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MeWe Next-Gen Social Network is the only social media network that has a Privacy Bill of Rights for its members. Can you believe that?

Guess what? I have exciting news! I joined the latest social media network: MeWe. The app just announced its launch on March 9 of this year, and it is already making a big impact. I honestly did not see myself joining another social media site anytime soon. I already manage a lot of social media sites between my blog and internship; I have so much going on, I don’t even have personal social media accounts anymore!

When I heard about MeWe, however, I knew I wanted to join, and I had two very good reasons. The first was that MeWe has multiple features that combine the functions of other social media sites, which makes it convenient. All of your favorite sharing tools are in one place. Some of my favorites are:

MeWe Next-Gen Social Network is the only social media network that has a Privacy Bill of Rights for its members. Can you believe that?

The first thing that I did after joining MeWe was create a group for you guys. The Ali in Bloom public group is just another way to stay up to date on new content. I will be posting about my latest blog posts, new Youtube videos, pictures that didn’t make it onto the blog, and behind-the-scenes fun! Even better, the group has its own personal chat room, so if you want to connect more personally with me or ask any questions that you might have about posts, a topic I’ve covered, my blog or life in general, you can connect with me quickly and easily there in the group chat- or private chat! A lot of you reach out on Facebook and Instagram, and I try to respond to each and every one of you. Having all of this communication streamlined into one app makes it way easier and faster for me to get back to all of you though. Connecting with readers is one of my favorite things about blogging, and I only hope that joining MeWe means I can hear from even more of you!

MeWe Next-Gen Social Network is the only social media network that has a Privacy Bill of Rights for its members. Can you believe that?

The second and honestly the biggest reason that I wanted to join MeWe was because it offers me something that no other social media can: privacy. You might think that sounds silly. I do post a lot about my life on the internet, so you might be thinking privacy isn’t my biggest concern, but I’m actually very particular about how much I do and do not share on my blog and social media channels. I like the option of being able to share what I want, and I don’t like the idea of anyone storing or owning my personal data. The goal is to share my life with you- not random third parties.

MeWe is the only social media network that has a Privacy Bill of Rights for its members. Can you believe that? I honestly had no idea that other social networks were so open and free with collecting and giving away our information, but I’m glad that I know now. Knowing that I have privacy and safety on MeWe means that I’ll be using MeWe as a way to share inside sneak peaks into my life! This doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop using other social media sites- not at all. This just means that I get to share more and be more comfortable sharing more with you all on MeWe!

Wondering why other social media networks are so unsafe? I’m no expert- even after hours of research, but some other bloggers who joined MeWe are spilling the beans. Here are other great blog posts to read on the privacy issues with other social networking sites:

The Really Bad News About Facebook (and What to do About it)

Why You Should Kick Facebook to the Curb (and Where You Should Go Instead)

Will you join MeWe and be a part of the Next-Gen Social Network? How do you feel about the lack of privacy on other social media networks? I want to know! Let me know in the comment section below.

My Advice to You: Take a Blogging Break

Blogging Break

To write this post or to not write this post? That is the question. Well, I say write it. You can’t go wrong with being honest and open, right? I haven’t posted a blog post since February 9th. That was three weeks ago! My blogging break was not intentional. In fact, it wasn’t even really a break. I have been working hard behind the scenes on my blog these past few weeks, and let me tell you – it has paid off. My daily traffic has DOUBLED. Trust me, I’m just as shocked as you are. I’m getting significantly higher numbers when I haven’t been posting at all?! This just goes to show that if anyone thinks they have to be posting five days a week to increase traffic, they’re wrong. That isn’t the only (and most effective) way. So let me tell you what I’ve been doing on this highly unintentional and greatly unexpected not-so-break blogging break.

  • School work. Let’s just get the most boring part of my break out of the way first. School has been crazy, and with it being my last semester, I really want to pull through and get amazing grades. With midterms and daily homework to worry about, this was one of my main focuses these past few weeks.
  • Applying for freelance jobs. Applying for freelance jobs is probably one of the biggest reasons I haven’t posted. Writing sample posts, updating my resume, adding to my LinkedIn profile and getting the applications sent off has had me writing and editing a lot. I was writing so many posts that it felt like I was still posting here!
  • Updating old blog posts. I’ll be the first to admit it… I have learned a lot about blogging in the last three years, and my skills have greatly improved (although there is always room for improvement). With that being said, I still had great ideas when I first started, so my focus over the past three weeks was trying to make those posts into something I would still want to have shared and seen now. This involved redoing pictures and editing text, a time-consuming yet rewarding process. I now have more posts that I want to tweet, pin and share.
  • Setting up collabs. I have been in contact with a number of fabulous bloggers/ entrepreneurs that will be contributing to Ali in Bloom in some way or another – whether for a fun guest post, interview, etc. Expect to see some great new content on the way in upcoming months. I’m pumped and feel so honored to get to work with so many great ladies in the blogosphere!

