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The Best Side Hustles for Creatives

Working as a creative is incredibly rewarding, but that doesn’t mean you’re always raking in the cash. It’s hard to get a freelance career started, especially if you’re fresh out of school or haven’t had your first client yet. But obviously you still need a cash flow.

Instead of picking up shifts at the local Starbucks that eats into your precious empire building time, these side hustles will help with your financial stability until you start killing it with your new company.

1) Selling Stock Photography

I have a background in photography so this was a natural side hustle for me. There are a couple of ways to sell your images, depending on what kind of photography you’d like to sell and your audience. If you’re a die hard photography fan, you can sell to sites like Adobe Stock or ShutterStock. When you’re selling a niche type of photography, like styled stock images, you can start your own Etsy store. If you’re looking to make a little cash off of the gorgeous pictures you’ve taken with your iPhone, you can upload them to Foap, an app that allows amateur iPhone photographers to sell images to stock buyers.

2) Surveys

An easy way to make a little bit of cash is to answer surveys for money. The best place to do that is at Opinion Outpost. You can earn points that you can redeem for cash or gift vouchers to popular brands. Not only is it easy to sign up, but it’s also free. There are a lot of other survey companies out there, but be careful, there are some that can be pretty scammy.

3) Ride Sharing

This is an obvious one and has been around for a while, but if you want to get out of the house and maybe network a little bit and meet some new people, you can start driving for Lyft. There are obviously other ride sharing apps that you can work for, but Lyft is my favorite. The great part about being a pseudo taxi-driver is that you can make your own hours. This is incredibly beneficial for creative entrepreneur’s because obviously your hours are crazy anyway.

4) Task Rabbit

This one has also been around for a while, but Task Rabbit is a great place to put your basic skills to good use. Some tasks are more fun than others, obviously. But you can get paid to help someone hang pictures or put together furniture. Or if you have specific skills, you can sign up as a personal assistant. You set the amount you charge and can accept or deny jobs at your discretion.

5) Start A Blog

This is more of a long term side hustle, but it can be extremely lucrative. Use BlueHost to host your website and they will help you get all set up with a domain name, hosting, and whatever else you need. Use the blog to spread information about your brand or services, use affiliate links and display ads.

These are just a couple of side hustles that will help get you through a work slump in your creative business slump. Do what you gotta do to keep your dream alive.

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4 Great Design Resources

I love design. I love putting pretty things together and making everyday things beautiful. As much as I would love to create every aspect of my design, from the photography to the fonts, it’s just not feasible. There are some incredible design resources out there. These are my absolute favorites:

1) Etsy

Etsy is my favorite place for a lot of things, but I buy a lot of amazing design assets there. You get a lot for your money and I love that I’m supporting small business owners.

One place I’ve gotten a lot of cute vectors and patterns from is GraphicRain. They have a huge variety of products. She has the greatest pack of digital confetti, and I bought some perfectly illustrated flowers that I use in everything.

I’ve used illustrated doodles from daroom in a lot of my previous blog posts.

And if you’re looking for some simple and cute styled stock photography, my Etsy store, the chaotic creative marketplace, has got you covered.

2) Pexels

Obviously, I’d love if you went to the marketplace for all of your stock photography needs, but I’m fully aware of my limitations. Another great stock image resource is Pexels. And the best part? It’s free. They have compiled stock photos for almost everything. They are easily searchable and all under the Creative Commons Zero license so they’re completely free and clear of any creative licensing and the user doesn’t need to attribute to the image to the creator. It’s the best.

3) Coolors

Sometimes picking the perfect color scheme is so incredibly daunting. Coolors will generate a random color scheme for you. If you don’t don’t like the one it generates for you, you can either have them keep coming up with completely new ones or you can lock certain colors you like, and it will pick colors that work well with the ones you choose. If I’m being honest, I sometimes just go on this site to look at pretty colors even when I don’t need them for a project.

4) The Noun Project

This is one of my newer design resources. I use it a lot at work. The Noun Project is the perfect place to find icons. You can find an icon for almost anything. You can download the icon as a .png or an .svg file for free, but you must give proper credit. Or you can buy a license and use the icon without crediting the creator. If you decide to pay for them it’s only $1.99 for one icon or $9.99/mo for unlimited icons.

There are endless amounts of great design resources out there, but these have served me very well.

