Tagged Blog Love

Your Blog Gets Me Every Time


Or why I stopped reading your blog.

As a person who occasionally writes a blog, I also like to occasionally read them. But more and more, I find myself reaching for something else these days.

Don’t get me wrong, small, local blogs are still my go-to when I’m looking for a review, the latest drink place, or just beautiful photos of my beautiful city. Plus, most of those are blogs are written by some lovely people who I happen to call my friends, and I enjoy seeing what they’re up to when they’re out and about.

But lately, I’m more likely surfing to FastCo, an industry (advertising) pub or the straight up news. Also, I’m trying this old thing where you step away from all the screens and put a book in front of your face and enjoy that for a while.

However, it’s not just other outlets that are driving me away. So here it is. Why I stopped reading your blog:

  • Your blog’s sponsored posts are the same as the next blogger’s sponsored posts, are the same as the next blogger’s sponsored posts. And they can’t all be genuine, and a lot of the time, it seems like none of them really are. I get it. Certain brands reach out to certain bloggers in order to reach a certain demographic (mine, apparently.) But just because you can say yes, doesn’t mean you should.
  • Your blog feels empty. I love cute pictures of pretty drinks and outfits and decorations just as much as the next girl. Hello, I have a Pinterest account. But that’s just it. I HAVE a Pinterest account. I was reading your blog because I wanted to know about you and your thoughts and your ideas. Where did they all go? 
  • Your blog’s daily posts are just that, “everyday.” Every once and awhile there’s a gem in there somewhere. More often than not, it’s a rehash of your Instagram feed (which I’m already following, by the way), or it’s another list of links (glass houses, I know), or it’s a post about how you haven’t posted in so long* and it goes on forever and forever. (and forever.) 
  • Your blog is riddled with typos and it drives me mad. If it’s so important for you to get that post out right away, please take a few minutes to proofread it. Wait… you don’t want to take the time to read it? Then, tell me — why should I take the time to read it? Do us all a favor and type your post in Microsoft Word. Or copy and paste it into a site like Grammarly. And if you must get the post up and don’t have time to read it… hit publish, read it and if you see a typo, go ahead and fix it.

That’s really all there is to say on the subject. I just had to get it out there. It’s partially because I see how much brands are paying for your blog content and I also see how that blog content is riddled with typos. And how, too often, it’s just not interesting.

So, bloggers. Let’s step up our game. Make your blog worth reading again. If you want readers that is. Or just write for you. Just don’t be upset if I miss the big news about what book you’re reading, the tacos you ate last night or how X brand helped you make mornings better.

*As much as we all wish it were true, no one is sitting by their laptop in the morning to see if you hit publish every day. So who cares if you haven’t posted in SO LONG. Don’t even mention it. Move on. Write something today. And tomorrow. And then stop if you want. (Just please make it worth reading.)

Hitting Refresh Gets Me Every Time


Happy New Year, world. My first post of 2015 may be coming on the fifth day of the year, but I’m still excited to get this new year kicked off.

For me, a new year hasn’t always been that much of a draw. The reason being is I think you can wipe the slate clean at any time you feel like you need it. At the beginning of the month. Or a new week. Or heck, any given Thursday morning that you feel like it’s time to start over again.

But this year, I’m right there will all you bell ringers and resolution makers. I’m all in for a fresh start. I’m planning on hitting the proverbial refresh button on a few things, but today I want to share a more literal refresh. It’s an online one.

Gets Me Every Time—aka, the blog you are reading right now—has been a great online home for me for the past three years. But, I’ve decided it’s time to switch things up just a little bit. So, I’m moving on up to KellyMcauley.com. You can head there right now to check it out, and starting tomorrow you’ll be automatically redirected over there if you land here instead.

So, go ahead and update your Feedly reader right now. I’m not quite sure how that BlogLovin’ thing works, but you should update there too.

Blog-ger-Treat Gets Me Every Time

Blogger-Treat on Gets Me Every Time

Happy Halloween you guys. I’m making it a Halloween that’s all about treats. No tricks. And my treat for you this Friday are these four lovely ladies. Four of my “blogging friends” turned real life friends—no quotes needed.

So, here’s a bit about each and a little treat you can expect when you go visit their blogs. Which you should because, Friday.

Amanda over at Prim & Propah posts crafty goodness all the time and today, being Halloween, she’s going to help you our with a super quick and cheap spooky centerpiece. You know for that Halloween party that’s tonight that you just started planning.

Alex of Literally Everything has a great take on life, Boston and her cute pup Toby. Check out her post defining family. It’s a subject I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. And I love what Alex has to say about it.

Elizabeth Crane Swartz has the perfect free font download (it’s in the sidebar) for all your cozy winter typography needs. Get it for free. It’s no trick. See, all treats today. (Bonus, check out her beautiful necklaces and snag an early Christmas gift.)

