Thursday, January 31, 2013

Exciting changes at Sugar and Dots!

I told you all at the end of 2012 that I had a few exciting changes in the works for 2013.
I wanted to put together a post that covers everything so that you don't get all panicky when you see something new here.
Because panicky isn't a cute look.

But this post is long.
So if you need to, just skim through and read all the stuff in bold writing until you see something that attracts your attention, okay?
Good.

First of all, I need your help.
I am looking for two people to become contributors here at Sugar and Dots.
I am looking for a style contributor and a DIY contributor.
I will be placing a button on my sidebar that links to your blog if you are chosen.
For the style contributor, I am looking for:
-someone with an eye for fashion
-photos of yourself wearing the latest trends
-someone who can write their post via Blogger or on Windows Live Writer so that the HTML isn't crazy when I go to post it
-bright, beautiful photos at least 650 pixels wide
-someone who can commit to writing one post per month
For the DIY contributor, I am looking for:
-someone who loves to create
-photos of yourself/your children/your home displaying your latest creations
-someone who can write their post via Blogger or on Windows Live Writer so that the HTML isn't crazy when I go to post it
-bright, beautiful photos at least 650 pixels wide
-someone who can commit to writing one post per month
To apply for either position, please email me with the following info:
Name
Blog Name
3-5 sentences about why you feel you are a good fit
3-5 photos of your best projects- either photos from style posts or photos from DIY posts
You will hear back from me no matter what.
Please apply for Sugar and Dots contributor positions by February 8th.

Second, please welcome Sugar and Dots new recipe contributor!


This is Meghan.
She writes over at Eat.Live.Make. and I get excited every time I see that a new post is up by her.
Go check out her blog to see what I mean.
She will soon be writing here, sharing her gluten-free and (mostly) vegan recipes.

I have been trying to eat healthier, and coming from a home of vegans while growing up, I am all about clean eating.
You have no idea how happy I am to have her as a contributing writer!

Speaking of contributing...

I was asked to be a speaker at ELEVATE BLOG CONFERENCE and I agreed.
This is huge news.
Huge.
Because they asked me last year and I declined.
Because I am a scaredy cat when it comes to public speaking.
But I am going to do it.
Oh yeah, and there are only 40 tickets available, so if you want to see Erin from Living In Yellow, Sarah from Little Penelope Lane, or Ashley from Little Miss Momma speak with me, you should go to THE REGISTRATION PAGE and try to snag a ticket.
Tickets go on sale at 9:00 AM today.
Oh, and bring your phone to the conference so you can record me passing out juuuuust before I start speaking.
Make me famous on YouTube, mmmkay?

Also...

I was asked to be a contributing writer for ERGOBABY.
This is probably the biggest thing to happen for me in my blogging career!
I agreed.
Obviously.
You can click the button below to see my posts.
Wait, no.
They aren't posted yet.
But yeah... they will be there.
And that is huge news.

I blog for Ergobaby


(PS- the model for Ergobaby's above button went to high school with me. Ergobaby sent me the button, and I was all... hey. I know herrrr. Small world, no?)


Now about sponsorships...

I am working with a new blogging agency that will be promoting ads on my sidebar.
They are committed to directing specific traffic to a specific audience.
With new ads comes new traffic.

This blog is growing everyday.
Traffic is wonderful.
On January 1st, I had 2,644 followers.
I have been diligent about seeing what works and what doesn't with sponsorships and writing, and so far, 2013 has been promising for Sugar and Dots.
I am taking notes daily to ensure that things continue to run smoothly.

What does this mean for you?
I can't promise tons of new traffic or new followers to your site, but increasing readership here means that more people are likely to see your ad.
Now is the perfect time to purchase a new sponsorship!
Also, with all the positive feedback via comments and dozens and dozens of emails about
THIS SPONSORSHIP POST, I will be writing a post similar to that one once per month.
I hope that I can include you!
Want a discount?
Sure, why not?!
20% off all ads between now and February 8th with the code HOORAY.
You can purchase a new sponsorship HERE.

And finally...

I organized my PINTEREST ACCOUNT, so if you've noticed that I actually use the thing now, that's why.
Please excuse the obscene amount of pinning I've been doing now that it all makes sense to me.
I will be posting a few of my favorite things here on the blog soon, and I will also be placing a new button on my sidebar that links my very favorite things to it.
No more crazy pins.
No more chaos.
Just rad stuff and where you can find it.
My favorite things will be posted with "In case you missed it..." posts every Saturday.
New stuff to love every week.
Yay!

Are you still here?
Did you read this whole post?
Oh man.
Best blog reader ever; that's what you are!
You earned 5,000 points!*


XO    







*Points mean nothing at all. But you are nice and I like you.

13 comments:

  1. I'm so excited for you, and all of the fun things you've got going on. You deserve all of it, for sure!

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  2. Congrats on all the fun new changes!! :)

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  3. Oh my goodness!!
    how exciting is this?!! All of it!! So, so happy for you!!

    I am compiling my email, after I get everyone to school, to send to you for a contributor....so excited ;)

    Congrats to you on all of it!!

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  4. That's all so exciting, congratulations!! I have been following you for awhile now, and love how honest you are in your posts. Also, just wanted to thank you-I have a blog myself and have kept it mostly a secret from friends and family because I thought it wouldn't really be any good-just something fun for me. Somehow you found it and left me a sweet comment, and that made my day-and gave me a little confidence to keep going with it. I'm now in the process of redesigning my blog and committing to posting regularly. And maybe finally telling people:) so thank you!!
    I cant't wait to see all the new changes around here:)

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  5. I am soooo excited for you!! Way to go kimmie! And did it take you a million years to write this post?! Haha

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  6. Also Id love to hear more about the agency your working with. I'm thinking and praying more about my sponsorships and would love to see what other options are out there:)

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  7. Wow, this all sounds so exciting! Cheers to you and this new adventure :)

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  8. So excited for you! You are awesome and deserve all of these new and amazing opportunities! You have a gift and use it well! XO

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  9. Just wanted to say congratulations Kimmie on the position with Ergo!! That is amazing!!!!

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  10. So Kimmie, Where do I redeem my 5,000 points?!

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  11. so many amaZing things happening for you!

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  12. I recognized the model too! What a small world =)
    Congrats on all the new success <3

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