A Year In Review: Blogging Goals 2019

In July 2017, The Uncorked Librarian LLC toasted to an official start as a travel and book blog designed to help travelers and readers pick the booziest locations and most wanderlust inspiring books to get them there. Turning a blog into a business was brand new to this MLIS graduate.  What a fantastic year and wild experience. After looking back at successes and failures through “A Year in Review,” check out TUL’s blogging goals for 2019.  I hope they help you too.

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Photoshop Tutorial For Book Blogging

Not all book bloggers and bookstagrammers are pro photographers. I should know. Some days, my pictures rock.  Call it a small miracle.  Other days, they just suck the last wine drop dry.  I can write, entertain…and drink wine. Unfortunately, while I own a stellar Canon, I am not the best picture taker or photo editor. Even worse, imagine writing a strong book review and having a cloudy #bookstagram picture for Instagram and Pinterest. Many book bloggers review digital copies of books, and taking a clear picture of that eReader with the book cover is a b*tch. AmIRight? Raise that hand in the air like you just don’t care.  BUT YOU DO! While I am not a pro at Photoshop, many readers have asked how I personally take #bookstagram pictures of ebooks without weird reflections, grainy covers (not on purpose), and just hot messes laid out on my iPad. This Photoshop tutorial…

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Increase Blog Traffic With These 5 Easy Tips

Are you there, God?  It’s me, Christine.  Is anyone reading my blog? I must, I must, I must increase my page views.  Yup, blogging as an adult is pretty similar to Margaret wanting boobs and even her girlie flowww.  Milestones that amount to a dreadful amount of work but transcend you into superwoman status.  If you don’t know this bookish reference and have decided that I’m already too much for you, just skim by to learn how to increase blog traffic and start seeing your hard work pay off.  As a book blogger, I had to honor my niche first. via GIPHY Are you blogging off your behind to no avail? About six months ago, I decided that instead of returning to a public library job with my newly minted MLIS-degree, I would monetize my blog and turn my website into a business.  I made that sound so easy. HAHA. …

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Blogging Tools and Tips For The Newbie Entrepreneur

Recently, I restructured The Uncorked Librarian’s website to make resources, posts, and stories easier to find.  Be sure to visit and check back with TUL’s permanent and new Blogging Resources page, which will receive frequent updates.  This new page will also index all blogging tools used and related posts.  Each new indexed post will provide a summary to better help you find what you need faster.  Before I share blogging tools that helped me these past 6 months, I have a few questions for you, my reader. Readers, Followers, and Fans: I’d Love Your Input: As The Uncorked Librarian moves forward into the New Year, I would love to receive your feedback.  What do you want to see more of?  What interests you the most?  On the flip side, what frustrates you about the site, and what is boring you? I find most of my traffic derives from Pinterest and…

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Make Money Blogging: Affiliate Marketing For Bloggers

As you know, I am an advocate for living a life of fulfillment and happiness. A life that you are excited to wake up to, are passionate about, and love. For me, that life is about blogging: helping other bloggers, reviewing new books, and sharing unique travels. As I grew up, making money blogging and turning my passions into a remote career seemed impossible. How could anyone make money blogging? Within the past year, I began learning and studying successful bloggers who make anywhere from $10,000-$120,000 a year. Many of these bloggers, freelancers, and digital nomads offer digital courses, sell products, and secure income through numerous social media channels. At times, the overload of information is overwhelming. Where do you even begin or how do you start to make money blogging? For me, affiliate marketing for bloggers is one of the easiest ways to monetize a blog, and you can…

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Remote Life: What Not To Say To The Blogger In Your Life

Hard To Grasp Life Concepts: Children, Travel, and the Remote Life  Has anyone told you that being childless in your 30’s might be one of the hardest life choices that you face? You will come across hardships in your 30’s that no one will ever warn you about, except for maybe Bridget Jones. For one, if you are a childless woman who either cannot have kids or chooses not to procreate, everyone around you will whisper, question, and judge. You become an enigma—an evil spritely boozer but also some sort of magical and free sorceress with time and money for luxuries like yoga and travel. People dislike you and approach you warily. Some envy you. Others, thank god, could care less. All the while, you slowly drown in a sea of pregnant friends and baby showers.  I swear babies just start falling from the sky. You suddenly gain status as…

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