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2017 Blog Planner Flash Sales For Vals Day x New Orders.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Happy Valentine's Day!!

How are you spending your day?
As for me, I'm currently about to go into the theatre for a surgery. Yeahh, I'm having a swell valentine's day. But that's not why we are here - at least not totally.

Valentine's Day is all about receiving and giving I've and in the spirit of that - I've decided to give 15% off the Cassie Daves Blog Planner lasting today only (well yesterday and today - this is why you should follow our page on instagram @cassiedavesblogplanner so you get updated on deals and giveaways). Use the code csplanner15 at check out to today only to get 15percent off!

We currently have just seven planners left and only in the monochrome and pink polka dots cover design. Don't say Cassie never did nothing for you 😂😕. 
Just getting to know about the Cassie daves blog planner? Full details here! Be warned though - your blog life is about to get way more organized and better with it!
       
Psst! Want a customized planner with your name on it?
I'm also now taking new pre-orders! It's never to late to start taking your blog more seriously. It's like Aunty Betty of Genevieve Magazine said "whenever you wake up is your morning". Don't get it? 

A lot of people weren't too happy that they didn't get to have their names on their planner, so if you would prefer to have yours customized with your name. You can pre-order Now! Pre-order lasts from now till Sunday the 19th. You also get 10% off when you Pre-Order, which means you will be getting the planner for N4500 instead of the original N5000

Celebrating Four Years Of Blogging x 4 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Blogging.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

THE BIG FOUR.

Guess who clocked four on the 21st?
Wow! Have I really been running this little ol space of mine for four years already? It honestly doesn't feel that long just yet. I can still remember taking that first step to setting up this blog and my very first post like it was yesterday and right now, I'm celebrating four years in this blogging journey. Ayeee!
Even though these past few weeks have been a bit trying in terms of keeping up with this space (and life in general), I must admit that this blog would continue to be one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. It also helps that it acts as a sort of journal for me. 



Right from the first awkward blog name (who remembers what the blog's first URL was? lol) , the name change, getting my own domain, working with brands for free to getting paid for it, hosting an event, starting my blog consultations, down to finally getting my first blog award, it has been four years of constant growth, amazing opportunities and definitely lots of lessons.
I  already talked about the different ways starting this space has changed me in this post, and in the spirit of reminiscing/celebrating growth, I'll like to share a few things I wish I had known/done back when I first started blogging. Maybe, this might also be helpful for anyone looking to start their blog soon.


But before we get into that; Check out my first year, second year and third year of blogging. :)
Now, Let's dig in!

1. Defined My Blog Manifesto and Purpose Earlier.


When I started blogging, I had no intentions or idea that this could really be a big thing or even something I could actually earn from/turn into a brand for myself. I was blogging because I loved to write and share my thoughts, so there was no clear direction or focus - I was basically just going with the flow. Looking back now, I know that if I had started out with a clear written out manifesto for my blog and stuck to that, It would definitely have grown faster. Because when you know you're out here to build something, then you are more inclined to take every aspect of your blog seriously - from design, user experience to aesthetics.
That's the advantage new bloggers have now, there is really no excuse to start out mediocre because there are tons of knowledge on blogging out there to help you get started right.
My blog planner has a page to help you brainstorm your blog manifesto and figure out ways you can stay on track with it/achieve it. More details on the planner here.
I also do blog reviews and consultations, so if you'll like a second eye to take a look around your blog and suggest improvements or you, you can find out more details here, and If you would love to dive even deeper with me and take your blog to the next level. You can book a blog consultation with me HERE.

2. Started Out On Wordpress.


I mentioned my blogger vs WordPress opinion in my post on starting a blog here. Back when I started blogging, there weren't as much "blogging" blogs like there are now and I was so green on everything blogging that I didn't do any proper research and just straight up went for the easy option - blogger. Right now, if I could turn back the hands of time, I would definitely start with WordPress because there are sooo many limitations with blogger that WordPress doesn't have and having to make the switch from blogger to Wordpress four years down when I have 430 posts and close to a million views I can end up losing is stressful. It might not be a big deal at first but in the long run, you start to feel the effect. I know I am!

