This week my husband and I will be heading up to Sonoma for Thanksgiving at my Mom’s house. This is our first Thanksgiving where my mom doesn’t live in San Francisco and for that, I am thankful.
Why I don’t like Thanksgiving in San Francisco:
It’s a hot mess getting in and out of the city on Thanksgiving.
There is zero parking around Mom’s house (this applies to any given day, really).
We are all squeezed into a small dining area because you know, San Francisco.
Now my mom has a much bigger house (and a yard!) out in Sonoma! This year year we have enough space that we can all spend the night at Momma’s, the dogs will have room to play, and the kitchen is big enough that more than 2 people can cook at the same time!
Thanksgiving will be the only time this year that I will see all family members at the same time, so I am taking this opportunity to scope out ideas for Christmas gifts.
Thank you to YogaOutlet.com for sponsoring today’s post.
Before I joined CrossFit last year, I loved doing hot yoga at CorePower Yoga. Hopefully they have a location near you, because it’s one of the best yoga studios I have been to. They also are not kidding when they say hot yoga. I remember sweating so much during my classes, I would have to bring a change of clothes after. (TMI!!!) But during my time at Yoga, I found my groove and the accessories that made my practice that much better. If you have a yoga lover in your life, here are some recommendations for gift ideas this holiday season.
I have this brand and these are amazing at not letting your feet slip. I even used them at pilates so I don’t fall off the SPX machine. Well, I did fall off once…but it wasn’t because of my socks!
Yoga Mat Spray
Your mat gets pretty stinky. It’s natural when you sweat all over it. Get this spray and use it after each practice.
I love mat slings like this because it’s an easy way to carry your mat. I am not a huge fan of yoga mat bags because I want my mat to air out after class.
Glass Water Bottle
I am a fan of glass water bottles because they don’t have that lingering smell to them after a couple of uses. This bottle also has a silicone cover so it doesn’t slip out of your hands.
I have these yoga pants and the print is a lot of fun. The only thing is…they got kinda see through during my workout. I don’t know if it was because I was sweating a lot (Again, TMI), but the butt became sheer. I have had this happen before during yoga, where I was wearing leopard print undies and everyone saw. YUP, that was my first taste of humiliation during yoga. So word to the wise, these pants would be okay if you wanted to wear them out to the store or lounge, but probably not to work out in.
Naming your blog photos is important for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) in the blogosphere and helps you rank higher on search engines. Also, when someone goes to pin your photo, the title gets prompted for the pinner.
How to Name Your Photos Using WordPress
When uploading your photo using WordPress, you can name your photo before you insert the image. Just fill out the “alternative text” area with the keywords you are using in your blog post. Since this post is about naming photos and the title is “How to Name Your Blog Photos”, the keyword I am going to use is “How to Name Your Blog Photos”.
If you have already uploaded your pictures or want to go back to previous posts, you can edit the image by clicking the pencil that appears when you click on the image. Use the same tips as above.
How to Name Your Photos Using Blogger
The SEO tips still apply for Blogger as they do for WordPress. When you upload your image on blogger, click on the image and select “properties”. Then you will fill out the keywords in the “Alt Text” area.
Naming your photos is definitely something you should get in the habit of doing if you are serious about growing your blog. It allows you to control how your images get titled on Pinterest so they be searchable. Plus, who doesn’t want a higher search ranking on Google? After putting in all that hard work on your blog post, you want as many eyes as possible to see it!
I remember when I was starting out, I didn’t know any blogosphere terminology. Words like feed, buttons, hosting, and permalinks made hide under my desk. LOL, when Erin from Living in Yellow asked how people can follow my blog, I knew I needed to look some stuff up.
Even though I wouldn’t consider my blog to be fashion focused, I looked at blogs like The Daybook and Cupcakes and Cashmere as a guide on how I wanted my blog to look and feel. But whatever blog you would like to start (Lifestyle, DIY, Mommy, Fashion) I find that fashion blogs are a great resource to follow.
Starting a fashion blog is a great way to share your passion for clothes and maybe develop a following in the process. However, getting your blog to stand out from the crowd takes a lot of hard work and dedication.
Try to post every day so your blog always stays in the forefront of people’s minds. Occasional short breaks are okay, but be sure to make up for them with something extra juicy.
Tag and sort all your entries so visitors can find what they’re looking for easily. When you’ve built up a solid body of posts, you might also want to consider adding a “Best Of” or “Recommended Posts” section to show off your best work.
Check out the infographic from Ever Pretty for more tips on building your fashion blog.
Thanks to Ever-Pretty for sponsoring today’s post.