I'm Jenn, a Philadelphia-based designer, illustrator, and creative lifestyle blogger. I live for funky-cute illustration styles and have a passion for typography. Loves: pens, burritos, running. INTJ.
I would love to take the class because I've always wanted to learn how to (really) paint with watercolors. I've tried and failed so many times and I feel like this would really help me! I'm good with pens but not watercolor but I feel like it would help add interest to my art.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Watercolor class & Creativebug giveaway
@schmittastic i'm loving it for my blog photography, even though i haven't even played around with manual settings too much. It's just really freeing to be able to choose the focus point in the depth of field for what i typically photograph. I have not, unfortunately, tried it for video!
1 year, 8 months ago on Top 5 Beginner Tips for Vlogging with a DSLR Camera [VIDEO]
I purchased a Canon T4i recently, but that doesn't mean I know much about manual settings. These tips kind of made my head spin but were super helpful. I'm glad I invested in the nifty-fifty lens since it seems like everyone recommends this one. Now I just need to really sit down and focus on each of the three manual settings to get to know them better!
Great tips. I used to do this but should pick it back up again, especially on the "best posts in x category for the past month" realm.
1 year, 8 months ago on 3 Ways to Repurpose Content [VIDEO]
1 year, 8 months ago on To Lightbox or Not To Lightbox [VIDEO]
While I find lightboxes annoying (especially since I clear my cache all the time while I'm web designing)... you're absolutely right, I almost always sign up, especially if I've scrolled down a third or a half of the way down the page and like what I've seen so far.
I'm not sure a lightbox is a good solution for my site since the content isn't fully niche... but I will definitely reconsider it if my site does end up steering one specific direction.
This is a really great article for me to read this morning; it helps me feel re-energized to work on my site for realsies. Paying too much attention to stats, while important, can be draining if they don't align with your goals.
Perhaps my goals should be a combination of "grow x% of twitter followers each month" AND "receive x number of interactions from people saying I helped or inspired them in some way". While the latter is more subjective and maybe shouldn't be counted so intensely, THAT's the kind of feedback that really does matter.
So, your article is really inspiring because it'll help me to remember to really soak in those positive interactions and stop worrying about stats so much, because those positive interactions is what success looks like for me. Thanks Amy!
1 year, 9 months ago on When Are You Going To “Blow Up”? [Sunday Real]
Incognito window-- excellent tip. Btw I have a question for you-- In the past, I've branded myself as Jenn Staz but am going back to my maiden name, which unfortunately is pretty common. Do you think I should keep Jenn Staz as a "stage name" of sorts, or really try to rebuild my brand under "Jenn Coyle" or "Jenn of Hello Brio"?
Love your shirt, it's so purty! And lol on the "much shorter version of the question" comment :)
1 year, 9 months ago on Prepare to be Googled: 4 Tips To Impress With SEO [VIDEO]
I know sadly very little about SEO. Your video helps me understand that if I want the business end of my site to take off (which, honestly, I haven't focused on yet), I really do need to focus down on one niche on the blogging end of things. (Sigh)
More SEO tips please! Unfortunately, SEO is something I've wanted to ignore and thought was a bunch of hocus pocus (because of bad advice from certain people)... and I need to know more. All of it.
1 year, 9 months ago on Why Blogging is Good for SEO [VIDEO]
I'm glad Twitter finally did this. However after looking at my "best" tweets, I feel super lame!
But I did see some trends and will take those into consideration. Actually, now that I look at it closer, it seems like it's only pulling in stats for after my handle change, which makes sense. Looks like I screwed the pooch on that one.
Anywho, thanks for sharing, as always!
1 year, 9 months ago on Twitter’s New Analytics [VIDEO]
@schmittastic oh that's weird... I always thought you had to press enter for Google Plus, but yeah you're right! (You CAN press enter which makes it draw a box around the hashtag... but yeah, it's not required, apparently!) I do use G+ hashtags all the time, so not having to press enter will make it a lot faster.For Twitter-to-Facebook, I meant that if you post something on Twitter that posts to Facebook, I wondered if the post would automatically "pick up" the hashtags. And I answered my own question- it does! (I don't expect hashtags to be clickable across social media channels)
1 year, 10 months ago on Hashtags Have Arrived on Facebook [VIDEO]
#hashtag!! Finally Facebook, really? I'm definitely excited about this. On Facebook it seems pretty seamless in my .5 seconds of testing, in terms of typing hashtag-something.
Google Plus's integration of hashtags is still a little clunky in my opinion. Having to press "enter" and doing so too fast on G+ feels a little wrong to me, do you agree?
I'm wondering if hashtags will convert to clickable hashtags from Twitter-to-Facebook posts. Have you tried that yet?
And yes, thanks for the news!! You are definitely where I hear these things first.
Ah, I did not know this! Nor have I hit my previous-limit of 20 lists. But that's definitely something I need to start using more. Thanks for sharing!
