Learning To Be A Humble Blogger

Learning To Be A Humble Blogger

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ❤ This is a post idea that’s been on my mind for the past few days, and I’m thankful to be able to share it today.

Recently, I have been thinking about how I’ve been blogging this past month or so – from the basic schedule I had laid out for myself, to the topics that have been being covered in my posts. I came across something while analyzing my blogging habits that piqued my attention.

I have been taking the responses of others on my posts too personally.

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Light Of The World Award

Light Of The World Award

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ❤ Today, I am writing about a beautiful new blog award that I was recently nominated for! T.R. Noble over at Inside Cup included me in her list of nominees for the Light Of The World Award. Thank you so much for nominating me, T.R.! She is an absolutely amazing, dedicated blogger who actually runs two different blogs! You can check out her spiritual blog here, and her personal one here. Also, if you’d like, you can read her post on the award I’m writing about today here.

I am absolutely honored to have been included in this award, because it is for bloggers who are blogging for the same reason I am – to shine the light of Christ! It makes me very happy to be part of this community for this reason. ❤ You can check out the rules for this award below, as well as the reason behind it! I hope you enjoy reading my answers. 🙂

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Spotlight Saturday – Brad from Total Bradness

Spotlight Saturday – Brad from Total Bradness

Hi there, and Happy June to you! I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ❤ I have a very exciting post to share with you today! While thinking through how I’d like to blog throughout June, as well as the whole of the summer, I have decided on two different things. The first one is that I will still be blogging every other day in June, and the second one is very exciting: I’m doing Spotlight Saturday posts again! The last one I did before today was in December (featuring Gracie, go check her out!), and I absolutely miss doing them now. That’s why I’ll be doing one every other Saturday throughout the summer! (And maybe into the fall, as well!)

Introduction aside, I’m very happy to share this week’s spotlight with you. It features an absolutely amazing blogger that I’m so happy to have met on WordPress! I hope you enjoy!

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Little Blogging Updates | May 2018

Little Blogging Updates | May 2018

Hi there! I hope you’re having a fantastic day! ❤ In this post, I will be sharing with you some important updates about my blog. 🙂 Some of them are informative, and others I’m really excited about! I’m going to aim to share one of these posts from time to time to let anyone interested know about the little (and sometimes big!) changes I make around here on Dreaming of Guatemala. Thanks for reading!

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25 Blog Post Ideas For Lifestyle Bloggers

25 Blog Post Ideas For Lifestyle Bloggers

Hi there! I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ❤ In this post, I have collaborated with one of the best bloggers I know: Oxria! She has an absolutely amazing lifestyle blog, which you can go check out for yourself here. For today, I will be sharing with you some of the awesome blog post ideas for lifestyle bloggers she came up with! She wrote a great list of twenty-five creative and intriguing ideas for any lifestyle blogger to become inspired by, which is why I’m excited to share them with you today! Thanks for reading!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award #4!

The Sunshine Blogger Award #4!

Hey there! I hope you’re having a beautiful Tuesday ❤ It has been quite a while since I wrote an award/tag post, so that’s what I’ve decided to post today! 🙂 Even though I haven’t written about every tag someone has included me in, please know that I am thankful for each and every nomination! It means so much to me that other bloggers have thought of me. ❤

Today, I’m writing about The Sunshine Blogger Award once again, since Brad from Total Bradness nominated me for it back in March! You can read his answers to the award here 🙂 Definitely go check out his awesome blog!

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Blog Coaching – May 2018

Blog Coaching – May 2018

Hey there! I hope you’re doing well ❤ Happy Saturday to you! 🙂 In the second attempted draft of this post, haha, I have decided to answer every question I was asked on this post and not just the ones which had answers equaling (in total) over a thousand words. I’d love for this to be short and fun, yet informative and inspiring as well! And fitting it into one post would be great, too 🙂 So, if you had a question for me last week, or you wanted to read an answer to someone else’s question, this is the right place to be! I have some blogging advice to share with you ❤ I hope you learn something and enjoy!


Top 3 Questions + My Answers

Thanks so much to Raf for sharing these amazing questions! ❤

1. How do you grow your blog?
Answer: I have fun conversations with people, pick catchy titles for my posts, and share posts weekly!

2. How many times a week should I be posting?
Answer: I personally love to see 3-4 posts from my favorite bloggers each week, and that’s a great way to stay active in the community.

3. What are the best times to post?
Answer: The morning (usually 8-9AM EST) is when my posts get the most response!


Blog Coaching
Questions + Answers

Lydia: How do you come up with pictures that are relevant to your post and where do you go most to find them?

Answer: Unsplash and Pexels are my best friend! I also love incorporating my own photography into my posts, as well (: It takes some experimenting to figure out which pictures you love pairing with which posts, but by rule of thumb, I’ve found out that nature photos are good for updates/inspirational posts, silhouette photos are great for more personal/insightful posts, and laptop/desk photos are fantastic for blog-related posts!

Lydia: Would you recommend putting a list of your categories on the sidebar?

Answer: Yes! It makes navigating your blog for other readers so much easier. ❤

Lydia: How do you increase blog traffic?

Answer: Do a blog challenge. Browse the Reader for a while and interact with others. Write a post that you know for sure others will want to read. Catch up on reading your friends’ blogs. Basically, put time and effort into keeping your blog updated and your community presence current!

