Announcement: Official TMinspired Website!

Hello my lovely readers,

I just wanted to send a quick announcement letting you know about my NEW website, http://TMinspired.com !!! I’m so excited for this launch and I’m happy to finally have my own domain name!

Although, there is one issue….
All of my current subscribers will need to RE-subscribe from the TMinspired.com blog page!!
(You can find it on the right toolbar at http://TMinspired.com/Blog)
I’m sorry for the inconvenience and I hope that you will join me on my new adventure.

Thank you so much and I hope to see you there!
Taylor

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VA Tip of the Week: 9 Beneficial Blogging Tips

Whether you already have a blog, or if you’re just getting started – this post can potentially guide you down the path of quality blog posting that your readers will love!


1. Find your blogging passion!

  • You don’t have to be a professional writer to have a blog, but you do need to be inspired and passionate about what you write about. If you don’t care about your blog, your subscribers won’t, either.
  • You can have a themed blog, (Examples: Business coaches can write about business tips to their readers and potential clients. If you love to cook/bake, you can have a food based blog with posts of new recipes you try with photos included. If you are a photographer, you can post about your journey through photography, and maybe start a 365-day challenge. Posts including “lists” and “how-tos” also receive high amounts of ratings and feedback.) But you don’t need a theme as long as it’s about you!
  • Always remember to keep your blog personal, unique, and authentic to your life. Allow your readers to get to know you. As long as you continue to write about what inspires YOU, the subscribers will follow.

2. Add in videos and photos to your posts.

  • These can be videos you take talking to your readers, (you should also add these to Youtube!) and photos of your day-to-day life. These will make your blog feel personal with an added flare. It’s a fun and exciting way to switch things up a bit in your blogging journey, and a great way to show your readers (literally) that you care!

3. Consistency is key!

  • Having a consistent blog posting to your followers and subscribers is very beneficial to your Social Media “mark.” These posts can range from one post every two weeks, every week, or maybe every day. The more frequently you post with valuable information to your readers, the more subscribers, new readers, and activity you will receive to your page.

4. Make sure your blog is public!

  • Allow search engines to find you, include tags and categories for each post. Post about each new post on your Social Media networks. (This includes: Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, ect.)
  • If your blog is invisible, how will you gain a following?

5. Let others share your work.

  • Don’t let your posts go unnoticed from those outside of your circle! Add in the “share” buttons to each blog post. (Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, Google+, Email, ect) This will allow others to share the posts they like to their Social Media networks, and potentially give you more active followers – just by your readers clicking a button!

6. Allow others to interact.

  • You can set up a poll, survey, or rating system on your blog to gain interaction with your readers.
  • Ask them to comment on your posts if they have any questions regarding what you wrote, or invite them to think of a topic they would like to read from you in the future.
  • You can invite a “guest blogger” to post on your blog. This will help you gain exposure from their readers and possibly open an opportunity for you to post as a guest on their blog, as well.

7. Follow other blogs.

  • What blogs inspire you? You can pull ideas from these blogs that will help fuel the fire to your topic. In the future, you can ask them to guest post on your blog. Who knows, maybe one day the bloggers that inspire you, will be inspired BY you!

8. Don’t let a good idea go to waste!

  • Sometimes, I am able to think of multiple topics/headlines for future blogs, but I don’t take the time to write them down. I find that later on, I have forgotten the key points I had for those blogs, and sometimes the topic altogether gets lost.
  • A great way to avoid this is to click the “add new post” button and start a mini blog with your key-points, or just the title itself, then save it as a draft. (You can even do this in a word document or notepad on your computer.)
  • This can save you the time wasted of writers block trying to come up with new information in a short time frame.

9. Be patient!

  • Your blogging network will not blow up overnight – and that’s okay! Instead of pushing out your BEST content right away and wringing your writing ability dry, take your time in creating quality content that will benefit your readers and make them return for more.
  • The most popular blogs took years to build a consistent following and a list of content to share… yours may not be any different.
  • Make sure you are prepared for a slow start and stay determined in your journey. As long as you’re having fun, the rest of it is easier to wait for.

Do you have a tip that you would like to share? Post it in the “comment” section below! I would love to hear your blogging strategy and the “do’s & donts” you’ve found along the way!

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VA Tip of the Week: Be Yourself

The biggest mistake in Social Media is to try to be someone you’re not.

If someone wants to friend you, follow you, or subscribe to you, they want the real you in return. You can tell when someone is trying too hard. It makes them suddenly uninteresting – that’s not what you want!

Even if you have a Virtual Assistant helping you, make sure that they are equipped with the right wording and content to be prepared to talk for you. The should know how you respond to comments, posts and tweets. This includes posting for you and conversing for you to your network and clients. You don’t want a clear division of content when you vs. your VA are online!

Remember to always have fun – even if it’s on a professional level! You don’t need to have a strict format of what to say, when to say it, or who you can talk to/be friends with. Social Media is open for everyone and is supposed to be Social. Never waste an opportunity for it!