Finally, meet Emily. The treat here is the scoop on tons of cool jobs and hobbies. So if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to harvest oysters, run a cupcake food truck or breakdance, Emily’s your gal.

Treat yourself to some light reading this Friday. And Happy Halloween!

Writing Gets Me Every Time


All blog posts are for you, my dear, sweet readers. But some are more for friends in far off places. And others are more for other bloggers. This one falls into the latter category. This is a blog post written by a blogger for other bloggers.

It’s part of the “Blog Writing Process Tour” that my friend Emily took part in last week. Basically, I answer a few questions about how I write, then I tag a few blogging friends to do the same.



What am I working on?
More like, what am I not working on?! Right now, the list seems endless. From finishing some painting in the house, to getting some more listings in my Etsy shop, to just trying to plan out our weekly meals and stick to making them. Writing-wise, I’m trying to be a better storyteller.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’d call my blog a “lifestyle” blog, but I think I err on the side of personal blog more than I do lifestyle. I’m not able to tell you the latest styles or trends for my lifestyle or any other. I’m not out and about on the town either. I’m posting about my life to give friends and family who live so many miles away a chance to see what we’re up to.

Why do I write what I do?
I write what I do for me. That’s why I started this blog in the first place—as an outlet for me to write what I wanted. Since I’m a writer by trade, I spend my days writing for others. A mentor/friend mentioned I might improve my professional writing by writing in my own voice too. You know what, he was right.

How does my writing process work?
Maybe there should be some more structure around how and when and where I write, because there is really none. Sometimes, I write blog posts on my phone. Sometimes, I write during my lunch break. Sometimes it’s on the train and other times it’s on my couch. My writing process is as sporadic as my posting schedule. I do keep a list of post ideas in a notebook though and I refer to that when I get in the mood to really write a few posts at once. Once writing, I just try to tell you guys a story like I would if we were chatting on the phone.

And now, I’m happy to pass this little chain on to three new bloggers. I do hope you’ll click over and check out each of their blogs too!


Beckie @ Cubicle57
Beckie and I are (old) college friends who happened to live in the same dorm and share a love of t-shirts and crafts and dancing. She now lives in New York where she writes about her fabulous life. She was one of my inspirations for starting this blog and finally meeting up with #BostonBloggers.

Alaina @ SoAlaina
Alaina is one of the many fabulous bloggers I have met through the #BostonBloggers group. She always seems to have the happiest of dispositions and her writing is so genuine and honest. Plus, Alaina is a new mom, so if you hop to her blog you get to spend some time looking at her cute little nugget.

Alex @ Literally, Everything
Alex is another blogger I met through #BostonBlogger group. If I say Alex has had a big year, I wouldn’t be doing her accomplishments justice. Let me just say that girl ran the Boston Marathon and got married in the same month. So, go read about her year and see some pretty wedding pics.

A Holiday Party Gets Me Every Time


There’s a big story here. It’s about this swell lady, Elizabeth, pictured above. She makes gorgeous necklaces. Also pictured above. And those necklaces need a little lookbook. So Elizabeth threw a party. And this is it.


So, a few bloggers got together to set the scene for a festive afternoon. And what’s a party without a hashtag? It was decided that it’d be #ECSHoliday. And the party was on.


There were lots of photos.


Lots of flowers.


And lots of fabulous necklaces. Which we all grabbed to get the party going.


And then we each grabbed a drink. The Blogger Bellini. Perfectly poured by Kate.


And we drank them under the prettiest garland. Expertly strung by Janee.




Elizabeth makes these great bangles too. I was half tempted to run away with this lettered one. But Fenway, the belle of the ball, probably could have caught up with me.



The necklaces were the stars of the party, but the food came in a close second.


Alaina made a delicious rosemary, bacon and white bean dip. I brought a tasty spinach and artichoke dip.


Kate share these super brie and jam pinwheel bites.


Ana brought a delightful Brazilian dish, brigadeiro. Tasting is believing.




I’ll be sharing my recipe, as seen here, next week.


Amanda brought her amazing sense of humor and this beautiful caprese salad.



And Alex whipped up these tasty peppermint whoopie pies. (As tasty as they are cute.)


The baubles were the stars though. So, don’t forget to check them out.


(Special thanks to our hosts Elizabeth & Fenway! It was wonderful sipping and socializing in your lovely home!)


Reasons To Blog Get Me Every Time



Sometimes, when I’m not blogging often, I think about why I started this blog in the first place. It was to create a place where I could write, and write just for me. You can read more about that, if you’re so inclined.

While the reason I started this blog was to write more hasn’t changed, it has evolved into reasons. Tonight, I’ll see some of my “blogging friends” and they’re another one of the reasons I keep blogging—the community, as in anything, keeps me going. One of those bloggers is Alex, who was the inspiration for this post, actually. (Thanks, girl. See ya soon!) Like Alex, I too like to write to commemorate events, remember trips and document life.