What are your favorite design resources?

|| the chaotic creative

Interview with a Freelancer – Tyler Hakes of Optimist

A lot of people in the creative industry are passionate about it because not only do they get to do what they love, but they also have the freedom to make their own schedule. Being a creative freelancer is something I know that I, and many others, have always aspired to. I wanted to talk to someone who has been in the industry to get to know what it really takes to not only be your own boss, but be successful at it. I interviewed Tyler Hakes who took his freelance work experience and created a content marketing company, Optimist, which is a collective of freelancers:

What is your line of work?

Writing is my main focus–both copywriting and content. But my background is in marketing, so, for many of my clients, I am actually managing content marketing as a service versus just cranking out words. 

Do you have any formal education in this field?

I have a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Iowa.

How long have you been a full time freelancer? 

I left my job to go full-time at the beginning of 2016. So, I’m approaching my one year anniversary. Before that, I had done a lot of freelance work on the side for a few years just for extra income but hadn’t really pursued it seriously. 

What’s your favorite part of being your own boss?

It’s really cliche, but it ultimately comes down to freedom. Not just being able to work in your underwear or whatever most people think of when they think of the word “freelance”, but having freedom over the work that I do, the people I work with, and also just my entire life trajectory. I can pack up and move wherever I want, whenever I want. I can take a Monday off if I don’t feel like working. I can fire a client if I don’t like the work that I’m doing or if I don’t believe in their mission. 

I get the freedom to align my work with my own values and not just work a job to pay the bills, but actually do things that give me purpose. I feel really fortunate for that. 

What’s the hardest part of being a freelancer?

For me, it’s probably shutting off work. I’ve always been a bit of a workaholic and even though I don’t have to work full-time hours at this point, I still tend to default to filling my time with something to work on. So if I’m sitting around at night watching Netflix or it’s the weekend and I have nothing planned, I’ll tend to catch myself thinking about work or even checking Slack or Trello all the time. 

One of my goals is to try to separate my life a bit more, get out from in front of the screen and capitalize on the free time that I have now that I am freelance.

What is your workspace situation?

I have a home office that I use most days. Sometimes I get a bit stir crazy and seek out a change of scenery at a local coffee shop or go somewhere to get some lunch and end up working there for a few hours. 

When I’m working on creative projects, especially, I find that getting out of the house can help me focus my thoughts and come up with better ideas.

How did you build your clientele? 

With a lot of luck, mostly. 

I started by using sites like UpWork and landed a few great clients from there, some of whom I still work with from time to time. After that, I started to expand my search and use things like Reddit’s /r/forhire and traditional job boards that have filters for freelance/contract positions. 

But I also hustled a bit and got creative. I set up Google Alerts for hosted job software pages (like greenhouse.io) that contained the words “freelance” and “writer”. I scoured sites like Angel.co, which have listings for jobs, but sometimes have contract/freelance work. 

Now I pretty much have a steady stable of clients with most of the work being on retainer. So, I rarely look for new opportunities at this point. If I do, I generally use Reddit or UpWork. 

What is the most important information to gather from your client? 

As a writer, the most important thing is usually the voice and the tone of the writing. So, I try to really understand how my clients want things to “feel”. I’m a big fan of using either real people or fictional characters as a reference point. It helps me kind of “get into character” when I sit down to write for different clients. 

So, a few weeks ago, I had a new client and I proposed that we use Ron Swanson (from Parks & Rec) as the persona for their brand. They really loved the idea and we passed around clips for a few days. I love when I get to have fun with work like that. 

If my role is bigger and I’m managing content, then it really comes down to their goals for the site. Most people do content marketing because they want to grow traffic, but the way that you accomplish that can vary a lot depending on the kind of business it is, their target market, etc. 

Thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview! Do you have any final tips for aspiring freelancers? 

My biggest tip is: Just do it. Take the plunge. I contemplated quitting my job to go freelance for 6-8 months before I finally did it. I thought it would be scary. But, I found quite the opposite. I’ve never been happier and more motivated in my life. And I think it’s hard to “build into it” in a lot of ways. At least for me, being in the do-or-die situation of having the hustle for work really motivated me and pushed me to make it happen. I didn’t have that same feeling when I was just freelancing on the side. It was always just something extra, so I didn’t have the same motivation. 

Oh, and raise your rate. Seriously. You probably aren’t charging enough. 

I don’t know about you, but I found this interview incredibly helpful. I think all aspiring creative freelancers should take his advice. Check out Tyler Hake’s new content marketing company, Optimist!