3. Placed Priority To Growing My Mail List Earlier.

Even though I didn't have a fancy blog theme and things weren't so picture perfect and crisp, I had a pretty good following in my earlier days. Loyal ones too. (Quick shout out to anyone who has been reading my blog from the word go! You smart. You loyal. I appreciate that!) It is such a bummer and still upsets me till this day that I didn't tap into that and started building my mail list from then. I had the normal google reader subscribe thing going on but I hardly ever even promoted it or made any effort to get people to subscribe.
Sometimes I reread old posts and see some frequent readers who somehow fizzled out over time and I just wonder what ever happened to them. With an email list, I could have retained quite a number of them.
Getting people to follow you on social media is good but remember, if something goes wrong with their/your social media, you'll always still have good ol trusty email to fall back to. So if you're just starting out, don't be like Cassie. Go build that list!

4. Realized That Writing The Content Is Just One-Half & Promoting It Is Major Key.


Thinking back now, my promotion skills were super poor! I don't think I did any major promoting besides bugging my BBM and facebook contacts. I shared new posts just once to twitter and I hadn't even started using Instagram then. lol! I definitely missed out on amassing a lot of traffic back then. 
I already talked about how important social media is in growing a blog in my post on reasons why your blog's traffic might not be growing, so you have to constantly promote your posts (in a non-spammy way, though)
Oh another shameless plug here, when you get the Cassie Daves blog planner, you get a page filled with social media posting schedules to help you effectively share your content all over your social media platforms in a way that will get your content seen more and drive more traffic to you. Get your planner Here!
Bonus :
Another thing I wish I knew earlier in my blogging journey is SEO! Not even the complicated or deep ones. The simple things like naming your pictures, adding meta tag description to it, using more keyword rich blog post titles and not titles like "Going green" (can you tell that I am guilty of this? lol) etc. I didn't do any of that for years and you can just imagine how much traffic I was losing because of that. I also only realized late last year that I turned off my "enable crawlers and indexing" option and I was so weak when I realized. lol If you use blogger, go to settings > search preferences > crawlers & indexing to see what I'm talking about.' Also, if you're like me and you've never heard of google search console, you should totally check it out here (Listed it in my planner too!)
There's also reducing/re-sizing large pictures to make your blog load faster and also using the extra large option when you upload your pictures for those using bloggers to make it bigger and of a better quality. I learned most of these things pretty late in my blogging journey, so I hope that someone at least finds this post helpful. 

Now, back to gushing over how awesome you guys are and the fact that I've actually been blogging for four years (That's a full time university course you know? )

Some of my favorite posts over the years -

2013
2014
2015
I know I keep over flogging this but yes! Once again, I'll like to mention how constantly floored and thankful I am for every single one of you that have ever read my blog, shared, commented or sent me encouraging messages. Thank you! Hopefully, I'll get to celebrate my fifth blogging year with an actual event next year.

Let me know if you found this post helpful, please.
You can catch up on all my fab blogging tips HERE
 I'll love to know some of the things you wish you had known earlier in your blogging journey too! And if you’re a new blogger, what are you struggling with right now?
Oh and of course, feel free to bring in the congratulatory messages! *insert big smile*

My 2016 In Style, Blog Year Recap x A Few Goals For 2017

Thursday, 12 January 2017
Not another recap post right? The last one for the year, I promise! I planned to put this up last year but time and chance happeneth to this girl. I know I've blogged about how to combine your 9 - 5 and blogging and make it work but right now, I work a 7am - 12am, 7 days a week and shit is just so real!

Notwithstanding though, doing a recap of my year in style is yet another tradition ( just like my year in words ) of the blog that I have to uphold. There's just a little twist to it this time around, because I'll be including my 2016 blog recap in this post as well as doing a round up of my looks on the blog from last year.

I did an end of the year blog review in 2015 and found it super helpful in taking stock of my blog year and setting new goals, so I figured hey! Why not try it out this year too? But instead of having two sepearate posts for both recaps , I decided to merge them instead. I'm hoping this makes it a lot easier for you to follow and also takes down having to throw in yet another review post in your face lol.
As always, there will be direct links to each look below the picture. All you have to do is click the number that corresponds to the picture and voila!


