Big Changes for Bucket List Publications

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Bucket List Publications is a huge part of me. It’s my personal life, my family, my travels, my thoughts, my friends, my day. It’s a look into me… both good and bad. Few people are willing to be so open about their life with thousands of readers daily. It’s a big challenge to know how much to put out there and how much to keep to myself, but the rewards are greater than my wildest expectations. I’ve made friends, learned more here than during my 7 years of university, explored the world, challenged myself, and created a career. I’m happy to share, but I’m always trying to find the best way to do it.  Continue reading

Can A City Be Your Soul Mate? Finding Myself in Valencia

Valencia, Spain

Author: Marisa LaValette

As the plane began its descent towards Barajas Airport in Madrid, I have to say I felt like a little bit of a poser. I had been teaching Spanish for four years already, but this would be my very first visit to Spain. As I climbed into one of the white Mercedes taxis lined up along the airport curb, the driver asked me immediately “¿Es Mexicana?” He wanted to know if I was Mexican, which in its own way was validating. I intentionally teach my students to speak with a Mexican accent, or any accent from the 10 other Spanish-speaking countries where I have spent time. Continue reading

Social Media and Your Blog

Hard work, determination, and consistent effort will help you achieve your blogging goals,Bucket List Publications Logo but drive alone doesn’t make a blog successful. There is more to blogging than creating posts and wanting them to be seen.  In my post,10 Great Ways to Get Noticed as a Blogger, I shared tips to increase blog rankings. 715 likes, 122 social shares, and 125 comments told me that other bloggers are searching for ways to improve their rankings as well. Below is the second addition to 10 Great Ways to Get Noticed as a Blogger, but this time is has a general focus of Social Media and Your Blog. We can all achieve success, but it’s nice to have a few tips along the way. Continue reading

5 Ways to Get More Traffic to Your Blog

My recent post, 10 Great Ways to Get Noticed as a Blogger, was welcomed with huge success. What I’ve learned: we’d all like more traffic.

Regardless of your motives for writing, I’ve never heard of someone saying they wanted less traffic. Without readers, what’s the point of blogging?

blog-trafficAs your traffic levels grow, it gets easier and easier to get new readers, and with more people to share, retweet, and post about your content, you’ll eventually experience the snowball effect.

Even big bloggers, though, need to think about traffic; those social shares and links won’t always happen on their own.

Whatever stage you’re at with your blog, these tips will help you get more traffic.

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10 Great Ways to Get Noticed as a Blogger

Getting Noticed with Your Blog ContentSanta Monica

If you’re new to blogging, it can seem impossible to make a name for yourself among the hundreds, or more likely thousands, of bloggers out there covering the same topic, but don’t let that discourage you. Everyone had to start somewhere. I’ve compiled a list of ten things that worked for me. Of course, not every technique will be right for your blog; hopefully, these techniques will help you build a foundation for success over time. Continue reading

7 Ways to Improve Your Alexa Ranking

In a previous post, I shared ways to improve your Alexa ranking and it was extremely well received byBucket List Publications Logo my readers. It turns out, many other bloggers are searching for answers about rankings, followers, views, and states so, after proudly reaching 10 million views, I’ve decided to re-post the article.  I’d love your feedback and if you have anything that I’m missing, please share with others. We are, after all, a community and it is that community that leads to success.

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6am Is No Longer Early: Taking it All in at Virginia Beach

12:00am – wake Athena, change her, feed her, and put her back to bed.Virginia Beach
6am – wake Athena, changer her, feed her, and get ready to play.

As a new mother, waking up at 6am is sleeping in, especially after months of feedings every 3 hours, but I don’t mind. It has become routine and now I get excited for 6am to come so I can start another day with her pleasant, smiling face looking up at me, her tiny like fingers reaching for my face and hands, and her bright blue eyes searching for answers in this new world.

This morning, we decided to let Darren, better known as Daddy, sleep in while we explored the boardwalk of Virginia Beach. Although more touristy than expected, it’s still filled with local color and laid-back visitors. Continue reading

Blogging Gives You So Much More!

While searching the travel tags this evening, this is what a noticed:

Lesley Carter — Thank You

Yesterday’s post, Thanksgiving Rant, was my first post ever to get a “like” from another blogger. First thing I have done on any of my WordPressblogs since 2009 that got that small show of love.

So while it was a slow day at work today, like it has been the last week or so allowing me to start this unguided project, I logged in to see who the nice blogger was & what they had going on. That is where I found Lesley Carter. Continue reading