Instagram Hacked – Advice from a Victim

Instagram Attacked Advice from a Victim

This post affects over 1 billion Instagram users and it’s one of the saddest posts I had to write because I’m a victim. I used my Instagram account as a major part of my business and income stream. With nearly 150,000 followers, almost 800 posts including photos of myself, my six year old daughter, and our travels, and thousands of hours of relationship building and audience growth, it was hacked and stolen. I was trapped in an automated loop with Instagram, never actually speaking to a human or receiving any help. It was like someone broke into my house and set it on fire, burning it to the ground. Here’s what happen and a list of ways you can protect yourself.  Continue reading

Bucket List Publications Needs Your Submissions

Bark Europa at Port

22 days at sea without internet access; it’s hard to believe that’s actually something I signed up for. Will I be suffering from withdrawals or liberated from online chains? Only time will tell. While I think I will find other life-changing things to do with my time, Bucket List Publications will not unless I ask for help.  Continue reading

Publish with Us

Bucket List Publications is looking for regular, consistent contributors to publish weekly Bucket List Publications Logoon We target an audience who is curious to discover something new, unique, and adventurous. Bucket List Publications shows the mainstream traveler that anyone can partake in a great adventure. Travelers need information and the readers of Bucket List Publications benefit from our first-hand experiences. We offer an interactive community that proves that the world is full of limitless possibilities.

Until now, submissions were wide open but we’ve grown so quickly in the last few months that I can’t keep up with the endless list of contributions. Now, we’re looking for 10 regular contributors who publish unique content once a week, and we’ll share the publication on all of our social media sites!

The adventure travel market in the Americas and Europe experienced a surprising jump from a market estimated at $89 billion in 2009 to $263 billion in 2013, according to Adventure Tourism Market Study 2013, produced by The George Washington University and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. Let’s tap into that market together!

If you think your writing style is a good fit for Bucket List Publications, please email me at [email protected] to discuss the possibilities. Please include a sample of your work, a link to your blog or website, a short summary of your writing experience, and an explanation of why you’re a great fit for Bucket List Publications. We will select the best of the best and set you up with an account on Bucket List Publications.

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences,” (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Is This a Dream?


Today I was asked, “Are you forgetting what your home looks like?  You sure have been on the move lately!” and it made me think about my whirlwind adventures in the last two years and reminded me that this month officially marks two years of blogging.  Since starting Bucket List Publications, I’ve visited more than a dozen states, four provinces, and 8 countries. I’ve participated in the most extreme adventures and I’ve made life-long friends. I created something I am proud to say is mine. This weekend I’m in Colorado visiting Beaver Creek Lodge on a press trip and I’ve come to realize that this is the accumulation of all of my wildest dreams come true.  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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I knew I was Going to Succeed! Creating a Successful Blog

When I first started Bucket List Publications a year ago, I knew that it was going to be a Bucket List Publications Logosuccess! I am driven; I am passionate; I am a dreamer and I do everything in my power to make those dreams come true. Life is worth living, after all, and I’m making it happen. You have to believe that you’ll succeed.

When I started blogging, I heard people say that it would be impossible to break into the field and be successful. Why would I even waste my time? Why would I want to be another “blogger”?

Well… this is what I have to say to all of those skeptics:

8,432,439 page views speak for themselves! 36,111 followers agree! Because of blogging, I’ve been able to skydive, bungee jump, para-glide, pilot an airplane and a helicopter, go whale-watching, fly in a biplane, tour Nevada, California, Mexico, South Carolina, Alaska, North Carolina, and the Grand Canyon, swim with dolphins and beluga whales, and fly a jetpack. Blogging also introduced me to friends from around the globe and allowed me to share my passion for travel and adventure with millions. The more unrealistic I was with my dreams, goals, and imagination, the more I was able to achieve. My results have ignited even more drive from within and not even the sky is the limit from here. 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