All of these things are just fine and dandy. They needed to be done, but they still don’t explain how I managed to double my traffic without posting at all. This one does:

  • Revamping Pinterest. I spent hours focusing on Pinterest alone. A lot of bloggers will advise you to delete any of your pins with a low number of repins. I had heard this advice before time and time again, but I chose to ignore it. There is no doubt that pinning (and pinning well) takes a lot of time and energy. You might find the perfect pin that fits your style and brand, but no one repins it. Why would I want to delete pins that I spent hours trying to find? Somehow over my short break, I stepped outside this mentality. I looked at all of my pins that had no repins at all; there were quite a few! Especially from the beginning of my Pinterest days. I went through and started deleting them. I deleted all of the ones that I cringed at and couldn’t believe I actually thought to pin them. I went through and repinned all of the pins that I loved and couldn’t part with (maybe I pinned them at a bad time). Then, I went through again and deleted all of the remaining pins with no repins. I didn’t go as far as to delete pins that had one or two repins. That was good enough for me. Since making this little change, my traffic from Pinterest has spiked, 100% contributing to my doubling traffic. Revamping my Pinterest profile was the best blogging decision I have made in a long time, and I will continue to sort through my pins and not be afraid to part with them.

I am pretty sure this is the longest blogging “break” I have taken since my freshman year, when I was just beginning to take blogging seriously. And you know what? It was wonderful. When did we start to feel so guilty about not posting for a few weeks? Behind the scenes, blogs take a lot of work, and I think it is more than okay to take a break from the actual writing part to focus on other important aspects of blogging. Posting five times a week isn’t going to do much for your traffic if you don’t even have time to promote your hard work. It will just sit there – unseen and wasting away! No one wants that.

On top of all of the noticeable, accountable work that I have accomplished in the last three weeks, I have also found myself more clear about the direction I want to take here. I honestly and truly believe that writing for other people and focusing on other projects has helped me find my voice. In fact, I did technically post once during this little vacation, but the post came down within a few hours after I realized it just didn’t fit the standard for what I want to put out on this site. Taking this not-so-break blogging break has helped me rediscover my purpose here. It has helped my surprisingly grow my traffic and update some much needed things around here.

So, my advice to you: if you are feeling overwhelmed, uninspired or like you’re stuck in a rut, don’t let blogger’s guilt get in your way of feeling able to take a short blogging break. I think you’ll find it will do you wonders in the long run.

With that being said, I can’t wait to be back at it this week, feeling rejuvenated and ready to post! I am so excited for all of you to see what is in store…

Have you ever taken an expected or unexpected blogging break? How did it go? Was it worth it? I’d love to hear your experiences with taking a break from the blogosphere in the comments below.

Currently 2.03.2016

February 2016 Currently Linkup

Sending stuff home to declutter before the end of the semester. It can be hectic to move out at the end of the semester, so I figured why not start getting rid of unnecessary stuff now… like the Christmas tree in the back of my closet?

Eating snap peas and strawberries. I just went to the grocery store, so my fridge is packed full of fresh fruits and veggies. Snap peas, strawberries and celery with peanut butter are some of my favorite snacks at the moment.

Dreaming about all of my weekend plans. It’s true what they say – you shouldn’t wait until Friday to live your life and be happy, but my weekends this February are jam packed full of fun plans, so I can’t help but look forward to them. This weekend my mom and I are going to go to a painting class and then go see The Choice. The following weekend I’m going to visit Ty to celebrate Valentine’s Day and spend time together.

Smelling my vanilla candles as I sit at my desk writing and finishing up my homework.

Hearting my Animal Kingdom adult coloring book by Millie Marotta. I could seriously go on and on about my new love for relaxing and unwinding while letting out my creative side, but I rambled on for long enough and showed some of my recent projects in my last post, so I won’t repeat myself too much. Long story short, give it a try. Even 5 minutes will have you relaxed and addicted to coloring. Why did we ever stop?

As always, a huge thanks to Anne and Jenna for hosting this linkup each month and connecting all of us bloggers together.

What are you currently sending, eating, dreaming, smelling and hearting this February? Let me know in the comments below!

Currently 1.06.2016

Currently Linkup January 2016 1.06.2016

Resolving to be empathetic, listen to others and always be patient. This all has to do with my goal to have a more balanced life in 2016. Sometimes in the stress of work, school and everyday life, I let my stress get in the way of being empathetic and patient when it is needed. I want to make sure that I take the time to get back to this, because it is something I think is so, so important.

Reading Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas. I’ve mentioned Lisa Kleypas on the blog before when I was reading Rainshadow Road. I have also read her book Smooth Talking Stranger. I loved Smooth Talking Stranger so much, and Brown-Eyed Girl is the last book to the same series, so I have high hopes for this one! I can’t help it, when I need to relax and unwind I love reading romance novels. But hey! I have to say, I’m glad I can report that I’m reading anything. That means I’m already doing well on my goal for 2016!!

Organizing everything – and I’m not kidding. If you follow me on Snapchat (aliinbloom), you know that I just bought an acrylic organizer for all of my makeup. I’ve been cleaning out my old craft supplies in my basement, getting rid of markers and pens that were dried up and throwing away any scraps that I kept because I thought I could use them but never did. I’ve thrown out my school work from last semester and cleaned out my backpack. Forget spring cleaning, I’m new year cleaning, and it feels so good.

Loving being home, free of the stresses of school and being able to spend time with my friends and family.

Craving this healthy turkey chili that my mom and I tried for the first time last week. It was so good! If you’re looking for healthy recipes, this is definitely a must-try.

Like my glasses? Read about my computer glasses here! And as always, a huge thanks to Anne and Jenna for hosting.

I want to know: what are you currently resolving, reading, organizing, loving or craving? Let me know in the comments below.