What are your favorite parts about being a creative freelancer?

The New Year is Time for New Goals

Full disclosure, I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. Making a resolution never sticks. And setting giant, unattainable goals are never going to get met. The New Year is a good time to reevaluate what you’re doing with your life, plan for the future and set some attainable New Year goals.

This is going to be an interesting and exciting year in our house. My husband is going through an enormous career change, including a 5 month unpaid training period, so that will take up a good portion of the year and then he will be looking for someone to employ him, and actually pay him.

Instead of starting the year focusing on upcoming events and trips like I usually do, I’ve decided to make this the year of internal growth. This year I’m working on bettering myself from where I stand now. It’s going to be a year of building on the foundation we’ve worked so hard to create. I’m going to spend the year supporting my husband in any way I can, because I know how stressful it’s going to be for him, and taking the time to really dig in and figure out what is working for me and what isn’t.

I read this great article on planning your best year ever, and it really got me in the right mind set to start off the year. I am not making resolutions but I am setting goals that I know I can stick to. The trick is to just putting a little bit of effort into it.

Here are some Very attainable New Year goals I’m setting:

1) New blog branding

2) Create 5 new styled stock images for my Etsy store

3) Get 1,000 followers on Instagram

4) Finish almost everything I start

5) Redo christinenail.com

6) Learn something new every day

7) Exercise at least 3 days a week

So, here’s to hoping 2017 goes a little more smoothly than 2016, and to sticking to our very attainable New Year goals.

What are some of your goals for the year? Or for life in general?

Happy New Year everyone!

|| the chaotic creative

 

 

3 Tips For A Successful Creative Break

This time of year can be incredibly difficult for even the most sane of people and sometimes a creative break is necessary. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and under stimulated in your work. I know for me personally, it’s hard to get through the holidays emotionally. I pretty much run on anxiety and caffeine (per the usual.) And with everything going on I have completely lost the desire or drive to create anything. There are some times when being create isn’t an option, and that is okay. Creativity can be fickle and that’s okay. Sometimes you just need a break. It will help rejuvenate and refresh you so you can get back to doing what you do best. Here are a few ways I’ve found that make taking a creative break much more successful:

1) READ. Read everything.

I don’t know about you but I’ve noticed that if I haven’t read for a while, I honestly feel dumber. My mind works slower and I have trouble finding words. Books are also an escape. No matter where you are physically, books can take you out of your present and into a different reality where your creativity will thrive. One book I suggest right now is Creativity, Inc. It’s really inspiring to hear about Pixar’s trials and tribulations. It’s nice to hear that no one has success overnight. But read whatever you want – just read.

2) Travel

Traveling is the best way to find inspiration. Even if it’s just somewhere for the day. Drive up to the mountains or out in the middle of nowhere. Fly to Europe and backpack for a week. Rent an Airbnb down the street or even pop a tent in your backyard. Whatever you can afford and are willing to do, do it. Get out of your own space and go into someone else’s. While you’re traveling take as many pictures as you can, but make sure you’re still living in the moment. Take note of all of the special things you’re hearing, smelling and seeing. Keep a travel journal. Then come back, sit your ass down and get some work done.

3) Sleep & self care

The best thing you can do for yourself is to take care of yourself. Catch up on sleep. Get your hair cut. Get a facial. Do all of the things you’ve been putting off forever. You can’t create beautiful things unless you’re okay. You won’t be okay unless you sleep and maintain your body. Even with all of the coffee in the world, you won’t be awake enough to function. Melatonin helps me fall asleep when my mind is running a mile a minute, which it usually does when I’m trying to sleep. I’ve also heard great things about spraying lavender on your pillow. I also use these face masks a lot when I’m treating myself to an at home spa day and I love them.

I know taking a creative break from work can sometimes be very intimidating and can seem impossible. But it’s incredibly necessary and this time of year is probably the best time to do it. This year has been rough for everyone. So take some time with your family, relax and get yourself ready for the craziness that is going to be 2017.

Take care of yourself and have a happy new year!

Professional Creative Gift Guide

Professional creatives can be incredibly hard to buy gifts for. Everything they want is either incredibly expensive, or they’ve already bought it for their business. But creatives can be incredibly fun to buy for too. At least I think so. But I guess I’m a little bias. I hope my creative gift guide makes it a little easier for you this holiday season.

creative gift guide

1) Pantone mug

Every single creative that I know is a die hard coffee addict. If they say they’re not, they’re lying or in caffeine recovery. (But won’t be for long; it never lasts.) This super cute mug comes in many colors and is a cute nod to the Pantone colors that rule the design world. If you’re really nice, get them in every color.