And Happy Belated!! I hope you reach your goal for charity water :D
1 year, 10 months ago on Twitter Lists Update [VIDEO]
Maybe I'm überly old fashioned about music.. but what ever happened to old school iTunes and syncing that with your iPhone or iPod? Maybe I need to get on the streaming bandwagon. The only way I discover new music now is by going to concerts of my favorite bands and hearing their opening bands.
Okay, so I'm lying a little. I did what @edebont did and put all of my music on Google Play (which, if it's now called Google Music, would explain why Google Play doesn't load on my web browser at work anymore).
Am I totally missing out? Should I just hop on the spotify bandwagon?
1 year, 10 months ago on Google All Access vs. Spotify for Music Streaming [VIDEO]
Hola! Very good to know about this. When doing my taxes for 2012 a few months ago, it almost made me not want to freelance anymore. Well, that's being overly dramatic - it was just exhausting trying to sort it all out, as you know.
So then my question becomes- how much does this end up costing a person per month? i hopped on over to their site to check it out but was scared at the lack of information and pricing.
1 year, 10 months ago on Freshbooks: Accounting Made Awesome For Small Business [VIDEO]
Ah, I never noticed it, but great idea linking the "As seen on" buttons to your press page!
2 years ago on Analyzing Your Blog’s Sidebar [VIDEO]
Voted, good luck Amy!!
2 years, 1 month ago on Happy 100th Video! [VIDEO]
I kind of have my toe stuck into Google Plus but easily get the most traffic from Facebook and Twitter out of all the social media sites. And oddly enough, for the number of followers I have on Google+, it doesn't really make sense! However, I do know that I only use G+ to push out new blog content, and not to chat, like I do on Twitter.
G+ is frustrating and is like a plane that keeps trying to get off the ground. I do know that we have to keep up with our presence on there in case it ever does fly and take over powerhouses fb & twitter... but until then, I'm not sure what to do with it.
The tip for uploading photos with every update is great. Instant highlighting. I will definitely strive to do that!
2 years, 2 months ago on Google Plus Tips From Guy Kawasaki [VIDEO]
LOVE the productivity video. Have I suggested the book "The Way We're Working Isn't Working" to you yet? It talks a lot about the 90 minute intense work / break intervals and some other topics touched on in the video.
2 years, 3 months ago on Vlogs to Watch: Productivity is a Science
I just emailed you about this... but the biggest thing that's holding me back from starting a NEW blog is potentially losing the readers from my current blog! Oh, and the design. It's easy for me to design other people's blogs, but when it comes to my own... well, you know.
PS - does aweber allow you to do an automatic newsletter every other week? (Mailchimp doesn't)
2 years, 5 months ago on How To Find Your First Blog Readers
Great video as usual, Amy! What really spoke to me was you saying that you need to provide readers with a call to action... Sounds so simple but it can be overlooked so easily. Also, conversion! Now that's a word I didn't think I'd hear again since I worked in retail. Also a great tip. What are other types of conversions to measure besides signing up for newsletters?
2 years, 6 months ago on Measuring ROI in Blogging [VIDEO]
@schmittastic Ahhh, good call. Easy fix. Thanks Amy!
2 years, 7 months ago on The Camera You Must Have to be an Awesome Vlogger [VIDEO]
I have this camera too. It's interesting that you just pointed back to this article, as I'm finding I am having a hard time using this for videos. Mine seems to go in and out of focus pretty easily. Any tips for fixing this problem?
Ah nice! I have some designing to do :)
2 years, 7 months ago on The Cover Photo Meets New Twitter Profile Pages
@schmittastic Thanks, Amy! It's now on the ol' to do list
2 years, 7 months ago on Why You Should Give Content Away (and Then Give More) [VIDEO]
Great idea! Chicken or the egg thing - email subscriber first, or signing up to get the free content first? I realize it helps both ways, but which group do you think it attracts the most?
YES. There's nothing wrong with being Renaissance Women / Men. I constantly feel like people shame me for having more than one interest (via their blogging tip blogs). My blog is a smattering of all of my personal interests, and people are always telling me that it's better to have a specific, unique niche, and MAYBE you can branch out to other things like once a month. PSH. That sounds miserable to me. Sure, if I had the time to maintain like 10 niche blogs I would. But who does that?
Although sometimes I do feel like I'm spreading myself too thin, to the point of not being able to master any one thing, that's just how it is. And that's how it will be until I give up working full time and pursue my dreams, or whatever you want to call it.
2 years, 7 months ago on Building a Brand With All of Your Ideas. Is it possible? [VIDEO]
I swear by RSS feeds. So says the girl who came across your article via the RSS subscription, viewing it on Newsify on her iPad. ps...Newsify ROCKS for both iPad and iPhone. It's my favorite RSS reader by far.
2 years, 7 months ago on What in the Heck is RSS? [VIDEO]
I love how glossy this is - and the subtle shimmer is gorgeous!
2 years, 9 months ago on Cult Nails Untamed Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches
@schmittastic Ah yes, makes total sense. Thank you!
