12DOC: 2015 Blog Action Planner Giveaway

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I’m so sorry for not getting this up yesterday! I’ve got a lot going on over here so please forgive me over the next few days if posts are late. :) I’m so excited to be a part of this giveaway. The Blog Action Planner is my favorite item to share with blog clients to help them get their blog in shape! This giveaway will be going until the end of the year so be sure to enter to win.

2015 Blog Action Planner

The 2015 Blog Action Planner is the ultimate planner for bloggers, entrepreneurs, small business owners… basically anyone that wants to start a blog. It’s more than your average blogging planner as it provides you with a monthly blueprint that will help you navigate easier in the blogosphere in 2015. This planner provides everything you’d need to manage your blog—from post planning to keeping track of sponsors to measuring your social media analytics. You won’t find no frills here, less is definitely more when it comes to the minimalist layout & clean design.

2015 Blog Action Planner

The 2015 Blog Action Planner is a printable PDF file that includes:

  • 2015 Year At A Glance
  • 2015 Editorial Calendar
  • Monthly Calendar (Jan 2015 – Dec 2015)
  • Weekly To Do List
  • Daily Post Promotion Checklist (Jan 2015 – Dec 2015)
  • Monthly Blog Sponsors
  • Financial Report (Jan 2015 – Dec 2015)
  • Monthly Income Report
  • Monthly Expense Report
  • Login Information
  • Blog Metrics
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Post Content Planner
  • Blog Series Planner
  • Blog Conference Notes
  • Affiliate Information
  • Giveaway Tracker
  • Blog Maintenance
  • Contacts
  • Notes
  • Writing Prompts (Jan 2015 – Dec 2015)
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12DOC: Holiday Facebook Headers

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Welcome to day 4 of the 12 Days of Christmas! I’m so excited to share more holiday themed posts with you for the next eight days. Today’s post is from a 12 Days of Christmas veteran, Melissa of Blush & Jelly. Melissa owns Jelly Design Studio, a WordPress & Blogger template shop. She also creates beautiful custom websites for bloggers and I’m quite biased because she’s basically my neighbor. I really love the holiday Facebook headers Melissa created for you guys and I hope you love them as much as I do. Just right-click to save them onto your desktops!

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12DOC: How to Create Beautiful Bokeh in your Christmas Pictures

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Welcome to day three of the 12 Days of Christmas! I’m so excited to be sharing my first guest post in this year’s holiday posts from my very lovely friend, Charisma Moran of Charisma Moran Photography. Charisma is a very talented photographer and creative who lives here in Orlando. She has such a great spirit and I enjoyed sharing her artist showcase here on the blog a few months ago.

Holiday Bokeh - Copyright Charisma Moran Photography

As a self proclaimed Christmas fanatic, I love so much about this holiday season. One of my very favorite things about the holidays is all of the bright twinkling lights. There are so many different ways to capture Christmas lights with your camera but one of the more popular options (and my personal favorite) is a technique called bokeh.

Bokeh is a particular quality of blur created in the part of an image that it out of focus. Bokeh is most commonly circular but it is possible to create bokeh of different shapes and sizes. Widely used among photographers and amateurs alike around the year, bokeh is extremely popular during the Christmas season. Even if you are not a professional photographer, bokeh can be an easy and fun addition to your personal holiday photos.

Holiday Bokeh - Copyright Charisma Moran Photography

When preparing your camera settings, the most important thing to remember is that you want your aperture to be wide open. The wider your aperture is, the better the bokeh will be. You can achieve these images with the lights in your home on or off, depending on what your preference is. I usually prefer any other lights but the ones on my tree to be off.

Once you have decided on how much additional lighting you prefer, you can set your ISO to the lowest number that will work with your widest aperture. You won’t need an incredibly long shutter speed, the way you would when normally shooting Christmas lights in low light.

Now turn off your autofocus and have some fun! Once you get the hang of it, bokeh is pretty easy and incredibly fun.

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