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2) Copper iPad Stand

If there is one thing I’ve learned by working with creatives it’s that we love devices. And often we have to use them for work. The other day I had a MacBook Pro, an iPad Pro, an iPad and an iPhone all working on the same project. It was crazy. But my desk would have been much more organized (and pretty) with this gorgeous copper iPad stand (or 6).

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3) Comic Sans Hat

I am obsessed with fonts and most professional creatives are too. It’s an ongoing joke in the design community that Comic Sans is a pretty unusable font. This hat is perfect for the designer with a sense of humor in your life.

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4) Camera Lens Burrito Wrap

There is an endless supply of cute photography accessories out there, but not all of them are incredibly useful and food related. This burrito wrap is not only super clever, it will actually be useful to any traveling photographer. Plus it’s a cute little burrito so…

creative gift guide

5) Classic Moleskine Notebook

All creatives go through notebooks. You can’t go wrong with a classic, well made Moleskine notebook. They are pricier than other notebooks but you can really feel the quality that goes into them. Support the creative process with a beautiful notebook.

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6) Smart Pen

To go with the notebook, get your artist a smart pen. Anything you write or draw will be transcribed and digitized to an app. It definitely cuts down on an extra step, plus it’s just SO COOL. We are living in the future, and our art should too.

My husband has a lot of trouble figuring out what to get me for any gift. And honestly, I’m not much help. But hopefully this will creative gift guide will help you to choose something the creative in your life will actually use and enjoy. And maybe help them get a job? Who knows.

6 Things to Expect When Choosing A Creative Major

Choosing your major in college is a huge undertaking. Now that I’m older I can’t believe that 18 year olds are expected to pick their career path with no life experience, but that’s another rant. Having gone through college and receiving a BA in Fine Art, I have learned a lot and some of it might be helpful for other aspiring artists before choosing to major in a creative field. Here are 6 things to expect when choosing a creative major.

1) Be ready to fully commit

Not all colleges will be as scattered and frustrating as mine, but all schools run on basically the same ideas: you get what you put in. So if you completely commit yourself to your passion/craft and pour your heart and soul into all projects then you will get a lot more out of your college experience. But just putting in the bare minimum for projects, portfolios and shows will not cut it. You need to stay after class, ask questions, ask for internships, ask for jobs, ask for help. It will pay off but it will take more commitment than you’ve probably committed before. But also commit to having some fun. It is college after all.

2) Be ready to work harder than anyone else

This is true during school and after. Studying for tests is hard and time consuming, but ultimately it is remembering and regurgitating. You know what’s a lot harder? Creating something of substance that will appeal to your professors, brainstorming, first draft, second draft, edits, final draft, and a presentation. Being graded and critiqued on something you’ve worked really hard on and really believe in is brutal, but you’ll grow from it.  Just remember to stay true to yourself and your vision.

It doesn’t get any easier after college. You will be constantly competing for grants, jobs and a space to show off your work. You probably won’t be working in a 9-5 office (and if you’re a creative, you don’t really want to), you won’t have insurance, you’ll have to pay your own taxes and you’ll probably work more hours than all of your friends. But if it’s truly your passion it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.

3) Be ready to work jobs you hate

I will tell you right now, that you will not exclusively work in your field. Working in a creative field is hard and it’s really really hard to break into. That great unpaid internship you worked so hard for? They’ll ask you to stay (unpaid) for 6 more months. And you’ll probably do it, for the experience. You will work in a coffee shop or a restaurant and resent every single customer. You will probably work for a boss who treats you like shit and you will definitely be the lowest person on the totem pole. But you’ll get through all of these jobs and you will make ends meet and you’ll learn skills you never thought you’d need, but can’t live without. Plus you’ll probably make some long lasting friends along the way.

4) Be ready to answer a lot of well-meaning but annoying questions

Your relatives mean well, I promise, but you’ll probably hear, “Oh! What are you going to do with that when you graduate?” after you tell them your creative major, more times than you can handle. Just smile through it and tell them your dream. Nobody else has to live with your choices except for you. You are living your passion and they are probably not.

