Blog Updates & What’s Coming!

Last week was a light week with only one blog post, but I have lots of updates for you! While it was a slow week as far as the blog was concerned, it was not slow where life was concerned (is life with kids ever slow?!). Most weeks, my goal is to post at least 2 times. However, through the next few weeks, I will likely only be posting once. Not because I’m low on content, but because I have lots of exciting things in work! Plus, with Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner, we have a lot on our plates right now (as I’m sure you can probably relate to!). The kiddos are young and I want to make sure we slow down over the next few weeks and really enjoy them. It’s such a magical time for kids and I want to experience some of that magic too! That said, I want to share some exciting things that are going on with Head of the Homestead.

Instagram

This week I have been powering my way through a multi-hour class on upping my Instagram strategy. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that my previous posts were disappearing. I am in the process of re-branding Head of the Homestead on Instagram, which is both exciting and scary! I’ve gained some followers and lost some followers, but I’m hoping to get more eyes on the blog through my efforts. If you have an Instagram account, make sure you follow me @headofthehomestead to keep up-to-date with all my changes! The content on Instagram is mostly different from the content here on the blog, so you’ll get extra tips, product recommendations, and other random musings. It’s also a behind-the-scenes look of my life with two strong-willed little ladies on our growing farmette. I’d love to hear your opinions as I grow my Instagram account, so feel free to share! My goal is to provide a warm, homey feel that welcomes my followers in.

A screenshot of an Instagram 9 grid associated with the blog Head of the Homestead
A snapshot of my current 9-grid on Instagram.

Pinterest

Pinterest is another area I’ve been working on (though somewhat inconsistently). I have shared a few of my blog articles to the platform and hope to add more shortly. Pinterest will most likely (hopefully) be the search engine that provides the most traffic to my blog. It is a fantastic marketing tool and I am slowly figuring out the ins and outs of how it works. Over the years, I have created multiple boards that feature similar content to the blog, so they are nice complements to each other. I’ve been working on organizing those boards so that my followers can easily find the type of content they seek. If you’re on Pinterest, I’d love for you to follow me (and feel free to pin my blog posts as well)! My boards can be found here: https://www.pinterest.com/headofthehomestead/boards/.

A screenshot of the Pinterest boards associated with the blog Head of the Homestead
A snapshot of some of Head of the Homestead’s boards on Pinterest.

Word Press

On a technical note, Word Press (the site I use for creating Head of the Homestead) just completed the largest update they’ve done in 10 years. The past week has been spent backing up the blog, transitioning over, updating all the widgets and plugins that make the website work, and most importantly, familiarizing myself with the new system. This update wasn’t supposed to happen until January, so most bloggers were given very little time to transition over. It has been a bit of a learning curve, but I’m finally feeling comfortable with the new interface!

And the Big News…

I’m Creating a Web Course!

In addition to the Instagram training, I’m also taking a course on creating my own web training. I’ve been watching webinars, brainstorming, and completing homework on how to do this. One of my homework items is to create a mini course so people can get a taste of my teaching style before committing to a larger course. The mini course would tie into my broader subject and would be a snapshot of the larger training. It’s a lot of work, but it is also so much fun! I have two topics in mind, but I need to choose between them and it’s hard! Below are the topics I’m considering – if you want to help me decide, make sure you weigh-in in the comments!

Keto Academy

Topics would include:

  • How to get started with the Keto diet
  • What is Keto?
  • Is low-carb healthy?
  • What does low carb even mean?
  • How to track macros (and what is a macro?)
  • Meal plans
  • Keto recipes
  • Tips & tricks for staying Keto while eating out
  • Food substitutes and how to manage cravings

Personal Finance 101

Topics would include:

  • How to create a realistic budget for your lifestyle
  • How to control your budget without your budget controlling you
  • Credit unions versus banks and which is the right fit
  • How to structure your accounts
  • Automating payments
  • Identifying your financial goals and priorities, and putting a plan in place
  • Ways to save money (such as saving for Christmas)
  • How to pay off debt

Thoughts? Which would you be most interested in? The above topics would of course include more than what is outlined, but those are my rough notes. The larger course will take some time to build, but I’m hoping to have a mini course up and running within the next few months!

Screenshot of a course syllabus for Level Up and Leverage
Level Up and Leverage is the course I’m taking on creating my own web training.

Make sure you stay tuned for everything that is coming! Getting the blog up and running has been a lot of work, but it has been so rewarding. I’m excited for all the things to come and I thank you for being a part of this journey with me!

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