Also, I’ve figured out, and maybe this is what that mentor was trying to get at all along, that when I’m personally creatively satisfied, it’s easier to be creative at work. I’m fortunate that I have many creative outlets, but when trying to write professionally, the words always flow more easily when I’ve gotten my own words out of the way.

Lastly, I blog for you guys, my readers. Whether that’s one or 1,000. I blog to keep in touch, to share what’s new in my life with friends and family across the country/world. So, if I haven’t mentioned it recently, thanks for reading. Thanks for keeping me going.

PS. I found that great quote, but I had to look up the author too. Looks like I might add Anais Nin to my reading list.

Playing Tag Gets Me Every Time

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So, last week, my bloggy friend, Elizabeth, “tagged” me in a post of hers. I put it off until the end of this week, but for good reason, I assure you. See all those animals? Well, they’re not going to paint themselves. And I’ve got a craft show coming up people. But without further ado, a little game of tag to lighten the mood.

tulips. without a doubt.

the most is my kitchen. the least is our master closet!!

Book. book. book. All the books I have read recently have to do with JFK. More on that here.

Ever vegetable dish there is. I can’t get enough recently. Not that we’re complaining.

black, please. and often.

I miss dance class. And my girls. That’s not so much about school, but about those years. That was a magical time.

Dave Matthews Band at Fenway, mostly because of the setting though.

of course!

I quickly look through the flash sale (Gilt, One Kings Lane, etc) apps on my phone. I hardly ever buy anything off those sites because I think they’re a rip off unless you’re buying the super lux stuff. But I do love to look.


OK! Now I’m tagging two ladies who I would love to see back to a little blogging, Beckie & Brigette; a dear friend, Emily, who I challenge to work this into a blog post; and one Boston Blogger, Anna, who I missed at the fall party and I hope is making it to the Holiday get together. Thanks for the fun, Elizabeth!

P.S. Elizabeth makes these great necklaces which I just can’t keep to myself any longer. Check them out.

Influenster Gets Me Every Time

If you follow me on Instagram (@copykelly ) then you might have seen this photo over the summer. I signed up for Influenster and almost immediately got my first “VoxBox,” which is a cute package full of samples of new products. This was a “beauty box” but there are mom boxes, health boxes and more.

Recently, Influenster relaunched their site with a redesigned, reimagined method of rewarding all that online social time we all seem to racking up. You can earn badges for your expertise in an area, such as beauty, or just for being in a certain life stage, such as college student.

In their own words…

The Influenster Makeover brings all new changes to this trendsetting community. Reviews, Influenster Scores, Public Profiles, LifeStage & Expert Badges, and Invite-Only Membership to name just a few changes.

The new site is clean, minimalist and easy to use. It does take a while to complete all the surveys to earn your badges, but I have a feeling it’s going to pay off big time with a fantastic VoxBox or two. There are also brand challenges to unlock which can give you a higher score which unlocks more perks. But again, it all takes time.  In the end, I think you probably get out how much you put into Influenster.

Are you a member of Influenster? If you like to try products as they’re released, you can sign up today at Influenster.


** I was not paid or perked (yet) to write this particular post about Influenster. All opinions are my own. **

The Wide World of Crafting Gets Me Every Time

Not too long ago I shared the story of my coworker/friend/fellow blogger, Emily of The Great Wide Open. Well, recently, Emily stopped by the official Toyidermy workshop (aka, my apartment) to see if crafting might be her next great passion in life. Above you can see she is hard at work. But, no worries. It wasn’t all business. Now, stop reading my blog and go see what she has to say on her blog.

Thanks for stopping by, Emily!

Tumblr Gets Me Every Time

Hey, what happened to Monday? While I’m off to find it, I thought I’d alert you to some other content I’m filling the interwebs with over on my fave micro blogging platform, Tumblr.

At my place of employment I’m the lone girl on the totem pole on my small team of seven. That’s right. One v Six. I can handle them though, without a doubt. But, it probably goes without saying that they sometimes speak their own language. So, we’ve dubbed those moments, The Broments of Truth, which is the title of that fun little blog.

The second little place on the web that I’m sharing is Purrspectives, which is Louise’s blog. I know I’ve told you about her and her blog before, so make sure to go see what she’s up to from time to time to stay up to date.

My last little slice of tumblr is my personal photo blog. There I share my Instagram photos to give my friends and family a small glimpse into my everyday. If you’re on Instagram, follow me there, I’m @copykelly. (Mom, Instagram is this free photo sharing app. You can download it for your phone too. Then post pictures of the cat. I do. xo)

Are you on tumblr? If so, give me a follow at any one of the three above locations. It’s a fun, non-committal way to share some love for all that I love. Can’t wait to hear from you over there and follow you right back.