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When Blogging Becomes Stagnant

When Blogging Becomes Stagnant

Let’s face it, any job can become boring; blogging isn’t exempt from that. Sure, us bloggers love blogging, but like any job, it can have it’s drawbacks. I suppose the greatest thing about blogging is that even while I am not “actively working” on my blog, my blog is still working for me.

But, we all know that nothing remains stagnant. Unless one is actively trying to better something, over time it will degrade. As evidenced in my lack of posting, I have not been working on this blog. I have so many topics I want to discuss, but I often feel like putting them here isn’t the right choice.

So….. The time has come to move on. I will no longer be blogging at Life as a Convert.

Please note that Life as A Convert is not shutting down completely… The Life as a Convert domain will remain open, but from now on, I will be posting at AdukeSchulist.com

Social Media Transfers

I have already changed all of my social media over to the new AdukeSchulist moniker. Some of you may have already noticed the change on social media. I can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube. Please note the YouTube URL is still “LifeAsAConvertTV” but the name has changed to Aduke Schulist.

Aduke Schulist - lifestyle blogger

Why did I choose Aduke Schulist?

Simply enough, Aduke is a second name and Schulist is my last name. I wanted something that didn’t back me into a corner.

There was nothing at all wrong with Life as a Convert. In fact, it lead to many discussions about my religion, and I created it as a way to share my life and my religion with others, but I felt increasingly with the “convert” part that I should be doing more religious posts. I don’t particularly feel that the Life as a Convert name backed me into a religious corner because it encompassed all of my life, but many readers came looking for religious material or wondering what I am “converting”.

Have you ever re-branded your blog?

Being such a small blogger made it easier to switch things over, but I imagine a bigger brand would likely have more troubles.

Don’t forget to add AdukeSchulist.com to your blog readers and check for new posts every Friday at 8 am Central Standard Time.

Quit Blogging for Free!!

Quit Blogging for Free!!

I apologize in advance if anybody finds this post offensive. I was once one of those bloggers that would do things for free/product/exposure/etc. While I don’t disagree with doing those things entirely, I have to say, Quit Blogging for Free!!

Quit Blogging for Free by Life as a Convert #knowyourworth

I get emails all the time asking if I will publish a post to my blog because “my readers will find it fascinating!“. Sometimes the posts are pre-written. Other times, these individuals are asking me to write the content myself. If it is something I am truly interested in, I will reply with my rate and state that I look forward to working with them.

Their response?

I’m not working with a budget.” or “We will tweet your content.

Guess what, guys? A tweet won’t pay my bills! I kindly tell them that while I appreciate their offer, I can’t work for free (a tweet won’t pay my bills) and am sure they understand. They tend to get the point pretty quick after that. I can only imagine they move on to the other bloggers they emailed.

Know Your Worth:

I am writing this post because I want to encourage fellow bloggers to stand up for yourself. Know your worth! And QUIT BLOGGING FOR FREE!! These kinds of emails are still happening because so many bloggers are accepting these pitches and blogging for free.

If you are truly interested in a product and/or it is something you use and think your audience will like, then by all means, go for it, but don’t think that you are only worth a product or tweet. Do you see Wal-Mart or Target employee’s working for social media mentions? I don’t think so!

The average rate for a sponsored blog post is $150. A social media push? $25.

Don’t be afraid to state your rate and say “No” when somebody is not willing to meet it. Don’t lower your rate for somebody’s budget. If they truly understood the value of your work and the influence you have, they would be more than willing to pay your rate. As bloggers continue working for free, these companies will continue asking for free work. So, bloggers I beg you: quit blogging for free!

Quit Blogging for Free

How to Grow your Instagram Followers

How to Grow your Instagram Followers

A question I am often asked is “How do I grow my Instagram followers?” – The answer is simple. It will require a little effort on your part, but nothing too complicated. Here are my best tips for how to grow your Instagram followers:

How to Grow your Instagram Followers

Define your NICHE. It’s ok to have a lifestyle Instagram feed. I do! But, feeds with a defined niche (think travel, food, yoga, etc) gain more followers. This is because people know what to expect. If you don’t have a defined niche, then try to keep your pictures related somehow.

Post CLEAR images. Instagram is all about photos. The better your photos, the better your chances of gaining followers. Avoid posting blurry pictures or pictures with poor lighting. Clear, bright, and colorful images get the most interaction.

Use relevant HASHTAGS. Posting a selfie of you in bed with the hashtag #food isn’t going to help you get followers. Use hashtags relevant to your picture. I find it works best if you use one or two of the most relevant hashtags in your caption and then put your other hashtags in the first comment. Take advantage of the limit and use at least 5-10 hashtags.

