February 2017 Blog Income Report

This Month’s Top Post: Ready to Eat Freezer Meals – 326 Views

This Month’s Runner Up: January 2017 Blog Income Report – 304 Views

This was the first month that I didn’t write any new posts.  Well, I did film one video and edit it this month.  But, other than that, I had all of my posts ready to go.  I am so glad I did that because this month I needed all of my free time to go towards getting ready to sell my home.  I’m so ready to be just living my life as normal in the new house.  But, one step at a time.  For the next few months I’m just going to hobble along in blog land.

February 2017 INCOME STATEMENT

Revenue
Ads – $169.93
Sponsored Posts – $0.20
Total: $170.13

Expenses
Tailwind – $10..00
Domain – $1.26
Hosting – $6.99
Etsy – $1.00
Total: $19.25

NET INCOME: $150.88

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Last month, I mentioned that I was going into a slower time for me.  Haha.  I was definitely mistaken!  I was still able to complete both of my goals though!  I had a goal of joining 18 new Pinterest boards.  I joined 21!  This month I hope to see an increase because of all of the new groups.  But I am a bit behind in scheduling posts so we will see.

I also got some new Etsy downloadables posted. They are the pink kitchen recipe cards and labels below.

My goal for March is to maintain the blog.  I need to get all of my posts for April ready and make sure to get all of my Pinterest posts scheduled.  This month is going to be crazy with having to drop everything at any moment to show the house.  Wish me luck!

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How to Create Blog Photos Using PowerPoint

My How to Make Your Own Blog Photos post shows the steps that I use to create my images.  Today I’m going to go into a bit more depth and show you how I do some of the editing.  So, if you haven’t read the other post, go check it out and then come back to this one.

One thing to note before diving into the editing.  I like to take landscape photos when I’m creating a collage of images.  I will show you why below.

Setting Up PowerPoint

The first thing I do when I’m getting ready to create a blog photo is set up my template in PowerPoint.  This is really simple.  I just open a new document and change the slide orientation to portrait.

TAB: Design SECTION: Customize OPTION: Slide Size –> Change Orientation to Portrait

Once I have the size set, I delete the text boxes that are on the slide.

Inserting the image

I copy and paste one of the images from my collection into PowerPoint.   At this point, the image only fills part of the slide.  I resize the image by dragging the corners out until the top and bottom align.  The right and left side will be way out of the canvas.  This is what you want.

Setting the Image

Once you have the image large enough to cover the canvas, crop the left and right sides of the image.  You will be able to see the slide edge when cropping and the photo should snap in place.

When the edges are set to the canvas, you can then drag the photo left and right until you have the perfect section. Click Crop again to complete the crop.

Basic image fixes

I only do a minimal amount of editing to each of my photos which usually only consists of a adjusting the brightness and contrast.  Sometimes I will adjust the sharpness as well.  On rare occasions, I will use a different editing program to create a blur or other effect.

Select the image by clicking on it.  Then go to Format, Corrections and hover over the images to see a preview.  Select the one you like the best.  I typically like 20% Brightness / 20% Contrast but occasionally I choose a different option.

Inserting the text box

To insert the text box, go to the Insert Tab and click on Text Box.  Drag the text box onto the photo.  You can always adjust placement later.  Write the text for your image in the text box.

Highlight the text and increase the font size until it is large enough that to fill the photo.  We will adjust this again later.  The initial increase is just to be able to read the words.

Designing the text box

Click on the outside border of the text box.  Click to the Format Tab and open More Fill Colors for Shape Fill.

I usually fill white with a 10% transparency (opacity) but you can choose any option you want.

Editing the Text

At this point, I usually move the text box to around the area I want it to be.  Change the colors and fonts any way you would like.  I’ve even downloaded some additional fonts from Google.  Don’t forget to add your watermark.

Finalizing your image

Once you have your fonts how you want them, you need to finalize the image.  Your project is currently a PowerPoint file so you need to create the image file for your image.

To do this, go to Save As and then choose the PNG option.  There are other image files such as a JPG but WordPress doesn’t play nice with JPG’s.  So, if you may ever switch to WordPress, use PNG’s.

The End Product

Congratulations!   You’ve now created a pin-worthy image by using PowerPoint!

If you have any questions, please reach out to me.  I’m more than happy to help!

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January 2017 Blog Income Report

This Month’s Top Post: How I use Smart Things for Home Automation – 329 Views this month.  Originally posted in January 2016

This Month’s Runner Up: 2016 Review and 2017 Goals – 294 Views

This month I hit quite a large milestone!  5K Followers!  I’m now officially half way to my goal of 10k.  I also had more income than typical and I have no idea why.  I just got lucky I guess!

January 2017 INCOME STATEMENT

Revenue
Ads – $216.40
Sponsored Posts – $5
Total: $221.40

Expenses
Tailwind – $10..00
Domain – $1.26
Hosting – $6.99
Etsy – $0.80
Total: $19.05

NET INCOME: $202.35

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Last month, I said that my goal was to get ahead in January because I was going to have a busy year.  What I didn’t realize is that January was going to be my busiest month in my day to day life.  Surprisingly, I was still able to get ahead!  I got all of my posts done for February and March except the house updates.  I’ll make those as new things keep happening at the house.

Since I’m ahead and now I’m headed into a bit of a slower time in my home life, I plan on focusing a bit more on growing the blog.  In February, I plan to join more Pinterest groups.  I’m currently in 18 groups.  It would be nice to double that this month.  I also plan on making some new content for Etsy and determining how frequently I want to add content.

Looking forward to a good month!

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