I would love to be able to get up right at 5 and work til 9; that would work best for me, too. But, I unfortunately need to start getting ready for work-work at 6:30. Maybe someday... ;)
2 years, 10 months ago on The Trick to Filling Your Editorial Calendar
@schmittastic for sure on all points - I think what's holding me back mostly is the fact that I did a calendar once before but got overwhelmed really quickly and then scheduled posts went by the wayside. I need to figure out a way to do it, even if I just schedule every other day. What are your thoughts on that?
And do tell more about the 5am club. What time do you get to bed?
NO way. "Editorial calendar (per savvysexysocial)" has been #1 on my to-do list for several months now. I actually have my scribbly post idea notebook and calendars with me today so I can hopefully work on it during lunch. It's hard to find the time between wanting to just write a post vs planning, but I know that long term planning will benefit me and my readers tenfold. I just need like 2 more hours in a day, that's all. Is that too much to ask?
I found it, thanks! I can't believe I didn't know about that before. @schmittastic
2 years, 11 months ago on 5 Secrets to Building an Email List From Scratch:
I am headed over to Facebook right now to see if I can do a mailchimp app plugin on my page!
I love this shoot the schmitt idea, so great! I'm going to have to figure out what you guys were talking about with Pinterest and embedding.
2 years, 11 months ago on Dawn Del Russo on Shoot the Schmitt, ep. 1
Quite an inspirational post. I totally want to be in the entreprenewbie world with you soon, as you know! Congrats on one year, I'm glad to be a reader of your site for several months now :D
3 years, 1 month ago on One year later
I've been trying the GTD (Getting Things Done) organizational approach, but it doesn't keep me un-stressed! I've got to learn how to appreciate my accomplishments more so than dreading what I need to be doing. The more energy I spend actually DOING the things I need to do, the less time I mope around feeling sorry for myself for not having done "anything".
Back to GTD, it's a really amazing process for helping you be able to be on your top focus for when you're doing something that requires a lot of brain power. Check out the book! I also recommend "The Way We're Working Isn't Working". May not be totally relevant, but another great one for using energy effectively.
3 years, 3 months ago on How To Be Productive and Love It [VIDEO]
I totally want to read this book. #4 and and #9 are key for me! I just added the Kindle edition to my wishlist. I've got to take #7 into consideration, but I WILL read this book in the new year!
3 years, 3 months ago on 10 Things I Learned From How To Get A Grip [VIDEO]
@schmittastic I won't give up now. Thank you for a great post as usual! :D
3 years, 5 months ago on 5 Ways To Make Google Plus the Top Referrer to Your Blog
I really like the multimedia tip. I think I may start doing this on Facebook as well. The previews that G+ and Fb provide are *okay*, but sometimes they're just a royal pain in the butt. Thanks for the great tips! I was just about to give up on Google+!
I started an editorial calendar back in July(?) and have been on fire ever since. I haven't stuck to it 100%, but it allowed me to think through what types of posts were going up when. I began drafting a bunch in Wordpress and scheduling them for the day that I had on my editorial calendar.
Spending some brainstorming time on a calendar has been one of the best things for me. Instead of wasting time thinking about what I should write, and coming up with a lackluster or repetitive post, I only need to spend one or two hours per day to get a post up.
Glad to know I'm doing something right! :D Great article, Amy.
3 years, 6 months ago on How To Get Ahead on your Editorial Calendar
Amy! What a cute vid. I love your site and am glad I came across it. My favorite post that really helped me was about choosing the best setting to write posts. It helped my productivity immensely!
I'd love to see a post about Media Kits or something of the like, because I'm clueless.
3 years, 7 months ago on Thank You [VIDEO]
it is invitation only, I believe. Want one? :)
3 years, 7 months ago on How To Get More Fans with a Facebook Giveaway... and other successful campaigns
Rafflecopter is a great way to incorporate more than one or two requirements to enter a giveaway. It has things built in like liking a Facebook page, following on Twitter, tweeting a certain message, follow the blog via Google Friend Connect, and some customizable things. It will track the number of entries and will automatically choose a winner. It's also free!
I like your changes. There are a lot of really useful bells and whistles with this theme! It's also a good change... still stays within your branding so it's not too confusing for readers.
I made some slight styling changes this weekend, but nothing too noticeable!
3 years, 7 months ago on Making Changes for the Better
Hmm. I'm using feedburner but haven't played around with it a bunch. I do like how it's all housed under Google, though. What are your thoughts on feedburner?
3 years, 7 months ago on Who Will You Trust With Your Email Subscribers?
@schmittastic@mikestenger Even if they do care, it makes it seem like they don't!
3 years, 8 months ago on This Title is Awaiting Moderation
THANK YOU! I was just complaining about this on a Beauty Blogger forum. Unless you're a huge blogger with hundreds of comments coming in by the minute, there's no need for moderation past the first comment from a single person. And another major pet peeve I have: Captcha. Like seriously people, if you get spam, just delete it!
@schmittastic Masses are there, but maybe people that are less likely to interact?
3 years, 8 months ago on What Facebook is Actually Good For
@omv agree that it's all about interaction, but unless you do this full time... it's nearly impossible! I like to choose one or two places to interact... i.e. twitter and maybe g+ now. i feel like ppl who are engaged via social media are on those platforms!