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Author: Lee Bowden

A mother | A wife | A loyal friend | A blogger – I’m all about loving & living positively. My goal is to help you live a happier more loving life with others, and your blog!

Member News: Turning Dreams Into Reality

You dive head first into an idea, and before you know it you’re so dedicated to it that you are transfixed on “figuring it out” and making a plan to let it develop. From an idea into a dream. From a dream, into a reality.   And right now, the Blog Buddy Program for me has been a Dream. I’ve spent so many hours now making decisions, and forming plans. Thinking about what bloggers needs, and about what we already have to work with. While gathering my resources and practicing my professional skills as a writer, entrepreneur, and lover of small business. I am writing to you today to explain the small shift in focus as we begin to implement some dramatic changes in a driven and motivated way. Essentially we want to create a membership website community for bloggers that allow us all a safe place to make friends, support and encourage each other to improve and continue to blog. With a focus on enabling bloggers to collaborate and network together to create even better and more original content. No one should have to work alone, and although blogging is a personal journey for all of us. It is…

About The Buddy Program, About Me Pages and Social Media Bios | Podcast Recap

This post is an episode recap from our Blogging Buddies Podcast, Series 2
This entry is part of 2 in the series Media Recaps

This entry is part of 2 in the series Media RecapsThis week, Vicky and Lee talk you through how to create an about me page on you blog and how to create a better Bio on each Social Media account you have for your Blog.   Part 1: About The Buddy Program Total: 11 minutes | From 0:00 – 10:30   What the Buddy Program Is & the Benefits of having A Blog Buddy (Like You, Aw!) In the opening first 8 minutes of the podcast. At the beginning of this episode Lee want’s to express where we are at with the Buddy Program, the original idea behind everything that we do here, and for our Blogging Buddies Communities. The core of it, is this Buddy Program for Bloggers. Which has greatly impacted Vicky and I since we connected (here’s our story) about six months ago now as the original “blog buddies”. We do support each other on a very regular basis as someone to talk “blogging” with. As well as read, support, and share your blog content with. It’s so great to have someone to share this with because, blogging doesn’t have to be solo anymore. Vicky talks about…

Finding Your Blogging Voice | Weekly Roundup

Finding Your Own Writing Voice | BIS S2 W5
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Media Recaps

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Media RecapsWhat a great week we had, talking about finding your blog writing voice. Between the amazing post by Kate, our 2 Hour Twitter Chat on Tuesday, and this week’s personal podcast episode. I’m feeling well refreshed that I we all have a unique writing style, a personal voice, and amazing purpose within our own blogs. I wanted to take a moment to high light some of these and get a good overview of everything we all shared together this week. (I’ll try to do this more often!)   Q1 | What inspired you to start writing? #blogbuddychat — Blog Buddy Program (@BlogBuddyP) March 19, 2019 . . Yeah life has a way of aligning you to your purpose. I used to slack when it comes to writing but eventually I did put my priorities in order and started my journey. Still navigating my way through, finding my voice so it represents what I’m all about 🙂 — Lady_Blogger (@NasheLee_) March 19, 2019 . . My writing is louder. — Amanda Gene (@AmandaGeneN) March 19, 2019 Isn’t it interesting how we can express ourselves so differently in writing?   My…

Tips for Setting Blogging Goals | Podcast Recap

This post is an episode recap from our Blogging Buddies Podcast, Series 2

In this post, we’ll give you a recap on what we discussed in our recent podcast, Tips for Setting Blogging Goals!  Tips for Setting Blogging Goals | Episode 7 Your Host: Vicky Phillips Guest: Lee Bowden   Mentions: Slide to Success, Join us On Trello References: Newsletter Options, Listen to Podcast | Download Episode Audio | Transcribed Video of Podcast Episode on YouTube |   For those of you who would prefer to view media on Youtube or would like an Audio Transcription then there is also an Episode Playlist on our Channel!     It’s Okay to Get Messy, As Long As You Organized It and Finish the Project “I find that if I have multiple goals I find that one way or another, I am successful in reaching them,” says Lee early in the episode about goals. And it’s obvious in episodes like this how different Lee and Vicky are! Where Lee will brain dump and live in the chaos and challenge of multiple projects. Where Vicky sets herself a strategy and sticks to it. She also talks about what kinds of goals and the types of goals Lee sets. An overview of what kinds of things she…

Watch Screen Capture Videos of Me Blogging!

Have you ever wanted to see someone else blog? What their process is and how they go about doing certain aspects of blogging? Well, I thought screen capture videos of me blogging would be a unique way to connect to you guys. So I’ve started doing screen capture videos for our new Best Buddies Patreons! To start with, I wanted to show you an example of one of the Screen Capture Video. This is a video of me blogging while editing the previous Website Development post I wrote here. This is recorded Live and in Real Time. I try to keep them between 5-20 minutes but include valuable blogging tips and hacks, and type notes to you while I capture whatever blogging task I might be recording for you!   So I couldn’t help myself. I wanted to do a video of me developing this website for the week in the series on Development. But I had been procrastinating on writing THAT VERY POST because I have been… too busy Developing… This… Website? Ironic, I know. I do a lot in this 18 min screen capture (no sound but I type to you in a notepad) including draft, assign a…