So here's my year in style, some of the progress I made with the blog this year, and a few goals for 2017.
Read the full posts : 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8

Style wise : For some reason, I didn't think that I slayed as much as I did the previous years but putting together this post and seeing all my looks at a glance, I guess I can say that I didn't do so shabbily after all.
What do you guys think? 
This year (read as 2016. lol), there was less outfit posts than last year and even less of my signature prints/retro and eccentric style. I played more around casual with a twist looks, bared a bit more skin , denim because what is life really without denim? androgyny and threw in a bit of glam girly look in the mix too. 
I also switched my look up a bit by experimenting with my hair - Going the crochet fro way definitely added some extra spice to my style.

Working as a full time medic means less experimenting for me this year as I'm basically stuck at work 24/7 with a strict dress code . I haven't worn denim this year at all - it is that bad! But I'll try to share more of my work style and how I'm making the dress code work for me regardless.
I shared some of my 2015 style goals last year and this year, one of my goals will be to have a more balanced wardrobe. I talked a bit more about what that means for me in this post. 
I really can't say for sure which look was my favourite but I sure loved glamming up in Maxine Arthurs, twirling and looking Wedding guest ready in Design for love, channeling some free spirited solangey vibes, my floral inspired look  and the urban chic look for LFDW.
Which is your favourite look?
Please share in the comments!

Read the full style posts : 1. 2. 3. 4. 5

Blog Wise : It was one interesting year filled with ups and downs but definitely also with progress and greater heights as well. 

I finally got a new blog theme this year. That was one major area I mentioned in last year's recap that needed change and it gave me so much fulfillment to finally get to tick that off. I switched it to something minimalist but responsive and pretty to look at. I'm already itching for another change and I still have a couple of fixes to make to the blog though like create a start here page, optimize my home page to display a lot more content and be a bit more user friendly. I am also looking to finally move from blogger to either WordPress or squarespace. 
Speaking of pages, have you said Hi and introduced yourself in my "introduce yourself" page? What are you waiting for? Let's get to know each other better this year!


My blog grew quite a bit this year - not really just in stats but I like to think also in positioning. I got to feature in two major nigerian magazines as a blogger which was really just so awesome! : You can read all about both my Mania magazine and Guardian Magazine features.
I got to work with Daniel Wellington which I've been eyeing for a while now and Infinix Nigeria which was a big one for me. I also got my very first physical blog award and got to have my first all paid expense blog trip which you can read all about here
One other thing I kept re-writing in my planner was having a Twitter chat and just before the year ran out, I got to finally have one with a few other awesome African bloggers and hosted by the awesome SheLeadsAfrica.
Read the full style posts : 1. 23. 4.

Now let's talk content. There was less of style posts like last year and more lifestyle type posts. I didn't introduce as much new categories like I did last year and wasn't quite as consistent with some of the old ones like Reader's spotlight, candid talk and celebrating creativity. I honestly can't promise to do better this year but I will try with the reader's spotlight at least because I really enjoyed reading/featuring the people that read my blog. I introduced the blog love series where I share a few blogs that I currently love. Although, I realized the importance of blogger friendships, I didn't get to do a lot of blogger style collaboration this year - just this summer style inspired look with Anjola.

At some point this year, I thought about quitting this blog. If you're signed up to my mailing list HERE, you would already all about this. I got frustrated a bit with putting in so much work all the time and coupled with the fact that I was almost always mentally/physically tired, it was taking a toll on me. I also let the comparision bug get to me and I started feeling envy because some of yall decided to decamp (why you gotta do me like this? Lol!) but I'm happy that I didn't quit. I've been blogging for way too long now and on most days, I can't imagine not blogging.
If you quit in the process, you're quitting on the result. Click to tweet!
Read the full style posts : 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

On the social media end, I still didn't up my pinterest game this year after all my noise lol! Regardless of how many posts I've read about pinterest, it has still been so hard for me to get into it. I might just outsource my pinterest and hire someone to handle that bit for me this year. My instagram grew alot this year, same with my twitter because I started spending more time there
Follow me on social media guys! >> BLOGLOVIN || SUBSCRIBE || FACEBOOK||TWITTER || INSTAGRAM
Read the full style posts : 1. 2. 345. 6