5) Be ready to be broke as hell

True life, most creatives are poor as hell. It takes a long time to get established and get to a point where you’re making money (hence the jobs you hate). But as long as you have food in your stomach and a fire in your belly you will make it though. Money isn’t everything. Spend all of your money to further your career. Invest in yourself.

6) Be ready to be fulfilled

This is the best part of choosing a creative major. You have chosen a path of fulfillment. Having a creative soul and not expressing it or being stifled at a desk job will be painful. But if you’ve worked hard, hustled, and persevered it will pay off.

Choosing the path for the rest of your life is incredibly daunting. If you’re thinking about a career in a creative field, I applaud you and wish you the best of luck. But it won’t be easy. (Well, I hope you prove me wrong.) Life is short so do something you love, even if you have to bust your ass to do it. It’s worth it.

Were you a creative major? Do you have anything to add?

 

5 Instagram Flat Lay Background Ideas

I’m always on the hunt for great backgrounds for my Instagram flat lay photos. I’ve taken photos on nearly every surface in my home. There are definitely some things that work better than others. Here are 5 cheap and easy background ideas for your Instagram flay lay photos.

 

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1) A painted surface

Any painted surface in your home, or literally anywhere, is a great background for photos. We painted our dining table dark gray last year and it has been one of my go-to spots. The color is such a great neutral so any subject I want to photograph looks good on it, and it has a really cool texture. It also helps when it’s next to a window or another light source. Another idea would be to paint a canvas or a piece of wood to whatever color (or multiple colors) you think would work best with your brand.

 

2) Foam Board

This is the cheapest and most versatile option if you want a bunch of different colors for your backgrounds. It’s my favorite because I am not hip enough to have any white or marble surfaces in my house (it’s all dark like my soul so…) and it’s also great because you can chase that natural light. I move mine from my front door to my back door depending on the time of day and the type of light. Sometimes I’ll even take it outside. The white ones also work great for light reflectors for all of your photos when those shadows are just a little too intense.

 

3) The Floor

I’m saving up my money to get one of those fancy backgrounds that are made from gorgeous wood. But until then, I will use one of my favorite tricks – the floor! If you’re lucky enough to have hardwood (or wood looking, or fun tile, or carpet) floors you have a free built in background. And with a lot more space to work with. Plus it makes it SO much easier to get the angle for that perfect flat lay. Rugs also make for fun and funky backdrops for your favorite flat lay subjects.

 

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4) Contact Paper

So like I mentioned I am so not hip and I don’t have anything marble in my house but I love the look of marble backgrounds. So, I ordered marble contact paper and put it on the back of my white foam board. I’m not going to lie, this takes a little bit of finesse (which I also do not have) to apply to any surface. You have to be really careful to avoid bubbles and ridges. But with contact paper you have a lot more access to textures and patterns you might not otherwise have. Plus it’s very cheap so you can buy a whole bunch of different ones and keep things interesting.

 

5) Your bed

A really popular and easy background option is your bed (or any bed – whatever you’re into). What could be better than working from bed? (Literally nothing. I would live in bed if I could.) Many of your favorite bloggers and Instagram stars spread out their hauls, make up bags or packing supplies on their favorite comfy blanket or cushy bed. It definitely is a certain type of image but if you’re like me and have a billion blankets you have many options for your perfect Instagram flat lay.

Instagram flat lay backgrounds don’t have to be fancy or expensive. Some of the greatest back drops can be found in your house or for very cheap at a craft store. The possibilities for your gorgeous photos are endless.

What is your favorite spot to take an Instagram flat lay?

 

 

 

The Perfect Resume (+ a FREE resume template!)

Your resume is your first impression to a potential employer. You want them to be able to get any information they need off of it quickly and easily. This means it needs to be well organized and easy to read. I am no expert in resumes but I have gotten almost all of the jobs I have applied and interviewed for and I’ve worked hard to make sure my resume catches their eye. Here are my steps (in order) to perfect your simple and straight forward resume:

1) contact information

On your resume your name, phone number, email address, and city, state (optional) need to be very visible at the very top of the page. They should be 2-4pts larger in font and I almost always do them in bold also. This ensures that the person reviewing your resume does not have to search for any of your basic information. Although it’s optional, I think it’s important to include your location, but not necessarily your address. (Side note: this should be obvious but please use a professional email address like yourname@gmail.com or something. Nobody is going to hire a hotkitty@hotmail.com. Trust me.)

