Please Take My 2014 Reader Survey!


I want to make my blog better and more valuable for YOU! As a result, I created a very short, simple, 10 question anonymous survey to learn more about how I can provide value. Would you please take a few minutes to fill out the survey? Life is very busy, and I value your time. […]

2 Months of NO blogging — I miss you!!!


Ah, the internet… I haven’t had it for two months and it’s really hard to be a blogger without it. I’m currently typing this post using one finger on my cell phone. Getting a little cramp, just a small one. I had to write to say I miss you and am praying I have internet […]

Goodbye Blog Design — choosing the most valuable!

When we say “yes” to one option, we are essentially saying “no” to another option… A few years ago, I started “Elegant Custom Blogs” because I really enjoyed doing blog design in the evenings after my kids went to bed. Over time, the hobby grew to take on more and more clients and even working […]

Here’s the Deal… Pickle.


Okay, that title has absolutely nothing to do with anything. I just felt like it summed up all of the randomness swirling in my head… about blogging, branding, being a mom, and a little bit about the prophet Jeremiah thrown in. And maybe I’m hungry for pickles. But I’m not pregnant. Anyhoo…. Blogging is a […]

How to Get Free Books as a Blogger!


One of my favorite “perks” of blogging is receiving free books for review! There are several different websites where bloggers can sign up to receive free books in exchange for a blog post containing an honest review. If you are a blogger and enjoy reading, I encourage you to check out these websites! psst… even if you […]

How to Make Money Blogging


Why Monetize? Let me start off by saying, making money is NOT my primary motivation for my blog. Many people who don’t blog don’t realize that it actually costs me money to have this blog (website hosting fees per month, yearly domain registration, blog designs — which is why I started learning how to do it […]