Some of my blog/brand goals this year would be
  • To move from blogger to wordpress or squarespace - set up my shop and switch up my blog theme to something functional : I'm getting increasingly tired of blogger and its many restrictions and I just need to move.
  • Finally host my own workshop and launch that tote line already!
  • Write an ebook or two, introduce e-courses, challenges and add content upgrades to my posts.
  • Take my blog review and consultation services more seriously.
  • Reach out to and initiate more brand patnerships
  • Take the Cassie Daves Blog Planner to an even higher scale - have you got your 2017 blog planner yet? Details here!
  • Create a consistent schedule for my newsletters
  • Get an intern/more hands to help out with the blog. With my rigorous job, I really cannot do it all alone anymore so if you'll like to be a part of the Cassie Daves Team. More Info here!
  • Try Vlogging, maybe!
This year, I really want to document more of my thoughts, the little moments and share more of my everyday style - not just the looks I think are bloggable and by God's grace, there will bemore blogging related travel trips, international features and more awesome brand partnerships.
Read the full style posts : 1. 2. 3

Figured I can as well use this opportunity to share some of my favourite blog posts from this year and some of yours too as evident from my stats/comments.

Outfits.

Blog Tips.

Style Tips|Inspiration.
Beauty.
Travel | Lagos Living.
Life  | Inspiration.
Before i sign out, I just want to say a very big thank you to you all for showing me love this past year. Thank you for sharing and commenting. That is honestly part of what keeps me going - I wouldn't be here if not for you all so pleaseeee keep reading and especially please keep leaving those comments, leave the ghost reading in 2016 oh!
Also, kindly feel free to share this post. In between ward rounds, clinic, correcting my patients hyperglycaemia and walking to work, I finally managed to finish it. Took me a lot of time and effort and I will really appreciate if you can use any of the share buttons below to share this post. Or just simply click to tweet!

Love and Light.

2017 Cassie Daves Blog Planner Now Available || The One Tool You Need To Have Your Best Blogging Year Ever.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016
It's okay to have big goals for your blog/site, but do you have the right tools to help you achieve them?
Finally, the one tool you need to stay organized, create more strategic content and blog better this new year!

You often find yourself scribbling everywhere, writing on your phone’s notepad––which can get tiring, and leaving your blog without posting for months!

You know you want to build a successful blog but you find yourself at a loss for content ideas and maintaining consistency.

You want to delve into the blogging world and you plan to put your best foot forward from the start.

You have trouble with promoting your content on social media and getting your audience to connect with your blog post

This is for you.

Fact: Blogging consistently can be tiring and a lot of work, especially if you also work at a 9-5 job.

We all know that successful blogging requires a steady dose of inspiration, and careful planning to stay organized especially if you already have school or a day job taking most of your time.
And if you are a creative like me with multiple interests and demanding schedules, you need a framework for consistency. Otherwise, your blog will suffer from no attention.

I get it. I relate. I used to be all over the place with my endless scribbles and to do lists too.

This was until a year ago when I looked at my blog notebook/diaries and realized that I kept writing the same things over and over! I also had difficulties finding where I wrote some things…my mind was a hot mess!Urgh!! 
Although the diaries helped me way better than not having anything at all, they still weren’t helping me stay 100 percent organized or reach my goals. So, I decided to do something about it and created the Cassie Daves Blog Planner, because smart bloggers don’t just brainstorm. They organize! 

The feedback and reception  from the 2016 planner was super awesome! I've been working tirelessly over the past few weeks to improve on the new edition and I'm happy to finally share the 2017 edition with you and announce that The Planner is officially available!


The 2017 blog planner comes in three different colors equipped with new features and everything you need to help you plan better, stay organized, come up with content ideas easily and ultimately blog better!
With the Cassie Daves Blog Planner, I was able to:
  • Cut through the schedule noise and
  • get focused on my goals.
  • Build a montly editorial calender that has helped me stay consistent and organized
  • Evaluate my blog goals, blog and social media growth monthly so I see what's working and what's not.