2) Education

The next thing that should be on your resume is your education. As you get older it’s not as important, but I still like to include my high school that I graduated from. I think it just helps tell your story about where you’re from and how you got here. I usually put the year I graduated also, but that’s optional. Above your high school information, put the degree or certifications you have, where you received them from and what year you completed them. (Optional: if you’re pretty fresh out of college, and you had a good GPA, I would add it here)

3) Work Experience

Start with your most recent job first and work your way backwards. As time passes, you can drop those first jobs, like at Starbucks or McDonalds in High School unless it’s relevant. But make sure there are no gaps in time that are unaccounted for. Make sure to list your position, name of the company, dates worked (month and year are fine), and location in this section. If you have room, you can list your responsibilities for each in this section.

4) Skills

In this section, list the skills you think are most relevant to the position you are applying for. “Making a bomb PB&J sandwich” is probably not relevant in most situations, but you do you. Some good examples of skills are: Photoshop, Social Media, WordPress, HTML, Customer Service, etc. Anything you want the employer to know that will help them see what a great employee you would be.

5) References

You should have at least 3 references. I think 3 is the perfect number because nobody wants to call more than 3 people. You should list their name, their relationship to you (I always like to put supervisors; it shows that you were a good employee to them.), what company they work for, and their phone number. They should only be people you know will give you a good reference. Otherwise, what’s the point?

These are all things you should for sure have on your resume, but the possibilities are endless. I tend to lean towards a very simple and streamlined resume because I like to really bring it home during the interview. I like to make sure that the person reviewing the resumes knows I’m qualified, but still leave enough to chat about. Plus, the simpler and easier the resume is to read, the more information they will be able to take from it. They won’t get lost in the details. I know this is hotly contested, but I like to keep my resumes at one page. I think at some point in my life I will go to two pages, but for now, I think one page is more effective.

And now, what you actually came here for.

Click here to download your free resume template. 

All of the above steps can be put, in order, into the resume template.

Good luck on all your job hunting!

What do you make sure to always have on your resume?

 

 

 

5 WordPress Plugins You Should Be Using

I am by no means a WordPress or blogging expert. With that being said, I started my blog in 2015 from scratch and I have learned a lot. I have worked through all of my blog problems by googling my way out of them. So I thought I’d share what I’ve learned about optimizing my WordPress blog with plugins. Here are the 5 WordPress plugins I think you should be using:

1) Yoast SEO

Search engine optimization is so important. It basically means that when someone is searching for something, your blog post will rank well in that search. There’s a whole science to it, but this plugin is the first step to understanding and utilizing it. And it makes it so easy.

2) EWWW Image Optimizer

So, I’m a photographer and it was always ingrained into me to keep my image files as large as possible. But this is not a sustainable process for blogging. And my website showed it. It took forever to load just a basic page. And it was because my images were way too big. I first created a smarter image workflow that made for smaller images to start with. Then I installed the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin which automatically optimizes your images so that your site runs a lot smoother.

3) Use Google Libraries

In the same vein as the image optimizing plugin, this plugin helped my site be much much faster. Honestly, I’m not 100% exactly sure what this one does but here’s an explanation from their plugin page:

“This plugin allows your WordPress site to use the content distribution network side of Google’s AJAX Library API, rather than serving these files from your WordPress install directly.”

I know that it helped speed up my site and that a fast site means that people won’t leave. I know if I go to a website and it takes too long to load, I leave. I am very impatient and I know I have better things to do than wait for a blog to load, so I don’t expect anyone to wait on mine either.

4) Comet Cache

This is a great plugin to also speed up your site. Obviously mine was in dire need so I downloaded all of the speedy uppy plugins. (That’s a technical term. Speedy Uppy.) It basically takes a picture of your site so that all of the little details don’t need to load every single time a user visits that page during a visit. So it makes it a lot faster. It’s great.

5) Instagram Slider Widget

This one is a fun one. It displays all of your Instagram images wherever you put the widget. You can have them scrolling, or in a line, or in a grid like I do. It adds so much personality to your page, connects your viewer with your social media and doesn’t take up too much space. It’s great. And really easy to use.

So these are the WordPress Plugins I’ve been using for a while and I have found them all indispensable. There are a million plugins to choose from to optimize your blog or website, but make sure to do your research and only install plugins that are really going to help. It doesn’t hurt to find a tutorial on the best way to optimize the plugin too. Some of them can be pretty confusing with way too many options.

What are your favorite plugins?

 

 

 

 

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