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The Manzo Family – Christmas Portraits

A few days away from Christmas, I was privileged to shoot the Manzo Family Portraits. They are a Military family based in Camp Pendleton, family of three; Robert, Melina, and adorable little Sadie.

There were a lot of “firsts” included with this shoot: A family I have never met before, professionally taking photos of a child, working outdoors in the midst of a LOT of people, working at night with Christmas lights, and more! This was such a huge learning experience for me, and a photo session that I will not forget! I had a lot of fun and loved connecting with this incredibly kind family.

All of these were shot at The Mission Inn in Riverside – it’s beautiful and at the time, was filled with Christmas lights for their annual, “Festival of Lights” display.

Thank you for everything you do for our Country.

“Follow the way of love”    1 Corinthians 14:1a

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VA Tip of the Week: What is a Virtual Assistant?

Have you met someone who is a “Virtual Assistant” but never knew what exactly they did? I was the same way until I made it my job title.

A Virtual Assistant is a self-employed professional working in their own home. They provide administrative, technical, or Social Media assistance to clients such as entrepreneurs, large businesses, small business professionals, coaches, authors, ect. They help any business or person that is too busy to take care of their own work load themselves, and each Virtual Assistant has their own areas of experience and expertise that make each one unique.

Everything we do is Virtual. (Hence the job title!) Where we are able to work from our own home, on our own schedule, but we’re usually extremely flexible to yours! This means we can work weekends, in the evenings, and have a very fast turn around time for any of your needs.

Personally, I focus on the Social Media side of Virtual Assistance, and that is what I offer my clients. (This includes Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, email, event planning, scheduling, file organization, editing, proof reading, blog posting, shopping cart maintenance, website building and maintenance, ect.) Although, you can find some that will keep your personal or business financial bookkeeping in order, as well. Our job is to help your business grow. We have the ability to learn programs and websites quickly to meet your exact needs.

Virtual Assistants are usually hired by companies/entrepreneurs who want to save money. (VA’s provide their own insurance, equipment, and office space.) Usually, we charge on an hourly based rate. These can be a flat rate package or hour-by-hour for the time period given for each payment. (I charge by month, but some will charge bi-weekly or take a retainer up front, or sometimes even charge by project.)

So – Do you need a Virtual Assistant? If you aren’t sure, ask yourself some of these questions:

  • Where do you want your business to go?
  • What would you need their help with, exactly? (Bookkeeping, administrative assistance, or more?)
  • What types of tasks would you give your Virtual Assistant? Those are the skills you are looking for.
  • What is your budget? (Research the services they provide vs. the ones you need. You don’t want to pay for a Virtual Assistant at a much higher rate if you only need them for the most simple tasks. Find one where it would be fair financially for the both of you!)

Other tips if you are hiring:

  • Make sure you check out their personal websites and networks.
  • Get to know them before hiring – and they should want to get to know you!
  • Make sure they know what you want from them! We can’t yet read your mind.
  • Do your research! Ask those you know who have hired Virtual Assistants for themselves.

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New Year, New Goals

Hello readers! Welcome to 2012, and also my 50th post! 🙂

Currently, my blogging basically consists of only photography posts. Although, if you know me, you know that’s not all I love to do. So, in 2012, I have decided to switch it up a bit! Because of this, I thought I should write up an announcement post for you to know what is changing in 2012!

1.  Weekly Virtual Assistant Tip
Each week I will give you a small tip that will help you with Social Media Networking, Facebook, Twitter, ect. I will share with you what I have learned through trial and error. I will even let you in on some tools and websites you should use to keep track of day-to-day activity! You can expect these posts going up every week.
Do you have a question that you would like for me to answer? Leave in it a comment below or Tweet to me @TMinspired! I would love to help you.

2.  12 Crafts of 2012
I have decided on doing something fun each month, a craft of some sort. I’ve drawn inspiration from fellow bloggers, Tweeters, and Pinterest Pins and would like to recreate certain things for myself. But why not share them with you, too? I will be posting step-by-step tutorials for you to follow along. (Although I’m not going to tell you what I have planned for the months ahead. You are just going to have to subscribe to find out!)

My favorite announcement – 3.  NEW Website!
I am switching up the look of my blog and going professional. My domain name will change, I will have an official home page… And so much more! I’m excited for the launch and VERY excited to see what else 2012 brings!

On top of all of these things, I am also bumping up my Photography and you will see more posts this year of photo shoots. Hopefully filled with a bunch of new faces!

Thank you for your encouragement and support. God Bless!

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Heather & Cory – Christmas Portraits

As you may remember… My good friends, Heather and Cory, got married last August. (I was honored to be apart of the photography team photographing their wedding)

This Christmas, they wanted portraits together, and I was ecstatic that they asked me. (And a big thanks to Nathan, my second shooter for this session.)
Here are my favorites from our session at Saddleback Church’s Rancho Campus:


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