And it’s not just me. These content creators/bloggers experienced better blogging with the 2016 Cassie Daves Blog Planner! Listen to what they have to say:

The blog planner is soooooo comprehensive, I can't think of anything Cassie missed out. If you plan to take your blogging to the next level then this is one item you need to invest in. Don't just buy it and let it lie fallow by your bedside. Fill it in!!!! Go through the daily blog checklist and check out the list of useful blog apps. If you ever get stuck on what to write about there are blog topic ideas for you to choose from. Great Job Cassie, Thanks for creating this revolutionary product.           - Tuke Morgan | @Tukemorgan

I Love my planner! The design, content, quotes, every dang thing! This planner even reminds you of stuff you might have even forgotten and i think it’s a must have for every blogger.- Jacinta | @jacintaamune

The blog planner is an indispensable tool, very comprehensive and fully loaded with the technical know-hows! Especially for rookies like me. I've come to find blogging more interesting with this tool. I must confess, it's invaluable.- Lois || @ebonymedics. 

I can say with full confidence that it is definitely helping me get more organized. Once I write something down, it's just there staring back at me and I have to get it done. Using the planner has also helped me realize how much fun it is to check out other blogs and share content. I'm loving every bit of it and have actually considered getting one to giveaway for the second quarter. I know I haven't used it very long, but your planner has definitely improved my blogging life.- Coco || @ _thecxcx

Before I got my blog planner, I had a journal for my write-ups and blog post ideas. Sometimes I use my iPad to take notes when my journal is far away. But now, with my blog planner, I get to write my goals for the month, review of the past month, photo shoots, to-do lists and daily checklist. I also get free blog topic ideas for when I run out of things to post (which happens quite often) and useful blog tools and apps.
It’s simply amazing! I love how organised the blog planner is. It’s aimed at keeping you and your blog in check, like a disciplinarian in form of a book. If you’re ready to take your blog seriously, you should get one.
- Grace || @Graysbibi.


Features/Here's what you'll find inside the 2017 planner.
  • 2017/2018 Calender
  • Blog manifesto sheet
  • Monthly Quotes ( By some of your favourite bloggers!)
  • Monthly Post ideas/ note pages
  • 12 Monthly Content planner/ blog post calender
  • Monthly guest post and collaboration
  • pages.
  • Monthly blog goals and end of month goal reviews pages
  • Monthly finance/budget overview page*
  • Daily To Do list pages and check boxes
  • Daily Blog checklist
  • Social Media posting schedule* (To effectively share and promote your blog content)
  • Monthly looks to shoot pages ( hello fashion bloggers! )
  • 99 Blog post ideas*
  • Some useful blog tools and apps page
  • Important blog dates page
  • Brands partnership pages
  • Blog love/roll page.
  • Important links page

When you get the Cassie Daves Blog Planner today, you’ll get the keys to :
  • Map out the who, why and how of your blog so you create content that resonates with your readers.
  • Record your scattered thoughts so that you don’t ever have to suffer from writer’s block.
  • Eliminate procrastination and evaluate your blog/social media growth monthly.
  • Simplify your content marketing so you never have to slave over where to share your blog posts.
  • Pages with headings planned out for you so that you can focus on churning out great post ideas.
This 258 pages planner has been carefully put together to help you stay organized, be more productive, keep track of the important things and of course blog better.
It's hardcover, – to withstand wear & tear during your hustle, comes in a minimalist black & white cover design for a classy touch, and just the right size for your bags and slings.

Finally, It’s Your Turn to stay on top of your blogging game! Whether you're a newbie blogger or you've been blogging for a while, this is for you.

 And you know what? It is 100% safe. There are no side effects with the Cassie Daves Blog Planner. The only side effects are better content, increased blog traffic, and many peaceful nights…knowing that you have a system in place.

Here's another awesome thing about purchasing a planner for your blog - just being able to look back into it years from now and see all your blog plans/growth well laid out.


It’s Decision Time!

Ready to stay organized, blog better, and grow your social media?
Ready to get strategic about your blog and content?

You can now order the 2017 Blog Planner!

THE DETAILS:

  • The Planner costs 5000 Naira | 15$
  • Orders will ship out from Dec 19th
  • When you pre-order, you can get a customized planner with your name written below on the front cover of the planner. ( Pre Order No Longer Available)
  • I'm working on making it easily accessible around the world but if you're not based in Nigeria, we can find ways to get it to you at an extra delivery cost!