COMMENT on others photos.  “Liking” photos are important, but commenting is more personal. People often skim through the list of likes, but will take time to read the comments and who they are from. Comments show that you put effort into being a good friend/follower. Make yourself stick out by commenting. (Side-note: Make sure your comments are relevant and not considered “spammy”. Good comment: I’ve used that same curriculum. It worked well for us. Bad/Spammy Comment: Thanks for sharing!)

LIKE multiple pictures at a time. Pick a friend or pick a person that has used a hashtag relevant to your feed and like multiple pictures from that individual. Don’t forget to add a comment or two! Your name stands out when commenting and you may even get a shout-out for liking multiple pictures from an individual.

FOLLOW people with similar interests. You can find them by browsing hashtags or looking at who your followers are following.

INTERACT with those in your niche. Browse the hashtags that you use most frequently and interact with those people. Like and comment on their pictures. Ask questions to facilitate conversation.

AVOID posting too much or too many of the same image. It’s ok to post every day, but you don’t want to post 5-10 pictures in a row, especially when the pictures are similar. Keep similar pictures to a minimum of 2 and space them out.

LINK your Instagram account to other social media accounts. Whenever you post on Instagram, share it with the other social media accounts. This lets your followers on other platforms know that you are on Instagram.

That’s it. Sounds simple enough, right? I bet you are already doing the majority of these. Remember, the biggest key to growing your Instagram following is staying consistent!


Do you have any additional tips for how you grow your Instagram followers? 

Do you follow me on Instagram?
You should check me out. Here’s a glimpse at what I post:

Chronic Lung Disease looks a little like this… #cld #specialneeds

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Finished Aybra a hat.

A photo posted by Life As A Convert (@lifeasaconvert) on

I am early so… #selfie

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2016 Goals and Word of the Year

2016 Goals and Word of the Year

Welcome to another year and me sharing my 2016 goals!!

Same me; new goals.

As usual, I am keeping my 2016 goals simple and focusing on things that I am already working on. Last year I had a similar strategy with goals that would be easy to achieve.. tho I did fail on completing all of them. This year’s goals are also easy to achieve, yet things that will benefit my life in some way.

Here we go!

2016 Goals and Word of the Year - by Life As A Convert

Bake pies and deliver to strangers.
This may be a totally selfish goal but it sounds very charitable, right? I want to learn how to make a good pie crust, but also not get fat in the process. This way, I can bake, and make other people fat. Win-Win!

Record 3 videos in public.
I vlog all the time in public, but making videos in public has been something that I have not done yet. For the longest time I have wanted to do some videos in public. I have a few ideas in mind, but nothing actually planned yet.

Read 30 books.
I set a goal last year to read 12 books and went way over my goal. This year I will be happy with 30.

Shoot more in Manual.
This is somewhat of a long-standing desire. I would like to get more familiar with my camera and learn how to shoot in manual. Learning how to edit would be the next thing.

Take a vacation.
Even if it is just a weekend away, we need a vacation! We didn’t leave the state at all last year. This year, we must remedy that. I want to take the kids to the beach.

Family Pictures!
This one was on my list last year, but I failed to make it happen. I am in desperate need of some updated family pictures. We usually take them in the Fall, so I guess that gives me plenty of time to plan.

Dinner Parties with FRIENDS.
I like hosting dinner parties. My dinner parties are normally just family though. I want to do more of that this year and include more friends.

Add Recipes to Document.
I have plans of putting my most used recipes in a recipe book. The first step is to put the recipes – single page format – into a document. I originally planned to do it from my cooking blog, and just turn my blog into a book, but realized I have a lot of blog posts that won’t look good enough or that I no longer use/like.

Learn to Play Piano.
Keyboard… Piano… Same thing, right? My oldest son, Kaia, recently acquired a keyboard and I am trying to learn it along with him. I know that “learn to play piano” is a very big goal, especially since I am finding that my fingers aren’t too coordinated, but with practice I hope to be able to play some Christmas tunes next year.

Complete 2015 Goals.
Seems fitting enough, right? I have some leftover goals/tasks that need to be done. The ones I have in mind are mostly blog related.

That’s about it folks.. Nothing drastic going on over here.

2016 Word of the Year

It took me until today to officially decide on my word.

I chose VALUE.

To value something is to notice it’s worth and to hold it dear to you. I want to value my relationship with God, my family and the time spent with them, my friends, strangers, my time, my finances, ME, my body, my mind, and….. You get the idea.

I don’t want to lose sight of what is important to me. And I want others to know what they meant to me.

I did a little search and found out that I am not the only one who chose value. Alexandra over at MOKUSKA chose Value too. How cool is that?!

What are some of your 2016 goals? 

Do you have a word for the year?