Tools for Developing Your Blog’s Website

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Blog Improvement Series 2

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Blog Improvement Series 2Developing your blog’s website is something that will take a lot of time, planning, and dedicated effort to create. I have a lot offer and knowledge to share on this topic, but ironically I’m “too busy” to write about it as I’m still in the early stages of this process for this blog myself. If you want to follow along and see what I’m doing behind the scenes, then consider getting the access to our Patreon Feed where I am sharing Screen Cast Videos of me ACTUALLY MAKING THE BLOG BUDDY PROGRAM. Which will include the process of designing this membership website! During the website development process in the last 6 months, I have done a lot of planning, creating new strategies, coming up with workflows and customizing code. So how can I share that with you? Let’s start with some basics today, and give you access to the public Website Development for Bloggers Trello Board. Which is a simplified version of my own Website Development boards. I plan to add to and grow this board over time for you so feel free to check back on…

Blog Buddy Goals Report Card, for our Best Buddies

Blog Buddy Goals Report Card, for our Best Buddies

First Quarter Goals Achieved So Far in 2019: Jan 1 – Launched Free Membership Registration * Jan 11 – 50 Email Subscribers Jan 12 – 25 Facebook Page Likes Jan 12 – 1k Twitter Followers !!! Jan 18 – 100 Instagram Followers Jan 18 – 25 Members at Pinterest Community Jan 18 – 10 Registered Members Jan 21 – 75 Email Subscribers Jan 28 – 50 Pinterest Followers + Feb 3 – 25 Registered Members Feb 4 – 1.5 Twitter Followers Feb 10 – Series 1 Complete !!! Feb 16 – 2K Twitter Followers !!! Feb 18 – Launched Patreon * Feb 21 – 100 Email Subscribers !!! Feb 23 – 50 Members at Pinterest Community Feb 23 – 50 Facebook Page Likes Feb 28 – Launched YouTube Channel * Feb 28 – 800 Facebook Group Members !!!   Current Events: – Twitter Chats on Tuesday (# BlogBuddyChat) – Live Podcast Recordings in Discord on Thursday   Current Activities: – Forums are live! – Group Mod Wanted Listing : https://blogbuddyprogram.com/job/facebook-group-mod – Daily Discord Challenge Question – Daily Promo/Follow Train Threads in Group and on Twitter : BlogBuddyProgram.com/Trains     Here’s what your missing from this post without the Access Pass:

Why We Love Being Affiliates of the Ultimate Bundles + Why You Will Too!

We’re a few days into yet another AMAZING bundle of resources provided to us via Ultimate Bundles. And it’s a good one, as always! I want to share with you why we love being affiliates for the Ultimate Bundles, and why we think you will too!   For most bloggers, probably the most difficult stage of blogging is when you become serious enough about it, to start monetizing your blog. You probably know that affiliate marketing accounts for a mass amount of profit for bloggers, dare I say the majority of income for most bloggers. It’s overwhelming at first, to start swimming through all the many options you have about monetizing your blog: What kinds of things do you want to be an affiliate of? Do the companies and products I love have affiliate programs? How do you apply, and better yet when you do, what next? There are places like ShareASale and the rest, but how do I make the most out of those affiliate offers anyways?   I know for me, the most confusing part wasn’t how to become an affiliate, or even what kinds of things I wanted to rep. It was what to do when you…

Get to Know Your Blog Audience Personally With These Tips

How to get to know your blog audience personally: So, You write blog posts, you share the blog post, you count the likes. Repeat? If this is the simple process that you follow then I'm just going to take a moment today to reflect on the extra steps that it takes to build a following of readers. Viewers and followers that read your content, respond to that content, and consider it a credible and helpful resource to them, personally.
This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement Series

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Blog Improvement SeriesYou intend to get to know your blog audience personally, but your process goes something like this: You write blog posts, you share the blog post, you count the likes. Repeat? If this is the simple process that you follow then I’m just going to take a moment today to reflect on the extra steps that it takes to build a following of readers that you can get to know personally! Viewers and followers that read your content, respond to that content and consider it a credible and helpful resource to them.   That’s the keyword here personally, and you can do this by: Building an email list and writing a newsletter Replying to comments, direct messages, emails, and notifications regularly and personally Writing content directly to your Blog Avatar, and then reaching out to those people who are your Ideal Readers personally Networking with other common bloggers and groups, even becoming friends, in such a way that aligns you within the communities your readers will most likely engage with your content   Remember that it takes time and effort to build relationships, in real life and your…

The Purpose of Pinterest For Your Blog

The Purpose of Having A Pinterest Account for Your Blog

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Discover The Purpose of Having Social Media Accounts for Your Blog When Pinterest beta was released in 2009 I was graduating high school. Obsessed as I was with all the new mobile apps that were making an appearance, I realize now I was a tester of many of these new apps, these new initiative ideas to change lives. I got a beta account and as a personal user (before using it for business was even thing,) and as you can tell from my personal Pinterest account here: I love Pinterest! I’ll be even more honest, I wasn’t the best student in high school. I know now that I’m a self-learner and do best with self-study outside of a classroom! I know this mostly thanks to Pinterest. As this search engine began to collect its information databases, new information being submitted and collected by the second. I was ecstatic to have a way other than bookmarks to learn about my interests. Those interests vary so widely! And with the information age on rapid growth, I kept using this platform to organize my interests, ideas, projects, and images. And so did the…