The life of a freelancer can be a struggle. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good kind of struggle. And while freelance life can be challenging, I try to constantly remind myself to be humble and grateful. When you’re building your empire and living out dreams those attributes will become key in your growth.

But as prepared as I thought I was, there were so many things that I didn’t think about until those things started choking the sh*t outta me, nearly suffocating and draining my creative juices. And I swear that’s not an exaggeration.

I’ve never been that girl who claims to know it all so I called on my blogger babes for help. Shout out to them for giving what I know to be the best “got damn” tips ever on what you (and me) should know about freelancing. View Full Post

How to become a full time blogger

It’s been almost four years since I traded my boring sucky, yet stable and well-paying, government job for my wildly fabulous and at most times unpredictable life in New York. From my mother’s unexpected death, to bouncing from Manhattan couch to Brooklyn couch for 8 months, I’ve got a ton of not-so glamorous stories to tell you. But…I have no regrets and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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how to host a loop giveaway

As a blogger, one of the easiest ways to get more followers on social media is to host a giveaway. I try to do them once a month either here on my blog or on social media. Right now, loop giveaways are so hot on Instagram. And for good reason. It’s a great way to team up with other bloggers to grow your following and reward your readers. I’ve only done one loop giveaway but I gained more than a 1,000 followers in less than five minutes.

But, how does a loop giveaway work? Here’s five easy steps on how you can host your own loop giveaway.

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Why You Shouldn't Be Blogging Alone

I’ve been blogging/writing professionally for the past two years. And by professionally I mean this is my only source of income and I am not broke. It was always my intention to move to New York and become a writer. I said it. I moved. I’m here!

But not one person warned me about this life. It’s freaking hard! I tried to warn all the new bloggers…”Don’t do it, Gina!” And don’t get me started on my regular friends. They think I’m a celebrity and my life is amazeballs. Which is mostly true, LOL.

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how to build your instagram following

Getting the most coveted letter on Instagram requires a celebration! It’s like pledging and getting a letterman jacket with your nickname written all over it.

Now that I have arrived I will give away something slightly amazing or we’ll go have drinks together. One of the many questions people ask me, after the typical “how do you start a blog,” is how do you build a social media following.

Well, I don’t have all the answers (sorry Kanye) but let’s start with how to build your following on Instagram.

If you want more people other than your family and friends to follow you, here are a few unwritten rules to Instagram that will increase your following.

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5 Tips On How To Start A Blog

“I’m thinking of starting a blog, where should I start?” “What advice would you give to a new blogger?” “Blogger or WordPress?” I  get asked questions like this quite often in emails, or I spend a train riding talking with one of my followers that ran into me on the platform. Starting a blog can seem daunting, especially when you see how advanced your favorite bloggers are. But keep in mind every seasoned blogger was at one point in time a “newbie”. So we’ve listed five tips on how to start a blog.

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