Just click the Order button image above (Click the sides not middle of the button image if it keeps going to a Pinterest page) but if you prefer to do it manually, just email me : sandyva06@yahoo.com, let me know what color you want, location and what you want written in front.

P.S - It is available only in the perfect binding format (not spiral bound)

 Feel free to share with your Blogger friends please.
For Bloggers & Content Creators : The one tool you need to kick off your best blogging year ever!Click to tweet!

Blogging || 5 Tips To Get Started Working With Brands As A Blogger.

Monday, 21 November 2016
I still remember my very first brand collaboration on the blog like it was yesterday. It was for a scarf brand that wasn't even based in Nigeria and I remember being so excited that my blog was finally getting noticed by brands. And especially non - Nigerian ones at that! I've definitely evolved and gotten to work with more awesome companies since then.

I know that working with brands is one thing that almost every blogger desires. It's also top on the list of things I get asked all the time - asides from how to start a blog or grow a blog. So I decided to put together a post sharing a few tips on how to get started with working with brands.

Let's dig in.

1. Realize That It Might Take Time.

When I first started my blog, I didn't even know that I could make money by working with brands, I was basically doing it for fun. Blogging right now has changed and I know that a couple of people open blogs hoping to start earning and working with brands immediately.
I'm starting with this because I also know that people get frustrated when that doesn't happen, so I'm here to reiterate that it might take a while but if you focus on building your blog and creating good content, at some point working with brands will come.
P.S - There's really no set length of time before you're qualified to work with brands.

2. Make Your Blog Look The Part.

If you're serious about working with brands, then your blog has to look the part - clean and with a professional feel. Brands definitely do their research and you don't want them coming to a cluttered site that makes you look like you don't know what you're doing.
Whether you are blogging as a hobby or as a business, having a site with a clean and professional feel is important. This also makes it easy for these brands to navigate through your blog easily and find any information they might need, so pay attention to the little details.

I shared some things in this post that you might be doing wrong as regards your blog design and which can ultimately sabotage your opportunities Check it out here.

3. Brand Yourself.

You might think that branding is just for big companies but if you’re active in the digital space, you have a personal brand and how it is perceived by people is defined by you! What are you putting out on social media? Does it go in line with your blog/brand manifesto, what you want to be known for and also show your expertise?
Working With Brands As A Blogger. Five Tips To Get You Started. Click to tweet!
4. Create A Media Kit.

I talked about what a media kit is in this post. If you're really serious about working with brands and you don't have a media kit yet, drop what you're doing right now and go put one together! A media kit doesn't only make you look more professional but it also makes it easier for brands to see at a glance everything they need to know about sponsorship with you and why they should work with you.

What to include in your media kit?

- Blog Logo
- Picture of you
- Contact Email
- Brief Blog Bio/Your audience demographic
- Social links
- The Stats! - Blog's pageviews, unique visits, email subscriber counts and social media followers.
- Services offered
- Notable press you've gotten and a few brands you've worked with (optional)
- Your rates (optional)

If you feel you're still a small blog without huge numbers. You can mention in your kit how you're a relatively new blog but a fast growing one and talk about your engagement if you have high engagement.

5. Pitch to brands.

Did you know that you really don't have to wait for brands to contact you? You can totally reach out to them! What's that thing about the mountain going to Mohammed again?
I'm putting this last because before you reach out to any brand, you must have the other things I've listed in place so it makes turning you down harder and increase your chances of them saying yes to you.

How do you pitch to brands?
Its as easy as shooting them a short sweet email introducing yourself/your blog and asking if they are open to collaborations.
Make a list of companies or products you love and that for your blog's theme, find out their contact info and pitch! This is exactly why I included a brand collaboration page complete with brand name and contact info in the Cassie Daves Blog Planner to make this process easier for you. The 2017 edition of the blog planner will be out soon, sign up here to get notified and preorder!


Do you have any other things to add to this post? Please share with us!
I hope you found this post helpful also.
As always, let's connect!


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If you would love to dive even deeper and get more in-depth information on working with brands and taking your blog to the next level. You can book a blog consultation with me HERE.

If you'll like me to check out your blog and do a review of your site. You can now get your blog reviewed! Full details HERE
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