Caz: How’s best in your opinion to showcase your older posts?

Answer: This is a fantastic question, especially for bloggers who have been writing for a long time and have many older posts to share! I’ve personally found that writing a second part to an older post, as well as having blog categories that easily lead back to those awesome posts, is an effective way to draw attention back to older content.

El: Got any tips for when you get bloggers’ block?

Answer: Browse Pinterest for inspiration. Work on the drafts you still have on your dashboard. Create a list of all the ideas of possible blog posts that come to you. Continue working on an old blog series you used to write – anything to keep those creative blogging juices flowing!

SaRitzy: What made you continue to blog?

Answer: On Dreaming of Guatemala, it has definitely been this community. Having the support of others has inspired me every day to keep going! After that, the constant inspiration I have to write about the world around me fuels every blog post, and every comment I leave on others’ blogs makes me happy to know I’m making a difference, if even in the smallest of ways.

Ariana: How would you say to get your blog out there?

Answer: Last winter, I started by browsing the Reader all. the. time! From there, I would branch out to the friends of my friends, participate in blog parties and little competitions – before long, I started showing up in WordPress search results! I think the key to catching people’s attention are GOOD TITLES. I’m not talking about the clickbait-y ones, no – the short, to-the-point, interesting ones. Especially the ones that make people curious!

Kelsey: What’s the best way to bring positive feedback to your blog?

Answer: The one way I know you can do this for sure is by simply being yourself. By this, I mean to share what’s on your heart, let readers know what you’re going through and where you’re coming from – it makes a blogger much more real and easier to relate to. You can picture who’s behind the blog when you know that they’re just as purely human as you are. So, write posts that express what’s on your heart and have true conversations with people – I know they’ll be coming back for more.

Marie: What do you do when your views go down drastically?

Answer: Well first of all, I get discouraged haha, but then I go deeper and analyze why the views have dropped. Usually, it will be because I wrote a less popular post, or it was a holiday weekend, etc. When that happens, I tend to go work on some new post ideas I know readers will like, in the mindset that maybe it was just a down week for everyone.

Shannon: What’s the #1 way to grow your follow count without spamming all your other social media platforms with blog links?

Answer: The one time I saw a huge spike in my stats was when I did the 30-day blogging challenge last May! It took dedication, for sure, but this has proven true every time: blogging daily does something for your stats. Everyone just keeps coming back every day for more, haha!

Lizzy: How do you make your graphics and featured images?

Answer: I use RookieCam (which is free in the app store!)! If I need more filters and effects than what it has to offer, PicLab and Superimpose are awesome, as well.


Thank you so very much for reading! Let me know in the comments below if you learned something new. ❤ And be sure to check out my other Blogging Tips for more inspiration! If you guys want, I can do this blog coaching again next month 🙂

I hope you have a beautiful day!

— Maggie

Things To Accomplish In May

Things To Accomplish In May

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. ❤ Happy Tuesday, and Happy May, to you! Another new month has come back around, and I am once again surprised, haha. There have been very few times over this past year where I felt like a month lasted longer than it should have – all the rest absolutely flew by! Either way, I am very happy that May is here, because some exciting things are in store for me and my family. I’ll be writing about some of them soon!

Blog Coaching Update: Thank you so much for all of your questions! I’ll be answering them in a post and sharing it this Saturday (the 5th). I’m working on it ❤ If you have any other questions to add, comments are still open! Click here!

Do you have any plans for the month of May? I hope and pray that there is at least one thing you’re looking forward to and planning for! Even if you see the next few weeks as a good time to take a break from something, that’s awesome, too – you have plans to relax!

Even though I’ve been searching for a single way to welcome new months on my blog, I’ve finally accepted that I enjoy mixing it up, lol. Instead of having one type of post to write on the first of each month, I’m going to go with whatever I need and am in the mood for! For May, I’m happily trying out something new.

I have a few things I’d love to work on throughout the month, but then I also came up with a list of 31 tasks to complete one a day in May. This means that regardless of how a day goes, I can check at least one thing off my list! I’ve mentioned before that I love being productive, and this will help me so much.

For the sake of simplicity, I’ll share both lists without any commentary. Since I’m still currently working on the 31-task one, I’ll share a snippet of the first ten. I don’t want to bog down your morning with a 1k+ word post, haha! Either way, I hope you’ll enjoy. 🙂 ❤

Throughout May:

  1. Pursue daily fitness and good nutrition.
  2. Continually care for my skin.
  3. Enjoy the beautiful weather.
  4. Nurture optimism and positivity.

A Task A Day

  1. Clean phone.
  2. Watch a movie I’ve been wanting to watch.
  3. Make a new recipe.
  4. Shop for jeans/shorts.
  5. Read more of a book.
  6. Go through PC photos.
  7. Organize game cabinet.
  8. Have a photoshoot with Elizabeth.
  9. Clean out desk drawers.
  10. Share more photos on Unsplash.

… and more!


Thank you so much for reading! ❤ I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us in May, because there are definitely some awesome things coming up. 🙂

Let me know in the comments below:

What are YOU excited for in May?

Happy Tuesday!

— Maggie