos will ensue + cause freshmen to definitely feel overwhelmed - which will deter students enrolling.
Students have NO IDEA what to expect when coming into orientation. Most do not realize the prerequisite classes they have to take or how the process of college without prior knowledge. It is the orientations assistants' duties are to inform, relieve + soothe their concerns. While soothing concerns, one important quality of the students assistants' is transparency in the answers that are given. No lies, false hopes, or promises that cannot be kept. Reassuring the students by asking questions about their likes + dislikes will solve any problems making sure the student is comfortable.
I always get several comments about the type of person I am + my personal from people I am not close to or of the distance to them. Influence goes along way; we never know who is watching us or realize the influence or effect can have on someone. These incoming students are looking up to the assistants, as upperclassmen, to show them the true meaning of being a college student. So always be your best self through all that you do!
Orientation sessions resumed from our two-week break today. I am more excited to finish what we have started by continuing to inspire these freshmen.
Here is Networking Wheel in full view.
What have you learned from networking? Leave a comment, send email, or connect through social media.
As I sit here typing to the opening post to the new outlet in my life, I welcome you! This has been a long time coming. Between coming up with the idea to create the blog to issues with purpose + inspiration (with help from my fellow blogger, Brea of All She Wrote), I am finally relieved the first stages are complete.
I became interested in personal blogging after writing posts as weekly assignments for my philosophy and public relations classes. Even before I figured out my love for it, it has always been apart of my life. Always wanting to stay current in the news, I read entertainment blogs and websites, fashion trends, and other information. Since changing my major (story will become a post SOON!), I have indulged into reading more blogs. Hearing others' testimonies, truths, and receiving inspirational messages has inspired my mission for the blog.
Though blogging is not a grade anymore, I can truly say this is becoming a passion. Between improving my writing skills from good to great, creating a productive outlet, and building my personal brand, this blog will set up my future and yours. My target readers will get a taste of what happens in my life, but the relationship is not one-sided. I want to hear feedback from my readers or ideas on posts.
So welcome to The Moxie Playbook where the mission is to inspire readers and give insightful information along the way. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletters!
This lifestyle and beauty blog - created for twentysomething millennial women - inspires, empowers, and adds moxie to womanhood. Women will have a space to learn how to flourish from past mistakes and daily issues, while gaining insight on other topics.
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